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.
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The hotel was very clean and in a good position. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was a bit of a let down and the dining rooms. We often went for dinner before 8.00 pm and we had to clear our own table and get knives and forks. Not always enough staff going round wiping tables particularly in the evening. Good salad and veg choice but meat very tough. The desert plates were often nearly empty and the restaurant did not finish until 8.30 pm. Staff slow to put things right. Breakfast was good choice. Free sunbeds on the beach which was nice. I would recommend this hotel, but food wise, not the greatest for us. Room was very good with plenty of room for clothes and shoes etc.
When we arrived we had problem with our room. The bed was blocking the entrance to the bathroom. Ladies at the reception: Maria, Penelope and Katerina were really helpful and within few minutes we had another room despite of the fact, it is in the middle season and the hotel was probably fully booked. Pools are OK, the staff in the pool bar were awesome and really nice. The food was great, many various meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks full of salads, sandwiches and fruits. Animator Dominik was great with the kids, I admire his energy and positive attitude. I would appreciate more loungers at the beach, because we could not find any available. It was a good time spent here with the family, I recommend this hotel for family holiday.
This was out 20th visit to our favourite beach front hotel. Special thanks as ever to Despina and Penelope who make sure your stay is memorable and eveyrthing you could wish for in a relaxing friendly way. We stay on a B&B basis and breakfasts have a varied choice with fresh orange juice always available. Bedrooms are spacious with very comfy beds and are cleaned daily by the friendly maids. The weather during our three week stay was extremely hot but the room ceiling fan together with the air con was a welcome relief. If like us you like the beach then this hotel enjoys a fantastic location right on to a beautiful sandy beach with free sunbeds.
All the staff are very friendly and welcoming to make sure you have a lovely care free holiday and we are already looking forward to returning again next year.