Minos Beach art hotel
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... we could manage the to find our way back - but the small, white and blue streets all looked the same and got us very lost....asking a few locals we made it back...eventually. It was great to wake up the next morning in warm weather, a stark contrast from the north where we'd been, a quick swim and we were on the (typically late) ferry to Santorini. We were excited to arrive at our villa a short distance from the main town ...
... island, which we barely touched upon, or to tour through the Eastern half, which we didn't touch upon at all.
Having an evening flight out of Heraklion to Cyprus afforded us the opportunity to tour through some of Crete's wine country, with perhaps its most renowned region being conveniently located only a handful of kilometres from Heraklion's airport. It would be a perfect end to our time in Greece - what better way ...
... but we met a famous DJ and the music was very good so still lots of fun! And it means no hangovers this morning. Bonus! Now just waiting for Michael and Hannah to wake up so we can pack and be away from our incredibly creepy hotel manager who we suspects hates us, though we don't really know why! Bring on Venice! Love Molly ...
So there's nothing to do in Crete except lie by the pool or get drunk at night, meaning the blogs are a little boring! Last night we were all trying to save money and catch up on sleep so we decided after a day in the sun that we'd stay in and left the girls to go out. It was actually really nice to have a night of peace and quiet and Hannah and mike bought tea so they ...
Today was another Culinary Discovery Tour. I had read a trip report about it on the Oceania blog a year ago, and decided that it sounded like a wonderful experience. Besides, who has ever heard of this port at the eastern end of the island of Crete? How much could we be missing by leaving town for the day?
So Chef Kelly gathered her eighteen charges and led us to the bus that would take us to Arolithos, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Minos Beach art hotel Agios Nikolaos
Wir wohnten für 5 Nächte in einem VIP Seafront Bungalow. Der Bungalow war zwar an einen anderen angebaut, was die Privatsphäre aber praktisch nicht beeinträchtigt hat. Von dort aus hatte man einen sehr schönen Ausblick aufs Meer.
We have just returned from two weeks holiday here booked through Argo Holidays. This hotel is supposed to be a "De Luxe" grade. It may have been in the past, not now. We had a waterside bungalow. The bungalow was in a terrace of four. It was clean but basic, however it was cut off from the rest of the hotel in a place on its own. The service in the Ambrosia restaurant was slow, the portions very small, tepid temperature and the food was heavily salted . One evening it took two hours and ten minutes to get to the main course. The hotel is understaffed [albeit the staff are very friendly]. The following evening the staff numbers were increased, however all returned to normal the following night. The situation of the hotel is good, dont get a room by the road as it is very noisy. We felt that the hotel was trading on its past reputation. Would we go again - yes to Crete, the island is truly stunning and the people all very friendly, however we would need to find a much better hotel. This hotel does not warrant the charges made.
I am writing this in response to the poor review, it cannot be further from the truth. we stayed for one week in late august 2005, we arrived in the middle of the night to be taken to our upgraded bungalow. I had ordered a waterside but been put in a VIP sea front, the difference was only 20 feet and the room was far bigger. The beds where firm ( great as i have a bad back), the rooms airy and the bathrooms clean. All furnishing are to a very high standard and the rooms all have tv's, radios, and mini bars.
Our vistit to this hotel was not good. The room was 3m x 3m square with no window or air conditioning, painted battle ship grey. We were limited to only one restaurant unless we paid a premium.
The entertainment was on one night only for about an hour in the outside restaurant for which you paid an extra 23 Euro as well as having paid for your meal on half board.
Food selection not that good, meat cooked but very chewy.
Some of the staff where good others useless.
We booked on the basis of a brochure and the hotel web site, but where misled as both said five star, but only the VIP suite is that the rest not good.
Favourite hotel ever
We stayed here for a week in May in a VIP seafront bungalow, (which was exactly that!)What a fantastic setting, always somewhere quiet to sit, whether by the pool, on one of the little beaches or the rocky outcrops by the sea.
The food was wonderful - I think the author of the previous review must have got the wrong hotel as one of the highlights of breakfast was squeezing your own fresh oranges for juice - how fresh is that!!
Our bungalow was fab - only complaint was the hardness of the beds! The bathroom was spacious and the housekeeping brilliant, fresh bath AND pool towels each day. The staff were wonderful, especially Maria at the pool bar, and especially if you try to speak a few words of Greek.
We are hoping to return next year for another glorious week.
Don't go there
Sold as a luxary independent it is actually rip-off package tourism at its worst.
exhorbitant prices, staff unfriendly and unhelful, snooty.
rooms would be mediocre in a city hotel and are boring, dark and frankly badly designed and put together (ours had damp).
Not enough hot water for a bath or for two people to shower and even though we were out all day our room was not serviced, on asking for it to be the staff were moody and rude.
Food we had was nice but breakfast and the resturant are full on 'package city', this is the only place in Crete we found which did notserve fresh orange juice.
Really, believe us, don't go there!
We spent 5 days in a VIP seafront bungalow. The bungalow was in fact attached to one other bungalow but it didn't really affect our privacy.It had very pleasant views of the sea.
We stayed at the Minos Beach Hotel (which is a member of the small luxury hotels of the world / ----) for 11 nights and would like to have stayed for longer. We arived early in the morning at about 4-00am at the hotel. On check in we got a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Bungalow and was given some sandwiches incase we were hungry. If you are going to book a room or bungalow and you have the money, book a VIP Waterfront Bungalow the views are brilliant.The Hotel is low level and not intrusive, the reception looked cool and minamilist with a fish tank built into the reception desk. When we got to our bungalow it was secluded and had a private verander / Balcony with furniture and no other bungalows overlooking us - Brilliant !!. The Bungalow itself was very spacious 45 square meters. Seperate living and bedroom areas, nice big bathroom with bath and power shower and a dressing area with fitted wardrobes. The next morning we had breakfast on our balcony and then went down to one of the private beaches with our in room beach towels which got replaced fresh each day. We had lunch in the The Greek tavern 'Terpsis' which specialises in the most traditional Cretan recipes derived from fresh ingredients and local spices, open from mid May to mid October. Member of "Chaine des Rotissseurs", set in the beautiful gardens on the water's edge with its open air terrace. Guests can have their half Board meal at Terpsis restaurant at mid day if they are eating out at night.
Stayed on honeymoon at the hotel in early October 2004. The standard of the main restaurant was fantastic with great food and excellent service. The grounds of the hotel are also very attractive with winding pathways set amongst olive trees and vegetation, and a number of 'private' sunbathing jettis by the sea.
Paradise on earth
We stayed 1 week in the hotel with a marvellous view of the sea.the kitchen was excellent. The staff was very friedly and correct. The rooms and the garden were clean and nice. Like I said: a paradise on earth.