Grounds immaculate & gardens so well kept. Like being in your own Greek village! A huge complex, lovely to walk around & even had its own chapel! There’s one shop within the complex – NOTE: water from this shop costs nearly 4 Euros for 6 bottles & the supermarket 5 minutes down the road sells the same for 1.5 Euros! While we are on the subject of water, this is one of the only downsides to the hotel. They do not supply bottled water. They have water available on the dispensers in the bars & restaurants if you want a glass, but you are not supposed to fill your bottles up here due to health & safety (although some people ignore the notices here – it was a bit unhygienic).
Approximately a 30/45 minute transfer from the airport to the hotel, with a few drop offs at other hotels on the way. They give you a card inviting you to the welcome meeting the next morning & attached to this is a form. Rep on the coach didn’t mention the form, but if you fill this out on your way to the hotel then it saves time when checking in. It just asks for your name, address & passport number, etc. We had booked a sea view room, but were told on check in that we were being upgraded to a suite as it was our first wedding anniversary during our stay! We were given the usual wristband, an information booklet & map of the hotel. Porter took our cases to our room, which was in block 500 near the front of the hotel.
Our room was amazing! It had a lounge area with a large corner sofa, dining table & flat screen tv. Two bathrooms – one with a bath, shower, sink & toilet & the other with a toilet, sink & shower. There was a hair dryer, but it was not very powerful! The bed itself was large & there was another sofa in the bedroom. There was so much storage space & loads of coat hangers. We had a large spacious balcony terrace with a beautiful sea view. The view was just gorgeous – we could see the sea & mountains & the lovely gardens of the hotel!
There was a safe in the room, which you had to pay for – I think it was 2 Euros a night. I thought this should have been included in the price.
We went to the Thomson welcome meeting on our first day. The usual rep wasn’t around so a different rep (who wasn’t familiar with Nana Beach) took the meeting. The trips were very expensive. We didn’t see the main rep until our last day when we were looking to find out what time we were being picked up. We were told a card would be put through our door, but this never happened.
The beach was excellent. There were plenty of sunbeds & umbrellas. There were notices around the complex forbidding the reservation of sunbeds & umbrellas, but most people seemed to ignore this rule. It didn’t really cause a problem, there was always space. It’s a shame the hotel doesn’t enforce the rule though. There was a small sandy beach & the sea was so calm it was like a lagoon! The water was clear & there were lots of fish! This is where the water sports centre is for Nana Beach is – wind surfing, canoeing & peddle boats are included in the all inclusive package. You can also hire banana boats, catamaran & tyres for about 15 Euros. There was a jetty next to the beach with beds & umbrellas & along the whole length of the hotel were lovely rocky coves also with beds & umbrellas & tables & chairs. There were steps down into the sea from these coves, but this area was not as calm & was very rocky. Lovely to sit & sunbathe & the view was beautiful. It was also nice to sit along the front in the evenings, it was quite well lit.
If the beach is not for you then you will not be disappointed with the selection of pools – there were 4 outdoor, some of which had whirl pools! There was an adults only pool with whirl pool & the main pool where the activities such as water aerobics took place. We didn’t take part in any of the activities, but they looked good & well organised.
There is a wellness spa centre within the hotel where you can get beauty treatments & massages, but it’s quite expensive. You can book into the spa pool, steam rooms & sauna for 5 Euros each for an hour though, which is nice.
The hotel booked us into the Italian a la carte restaurant for our anniversary. It was lovely, classy & nicely decorated. The food was really good. It was a four course menu – buffet salad, cheeses & hams to begin, followed by pasta or pizza, then a meat dish & then dessert. I had the cheesecake, which was delicious! They gave us a bottle of champagne at the end of our meal, which was a nice touch. The wine at the hotel was good, but was definitely better in the a la carte restaurants!
We also booked into the Greek & fish a la carte restaurants. Food was great in both. These were also four courses. Greek was Meze followed by a Greek dish such as Mousakka, then a meat course followed by a Greek dessert. It was too much, the portions were too large, but the food was nice. At the fish restaurant there was a salad buffet. They dished up a delicious fish soup as soon as we were seated. This is followed by a fish starter such as mussels & then a choice of salmon, swordfish or white fish & a choice of pudding. Would definitely recommend booking into the a la cartes on your first day to make sure you get in. You could only book during breakfast or lunch in the buffet restaurant.
The only downside in the a la carte restaurants was the music – no Italian or Greek music!
There were two buffet restaurants at the hotel & both were really good, loads of choice & all very tasty (sometimes a little too salty, but mostly good). The usual salads, breads, cheeses, meats, pasta, pizza, soup, etc was available. Nice cakes, mousses, Baklava, ice cream, etc for dessert. The wine was available in the buffet restaurants in small bottles (375ml I think), you could just help yourself. There were soft drinks available for self service.
Breakfast was nice – croissants, pain au chocolat, pancakes, breads, omelettes made fresh on order (there was usually a queue), cheeses, hams, cereals, fruit, juices & cooked breakfast (sausages, bacon, eggs, etc).
There was one main bar in the evening which served cocktails, spirits, beer, wine & hot & cold soft drinks. It had a lovely view of the pool & sea.
Excellent hotel & would definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An attractive hotel and bungalow complex, built in a magnificent spot of Crete, ideal for those seeking both, the ultimate pleasures of an all inclusive resort and the tranquility of an unforgettable walk through its extensive landscaped gardens, where the word “garden” meets it’s true meaning!!!The hotel is built in a traditional architectural style of the island, consisting of low level buildings, with superb views of the Cretan sea.Nana Beach Hotel is perfectly situated directly on the sea on the northern coast of Crete, 25 km from Heraklion international airport, between the lively towns of Chersonissos (in 1.5 km), Stalis (in 1 km) and Malia (in 5 km). Some of the most famous attractions of the island are within a short distance of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nana Beach Hersonissos
- Hotel Nana Beach
- Nana Beach Hotel Crete, Greece