If you’re planning to travel to Crete and want to stay in one of the best hotels the island has to offer, the Athina Palace needs to be on your list. This luxury five star resort is built into a cliff side and boasts stunning panoramic sea views. 17 km from the airport and 15 km from Heraklion, it is situated in a peaceful location where you can truly relax and unwind.
Striking, modern architecture and pastel colours define this hillside resort. Built over several levels, with many steps, its most enviable feature has to be the breathtaking views it commands over the Mediterranean Sea. With a magnificent swimming pool area, beach, spa and a choice of restaurants and bars, everything you could wish for on a relaxing break is at your fingertips.
The Athina Palace offers a range of accommodation including double rooms, family rooms and suites. All rooms come with air conditioning, mini fridge, flat screen satellite TV and a balcony or terrace with table and chairs. Ensuite bathrooms are equipped with bath/shower and hairdryer. Room Tip – Not all rooms have sea views, so if you want one, make sure to specifically request one when you book. Rooms in the middle of the hotel close to reception have particularly beautiful views, and require less walking up and down steps!
Restaurants and Bars
Guests have a choice of dining at the more relaxed Zeus main theme restaurant, or the smarter Hera a la carte restaurant. Zeus serves an American style breakfast buffet in the mornings and varied Mediterranean buffet, with show cooking, in the evenings. The large veranda overlooking the sea is the perfect spot for dining. For a slightly fancier occasion, Hera offers an a la carte menu and is an experience not to be missed, especially if you take advantage of special nights with live Greek music and dancing. For lunch and snacks, the Ermis snack bar is ideal, offering show cooking on the grill as well as fresh salads, sandwiches, pizzas and traditional gyros. As for bars, you can take your pick from the Ermis and Artemis pool bars, the Poseidon beach bar and the lobby bar. All serve a selection of local spirits, wine, beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks, teas and coffees.
Pool and Activities
The magnificent active pool has plenty of space for the whole family to splash around in and a pleasant sunbathing area with lovely sea views, but there’s also an additional fresh water pool for children and two relaxation pools for adults only, as well as a small sand and pebble beach. The spa offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. There are various activities to take advantage of at the hotel, including tennis courts, a kids club, water polo and aqua aerobics. Beyond the resort, a twenty minute drive will take you into the capital Heraklion, where you can enjoy shopping and restaurants or visiting museums and ancient sites – or a bit of both!
Experiencing the picturesque little cove beach, a mix of sand and pebbles, is highly recommended, as is a late afternoon drink at the beach bar. The walk down from the hotel to reach it is quite steep, but you can also take advantage of the free shuttle service provided.
The Athina Palace is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday in the sunshine, with unrivalled views of the Meditteranean.
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