Kalyves Beach Hotel
What We Love
- A bounty of Cretan charm at a traditional hotel set right on the beach, with all-inclusive board Eating barbecued sardines on the waterfront
- Wandering through the Venetian-style alleyways and harbourfront fortress of Chania
- Taking a trip out onto Lake Kournas to admire the serene views
What To Know
- Set on the secluded northern shore of Crete
- The hotel has direct access to the Blue Flag beach
- There are two swimming pools, but keep in mind that towels cost extra
The scenic island of Crete has a diverse landscape of beautiful golden beaches and striking rocky peaks overlooking the enchanting Aegean Sea; all of which can be enjoyed from the small fishing village of Kalyves on the island’s northern shoreline. Relax and unwind in this picturesque setting where culture and history are set against the magnificent backdrop of the ethereal White Mountains.
Kalyves Beach Hotel occupies an enviable position, with direct access to a long stretch of sandy Blue Flag beach. Inside, tiled flooring, wicker-style furniture, arched doorways and alcoves reiterate a Mediterranean vibe, and guests can enjoy indoor swimming, a mini-spa with Jacuzzi and sauna, an intimate outdoor pool area lined with sunbeds, plus drinking and dining options looking out to the sea or the Xydas river.
The large fishing village of Kalyves brims with Cretan character and its terracotta buildings and domed monuments pepper charming local walks. Nearby towns house historic attractions and stunning trails and walks in equal measure. Be sure to visit the laid-back old town of Rethymon for its glorious architecture, including the Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, or set out on a horse riding expedition, a sailing trip or a diving excursion to Elephant’s Cave.
How to Get There
Lovely, small, recently refurbished hotel in a small village. The hotel was extremely clean and the staff very pleasant and friendly. The only downsides were the size of the bathroom - the smallest I have ever seen, and the reconstituted/reformed meat used in place of bacon and turkey, but it was generally very good.
Free hiccups when checking in
Bed soooo comfortable
Bathroom so so small I am a old and fat lady and after showering I had to step into bed room to dry and apply body lotion as no room ( beware of the bathroom step)
Good excellent chef always ready to explain ingredients very fresh and all home made
Stephanie on the bar was excellent made me feel most welcome ( Lone traveller 75yrs)
Easy check in.
Special mention for Steph in the bar and Mary on reception.
Good selection of food.
Good clean room.
No dedicated car park but plenty of off road parking close by.
Nice place if you want relax in a small, or of the way Crete village. Friendly staff (although head receptionist might need to learn to smile a bit more). Good food but menu gets a bit monotonous after a few days. Our 11 month old approved of the travel cot.
I am currently half way through a seven day holiday at the Kalyves Beach Hotel with my wife and another couple. What a great choice we have made! Since our arrival all of the staff have gone out it their way to make our stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible. I have been very impressed by the high level of cleanliness throughout the hotel, and rooms are serviced daily by the housekeepers - a special thank you here to Maria, Anka, and Lowra. The food is of good quality, varied and plentiful. The hotel is well situated on the waters edge, with its own well kept private beach and is right in the middle of Kalyves and it’s shops, tavernas and restaurants. The resort will obviously be busier in the summer months but I think will remain more suited to couples and families rather than groups. The beach bar is a focal point of the hotel and is run extremely well by Michalis, Vaggelis and Stephanie. Children’s and adult events are run daily by the tireless Dominik. All of the reception staff are more than helpful, however I would like to single out Mary, who has been a star! and the highly efficient Penelope.
This hotel is excellent value for both couples of all ages and families at this time of the year who are looking for an all inclusive holiday on the beautiful island of Crete.