OUTSIDE THE AMIRANDES GRECOTEL HOTEL IN CRETE.
I have always been a bit of a vacation snob.
Avoiding the idea of a GREEK ISLAND holiday Easy Jet vacation like the plague.
This June we had intended to fly to Mauritius then after back & forth conversations about a 12 hour flight being too long, I threw my hands in the air and jumped on Expedia to book a hot week anyway. I chose Greece and the island of Crete and kept my fingers crossed that my choice of hotel resort would not be regretted.
The Amirandes Grecotel resort was incredible!
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this spot. We spent 8 days there in a luxury sea view room-room 321-which I actually think has the best views of both the stunning hotel grounds and the ocean in a 180 degree panoramic view and the best view of the sunset from our balcony.
ON ARRIVAL GUESTS ARE GREETED WITH COCKTAILS!
The room was always spotless clean and we were gifted complementary wine and fruit platers.
BEACH SHADOW SELFIES ARE MANDATORY!
LOOK AT THE VIEWS!
I MADE THE MOST OF ALL THE FREE YOGA AND DANCE CLASSES!
THEY HAVE AN IN-HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO WILL TAKE PICS IN THE STUNNING GROUNDS FOR 9 EUROS EACH! LOL!
THE AMIRANDES GROUNDS AT NIGHT ARE STUNNING AND MAJESTIC!
BREAKFAST AT THIS SPOT DAILY MEANS YOU START YOU DAY RIGHT!
The breakfast buffet was amazing with hot options, cold maze options, fresh fruit- the sweetest pineapple I’ve ever tasted…..a bespoke barista bar serving fancy teas and coffees and two live chef stations making fresh waffles, pancakes and omelettes. The staff are uber friendly and chat away with you like family!
The olympic pool was glorious. Huge with so many sun loungers, bespoke cafe and the adjacent white sofa loungers areas over looking the ocean were lush.
WALKING AROUND THE RESORT BRINGS CUTE SURPRISES LIKE NEON HIPPOS HANGING OUT!
The beach is private and has cute thatched umbrella seating, but my favourite were the loungers on the raised garden area. An opportunity to sit facing the ocean and enjoy the beach and waves without having the mess of the sand yet also having easy steps access to the ocean should it get too hot.
MAKE LIKE A FITNESS MAGAZINE MODEL AND FAKE LAUGH YOUR WAY THROUGH THE BEACH MOMENTS!
The beach attendants walk by constantly offering complimentary water bottles and water melon slices!
THERE ARE LOVELY SECRET SPOTS TO CHILL AND WATCH THE OCEAN ALL DAY.
THE GARDEN AREA WAS MY FAVE. LUSH LANDSCAPE GRASSY AREAS WHERE YOU CAN SUNBATHE AND CATCH A GREAT OCEAN BREEZE.
HAVING DINNER AL FRESCO AT THE MINATOUR RESTAURANT IS MAGICAL- THE DINNER SPOT HOUSES PICASSO ART!
The unlimited free water, restaurants on site, free yoga and dance and pilates classes and spa meant you could simply relax and not have to worry about leaving the resort if you didn’t want to.
PULLING FUNNY SELFIE POSES ON HOLIDAY IS ALLOWED!
One of our party was an 86 year old woman and although mobile there are numerous small sections of steps all across this property but with support she was fine and loved her facial in the spa. I had an aruvedic massage and it was heavenly and got into crevices of my body that hadn’t even been touched before.
MAKE LIKE SOPHIA LOREN AND BASK IN THE SUNSHINE!
The whole week was lush, relaxing, the staff couldn’t do enough for us and were genuinely friendly. The hotel guest clientele is classy yet inclusive. The type that prefer grey – beige resort wear and dressing up nicely for dinner. The restaurants are diverse with Italian, Japanese, Greek and Mediterranean on site.
There is also an amphitheater on site where nightly kids discos, dance shows and magic shows happen.
My favourite was the night that 3 tenors sang opera on the waterfront accompanied by fireworks- truly classy and romantic.
We will be back!