I shall break the review into catorgories -
Hotel/rooms - Very clean complex, cleaners arrived each day and kept everything spotless.
Food - Great choice and quality was excellent which I did not expect for an All Inclusive.
Breakfast - You can have cereals, toast, pancakes or a fry up.
Lunch - Salad buffet, soup, choice of meals and puddings.
Dinner - There are 2 seperate cooking stations in the evening along with the Buffet style which had around 3 main dishes a day, along with a good selection of Veg and potatoes/chips.
One of the stations would cook Kebabs, pork steaks e.t.c and the other was Pasta dishes.
On top of this you had Soup and a Salad Buffet along with fresh bed. Then if you still could manage it, there was the puddings and ice cream.
You also have the pizza from 12:00 - 18:00 if you wanted a snack, the kids loved that.
Drinks - Ok, this was not great - it is a choice of fizzy/squash for the kids and Beer, Wine or Brandy, everything else you have to pay for. The fizzy is not the best, although the kids were happy. However it is help yourself around one of the pools (except wine) and also in the restaurant. The bar open after 18:00 you have to queue for the Beer and wine which can get busy, but hey it is all free!
Entertainment - The guys who run this are excellent and very friendly, they do various things throughout the day which you will not be harrassed into doing, which I liked. The evening entertainment is not great but the kids all went off playing anyway, so didn't particularly bother me.
Pools - Great pools, 3 main pools and 2 Kids pools plus you have the slides, which are brilliant and the guys are very relaxed unlike waterparks.
Gouves itself - The beach is around 5 minutes walk and again very clean. 6 Euros to hire 2 sunbeds and an umbrellla for the day, so very reasonable. The shops and bars are about a 10 minute walk away, if you find the shortcut, otherwise 15 mins but why use the bars and restaurants when it is all free in the Park. There is a bus stop (Approx 10 mins walk with a shortcut) which you can take to Heraklion and will cost 9 euros for a family of 4 each way, from there you can get buses to most places. Also if you can cross the road you can jump on a bus the other way to the likes of Malia.
It is very cheap to rent a car and there is a brilliant guy just outside of Gouves park who is cheap for car rentla and booking trips, don't use the club rep.
I hope this has been useful
To sum up - we had an excellent time and already looking on returning next year to Crete and may very well be Gouves Park.
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