Hotel Review: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Amirandes Olympic-sized Seawater Pool

Location: In Gouves – along a pristine stretch of Cretan coastline.

Rooms: 212 bungalows, rooms, suites and villas (divided into 29 room types) offering spacious, quality accommodation with chic interior design and al-fresco living areas. A good deal of the rooms feature a stone terrace with a private heated pool overlooking the sea and tropical rain shower private courtyards.

Amenities: An Elixir Alchemy Spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, 8 restaurants including the Picasso-inspired Minotaur Italian restaurant adorned with a rare collection of Picasso ceramics and a Cretan fine dining restaurant – which just recently won a place among the top 34 restaurants in Greece during the Golden Toques and Greek Restaurant Awards – a Grecoland Children’s Club for children between the ages of 3 and 12, an Olympic-sized seawater pool, 3 tennis courts and a multi-sport area.

Room to book: Any of the sizeable villas overlooking and leading directly onto a reserved villa beach area on one of the hotel’s three private beaches.

Who’ll fit right in: Honeymooners, couples on a romantic break, and perhaps most of all  – with so many room types – families of all permutations.

Standout feature: The hotel grounds are breathtakingly fabulous – as the pictures attest, but it is the overall high service levels that really tie the experience of staying at this hotel very well together.

Amirandes Resort Grounds

Lago di Candia Restaurant Exterior

Sunset Lounge Temporarily Set For Lunch

Amirandes Crete Villa

Amirandes Crete Villa Master Bedroom

Amirandes Crete Villa Master Bedroom

Amirandes Crete Villa Bath

Prices: Rates for the 2015 season start at 231€ per night for 2 persons in a Superior Guestroom, breakfast included.

Getting there: BA flies directly from London Gatwick to Crete 4 times a week. Prices start from £90 each way (based on traveling in October). All bookings can be made at

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