We stayed at the Kalliston from 25.6 to 9.7.13 and enjoyed it so much we returned again staying from 10th to 24th September( so only now able to review our return visit). As on our earlier stay, everything was perfect from the moment of our arrival. The staff are exceptional and were genuinely happy to see us back. The weather was really good ( except 1 night we had a thunder storm! ), but a bit more breezy and cooler of an evening than our previous visit, which is only to be expected, but we were still able to use the pools - especially the fantastic Jacuzzi pool-as the temperature was very comfortable, and the sea itself was a lot warmer than earlier in the year. If anything, the food on offer both at breakfast and dinner was even more varied and plentiful and we were always spoiled for choice. There was always a good choice at lunch with everything you could want and there is always an a la carte . We again booked the all inclusive package and as part of that you are able to have a complimentary meal in both the Italian a la carte and the Greek a la carte. We did not take up the Greek meal as we found the food in the main restaurant so good we were quite happy with that, but we did eat in the Italian where the food was even better this time than last with a larger menu choice. The staff in all the restaurants are lovely, especially the Deputy Maitre, Amalina ( ? ) and Alexis who is always so pleasant and helpful. Other reviewers have criticised the all inclusive as not being totally all inclusive, with only certain drinks in the package, but we don`t find this a problem as the house wines are fine and there is a really good choice of cocktails which are in the package-- more than ample for us-- my wife likes her cocktails and even she said she was spoilt for choice! We, like another reviewer, have been to hotels in the Caribbean where every drink is included, but the difference is that these hotels have been advertised as all inclusive hotels. The Kalliston offers packages to suit everybody. We cannot write another review without mentioning the excellent staff, especially all the bar staff, in all the bars, particularly Stelios in the Lobby bar. Alkis and all his staff are brilliant, but, as we usually spend most of our nights on the bar stools in the lobby bar , we get to see how hard they work to serve all the cocktails etc to those enjoying the entertainment out on the Terrace. Talking of the entertainment, we really enjoy the 2 of Diamonds and think Cassie+Connor are both very talented. While we were there the Disco party night down at the Pool Bar was one of the best nights we have had on holiday, with people of all ages enjoying both the music and dancing. The local duo who usually sing down at the Aqua Bar are also very good, while the American singer Karen, while not to our particular taste is a very good singer. One night a week is Greek night with dancing etc, so we cannot understand those who say there is not enough variety in the entertainment. Mind you, in September, we were only able to have one night down at the Aqua Bar as it was too windy other times which was a shame as it is a beautiful setting. Another reviewer who stayed for just a week in September has said the average age of the guests in the hotel was 50, but , while we would say that the age group in September was generally on the older side than in June+July, there were still quite a large proportion of younger people particularly in our first week. Those we spoke to who had the Jacuzzis on their balconies did say they were quite cold but some did use them, but , again, earlier in the year they were warmer as the sun was on them for longer. To sum up, we had an absolutely fantastic holiday on both occasions and are already planning our return next summer. We would definitely recommend the Kalliston-- we can`t fault anything about it but it is undoubtedly the brilliant staff that make it what it is,
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- Grecotel Kalliston Hotel Agia Galini
- Kalliston Nea Kydonia
- Kalliston Hotel Nea Kydonia
- SENSIMAR KALLISTON Resort & Spa By ATLANTICA Crete/Agii Apostoli, Chania