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Minos Beach Art hotel
Ranked #3 of 95 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

My husband and myself took our fourteen year old daughter and her friend to Minos beach hotel for two weeks at the beginning of August. We had a really fantastic holiday, we had two superior sea view bungalows (31 and 32). They were very comfortable and spacious and had all that we could want. Our intention was to have a relaxing time - this we did aided perfectly by the supremely efficient and helpful, friendly staff. My husband and the girls had six scuba dives organised by the on-site PADI dive centre - extremely well ran and very friendly. We had half-board at the hotel and the food was fantastic. In fact, in addition to paying credit to the hotel staff we want to give a special mention to the catering and kitchen staff. The choice and standard of the food, particularly the buffet appetisers was absolutely superb! A brilliant holiday. Well done to all, would love to go again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for coming to Crete and for staying with us at Minos Beach. We hope you had a smooth return.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are happy to read, that you enjoyed your well - deserved holidays. The complete satisfaction and relaxation is our highest aim and it is nice to see, that you also felt this.

It would be a big pleasure to welcome you again and we hope to see you back soon.

With best regards,
Yours sincerly,
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We have just returned from our second holiday at Minos Beach. We stayed as a couple in a sea view room in the hotel which again had a great balcony, very private, beautiful views and room more than adequate, everywhere is beautifully styled in minimalistic decor, all very light and airy. Can only agree with all other reviews, the staff are fantastic and work very hard to make the hotel a most relaxing, serene and calm place. From the cheerful porter, reception staff, ladies who cleaned our room, Maria in the Pool Bar, the Barman and the restaurant staff, all were fantastic. The food is good and the weekly Greek Food night was delicious. It is truly miles away from a corporate 5 star hotel but has the feel of a rural little hideaway. The pool is usually very quiet but there are also lovely places dotted around the edges of the hotel with sunbeds and easy access to the sea.Our only slight ctiticism was that if you wanted to get a sunbed with a sun shade by the pool it was necessary on some days to reserve one before breakfast which is not something we enjoy doing but as it was so very hot we wanted to be sure of a shade. I know the management have commented before that there are enough sunbeds to go round without them being reserved but there are some sunbeds around the pool without shades, a few more sun shades should solve this problem! Apart from that slight gripe it was the most relaxing holiday and we intend to return next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crete and for staying again in Minos Beach. We hope you had a smooth flight home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are plaesed to read, that you enjoyed your holiday and found the relaxation you were looking for. As the satisfaction of our guests is our highest aim, we also appreciate your suggestion concerning the sun shades and check our possibilities to improve. Thank you for informing us!

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again next year!

With sunny regards from Agios Nikolaos,
Yours sincerly
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The Minos Beach Art Hotel is truly wonderful. The facilities, accommodation and staff are all fantastic and I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

It is perfect whether you want a peaceful relaxing holiday as a couple or a family break as the facilities cater for all needs. Lovely pool, however we didn't spend a great deal of time there as the views by the sea were picturesque and the sea wonderfully warm.

There was plenty to choose from for breakfast ranging from pancakes and cooked breakfast to traditional Greek yoghurt, honey and fruit, plenty for all tastes. The evening menu choices were limited to three options, but all cooked to perfection with a salad buffet to accompany , again a range to cater for all tastes. Every Tuesday night you can book (at an additional 55euros) to have a Champagne and Lobster meal on the roof top restaurant that over looks the bay. We found this definitely worth the extra money as the serves was 100% and the spectacular views over the Mirabello Gulf really made it a memorable evening.

We had a Junior Suite bungalow room 44, situated 1 row back from the beach and not really overlooked by anyone. Our room was the perfect size with a dressing table, small TV and a sofa and double bed, the only slight improvement that we thought could have been made would be a softer mattress as the bed was quite hard, all though I do believe that you could ask for a mattress topper. The rooms were cleaned daily and always spotless with clean towels fro the bathroom and beach also provided daily.

The gardens are also worth a mention as there are many different pieces of art work situated in and around the hotel, some more abstract than others. You often bump into these when wandering around the well kept grounds of the hotel and are worth stoping and having a look.

All in all a fantastic hotel and holiday and would definitely return!

Thanks to all the staff who made this a truly special stay!

Becky & Will - Room 44

Room Tip: Room 44 was amazing and not overlooked at all!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2012

Dear Becky,
dear Will,

Thank you very much for visiting Crete and for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice. We hope you had a save trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read, that you enjoyed your holidays and found the relaxation you were looking for.

Concerning the matrasses we would like to inform, that we provide toppers in order to customize the beds to the individual needs of each guests. If you visit us next time, please let us know and we will be happy to help you.

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With best regards,
Yours sincerly
Minos Beach Hotelmanagement

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed during August for a week with two children 12 and 16. We found the hotel quite formal for a family and there tended to be more couples and older guests rather than families. That said the hotel is very nice, good food, staff are friendly. Beautiful location. My only criticism is they allow smoking in the restaurant. Sitting next to a smoker whilst eating breakfast or dinner was not pleasant. If you ask before sitting down they will seat you away from smokers.

The nearby town of Agios Niolaos seemed safe and there are plenty of restaurants and bars. It is worth a visit to nearby Elounda, Spinalonga and the Lassithi Plateau and cave. We had a car so avoided the organised excursions which can make these attractions quite busy.

The aquaplus water park is worth a visit if you have children, ours absolutely loved the day. It was not overcrowded. You have a wristband whereby you can buy food/drinks and pay on leaving. You can then put valuables in a locker for the day.

Overall lovely holiday. Leave plenty of time when returning home, Herkalion airport is not very efficient - it took us nearly an hour to go through security.

Room Tip: We had a sea view hotel room. Very quiet and easy to get to restaurant/beach etc.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for staying with us at Minos Beach and for sharing your experiences with other travelers. We hope you had a smooth trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are very pleased to read, that you enjoyed your well - deserved holidays.

Concerning the restaurant we would like to inform, that we have a smoking and a non-smoking section in the outside area in order to comply with the wishes of all our guests. If you come next time, just ask our restaurant staff to place you in the non smoking section and they will be happy to help you.

Dear guests, for us it was a big pleasure to host you and we hope to see you back again!

With best regards,
Yours sincerly,
Minod Beach Hotelmananegement

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed here 10-17 July and we loved it. We were in bungalow 21 beside the small beach and although small it was fine for the two of us. The bungalow was spotlessly clean and not overlooked by other guests. We were half board and the food did not disappoint- there was a great choice at breakfast and dinner. We ate at the water front bar everyday and due to the fact there was only a couple of tables and couches it never got too busy. The location of the hotel is perfect for chilling out. My only complaint is one that many hotels don't seem to be able to do anything about and that's people putting their towels on sunbeds early in the morning and then not appearing until after lunch. On one occasion the owners of two towels bagged the best loungers on the beach and then did not appear at all. Don't let this put you off - if you like to stay in a quiet resort with extensive grounds and no blaring music and karaoke bars then this resort will suit you. We had a fantastic time!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for coming to Crete and for staying with us in Minos Beach. We hope you had a save trip home.

We highly appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read, that you had a nice holiday.

Thank you very much for your advice concerning the sunbed reservation. As we have plenty of sunbeds all around the hotel, there is really no need to reserve. Please be sure, that we will have an eye on it.

For us, it would be a big pleasure to welcome you again!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We spent a week at the Minos Beach. Everything was absolutely PERFECT! The welcome and service are impeccable. This is the perfect to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. We lived in a bungalow type 20, ideally located in the beautiful gardens. (I recommend the number 54). We feasted 2x the restaurant "La Bouillabaisse": divine! The buffets for breakfast and lunch are delicious. Thank you to the servers for their kindness. We highly recommend this hotel for those seeking tranquility and easy living. If you are fans of "clubs" with animations and other infrastructure, it will choose another hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crete and for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice. We hope you had a smooth fhlight back.

We appreciate your kind feedback and are happy to read, that you enjoyed your holiday and that you found the relaxation you were looking for.

For us, it would be a big pleasure to welcome you again and we hope you return soon!

With best regards,
Yours sincerly Minos Beach Hotelmanagement

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This was a last minute holiday, so we didnt have time to look around for suitable Hotels.
We came up trumps, it was a wonderful break, everything about our stay was excellent i would recommend this hotel to everyone.

Room Tip: We stayed at the Minos Art Hotel 17th July 2012 for one week. We had room 35 with pool. From the mo...
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bluegr_Management, Manager at Minos Beach Art hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crete and for making Minos Beach the hotel of your choice. We hope you had a relaxed return home.

For us, it was a big pleasure to welcome you and we highly appreciate your kind feedback and the very nice pictures. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay. The satisfaction and the relaxation of our guests is our highest aim and your words are a high motivation for the whole team to give every day only the best to our guests.

We would be very happy to see you again and hope that you return soon!

With best regards from Agios Nikolaos,
Yours sincerly
Minos Beach Hotelmanagement

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Address: Akti Ilia Sotirchou, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range: $196 - $581 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Minos Beach Art hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minos Beach art hotel has been influenced by the traditional architectural style of fishermen’s villages of Eastern Crete. One storey, whitewashed bungalows and villas with terraces and minimal interiors are almost touching the sea. The unique environs of the hotel with its sumptuous gardens and narrow stone paved streets host the 45 works of Greek and foreign artists. In the eastern part of Crete, only a ten-minute walk from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos and a 45-minute drive from the airport of Heraklion. Exquisite decoration features, minimalist forms and Feng-Shui elements enriched by the Greek aesthetics of cotton and wood, handcrafted details, candles and water syntheses, create unique spaces and corners, making your stay in Minos Beach unforgettable. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, we offer one presidential villa and three executive villas with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary “caressing” the sea. ... more   less 
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