I spent a week here in July and would like to address some of the comments people have made about the hotel. I have pretty high standards when it comes to hotels and I was not disappointed.
I stayed in one of the rooms overlooking the pool, not one of the villas. On arrival at the hotel we were shown straight to our room which was very clean and obviously new. Looked exactly as it shows in the pictures, which isn't always the case. We had a bottle of wine and water chilling in the fridge which was complimentary and a nice touch. Room was cleaned everyday and the aircon was a godsend.
The pool area is open to the public and yes people show up who work in Malia but this didn't impact on my holiday at all. The pool bar staff seemed to keep all the people who weren't staying at the hotel in one corner and as the pool area is pretty huge we were fine at the other side of the pool. I also should mention that they were not loud and I didn't hear a peep out of them, although maybe that would be different if I'd sat next to them everyday! Overall the pool area is great, very quiet and relaxing, plenty of sunloungers and no-one rushed to take sunbeds. You could go out at midday and there was hardly anyone about.
We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was excellent. The breakfast was nice too, no english breakfast although this was probably for the best as I ate so much for lunch and dinner! They had toast, cereal, fresh fruit and a chef on hand to make omelettes and eggs. What makes breakfast though is that you can eat on the terrace which has amazing views over Malia.
I used the spa one afternoon which was lovely but you do have to book treatments a few days in advance. Would definitely recommend the swedish back massage.
Because of the location we hired a moped. It is at the top of a hill and it would be difficult to walk for even the fittest of people! On a postive note though, this is probably why it's so peaceful. We visited Stalis and Hersonnisos which are both worth a visit and Malia old town has some amazing restaurants.
All staff were friendly. A lot of the people staying there were from Europe, but really, if you want a hotel full of Brits then maybe stay on Malia strip or maybe stay in Britain!
Only thing to watch is the transfers. As you have to go through winding streets of the old town to get there, the buses can't get up. Our transfer dropped us at a taxi rank in Malia and told us we had to get a taxi the rest of the way. if we'd known this we probably would have just got a taxi the whole way.
Anyway I can not praise the hotel enough and would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Heights Resort is situated in Malia area-Pezoula on an amazing privately-owned hill consisting of 60 acres of land with breathtaking views of the beautiful Cretan Sea. Located just 2 minutes away by car from the amazing beaches of Malia and just a 20 minute drive from the international airport ‘Nikos Kazantzakis’ in Heraklion and five minutes from the golf of Herisonnisos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Heights Hotel Malia
- Royal Heights Resort Malia, Crete