Fragrant gardens lapped by azure waters and palm-fringed lagoons swirling past natural stone terraces are the hallmarks of this relaxing yet sophisticated beachfront resort that offers the highest standards of Mediterranean luxury and refinement. Styled after the sprawling palaces of the Minoan kings and Venetian nobles who once ruled Crete, the hotel introduces guests to the easy elegance of true European luxury. The architecture's sleek lines sets off the celebrated beauty of the southern Mediterranean landscape of silver-flecked olive trees, tropical palms, and flowering shrubs against brilliant blue skies and sparkling teal waters. The hotel was built in 2007. It is air-conditioned and has a lobby with 24-hour reception, a safe, cloakroom, currency exchange facility and lift access. A games room, as well as bar, dining and conference facilities all feature. Internet access is available (subject to fees). Guests may also make use of the room and laundry facilities (both subject to fees). Parking facilities are also available for guests arriving by car. Younger guests may like to enjoy the kids' club and the playground.
The hotel occupies a gorgeous stretch of coast that gently curls into two coves of fine golden sand lapped by pristine waters. The centre of Gouves is 2 km away. It is a perfect location, offering easy access to Heraklion's international airport (18 km away) and the world famous archaeological site at the Palace of Knossos (30 km away). Chersonissos Town is 8 km away, while the town of Agios Nikolaos is 46 km away. Heraklion is 23 km away.
The Sunset Suites are aptly named as they offer the best view of the famous Cretan sunset. The living room is luxurious and doubles as a private dining area or extra sleeping area. The master bedroom is set back from the terrace for added privacy and leads to a luxurious bathroom. The large Dream Villa is a two-floor residence built above the first row villas. It is set in private garden, with a breathtaking sea view and a luxurious infinity pool. Special features include a DVD system and LCD TV. Facilities also include a hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite/cable TV, radio, minibar, safe, double bed and individually adjustable air-conditioning.
Natural stone terraces with sea views stretching to forever are the perfect accompaniment to whiling away tranquil mornings sipping coffee by the Olympic-sized swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy lazy sunset cocktails at the lagoon bar where guests can dangle their toes in the water. There are 3 swimming pools in total, one indoor and 2 outdoor, as well as a children's pool, poolside snack bar, sun loungers and parasols. A sauna also features. Massage and spa treatments, water skiing, surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, pedal boating, tennis and biking are all offered (subject to fees). Archery, beach volleyball and table tennis are offered free of charge. Guests may also like to hone their physiques in the hotel's gym facilities (subject to fees). Entertainment programmes for both adults and children are offered. The prestigious Crete Golf Club is 10 km away, where hotel's guests are entitled to a price reduction.
For breakfast, there is an American gourmet buffet with a fitness food corner, and late continental breakfast. For lunch, the seafront Mediterranean speciality restaurant and pool brasserie come highly recommended. For dinner, in the main restaurant, extensive buffets, as well as waiter service for main course on request feature. There are three à la carte restaurants: Italian speciality fish restaurant (subject to extra fees), Asian specialty restaurant, and in July and August (subject to extra fees) Kipos garden Cretan tavern.
The following are all accepted as forms of payment: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VISA.
By car, from Heraklion airport, follow the signs to Agios Nikolaos (new road). After driving for 15 km leave the new road taking a right turn following the signs to Kato Gouves. After driving for 2.5 km the final sign for Kato Gouves can be seen. Take a left here. Continues straight on down. The hotel is 500 metres further one. By public transport: Outside the Heraklion airport get in the bus which goes either to Hersonisos or to Malia. Buy a ticket to Gouves. Inform the bus-driver of the name of the hotel, requesting that he/she let you know which is the appropriate bus station. The station is 500 metres away from the hotel on the way to the beach.
Direct dial telephone
Satellite cable TV