Stayed the week 14-21 June 2012 at the Minos Beach hotel, at Agios Nikolaos, Crete. The hotel is in a stunning location and has extensive, well-kept grounds. We upgraded to a waterfront bungalow when we booked the holiday. Our bungalow (no 93) had a good size bedroom area with a narrow passageway containing wardrobes on one side and a dressing table and mirror on the other side connecting the bedroom to the shower room. A bit of a squeeze at times when husband wanted clothes from the wardrobe and I was using the mirror but overall the bungalow was a tranquil haven. The room was cleaned daily and towels and bed linen were changed regularly. What I liked the most about the waterfront bungalow was the reserved sunbeds for each bungalow. From our sunbeds we could see the ships coming in and out Agios Nikolaos harbour (sunbeds are on a lower level terrace with the bungalows number on) so no hunting for a sunbed round the pool. A bonus.
As I mentioned the grounds are extensive and it took us 6-7 minutes to walk from no 93 to the breakfast/dining room. If elderly I would advise requesting a bungalow nearer to dining areas.
We were on a half board option and had to eat our evening meal in the Bacchus restaurant. We found the evening meal to be fairly standard fare and the restaurant lacking in any kind of atmosphere. However, this was the same restaurant where every morning we enjoyed a very good buffet breakfast.
There was a smaller restaurant next to Bacchus called Ambrosia and it all depended on your accommodation which restaurant you were designated to eat in. Ambrosia was available to us but at a supplement. This created a feeling of being a second rate guest. There is a third restaurant called Bouillabaisse. This is al a carte and right on the waterfront. If on half board you received a credit towards the meal cost. This is a small restaurant so booking is advisable.
However, best of all the restaurants was Terpis, a beautiful Cretan taverna with tables in the surrounding garden and a decking platform that overlooked the waterfront, open from 1-3pm. We quickly decided that we would change the evening meal in Bacchus for the lunch in Terpis, where stunning views together with lovely food and atmosphere by the bucketful made for a perfect lunch. What we couldn’t understand (owners and management) was why Terpis was not open in the evening. What a wasted opportunity, even if you had to pay more euros and perhaps had to reserve a table.
One evening we enjoyed a Greek buffet dinner with Greek dancing at the sister hotel the Minos Palace just across the bay. A credit was given from the Minos beach hotel towards the meal from our half board allocation.
From the hotel reception it took us about 20 minutes to walk into Agios Nikolaos where there are many restaurants and about 5 minutes to walk to the nearest restaurants from the hotel. A taxi ride into Agios Nikolaos was a set fare of 5 euros.
I would return to this hotel but only on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minos Beach art hotel has been influenced by the traditional architectural style of fishermen’s villages of Eastern Crete. One storey, whitewashed bungalows and villas with terraces and minimal interiors are almost touching the sea. The unique environs of the hotel with its sumptuous gardens and narrow stone paved streets host the 45 works of Greek and foreign artists. In the eastern part of Crete, only a ten-minute walk from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos and a 45-minute drive from the airport of Heraklion. Exquisite decoration features, minimalist forms and Feng-Shui elements enriched by the Greek aesthetics of cotton and wood, handcrafted details, candles and water syntheses, create unique spaces and corners, making your stay in Minos Beach unforgettable. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, we offer one presidential villa and three executive villas with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary “caressing” the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minos Beach Art Hotel Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Minos Beach Art Resort
- Hotel Minos Beach Art
- Minos Beach Hotel
- Minos Beach Art Hotel Crete/Agios Nikolaos