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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


Enjoyable Stay

The staff at the hotel made our stay most enjoyable. They are efficient and friendly, we were constantly greeted with a smile or hello.
The hotel is set in spacious grounds with 3 pools , one very long ideal for some serious exercise.
The hotel has its own stretch of beach. Food is of a high standard and plenty of choice. Main restaurant is very large so never a problem finding a suitable table.
Entertainment in the evening is average, however I would recommend the Greek barbecue night in the taverna restaurant situated in the hotel grounds.
Entertainment during the day is very good with something for everyone ranging from archery to aqua aerobics. There is an excellent gym .
The surrounding area has a few bars, restaurants and shops, and the capital Heraklion is very near, only about 10 Euro to the centre which is well worth a visit.
The only draw back would be if you like to make friends and strike up conversation around the pool etc as most of the guests are Austrian and German.
Finally it’s well worth paying the 40 Euro for the VIP airport lounge. The airport is hot , busy with inadequate seating, however with the lounge ticket you are through security in no time and taken to an air conditioned lounge. Food and drinks, WiFi all free and then escorted to your gate when ready for boarding.

Perfect holiday

We came 3 years ago for our honeymoon, and came back for my 30th birthday.
The hotel and staff was still the same. Very polite & helpful.
Food is amazing even more so the pudding.
We had 2 massages while we was here by the girls in the spa.
They was very attentive, very helpful. Didnt feel like we was preasured into anything we didnt want.
This is definitely something we would recommend.
And we will be coming back again.
Its nice to have just a adults only hotel and holiday.

Thank you Candia Maris!!

Mostly germans

We are on our last day at this resort. This is my review of it. Mostly Germans so do not expect alot of English company, we were lucky to meet a lovely couple from Scotland so we had company after dinner. The food is of a high standard with plenty of choice and the 2 a la carte restaurants are well worth a visit. These need to be booked by the desk near reception. The entertainment is below average, the dancing is good but they have a female singer that just can’t sing that well and ruined the thriller night. She needs replacing because people left as soon as she started singing. The silent disco was a laugh and worth a visit. BBQ night is on wednesday which means all other eateries are shut but get there early to get a decent table. All the staff are friendly and greet you with a smile and are super efficient clearing plates etc. The activities on offer are good if you feel energetic. Hubby tried the archery. Would we go back? I think it is over priced for what you get as a 5 star adults only so probably not