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Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience

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Costa Varnali Street, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 70014 Greece
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#8 of 13 hotels in Koutouloufari
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Esperides Crete Resort is a newly-renovated resort with breathtaking sea view, located in the heart of the cosmopolitan and traditional village "Koutouloufari", where every visitor can experience the pure and warm hospitality of a traditional Cretan village combined with modern features. The resort offers a wide selection of suites, designed with beautiful aesthetics and equipped with every comfort to meet the needs, either for a comfortable family vacation or a romantic getaway for couples. Esperides Crete Resort offers, four swimming pools, the seasonally heated Relax pool, the activity pool with Jacuzzi, one pool in the newly built part of the resort, all of them ideal for adults, and the kids’ pool ideal for families. The Relax pool is seasonally heated between April to mid May and during October, located in the quietest part of the resort. Moreover, a playground for kids is located near the activity pool, a Spa and an open-air gazebo, an open- air sea view outdoor mini gym, a mini market, as well as one Mediterranean a la carte restaurant, one Cretan Traditional Tavern (Monastery Tavern) and two Bars, the Esperides Crete Resort can meet every visitor's expectations for a unique Authentic experience and for relaxing vacations on the island of Crete. Free Shuttle service to the nearest sandy beach with reserved sunbeds for our guests (if booked from website). Shuttle operates at regular intervals until 18.00. Due to fixed sunbeds capacity, reservation is required in advance.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
Babysitting
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Salon
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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DaveMing C wrote a review Yesterday
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This hotel was amazing! Beautiful resort that is very close to the beach.The staff are great. Shout out to Giannis who made all of our drinks at the pool bar, and Mariana for helping us with all of our needs! The food is average but here's a tip: if you like buffets then you're fine, but if you like traditional food then only get breakfast and find lunch and dinner elsewhere because the food is repetitive and gets boring. Great entertainment, there's something to do every night! Pools are great! Although, there could be more sunbeds. The pool bar food is very tasty. The shuttle service the beach is good, and staff are very friendly
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: premium suites have great views with pools
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Lucy B wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom21 contributions11 helpful votes
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My family and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Esperides Resort & Spa for 11 days in August. After a very stressful journey out due to problems with our Greece QR codes, Manolis and his team did everything possible to make our stay amazing and truly memorable from the very minute we arrived. The hotel, our room and the facilities were just what we needed for a relaxing stay and in terms of cleanliness in the current COVID-19 situation everything was absolutely spotless. What elevated our stay however to a level rarely experienced (even at 5* Luxury hotels in London) was the exceptional service; from the very minute we arrived from an exhausting journey to the minute we left - when the whole team came to wish us on our way. We were truly blown away by the attention to detail and ‘team ethic’ which was present everywhere around the resort; from Manolis the hotel Manager and his Management team; to George, Tony, John the chef and all of the restaurant team; to Manos who cleaned our pool and Sophia, Roza, Zete and the other ladies who kept our room spotlessly clean. Rarely do hotels understand the balance between providing a friendly, familiar service whilst at the same time ensuring that this service is of luxury, 5* calibre. Esperides managed this beautifully. We left feeling like we had made true friends. The only problem we are now faced with is how soon we can organise our return stay! We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a luxury break away and if you can, treat yourself to a room with a private pool - the one on the platinum suite is amazing!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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ForeverTraveller67 wrote a review Jul 2022
Germany109 contributions53 helpful votes
Not really a 5 Star hotel. More like a good 4 stars. Very nice and clean hotel with nice service staff. Nevertheless the service is not at all up to the requirements. No much help from reception stuff when it comes with the extra effort you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Food quality is average, no fresh fruits available. No much wine selection and the pool areas are not sufficient for the number of people in the hotel. First come, first serve is normal but it becomes a problem when you don’t have enough space and you end up sitting on the ground
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Just check for other hotel if you are looking for a real 5 star hotel.
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Neil wrote a review Jul 2022
Lundin Links, United Kingdom4 contributions
A beautiful resort a few hundred metres from the beach. The resort is first class. The staff are so friendly and efficient and mist speak good English. The rooms are lovely and there are a variety pools and bars with stunning views. Food in the restaurants is self service buffet with so much variety that there is enough to satisfy every palate / diet etc. I thoroughly recommend it, the only downside being it is not near the beach, but we knew that. There is a shuttle bus I believe it we haven’t tried it yet. This is our first visit to Crete and our impressions are good.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Although we aren’t planning to hire a car there seems to be a huge variety of hire centres. At...
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DebbieEa wrote a review Jul 2022
Fife, United Kingdom79 contributions45 helpful votes
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Out standing. From the second we arrived the second we left, the service was fantastic. All the staff were super friendly and professional. Especially Niko in his golf buggy to drive us to our room or to reception. Georgia and Demetri in the bar. Our cleaner left our room spotless daily, she was super friendly and we nice chats. We opted for a private pool and it was just perfect. Peaceful, relaxing and clean. Breakfast only for us and choice was great, food was to a high standard. Bathroom amenities were fab shampoo and conditioner left my hair so soft, and the Greek body lotion, I need back home. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Just relax and you will have the best holiday ever. All the restaurants around are delicious.
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caits062016 wrote a review Jul 2022
Glasgow, United Kingdom194 contributions89 helpful votes
Stayed at this hotel with my husband in June 2022 for a week , first time to Koutouloufari. We were delayed so we didn’t arrive until about 2.00 am however a lovely member of staff was there with a golf buggy to take us to reception where we were given a light meal and drink . We were then taken to our room and this was the most disappointing part of the hotel , we had upgraded via Jet2 to a premium sea view room and I had emailed the hotel in advance to ask for a bright room with large balcony , the room itself was nice in decor etc and very clean , we had 2 windows to the side and patio doors onto a very small balcony , but we didn’t get the full impact until we awoke the next day , the sea view is not what I would class as a sea view , our view was of the entrance to the hotel all built up and over the roofs there was a glimpse of sea , it was a joke snd I was annoyed we had paid extra , in hindsight we should have gone straight to reception and asked to be moved , I have read of people arriving at a similar time who were given free upgrades , not sure if they booked independently or were just lucky, anyway this was room 105 and I certainly wouldn’t recommend or label as a sea view room , the rooms online look so much better so maybe they should be offering partial sea view rooms . We had no complaints about the rest of the hotel , the staff were all lovely , I would have preferred the option of B & B as we swapped dinner for lunch and ate out at night , the food wasn’t the best I have to say for a 5 star , the breakfast was lovely as were the desserts . Drinks in the bar were very nice but more expensive than the village , which is to be expected. Special shout out to the lovely Katerina at the lower pool , a total asset to the hotel , such a nice person and the staff in restaurant were also very nice, didn’t get all the names but Wilson was lovely as was the older waitress . Totally loved Koutouloufari and can’t wait to return , in fact I am hoping to return with my daughter in October, not sure if would go back to Esperides or try another hotel but if the right deal was to come up who knows
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If seaview booked request high floor
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Travelulrike wrote a review Jul 2022
Palm Beach, Australia33 contributions8 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived , Marianne at reception really listened to our needs. (we had a small problem with the location of our room) Our room was spacious , modern, great views and close to the open gym. We loved using that open air gym and 2 pools, of which one was heated. We had full board for 7 nights and never got bored with the meal selections. All the staff were so polite and friendly, never intrusive. Every other night they have life music or DJ after dinner, on a beautiful terrace with amazing views to enjoy a cocktail. The resort is on a hill, part of 3 small mountain villages . You find there a wonderful square with authentic restaurants, nice ambience. It is above the main hub of Hersonissos, only a bus ride away from large town of Heriklion where we did to do a bit of shopping and visiting the port. Hersonissos has a very nice port too, and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. One day we did a organised bus tour to Agio Niklaus and Elouda, and a boat ride to Spinakopia (leper colony). Very much enjoyed. At the end we received a lovely gift from the manager Mr. Manolis. We saw him every day checking on the operation of his resort, which was nice . He was so welcoming too. We had a great stay, we will be back. ps May was a great month to visit. all the best Ulrike
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: one with a wide open view
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Amyharvz wrote a review Jul 2022
London, United Kingdom30 contributions26 helpful votes
We had a fabulous stay at Esperides. The staff were amazing and the food was wonderful (and we are both foodies so this is high praise). The pool area was perfect with comfortable sun beds and a swim up bar. We also loved the local area of Koutouloufari - it was perfect for a relaxing stay. My main complaint, however, is the situation with drinking water. I have my own refillable bottle but there was nowhere to refill this. We were given a free 1l bottle each day in our room but it was in a plastic bottle and therefore not environmentally friendly. If we wanted any water throughout the day/with meals, a 1l bottle was 3€. Given that we can’t drink the water in Greece, we had no option but to buy these or go outside the hotel to buy water but unfortunately this was also in plastic. I wouldn’t mind if the prices were high to deter people from buying plastic, but as this was the only option we had no choice but to pay the high fee and buy plastic bottles. An easy solution to this would be to put a water cooler in the resort so people can fill up their own bottles and reduce single-use plastic. Otherwise, we were very happy with our stay and have already recommended Esperides to our friends. Special thanks to Steve for making our dinners so entertaining!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sarah G wrote a review Jul 2022
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The food is good you really need to eat once at the monastery cretan restaurant, and the people working there are fantastic. Really nice massage from Maristella and the private spa you can book in advance is sweet and smooth. Giannis at the upper pool will make the best cocktails and lemonades for you. The little village around the resort is nice too. Perfect experience. Even on the day, you are leaving (you can fully use the swimming pool and all amenities (there is a shower and small room where you can get change and be ready before leaving for the airport).
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Lalla wrote a review Jul 2022
7 contributions2 helpful votes
a resort with a very nice concept, like staying in a small Cretan village. Very thorough cleaning and very dedicated and attentive housekeeping staff. The food is good, some restaurants can do better but overall we ate well. The overall experience was good.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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$142 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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esperides villas hotel chersonisos, esperides hotel hersonissos
LOCATION
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureHersonissosKoutouloufari
NUMBER OF ROOMS
105
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Frequently Asked Questions about Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience
Which popular attractions are close to Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Nearby attractions include Casa Nostra (0.3 km), Dionysos Cafe - Bar (0.2 km), and Fabrica (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Conveniently located restaurants include Iokasti Restaurant, Nikos the Fisherman, and Rahati Cafe Patisserie.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience have airport transportation?
Yes, Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Esperides Resort Crete, The Authentic Experience?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Megali Vrisi (Great Fountain) (10.5 km).