We were at the AKS Annabelle for 10 nights in August and we all thought it was absolutely wonderful, one of the best hotels we have stayed at.
The hotel grounds slope down to the beach. The reception, main restaurant, huge lobby with inside and outside seating areas and upper pool with pool bar are at the top of the complex. There is also a small shop and a kids club. Many of the rooms lead of a central walkway running down to the lower pool / entertainment area which is very spacious with pool, bar area, outdoor theatre, games are and grassed area. There is also a snack bar (daytime) / restaurant (evenings) by the pool which runs table-service themed evenings (fish/Greek/Italian). The hotel is separated from the beach by glass (Perspex) windbreaks.
The grounds are a delight to walk through and never felt crowded. Two service roads run down the outside of the hotel and these are used to ferry luggage and supplies using golf-type buggies. This is just as well really because it has to be said there are a LOT of steps separating the two ends of the hotel (I counted over 60).
The main restaurant has a large open section with fantastic views over the sea. We thought the food was really good with plenty of choice and all dishes were kept stocked up right to the end of service. There is beer and wine on tap in the restaurant. The only drawback is that you can spend a bit of time hunting for a laid table – although the staff were very good at clearing tables once asked.
We found all the hotel staff to be really helpful and genuinely keen to make sure guests were happy. The hotel manager was often out talking to guests and at least one of the other managers was always on duty at mealtimes. I know there have been some comments about the speed of service at the bars but I didn’t really find this a problem considering most drinks are mixed. The girls serving at the lower pool bar each evening were unbelievably cheerful.
There was constant entertainment for those who wanted it and the Animation team worked really hard. Many activities seemed very popular – especially the pool exercise sessions / water polo / beach volleyball etc.
The nationality mix when we were there was mainly German (the majority), Russian, British and Italian.
Our transfer wasn’t until 7.45pm so we paid €40 to extend the room for the day which wasn’t bad considering this included AI all day including dinner for 4 people. Having said that we were lucky in that our room was available – this might not be the case at peak times.
We hired a car from Traffic to see a bit more of Crete. The hotel is a few Km from Hersonissos and there is nothing locally. However, a taxi into town only costs around €7-8. My advice for anyone hiring a car is avoid the coast road to Hersonissos as it’s SO narrow and windy. Also, make a note of landmarks when heading out. I pride myself on my sense of direction but we got hopelessly lost between the main road and the hotel.
All in all I would have no hesitation in recommending the Annabelle to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.
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- Also Known As:
- Annabelle Village Hotel Chersonisos
- Annabelle Village Hersonissos
- Annabelle Village Hotel Hersonissos
- Annabelle Village Crete
- Annabelle Beach Resort Crete, Greece