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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Stayed here for our honeymoon, nice clean hotel and buffet breakfast had lots of choice. Nice to relax around pool or on the beach just across the road, drink prices a little expensive. Overall a very nice stay.

Date of stay: August 2012
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank MartinS879
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

The first observation of Crete on our drive to Rethymno was how similar it was to Australia - big, brown and dry. That was out of the left window of the taxi. Out of the right window were 80 kms of the most beautiful beaches and water I have ever seen. Paradise awaited. The other observation we made was that the taxi drivers appear to be mad - our trip to Rethymno was in parts almost as exciting as the white-knuckle roller-coaster at Blackpool. Our driver however handled the speed and frequent crossings of the double white centre line on the highway with the skill of a racing car driver. When we arrived in Rethymno it was surprising how it appeared at ground level - Google Earth satellite images do not do it justice at all. I expected a lot less but my imaginary images of how our resort would look evaporated at our first view of the Aegean Pearl. Wow! Big, beautiful, clean, and located right across from the beach. It was late afternoon and waves pounded on the beach in the aftermath of a storm. As we sauntered through to our room we took in the panorama of the pools, bar, and eateries. This was going to be great, I thought. It was better than great. We had six glorious days to wile away and we made the most of them, taking in much of what the beautiful town of Rethymno had to offer. The breakfasts which were included in our tariff were fit for a king and 6 days later I was 5 pounds heavier, but what the heck, we were on holiday. Fancy a massage? They have a beautiful spa and massage centre attached. I had a laugh and indulged in having my toenails painted hot pink after the pedicure, something I previously thought was only for the fairer sex. The hot pink toenails on an Aussie bloke created much humour amongst all who saw them. The staff at the resort could not have been more friendly - Varvara, Zabia and Susan in the restaurant welcomed us at every meal and ensured that we wanted for nothing. I was constantly amazed at how these girls switched between a selection of languages faster than I change gears in my car, and spoke each language so fluently. Our perfect gentleman barman Manoussos mixed us a myriad of wonderful cocktails while we laid back beside the pools recovering from our daily endeavours. Tip - if you go to Rethymno go deep into the Old Town and savor the history, the beautiful shops and restaurants. The long beach strip from our resort to the Fortesso was adorned with restaurants which all seemed to offer the same basic version of "Greek" food, and really did not appeal. Rumour has it that a trip into the countryside to the old villages is well worth it as here you will experience traditional Crete. We will certainly take this in with our next trip. The only annoyance we experienced with our room was that there was a speaker in the toilet which was hooked to the TV in the other room, and which could not be turned off, or turned down, so whatever your partner was watching you had to listen to. I ached for a pair of wire cutters. The beach across the road was fabulous, changing from dead flat and calm to having a wave capable of bodysurfing. Myself and an english guest terrorised the beach staff when we went out into some really heavy and untidy surf one day. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Aegean.

Room tip: We booked through a travel agency in England, so were not offered a choice of rooms, but were more than happy with what we got.
Date of stay: September 2012
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10  Thank Cliff023
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The staffs were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The room and the bathroom were very modern and open-concept… it felt a bit roomier. I thought it was cool how they had fly-net door. The breakfast was a buffet style which had good selection of food to choose form. One thing I did not like was how we need to pay extra to use Sauna, Steam room and the wellness center.

Date of stay: July 2012
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3  Thank Dagmar C
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We travelled from Heraklion airport which took 80 minutes transfer time from the airport by coach transfer with one stop on the way. However the journey took 140mins on the return and got you to the airport 3 hours before the flight. Note even if you have checked in online you still need to queue to get stickers on your luggage then queue again to get your luggage scanned and again to get through security which took a good hour.

Modern, comfortable rooms with LED lighting and efficient air con. The rooms also have flat screen TV's with built in DVD player but the hotel doesn't have a DVD library so bring your own. The toiletries offered in the room weren't the most luxurious and no moisturising lotion or face cloths were available. The room was not made up until mid afternoon which caused a problem if you wanted a siesta after lunch as the maids apparently went home at 3.30pm so you missed out on having your room maid up that day.

The food in the restaurant was varied and consisted of traditional Greek dishes along with salad, meet choices & fish but all from the buffet. The service was not the best due to only two members of staff being on duty so getting another drink or plates cleared proved difficult at times.

The other staff were all friendly and helpful and one of the management team were always visible throughout the stay. The hotel is quite small and mingled between residential properties, the beach is accessed across a road and although sandy could be quite pebble in places and was not daily groomed by the hotel. Although sun loungers and umbrellas were provided free of charge.

There are a number of supermarkets & Tavernas a few minutes walk away although the old town & harbour as previously mentioned is about 35-40min walk away. During the day you can catch a bus to the town for 1Euro each way per person but tickets need to be bought before boarding these are available in reception, a taxi is 5 Euros each way.

We had quite a few problems using credit card as everyone wanted cash so had to ask at restaurants before eating, this was not a problem in the hotel. The drinks prices in the hotel were not extortionate 4 Euro for a beer, 3 Euro glass of house wine, 14Euros a bottle, cocktails 7Euros & water 2 Euros bottle. But if you had a few drinks during the day and stayed in the bar after dinner this can soon add up, so we decided to upgrade for 22Euros pp pd for all inclusive.

Although the hotel has a 5 star rating it can't be compared to a London 5 star but there again, you’re not paying £250+ per night for B&B. Had an enjoyable time at a reasonable cost so for a Winter Break can't complain.

Room tip: I would recommend a pool or sea view as the majority of rooms look out on to neighbouring residential properties.
Date of stay: November 2012
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5  Thank DG558S
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Great hotel, friendly and professional service, modern and open plan room/bathroom so not so good if you're shy about personal space! Very comfortable, aircon, fridge, radio and flynet door so you can leave the balcony doors open too. Note outside of peak times hot water was intermittent and required a long wait before you could shower/bath. We had to change rooms as the bathroom smelt badly of sewers, but there was no trouble and they were very quick and obliging to help change us. Staff were top notch and spoke many languages and gave us great tips for where to go. The new room was fine with a good view! Good buffet selection for breakfast and good food, although falls short of great. 10euroes deposit gets you beach towels which is useful to know. Sauna and steam room in the welness centre are not free, but cost 5€ a day. The pool and jacuzzi are not as warm as you might expect either! Great closing party on the last night laid on for free and mid week evening ents are fun if not a little butlins-esque. Be prepared for 40 minute walk to the centre of the old town too. All in all comes recommended, the Agean Pearl is a lot nicer and more modern that the sister Pearl Beach so watch out which one you book as they share pools and outside areas.

Room tip: Room 909 comes recommended, 811 had a funny smell so we had to change! 909 has partial sea view but isn't costly as the front rooms are.
Date of stay: October 2012
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2  Thank James M
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