Just got back from two brilliant weeks at this wonderful hotel, we arrived at 10.00pm and were immediately offered a meal and drink that was very welcome after the journey. Our room was situated overlooking the lazy river pool with a view of the sea,we spent many evenings sitting on the balcony with a drink - very relaxing. Room was kept very clean, comfortable beds linen changed every other day, towels and beach towels as and when required. Long sandy beach, plenty of sun beds with parasols,lovely view across to the harbour. When it got too hot on the beach ,move over to the beach bar for a welcome drink and snack under the shade.
The pools were well situated, though a bit cold ! We especially liked the lazy river pool as its was quieter and we did sit on the loungers on the hard standing , they were very comfortable. We also used the other pool which was equally as good but there were more people in and around it. We did sit by this pool a few times and enjoyed being able to move around the hotel and try all locations. Entertainment at the hotel was as has been previously described but there were two new members of the animation team that arrived during our second week, and we spoke with Anna and Ricardo who assured us that they would be changing some of the evening entertainment now. They made one change during our second week where the animation team did a performance which was good.Anna worked tirelessly , she was at breakfast making fruit yoghurt drinks and Greek coffee, then onto "nordy walking" which my husband took part in several times, they walked around the area taking in places of interest. Then she moved on to water gym, then evening entertainment, lovely girl full of enthusiasm.
Food was excellent quality with plenty of choices from the buffet at breakfast, lunch,and dinner also tried both al a carte restaurants which were very good, the Greek restaurant has a lovely lookout over the beach and we watched the sun go down over dinner.
During the day drinks and snacks could be had at the beach bar or the pool bar then in the evening the lobby bar opened, as mentioned by others sometimes there could be a wait to be served, Yannis was excellent he remembered us by name and room number and what we drank from day one!! We found that if the wait got too long we just ordered at the bar - no problems. Aris worked very hard and on his night of the others struggled. More staff here also arrived during our second week, Jenny from Hull - good luck in your new job.
All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in this lovely hotel and we will definitely consider coming back.
We didn't do any of Thomsons trips as we felt they were very over priced. We went out of the hotel turn left and picked up the "happy train" and took a trip up to Mochos which was a very pleasant day out. they also run trips to Krassi and a round trip to hersonnisis look at the board in the riad for details.We also walked into Malia which is about a twenty minute walk, the old town is definitely worth a visit, we walked around in the day time it is well worth seeing. Take time to visit the main church here it is stunning.We went back for an evening meal on our last night which was very atmospheric.
We got a local bus into Agios Nikolaos for a walk round a beautiful town, there are some lovely shops and its particularly picturesque by the lake.
We walked round to Malia port a few minutes from the hotel and picked up a boat trip that took us along the bay to Malia, stalis, hersonissos , and St George's bay where there was the opportunity to go snorkelling and see the fish. Lunch was served on the boat with free drinks, then the boat sailed down to Sissi another beautiful little town.
The hotel has its own cat cafe where you are able to feed the hotel cats, they all look very healthy and have all been neutered, very refreshing to see this attitude towards the cats inn a Greek island , there is a donation box in reception towards their care.
The hotel is also very actively involved in protecting the local environment. All in all a very good visit.
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