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Minos Beach Art hotel
Ranked #1 of 95 Hotels in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
Orange, California
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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“Perfect relaxation.”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We did not choose this hotel, but stayed here as part of a wedding party. What a lucky occurrence! Minos Beach is comfortable, beautiful, relaxing, charming and genuine. From the fantastic and charming staff, to the comfortable room (#120 - junior suite), to the excellent food, drinks and entertainment - flawless.

The location is excellent - outside of the town center. We enjoyed the short walk to town and nearby restaurants.

The amenities and features are lovely: two small beaches, plenty of entry points into the water throughout the property, a sizable pool, plenty of sun lounge locations, on-property restaurants of good quality. The breakfast is one of the best we have found anywhere in any hotel in the world. Great quality and fresh with many choices.

Children will love it (but the kids' presence will not be overbearing for those who don't have children, because there's so much space): We traveled with our 13-year-old and our niece and nephews (7, 5 and 2) and all of them had a great time, with plenty to do, see and learn.

Thanks to TripAdvisor, we asked for a mattress topper, which was perfectly comfortable for us. We also asked for coffee service in our room (tea, Nescafe, kettle), which was replenished regularly - perfect for mornings on our front patio.

As reported by others, the WiFi is slow (in an evening, you could find us all in the bar near the lobby trying to upload photos and check email, because that is where the best connection could be found). It wasn't a problem for us, since we weren't there to work.

We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Minos Beach and would be happy to return. Huge thanks to the staff for providing such a delightful and happy stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We had a wonderful experience. The level of service was exceptional and the surroundings delightful. We were never rushed, nothing was too much trouble and although full there was no pressure on facilities. Many of the guests we met were revisiting and we would have no hesitation in going back.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Don't often return to places for fear of disappointment but the second visit to the Minos Beach Hotel did not disappoint. The service from all staff was excellent and delivered with a genuine smile. Late night check in was very welcoming and the service in the dining room was excellent;the restaurant manager runs a tight ship so super service even though we were in the 'ordinary' restaurant. Last time we were in bungalow 21 and this time 28 both had great views....towels are fluffy and thick and bed linen is lovely; well done to the maid as the room was spotless.
So if you're looking for a relaxing break away from the chaos and noise of the city this hotel is for you. Five minutes from the hotel is a fab new bar on the water's edge with great music and a reasonably priced lunch menu. Well done to all the staff at the Minos Beach, you made our holiday.
OK you need a mattress topper and there should be tea/coffee making facilities in the room but once you see the view ........bliss.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We have stayed at this hotel 6 times! Why have we been back so many times? It is a beautiful hotel comprising lots of small villas, the views are stunning, the water is clear, the pool is huge, the service is excellent. The hotel is a short walk from many tavernas if you are on bed and breakfast and the walk along to prom to the town is not too long. Because we are familiar with the hotel and Agios, we can get relaxing straight away rather than spend several days settling in.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Neapolis, Greece
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The best Hotel in Agios Nikolaos Crete.
Staff is excellent.
The little Venice Minos Beach Art Hotel.
Minos Beach art hotel, a favorite of all those appreciating genuineness and authenticity, provides a luxurious stay in minimalist surroundings.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a superior sea view villa and found the accommodation very clean and comfortable. Having read many reviews I was a tad anxious about the bed, but with the topper it was fine. Our daily cleaner was wonderful providing fresh linen and thorough cleaning daily. The swimming platforms along the waterfront provide ideal sunbathing locations, and the furniture is adequate.
We had half board and mainly chose to eat at the hotel in the evening. Breakfasts are good with plenty of choice. As we were in superior accommodation we took our evening meal in the defined restaurant. This included an amuse bouche, fruit juice or soup, a starter, a main course, a salad and desert buffet. The meals varied over the week from very good to rather underwhelming, I would have been eating out if I'd stayed for longer than a week. The head waitress, Elena, does an excellent job. Only Greek wine is on offer and was not really to our taste.
The pool bar is very well run by an excellent lady who cooks perfect toasties and takes pride in her domain.
All in all a very pleasant experience, but not luxury by any means.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Just arrived home from my 3rd visit to this amazing hotel and I am already planning a return visit.
What makes this hotel so special is its unique location and relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. You experience the sights sounds and atmosphere of a seafront location, surrounded by turquoise sea… you drift off to sleep with the sound of lapping waves on the sea shore you are serenaded by ever present cicadas and the gardens are a botanical delight and truly miraculous, filled with vibrant colour and
lush vegetation. Hibiscus, bougainvillaea, geraniums explode with colour around you while you awake to glorious morning glory flowers every day greeting you with their sapphire smile.
The sea is crystal clear, there are ample sun beds and you have a huge variety to choose from
your nearest sun soaking neighbour will be at least 30 meters away so privacy and peace comes as part of the package.
We went half board using our half board package at lunch time where you have an amazing lunch with attentive service at the Tersis restaurant which has something for everyone with huge variety and well executed Greek traditionals which you enjoy from an elevated position overlooking the bay shaded by pine trees(my favourite part of the day).In the evening we visited the town in order to inject some variety and experience some local cuisine and local colour ,but most of the time had to drag ourselves away from the perfect nurturing tranquil hotel environment.
The staff at the hotel were attentive welcoming and genuinely warm and exceptionally professional they welcomed us back again as if we were part of the family. We met a couple that have been returning to this hotel for the past 20 years….it's that special.
Accommodation is simple and typically Greek with natural furnishings and simple decor so if you're a fan of the brassy over embelished Dubai type hotel don't book this hotel as this place has a charm of its own and its simplistic decor has its own special purity, integrity and lure.
Lastly I must enthuse about the Spa at the hotel and the lovely Gina who played a significant part in removing the angst tension and accumulated stress that had built up prior to my holiday. Gina is warm welcoming and skilled at finding those tension areas and soothing the muscular knots also diffusing the anxiety that can prevent a sense of well being…she truly has healing hands.
We stayed in a superior sea view bungalow and I feel this is the best accommodation mainly due to the exceptional views but for me the most important added extras are privacy, peace and the tranquil surroundings…if you want events and entertainment this isn't the place for you. Be prepared to go with the flow ….there is a relaxed sophisticated dress code and every one speaks… greeting each other with the customary Kalimera ,Kalispera .
Thank you Minos beach again for a wonderful holiday experience.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Minos Beach Art hotel
Address: Akti Ilia Sotirchou, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Agios Nikolaos
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 Spa Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
#7 Family Hotel in Agios Nikolaos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Minos Beach Art hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 129
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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Minos Beach Art Hotel Hotel Agios Nikolaos
Minos Beach Art Resort
Hotel Minos Beach Art
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