Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

We had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at  St. Nicolas Bay Resort a few weeks ago.  The focal point of this beautiful resort – approximately 2 kilometres from Agios Nikolaos – is undoubtedly the central pool area.  This consists of the main infinity pool, a children’s pool, an abundance of sunbeds and a breakfast/dining area at one corner, as well as stunning sea views.

Also in this vicinity is a boutique shop, games area for older children (with table tennis, table football, etc.) and, just a stone’s throw away, the luxurious Poseidon  Elemis  Spa offering Thalasso treatments and  a facility for younger children aged four and above, with adult supervision and lots of toys – a great respite for Mums and Dads seeking a little quiet time together.

There are 107 rooms and suites here, capable of accommodating up to 220 guests. We stayed in a Family Suite (Room 315), spread over two floors.  The ground floor consisted of a hallway, lounge, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor space with a table and four chairs, a pool and beautiful views out to sea.  Upstairs there was an additional bedroom and shower room.

As far as dining was concerned we opted to eat at the Labyrinth Restaurant for our evening meals.    It provided  an informal buffet-style  offering with plenty of Greek specialities, as well as a daily changing ‘international corner’ from which you could select.   During the day we had a light lunch and the occasional drink at the very relaxed Blue Bay Restaurant overlooking the Agii Pantes islands.

Moving on to the Poseidon Elemis Spa: this conists of a pool, Turkish steam baths, saunas, treatments rooms and a ‘treatment cave’ for two, known as Aphrodite’s Bath, situated right next to the sea.   The spa has been open for 5 years now, with its partnership with Elemis having existed for 4 of those years. There’s also a well-equipped gym with Cybex and Technogym equipment.

This is undoubtedly the best five star hotel in  Agios Nikolaos and locally probably only the hotels in Elounda compare.  It’s no wonder that repeat business was at 28% in 2008 – that might not seem such a high figure on first viewing but, for a resort of this kind – when you consider the multitude of options Greece and the rest of Europe  has to offer – it’s a statistic with which they can feel justly proud.

A new devlopment, acquired 3 years ago, is the nearby Thalassa Villas. There are 6 villas here, each capable of sleeping anything from 5 to 7 people. A porter service, doorman and security service is available 24 hours a day. Daily rates start from 580 euros for a 3-bedroom villa out of season, including VAT and all taxes. And, of course, guests have use of  St. Nicolas Bay Resort’s facilties.

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