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“Difficult to fault this hotel.”
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Cretan Malia Park
Ranked #7 of 90 Hotels in Malia
Certificate of Excellence
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Difficult to fault this hotel.”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

We stayed A/I in 2 rooms in main block.
This hotels biggest assets are it fantastic staff and great location on a clean sandy beach.
Good choice of food and all inclusive was very good value for us- a family of 4.
Only one criticism and that has to be the awful Animation evening shows, would have been better to not bother on nights when professional acts not booked and just have background music playing.
I'm sure they drove people away to their rooms early.
During the day they were very pleasant and helpful but not many guests wanted to be bothered with activities.
The beach was great and plenty of sunbeds etc even though hotel quite full.
Nice that pedaloes and kayaks not charged as extra.
We would definately stay here again and hope people continue to book,we saw no sign of problems caused by Greece's financial woes.
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Room Tip: Cheaper rooms in main block are great, why bother with more expensive bungerlows
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2012

We stayed for three nights as part of a Greek tour. We chose the hotel because it was close to Iraklion (about 30 mins drive) but it looked like a "beach" hotel with the chance to relax in the sun.

The hotel proved to fit the bill perfectly. Good service (although the breakfast/dinner service wasn't the best, and all they had to do was take & deliver drinks orders because the food is all buffet). Food was always fresh and well stocked, although, as I always find in hotel buffets, pretty boring.

The hotel is right on the beach and the pool and gardens (check out the cactii) are pleasant. It was pretty quiet when we were there, maybe two thirds full at most? Our room (508) was great, spacious and in an excellent location. Only gripe was we asked for non-smoking and 508 wasn't, but it was so well located we put up with the smell. I think the rooms in the 500s are the best but probably more expensive - overlooking the sea with its own terrace and sun loungers (though there always seemed to be plenty of free sun loungers around).

I'd say there were more Germans than all other nationalities combined, with British comfortably the next biggest contingent. People were typically young families or middle aged/older people, but we were there in early June so it may change in July/Aug.

Overall I'd strongly recommend the hotel. There were some activities but I could have easily spent a couple of weeks there, reading novels and soaking up the sun

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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uk
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2012 via mobile

The hotel is absolutely lovely. We did the usual thing before booking here - flicking between brochures, websites and trip advisor and I can honestly say this is probably the best one in Crete. It is set in lovely gardens with 2 pools. Even though the hotel was at maximum capacity it sometimes felt we were the only ones there as there is always a quiet spot and a sunbed to be found. The food is very nice and not the usual all inclusive stuff that gets repeated every night. Yes there was always salads and the normal standard choices but they always put on some show cooking such as carved meats or paella. The drinks and cocktails at the bar were also amazing. However we haven't given this a 5 rating due to two things. Firstly the animation team are AWFUL. They don't bother in the day and if you want to join in aqua aerobics or volleyball you can without being pestered but it is the evening 'shows' that are horrendous. 2 nights of the week they thankfully have a break and bring in outside dancers and live music but the rest of the week is dire. They are a very mixed bunch who act like a group of kids and half the time look like they are just making their acts up as they go along. If the entertainment was good then this would most definitely be a 5 star hotel. The other poor point was that the drinks at night are waiter served and we believed that because you don't have the normal all inclusive wrist band on and you just say your room number when getting a drink or snack the waiters know who are in the expensive rooms and who are in the cheaper rooms . It seemed that if your room number was a 5 or 6 then you got served and treated slightly better but if you were a 1 (like we were) then you were ignored no matter how much waving you did. It was just easier to go the bar in the end. Besides this it was a lovely hotel and we would definitely return.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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suffolk england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Great hotel, superb holiday.
We were all inclusive and in the room when we arrived was a bottle of wine an a bowl of fruit.Also in the room was a safe which was amazing because it was free,we have had a safe in many hotels and always had to pay up to 60 euros.
The bungalow was a pool view and at the rear of the room on the patio we had a sea view which was a short walk to the beach.
The drinks serbice during the evening was waiter service,the head waiter was Yiannis who rembered my name and room after the first day.

Room Tip: My room was 614 which was perfect but if you ask for a sea view they will do their best to help
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank MUCKINGFUDDLE
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Largs, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2012

From the moment I arrived at this hotel to the moment I left everything was absolutely fabulous, Although not arriving at the hotel till about 01.00am, after a very quick and efficient check in, a buffet had been laid out for me and my fellow travellers from Scotland. A great touch after such a long day. In my weeks stay I could not fault anything about the Cretan Park. The location was great and lovely and quiet, also being so near to the beach. If the beach is not your fancy then there are beautiful gardens to relax in and great trees to shade you if it got to hot. The choice of food was extensive and the restaurant so clean and bright. Whatever you wanted and wherever you were the staff were so attentive and happy. I had a few little things wrong with my room in the first few days but they were dealt with promptly and efficiently without having to change rooms. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank all the management and staff for making my stay such a memorable one and also a pleasure to meet so many nice people. As Arnie once said " I'll be back "

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Piedmont, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Beautiful hotel made of a main building and various little buildings set in a wonderful garden. You can find activities and fun if you like, but you will also always find quiet places to relax if you don't like noise and crowd.
Two big swimming-pools and direct access to a beautiful strand.
Good restaurant, even if a buffet is not the ideal to get to know the real Greek cuisine (but if you prefer there's also an "a la carte" restaurant inside the structure and some tavernas nearby.
Very nice and smiling personnel and a lovely "cat point", where everybody can feed the numerous cats populating the hotel!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank CriCriB70
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2012

The hotel is remote from the town of Malia and avoids the rowdy aspects of the town. We've stayed there on 3 separate occasions and have met others who frequently revisit the hotel.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the gardens are beautifully maintained and very spacious. There's never a problem getting a sunbed and the beach is at the bottom of the gardens if you prefer to swim in the sea although it's a bit rocky under water.
The food is always varied and very tasty and theme nights for various cuisines are a feature.
The rooms are spacious and quiet and two different pools provide for different tastes: swimming/cooling down or for children to play.
The bar staff work very hard and provide wonderful, friendly service as do those in reception and catering.
If ever we are undecided on a holiday destination we know that we would enjoy a return to Cretan Malia Park.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the poolside rooms on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cretan Malia Park
Address: Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Malia
#4 Luxury Hotel in Malia
#8 Family Hotel in Malia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cretan Malia Park 4*
Number of rooms: 205
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