The impeccable, vast, comfortable and bright reception sets the tone for the rest of the complex, which covers 2,400,000 sq ft. In other words, all of the hotel's facilities are very spacious. It is
a bit of a surprise to find a large three-storey building designed to replicate the Palace of Knossos, though, and this is certainly one of a kind in Crete!
The large square is where the resort's restaurant services are centred, along with various shops to look around and maybe buy a souvenir.
There are 5 different fresh-water heated swimming pools on the complex, the largest of which is of Olympic proportions (164 ft long). The relaxation pool is also nice and big, and made using local stone. Deckchairs are laid out on the lawn around it and the area is attractively marked out by low walls.
You cannot help but notice how well the gardens are looked after, with their many species to discover as you wander the little stone paths and enjoy the incredible tranquillity of the place. This vast property, which was built in 1994 and is renovated annually, also includes three small villages of bungalows providing holiday accommodation, one of which is particularly well-suited to families.
Children aged between 4 and 12 years can also have fun in the large international miniclub, which opens from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The two swimming pools in an enclosed area near the sea are perfect for children to splash about in and play water games, one of which includes a big clown squirting water. Outside, the lawned areas are edged with various rooms equipped for playing games, having an afternoon nap, etc., whilst the brand new amphitheatre can accommodate around 450 people, for outdoor screenings of football matches, for example.
Guests can sit and relax over a coffee in The Kafenion, with its tables and checked table cloths, whilst marvelling at the impressively large and intriguing natural cave just alongside it. It really is superb, and its cool temperatures (18 to 20°C) are perfect for the special events organised there. The tables here are laid out on different levels, and disco nights can also be organised without worrying about complaints from the neighbours. As far as well-being is concerned, a large gym containing 17 Technogym exercise machines is open to over-16's, and there is also a large indoor swimming pool and a pleasant Internet room (free of charge).