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Hotel Aquila Rithymna Beach Resort Hotel 5 star
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Rethymnon 74100 Rethymno, Greece -
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What a pleasure it is to wander around this hotel with all its green foliage, how neatly-kept and diversified it is! The Aquila Rithymna Beach stands on the seashore, with enough amenities to satisfy any guest: swimming pool enthusiasts, activity and sports lovers, but also gourmets and children of all ages. We must also make a special mention of the babys' club.

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      Aquila Rithymna Beach Resort   -   © Olivier Lechat / EASYVOYAGE

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      Aquila Rithymna Beach Resort   -   © Olivier Lechat / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.93 /10

    The Aquila Rithymna Beach is in Adelianos Kampos, 5 mi from Rethymnon and approximately 50 mi from Heraklion international airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    In the main building, a lift will take you up to your room. A total of 561 rooms, including 350 standard ones with a surface area of around 270 sq ft, 9 villas connected to a private pool and 116 bungalows all make up the village. 65% of the rooms, which all have a balcony or terrace, also have a view of the sea. Mainly in shades of yellow, the homogenous decoration, although a little affected, is very far from Cretan standards. The rooms are rather nice though, with all the pictures and mirrors on the walls, the yellow bedspreads and headrests, the cream-coloured flowery carpets and thick curtains on the bay windows, as well as beds which are neither too soft nor too hard. Facilities include a television, a free safe, central air-conditioning, a fridge and a telephone. Simple and small (without being cramped), the decent bathrooms all have a bathtub, various Aquila hospitality products and a hair-dryer. The villas are all on the ground floor. A villa consists of a large cream and pale green lounge equipped with a plasma screen television, a bedroom with another, smaller television, a DVD player, a kitchen area, a separate whirlpool bath and shower, furniture in light shades of wood, and patio doors which open out onto a private pool surrounded by a lawn. There is, however, no kind of separation from neighbouring bungalows to ensure privacy. On the lawn, you will find beautiful garden furniture. Inside, upstairs, you will find the junior suites. The chalet bungalows are divided into three different types: standard, suite and family. The majority of them have a view of the sea. Contrary to the standard rooms, the chalets have individual air-conditioning, tiled flooring (no carpets), a large television and comfortable sofa and chairs. The shades of blue and cream in the rooms give them a relaxing atmosphere. Room-service is available.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Concealed by the green vegetation on the side of the road, the Aquila Rithymna Beach unfolds along the beach over 200,000 acres One of the island's largest hotels, it houses 516 rooms and does not seem to have aged over time. It is very well maintained and was renovated in 2008. The reception hall is bright and stylish, but the decoration is a little too bare in spite of the long and wide patterned sofas and Art Deco chandeliers. Outside the hotel, a lovely little Cretan village has been reconstructed, with wide stone paths and a garden with diverse vegetation, still as neatly kept as the rest. The numerous varieties of plants, flowers and trees are described on little signs bearing their name and blooming period. Here are some of the varieties you will find: oregano, mint, tamarind, cactus, marguerite, geranium, palm-trees. As for the 10,500 sq ft geometrically-shaped main pool, it is (unusually) filled with seawater. Here, around the large lagoon pool, you will observe that the straight lines of the main building have been abandoned in favour of the Cretan curves. Surrounded by water and magnificent flower-beds, guests can lie on the numerous deckchairs in the shade of the palm trees. As you stroll around the park, you will find an old olive oil press sheltered under some arches, a charming little chapel on a square, which is all painted inside, but also a typically Greek café. Other than the three communal pools, the baby pool and 17 private pools, guests can use the indoor pool (heated at the beginning and end of the season) located in the fitness centre. The gym next-door has about 15 apparatus. There is also a massage room, but there's nothing special about it.

    The kids' club is delightful, as well as the baby club (from 8 months to 3 years). They are both open from May 20 to mid-September. The baby club is hosted in a pale blue house with several alcoves in which the bean-shaped cots are laid out. At one end of the building, meals are prepared by staff qualified in this age-group. Another important point: the toilets are at the right height. It is a real Smurf's house! The older children are divided into three groups: 3 to 6 year-olds, 6 to 9 year-olds and 9 to 12 year-olds, so as to adapt the activities as much as possible. A large house which looks like a traditional market hall is a kids' kingdom, with a buffet under the arches just for them (the 'tasty corner', open from 11:00am to 5:00pm). Numerous bunk beds are also provided for an afternoon nap. The play area is large enough to satisfy all age groups.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The Aquila Rithymna Beach's guests have a choice between five different restaurants: the main restaurant, the Laguna, the Taverna, the little Greek restaurant or even the cafeteria. Very stylish and very busy, the main restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:15am to 10:00am and for dinner from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Two impressive buffets, exactly identical and symmetrical, stand side by side so as to make it easier to move around from one tasty dish to another. Although stylishly decorated, this restaurant is still quite kitsch with its Venetian coffered ceilings, painted with scenes telling the story of the Italian family Rithymna. The various buffet tables present a great variety of meals, whether international or local. Even the cheese corner has a wide choice, not forgetting the 17 desserts, of course, and the sweet Greek specialities. A rose adorns each table. Behind a modular partition is the Laguna restaurant, much more simply decorated, open for lunch from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. The terrace is much larger here. This is where you can be sure to find a seat outside, whether under the pergola or not. if you wish to avoid the crowds though, go to the Taverna and enjoy its peaceful view of the lagoon pool. A themed night is organized six times a week (Cretan, fish, Italian, etc.). Be aware that half-boarders can eat here for an extra fee. The tables bear white and red checked tablecloths and the wooden chairs and cream-coloured columns add to the pleasant decoration.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    The Aquila Rithymna Beach hotel stands on a beach of approximately 1,300 ft long - a particularly nice place to relax. Beyond the neatly-kept green foliage, you will find a series of wooden paths set into the sand which lead to the many deckchairs, parasols and low tables; or which simply enable you to take a pleasant ramble on the beach. The blue flag has been flying for a long time, ensuring the guests of the cleanliness of the crystal-clear waters. Be careful, as is often the case on numerous beaches in the north of Crete, the foreshore is very pebbly. Elsewhere on the beach, the sand is coarse and the stones sparse. A large water sports club gives you the chance to try out almost all the sports imaginable! And if you get thirsty? A good-sized bar awaits you by the sunbathing area. Look out for the wire, which can be easily spotted, that protects the areas where tortoises have laid their eggs (from June to September).

    To know

    The Aquila Rithymna Beach offers several options to its clientele: Bed & Breakfast, half-board and full board. The spacious Internet café is available for a fee, but the WiFi connection is free. The shows here are either organized by the staff or by professionals. On the programme: Cuban shows, folklore, dances. There are also cooking sessions, sirtaki dancing lessons and Greek classes, all allowing you to familiarize yourselves with the local culture.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, stretching, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, volleyball, beach volley, mountain bike, jet ski, sailing, paddle boats, canoe, dance, archery, water-polo, windsurfing, fitness, sports

    • Ski zone
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A large choice of restaurants
    • The superb gardens
    • A wonderful club for the kids
    • The rooms

    disadvantages

    • A very big hotel
    • It takes a long time to go from one place to another

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