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St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
Ranked #2 of 97 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2011

It is a very beautiful greek resort with stunning views and well refurbished rooms. Stuff is very friendly and attentive. Food in the main restaurant could be more innovative. Other restaurants in the hotel area are excellent, and very satisfactory.
Overall, it is a five-star family hotel. Not for people looking for tranquility, peace and quiet. Very family-friendly. Pool area and beach used by children only.
Executive rooms and suites are not recommended because of the noise of the children.
Small beach (60m). We would come back if childern were allowed from the age of 10 years.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

We spent one week at St Nicolas Bay and found it lovely. But it just doesn't quite hit the mark for a top notch 5 star holiday. Lots to be enjoyed here though nonetheless

The grounds are beautifully designed with gorgeous gardens and infinity pool. It's a small hotel and feels a million miles from the huge anonymous style of hotel.

The little private beach is fantastic for kids - very safe and they could just run up and down for hours building sandcastles with friends.

We had a one bed suite on the top floor. The rooms are fairly simple, but ours was large and airy. Bathroom lovely. The suites with pools look amazing.

My main issues are the food on half board and the kids club.

The kids club is open for 4- 10 year olds yet is situated in a small room with pre-school toys.

It's open from 10-1pm and 4-7pm.

There are no organised activities from what I could see. They even put the tv on a few times. My little one was quite bored in there which is unusual as kids clubs are normally a bit hit. For this age range, they could really do with a programme of activities to keep them entertained.

Younger children can only go in if accompanied by a parent.

The food is ok in the half-board buffet but nothing amazing - lukewarm soup etc. The salad options are good. It was a free half board deal though in May so can't complain! We found it fine with young children. If I had to pay for it though, I'd choose B&B option and eat out at the a la carte restaurants instead.

Large selection of food at the breakfast buffet. Staff seem a little stressed and harried. Try to eat outside on the terrace if you can.

The Astra bar is lovely in the evening for a sunset drink before dinner. The staff there are great with kids - ours happily ran around making friends. We never felt they were any bother.

So all in all, very family friendly and lots of others to meet with similar aged kids. Very sociable place. Considering this is the same sort of price you might pay on a Neilson holiday, I'd choose here every time. The only drawback being lack of kids club activities.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

I have worked in travel 10 years and have been too many destinations and hotels, some have been lovely and we have fond memories but for the first time ever we both agreed we would return to the Saint Nicolas bay and in fact have already start to arrange an October trip.

We are a young 30year old couple with no children and although i think the St Nicolas bay would suit a family holiday this is just our perspective of what we like on holiday.

The hotel on arrival is tucked away in a secluded haven that feels more like a your in your own mansion walls, the staff and extremely lovely and always professional and will do anything they can to make your stay a good one. You will often see the Manager and general manager around the hotel making sure everything runs smoothly.

The food was some of the best i have eaten in a hotel Half board is a mixture of buffet and waiter service and some of the best food we had. Lunch is fab with a mixture of international, traditional Greek and some lovely salads, breakfast is lovely and often served near the pool in the sunshine which is just divine. The choice of buffet and the option of hotel is all done in a nice way and does not feel as if you are in a canteen.

The pool area is smaller than bigger hotels but there is plenty of space, the same goes for the beach the sandy cove itself is limited but there are fantastic bathing platforms above the sea which we preferred as no messy sand and a nice breeze.

The views from this hotel are to die for the go for the best sea view you can afford, we have a deluxe suite and for a family they are a brilliant size with more than enough room. There is a DVD player in the room which seems silly but was actually a nice addition so after dinner drinks we could catch up on the films we have been wanting to watch all year but never go round to.

The beds are comfortable and big, the bathrooms are well equipped and the showers are excellent. All areas of the hotel have free wifi and they have a free of use computer in the cinema room.

The spa is one of the best i have experienced and the rooms for couples are like hotel suites in themselves, some of the pool rooms are large with enough space for a family to share and others are very private if you do not like to be seen.

Agios Nikalos you can see from the hotel but its the other side of a small beach and the walk around the beach is about 20 mins although a taxi would take no more than 5 if you didn’t feel energetic. The town is a good size and better than the hotels in Elounda which have nowhere to walk to.

In all this hotel is elegant boutique hotel but with a nice quiet family feel and lots of facilities, its also one of the best located 5 star hotels for walking into town.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

The hotel itself is ok but not 5 star. As a member of the SLH group we were shocked. This is a good 3 star environment. Food ok but not great. Service variable. Rooms basic by English standards particularly the villas. Kids very bored by the club. Would never go back and feel I wasted my money.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Reviewed 26 October 2010

My wife and I decided to get married at this hotel and we had a great 2 weeks stay with our 2 year old daughter. On the day of the wedding - the ceremony and reception was better than we could ever have imagined. The views were romantic, the atmosphere was chilled and the wedding planner Marie and all other staff including Yiannis were brilliant from start to finish. The attention to detail of every aspect of the wedding and reception was exceptional. The reception was reasonably priced and everyone said how nice the food was. Such a memorable day! Thanks again to the staff.

On arrival we got a free upgrade to a room with a pool and view of the Bay which was a nice surprise, and we were spoilt for choice at breakfast time. The private beach is peaceful with excellent watersports facilities and the pool is ideal for Adults and children. There are also 3 restaurants to choose from on an evening at the hotel and we decided to eat at The Minotaure - again the food and service was very good. There is also a spa on site which we used as part of our package and we were treated like royalty almost.

Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

My husband and I got married at St Nicolas Bay in June, it was absolutely perfect. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by the hotel manager and shown to our room. We had booked a standard room but had been upgraded to a private pool room as part of the wedding package and it just got better and better from then on.
Maria, the wedding co-ordinator provides an outstanding service, making sure that every minor detail is perfect. The staff are helpful and will go out of their way to meet your needs. We did not have our meal at the hotel but this did not affect the service that we received.
The place where you get married is outside on a platform over looking the sea, it is absolutely beautiful. The ceremony is very short but can be made longer by putting readings in it etc.
The hotel itself is fantastic, the rooms are gorgeous and the food is delicious. The drinks are very expensive but you would not expect them to be cheap at a hotel like that.
All in all we would recommend the hotel to anybody who is looking to get married in Crete, the staff, service and location are amazing and we will certainly be returning.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

Situated in a quiet bay about 20 minutes walk from Agios Nikolaos the most noticable highlight of the hotel is that it has great serenity. It has all of the facilities that you would expect to see in a large 5 star hotel, but without the crowds and the noise! Everything is done at a relaxed pace with no need to rush and reserve sunbeds as there are plenty to go around, with beds and umbrellas on the beach, around the pool and also on a stepped rocky area. Beach towels are found in your room and are changed each evening ready for the following day by the well trained house keeping team.

The room we had was very small for a five star property, the bathroom minute, a plastic stopper was required to stop the door banging the bath as they were side by side, the addition of the plastic shower curtain had all the charm of a travel lodge but it was functional and well appointed - the only shortcoming apart from its size was that there was no kettle or hot drinks facility to hand if you required it and the hair dryer unit as expected was a mere warm draft so don't rely on it for a salon finish.


The hotel food is excellent (albeit the breakfasts are repetitive), and the restaurants are really well run. We also used the spa which was great, and the water sports centre from where you can hire pedaloes, kayaks, speedboats etc, and which I used for the local diving centre to pick me up from the hotel jetty. The Pelagos diving centre is just across the bay (around the corner) from the hotel, and the dive centre owner Stephanos (Steph) is a great guy where nothing is too much trouble and you are made to feel welcome and part of the "club" immediately.
It is a bit of a hike into "Ag Nik", or a 6 euro taxi but the town has a good selection of restaurants, clothes and shoe shops as well as the usual tourist "tat". It is very picturesque, and we were heartened to find that it was not full of rowdy tourists, with a good mix of locals and people simply out to enjoy themselves and take in the atmosphere.
St Nicholas Bay hotel is one that I would definitely go back to, as the senior management especially Nikos are really hands-on and genuinely try to do anything possible to make your stay as perfect as they can.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Thessi Nissi 10, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range: £209 - £1,613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A spacious Balcony or Terrace in each Room or Suite provides a private and secluded open air lounge to sit and relax with great sea views.- From the secluded privacy of your room balcony / terrace only 2 minutes walk through flower scented gardens to reach the private sandy beach and sunbathing terraces. ... more   less 
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