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Amoudara Beach 71110 Heraklion, Greece -
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The Apollonia Beach is a large and fully-equipped hotel where you will be able to find peace and quiet, despite its impressive size. Its bungalows are scattered around a flow-filled park, giving a bucolic note to your holidays. The hotel generally follows the all-inclusive system.

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    Location 6.8 /10

    Apollonia Beach is located in Amoudara, a seaside resort set a mere 3 mi from Heraklion. It is even possible to walk along the beach to the city in an hour, as long as you don't mind getting wet in the cold river which flows from the mountains. If you would rather not, you can always catch a bus, they run every twenty minutes. The hotel's central location in Crete makes excursions on the island a lot easier. Amoudara is abound with taverns, bars, small shops and night clubs; its proximity to the main city makes it a really dynamic place. Amoudara is also Crete's second largest beach. As the island is mountainous, the beaches are often pebbly, but this one is fortunately sandy!

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The Apollonia has 140 double superior rooms in the main building and 125 standard and superior bungalows. The hotel also has 57 junior suites, two presidential suites and rooms adapted to people with disabilities. The furniture is in perfect condition and the decoration is simple but stylish. Each room is spacious, with a balcony or terrace and a view of the gardens or the sea. Some of the rooms have a plasma screen, all of them have at least a satellite television. A mini-safe, a refrigerator and individual air-conditioning are among some of the facilities included. The bathrooms all have a bathtub as well as a hair-dryer.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Covered in green vegetation, the Apollonia Beach's white bungalows blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. As for the decoration, it is very stylish and pleasing to the eye. The hotel has three outdoor pools (freshwater and seawater) and two kids' pools, as well as a pool with slides which is open when the lifeguard is on duty. The numerous flower-filled terraces not only add to the charm of this hotel, but overwhelm you with pleasant fragrances! The singing of birds and the tinkling sound of fountains all contribute to the bucolic atmosphere of the place, which can be enjoyed while reclining in one of the many wicker chairs.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The main restaurant, Aphrodite, is decorated like a Greek temple with columns and stone-painted murals. Three meals are served here and they can be taken on its terrace, under a pergola overgrown with vines. The buffet itself is a little disappointing, the inevitable salad bar serves many dressings made with the local olive oil, but the hot dishes and desserts lack refinement, even the local baklavas aren't the best we tasted. There is, however, a choice of twelve different hot dishes every day, so it is more than possible to find something that you like. Yet, if you really want to find a treat you should go to the three themed restaurants: at the Al Capone and Anjin San, the chefs have come directly from Italy and China. Both these restaurants have a capacity of under 100, which lends them an intimate atmosphere. The real highlight, though, is the Greek tavern, right by the seafront. The tables and chairs are draped with white fabric and here you can enjoy the famous Cretan diet. With the all-inclusive option, you may have a meal per week in each of the a la carte restaurants, upon reservation. Note that every Wednesday, a barbecue is organized along with Greek folk dances. It is also possible to get light meals, coffee and cakes at the snack bar by the pool.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The hotel has direct access to the beach, which is equipped with free deckchairs and parasols. It is ideal for children as the slope is gentle to start with, but further out swimmers will also be able to enjoy the sea's crystal-clear waters. Be careful, though, not to hurt your feet on rocks and urchins. Remember to bring a pair of beach sandals with you! In the day time, for an extra fee, a nearby watersports club offers pedal boats, canoes, and even scuba-diving and water skiing equipment. In the evening, however, entertainment is on the menu when the hotel's entertainment team, which consists of 9 members of the staff, presents shows in several different languages.

    To know

    Built in 1977, it was one of the first large hotels to be built on the island. Its green vegetation has therefore had time to flourish - the trees are huge. Renovated from 2003 to 2007, the hotel's clientele is mainly German, but also Belgian, Swiss and French. It is run like a family hotel because of its long-term staff. A spa is available but you will have to pay for the treatments, which are based on aromatherapy and the use of sea products. There is also a heated pool which blends in with the zen setting of the spa. Among the facilities/activities available can be found: authentic powerplates, three types of sauna, massages, a beauty parlour and a jacuzzi. There is also a gym which consists of about ten machines, with television screens. This hotel has won several awards for its commitment to protecting the environment.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, hammam, keep fit, sauna, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, football, basketball, canoe, water skiing, sailing, paddle boats, jet ski, mountain bike, badminton, volleyball, golf, aerobics, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spa
    • Three themed restaurants
    • The setting - a park with richly scented vegetation

    disadvantages

    • The rather bland buffet food
    • No premises for the kids' club

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