We decided to book a few days in Crete in September. The Asterion ticked all the boxes for us. We flew into Heraklion and pre-booked a taxi straight to the hotel which took about 2 hours. We had emailed the hotel for advise on transfer and they replied with a few helpful suggestions so we had a good feel of their willingness to please before we got there. Chania airport is much nearer but we wanted to fly on days that flights did not go into Chania. Coming by taxi meant we could enjoy seeing a bit of Northern coastline on the way to the hotel. On arrival the receptionist greeted us with enthusiasm in a bright turquoise uniform shirt to match the colour of the beautiful pool in the background - We were delighted to be offered an upgrade from two rooms with garden views to two adjoining suites with private plunge pool and sunbathing area - fantastic 5 star accommodation. Sheets, bath and beach towels changed everyday. Breakfast was continental with a vast choice of anything that took your fancy. Freshly made omelettes, boiled eggs, delicious pastries, fresh fruit, local yogurt and honey and much more. The service was excellent - every member of staff was friendly and went out of their way to please. The swimming pool was a joy to swim in and there was just a short walk to the beach and a swim in the sea for those who preferred the salt water. The beach had pebbles so a good idea to remember shoes for swimming - the sea water was cool and envigorating. The food was fantastic and available all day and late into the evening. The poolside bar which served a variety of attractive cocktails and deliciously strong cappuccino stayed open til midnight for those who would eat in the restaurant or a la carte restaurant or go out into Platanias for a meal or shopping and come back for a night cap in the tranquility of the hotel. The local bus service is every half an hour - the bus stop is a short walk to the main road and a few hundred yards along the road and this goes all the way into Chania stopping a few times on the way. We stayed quite late when we went to Chania one evening and easily found a taxi to take us back to our haven. Taxi drivers were so friendly and full of information. One day we hired bikes from reception and enjoyed a lovely day cycling along as far as we could on the beach path. We might have hired a car to explore the island if we had been staying longer so a car would be an advantage.
The beauty of this hotel is the tranquility and beautiful decor which is enhanced by fresh flower in reception and artwork on the walls by the very talented owner. She was so attentive and friendly making us feel so special and pampered.
We did not need to use the gym facilities to relax as swimming in the perfectly sized azure blue pool and lounging on the sun beds with a poolside bar was quite enough relaxation for us.
We really felt very special and well looked after and would highly recommend this hotel for anyone who prefers peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and noisy cars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asterion Luxury Beach Hotel & Suites is a five-star Hotel, in perfect harmony with the Cretan environment, located directly on the beach front, offers in total 67 luxury rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asterion Hotel Platanias
- Asterion Hotel Suites And Spa Platanias, Crete