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
Amazing View, clean rooms, friendly stuff, and good service.If you are looking for a small and friendly hotel with a real Greek feel to it and a sincere personal service - then this is the place for you !
A very good hotel,This is my second week in this hotel and I am really enjoying my time with my husband here, the cretan food is amazing the sttaf are so kind and friendly , and the rooms are so nice and comfortabal .Will definitly come back here again!
This hotel has been an absolute pleasure to stay in, everything from the staff to the food is good. The surroundings and the nearby city are gorgeous, perfect for a night walk. the pool is very clean and accessible. I'm planning to comeback here again with my boyfriend next year.
the hotel is amazing in every way , the staff are very nice , friendly and smiley , the room was extremely clean without forgetting the amazing view of the beach , also the food was very delicious . this hotel deserves not only five stars but more , this is for sure not my last time .
Last time we stayed in Agios Nikolaos we chose St Nicolas Bay- can't help but compare! Both are beautiful hotels but for us, Minos Beach beats St Nicolas Bay. The location is so much better, being walking distance (20 mins) to the town with lots of good choices of places to eat very close as well. The grounds are larger and are also very beautifully landscaped with the art adding interest to a stroll. We had a superior sea view bungalow on the first floor, which definitely afforded more privacy than we had in St Nicolas Bay, although walking around, this could maybe not be said for all of the bungalows. The sunbathing areas also seemed to be more private at Minos Art. Comparison over.
Beds and pillows are challenging but honestly, you will get used to them! Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast is pretty amazing, especially on a Sunday and unlike many hotels, it's relaxation with fab views and never felt chaotic. We never ate dinner in hotel as we prefer to get out and explore in the evenings but we did use the bar and that was very pleasant - great nibbles with drinks.
Housekeeing is good, even great, everywhere is very clean but we did have one or two niggles. The supplied toiletry bottles look lovely but also look as though they included previously used items and we didn't try them for this reason. We had to ask for more soap and although towels were replaced daily (unnecessarily tbh) it wasn't always a full complement. The complimentary tea also seemed a bit hit and miss and these really are small things but for 5 star, count. My biggest disappointment was that our wedding anniversary wasn't recognised, despite an email to the hotel before arrival, maybe just an oversight? At the end of the holiday however, we were truly grateful to be afforded a late check out. We were given a room in the main building up to the time we were being collected (around 8pm) and this really did make a huge difference to being able to relax on our last day.
All in all, thank you Minos Beach for a lovely relaxing and comfortable holiday!