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
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
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
Lovely place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The beach area is so picturesque and the pool area is big enough that we never had any issues finding loungers.
We stayed B&B basis and the breakfast selection was great. Food so good that we ate in the Lounge bar most days too. Reasonable prices and great service - shout out to Maro who was lovely.
Make sure download the App to get drinks delivered to your lounger. Nothing at this place is too much trouble.
Mix of guests, both age wise and budget and we didn’t feel out of place here.
Great little shop opposite where we bought Mythos Beer each day to enjoy on the patio before heading out. The owner is lovely and enjoys a conversation.
Great restaurants nearby. Arva especially good and very close. A 10 minute walk into town and you have a great selection although menus are very similar everywhere you go.
Only downside for us was the room was right next door to where the cleaners got supplies, bought towels to wash so balcony not very private but all very friendly. They start early though so no lie in unless you are a heavy sleeper.
We will return one day but upgrade to a Superior Sea View rather than the standard sea view we had as it’s worth the money.
We were given a room to shower in on the last day which was a bonus as we had a very late flight out. This was a waterfront room right at the end of the resort next to a beach bar and even though the room was far superior we preferred ours as this one had less privacy You really need to research the rooms as they differ so much.
All the staff are lovely. You won’t regret booking this hotel.
A fantastic place to stay with stunning views but two things did let it down, the lack of control over certain holiday makers putting towels on sun beds at 5am and the very noticeable absence of staff.
We had a lovely romantic holiday here for our 50th birthdays last September. We stayed in a private bungalow and had our own sunbeds reserved through out our stay.
We loved the beautiful setting its quite magical and serene. The staff where so nice and food delicious with many choices. we dined in all the restaurants and on my Partners 50th we received a beautiful cake and were surprized with fire works going off at the sister hotel over the water which we could see from the restaurant balcony..amazing!! I swam at sunrise one morning when no one was around so special. Don't hesitate to come its fabulous.