Another great holiday in Aquis Silva Beach!!!
This year was my 10th stay in Silva Beach Crete, an all inclusive resort with personal Cretan style!! Please forget you experiences with big ‘unpersonal resorts’ where you are an number. This is completly different!! I like to come here for several reasons. First of all the nice location. Almost at the end of the main-street of Hersonissos, the hotel is built up like a Cretan village in different and lively colours. Last winter the hotel has been renovated. The first part you see about this is the reception area, wich is very modern and spacy. The staff of the reception are all very kind and doing always their utmost to fulfill your wishes. They always name the guest by name and know in which room you are!! The Front-Office Manager, Miss Haroula Zervou, is very kind and keeping up the spirit for her staff.
Just opposite the reception a new bar has been made; from the late afternoon you can sit there to have a break with any drink. You can sit outside, at the street-side or at the hotel side. If you prefer to sit inside this is possible as well.
After the reception you walk into this Cretan Village area and it feels if you come in another world; the sounds from the street is gone and your holiday feeling is getting stronger. Nice is also that there are so much small alleys with rooms, hidden rooms I would say, that even after 10 years I found new rooms!!
The rooms have been updated last winter; new floors and walls, new beds, new furniture, a LCD-tv on the wall, a DVD-CD player; the bathroom is cosy. All new and the shower is halve a circle which is closing with moving glass-panels. If you have one of the suits, room 447, you have a really walk-in shower! All the rooms do have a terrace or balcony, all in different sizes and with different views. This gives the hotel it’s warm atmoshpere. Some are facing the swimming pool, others facing the sea, or both!!
The hotel has two swimming pools; one is located in the main-area of the hotel, the other one down near the beach. Everybody will have it’s favourite place, either up-or downstairs. Both are full of sunbeds, which I have seen full but never ‘sold out’ (of course they are free of charge).
Next to the upper swimming pool there is the romantic bar; the staff is friendly, they work very hard. To avoid an queue, it’s not allowed to order more than two drinks a time, but if you do nobody is stopping you. And what about waiting one minute if you are in holiday?? The barman Kostas and his team are great.
Down at the lower swimming pool, there’s another bar where you order your drinks. All is easy and nice! From here you just hop on the beach, where you can swim safely.
Now about the restaurant and kitchen; the last has been renovated completely, which makes it for the Chef and his team easier to work. The Chef, Vassilis, is doing every day a great job three times a day to serve you great food; for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a lot of choices to be made and there is variety of food which tastes great. Of course you are on holiday on then food is made different then you should do at home, but that is charming about travelling. Vasillis is walking all the time around the buffet to check, or is watching the guests if all is fine.
Once a week you are allowed to have a meal in the a la carte restaurant ‘Olive Tree’ in the hotel. This is next to the romantic bar which has nice sea-view. Leftakis and Paris are the serving men out there, and they are a perfect team!!!! All is going in a smooth way; they fullfill all your wishes at once. The food here is cooked especially in a separate kitchen, an open once so you can see what is happening. The quality is 5-star!!!! And I have been going all around the world and having dinner in restaurants!!!
All the stories here at trip-advisor that the food is not good here, bad or whatever are really not true. Please do not believe the stories!!!
Downstairs the restaurant is ran by the maître d’hotel, Nikos Adrianos; nothing is too much for the team, tables are cleaned at once, there are always enough tables available. The restaurant has not yet been renovated, this will be done next winter season. The buffet area has been redesigned, but not yet renovated.
The animation team is by two people, Magda and Mauritzio; Magda is doing four gym classes a day; streching, aqua-gym, pilates and abs-workout. Really professionally!!
What is to be mentioned; the management, Stella and her assistant manager, are always walking around to see what’s going on and to keeping feeling with the guest. They are so friendly and listening to suggestions or whatever. Also the other manager on duty, Haroula or Nikos, are doing the same. All the management works up to 16 hours a day!!!
So if I take everything into account, it’s more than a great place to stay. It's for me, my wife and my parents like a second home. This is alson clear by the many returning guests, even twice a year. The record I believe is a German man who is coming for 21 years. Other come 16, 14, 10, 5 years or whatsever!!
Please stop thinking about any other hotel in Hersonissos, or even Crete at all, and come to this place!!! It’s your money more than worth!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At a distance of just half an hour from the Heraklion,at the outsckirts of Hersonissos Silva Beach Hotel operates as an all-inclusive resort hotel, where one can choose from a plethora of activities or if otherwise inclined just relax on the beach or around the pool. The Hotel was renovated during winter 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquis Silva Beach Hotel Chersonisos
- Aquis Silva Beach Hersonissos
- Aquis Silva Beach Hotel Hersonissos
- Silva Maris
- Silva Beach Crete, Greece