This Marmara exclusivity is located on one of Crete's most beautiful coasts, far from the touristic hubbub of the northern part of the island. A simple, convivial hotel, entirely French-speaking, for a nice seaside family vacation.
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The club is located on the seashore, on the eastern part of the island, 1,000 feet from the small port of Sitia. Heraklion airport is 80 miles away. Allow approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes for transfers.
The 162 rooms are distributed between the main building and the bungalow wing. These bungalows are actually ground floor rooms, or rooms located on the 1st floor (duplex). The ground floor rooms are rather dark and tend to evoke troglodyte houses with their whitewashed walls, limited furniture, and tiled floor. The 125 double standard rooms are also decorated in traditional Cretan style. They have a large balcony looking out on the sea (although with the entertainment in the foreground!) or the land. Comfort is basic: air conditioning and a telephone with direct international access. All the bathrooms are equipped with a bathtub, a sink, and a toilet.
Built in 1978, the Sitia Beach is a square, 4-storey building, with balconies covered with bougainvilleas and geraniums. One wing includes the bungalows. The lobby opens onto a large lush courtyard with a 1,300 square feet fresh water swimming pool. Behind the hotel is the entertainment area with a 2,700 square feet seawater swimming pool, a children's pool, a tiled solarium with sunshades and deckchairs, a snack bar, and an amphitheatre. The large bar (in the traditional tavern style) includes a terrace adjoining the large swimming pool. It is shady and pleasant when the weather is hot, but rather noisy because of the entertainment. In the basement are a night club and a theatre (5 shows and 2 entertainment evenings per week).
Food and drink
The restaurant is easily accessible since its entrance is in the courtyard. It is a large, rather dark room, furnished with dark wood, and tiled in red and white, in Cretan style. A large terrace overlooks the main swimming pool. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, both served buffet-style. These buffets are plain and the food is basic. For lunch, you can go to the swimming pool snack, that offers some Greek specialities. Count around 4 euro (£3) for one course.
The hotel's beach is directly bordered by a coastal road. However, with a slight detour, a small tunnel gives access to the beach without having to cross the road. It is a very narrow beach (6.5 feet), stuck between the sea and the road, with about twenty deckchairs and sunshades reserved for the hotel guests (free). Despite the limited space, the setting is pleasant and offers a nice view of the unspoiled coast (Crete's most beautiful coast), the village of Sitia, the islands, and the turquoise water (at least on the shore!). A small independent water sports club offers windsurfing, canoeing, pedalo, scuba diving, row boating, and motor boating (for a fee, and not guaranteed).
For families or groups of 4 persons, we recommend the suites. Located at the building's corners, they all have a large terrace. Duplexes (also accommodating 4 persons) are very well fitted, with two beds upstairs and two beds downstairs. We appreciated the terrace sheltered by bougainvilleas.