We have just returned fron a 2 week all inclusive holiday at the Petra Mare hotel. We travelled as a family with 2 adults and 4 children aged 10 , 8 , 2 and 4 months. Our transfer to the hotel was approx. 1 hr 45 , in a modern air conditioned coach. the journey was nowhere near as bad as I had expected it to be.
On arrival at the hotel, check in was speedy and professional,we were in our room within 10 minutes. The receptionists all spoke good english and were friendly and helpful.
We had a large family room with a sea view and huge balcony. There were 2 double beds ,a single and a sofabed. The room was basically furnished but suited us and there was a fridge which worked very well. There are safety deposit boxes in the room , which cost 15 euros per week to use. Maid service was daily, with linen and towels changed a couple of times a week. There were plenty of towels provided for the size of our family. You cannot take them out of the room, as in most hotels,so take your own beach/pool towels.
The food was excellent. Plenty of choice at all meal times, which was freshly prepared. lots of fruit and salad available. We enjoyed the cakes and desserts very much !!
the snack bar by the pool was open from 10 am , and also had a selection of fresh food - pasta , pizza , chips , cake , fruit , bread, cheese etc which you could help yourself to.
The pool has been tiotally replaced for this year. The waterslides which featured in last years brochure have been taken down. The adult pool is beautiful , only downside is the depth, I couldn't stand up in any part except the jacuzzi bit and I am 5 ' 6 . The childrens pool is fantastic . It has a pirate ship with slides etc. My boys loved it.
We used the First Choice kids clubs and creche a lot and I couldn't fault them. The creche is payable but it was worth every penny !!!
All the first choice entertainers and kids clubs reps work extremely hard to entertain everyone. We enjoyed both the evening and daytime activities.
The town of lerapetra was very disappointing, very run down with graffitti everywhere. Such a shame ! The supermarkets and shops were very expensive. I would recommend taking enough nappies and wipes with you if you have small children as they were extortionate !
Overall, I would recommend this holiday and we will probably return in a year or 2 :-)
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- Also Known As:
- Petra Mare Ierapetra, Crete
- Petra Mare Hotel Ierapetra
- Hotel Petra Mare Crete