Very unusual, luxurious and always welcoming, this delightful resort is perfectly positioned on a little peninsula, just a seafront stroll from shops and cafés in Agios Nikolaos. Making the most of gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mirabello, the hotel hems the contours of the coast in a series of airy rooms and suites, each individually designed in chic contemporary style. Providing several levels of space and indulgence, accommodation ranges from Classic sea view rooms to family suites and Executive Suites with a private saltwater swimming pool. For an extra level of luxury, there are the Thalassa Villas. With blissful bay views from each of the chic and spacious houses, this peaceful cluster of six private villas is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and really is ‘the best of both worlds'.
Paths meander through the grounds to a communal seawater swimming pool and kids’ paddling pool, down to a private sandy beach with good choice of water sports and plenty of sunbeds and parasols. The pampering Poseidon Spa with its steam room, sauna and indoor pool offers a range of treatments for true indulgence and relaxation, while there is a gym for those who like to keep active. Parents can recline by the pool while children make friends at the kids’ club for ages 4 to 11, or why not arrange a special excursion on the hotel’s motor boat or 34ft sailing yacht. There is fun for all the family in the games room, equipped with table tennis, table football and a PlayStation.
Eating and drinking
There is plenty of choice when dining at St Nicolas Bay, which means you’ll never need to venture out of the resort unless you want to explore the surrounding area. Labyrinthos offers indoor and outdoor poolside dining, while the terrace at the Clubhouse is the perfect spot for breakfast with views out to Mirabello Bay. The Blue Bay offers an all-day menu with Mediterranean and Asian dishes, as well as drinks and snacks around the pool. The Minotaure is a special venue for a candlelit dinner under the stars, but if you’d prefer a livelier atmosphere the Greek Kafenion serves up authentic Cretan food and live music. The Astra Bar is the ideal place to socialise with an after dinner drink, and don’t miss a sundowner at the Bonatsa Jetty Bar.
Shops and tavernas can be found less than half a kilometre from the resort, while the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos is just 1.5km away and offers a larger selection of shops, bars, tavernas and restaurants. The small fishing town of Elounda is also easily reached by car, where you can visit the island of Spinalonga. If exploring further afield, Knossos is Crete’s largest Bronze Age archaeological site and is considered Europe’s oldest city.