We've decided to go to to Sissi Bay after having read some negative reviews: "dull", "no disco! :(((", "rocky beach", etc. - that's exactly what we were looking for! Silence and nature. No asphalt or carpet roads to the sea, no overcrouded beaches. After noisy Moscow life we just needed relax - and got it.
We took a simple double room and as we were brought there we got disappionted: semi-basement, the door is at the same time the only window looking to a small square of 3 more same rooms entrances, where some guetst were smoking which is bad because I'm allergic to smoke. We went back to the reception and were at once offered another room of a better class (there were no other suits free of our class) - family junior suite. The manager was highly friendly and even apologized, that the other room is across the road (the hotel has two parts). That room was marvellous! 2 rooms, nice airing (in September we didn't need air conditioning), with a small "coffee corner" (tea pot, fridge for drinks and fruits, sink). The way to the second part leads across a small road away from the sea (the cars are rare, because it's the end of Sissi village), through a green garden where neat kitten were playing. We had sea view from our room and mountain view from the other one, so our advice is - pay a bit more, but try to book family junior suite. Or try if you are lucky to have such a change :)
The only thing that disturbed us were dogs that were barking at night sometimes. They don't belong to the hotel, but live on a private territories near-by, and the hotel has no influence on them. But perhaps they will think something out till the next season or the dogs get clever.
There is a SPA-centre at the hotel, where we only tried massage and can only recommend it! Konni, the massuer, has a gentle, soothing touch, giving you enough pressure to relax your muscles but not to cause pain. In addition she is a very pleasant person who knows Crete and can give you a piece of advise where to go. She is German, speaks also very well English and Greek and a little in other languages because she always learns something from her clients.
Cleaning is nice and regular, if something is not ok, tell it to the reception and it will be corrected at once.
Entertainment is not what we were looking for. There was a Cretan evening with dancers and BBQ for additional price, we didn't take it but saw the presentation occasionally - I wouldn't say the quality was nice. But, again, we didn't expect it and were happy it was quiet :) If you need a better show go to a neighbour hotel Castello Village - we saw latino evening and it was brilliant. No entrance fees, but if you needed a sitting place you would have to pay, I think...
We took half-pension. Breakfasts were nearly the same all the time but tasty and we got all we needed: eggs (boiled or scrumbled), sausages, bakon, quark, some musli (but not a very rich choice), juices, milk, coffee, tea, perhaps I have forgotten something.
Dinners were marvellous! Rich choice of dishes, mostly Greek or Italian, very well cooked + ice cream and absolute irresistable cakes! Also watermelon was available. Drinks had to be paid separately if you needed some.
The sea and the beach
The hotel is situated just at the sea, only a ground road with nearly no cars separates you from the water. It's a nice place to walk in the evening, but for bathing you should take a shorth path among the stones (easy to go, just a bit up-and-down, 2 min) - and you'll find yourself on a stony (pebbly) beach in a cosy bay. One more rocky path further - and there is another bay, nearly the same, but with less people there. Sometimes we were just alone there! You can also get there with a car from the hotel. Both beaches are clean, looked after, with umbrellas and sunbeds to rent, no sea urchins. It's easier to get into the water in special shoes. We went barefoot as we needed some feet massage (for free! :) ). If the sea is not calm enough, you can follow to the other bay where there is a nice sandy beach organized by 5 star hotel Calimera Kriti, no entrance fee, only umbrellas a bit more expencive, but you can always take your own ones with you (buy for 7 Euro in any supermarket instead of renting it for 3-5 euro each day ;) )
! I suppose all this could be a bit difficult for families with small children or for elder people who have difficulties when walking!
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