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Sunshine Crete Beach
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Koutsounari
Reviewed 14 June 2013

Just returned yesterday after a week at this hotel. Staff were excellent The room was mediocre - clean but very basic with no toiletries other than some liquid soap positioned in such a peculiar place that it was impossible to reach whilst having a shower! Television a 14 inch portable with only BBC world service to watch. Pool was nice and never crowded but was spoilt most of the time by the extremely loud music played at the poolside. All entertainment was in French. As our room overlooked the pool there was no escaping the noise! For our evening meal we had to go to the 'bigger, posher' hotel across the road. There, the lighting was not very atmospheric - too bright- but the food wasn't at all bad for an all inclusive.The beach is awful - just gravel, not even shingle. Our biggest gripe was that we were the only English people in the Hotel. No Union Jack flying outside the hotel with all the other national flags. One of the waiters praised us on our English pronunciation and when he realized where we had come fro was quite excited to be able to speak 'proper' English. It therefore felt quite lonely and I wouldn't recommend any other UK people to go there. A reasonably nice place but not for us!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

I just came back from my stay at this hotel. My mom and my two kids spent 9 days there. The hotel is surrounded by mountains on one side and sea on the other. Everybody in the hotel is very helpful and nice, there is plenty of food to choose from during the day, plenty of drinks, very clean beach, towels free, lots to do for the kids. So here is my but: the rooms are VERY loud. We got the family room which are the only ones for some reason left with old dark scratched squeaky wood floors. Not sure what they were thinking while renovating. all the rest of the rooms have a nice light tile floor. The walls are paper thin so you will hear pretty much everything from the rooms next and above you. Also, the entertainment staff for the first 8 days didn't even acknowledge that there might be other nationalities other than Russian and German in the hotel and not until our last day they finally started making announcements also in English. We pretty much had no idea the entire time what activities were going on. Also, if you're travelling with kids, beware that the two bigger slides are for kids ages 6 and up, which caused a tremendous problem for my 5-year old son who was not allowed to go with his sister. The lifeguards are so strict that even if I tried to go when nobody was there and I would stand on the bottom to catch him (which he didn't need), I still had to argue with them. Very annoying and if I knew about this, I wouldn't have chosen a hotel with slides. But overall, we had a great time and enjoyed our stay a lot.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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11  Thank MASNB
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

I have just spent a wonderfully relaxed week at this hotel and feel that I must recommend it.
It is brilliantly well run from Management down the cleaning staff - nothing is too much trouble and the staff are always friendly and helpful. The rooms are very very comfortable and have all the amenities needed.
The food is excellent and the selection is very good every day. tis Hotel caters very well for all but especially for families with children - there is so much for them to do and an army of specialist children's helpers.
Can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Just came back from a week at this beautiful & very welcoming "all incl" club. We were 2 couples with 2 children aged 9-10 and by all means had a real good time. The staff is very welcoming, such a good service I really don't remember.....the place is very clean & well kept, the "cousine" was way beyond what we've expected, everything you can think of in the excellent Balcanic kitchen was there side by side with western kitchen for those who can not give up the fast food, large pools with various slides for the children and one of the clearest & cleanest shores I've seen in the mediterranean. Go for it while it still summer out there !!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Our stay was early in August 2011. Very satisfied in all , clean and spacious bungalow-hotel, gentle stuff and good services.
Pros: Enjoyed the pools , our 4 year old boy loved them. Nice beach as well - only little trouble when wind blew hard! - , cosy room , rich buffet meals , many vegetables as well - all inclusive package 3 meals - . Even the hotel bars at night were ok for our taste . We didnot feel like going out and about since we had everything we wanted in- also not a place for sightseeing. Other residents mainly german and french . Great for long hour sunbathing or swimming , small playground for children.

Cons : Would suggest to renew the music collection for the main restaurant toward more modern and cheerful songs since it is summer time and the mood is light anyway! Few renovations for the room toilet maybe. No flat screen TV , but we didnot mind. Had our own wireless internet , the hotel charged the internet as far as we know.

We would certainly go again!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank JoyThanos
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Reviewed 7 December 2010

We like Greece very much, but Crete is a special place for us. You can feel and see history on that island. So, we again decided to spend our holiday there. This time we wanted go to south coast of the island. It very good decision, however number of hotels on that side limits the choice. We chose Sunshine Lyktos Beach (former Magic Life Club). You can see that hotel was built long time ago. We reserved a sea view room and got the room on same floor in the main building as reception desk. So, the view was not so great and I informed the reception staff I would like to change the floor to higher one, but my wish was not fulfilled. But, we had also great time in our room and we shouldn't complain.
One bad thing in the room is furniture which is quite old, covered by an oil paint. Bathroom is also small and the equipment is used up. But we managed and survived it.
Garden in the hotel is just beautiful. One of the best I have ever seen. Large trees, beautiful flowers and herbs. Just below our balcony we had lemon trees.
Food - it also very good. Always fresh fish, a great choice of vegetable and fruits, wine, beer, pancakes for a breakfast. Hotel were almost 100 % accommodated but queues to bars were not long and you didn't waste time there.
In the evening there were always something in amphitheatre. If you don't speak German please be prepared that the hotel is "club alltoura" and shows are only in German.
Don't forget to visit Ierapetra - very nice town to be claimed the southern most town in Europe.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank KlaudiaATH
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

Location: Quite isolated, about 20 minute bus ride from the main town of Ierapetra. Very quiet location, I would suggest you try and get a room overlooking the sea, as we had a mountain view, which was nice, but there was also a fairly busy road.

Rooms: Basic but clean and tidy, equipped with: television, safe, hairdryer, bath with shower attachment and air conditioning. Also, rooms have a balcony and quite a hard bed. Internet use, charge incurred.

Communal Areas: Dated, but again clean and tidy.

Food: Restaurant was basic, but large and clean. We were all inclusive, and the food was very good. Buffet style with a great choice, food was always cooked and seasoned well.

Beach: Private pebble beach, very clean and lovely clear water, loungers provided.

Pools: One relax pool, very peaceful and plenty of sun beds and one activity pool for aerobics etc.

Staff: Staff were always polite and helpful.

All in all, the hotel was nice and for the price we paid, great value. I would class the hotel as a 3.5* not 5 as described, it could do with updating, but still a good hotel if you can get the right price. The local town Ierapetra, was more a working town and there is not much to see or do. We were the only English couple there, as hotel is not widely marketed in the UK as yet. The pools, weather and food were the best parts of the holiday and these are among the most important things.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Koutsounari, Ierapetra, Crete 722 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Ierapetra > Koutsounari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Koutsounari
Price Range: £54 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sunshine Crete Beach 5*
Number of rooms: 326
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Oasis Of Serenity - Warm Greek Hospitality - Endless Beaches - Unforgettable Mediterranean Flavors - Impressive Sunsets - All Inclusive ... more   less 
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