Good points: The rooms are basic but clean, there is air conditioning, we had our own private pool, there's free drinks, and buffet, the staff are very nice.
The not so good points: The hotel in itself is fine, a bit remote so be warned you will need to rent a scooter/car unless you don't mind 'cardiac hill' and other such mental hill climbs. We rented a quad for 4 days. Didn't mind walking too much.
The free drinks are very limited, the beer was crap and smelt of rotten eggs, and the soft drinks were really cheap post-mix imitation, and anything else you had to pay for including WATER at €1,60 a LITRE. Surely as a human necessity and since we paid over a grand, water should be free, no?
The free buffet.... ah yes, the place where OFFAL is served. They get in all the cheap off cuts of meat and turn them into god knows what, including liver that was so tough and full of grisle and veins. There are some nice parts of the buffet don't get me wrong, but avoid the meat!!
Entertainment: Ha well, 90% of holiday makers at this resort are Russian, so too are the guys who do the evening entertainment. It kind of reminded me of my GCSE Performing Arts practical exam where we had to write and perform our own musical. The set was interesting to say the least. Anyway, their kids were entertained, while parents sat around drinking crap beer. We avoided it after the first night. CRINGE!
The telephone in our room wasn't working despite speaking to reception 3 times. It was never fixed. Ermmm there's no mirrors in the Spa, so if you're having a wash after a stint in the gym or after being in the sauna, you won't be able to see or do your hair.
If you can make your way out of this resort I would totally recommend doing so. There's a few lovely beaches around, that you can access easily (again by renting transport of some kind) and lots of lovely restaurants. Snorkelling is well worth a go, and in Agia Pelagia beach you can rent boats, pedalos, plus rides on donuts etc. It's very relaxed and also no Brit tourists. Most beaches you will find Greek families. Russians mostly stay on the resort. And they speak good English too if you don't speak Greek.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Blue Bay Resort Hotel' is located on the northern side of Crete, Mononaftis Bay, 22km from the capital city of Heraklion, in the quite village of Agia Pelagia. Thanks to its privileged slope position, it offers breathtaking views of the Cretan Sea. For a vacation in an environment full of natural beauty, 'Blue Bay Resort Hotel' has a wide selection of room types, offers excellent service as well as a range of leisure activities. 'Blue Bay Resort Hotel' is an ideal choice for relaxing and enjoyable holidays. It is also a central point for excursions throughout the island of Crete. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Bay Hotel Agia Pelagia
- Blue Bay Agia Pelagia
- Blue Bay Resort Hotel Crete/Agia Pelagia