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Life is But a Dream at St. Nicolas Bay Resort
In early October 2018, my wife & I stayed at the resort for 4 nights during our honeymoon. We had just finished time staying at a family owned and operated independent hotel in Chania - so staying at St. Nicolas Bay Resort was quite a change of pace since it's a multimillion dollar type resort. It was perfect for that. The location is a short 10 minute drive north to Elounda or a short 10 minute drive into Agios Nikolaos if you head south. Very conveniently situated. So surreal with it's dreamy manmade beach cove that lends itself to amazing pictures. I have a personal collection of my wife from that little beach that I will cherish forever. If you are looking for that type of resort during your time in Crete, I would definitely recommend St. Nicolas Bay Resort. I personally preferred our time at the independently owned & operated family run hotel with only 3 rooms in Chania (Madonna Studios) but my wife preferred SNB. That choice comes down to personal preference. But if you're looking for a 4 star resort, look no further.
Stunning resort hotel
We were upgraded to a superior room which was large and beautiful with every modern comfort we could want but still with lots of character. As others have said, breakfast under the olive trees was a real treat and what a breakfast! Wonderful to have an enormous choice from the buffet along with the option for hot food to be ordered and served to you. We ate dinner in the hotel every night too which was also in a gorgeous setting and absolutely first class - whilst we often enjoy sampling local restaurants, it was really too good to miss and excellent value. The setting of this resort is magical and has everything you could want in our view. We could either relax by the pool or enjoy the sunbeds on the stepped area by the sea and swim in the gorgeous clear water - if this isn't enough you can spend time on the small private beach area. The staff were all so friendly and helpful with a sense of humour! And this helped make our stay fabulous. The walk into town was maybe a bit tricky in the dark at points but honestly not an issue - just take a small travel torch. Loved this resort and would go back in a heartbeat. Writing this some months after we stayed as life has just been challenging for a while!
Everything we dreamed of and more!
We stayed here for two weeks on the 1st October 2019 where we were married in the hotel grounds and remained for our honeymoon. We wanted a very small intimate wedding with no fuss and the only people who even know we were getting married were our best man and bridesmaid. It was everything we dreamed it would be and more. Nothing was too much trouble, the wedding day itself was perfect, very relaxed and so well organised behind the scenes that it went so smoothly. We enjoyed a beautiful meal in the Greek restaurant on the evening of our wedding overlooking the ocean. The food in the hotel is first class where even the "buffet" restaurant has table service. The public areas are stunning, low rise with beautiful gardens and plenty of sun loungers always available. I honestly could go on for ever about how perfect this place is, the food, wine, views, grounds, cleanliness, helpfulness of staff but to us i think the biggest asset this hotel has is most definitely its dedicated staff. I could name them all as they were all equally excellent and made our holiday just perfect. Alexander of course was there morning, noon and night to make sure everything was just as you would expect and he should be extremely proud of his staff and his hotel. We loved this so much that we are booked to return next year on the 4th of October with our best man and bridesmaid to celebrate our first anniversary. Thank you to all of you who made it so special for us, Alexander, Nicos, Maria, all the head waiters, Dora was so professional too, i wish i could remember everyone's name to thank you all individually but sadly the wine kicked in and my memory wasn't quite what it should have been. Would i recommend this hotel? in a heart beat!
Excellent hotel and topservice
We visited St Nicolas Bay in October 2019 for the 8th time since 1989 and it has been the best visit ever. We were received by the front office manager, Mr Nicos Demetzos, who recognized us after 11 years and received us very hospitable by the words “welcome home”! We arrived early and we had to wait about twenty minutes before going to the room, so he offered us a drink and, as we were repeaters, he offered us an upgrade to a room with a magnificent seaview. When we came to our room the first night, we found in the room a bottle of french champagne and hors-d'oeuvres. We also met the general manager, Mr Alexandros Glynos, who appreciated that we visited St Nicolas Bay the 8th time, and he offered us a candlelight dinner in the Kafenion at the beach. Since the last time we were in St Nicolas Bay, the hotel has improved much, such as a renovated bathroom with jacuzzi and better beds. Unlike our previous visits, 11 and 12 years ago, there was no plundering of the breakfast buffet and no reserving beds at the pool and the beach by laying down towels; the main reason for us for waiting so long to go back. The last day we had a late departure time and we asked Mr Demetzos, whether it would be possible to change clothes in the hotel in the afternoon. Instead he offered us a late check-out and we could stay in our room untill our departure time! During our stay, Mr Demetzos has been an excellent host and asked regurlarly whether everything was OK. When we were waiting for the pick up from the hotel, he offered us a drink. We had a magnificent time at St Nicolas Bay and we will certainly go back.
Peaceful, friendly oasis
We had a wonderful holiday at St Nicholas Bay. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Our villa was of the highest standard and we found the staff could not have done more to make our stay more enjoyable with many personal touches. We loved the peaceful atmosphere, beautiful setting and delicious cuisine. It was one of our most memorable holidays and we will certainly return. We would not have any hesitation in recommending St Nicholas Bay. A delight!
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