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Kalypso Cretan Village
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Plakias
Reviewed 22 June 2014

The location of this hotel is exotic. Finding the place may be difficult but once you reach, very relaxing atmosphere awaits you. Don't expect five star luxury but overall the hotel is good. Food is great. Evening entrainment is also lively but mostly for kids.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The surroundings of the hotel are perfect and the rocky swimming area is nice. Otherwise the hotel is pretty much stuck in the 90's. There are a few smaller infinity pools which would be nice if they weren't situated in the middle of the parking lot. There is also a bigger pool but the area around it isn't very comfortable. The food was quite bad and we ended up eating elsewhere altho we had payed for half board. The rooms are very outdated altho ok for the price. They have well kept gardens around the apartments which made the place seem nicer but otherwise it feels like the location has been ruined with bad architecture and poor decisions.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenny R
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

After 10 nights in Chania we (2 adults and 2 kids) went to Plakias in our rental car to stay at the Kalypso hotel.

The hotel is located on a mountain side at the end of a mountain road.
By car it take 5-10 minutes to travel to the popular Damnoni beach, Plakias town or some of the other small beaches and bays in the area.
Without a car it is a long walk along the road or by taking the thrilling trail over the mountain.
Of cause you can use the hotels shuttle bus or take some of the bus excursions that are offered.

The hotel is surrounded by rocky hills and the ocean. The hotel area form a kind of valley-oasis with lots of trees, ponds, small waterfalls and flowing water. It is a really nice area.

Our room at the back of the hotel was relatively large with a huge balcony. Some of the other rooms had smaller balconies though.
The AC was free and worked fine.
The refrigerator was a bit small but OK for a few bottles.
Do not leave any food unpacked in the room as the ants will find it and start an invasion. But we have seen ants in most of the hotels we have visited so that is no surprise. Keep the room clean and only a few will bother to come in.

We stayed on half board and the food for breakfast and dinner was fine. Unlike some of the small hotels there is a fairly large selection of food, fruits, deserts, cakes, ice cream etc. We always found something we liked (the kids too) and certainly got well fed every day.

The dinner restaurant opens very late at 19:30 (7:30 PM) and the evening entertainment starts at 22:00.
The entertainment was a fire show (which the kids liked), comedy etc. After the entertainment there were music and dancing for the guests.
The hotel has a bar near the bay/fjord that sometimes seems to be open till late (we did not stay up).
So this is a 'late night' hotel but there was luckily not much noise to be heard in our hotel room.

The pool and bar area got free Internet which I used every night. It worked fine although some applications such as SkyDrive could not upload images - probably because some ports were closed. As soon as we got to our next hotel in Chania it worked fine again.

The guests at the hotel are mainly French, Polish and Russian. Very few spoke English to each other. There were both younger and older guests and a few families with kids.

The best part of the hotel is the small bay/cove (fjord). The stony 'beach' at the end of the fjord is only a few meters wide but you can enter the sea at several places along the cement area with the sun chairs.
Unfortunately the cement and wooden area need some renovation at places. Some of the planks were broken and some nails were sticking out - so watch your feet.

Snorkelling in the bay/fjord is very good with lots of fish in the shallow water.
Further out and outside the bay there are fewer fish and deeper (10-30 meters) clear water where you can do some free diving.

There is a dive company at the hotel. Diving in the bay is very good as there are a lot of interesting rocks and swim through just outside the bays and a lot of marine life.
I would certainly like to go back and dive some more,

One afternoon (after the dive centre had closed) 3 guys with spear guns were killing marine life. I hope the hotel can do more to stop that - maybe by installing video surveillance in the bay. The marine life is one of the main reasons to go to the hotel so it should be protected at all cost.

The hotel got 2 nice medium sized pools with infinity views over the ocean.
The main pool is very large. The pool got some shallow areas with gradually deeper water that are nice for kids. A cool feature is the 'ship' that has been build along one side of the pool. It all looked very nice and the kids had a lot of fun (although a water slide would be nice).

There were about 6-10 kids at the hotel during our stay. There is no entertainment for the kids so it would be nice if the staff could arrange mini disco or something a few times a week.
The playground was in a terrible condition and needs a complete replacement.
A separate dining area with playthings for families with kids would be nice and would prevent the kids from annoying the other guests.

Still, our kids at 2 and 5 had good fun at the hotel. They loved the pools, the water streams, the fish in the fjord, played with the cats and danced to the music in the bar in the evening.

Conclusion
We liked the unusual hotel area with the many streams, the pools and especially the bay/fjord. We also liked the food and the room.
With a car the location is good and it is easy to visit the many great beaches and places in the Plakias area.

The hotel just need to fix some of the problems we have mentioned and do a bit of renovation - which should be fairly easy if the management choose to do so.

Out stay including the drinks in the restaurant were good value and we would like to go back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Please avoid this discraceful hotel like plague!!!
The reception is more than innapropriate and for every problem the answer is '' it is not my responsibility''
The place is magic but you can stay in better ,modern and with adequate breakfast hotels with more reasonable prices

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Dimitrios P
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I'll start by saying that we got a screamin deal on the price for a 3 night stay here so we were ok with the fact that the resort was very outdated and a bit run down. (We did not have all inclusive). I can imagine that it was in it's hay day back in the 90's. It is a crazy exclusive location, not easy to find the little road that leads through the rocks to get there but very cool spot. The private cove is worth it alone. Great loungers and cabanas (needs major landscaping). There was a very cool set of stairs about the cove that was built into the rock that you can climb all the way up. The pools were nice but very cold. You would expect they would be heated a bit. Food was average and dining was in the typical "all-inclusive resort" style. Beware, you will not get internet in your room. But there is a nice lounge with wifi and the main pool area gets wifi as well. Also, there are no pool/beach towels provided, but you can rent one for 6 euros for the week. They don't rent them by the day which was annoying as we only needed them 2 days. The drinks are expensive. Good jumping off point to check out Preveli Beach and Triopetra beach as day trips. (I suggest both!) The room was very big and bed comfortable (although it had the typical split in the middle). The resort just needs some landscaping, painting, updated furniture/tvs etc., and overall revamping and it could be an amazing place!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Spectacular location,very nice and clean place,
staff very friendly and helpful,
rooms need some renovations, but wasn't so bad,
food was nice and testy

Highly recommended animations with Aleksandar Vukadinovic,nice guy and good crack

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank matryca
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Just back from Kalypso Cretan Village Resort. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience from the moment of arrival to the sad moment it was time to leave. Room and resort very clean; staff friendly and helpful. The geography of the island makes this resort well off the beaten track and you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. The views are spectacular and the resort appears to be well thought out with a lagoon, 2 other pools, a beachside collection of sun loungers and at least 2 other places to enjoy the sun.
Food is basic but tasty and plentiful presented buffet style. You need to be mobile as the whole resort is chiselled into the mountainside at what feels like a 1:10 slope. The drive from Heraklion airport takes 2 hours (note: you need to follow signs to Rhethmynon then take the exit to Spili before picking up signs to Plakias which you will see before you reach Spili. The resort signpost is a touch difficult to spot but look for a left turn 2km before Plakias with a fork to the right - we missed it first time).
Amenities include a gym and scuba diving. Plenty of pampering stuff at extra cost if that's what you like. We did nothing and it was great!!
Worth a trip and we will be going back.....soon :)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank brian m
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Additional Information about Kalypso Cretan Village

Address: Plakias, Crete 74060, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Plakias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Plakias
Price Range: £37 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kalypso Cretan Village 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kalypso Cretan Village is situated in Plakias, 31 kms south of Rethymnon. The Hotel is located in the grandiose environment of a small isolated fjord. It lies in 50.000 sq meters full of gardens and hanging rocks and has been created with respect to nature beauty and keeping the traditional Cretan style. ... more   less 
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