We have just come back from our second holiday to Candia Park (4-14 Aug 2001), we being my husband and i and our two children aged 6 and 2. We went there last year and enjoyed our holiday so much that we decided to go back. We were not disappointed and had a great time second time around.
I consider Candia to be great value for money. Going away with a family of 4 at peak time is expensive. My husband and i have been used to staying in luxury accomodation pre kids and it is difficult to emulate that when you have kids and have a budget. Candia is not five star luxury accomodation but it is a good four star resort. On both years, by doing some research beforehand, i have managed to obtain good deals on price; this year i booked flights and accomodation separately which worked out considerably cheaper than if i had gone through a tour operator. So do your homework beforehand as operator prices vary.
There are so many positive things to say about Candia. I have found the staff to be extremely friendly, helpful and keen to please and the service of a high standard. On checking in, i enquired about the possibility of upgrading room to a sea view appartment. I was given various options and a discounted rate because i had been to Candia previously. The room i chose was wonderful. It had great sea views; we could see the sea from our bed. I would say that it had recently been reburbished. It was decorated in cool pastel shades, the usual slippers and bathrobe were provided and special toiletteries in the bathroom. The room was spotlessly clean and kept that way daily by the maids who service it. One of the things i noticed straightaway is that there is a very low staff turnaround at Candia. The restaurant and supermarket staff and even t he lifeguards were the same as last year-a sign of a well run organisation. We were recognised and well looked after by the restaurant staff with particular mention of the manager, Nicos and a waitress called mariatte. They were couteous and couldn`t do enough for us. As always, the food at breakfast was delicious and plentiful. At night we ate in the main restaurant as well as ouside the hotel. In the main restaurant, there is a nightly buffet however unlike many other resorts, the food is varied and there are different themes each night. The food is replaced regularly; the hotel must make a loss because at the end of the night there seemed to be so much wasted food. Because my appetite is not huge, it wasn`t economic to have the buffett each time at 20 euros per adult. As such, there is an al a carte menu available and the one thing i would say about this is that the menu is not extensive and this being our second year, i did stuggle to find things i wanted to eat each night. The food itself was delicious.
The pool choice at this hotel is excellent and the areas very clean. There is a safe toddlers pool which my 2 year old loved as well as 2 large grown up pools for the older ones. You see the water composition being checked regularly by the managers. There are 2 lifeguards working all day; one at the beach and the other at the pool. The pool lifeguard works tirelessly. i never saw them sitting down once; time was spent walking between the pools and checking everyone/blowing whistles at my son for jumping in.
I note what others say about the beach. It is not huge but is enough for the size of hotel. The positives are that the water is crystal clear-i never saw any rubbish and it is private. The waves can be strong, there are rocks at the waters edge which makes it tricky to navigate tour way in and the water does get deep quickly. For this reason, not safe for young children without supervision however my children preferred the pools anyway.
Other positives about this hotel include the presence of a very good tennis coach for those that play; a well equipped supermarket and a beautiful setting. My jouney to breakfast from my room included going past numerous olive and orange trees.
This is not a sterile luxury hotel. There are no spa facilities, no fitness suite or swim up rooms. This is however a great value for money, medium sized family hotel with great service and we will be returning in the future. The best part about it is the lack of Brits. There were loads of Germans, French, Dutch, Russian families who don`t compomise on standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Cretan style village right on the sea between Aghios Nikolaos (3.5km) and Elounda (5km), from which a frequent bus service connects with both villages.The airport and capital City of Heraklion are 65 km away, and all the fascinating attractions of the island can be reached by full or half day excursions. The village is comprised of 222 units of different types, set among 65.000 square meters of gardens. All units enjoy the same facilities including individual air-conditioning / heating, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, TV, fridge, facilities for light cooking, filter coffee machines, hairdryer, private bath and shower and large terrace or balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Candia Park Village Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Candia Park Village Agios Nikolaos
- Candia Park Village Crete/Agios Nikolaos