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Sea Side Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Agia Pelagia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 17, 2012

On arrival we were given an upgrade to a suite as one was available. The spa was our first port of call to book numerous treatments all of which were reasonable in price and fantastically administered. We enjoyed it so much we tried to book more before we left but were unlucky as others beat us to it.
I recommend having the a la carte dinner on the balcony. The staff treat you like royalty and look after your every whim.
The views are spectacular and the hotel very clean.

I recommend the renting of a car to explore the region, it was a great experience for us.

Please visit...you will not be dissapointed.

Room Tip: Ask for a Junior suite overlooking the rock...all you hear at night is water lapping against it
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LondonWinnie
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

recently spent a week the weather was amazing and the views were spectacular. The hotel was understaffed and lacked 5 star quality. Our room was basic but very clean but lacked security of which were brought to hotels attention our room was more unlocked than locked! The chinese food was awful albeit the service was good. The "Al A Carte" was not priced and no menus of same were available but after the food in chinese I would not have put myself in another disappointed position. Food in restaurant was okay and you could always find something again this did not touch 5 star rating. That said the staff in restaurant were always pleasant. would I return no and would I recommend no because i went out here for my weddiing anniversary and sent mails to hotel prior to arrival twice with requests which remain unanswered and surely this must result in the lack of 5 star service to be recd before arrival and during your stay at this hotel

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
4  Thank Carol H
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

From the moment I booked this holiday, my family and I were very much looking foward to it after reading the previous trip advisor reviews. Also the hotels own website showed very impressive photographs. We were so excited. However, I am very dissapointed in having to only give his hotel a 3/5.


* Oustanding location and just the most amazing views from every angle
* Comfortable rooms
* Lovely pizza's and snacks lunch time at the Pelagos pool
* Fun animation team
* Close to a shingle beach with a small selection of bars/restaurants
* Nice pool areas
* Guaranteed sunshine


* Food is rarely hot and selection is inadequate for a 5* hotel. Much of it is the same with a couple of changes daily
* Limited fresh fruit available, generally tinned or sliced oranges/melon only.
* Constantly at Breakfast, there was a queue for the fresh orange juice (where 1 jug was brought out at a time)
* Although generally the staff including the animation team work hard, there is not enough of them to cater for 700 plus guests, particulary at peak times
* No money exchange facility available in the hotel. We needed to exchange sterling and I asked at reception for assistance. I was advised to go to a bank in Heraklion. However, on speaking to a waiter at Stelios's restaurant on the beach (which is excellent), we found out the Blue Bay Hotel opposite exchanges money for you.
* The water in your shower can fluctuate between hot and cold if using at peak times
* The air conditioning unit is very slow to get the required temperature. Always ask for a second room card so you can leave the air conditioning on when out of the room
* No menus were available for the 2 'pay' restaurants on site unless you ask. Would have been nice to ponder over them during the course of the holiday.This is not 5*!
* We found the quality of the food in the chinese restaurant very poor. Again poor to other 5 star hotels we have stayed in.

To sum up, if you manage to secure a good deal i.e £700 per person er less for a fortnight and you are planning to eat out a few nights each week, the location i.e views are oustanding and are worth paying for. Fortunately, we planned to eat out a number of times during the holiday and were not restricted to the hotel 24/7. After speaking to returning guests,who had mixed reviews of the hotel on their return, it appears that the hotels standards have dropped over the last couple of years.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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14  Thank vicky186460
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

לכל מי שחשב ללכת למלון הזה
אני ממליץ לכם שלא להגיע לשם
אכזבה ענקית
האתר נראה נפלא
אבל בפועל הכל שם על הפנים
השירות לא קיים כלל, האוכל זוועה
לא מתאים בכלל למשפחות עם תינוקות ובמיוחד עם עגלות
תחפשו לכם מקום אחר
תאמינו לי, יותר גרוע לא יכול להיות

I'll translate it briefly to English right now:

the food in the main restaurant is awful.
My wife vomited the whole night after she ate at the Chinease resturant

Absolutely NOT suitable for babies (in terms of safety)

Very poor

This is absolutely NOT 5 star hotel. maybe 3 stars
ALL Fxxxxx up hotel



The only good thing during this bad experience was the booking through Resorthoppa
They came always on time, kindly drivers, and they even upgraded us to a private taxi free of charge


  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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16  Thank Yelena73
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managerseaside, Manager at Sea Side Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2012

Dear guest
Thank you very much for choosing Seaside Resort & Spa Hotel for your holidays and for taking time to write your comments, helping us improve the quality of our services.
We would like to express you, our truthful sorry for the inconvenience you experienced during your last visit in our hotel.
You mentioned that the food is awfull, we suppose you didn’t like it. We are very sorry for that.We have a 14 days menu ,every day different with different theme buffets.This menu every day includes about 120 choises. Even our menu includes some specialities from your country, from Israel,just to find something familiar to you.We are sorry if your wife was sick ,after eating in the Chinese restaurant as you said, Surely it doesn’t happen due to the food. It is the first time we have reported , that someone got sick from the food.
We hope that we will have the honor of welcoming you back to the Seaside Resort & Spa Hotel in the future in order to have the chance to offer you unforgettable holidays.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We were sent here by our travel company as our hotel in another resort was closed for refurbishment. As this was an upgrade from what we had booked we were really pleased. The hotel was clean, relaxing and good value. We enjoyed the range of food available at meal times, with food to cater for a 2 year old, and a traveller who only eats fish. We spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and found the animation team did a great job keeping the atmosphere fun without being too in your face. All in all we had a fab time!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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3  Thank Markymisfit
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We spent a week here in June. All we wanted was to go from pool to beach and back again. If like us you want a quiet relaxing break this hotel is ideal. If you want action and activity, then I suggest you look elsewhere. There is not a lot to do in and around the hotel. No shops to talk about apart from the odd beach shop, bar etc. ie no resort. I thought the evening meals were a bit same'ish day in day out. And yes, the hotel is built on many levels and may not be suitable to some. Right, so why have I rated it very good, because it is. We holiday on a regular basis and I think I know when I'm getting good value for money. If you want peace and quiet, book it.

Room Tip: With a hotel this quiet, do you really need your own pool !!!!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Dave M
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We had a great holiday! The seaview is amazing. The design of the hotel is very modern. It is very quiet. Not many kids (which we prefered. If you have kids don't stay at this resort, i'm sure they will be bored very quick). The staff is friendly. Most of the people are slightly older. There are quite a lot of russians. The evenings are slightly boring, no free drinks after 11pm. The entertainment is very bad, i don't like silly games with ice cube etc. there is a disco in the evenings which is quite boring ( in a meeting room with people sitting at staring at the people who dance...).
Please don't go to the chinese restaurant it is tasteless and i actually think the prepare everything in the microwave.

Apart from that it is a brilliant hotel. And we really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Charles R
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Address: Agia Pelagia, Crete 715 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Agia Pelagia
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Agia Pelagia
#2 Romantic Hotel in Agia Pelagia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Agia Pelagia
#6 Family Hotel in Agia Pelagia
Price Range: $159 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sea Side Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 248
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea Side Resort & Spa is one of the best hotels in Crete; it combines affordable holidays in luxurious settings, natural gardens, all under the sea breeze of the Aegean Sea. Friendly staff, great accommodation, attention to detail; all these ensure a memorable holiday to all of our guests. Sea Side Resort & Spa is a great way to spend your Greek holiday. ... more   less 
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