Minos Beach Art hotel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast
- Located right at water's edge, on Mirabello Bay
- All bungalows feature a veranda overlooking the gardens or the sea
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What To Know
- Free parking and WiFi
- Upgrade to half-board (daily lunch or dinner) for an additional $32 (€30) per person, per day (payable at the hotel)
- La Bouillabaisse Mediterranean Restaurant is open May through October
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Right on Mirabello Bay, Minos Beach Art Hotel is a cluster of whitewashed bungalows set in lush grounds strewn with artwork. Originally built in 1961, the resort was transformed in 2007 by Greek architect Vassilis Rodatos, who took design inspiration from eastern Crete’s traditional fishing villages. The cube-like bungalows all come with air conditioning, large verandas overlooking the gardens or the sea and a Jacuzzi bathtub; pick the Private Pool Bungalow for secluded swimming. There’s a watersports center right on the bay for canoeing and diving, or hit the spa for an ayurvedic treatment. On the dining front, La Bouillabaisse serves Mediterranean dishes on a terrace overlooking the bay, while Terpsis offers Cretan lunches in the garden and Bacchus & Ambrosia serves a traditional breakfast spread.
In the Area
History buffs can wander through the mazelike Minoan ruins of Knossos or take a snorkeling or scuba trip to the underwater ruins of the lost city of Olous. Tuck into fresh Greek seafood on the docks at the Ferryman Taverna in Elounda, which has views of Spinalonga Island, or head to Plaka, one of Crete’s most charming fishing villages and a fine place for seaside dining in a family-style taverna.
How to Get There
We had a brilliant week at the Minos Baech hotel in crete last June 2018.
The service was perfect with people always available if you needed help but not in your face otherwise.
The location is superb with a private sea frontage where you can sunbathe and swim from with excellent views. Several dining options on site or a good range of restaurants in nearby town.
A truly relaxing and luxurious holiday. This was our first holiday with our baby and we picked the perfect place! We had worried that the hour's drive from the airport may be an issue but we were picked up by the hotel minivan and it couldn't have been easier. Wonderful welcome on arrrival, friendly and efficient service (especially Ioanna, but all staff members we met) and even got a voucher towards the spa which I gladly used for a much-needed massage. We'd also not done a 'resort' style holiday before but you can easily spend your whole vacation on the grounds of the hotel and not feel stuck or get bored, with numerous areas to go - beaches, waterfront loungers, swimming pool. We booked a superior bungalow and it was great to have your own little house. Yes, agree the rooms and bathroom are a little tired and could do with an update, but all totally fine and a fantastic setting. They also set up a cot for us in the room which we'd asked in advance. If you're taking the pram it's a bit bumpy along the hotel paths but doable, and you can find ways to avoid most steps. Breakfast was amazing, a great spread and lovely to sit on the terrace. We were shocked that it was full when we arrived on the first morning (space inside) but we waited a short time and got a table on the terrace. The peacefulness of the hotel and bungalows, restaurants etc over a large area hid the fact that it was actually quite booked up! The only negative was the pool being colder than stated on website as we wanted to take our boy swimming. They did raise the temperature when requested, responding quickly, but it wasn't quite as we'd expected. Not a deal breaker though and the beds by the pool were comfy and offered protection from the sun. You can walk to the nearby town which we did a couple of times to eat out and wander around a bit. Again, fine with the pram, especially when get to the promenade along the sea, but do need to watch out at the beginning a bit (it's manageable but just to point this out so not to be disappointed or put off if heading out with pram!). We hope to be able to go back again.
We had a wonderful time, great bungalow, fantastic view, the art installations land and sea spectacular, as was the service, the staff were incredibly helpful polite, and smiley.
The food was great.
All helped my very good weather, and spectacular swimming in the blue blue sea.
We have just returned from 10 days at the Minos Beach Hotel. We chose a Superior Waterfront bungalow, which category of rooms is located in the original part of the hotel, right on the water, two minutes from the beach. The thing to be aware of, is that these bungalows run from no 61 right down to 92 or 93. We were originally shown to 92 and were extremely disappointed...the bungalow did not open directly onto the water and the loungers where situated at the side of the room, not directly on the waterfront. The room was dark and the view not an open sea view, rather a view of the Minos Palace Hotel over the sea channel....dark also, with no sun after 3pm. We asked to be moved and were given room 64, which couldn't have been more fabulous....right on the water with loungers right in front and a terrace with sun until 5.30 - not bad in October. I am surprised these two rooms are the same price....I also can't imagine why, given 64 and 65 were empty, we were shown to 92 in the first place? Anyway, once we had moved, we had the most fabulous holiday. The staff are second to none and the responsiveness to any query immediate and satisfactory. The cleaning staff were excellent and all the staff were very smiley and friendly at all times - really a high point. Food was plentiful and fine for such a large hotel - freshly cooked food available at each meal and huge amount of choice. Breakfast especially excellent - ask for a cappuccino or espresso at breakfast rather than the flask of horrible 'American style' coffee - there is no extra charge. Excellent swimming pool - 25m - with very stylish sunbeds and loungers. The hotel generally is very stylish and the underwater installations good fun...though it took me a while to find them! We had a good massage at the Spa, reasonably priced. Sleep quality was excellent, although our pillow choice menu did not appear until two days before departure and would have been useful to have earlier! Very quiet resort generally at this time of year as we were there before half term. Be aware - our room had a bed with stairs up, pretty dangerous at night...not for the elderly or infirm!! As someone else has mentioned in a previous review, the rooms are a little tired and the bathrooms do need a refurb but this in no way diminished our enjoyment of our stay as the location of our room was brilliant...never had better. I am hoping to return in May...though will book directly with the hotel to specify which room we want as it does make a significant difference. Highly recommend.
Location and the stunning surroundings of the public area are what make this hotel appealing. The hotel is wrapped around a long stretch of coast line meaning that there is plenty of room for guests to spread out, even when the hotel is full. What we found disappointing was the quality of the appointment of the sea view bungalow that we stayed in (no 60). The room was small, tired and dated - not what we expected from a ‘luxury boutique hotel’. The bathroom was distinctly 2* (I have added photos) - tiny corner shower, old fashioned tiling and a tatty vanity unit. The towels were thin, small and greying. There really were no luxuries in this room! When we arrived, we were told that fruit and water would be brought to the room - it never arrived. The food in the main buffet restaurant was mixed. On the first evening we both returned our main courses as they were poor. The staff were attentive and concerned and offered us alternatives though by then we had lost our appetites. They did give us a round of drinks on the house. If you are half board you can have €15 pp credit to spend in the other, superior restaurants. However, this remission wouldn’t even buy half of the starters in the Bouillabaisse fish restaurant! The staff were all friendly and helpful. I think we would possibly return but not book half board. There are lots of tavernas in walking distance and the hotel has many other options.