If you are looking to swim in the sea, the landscape here is beautiful. Very friendly lifeguard, lovely beach, nice café. The hotel itself is comfortable and has all amenities. The main restaurant struck a nice balance between Greek and international cuisine. It offered plenty of variety and, given the large numbers catered for, the quality was very good. Friendly, helpful staff - overall enjoyable. The only drawback here is nothing to do with the hotel itself, rather that the nearby town, Malia, is a complete hellhole. If teenage British drinking is your scene, then fine. Otherwise, you'll find Malia a hysterical version of a late-night party gone very wrong, and you might just be glad not to be in this age-group any more. Who said being young is fun? This might just be hell! During the day, the wall-to-wall English breakfast-hangover food-fastfood set-up is deeply depressing in what presumably was once a Cretan town. That said, the older town up the hill is relatively undisturbed, and worth seeing, with a couple of nice Greek restaurants. Malia is generally to be avoided, unless this place is the reason you're heading to Crete. Luckily, this hotel is just about far enough away from the misery of the town for it to be peaceful. Even at that, some noise from the local nightclub hell carries at nighttime. The country roads surrounding the hotel are also, sadly, marred by the incessant noise of quads - mostly British teenagers on hideous, gas-guzzling bikes. There are a lot of accidents with these, and they are a general scourge that could deter you from sitting on the roadside restaurants. These restaurants, in themselves, are probably very good, but who wants to hear these dreadful bikes roaring up and down the street? And they smell bad too.
Nevertheless, a very good hotel, mostly because of the landscape. It's a real shame about Malia.
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- Cretan Hotel Malia
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