We booked this holiday at fairly short notice in Sept 2013 and there wasn't a great deal of choice based on our preferences so we were really happy to find that the hotel, it's location (on beach) and the staff all added to us having a great time.
The hotel is about 3 miles from Hersonisos and is right on a small beach (Anissaras beach). The beach is more shingle than sand but we didn't have to use beach shoes although lots of people did.
There isn't too much near the hotel (a couple cafes / bars / small shops) but Hersonisos is a large town with plenty entertainment & shopping. We walked in to Hersonisos once and it took about 45 mins (a little too far when its hot). There is a bus that goes into town from the hotel and a taxi is 7 euros.
We got the bus into Heraklion as well. This takes about 1hr and costs 4 euros.
The Hotel has 3 pools and a paddling pool for kids.
Two pools are by the main building and has a swim up bar. We didn't use this so can't comment on it but it was always busy.
The other pool was by the beach and was the main pool where most of the activity was centred. There is a café down by this pool plus a beach bar.
There are sunbeds on the beach but these tend to go by 9.00. There are many more sunbeds around the pool and you can generally find a couple free ones together although they might not be in the best place or have an umbrella.
There is a small onsite shop that sells cigarettes, bottled drinks, snacks and gifts.
In the main building there's a large restaurant for meals and a bar plus indoor pool and spa.
We don't normally book half board and were sceptical when we saw that all meals were buffet. However, the quality of the food was fantastic and there was no reason why couldn't find something every meal time.
Most people were All Inclusive but there were was no difference in food for us as Half Board.
The main bar has a terrace where most people gathered after dinner for evening drinks. There were a large selection of drinks and we tried many believe me! Now it's unfair to pick out any member of staff for particular praise because they were all great but because we spent a lot of time by the bar and so we got to the know the bar staff, Yvonne & Pantelis, very well. They fantastic and looked after us making us feel like part of a family.
Important question - Would we go again?
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- Also Known As:
- Annabelle Village Hotel Chersonisos
- Annabelle Village Hersonissos
- Annabelle Village Hotel Hersonissos
- Annabelle Village Crete
- Annabelle Beach Resort Crete, Greece