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
Friendly welcome immaculate room with amazing view of water and Aghios Nikolaos (upgraded to waterfront bungalow) . 5 star buffet food as hotel has an award winning chef. All staff can’t do enough for you. Great spa had a 15 minute free massage then booked to go again comes highly recommended, they know what they are doing. I can’t praise the staff enough in all areas of hotel. Local town is only a 10 minute walk away, great for shopping.
One would generally start the review with food / ambience facilities etc but I would like to start with staff
The people managing the property are just so amazing lovely kind polite friendly people that it just warms up the soul and greatly amplifies the holiday experience.
* Irini, Eleni , Katerina and Nicolas are a few names I remember who were so hospitable and lovely. They definitely deserve a special mention here and my apologies for a few others names that am forgetting here
Property - 5/5 huge sprawling area so beautifully done up and scenic views that you spend a whole week in here without the need to step out. Amazing sea view
Room - 5/5 we were lucky to get an amazing view room ! See the pictures
Service - 5/5. They make up your room twice a day which is wow! as I said before the true star of the place is the staff
Food - 10/10 !! we had opted for half board that is breakfast and dinner and man we’ve been spoilt silly and have come back a few kgs heavier ! But am in love with Cretan food!! The spread is so elaborate with so many options and such authentic variety that in our 6 days not once did the food feel repetitive or boring
My husband and I were here for my 30th birthday and I can safely say this has been the best decision ever! It was truly the most memorable birthday ever and the staff ( who treat u better than family ! ) made every single effort to make it special for us. I was truly overwhelmed
From our balcony, nice sea view
Hotel has beautiful gardens
Breakfast is delicious and has a lot of choices
Cuisine is always excellent even for lunch
Everywhere is spotless
Service is always polite and efficient
We stayed at the hotel four nights and had a great experience. The hotel is located 7 minutes walk from excellent
restaurants and if you walk another 10 minutes along the beautiful promenade you reach the center of Agios Nikolas
. The staff was warm, proffessional and helped a lot by recommending special sites to visit and see and by attending every question or request.
Breakfast was abundant and lunch was served at the beautiful restaurant of the hotel with a georgious
view to the sea and a small island. The public areas are beautifully designed and contain art works of several artisrts. Our room was very nice and cosy. please note that some rooms have no window but are opened to a small porch as a cpmpensation. We highly recommend the hotel and we will probably come back again :)
So many times you go to a resort where it's clear what the designer's aspiration was, yet you feel the reality is subtly disappointing to everyone involved. That's not the case here: in fact the brochure doesn't do in justice. The gentle understatement (instead of hype) is part of the character of the place. There are no corners cut - they just don't make a fuss about it. And that's so relaxing... The Minos Beach Art - not exactly a hotel, not exactly a resort - is simply lovely. Good food, a variety of comfortable accommodations in scenic and well-tended grounds, and service which is as unobtrusive as it is thorough. Plenty to do as well, in and around the place, even at the very end of October, with the chic bustle of Agios Nikolaos a gentle 15m stroll away. The food is marvellous - the breakfast buffet is a delight (a challenge, even), and it's taken on the terrace with views through the stucco arches out over the scented and art-filled gardens, the bay, and the mountains beyond. Plenty of interesting local restaurants too. The Minos Beach is real find, and everyone we spoke to seemed to feel the same way. I said as much to our waiter at dinner one evening. He smiled, and quietly told us that he'd come here just for one season - and that had been 37 years ago. Tip - the car-rental just down the road is relaxed, helpful and astonishingly cheap, and there's loads to explore (but stick to surfaced roads). It was our Silver Wedding Anniversary, and this was our best holiday for 25 years.