The aptly-named Club Olympien Peninsula does literally stretch out into the sea. Indeed, its layout is as unique as its traditional and refined setting. If you are looking to explore the island of Crete (whether on a half-board or all-inclusive option), we cannot recommend this hotel to you more highly.
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In Crete, you will rarely find a setting as breathtaking as that of the Peninsula hotel. Built on a peninsula, the hotel overlooks the bay of Aghia Pelaghia, a village just one mi from the hotel. Its unique location makes it a little difficult to access, but transfers from Heraklion airport (15 mi away) are organized by the hotel. Moreover, shuttles to Heraklion leave twice a day (?3.20). Although this hotel is set a little away from other hotels, these remain visible in the distance, merged into the mountain landscape.
All rooms are typically Greek and largely decorated in white (the sides of the beds are built in as part of the whitewashed walls), whether they be in the main building or the bungalows. They all have a satellite television, a telephone, individual air-conditioning and a mini-fridge (it is also possible to hire a safe). All the bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub, a hair-dryer and an impressive mirror. Another bonus of this hotel: you will doubtless appreciate having your own sheltered balcony or terrace, equipped with a plastic table and chairs.
The Peninsula is a hotel which stands on a gentle slope, surrounded by the sea. Every effort is made here to make you feel as if you were on Mount Olympus, starting with the reception hall and its ancient Greek design. The stone walls are particularly impressive, and so is the white and grey furniture that is adorned with pristine flowers, with sumptuous candelabras. The hotel also boasts a seawater pool which is divided into three little pools. There is one that is very close to the sea, but the Peninsula hotel also has a freshwater pool where barbecue nights are organised. As for the rooms, they are spread out between the main building and the bungalows which are scattered over the peninsula.
Food and drink
Just like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant setting is bewitching. You will travel back in time when you see the vaulted ceilings of the bright restaurant hall. The buffet itself is decorated in such an ancient style that you would hardly be surprised to find buffet jars filled with Olympian gods' ambrosia. The food is local and international, abundant and varied. It is a shame, however, that the hotel does not have an a la carte restaurant, but you will always be able to go to the snack-bar for a change.
Gainining access to the beach can be done in two different ways: the unusual one is via the pier (on which a host of deckchairs and parasols are laid out), from which you wiill be able to descend down the ladders and into the sea. This access is not recommended for children though, but confident swimmers will love it!
The hotel's main beach is also equipped with free deckchairs and parasols. The water is crystal-clear, but as the beach is at the foot of a mountain, rocks and pebbles are everywhere on the seabed and the beach. Not far from the hotel, you will find a sailing school and a diving club.
The Club Olympien Peninsula welcomes its (mainly French) guests from May to October, on a half-board or all-inclusive option. Built in 1984, the hotel was originally a convent, which is why you can still see little alters in the rooms of the main building. Remember to request a view of the sea, as it would be a shame not to make the most of the sensational surroundings. The entertainment team here, which consists of six French members of staff, organises various activities during the day.
sauna, hammam, spa
tennis, aqua gym, aerobics, football, sailing, dance, bums and tums, fitness