This was our first experience of a holiday in Greece and our first all inclusive holiday. We had a few hours in Chania last year when we were on a Med Cruise and gave us the desire to holiday in Crete.
The Blue Marine is isolated and is about 3 or 4 miles from Agios Nikolaos. Although we do like to walk on holiday this is not a road to walk. There are pavements only in parts of the walk and from what I've seen of drivers in Crete I would not want to be walking on the road.You can get the bus right outside the hotel and it is euros 1.60 to Agios Nikolaos. A taxi is euros 9.00. From Agios Nikolaos you can get a bus to Elounda for about euros 1.60. The island of Spinalonga is just off Elounda and you can get the boat trip for euros 10.00. You need to pay another Euros 2.00 on the island to get access. the boat trip allows you an hour on the island. This is well worth the visit.
The all inclusive drinks system worked well for us. Drinks were available in the deal all day from 10.00 in the morning till 11.00 at night and it included the range of spirits including usual brands such as Beefeater Gin. After 11 pm drinks were still available but were charged. All meals were buffet style with large choice. Breakfast was from 0700 till 10.00. The pool bar started serving burgers from 1100 and lunch was from 1230 till 1430. The pool bar served sandwiches and snacks and ice cream from 1600 and dinner was from 1900 till 2130. Saw some people who would take advantage of all the options. Our big disappointment of the buffets was the temperature of the food. Even food straight from the kitchen was not piping hot.
They have two a la carte restaurants and you can eat in each of them free once during your week . They try to sell their bottles of wine here but you can have the house wine free. Be aware that there are more outside than inside tables in these restaurants. The first night we were given an outside table and as it was early May it was really cold and eventually we got a move inside after a table there had been vacated, but it took a lot of insistence to achieve that. The next time we visited we were offered an outside table although there were vacant tables inside but because they were set up for 4 would not give us one. we said that we would not sit outside as it was a similar cool evening as we had experienced before, and we said that we would come back in 30 minutes.When we went back we were given one of the inside tables that we were refused earlier. On the positive side the food in the a la carte restaurants was really good, and no problem with temperature ( as long as you were inside)
Our room was very large with a double bed and two single beds, and a nice bathroom. There was a fridge in the room and the hotel gave you two bottles of water every day. Daily maid service and no complaints about cleanliness throughout the hotel.
I should mention although it's nothing to do with the hotel, that the journey from the airport to the hotel took about one and a quarter hours, but with all the different pick ups on the way back it took two and three quarter hours.
Finally, with the hotel being so isolated it is ideal only if you are looking for a quiet week at the pool or beach.
Would we go back to Crete ? Not sure that we would.
Would we go all inclusive again ? Not sure that we would. We missed going out to try different restaurants in the evening.
Would we go back to the Blue Marine ? Not sure that we would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Marine Resort & Spa is located 6km from Aghios Nikolaos in the prefecture of Lassithi nearby the blue clear waters of Ammoudara beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Marine Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Blue Marine Resort And Spa
- Blue Marine Resort & Spa Crete/Agios Nikolaos