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Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort

Melinas Merkouri 1 Ammoudara Gazi, Amoudara, Crete 71002 Greece
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#6 of 37 in Amoudara
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Located on the beach of Amoudara, just few minutes away from downtown Heraklion, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort is ideally located offering you easy reach to the centre of Heraklion while enjoying the marvellous, endless sandy beach of Amoudara, surrounded by beautiful gardens and relaxing walking space.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Airport transportation
Car hire
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, German and 1 more


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Grade: 57 out of 100
16Restaurantswithin 1 km
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Aistė V wrote a review 14 May
2 contributions
We were three people in a family bungalow. We expected it to be bigger, but it was still cozy. Small terrace outside and there was a bath. We were surprised of a hot water and strong stream which filled bath quite quickly. Room is clean, most likely quite cool during summer as there were tiles everywhere. As it was not warm yet we did not use AC but it is there. Lot's of spaces to put things in. Hotel staff is very friendly, everyone smiles and helps out. There is lots of greenery around the hotel area, many different trees and flowers. Food variety is good. Quality is so-so, of you want a truly amazing experience go to Ταβέρνα Ὁ Μπροκογιώργης in the mountains. We especially liked snack bar as there was always tasty pizzas and other snacks. Breakfast is usually the same with minimal variation but everyone can find what they want to eat. Lunch and dinner varies more. We especially liked the beach. It looks well taken care of and the sea bottom is sandy. It gets from knee deep to waist deep quite quickly, but it does not get much deeper than shoulder deep. You have to pass a few meters long area of stones to reach the sand but once you do the sea bottom is amazing. There are sun umbrellas everywhere and during this period there were a lot of empty ones but I can imagine during the season they get taken quite quickly. However there are still things around to pay for: arcade in games room and even scales in the lobby are 1euro per weighing. Overall very satisfied with the stay and if we ever get back to Crete and want to stay in a hotel we will stay here.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time and giving us your feedback regarding your stay in our hotel. We are pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your vacation in our hotel. Please rest assured we will take into account your review, and we will try our best to further improve our services and standards. It will be our pleasure to be able to welcome you once again in our hotel. Until then warm regards from sunny Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort Staff Team
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Milan Š wrote a review Sep 2021
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We spent an amazing week with our 3yo kid in the Dolphin Bay resort. Although the room equipment is slightly aged, you swiftly forget that when meeting the friendly staff (animators and bartenders, .. Minas is the best bartender-gentleman ever!) and enjoying time at the beautiful pool and beach.. The basic all-inclusive beverages (beer, coffee, juices,..) are lower quality (expected), but there's a fair selection of all-inclusive cocktails, including non-alcoholic. The food selection is excellent.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Dear guests, Thank you for taking the time and writing a review for our hotel and especially for the high rating and kind words. Rest assured we will pass on your praise towards our staff, as it only motivates us even more to improve even further our services and standards. We hope on your next visit to Crete to welcome you once more in our hotel. Sunny regards, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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Andrei I wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
Stiv, Marika, Federico, Mimo, Natalia and all the other awesome people from the animation team made me feel young again. Morning stretching followed by aqua gym with Stiv helped me start a great day everyday i stayed at the hotel. My son has the time of his life with the ladies from the Mini Club and i felt that he was in a safe environment with them. Evening entertainment with Mimo, Federico and the girls were a lot of fun and designed for both adults and kids. I will definitely return to Dessole Dolphin Bay Hotel in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Dear Mr. Andrei, First of all, we're delighted you decided to see for yourself what Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort has to offer and we are so glad it met your expectations! We appreciate your compliments to our staff team, especially since everyone here in Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort wants each and every guest to leave with great memories. Nothing pleases us more than to see our visitors come back and we do hope that you now consider yourself part of our Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort family and will return as soon as you feel need for sun and sand. Sincerely, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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Darko M wrote a review Sep 2021
Belgrade, Serbia18 contributions3 helpful votes
Close to the airport, very very friendly staff (across the Hotel). Appartment was cleaned daily. WiFi was perfect (even Netflix streaming was possible). Beachbar food was delicius. Beach was clean, with nice sunbeds. Food in the restaraunt sometimes lacked a bit of variaty, but it was ok having in mind that they serve 3 meals every day, there is enough to choose from especially for the kids. Main building rooms had seaview which was not mentioned during booking and was a nice surprise. Water in the pool and pool slides were very nice. However pool slides are only for older kids. Having in mind that it is an midlevel all inclusive offer, drinks quality was acceptable. Included tap beer was drinkable and refreshing, and juices/soft drinks were standard for this level of hotel. During Covid 19 the hygiene was well maintained (mandatory gloves in restauraunt, masks inside etc). Just a bit windy in September for small kids. In peak season there is a shortage of sunbeds at the beach and the pool. We felt it only for a day. There is power plant in the far distance, but we didn't mind. Overall very pleasant stay and I would recommend the Hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Dear Guest, We thank you for the time you have taken for the evaluation of our hotel services. It is a pleasure for us all to know that you have fully enjoyed your holiday with us. Thank you very much for your kind statement and the very good rating, which motivates us on to get even better. We hope that in the near future we will again have the opportunity to welcome you to our hotel as a guest and we wish you well until then. Regards, Dessole Dolphin Bay Management Team
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Ana I wrote a review Sep 2021
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Stayed with 2 small children (4 y.o. and 6 m.o.) and with my grandparents (80 y.o.), so I can safely say that they have facilities for all ages. The hotel is clean, the pool, sea (word to the wise, there are waves) and beach are wonderful and the food is great, but the true highlight of the hotel is the staff. Everyone working here from the reception, to the cleaning staff and until the beach boy are friendly, polite and always ready to help. The entertainment staff are awesome, engaging and always active. The best part for me however was visiting the SPA. It was hands down the best massage I ever got, not to mention that the lovely ladies working there were extremely nice and the atmosphere truly relaxing. If you are staying at Dessole Dolphin Bay I highly recommend you visit Valentina at the spa, you will feel like a new person once you get a massage from her, her hands are magical.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Yiannis Vasilakis, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Dear Ana, Thank you for taking the time and writing about your experience in our hotel, and especially for the gigh rating and kind words towards our staff team. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and we hope in the future to welcome you once more. Sunny regards from Crete, Dessole Dolphin Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Senses Club (0.3 km), Ammoudara Beach (0.7 km), and Reef Sound Cafe & Cocktails (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Mourelo Cretan Food & Drink Philosophy, Kritiko Spiti, and Heaven Beach.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Dessole Dolphin Bay Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castello del Molo (Koules) (6.6 km), Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis (6.0 km), and Loggia (6.4 km).