My family and I weren't as excited as normal for this holiday as we had read so many bad reviews. We have never been to Greece before so we were slightly anxious especially when some reviews said that it was in the middle of no where with not much to do. What really concerned us though was the all inclusive package. When we booked our holiday we were under the impression that all alcoholic drinks were included but it was only a few months before traveling and after reading lots of reviews that we realised that the only spirits included were raki and ouzo. My mother in law even rang our travel agent to check as she couldn't believe it. This didn't bother me too much as I don't really drink spirits but all the adults in our family love drinking vodka so they even considered cancelling or changing our holiday. In the end we decided to go but took some of our own spirits (vodka, Malibu and martini) as we weren't sure if there would be supermarkets nearby.
We were so glad we didn't swap our holiday or cancel because we had a really good time. Our party included myself, my husband our 3 children (age3, 7 &10) my mother and father in law and my husbands sister and partner. We arrived on Tuesday 6th August at around 4.00. We were greeted by friendly reception staff and our cases were taken to our annex as it was a 5 minute walk down a hill. We were pleased with our accomadation as we had also read lots of bad reviews about the annex's but they were perfect for us as we were on the ground floor so it was perfect with having a young child. we had a terrace instead of a balcony with beautiful sea views, infact wherever you are in this hotel whether its the pool, bar or restaurant there is always a beautiful panoramic view. We read that air conditioning wasn't included in the annex's either but we were lucky as the previous guests must have paid for it and never turned it off so we got it for free! This was the case with most of the guests but unfortunately my sister in law and her boyfriend weren't as lucky. There was a large fridge/freezer in our room too. Our room was in a great position, we were a few minutes from the main pools and outside bar but we also had a another pool at the side of our room. It was like having our own private pool because no one ever sunbathed there so its ideal if you wanted it peaceful. We spent a lot of time round the 3 main pools though as the kids loved going down the water slides and playing with the friends they made. There are also two more pools in another part of the hotel (this is 5 minutes up the road) and another bar. I don't think we would have enjoyed staying in that part though as its a bit out of the way from the main pools, bars, restaurant and entertainment.
The restaurant is buffet style for breakfast, diner and evening meal and although its not the best food we've had we never got bored of it and there was plenty of choice. There is food available at the outdoor bar (pizza's and baguette sandwiches) not much choice but the pizza was nice and we normally had lunch in the restaurant. kids enjoyed getting ice cream and milkshakes. There was a drinks machine that had tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc and they brought cake out at 4.00 which was really nice. I mostly drank red wine but it was more like rose and wasn't very strong so I often bought some wine and cava from the supermarket and kept it in our fridge. The children enjoyed drinking kids cocktails and the other adults enjoyed drinking raki cocktails. We paid for a few cocktails that included other spirits. All other spirits were available but you had to pay. When we asked the bar staff why they said vodka used to be included but the Russians were drinking them dry. The hotel décor is lovely and all the staff were really friendly. The entertainment was really good and our kids made lots of friends. We made some really good friends too. guests were from all over the world but mostly a mixture of English, French and Russian.
The spa is really nice and I even treated myself to a facial and body massage which was lovely. There was a price list in the room which was quite expensive but the beauty therapist used to stand outside the restaurant at breakfast and diner and hand out paper with daily offers on (so you could get 2 treatments for half the price).
The closest beach was a 3 minute walk down a steep hill which was fine for us but my mother and father in law sometimes found it hard walking back up. There is a free bus to the beach and back but we never used it as it seemed pointless for 3 mins and we like walking. If your not mobile then its not the best place for you. There were lots of other little beaches within 10 minutes walking distance and the main town of agia pelagia was a 20 minute walk away. There is a lovely beach and promenade with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. There was plenty for a family holiday as we wouldn't want it too lively with young children. There are lots of lovely walks with beautiful views. There are even a few bars shops and restaurants at our closest beach so only 3 minutes away. We went there one night and there was a beach party too. We also enjoyed the pool partys, we were swimming in the pool and going down the slides at midnight! the pool was even warmer then too.
The weather was lovely, very hot but you didn't feel it because there was always a breeze. I think that's because the hotel is on a hill and so close to the sea.
Overall we had a really good time. It wasn't a perfect all inclusive package but we made the most of it and the views and people made up for it. We would definitely go back to Greece and even back to blue bay as we have such fond memories.
- 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