St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

  • St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
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An oasis of elegance the luxury St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas offers traditional Cretan charm and hospitality combined with the luxury and the services of a five star resort. If it is to be a special hotel, it should have some atmosphere, character and style and St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas achieves all of this together with very high standards of service, location and design. The St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas is situated in a secluded beach front location, a short distance from the trendy summer resort of Aghios Nikolaos, in Crete. This picturesque fishing port with many shops, boutiques, café, bars and restaurants on the sea front is one of the very fashionable hot spots of Crete. The St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas is an escape to an oasis of elegance style and flair where one can relax in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Luxury and character. Intimate areas and sea-front seclusion. From the distinctive entrance area, reception and lounges, as you turn into St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas, you experience a magical arrival. St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas is distinctive in its spacious stone and whitewashed buildings, its small clusters of rooms or more individual suites and bungalows overlooking the Mirabello Bay, and its private sandy beach is awarded with the Blue Flag of European Union. A style that mixes Cretan traditional with contemporary Mediterranean and adds its own unique relaxing pace and method. A Luxury Hotel in Agios Nikolaos without compromising in quality and with superb range of facilities combining the special character and charm of Authentic Greece with World Class Service.

With 25 Deluxe Suites with Private Pools and 42 different Suites and 40 Rooms is ideal for holidays of high standards and each guest receives personalized service which is feasible only in this size of hotel. With spectacular views of the gulf of Mirabello bay, the rooms and suites offer modern and spacious interiors with large terraces or balconies with magnificent views. Thoughtful design extends to bathrooms with twin washbasin and WC separate from bath or shower. Picture windows bring the sea to you. Suites with your own private pool are delightful, well-furnished, well equipped and stocked with the eye-pleasing view of the blue sea, the blue sky, the Mirabello gulf.

Dining choices for both cuisine and style, position, location and mood are enough to satisfy the moment, the wish, your desire fulfilled. Culinary options are great with five superb restaurants to choose from different cuisine from Greek, Cretan, Mediterranean, French, Sushi Japanese, Asian and International. Guests can begin the day with breakfast served on the terrace and enjoy the freshness of the sea breeze, the flower filled garden and the gentle sun. At lunch time, they can savor excellent Mediterranean cuisine at the Blue Bay beach restaurant. They can also enjoy the delicacies of Sushi and Far East Cuisine at the fine dining Minotaure Restaurant by the pool or for a more relaxed experience in a charming Greek atmosphere, taste the Cretan dishes and the excellent sea food at the Greek Kafenion on the beach.

The flavour of Crete with much natural stone, contrasting with white walls and numerous magical “areas” to lounge, read, whisper, cuddle or relax. Indoor heated pool, delightful natural outdoor pool area. Lounge chairs on natural rock platforms hover at sea’s edge from which you step onto the small sandy private beach. An absolute private beach fully serviced and fully operational Water Sports Centre and Scuba Diving School plus Sailing Yacht to hire for private sea cruises. For deeper relaxation, the Guests can enjoy a relaxing and revitalizing experience designed to indulge and balance their senses, at the Poseidon Spa with world famous Elemis, Cinq Mondes & Algoane products. There are many different treatment rooms, signature treatments, various massage, saunas, Steambath cabins & a fully equipped Gym at disposal to each Guest.

St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas is perched magnificently on a secluded beachfront location and private sandy cove, surrounded by lush gardens in a residential area with private Villas, close by Aghios Nikolaos trendy summer resort on the Island of Crete.  A short walk away you will find local tavernas, shops and bars or if you wish to explore further the town is a short taxi ride away. Nearby sites of interest include the Byzantine Monastery of Toplou, the Minoan Palace of Knossos and Vai Palm Beach while the  Heraklion International Airport is far about 69 km.

Double Room Garden View

Fresh & airy garden view or side sea view room, combines modern decoration and traditional references with an emphasis on comfort. These luxury rooms in Crete, Aghios Nikolaos are furnished with the choice of king size or twin beds, custom made furniture, writing desk, lounge corner with coffee table and pieces of art on the walls specially painted for the hotel. Modern design marble lined bathrooms with separate WC with vanity unit.

Family Suite 2 Bedrooms Garden View

To sleep 4 persons (adults&children) comes equipped with Master bedroom with French large bed, en suite bathroom, WC, second bedroom and twin beds and bathroom, wc, hairdryer, luxurious Toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Separate lounge with coffee table, sat TV, Internet WiFi, Music channel, mini bar and safe. Direct dial telephones and individually controlled air-condition units in every room. Large furnished veranda with chaises lounges, dining table and garden view.

Double Room Sea View

Fresh & airy sea view room, combines modern decoration and traditional references with an emphasis on comfort.These rooms are furnished with the choice of king size or twin beds, custom made furniture, writing desk, lounge corner with coffee table and pieces of art on the walls specially painted for the hotel. Modern design marble lined bathrooms with separate WC with vanity unit.

Deluxe Junior Suite Sea View

Deluxe Jr. Suites in Crete come equipped with the choice of king size or twin beds, custom made furniture, a writing desk and a spacious lounge corner with contemporary pieces of art. These rooms’ bathrooms boast separate WC’s with vanity unit and air bath Jacuzzi style or a walk in shower cabin in addition to a regular bath tub. In a privileged location offer a shaded and spacious balcony or terrace with chaise lounge and sea views.

Deluxe Suite Sea View

Suites are located in privileged location or on top floor with spacious furnished Private terraces and large sliding doors, allowing plenty of light and sea views over the Mirabello bay. Cleverly designed boast a separate bedroom with king size bed or twin beds,custom made furniture and a spacious seating area. These beautifully decorated Suites come with luxurious marble lined bathrooms with separate WC with vanity unit, walk in showers and Jacuzzi style bathtubs.

Executive Junior Suite Private Pool

Come equipped with one Double French Bed or either with two Twin Beds, custom made furniture. They feature remote control Air-Condition unit, remote control Satellite TV 40′ and DVD Player, with complimentary Movies Library, Internet WiFi, Music Channel, Safe,  Minibar fully stocked, two Telephones, Marble Bathroom, Separate WC, Hairdryer, Luxurious Toiletries plus Beach Towels, Bathrobes and Slippers,  with Jacuzzi Bath and Shower Cabin. Bedroom with open plan Lounge and Spacious Terrace Garden and extra sized Private Swimming Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October), Sunshade and Sun loungers. Very luxurious and comfortable with absolute Privacy, Privileged First Row Location and Sea Views.

Executive Suite Private Pool

Come equipped with one Double French Bed or either with two Twin Beds,custom made furniture. They feature remote control Air- Condition unit, remote control Satellite TV 40′ and DVD Player, with complimentary Movies Library. All are designed with your comfort in mind, Spacious Living Room, Separate Bedroom, Marble Bathroom with Jacuzzi, Separate Shower Cabin, Luxurious Toiletries, Beach Towels, Bathrobes and Slippers, Safe, Mini Bar, Music Channel,  Internet WiFi, Large Terrace Garden with extra sized Private Swimming Pool of 35 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October), Sunloungers & Sunshade, with absolute privacy Privileged Frist Row Location and Panoramic Sea Views.

Family 2 Bedrooms Suite Private Pool

Come equipped with Master bedroom with French large bed, custom made furniture, en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate cabin shower, WC and second bedroom with twin beds en suite bathroom with shower and WC, Hairdryer, luxurious Toiletries, Bath robs and Slippers. Lounge with sofa, coffee table, sat TV, Internet WiFi, Music channel, mini bar, safe and direct dial telephones. Spacious furnished terrace, sun loungers, sunshades and extra sized Private Swimming Pool of 40 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October).

Club Deluxe Double Room

Privileged prime seafront location with private terrace or balcony commanding panoramic sea front views to the Mirabello Bay and the two islands. Fresh airy sea view room, combines modern decoration and traditional references with an emphasis on comfort. These rooms are furnished with the choice of king size or twin beds, custom made furniture, writing desk, lounge corner with coffee table and pieces of art on the walls specially painted for the hotel. Modern design marble lined bathrooms with separate WC with vanity unit.

Clube Deluxe Junior Suite

Privileged prime location at the seafront. Cool and airy with elegant and luxurious furniture in an open plan sitting area leading to a spacious balcony or terrace with panoramic sea views to the Mirabello Bay and the two islands. Fresh airy sea view rooms, combines modern decoration, traditional references and an emphasis on comfort.These rooms are with custom made furniture and the choice of king size or twin beds, writing desk, lounge corner with coffee table and pieces of art on the walls specially painted for the hotel. Marble lined bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, separate WC with vanity unit and walk in shower.

Club Deluxe Suite

Stylishly decorated in Mediterranean touch with innovative blend of space, light and color. Privileged location at the seafront with one bedroom with the choice of king size or twin beds, custom made furniture and separate living room leading to private balcony or terrace commanding a panoramic sea front view to Mirabello Bay. Marble lined bathroom with Aero Spa bath or Jacuzzi, with separate WC with vanity unit and walk in shower.

The Rock 1

Unique privacy at the seafront right above the sea with ideal use of space, light and natural environment. This exquisite Suite has a spacious Veranda with Private heated Swimming Pool of 25 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). This elegantly decorated Studio offers spacious lounge corner and uninterrupted sea views from the bed. Spacious Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath tub, separate WC with vanity unit and walk in Shower Cabin. Spacious Terrace with Daybeds,  Sunshades and Dining Table.

The Rock 2

Unique privacy at the seafront right above the sea with ideal use of space, light and natural environment. This exquisite Suite has a spacious Veranda with Private heated Swimming Pool of 25 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). This elegantly decorated Studio offers spacious lounge corner and uninterrupted sea views from the bed. Spacious Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath tub, separate WC with vanity unit and walk in Shower Cabin. Spacious Terrace with Daybeds,  Sunshades and Dining Table.

Odysseas 1

Located in a very tranquil and secluded position with your own Private Heated Pool of 35 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October) and great Sea Views. Spacious Living Room area at the lower level with elegant and comfortable furniture. Interior staircase leads to upstairs Master Bedroom with king size bed and en suite WC with vanity unit and walk in shower. At lower level, Childs Bed, Marble lined Spa style Bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate WC and walk in shower Cabin. Open air shaded dining table.

Odysseas 2

Located in a very tranquil and secluded position with your own Private Heated Pool of 35 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October) and great Sea Views. Spacious Living Room area at the lower level with elegant and comfortable furniture. Interior staircase leads to upstairs Master Bedroom with king size bed and en suite WC with vanity unit and walk in shower. At lower level, Childs Bed, Marble lined Spa style Bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate WC and walk in shower Cabin. Open air shaded dining table.

Aiolos

Designed exclusively to blend personal comfort, privacy and seclusion, this Suite provide a private world of luxury and elegance. Spacious Terrace Garden commands Panoramic Sea Views around your Private Heated Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). Composed of a stylishly furnished Master Bedroom with king size bed or twin beds and separate Living Room gracefully decorated with Dining Area. Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate walk in shower Cabin and separate WC with vanity unit. Open air shaded dining table.

Zefiros

Designed exclusively to blend personal comfort, privacy and seclusion, this Suite provide a private world of luxury and elegance. Spacious Terrace Garden commands Panoramic Sea Views around your Private Heated Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). Composed of a stylishly furnished Master Bedroom with king size bed or twin beds and separate Living Room gracefully decorated with Dining Area. Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate walk in shower Cabin and separate WC with vanity unit. Open air shaded dining table.

Eros

Designed exclusively to blend personal comfort, privacy and seclusion, this Suite provide a private world of luxury and elegance. Spacious Terrace Garden commands Panoramic Sea Views around your Private Heated Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). Composed of a stylishly furnished Master Bedroom with king size bed or twin beds and separate Living Room gracefully decorated with Dining Area. Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate walk in shower Cabin and separate WC with vanity unit. Open air shaded dining table.

Penelopi

Very quiet and elevated location with spacious terrace commanding spectacular sea views to Mirabello Bay with Private Heated Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October), your own sun lounger sand sunshades. Two bedrooms with choice of King bed or twin beds with en suite Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi Bathtub, WC with vanity unit. Separate lounge with writing desk, internet WiFi and shaded open air patio with dining table.

Siroko

Centrally located, offers generous space and a cool contemporary feeling with elegant open plan Lounge leading to a beautiful Terrace Garden and a Private Heated Pool of 30 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October). Privacy and Tranquility meet Panoramic Sea Views and your own Sun loungers and Sunshades. Two Bedrooms with the choice of king bed or twin beds with en suite  Marble lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi Bathtub, separate WC with vanity unit and walk in shower Cabin. Writing Desk with extra Phone and Internet WiFi. Open air shaded dining table.

Apollo

At a privileged very quiet seafront location with spacious terrace garden, Sun loungers and sunshades around the extra sized Private Heated Swimming Pool of 40 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October), commanding spectacular views to the Mirabello Bay. A great Family residence with two bedrooms with the choice of King Bed or twins beds, separate living room, dining room and mini kitchen facilities. En suite to Master Bedroom Marble Lined Bathroom with Jacuzzi, walk in shower cabin and separate WC with vanity set, second bathroom with shower cabin and separate WC. Open air dining room to enjoy al tesco dining.

Poseidon House

Centrally located at a privileged first row setting a few steps from the private beach. This delightful villa combines indoor and outdoor living with its spacious rooms, terrace Garden boasting extra sized Private Heated Swimming Pool of 40 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October) and great sea views. Master Bedroom with King Bed and En-suite shower and separate WC in the upper floor and balcony with sea view. On ground floor, second bedroom with King Bed or twin beds with en-suite marble lined bathroom with Jacuzzi, walk in shower Cabin and separate living room giving out to open-air shaded terrace and dining room with great sea views and absolute privacy.

Aphrodite’s House

This delightful Villa is located at the first row with absolute privacy for outdoor living. Spacious terrace with extra sized Private Heated Pool of 40 sqm (heated April, mid-May & late-October) , Sun loungers, Sunshades, Daybeds and panoramic Seafront Views to the Mirabello Bay. It has two spacious fully equipped bedrooms, a Master Bedroom with King Bed, en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi, separate shower cabin and WC, and a third bedroom with 2 children beds and ensuite bathroom with shower and wc. Luxurious and spacious lounge with writing desk adjoining to extra sized living room and dining room giving out to a shaded very private terrace with dining table and great sea views. In case of accompanying staff a forth bedroom with a single bed, bathroom with shower and WC. This great villa in a privileged very private sea front setting is the ideal choice for a Family. Residence with great facilities and privacy.

Poseidon Spa

Poseidon Spa at the St. Nicolas Bay Hotel in Crete represents their efforts to create a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience designed to pamper your and meet all your senses. Poseidon Spa face and body therapies are guaranteed by highly trained Elemis and Cinq Mondes therapists alongside a superb range of advanced anti-ageing programs, phyto-therapy and aroma therapeutic spa and skincare programs. Some of the therapies are combined with fresh seawater treatments to pamper you and maximize your body and mind rejuvenation. Their spa treatment rooms blended with the natural environment and offer targeted body and facial treatments. The Poseidon Spa in Crete at the St. Nicolas Bay Hotel is designed to offer the ultimate relaxation and tranquility. They provide a modern state of the art environment where guests can indulge in a peaceful atmosphere. Let yourself to their world and join them on a beautiful journey to the word of tranquility, where you will re-discover your senses and your energy. Dedicated to peace, tranquility and harmony, this Spa pampers you with a heavenly array of treatments, restoring mind, body and spirit in the most beautiful surrounding.

Fitness Center

Wellness is a gloriously personal thing and the fitness center of St. Nicolas Bay Hotel respects that. Maybe you want to start the day off with some cardio. They’ve got cybex and Technogym machines. If muscle-building is your thing, help yourself to free weights.

Swimming Pool

Ideal for swimming and sunbathing and with breathtaking views of the Mirabello gulf.

Private Sandy Beach

The enchanting Mirabello Bay with its crystal-clear waters and white-sand beach, which is every bit as enticing as any Caribbean island, is an oasis of peace, sun and sea for all the guests in the resort. The bay is easy to reach from all the Resort’s rooms and once there you can relax in all privacy on comfortable loungers and under sun umbrellas. The beach staff is on hand for any needs and to make sure guests enjoy their time on the beach.

Watersports Center

This Watersports Center offers guests a variety of watersports including water skiing, water skiing lessons, windsurfing, canoes, banana, jet ski. St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas offers a wide variety of exciting activities for the whole family. Experience spectacular scuba diving off the coast of Crete or exhilarating water sports at this Water Sports Center.

Open Air Cinema

Three times per week the Blue Bay Restaurant Veranda becomes an open-air cinema, screening the latest movies or well-known classic movies.

Galaxy Games Room

This Games Room includes Table Tennis, Mini Foot Table, Play Station and a Home Cinema Lounge. At Cinema Lounge twice a day (late afternoon and early evening) are screened well-known movies for children.

Meetings and Events

St. Nicolas Bay Conference Centre consists of different meeting rooms with  20 to 200 seating capacity and various auxiliary rooms available fully equipped with the latest audiovisual facilities. Excellent facilities for banquets, cocktails and receptions are available in different venues. Group leisure & entertainment events can be arranged to perfection and exclusively for your Group clients Welcome Cocktail with Open Bar – Different options for Coffee Breaks – Deluxe Brunch Buffet – Light Buffet Lunches – Banquets Buffet Style or Dinner Menu Style – BBQ Surprise Grill – Cretan Symposium Buffet – Mediterranean Gala Dinners – all complemented with live music and folklore dances.

Weddings

Celebrate your wedding on Crete at the St. Nicolas Bay Hotel on the terrace of their beach side chapel. Say ‘I do’ in this dreamy location with the blue waters of the Cretan Sea glinting in the background. The sumptuous Honeymoon Suite is sheer elegance with an exceptional personal service and attention to detail. The spacious terrace next to the pool, the intimate atmosphere and the luxury all combine to create memories of your Crete honeymoon that will stay with you forever. Celebrations are tailor-made whether a couple is planning a romantic wedding or a festive family celebration. St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel has at your disposal the guest service team dedicated to providing couples with personalized attention to meet any special requests. For just the two of you or for your friends and relatives, a memorable celebration can be arranged in one of the Resort’s Restaurants and Bars. Culinary options alongside your choice of music, the services of a professional photographer or a fireworks display can also be arranged on request. Flowers for all occasions and wedding table decorations are ensured by an expert florist to tailor made particular requirements.

Awards

Award for Excellence for Philanthropy 2016” – awarded by The Couture Travel Company
Certificate of Excellence 2016” – received by Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2015” – received by Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2014” – received by Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2013” – received by Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2012” – received by Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence 2011” – received by Trip Advisor

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The Thalassa Villas by St. Nicolas Bay Resort & Villas :

Graciously perched on a wonderful waterfront location of Crete Island in Greece, overlooking the ever changing blue and green hues of the Mirabello Bay, Thalassa Villas invite you to discover a haven of privacy and beauty. Eight luxurious private villas adjacent to St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel, ideally located close to the picturesque port of Aghios Nikolaos, on the way to Elounda, promising dreamy and unforgettable villa holidays in Crete. Mingling with supreme elegance contemporary style modern and traditional architecture, the casual chic Thalassa luxury villas are designed to inspire.

Experience unique villa holidays in Crete in this glorious scenery that offers complete privacy for leisure moments with your loved ones in the comfortable, luxurious residences of the Thalassa Villas. These Villas rentals in Crete Island emerge amongst the most exclusive resorts of the Greek islands, mingling the mesmerizing sea view with peerless luxury, privacy and serenity, in the ideal destination for luxury family holidays and come with 3-4 bedrooms each to sleep up to 5-7 persons.

The exquisite interiors within each of the eight large villa rentals of 155 sqm, are idyllically combined with the private pool of 55 sqm and the captivating view to the Mirabello Bay. Families with children seeking for relaxation and opulence are invited to experience the unparallel luxury family holidays and privacy that Thalassa Villas in Agios Nikolaos, Greece offer.

Adjacent to St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, an Aghios Nikolaos legend and a leading hotel on Crete Island, Thalassa Villas provide quiet, secluded villas with luxury hotel facilities, 45 min from Heraklion Airport and 10 min to Elounda and Spinalonga Island .Thalassa Villas’ residents savor luxury family holidays, enjoying the unique tranquility and privacy of their deluxe independent accommodation, as well as the 5 star services and facilities of the St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, for a taste of nonpareil indulgence. The eminent Thalassa Villas offers the unique opportunity to experience private, luxurious villas with hotel facilities.

Nestled on the rocky cliffs overlooking the deep blue sea, on the unique natural environments of Crete island, Greece, a jewel among the Greek islands, Thalassa Villas rentals are illustrious for their unrivalled services and their cosy yet luxurious atmosphere, beautifully combined with the placidity and the surpassing setting of the Mirabello bay, tempting their guests to relish sumptuous villa holidays in Crete.  Experience the luxury and the elegance of the spacious, marvellous villas, all with a private pool and an infinite sea view to the Mirabello bay of Aghios Nikolaos, as well as  tailor made services, including private butler services and party planning, in these Eight awe-inspiring residences of Thalassa Villas.

Exotic cocktails or serene family dinners make for long, languid afternoons on the villas’ terraces in the distinct setting atop the Mirabello bay, in definitely one of the most unique and luxury villa rentals of the Greek islands.

When to go:

The best time to visit Crete is from mid-May to June or from September to October. May brings with it warmer waters and beautiful wildflowers that can be spotted throughout the island’s natural attractions. If you plan on going during the summer, travel experts strongly suggest to take your vacation in June, as July and August usher in lots of crowds, which may compromise the comfort of visitors who traveled to the island to escape. The heat from the high season cools down in September and October, along with room rates and tourists, making this the best time to visit.

The Labyrinthos Restaurant

As the sun sets, their chef recommends a deluxe buffet of hor d’oeuvres, fresh salads, starters and main courses. Enjoy local and international cuisine in addition to a selection of specialties from the open–kitchen corner plus an extensive array of desserts and seasonal fruit. The new Labyrinthos restaurant veranda offers excellent views of the pool and surroundings.

The Blue Bay All Day Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy excellent Mediterranean and Asian dishes overlooking Mirabello Bay. An all-day menu includes healthy salads, snacks, vegetarian dishes and other daily specials perfect for a light lunch. Cocktails, drinks, sandwiches, ice creams, fresh fruit juices are served all day around the pool and on the beach. In the evening Blue Bay and its new jetty music – bar extension at the water’s edge, is transformed into a vibrant cocktail bar with a relaxed ambiance created by chandeliers, cool martinis, tropical cocktails and sparkling champagne.

The Minotaure Restaurant

The Minotaure next to the Pool is an exclusive place for the intimate candlelight dinner under the stars. Asian and International innovative cuisine plus a rich selection from the Worldwide Cellar.

The Greek Kafenion

Enjoy the delights of an outdoor BBQ kitchen, various authentic Cretan dishes with virgin Olive Oil and excellent seafood from the Mirabello Bay at The Greek Kafenion on the beach. Genuine local hospitality and live music creates a charming Greek atmosphere just a few steps from the beach.

The Astra Bar Veranda and Lounge

The Astra Bar Terrace is overlooking the Minotaure Lagoon Pool and the blinking lights of Aghios Nikolaos old fishing port. The ideal place to socialize, enjoy glorious sunsets and your favorite drinks while listening to soft Piano music.

Bonatsa Jetty Bar

When the Sun is setting down enjoy unusual Cocktails and trendy musical hits at the water’s edge.

The St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is ideally located in a secluded beach-front setting and only one mile from the town centre of Aghios Nikolaos the cosmopolitan summer Resort in Crete. When staying at the St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, guests can enjoy the picturesque fishing port of Aghios Nikolaos with many trendy shops, boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants on the sea front. Some of the most popular attractions and sites to visit on Crete’s island are at short walking distance from the hotel.

Visit Aghios NikolaosAghios Nikolaos is another pretty town and popular holiday resort. It has a picturesque harbour where you can watch the local fishermen land their catches. For a harbourside town it’s unusual in being built around a lake that is connected to the sea by a short canal. There are a number of tavernas on the lakeside for a drink and meal and an attractive sandy beach called Kitroplatia almost in the town centre. The whole town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and is good for families as many of the amenities are close together.

Explore the Ancient Knossos – European civilisation began in Crete, 9.000 years ago. Little remains of that civilisation but it was superseded by the great Minoan civilisation that rule Crete and the surrounding Mediterranean between 2700 BC and 1450BC. The centre of their civilisation was the city of Knossos with its huge Minoan palace. This was the legendary home of King Minos and the source of the tale of Theseus who slew the minotaur, half man, half bull, in the labyrinth. The site was excavated by the British archaeologist Arthur Evans in 1900 but the standard of his team’s work is a concern of Minoan archaeologists to this day. Whilst there, have a photograph taken next to the statue of the bull’s horns.

Walking at Samaria Gorge At 16km in length Samaria Gorge, at 16km in length is one of the longest in Europe but must count as the most beautiful. Found in South West Crete, near Chania, it is a national park and has stunning wildlife and plants. The start of the walk through the gorge is at altitude, 1250 metres up on the Omalos plateau in the White Mountains. Tragedy in the past has meant that the gorge is closed in winter because of the risk of flash floods but in summer, the 6 hour walk is incredible. The walk ends at the sea near Agia Roumeli and you can then catch a ferry and bus back to your start point.

Visit Chania – Probably the most beautiful resort on the island, Chania was briefly the island’s capital. The old town which spreads out from the harbour is a favourite with tourists for its narrow cobbled streets and stunning Venetian architecture. Here you’ll find many quaint cafes and tavernas at which to enjoy a drink or meal. The town is built over the ancient city of Kydonia, at its peak in Roman times. There’s a museum housing artefacts from this time near the harbour. A great way to see the town and the surrounding area is by horse drawn carriage which you can board from near the harbour.

Discover Spinalonga IslandSpinalonga Island is a fascinating place just off the coast of Elounda. 800 years ago the Venetians built huge fortifications here to guard the entrance to Elounda. These still dominate the sky line of the north of the island. In later years, the island was home to a leper colony and lepers from all over Greece were shipped here. The colony closed in 1957 but has been immortalised in Victoria Hislop’s novel, The Island. There are many boat trips out to the island taking as little as half an hour to get there. Pathways will help you to circumnavigate the island through the old village and past the fortifications.

Enjoy the Lake Kournas – For natural beauty it’s hard to beat the view out over Lake Kournas, surrounded by lush fields and forests and with the stunning White Mountains as a backdrop. Kournas is the only natural freshwater lake on Crete. There are a number of tavernas lining the shore of the lake and you can take a refreshing swim here in the summer months. Nearby is the ancient site of Lappa where the Romans built baths. There’s also a Roman aqueduct in Upper Lappa.

Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum A great follow-up to visiting Knossos is a trip to Heraklion’s renowned Archaeological Museum. One of the most important of its kind in Greece, the museum fully re-opened in spring 2014 following an eight-year refurbishment of all 22 galleries and the artefacts here span 5.500 years of history from Neolithic to Roman times.

Reach Loutro – For an unusual and very peaceful day out, take a boat trip to Loutro village. The village isn’t accessible by road but the fit can walk to it too. It’s a typical Greek village with white and blue painted houses and the lack of motorised transport gives it a set back in time feel. There’s not much to do there apart from enjoy the tranquillity, sip a drink and swim from the pebbly beach but you’re on holiday so that should be plenty!

Thessi Nissi
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Dancing in Crete like Zorba

What would it be like to experience luxurious and exquisite hospitality, without having to pay for it? Such hospitality does still exist, you know? There’s an island, quite unlike any other, the island where Zorba really did dance. Crete is where you’ll find a last bastion of genuine civility. When Hollywood learned of “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis, the making of the classic feature film starring Anthony Quinn became a foregone conclusion. But for the traveler intent on discovering real Mediterranean bliss today, Crete is best described by this quote by Kazantzakis:

“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them, and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize all of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”

Where to stay

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is ideally situated in a privileged setting – overlooking the Mirabello Bay, and its private sandy beach is awarded with the Blue Flag of E.U.  The Hotel is a perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture with a strong emphasis on privacy, intimacy and casual elegance. Mediterranean in character and in design, everything in this delightful resort exudes great class and impeccable taste. Extensive gardens, peaceful surroundings, seclusion, privacy and a home away from home ambiance with unmistakable Mediterranean flair. The St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is located just 1.5 km from Aghios Nikolaos small town in East Crete which is the top summer resort of Crete with many fashion shops, boutiques, jewelry shops, restaurants, bars with live ambiance for evening entertainment. With 25 Deluxe Suites with Private Pools and 42 different Suites and 40 Rooms is ideal for holidays of high standards and each guest receives personalized service which is feasible only in this size of hotel. Culinary options are great with five superb restaurants to choose from different cuisine from Greek, Cretan, Mediterranean, French, Sushi Japanese, Asian and International.

Beaches, History, and More

Now we’ve introduced you again to the imagery of Zorba and the line; “teach me to dance,” made famous by the film. The allusion here, of a place where life is really the joy of dancing, this is but one reason to be enveloped in Cretan hospitality. Others exist, such as regressing to the time of Europe’s most advanced Bronze Age civilization, the time when the Minoans ruled the seas. But before you visit Crete, and you will, rest assured, a basic introduction is needed.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. As I’ve noted, the island was home to the  most advanced civilization of the ancient Europe, the mysterious Minoans some say were really Atlanteans. This marvelous island, imbued with such a varied landscape, is a world within a world, at once wild and untamed, and at the same time civil and immeasurably hospitable. From the windmills of the Lasithi Plateau, to the Venetian harbor at Chania, the grandeur of the place is really awe inspiring.

There’s no dichotomy about Crete. At once we see the fabulous palace of King Minos, the Palace at Knossos, then 5 kilometers in the hills we come across a speck of a traditional village, poor in everything except heart and kindness. To the west there are Europe’s most photographed beaches, and to the east hilltop fortresses, endless groves of olive and citrus trees, and the rocky shores of unimagined hideaways. But the geography is the least of Crete’s treasures.

Filoxenia: For the Love of People

We told you Crete was magic but that magic does not reside only in the cave where mighty Zeus was born. The people here make one want to dance like Zorba. Cretans are uncannily friendly, from one end of the island to the other. The locals they are proud too, proud of this “Filoxenia,” or love of foreigners. But just courtesy and friendliness, this simply does not encapsulate what you’ll experience on your first visit to Crete. If you will have the opportunity to venture off the beaten path and see the village life and feel Crete like the Cretans, you will have the chance to discover a different luxuriousness and a five star hospitality, in a place where someone delivers fresh eggs every morning, without so much as being asked to. You see villagers in Crete, they don’t covet the same things the world does. To understand, you simply have to go there. If you’ll imagine a bottle of the local spirit Raki, appearing from nowhere, or a basket of oranges, a smile that lights up the whole day, the things money simply cannot buy, then you’ll easily envision Zorba’s Crete.

The Price for Zorba’s Crete

Some reading this may be lost. Maybe you’d like me to tell you about a pristine beach not 400 meters away? Or you may want to know the world’s oldest olive tree, some say 12.000 years old, it’s right down the road too. Balos Lagoon, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon, why it’s only a few km up the coast! Oh, you want to know about the Cretan diet? You’ve heard of longevity here? Well, all that’s part of Crete too. Only not the best part. Snowcapped mountains, Minoan princesses at secluded bays, waterfalls or whales, there’s all that too. But you know what else? As we wrote above, the people here make one want to dance like Zorba! Because we can fly in personal jet to Bali, book the most extravagant passage on the Queen Elizabeth or buy an island if we can afford it but we can’t pay to make Zorba dance. Zorba dances to live.

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