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“The best for those who are seeking for silence and peace!”

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Sissi Bay Hotel & Spa
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Sissi
Reviewed September 28, 2011

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.

The hotel
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.

Services
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...

The food
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!

Room Tip: Rooms in the part across the road are quieter (far from the pool bar). In the first house in this pa...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

I have just returned from this hotel 16-24 Sept '11 and my best friend and i had a lovely time. Weather was mixed but we still got a few days of sun :-)
We did all inclusive and the Hotel food was good... could have been more selection but on average about 3 meal choices a night plus sides, soups, salads and desserts.
Worst thing- Cocktails not part of all inclusive.
Town lovely, nice and quiet- pretty little fishing villiage- Fish restaurant = amazing!!
Shame the sandy beach was a 15min walk across rocks in flip-flops- had a laugh doing it but lucky it wasn't one of the really hot days!
Spa there to use at extra cost- we had a massage which was nice- £15 for 30 mins so pretty reasonable.
Room basic but totally fine- shower no bath. Had a fridge which was good to keep bottled water cool. Free wi-fi at one of the bars which was good too!
All round, had a lovely holiday and would definitely recconmend it!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

I have just returned from this hotel, i stayed 13th sept till 20th. I took my Mum, her friend and my 82 year old granddad to sissi bay hotel.
We all really enjoyed our stay, lovely hotel (as long as you are put in the block near the spa end as they are refurbished) the room was lovely, we had a 2 bed apartment.
We all said how clean the hotel was, maids came ever day apart sunday.
Food was lovely, im a little fussy and still found things i like. My Mum loves greek food and she said it was all amazing food.
I did have a treatment in the spa, full back massage for 30euros, it is a very quiet time of the year so when i went for massage the spa was total darkness. The lady massaging me was a little rough, i did ask her to not be so firm but she still did, as a result im still in pain!
The harbour down the road is lovely, me and my Mum both went swimming down there daily. Plenty of resturants and bars along the harbour.
Also quad hire is outside hotel, 30euros a day.
days out are cheaper and better if you book from the little shop outside of the hotel. We all went on discover crete for 30euros the day, this was good but a lot of time in coach. We also went on a BBQ boat, the sea was very rough so didnt feel to good :( I got told its pretty rough all year round though.
Temperature reached 39c and lowest around 30c so very hot all week.
Hope this is healpful ive tried to put as much as i can.
Also sunset is amazing, very romantic if a couple.

Room Tip: request a room 36 upwards. The rooms near the seafront and reception are dated and people there at s...
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Traduction (français > anglais)
We spent a wonderful 10 days, the hotel is well kept and landscaped, clean, friendly, staff is competent and freindly, the food excellent, the buffets are not torn after 10 minutes. The swimmingpool is always very clean, with sufficient sun beds. In the version all inclusive drinks are served in the real dishes, not plastic as in Mallorca. The only negative aspect is the evening entertainment, the host is unable to adapt to the public and although the average age is 40 years beyond the anniation is made for a summer camp for tennagers. In the rooms near the restaurant it is simply impossible to sleep before the annmation stops. Very unfortunate that management does not act in spite of claims daily. Les deux carquoies

Room Tip: In buildings over the road. Away from the restaurant
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Thank Carquoies
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

I stayed at this hotel on the 12th July 2011 and what can i say, well firstly we had a fantastic holiday, the weather was amazing, the location is perfect quiet in some areas but also close enough in a taxi to Malia or down to the local village of trinket shops and restaurants.
When we arrived and we shown our room we were very happy it wasnt huge but it was clean and tidy and lets be honest you dont go on holiday to sit in your room. We also had a nice patio outside and were close to the pool area to bag ourselves our favourite sun loungers each day :)
The food was good always different choices each day, my only suggestion would be to have more meat such as chicken available as not everyone eats veal, fish and pork.
In the evenings we spend most nights in the hotels tropical bar with our favourite friendly barman Jimmy who puts on kareoke and quizzes on various night which were good fun and he definatley has a way with the guests as everyone seems to love him and not forgetting the lovley Sophia.
Clean pools, good food but most of all the staff hear couldnt possibly do any more for you they give you 100% all the time and are a credit to the Manager Maria whom we met and recieved a kind departure gift from.
My 1st holiday with my boyfriend and an amazing one, we both loved it and would both go again for sure.
Thank you Sissi Bay for a memorable stay.
Please dont be put off about other reviews as they are talking nonsence.
P.s expect a few cockroaches but hey you get this everywhere abroad :P

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

All the staff are AMAZING the hotel is nice clean and quiet and the location is perfect for shopping and sightseeing.We spent 2 weeks there and are coming back next year.Rizti at the front desk was always smiling and helpful,The bar staff Nikos Sefie daytime Nikos and Romunda were always fun to be around.Kara Theresa Demetre and the rest of the restraunt crew were sch nice people.The Animation staff Willi and Pili were great always full of life and even though every one there works long hours they are always smilng and happy THANK YOU for making this holiday something we will never forget

Room Tip: get the sea view rooms
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Overall we had a great holiday.

Sisi is a lovely place.

On the face of it the Hotel looks really good & is in a great location

Sadly, as similarly pointed out by other reviewers, our room was basic and a little shabby (neighbours on either side had cockroaches!);

We were surprised to find that airconditioning was an extra! Mind you, 10 Euro's just to hire two beach towels was a surprise as well....

Drinks & snacks were very expensive (think London prices), but hey, when on holiday.....

We were allocated a room fairly close to the restaurant so had the "joy" of being kept awake by very loud "entertainment" - and I use the term loosely - imagine the worst Euro-disco that you could possibly think of and you won't be too far wrong - Obviously that's my personal view, although quite why they put a family with young children in a room so close to the "entertainment" is beyond me.

The food was generally OK, plenty of it, but maybe a bit samey. There are quite a few off -site places to go out and eat if it all gets too much for you...

The staff were generally very friendly - the lady at the pool bar was really great (Sabine?).

As for facilities, we really only used the pools (salt water) which were great - the kids thought they were really excellent.

Would suggest that you check out the prices for excursions through operators in the village before signing up to anything offered by your Rep. We didn't and later found similar excursions were a lot cheaper.

Anyway, depite my minor gripes - overall it is a safe family friendly place - it just needs a little extra TLC from the owners to make it a truly excellent destination.

Room Tip: Request a room well away from where they hold the evening
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sissi Bay Hotel & Spa

Address: Papatheodorou Str. | 2 Km From The Main Highway, Sissi, Crete 724 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Sissi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Sissi
#7 Luxury Hotel in Sissi
Price Range: $50 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sissi Bay Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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