We arrived late in the evening, so couldn't really see much or explore. The next morning however - WOW, the hotel is situated on an outcrop of rock, the sea views are amazing and due to the location you can see and hear it from several parts of the complex.
The staff are really nice, helpful and happy, food was excellent, plentiful and tasty with a varied selection. Salads were cold and meat was hot - so all good there. Our room was spacious and clean, with a great sea view.
The atmosphere is chilled out, which is exactly what we wanted - lazing by the pool, reading and sipping a drink.
Please keep in mind that its a long way from everything so if you're looking for shopping/nightlife/sightseeing this might not be the place for you.
There were a couple of families with small children but they were not too noisy and brought a bit of life to the pool area, thankfully there were no groups of early 20's lads doing the alpha male pool fights and drinking competitions that you sometimes see on holiday.
One thing to keep in mind, the hotel is built over several different levels, lots of steps and steep slopes to walk up & down, so not good for anyone who struggles with that sort of terrain.
The beach is pebbles rather than sand, we didn't use it but had a wander down there a few evenings before or after dinner.
The location is great - on a peninsula surrounded by beaches and near a small fishing village.
The facilities are great - pools especially.
The service is often terrible - I was sick for a couple of days and need to boil water to make my medicine. There is no kettle in the room (the only hotel I have ever seen not have one) and to "hire" a kettle they charge 15 Euros. I explained I was sick and I was not going to pay 15 Euros for a mug of hot water. After speaking to three different staff who all said the same thing, I finally had to get out of bed to walk downstairs to complain to reception, who finally gave me a kettle free of charge. Absolutely appalling service!!!!
Traveller from London
Modern resort hotel located on a private peninsula surrounded by botanical gardens, waterfalls, beaches, and a zoo. Bungalows …More
Beautiful location on top of a seaside cliff. Sea-view room was awesome! Food in the restaurants was good. About 20 minutes from downtown Heraklion, but far enough out of town to avoid the noise and the bustle. We had a rental car the entire time - highly recommend this.
Traveller from San Antonio, Tx
This luxurious, superior hotel offer excellent value for money and extensive facilities for all guests.Spacious rooms, most …More
This is a very good large hotel with excellent views close to a beach and very friendly and attentive staff. The hotel serves reasonable food although quality uneven - good one day and mediocre next. My only complain is a large air conditioning unit near my room which was a bit noisy - hotel staff did offer to change a room and I do not consider this a negative.
the resort is quiet and small with a 200m beach about 3m deep (2 lounges' worth) so always busy and about 20 restaurants (all those we tried were excellent).
my only gripe was that without a car it would be very difficult to get out of the bay as the buses are infrequent and often full, the walk to the top (road) is ok if you're fit but apparently the buses don't stop up there (though they do on the way back from the West direction which is very convenient) and the headlands don't have paths to explore neighbouring bays easily. so either stay in the village/bay or hire a car if you have itchy feet - we ended up meeting a couple with a car to share trips out but before that we spent 80Euro one way to Rethymnon!!
Traveller from oxford
Belvedere Hotel is owned by the Athanasakis Family. It was first build in 1994, then in 2003 we added 22 new rooms totaling …More
This hotel is in an amazing location with beautiful views. The food was good and we enjoyed every minute we were there. The two beaches near by are wonderful but not quite as close as stated but not too far away and worth the trip. I was there with a friend and the hotel catered for all groups of people; families, couples etc... Maybe not lads or girlie holiday makers looking for mad nights out though-too quiet for that which was perfect for our "get away from it all " holiday.
Built on a sloping hill, this All-Inclusive hotel complex overlooks the bay of Agia Pelagia, just 600 meters from the beach …More
Reasonably basic but very clean accommodation in a quiet area, just a few minutes walk from the beach. No frills (except air con) but provided all we wanted. Would recommend to anybody wanting a good basic room. Agia Pelagia is a great location for swimming and snorkelling, with several coves within walking distance and several tavernas in the bay itself. Lovely in mid September when we went.
Andys Plaza is situated at the picturesque village of Agia Pelagia and only 150 meters away from the fine sandy beach …More
"Very nice apartment, remarkable views, up in heaven"
We were agreably surprised to find a beautiful apartment with spectacular views in Ayia Pelagia. The owner is very nice, will help you with whatever you need. I called it in heaven because you have to drive up the mountain on what looks like a single road but it is a two way road that is very steep. If you have a fear of heights, you won't be able to drive up nor down. Also lots of cats in the area but if you don't want them, they will not come back. We stayed a week, loved it there. Everything is chosen with good taste. Very good price for the quality of accomodation. There are several grocery stores down on the beach and good restaurants too. Lovely place. 9/10
Tucked away off the main road 20 kilometres west of Heraklion, low-key Agia Pelagia is built into a hillside above a sheltered bay. It offers a decent choice of mid-range hotels and apartments, most of which have sea views. The sandy main beach curves around the bay and is overlooked by tavernas and cafes. It offers sunloungers and good water sports facilities. Nearby, several more bays have smaller, less equipped beaches.
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