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St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
Ranked #1 of 94 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Sheer bliss”
Reviewed 17 September 2010

We have stayed at this special and beautifully located hotel in St Nicolas Bay too many times to remember and each time we enjoy it more. The service surpasses all expectations with efficient and friendly staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. Our bungalow was on two levels, marble floors and furnished in the Cretan style - crisp white linen with all necessary furniture and amenities. We used the well equipped gym almost daily, the spa was sheer heaven right on the sea, the restaurants (all 5 of them) offer incredible food, but my personal favourite is the 'Kafeneon' a typical but upmarket taverna where you sit under the stars, next to the little private chapel, overlooking the sea. Cannot be beaten for food and ambiance! We are now planning our next trip to this wonderful resort.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

This year again we decided to invite some good friends to join us for an experience that should not leave them disappointed. We landed at Heraklion and were collected by 2 BMW limos and driven to our destination in style and upon arrival received by the welcoming management waiting for us in the heat of the day. We spend 7 delightful days soaking in not only the Cretan sun but also the amazing hospitality, the taste of most delicious adequate meals, accompanied by the sincerity of all staff with nothing being too much trouble to assist us in all circumstance including the catering staff always ready to please us in whatever we asked. A previous experience we had in Zakynthos 2 years ago left us somewhat disappointed during another visit when we felt it would be appropriate for us to report our bad experience and prevent other travellers from being treated badly by the establishment’s management. However we later felt that any reader not knowing the details may have considered that we were too demanding so we simply learned another expensive lesson in travel. But having had such wonderful experience at St Nicolas Bay we thought surely this must be an opportunity to get some satisfaction by praising a resort that deserves it in having provided us with many wonderful memories
Thank you Mr Nicolas and Mr Zarbalas

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Clamart
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Reviewed 4 September 2010

A very exceptional 5 star hotel!
Rooms are very well, huge and clean.
The food of the buffet was very good and the buffet Maitre Mr Christopher is very attentive and so kind. He is doing a good job!
This is a very nice hotel if you want to relax !

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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london
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Just returned from another two-week stay at St Nicolas Bay. My husband and I are dedicated fans - we spent several summer holidays here when it was just the two of us, and now we take our daughter (four) every summer. OK so we could consider other places for the sake of variety, but it seems crazy to risk it when you've had the rare luck of discovering somewhere that has every ingredient of the perfect holiday: breathtaking location, excellent facilities, a warm and friendly atmosphere created by an exceptional staff, impeccable and comfortable rooms, fantastic food, and enough activities to keep little ones busy (the childcare here is amazing - you actually get to sunbathe and read because you know your child is 100% safe and 100% happy).

We've been lucky enough to experience some of the world's most luxurious and highly regarded hotels, and this is definitely one of them. It's something rather special. The beach is pure bliss: not one of those long stretches where you're constantly worrying how far your kids are roaming, but a private little bay where you can be reading your book and have one eye on them and the friends they've made building a sandcastle just a few metres from you.

Anyone considering St Nicolas Bay....GO! We can't recommend it strongly enough. We're hooked.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

Quite simply a truly relaxing, luxurious and delicious holiday in a very well run hotel with superb staff, service a location that is spectacular, food that leaves you happy and generally a great family holiday.

I highly recommend this hotel if you want true luxury in Greece / Crete.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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West Mids
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

It was a beautiful, tranquil atmosphere.We stayed in a sea view suite, which had luxury bathroom, bedrooms and walk-in wardrobe.The two balconies had panaromic views.
The private beach at the hotel had everything: drinks service, watersports and comfortable sunloungers.

Food was lovely with lots of choice and attentive staff.
Its worth visiting Ag Nik on a night for only 6 euros.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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LONDON
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

I can see that for the punters who last holidayed in those glossy five star places in Dubai, or similiar, this holiday might fall short. But if you want something a little bit more low key, quieter, smaller, without all the gloss and the marble then this might be just the ticket.
There are complaints on Tripadvisor about the food especially if on half/board - but though the choice may be smaller than some other five star resorts what is presented is good. Lots of fresh salads, fish, meat etc at the buffet & a changing menu every night cooked on the grill. At lunch we ate great sushi, more salads and, throughout the day, I was always tempted by one of their fruit smoothies. If you like your food healthy, not covered in creamy sauces, then you'll be happy as Larry.
Rooms are great - lovely seaview - and our inter-joining room suited us, and our three kids well, though I agree with one reviewer that the third bed/sofa type bench for a child was not ideal. We ended up putting the mattress on the floor where he slept better.
The staff work their butts off and still manage to smile even when faced with spoilt kids and moaning parents barking orders without so much as a thank you, or please. Nicos, the manager, keeps a good eye on the place - but perhaps fawns more over those guests in the Villas and Suites than us other mortals. But then, hell, they are probably paying three times as much as us. And the restaurant manager downstairs is a bit of softie once you get to know him.
I found the car transfers terrifying with the Cretans driving too fast and right up each others backsides - but aside from that enjoyed our holiday at Saint Nicolas Bay. Ignore the moaners, & the suspiciously over-the-top, too-good-to-be-true reviews on here, and go with the right expectation, and you'll have a good holiday.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
Address: Thessi Nissi 10, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
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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
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#2 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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