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... first (or I did) after dinner the other night. It's customary to bring fruit after your meal and sometimes includes a little dessert. Funny that night because none us were all that hungry, and Johnny had even said he couldn't put anything in his stomach if he had to. The pile was half gone in no time. We split up and Nick , Lisa and I walked around the shops and eventually made it to a little beach but the ...
The drive west along the southern coast from Matala towards Myrtos and Irapatra took us over increasingly mountainous terrain with more cliff-hugging switchbacks and rocky panoramas leading down to the coast much like the less traveled northern road in Maui from Kahalui to Lahaina (minus the one lane roads). The towns and villages were even built along the downward sloping ridge lines. Until finally the ...
Tour of Crete in the morning. Visited the ruins of a palace, very crowded, hot and uncomfortable. 36c with no air conditioning on a packed bus. Very pleased to be back in town, having pizza and beer for lunch. Off to Rhodes tomorrow, hopefully a little ...
... great gifts! (Mostly we bought stuff for ourselves ;) ) We then came home to our home for the last week to pack up, which was an adventure in itself and now we are headed to bed. It's after midnight here and we have a ferry to Santorini tomorrow morning. Sleep well my little lemmings and keep following our ...
... bus. This was the real treat! The ferry stopped at the secluded village of Lautro, which is something g right out of a picture. It is a natural harbor accessible only by boat. I can't wait to see the pictures I took! We continued on and got off the ferry at the next stop to ride four hours back to our hotel. Long day but so worth it. We have two full days left in Crete before leaving for Santorini! The adventure ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Candia Park Village Agios Nikolaos
What a wonderful place to stay, rooms cleaned every day and you are given as many clean towels as needed. The on site facilities are everything you could wish for, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, tavernas etc... The games room with its Internet access and pool table gave them something to do in the evening and the launderette and supermarket supplied your needs in that direction. The swimming pools kept the children (5-31 years old) happy and well entertained. Agios Nikoloas is at the moment only a seven euro taxi ride away so it's easy to get to and the restaurants there are superb. The car hire facility on site is useful and we spent a number of days exploring reaching Sitia to the east and Hirsonisos westwards. For a family group of fifteen it was a wonderful experience which we may well repeat soon.
Will Go Back Fantastic Experience
We picked Candia Park Village primarly because of the many positive reviews. The reviews were right on the mark as Candia Park was the best resort hotel that we have stayed at. We have 3 children so want to make sure we picked the right place for the entire family. The accommodations, service, food and recreational ammenities were great. The friendleness of the staff was next to none. From an American perspective the service was better than I have recieved at four star accomodations in the US. I also enjoyed that the cliental representeted many different nationalties. The kids loved the place period. We will come back again to Candia Park to spent a great week in the sun in the future. The only thing different we would have done would be to rent a car for our entire 10 day stay. The excursions that we booked locally and through our travel agent were expensive and rushed. Save yourself some money, buy a good tour book and explore. My assumpion is that you might be able to find a local guide for just a little more than the cost of an excursion. Guess we will find out next time around.
Perfect place to stay!
Our five days at Candia Park Village were not enough! Crete is beautiful and Candia Park Village is exceptional. The apartments are comfortable and quite spacious. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony and enjoying the wonderful view. The pools are excellent, as is the beach area. The buffet meals are good. We could have stayed at Candia Park Village much longer, in fact, next time we will! It is a great location for exploring eastern Crete.
Jedes Jahr ausgezeichnet
Wir waren 1995 zum ersten Mal im Candia Park als unsere Tochter ein Jahr alt war. Es war damals großartig und ist heute, bei unserem 5. Besuch, noch viel besser. Die Lage ist sehr ruhig mit ausgezeichnetem Blick über die Bucht auf die Berge. Unterkunft ist im traditionellen zweistöckigen Stil, mit Gebäuden über das makellose und gut versorgte Grundstück verteilt. Wir fahren normalerweise im Mai wenn es noch nicht so heiß ist und überall Blumen zu sehen sind. Die Zimmer sind geräumig und sehr bequem mit einer guten Klimaanlage. Um die zwei Pools herum gibt es immer genug Sonnenliegen und Sonnenschirme und an der Poolbar hat man den besten Blick auf alles.
Wir mieten normalerweise ein Auto weil das Hotel etwas von Ag.Nik. entfernt ist, obwohl wir sonst immer in die andere Richtung nach Elounda fahren. Das ist zwar kleiner hat aber viele tolle Tavernen.
Es lohnt sich, an der Barbecue- und Buffetnacht im Hotel teilzunnehmen, auch wenn es nicht ganz billig ist, das Essen ist reichhaltig und super Qualität mit super Auswahl.
Wir finden es klasse, in den Urlaub zu fahren, ohne sich darüber Sorgen machen zu müssen, wie das Hotel wohl sein wird und wir haben schon für's nächste Jahr gebucht.
Das Hotel ist hauptsächlich für Familien geeignet, Paare die etwas ruhiges, romantisches suchen, werden vermutlich enttäuscht sein.
Wau! Perfekte Lage
Waren eine Woche lang im Candia Park Village - tauschten für eine Timeshare Woche durch R.C.I. Wusste nicht, was wir erwarten sollten und waren überrascht. Unglaubliche Lage mit Blick auf Mirabello Bay - besser geht's nicht auf Kreta - die Berge, die Seen, eine unglaubliche Lage - alles kommt an einem Ort zusammen. Das Zimmer war sagenhaft, ein Schlafzimmer, großartige Küche und Balkon mit tollen, ruhigen Blick. Ein Rundgang über's Gelände brachte ausreichend Bewegung - die ganze Zeit rauf und runter - gut, um den Kreislauf in Schwung zu bringen, und etwas vom Essen abzuarbeiten. Viele gute Stellen wo man schwimmen kann und ein tolles Poolgebiet mit Salzwasserpool. So schön wie das auch war, ich komme nach Griechenland um im wunderschönen, sauberen und klaren Mittelmeer zu schwimmen. Das Schwimmen war fantastisch - geschützt von Booten und perfekt zum Schnorcheln. Ein schönes und komfortables Lay-Out um herumzuhängen, gute Lage der Bar für einen Drink. Meine einziges "Anliegen" war das es hier viel zu viele Kinder gibt! Gut gelegen für Kinder aber wir stellten immer sich, dass wir innerhalb der Anlage eine ruhige Stelle fanden. Wir hatten ein Auto und fuhren gerne herum und aßen in griechischen Restaurants anstelle vom Hotelrestaurant, für uns war das toll. Fragten die Angestellten nach Empfehlungen in der Umgebung, so hatten wir das beste aus den zwei Welten - konnten die Stadt sehen, gingen spazieren und genossen dann unsere Unterkunft.
Aghious nikolos just returned from candia village on self catering 1 week holiday brilliant village like accomodation. All mod cons television, hairdryer, air conditioning, huge balcony where we could sit out and eat breakfast, daily maid service. Had 2 huge pools, fresh pool towels daily, plenty of sunbeds.Shop on site.Friendly staff would not advise to book half board as buffet style free for all not relaxed dining .Taverna on site. Good quality site beautiful plants. Bit of a walk shortcut to town 30 minutes but no real need to leave site. Bus service local ok taxis etc. Car hire was useful. Small beach with watersports available.
We would go back again. Has kids club which we did not use. Lots of germans , some french and english. Good value for money.
We've just come back from a week at Candia Park, our first visit to Crete, indeed Greece. From the moment the coach turned into the drive we knew that we'd made a good choice. The place is beautifully laid out and is covered in flowers and overlooks the Mirabello Bay.
Our accommodation was good and had everything we needed with daily maid service. There was air conditioning in the bedroom but it was quite cool inside even though temperatures were up in the 30s most of the week. The pool area was lovely and there were beach towels provided. Even though it was half term there was space for everyone. Our children aged 9 and 11 loved it and the whole complex felt very safe. My favourite spot was on the small beach where you could find some shade if you wanted and again wasn't crowded. The sea was beautiful to swim in and very calm. My daughter loved snorkelling in it as there were fish right up to the water's edge. We ate mainly in the Taverna onsite which was very good and the staff delightful, in fact all the staff were friendly and helpful. The entertainment varied form evening to evening but was good on the whole. We used the bus service several times and found it easy and cheap to get to Elounda or Ag Nik. The only thing that spoilt it for us were the mosquitoes. My husband especially had a bad reaction to them and I was quite badly bitten too despite bringing lots of repellents etc. so be warned! Happily the children seemed unscathed. It is unlikely therefore that we will return but I do recommend it as a wonderful place to stay.
Excellent year after year
We first stayed at Candia Park in 1995 when our daughter was one. It was great then and it is even better now, after our fifth visit. The location is quiet with fantastic views over the bay to the mountains. Accommodation is in traditional style 2 storey buildings dotted around the spotless and well tended grounds. We usually go in May when the temperature is not too hot and the whole place is full of flowers. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable with great air conditioning. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas around the 2 pools and the pool bar has the best view of all.
We usually hire a car as it is a bit of a hike into Ag.Nik. although we usually go the other way into Elounda which is smaller but has several great tavernas.
The hotels Greek barbeque and buffet nights are worth going to as, while it is not cheap, the food is plentiful and top quality with loads of variety.
It's great to set out on holiday not worrying about what the hotel is going to be like and we have already booked for next year. All the staff from reception to the maids and gardeners are very friendly and helpful.
Best for families and couples looking for a quiet romantic break might be disappointed.
Wow! Perfect setting
Stayed for a week at the Candia Park Village - actually traded in a timeshare week through R.C.I. Didn't know what to expect and were we surprised. Unbelievable setting overlooking Mirabello Bay -this is Crete at its best - the mountains, the seas, in an outstanding setting - all coming together in one place. The unit was tremendous -a bedroom, great kitchen, and balcony with a gorgeous, tranquil view. Walking around the grounds is great exercise -up and down all the time -good for your cardio to work off some of the food you will enjoy. Several spots to swim on the premises plus a beautiful multi-pool area with sea water. However nice it was, I go to Greece to swim in the beautiful, clean, clear Mediterranean Sea and the swimming was fantastic - sheltered from boats, but perfect for snorkeling. A nice, comfortable layout for lounging around, good bar setup for a drink. The only "concern" for me was - are there too many kids! Great setup for kids, but we made sure we were able to find quieter locations on the grounds. We had a car, and love to go out and eat in Greek local restaurants, rather than in the hotel restaurant, so it was great for us. Asked the staff members for local recommendations, so we enjoyed the best of both worlds -seeing the town, walking around, then enjoying our accomodations very much.
Candia Park was a fantastic hotel (complex). The faclilities were very clean and the staff are brilliant. They couldn't do anymore for you. The Customer Service is excellent. They love and adore kids, making you feel at home and welcome. I don't have any children but its quite clear they are family orientated. I loved the hotel because you can choose from sun bathing by the pool, beach or go to a secluded sunbathing spot by the sea (very romantic).
One drawback, it took approx 40 mins walk to get in to the centre of Agios Nikolaos. A bit of a drain if you walked every night. The buses aren't dependable. They run under GMT (Greek Maybe Time). However the complex offers options such as a Al a Carte Menu, Greek Taverna to eat or a games room etc.
If you wanted to go to a local resturant out side the hotel, there are a couple of resturants. The best one I found was a resturant called Candia. Not related to the hotel but they served gorgeous food and made you feel very welcome.