My wife and I stayed here for two weeks fro mid-June on a half board basis. Our taxi driver was waiting at Chania airport (our transfers were included) and it took approximately just over 1hr to reach the hotel. We arrived at the hotel late afternoon and we were initially allocated a ground floor apartment. My wife had expressed a preference for a first floor one so we asked if we could change. The receptionist was very helpful and said we could move the following morning. Our new room (a one bed suite) was lovely, had two balconies at the front and rear and overlooked the Olive groves and gardens as well as across the complex to the hills and sea in the distance. We were a little unsure about the dining arrangements when we went down to the restaurant on our first evening and it would have been helpful if reception had explained the procedure. The waiting staff were always friendly and worked very hard trying to accommodate guests wishing to sit in the shade – especially at breakfast. During our stay a wine list was introduced which was good. We took advantage of the shuttle bus to the beach which was driven on one occasion by a very courteous South African gentleman who was a member of the management. We always take our aqua trainers to Crete so we had no worries negotiating a stony shoreline when entering the sea. Do be careful of the undercurrent at the beach which on certain days can be strong. We enjoyed the buffet style meals although it would have been helpful if labels had explained what was under the metal covers. We hired a car and explored the area and unless you are happy to stay around the pool (the infinity pool was the best we have ever been in as it was an even depth along its length) or go down to the beach then it is highly recommended as there are a lot of things to see in the area and further afield. During our stay, an on-site shop opened selling newspapers, sun tan lotion, water etc. The spa looked fabulous but as my wife had suffered a nasty shoulder injury earlier in the year she was advised not to have any of the treatments on offer.
Overall the hotel is improving all the time. The terrace furniture and all the fixtures and fittings are of a very high quality and as a professional photographer I've attached quite a few images of the hotel. We would stay at the Rimondi Grand again if in that part of Crete although we would probably go B&B as we always like to explore the tavernas in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our beautiful 5 star deluxe hotel is situated on the slopes of an olive tree plantation, overlooking the Cretan Sea, close to the historical Venetian town of Rethymno. High quality service and outstanding hotel facilities makes our hotel the perfect accommodation for you and your family in Crete. Enjoy our Spa, swim in our infinity pool or have a typical Cretan dinner at our restaurant...Experience the real Crete at Rimondi Grand Spa Resort & Hotels, a luxury all-suite boutique hotel! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rimondi Grand Resort & Spa Crete/Rethymnon