Very Good 444 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Rate includes daily international breakfast and a spa credit per room, per stay
  • All rooms have sea views
  • The wellness center is one of the island’s best
  • Proximity to the palace at Knossos and Heraklion
  • Ample activities, including tennis, golf and water sports

What To Know

  • Food can be hit or miss; skip the dinner buffet in favor of options in nearby Heraklion
  • Peitho restaurant is open on Mondays only
  • Resort is geared more for couples than families
  • WiFi is free in the lobby and is available in the guestrooms for approximately $5 for 60 minutes


  •  Bar
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

The Candia Maris takes its cue from King Minos, the mythical Minoan ruler whose palace at Knossos is thought to have spanned 6 acres and contained some 1,300 rooms. With 285 rooms, this destination resort on Crete’s northern coast isn’t quite as palatial — though in acreage the property is nearly double the size of the royal residence. Translation: You’ll never have to fight for a spot by the pool.

Set on Amoudara Beach, a few miles from the capital city, Heraklion, the resort is a welcome retreat from Crete’s many tourist attractions. And while this particular stretch of sand isn’t the island’s most pristine, it is one of the top spots for windsurfing. The property has tennis courts on-site and access to Crete’s only 18-hole golf course, with views of Mount Ida and the Aegean Sea.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/11167/pgal-33908-1311699534-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The casual Taverna sits directly on the Aegean and serves eclectic fare, including fresh fish and pizza.”}

Opened in 1995, the Candia Maris underwent a head-to-toe makeover in 2008, which means a new sophistication, especially in bungalow-like out buildings, where 59 blue-on-beige rooms and suites have a distinctly Mediterranean feel. All have the requisite mod cons, like flat-screen televisions and WiFi, plus uninterrupted sea views.

The renovation also included a complete overhaul of the spa, now one of the island’s best. Spread out over almost 15,000 square feet, the wellness center offers a full range of treatments that harness the power of seawater — through baths, steam therapies, hydromassage, sea algae scrubs and seaweed wraps. And, attached to the spa, the medical center is staffed with health specialists who can tailor a wellness plan for your stay.

Bottom line, Candia Maris won’t win any design awards. Though it’s a bit banal, the hotel’s full roster of amenities, proximity to the sights (in addition to the palace at Knossos there’s Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum) and sweeping views of the Aegean make for an island stay worth experiencing.

How to Get There

Candia Maris Resort and Spa
Andrea Papandreou 17
Gazi, 71414 Greece


4.5 Very Good 444 Reviews
It’s a kinda magic

Where to start what an amazing team of people working at this resort, all the staff from the entertainment team to the bar staff work there socks off and always with a smile. A special thank you to Vangelis the soux chef who couldn’t do more for us, as one of our party had a nut allergy. Everyday a plate of desserts was given just for her. This is very rare. All the food is delicious lots of choice. The same with the drinks.

Room is spacious. The bar has fabulous views, three different pools to choose from. Plenty of activities, guests are all friendly even though there are only a handful of English guests.

The sport and entertainment staff make sure you have a fab time, shows in the week, party’s every night.

Great exercise classes.

Thank you for a wonderful week

Fantastic 7 days
Mark T

Stayed for 7 nights in May, Wonderful hotel drinks on arrival bags taken to room along with hotel staff explaining location etc.
Our room was to the right of the reception area 619 ?
Room very clean , cleaned every day Fridge in room stocked with bottled water every day.
Room safe FOC
you are given voucher for Beach towels to exchange every day if required.
Beach is 2 min walk. Sandy.
Great room ground floor walk out of balcony straight to pool bar / pizza area very quiet no noise from entertainment,
Food was very good great choice every evening. Some specaility nights.
Greek / BBQ night was very good.
Entertainment team worked flawlessly keeping us entertained during the day and evening. Crazy Tamra worked hard to get you doing all the entertainment but no pressure if you do not want to.
Also silent diso is something to try.
Another disco inside most evenings a bit to noisy but your own choice,
All inc drinks ok Lager / wine drinkable.
Cannot fault staff could not do enough to help the outside bar staff 2 great chaps.
Be aware of the photograph team in reception area not cheap.
Look out for the goodbye wave.
Walked into town turning right from hotel not much going on but I suspect May start of season.

Would not hestitate to book again

Lovely hotel!

Got to congratulate the Tui staff especially entertainment team for making out stay so enjoyable. Hotel is lovely and clean. Beach at back of hotel. Activities are amazing, got to give a shout-out to Jordan for fab aqua aerobics and Zumba class. Great shows and dancing from the team. Food lovely. Easy to get to Heraklion. Would recommend and will return.