Crete is known for its hospitality, food and beauty, and the hotel scored the highest in all these categories! The architecture is stunning, combining the 3 elements of the ancient cretan style of water, stone and wood. All the restaurants are nicely situated around this theme and offer views of the infinity pools and/or the ocean. Our room, suite 226, was very spacious and had breathtaking views of the ocean. The service is amazing, the famous cretan hospitality at its best. We felt that these people could be our friends. They did not only call us by name but they all knew our plans and experiences for our vacation and were trying to help with suggestions and explanations. Among the friendliest staff I must point how exceptional captain Eleni and the manager of the cretan restaurant Antonis were! The breakfast was so good and offered a big variety of the cretan and Greek cuisine. The Cretan restaurant offered some of the most delicious food combining traditional cretan recipes with organic products from the Grecotel's own farm, "A Greco". You must visit that farm, if you have the time. All the a la cart restaurants were excellent, we had lots of fresh fish. They were always very accommodating willing to prepare for us things that were not on the menu. The pool is olympic size and beautiful. We originally chose this hotel because of its location. We wanted to be close to Hrakleion but not inside the town. We wanted a luxury resort that would allow us to easily sight see the Eastern part of Crete. We rented a car and we went to the palace of Knossos ( an absolute must-see), the Kazantzakis museum, the towns of Hrakleion and Agios Nikolaos as well as Elounda. If our kids were a little older we could have traveled further east but instead we decided to move to Chania for another 6 nights and explore the western part of Crete. Although originally from Greece, we live in the United States and spend our winter vacations at luxury resorts in the Caribbean. Amirandes was one of the best resorts we have stayed, if not the best, and at the fraction of the money we spend in the Caribbean. Our last vacation was at the "famous" Eden Rock in St. Barths. I must say Eden Rock pales in comparison to Amirandes in all levels, including the value. We can't wait to visit Amirandes again and have told all our friends and family about it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amirandes 5 star hotel in Crete, is a sparkling exclusive resort on the coast of east Crete. Themed around the lagoons that swirl through its centre, the luxury hotel in Crete covers a 70,000 sq m beachfront estate comprising of eight restaurants, sandy beaches, Elixir Spa with authentic Ayurveda treatments, outdoor Olympic-size seawater pool, over 60 private pools and extensive children's facilities. The sophisticated guestrooms suites and villas feature indulgent details such as private gyms, home cinema and state-of-the-art bathrooms with colour-therapy and aromatherapy Jacuzzi bathtubs. Refined and considerate service mirrors the Resort's meticulous attention to detail and utmost respect for the privacy of its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grecotel Amirandes Hotel Gouves
- Grecotel Amirandes Amnissos
- Grecotel Amirandes Hotel Amnissos
- Amirandes, Grecotel Exclusive Resort Kato Gouves, Crete