My husband and i travelled here for a relaxing week in June. We arrived to a warm welcome from the reception and we were impressed immediatley by the grounds of the hotel and its location on the beach.
Beach-The beach is lovely and the hotel provides free sun loungers with umbrellas, a beach bar and free pedalos and canoes. We went all inclusive and there are a huge range of drinks to choose from at the beach bar ( the same menu as the hotel bar) from milkshakes, non alcholic cocktails, cocktails, juices, bottles of water, alcholic drinks and a range of teas and coffees. You can also get Cheese and ham toasties from here if you dont feel like moving from your sunlounger. It tended to be the same bar tender each day,he was hit and miss really, sometimes pleasant sometimes verging on rude. ( This was the only problem we had with all the staff)
Food - The food was excellent overall. In the daytime you would have a buffet breakfast in the main dining room with a huge selection of cereals, fruits, pastries and cooked breakfast. For lunch there was a buffet by the poolside which again was varied each day with lots of fresh salads, fish and meat dishes. And then back to the main restaurant for the eveining meal. There was a Cretan corner with local specialities, various cooked fish and meat dishes and there was always show cooking with a meat or fish dish. Overall the food was of a really high standard.
Rooms- The rooms are clean and have some nice touches like fruit and wine on arrival. We had a pool view bungalow room and it was very peaceful and relaxing. The hairdryers in the room are rubbish so take your own.
Bar- There is one main bar in the evening where you can sit in or outside. The bar menu is extensive and we went through all the different cocktails throughout the week. The bartenders are fab and after the first night they knew our room number and our drinks!
Entertainment /Animation team - Considering the hotel is in a quiet location (a good 20 minute walk to bars) you would expect there to be some decent entertainment in the evening. Well think again, they are AWFUL. I have stayed in 100 s of hotels and this is officially the worst animation team i have ever seen. On the first night we were subjected to a "Comedy" show. The head entertainer Nico was trying to do impressions and stripped to his underwear to try and get a cheap laugh but it didnt work. I have never felt so uncomfortable sitting among a full terrace of people with not one person laughing. It really is dreadful and is the main point that lets the hotel down.
Cats - There is a "Cat Cafe" at the front of the hotel where you can feed the local cats in a certain area of the hotel. There are signs all over the restaurants asking guests not to feed the cats outside the cat cafe area. Some people obviously ignored this ( as we witnessed) and this meant that whenever you sat in the main restaurant ( outside) or the pool restaurant to eat you had cats round you watching you eat,brushing past your legs and on one night one jumped on our table. I dont mind cats but they did start to get annoying. If you dont like them, you will hate this hotel.
Overall a lovely relaxing hotel with excellent food, service and grounds but it has a bit to go to be a 5* in my opinion.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, LoveHolidays, Hotels.com, Expedia, TripOnline SA, Travel Republic (UK), HotelsClick, Cancelon, 5viajes2012 S.L. and Ebookers so you can book your Cretan Malia Park reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Cretan Malia Park Hotel Malia
- Cretan Hotel Malia
- Cretan Malia Park Crete