Aldemar Knossos Royal
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... what tonight's will bring. They have a huge three level full scale theater at the front of the boat. It has a two level revolving stage and all the lights and sound equipment you could ever hope to have as a director of a show ! We pack a small bag tonight as we head of tomorrow morning to Jerusalem & Bethlehem to stay overnight in Jerusalem then next day to the Dead Sea! Hopefully our hotel has wifi and I can load some of this blog and photos ...
... ship by 2.30 and spent the afternoon snoozing and reading. Dinner tonight was an Italian extravaganza and we dressed in red, green or black. The waiters sung Italian sings and marched round the dining room with tiramisu gateaux held up high! All very festive! We have a nice group of people at our dining table, oz, Canadian and kiwi, having some great ...
We walked through the gorge to Aghios Ioannis, an area which is cleared but has magnificent old trees, a church, fresh water springs and for summer, a tavern. The area was deserted but it is a very popular spot for locals in summer. Alongside the small church, there was a grave from 1890; possiby of some importance as a new large headstone dated 2007 has ...
... patisserie that sells all manner of yummy things.
Did our food shopping visiting various grocers and mini markets.
Stopped for lunch at a local cafe; lamb chops, pita bread, chips and labneh yoghurt for AU$7.50 plus half a litre of wine for AU$3.25. I thought I was buying a glass of wine but it got lost in translation! The red could only be described as rough but for a few ...
I went to Crete in 2011. We lived in an old white house about 20 minutes outside Chania. While there we rented a car and drove all over the island. I saw the most beautiful beach and we had lovely food and company. The smell of thyme and olives that you just get in Greece is also the most amazing smell. I don't know what else to write other than that i fell in love with Crete as well as i have fallen in love with the rest of Greece.
I got some pictures as well.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Aldemar Knossos Royal Hersonissos
Loved it, brilliant!
We adored this hotel. Everything was first rate. Completely disagree about the food, we found it to be brilliant. Our room was nothing special, however you only spend the night time in them and they were comfortable enough. Staff very friendly, pools clean and beach very good!
Have just returned from Knossos Royal Village with my wife and son.
The standard of the accomodations, (we had a superior room overlooking the beach) was excellent. Cleanliness was second to none. The grounds were beautifully maintained and the village exuded a feeling of opulence.
We have just returned from our holiday here and have to say the resort itself is lovely. As others have said, the pool is absolutely beautiful and because we were there at the end of the school holidays we were lucky in never having to fight for a deck chair and not feeling at all as though the place was too crowded. The grounds are kept well and there is a variety of smaller pools and play grounds for the kids, including mini golf. The food was fine - not gourmet in the main restaurant but enough variety to please anyone. The staff were excellent, especially the Guest Relations Manager (we had a small issue with a strange man hanging around!). I think this place best suits families with its pools, childrens entertainment, etc. Its away from the apparent madness of Hersonissos but if you fancy going there its just a 20 minute walk. The major let down is the rooms - we had requested a double room and ended up with two single beds pushed together that my baby kept falling through when she was playing on the bed! I would say our room would be lucky to be considered 3 star but we did have a lovely balcony and sea view so that made up for it.
We arrived here in August 2004 and on arrival was totally impressed. The reception area was fantastic, the staff were professional and the rooms we were allocated were lovely...small but lovely and the balcony we had over looking the sea and the resort were amazing.
Very very nice
Just a quick comment on the Royal village. My wife & myself have just returned having spent our vacation here all I can say is this hotel is superb. Although 5 star may be a bit too high. Our room was clean and fresh maid service every day the sheets were even changed on our last night strange we thought. Food was very good if you like buffet service we used the ala cart restaurant but service was slow. Bar prices were however very high. Most nights we walked into hersonissis but left before 10pm, as it is known to get rowdy. The pools at the hotel were all good although we never used the main pools as our villa had private pool. The beach was very fine shingle and very clean. All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Just returned , although I think the accomodation is over priced as I had paid extra for a Superior/deluxe room (the room was neither) with sea view, we had a nice (but side) sea view. Having said this, I thought the place was lovely, relaxing, plenty of sun beds if you didn't mind sitting on the beach. Unlike some others, I thought the food was very good, I like good food and always found something tasty, well cooked, good selection. Friendly staff, animation team were hard working. We paid to eat in the two special restuarants which were very enjoyable and I would recoomend.
Over all, a little over priced but a good holiday
dear "colleagues" tourists!!!!! i have just been to this Aldemare Knossos Royal hotel. i entered this site especially fo you not to reppit my mistake. i had a lot of problems in this hotel:
Although poorly described in the brouchure (and I would recommend booking direct in this case since the tour operator rep was non-existant), the Knossos Royal Village was a brilliant venue (but note this is a village, and not a hotel complex. Accomodation is generally twin rooms set into small 2 level blocks with a balcony terrace). The staff were very friendly, and the grounds and facilities were excellant. I would question the 5 star rating to a degree, since the accomodation was basic 3 star in my opinion, althougth the remaining facilities were well classed. The restaurant was excellant, with such an impressive range of dishes available you couldn't decide (although some nights were a bit lacking in the kid's choices). The area is safe, and well maintained, and away from the hendonistic antics of Hersonissos. The other guests come from all over the world, and would be generally of a well mannered and friendly middle / business class background. The kids will love the 50m water slide, and the animation team were actually very good (honestly !), energetic, professional entertainers. The beach was great, sun beds laid out, and free towels (with a returnable deposit). All the water sports are available, lovely walks around the point of St. Georges Bay, even a bit of fishing from the jetty / rocks. The bar is a bit pricey, but with a fridge in each room, the local supermarket is a great place to pick up a bottle of wine for about 3.2 euro (look out though for the big 1.5 lt bottles which are only about 3.8 euro). Overall very relaxing, friendly professional staff, and a very picturesque venue. Sincerely recommended for a chill out, family friendly holiday.
Room was nice and clean, the view was great, but the service was rather poor, and the food was terrible. Couple this with the fact that Hersonissos is loud, annoying, tourist-trap town and you have some good reasons to stay elsewhere.
Spend a little more money and stay at Elounda.