The essential positives: an exceptional location, an elegant and well designed hotel, very well maintained, relaxed ambience and "good guests", very good but informal service, all grades of room offering something special. The rooms are stylish and uncluttered.
A special thanks to the front of house and Nicos who is very committed to making things work for his guests. This is one of those hotels where you should ask for advice and help if you need it.
We loved breakfast and lunch in the Blue Bay. The "Kafenion" greek restaurant often has very good fish, and the Minotaur restaurant is definitely worth trying. The evening buffet is perhaps a bit too samey for the price. Prices are high, but comparable to the more upmarket places in Agios - its expensive in greece now! There are good and cheaper places to find of course (there is a Greek/ pizza combo at the top of the main tourist street in Agios which was the best we found, but there are other good choices in the TA entries below). You can also use the room service menu in the evenings - they put on a good show, and it is (relatively) good value.
If you like the sea, there is some good snorkelling going up the coast - a lot better than many med locations, and there are 2 dive schools which you can access through the hotel if you want.
Many of the staff have worked there for many years, and they really do work well as a team.
Try a cocktail by the sea or on the rooftop terrace, both lovely spots.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A spacious Balcony or Terrace in each Room or Suite provides a private and secluded open air lounge to sit and relax with great sea views.- From the secluded privacy of your room balcony / terrace only 2 minutes walk through flower scented gardens to reach the private sandy beach and sunbathing terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel And Villas
- Saint Nicolas Bay Hotel
- St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas Crete/Agios Nikolaos