This is our second review of the Nana Beach Hotel. Our first was in June 2012 and our experience then was so good that on return to the UK we immediately booked again - September 6 -13, 2012.
Bearing in mind we had never, ever returned to the same hotel for a holiday, we made the booking with a lot of expectation but with an acceptance that it may not be quite so great second time around, especially going back at the tale end of the season where everything might be a bit jaded.
How wrong we were! Another perfect holiday ensued, in some ways even better than before.
The hotel is still set and presented idyllically - tiered levels of accommodation and facilities sweeping down to a sheltered bay, a beach and waves breaking onto rocks. All set in a superbly tended array of exotic gardens and trees, through quiet pathways, more like a quaint and proud village than a hotel, beautifully clean and cared for
The place has all kinds of everything really. Restaurants, bars, snack bars, umpteen pools, play areas, entertainment amphitheaters, teens club, kids club, creche, quiet sunbathing areas, lively sun bathing areas, in between sunbathing areas, gym, fitness areas, tennis courts, basketball court, archery arena, synthetic football pitch, sauna, jacuzzi, massage areas, animation, live music, weekly Greek night, water sports, scuba diving on site, disco... It seems to us you can do as much or as little as you like, as lively or as quiet as you like, all in beautiful, well managed surroundings. Just superb.
A range of self service buffet restaurants (one directly on the sheltered bay) with plentiful food using local produce. Lots of fresh food, lots of variety. You can eat as healthily or unhealthily as you choose. There are snack bars too, convenient for the beach and some of the pools. There are also 3 specialist "a la carte" restaurants - Greek, Italian and fish - guests are entitled to eat once in each one of these per stay. They are all great, all different, with friendly service each time.
This may not be important to everyone, but it is important to us on holiday. However, the hotel is organised such that you can be involved in animation as little or as much as you prefer. The animation team work long and hard and are made up of a bunch of energetic people of a multitude of nationalities and talents. During the day they run scheduled games (water polo, volleyball, football, table tennis etc, as well as aqua fitness, aerobics and Zumba. Look out for Pia the fitness instructor, her fitness classes are suitable for all levels and are great, energetic fun. Then, most evenings the animation teams become entertainers, putting on a range of shows and these then gravitate with the audience to the disco area until midnight. Lots of group dances, lots of fun, energy and commitment from the team make everyone welcome. Look out for Gary and his table top dancing, magic tricks and incredible balancing act.
Thanks to the management and staff commitment to quality and genuine customer focus this is simply the best resort hotel we have ever experienced. We aim to go back there as often as we can. The hotel is so good that we have completely abandoned our long standing policy of never going back to the same place twice. For us, it is incredible and we just can't wait to be back there in such an excellent, friendly hotel with so much to offer.
We are happy to answer honestly any questions any prospective guests may have.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Nana Beach Hersonissos
- Hotel Nana Beach
- Nana Beach Hotel Crete, Greece