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Reviewed 1 October 2022

We had a much needed 10 day break and really loved Hotel Amirandes. We are well travelled and I put a lot of effort into choosing our hotels. Priorities for us are a good choice of restaurants (we don't like musical chair buffets), really comfortable sun beds and not too many guests/rooms.
Restaurants - the options for a hotel of this size were incredible, we dined in them all, but rated the Italian extremely highly - the home made bread was amazing. We did venture out for 3 evenings but didn't find anything that matched the standard of the hotel. Breakfast was a lovely experience, every possible desire was met in beautiful surroundings and often there was a flortist or saxophonist playing background music which was a special touch. Lunch time by the pool was a great experience too with unusual options.
Sunbeds - perfect! Always some available and lovely thick mattresses. Drinks delivered and fresh fruit treats
Pool - Great size and i participated in daily aerobics which was a new experience for me
Rooms - Good size and lovely bathroom
Location - we walked a couple of times to the nearest resort where there were several restaurants and taxi'd back. We did a full day excursion to Knossos and Hiraklion to soak up the history - very enjoyable.
Overall - would thoroughly recommend, we had a great holiday

Date of stay: September 2022
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Thank shelleydj
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VASSILIS MINADAKIS, General Manager at Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2022

Dear shelleydj,

A warm thank you for sharing your review about your recent stay in the Grecotel Amirandes Boutique Resort. We appreciate you pointing out your positive experience in our restaurants and the breakfast buffet. We will pass on your positive feedback to our colleagues from the food and beverage department.

It is always encouraging to receive positive feedback as we are continuously striving to maintain the highest quality and service standards.

We certainly look forward to your next visit for another memorable stay.

Kind Regards,

Vassilis Minadakis
General Manager

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Reviewed 30 September 2022

We have been travelling around the world with my wife for 2 decades now. We choose to stay in ultra deluxe hotels and enjoy the most of it. I have to admit that Amirandes welcoming was by far the best

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Evagoras E
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VASSILIS MINADAKIS, General Manager at Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2022

Dear Evagoras E,
firstly we would like to thank you for sharing your review via TripAdvisor and for choosing Grecotel Amirandes for your holiday. It was our pleasure having you as our guest. We are very honored to read how much you enjoyed our welcome experience. We will forward your kind words to the entire team, and hope to welcome you to our resort again soon!

Kind regards,

Vassilis Minadakis
General Manager

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Reviewed 27 September 2022 via mobile

We had our first holiday as a family four at Amirandes and would definitely stay there again.
Our kids are a bit too young to participate in the children’s activities but we loved the adults activities/sports. I played football every evening and my wife played volleyball in the mornings. Stanis is excellent, kept things fun. Shout out to Pavlos and Manos at the pool, super friendly and always smile on their face. For a family all the staff are friendly which is great; the guys who work helping at the front (didn’t catch his name) is incredibly helpful.

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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VASSILIS MINADAKIS, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2022

Dear 65edwin,

A warm thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your most recent stay in Grecotel Amirandes Boutique Resort. We appreciate you pointing out the known Grecotel hospitality and the Greek "philoxenia" our people offered you.

Family holidays at Amirandes hotel are all about kids enjoying themselves and parents being able to relax. Thank you for praising the Grecoland team and we are happy you enjoyed the sports and fitness activities too.

Personalized and dedicated care for our guests is of utmost importance to us and thank you for your recognition. Your praise towards Stas, Pavlos, and Manos is much appreciated and we will happily forward your kind words to them.

We certainly look forward to your next visit for another memorable stay.

Kind Regards,

Vassilis Minadakis
General Manager

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Reviewed 26 September 2022

In short words - this is a truly amazing place and definitely worth a recommendation.

We've stayed there from September 12th until September 22nd 2022 and would definitely choose this hotel again when coming to Crete in the future.

They are equipped with a wonderful hotel resort area, the most friendly and courteous staff you can get, delicious restaurants, a great main pool and a fantastic sports and animation program.

The room:
We had a standard room in the big building right handed to the main building. It's a well-sized, spacious and clean room. I do understand a few reviews that were not too enthusiastic about the standard rooms as I also thought that especially the bathroom materials are not really luxurious. But everything has been clean and fully sufficient.

The location:
It's close to Heraklion, so hotel transfer shouldn't take too long. There's all sorts of different local restaurants and bars in the neighborhood and even though we didn't try those, we've had conversations with other guests who were very positive about them.
The only thing you should be aware of is that the hotel is within the airport approach corridor. We didn't experience it as extremely negative but you should consider another area of the island if you are extremely sensitive in that sense.

Pool, sports and animation:
This is all simply fantastic. The pool is huge (olympic sized) and filled with sea water. There's plenty of space for everyone and for those who like swimming (like I do as well) this is just perfect.
Even though the hotel seemed to be fully booked we never had an issue finding a lounger at the pool area.
There's all sorts of child animation which I cannot really talk about as we don't have kids.
My personal highlight has been the sports program including archery, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, table tennis, soccer, tennis etc.
If you consider staying here - what you should do - you must try these activities as they are pure fun and they compensate for all the great food as well.

Food:
The main buffet restaurant was always very delicious, same for the other 3 restaurants (we didn't try the 4th one: Italian Fine-Dining). They have a fully sufficient wine list and the food (especially the breakfast) has always been very good.
We never had to wait to get a table (for two) and we never experienced heavy waiting times at the buffet.

Others:
You can use a hotel specific app (e.g. to make sports or restaurant reservations or just to get information) which has been very helpful and always worked very well.

Special thanks to Manos and Giorgos from the pool team and Niki, Stas and of course my man Costas from the sports animation team. Even though all staff members have been fantastic - you guys really made our stay outstanding!

Room tip: If you choose the standard room you might want to ask for a newly renovated one.
Date of stay: September 2022
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VASSILIS MINADAKIS, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2022


Dear c0ffeekid1987,


Thank you for choosing Grecotel Amirandes Boutique Resort and for sharing such an enthusiastic review following your experience with us.

It was a true pleasure having you here with us and we are happy to read how much you enjoyed our Greek hospitality overall and especially our sports activities, the delicious restaurants, and the welcoming personnel. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We will gladly forward your comments to our colleagues Manos and Giorgos from the pool team as well as Niki, Stas, and Costas from the sports & animation team.

It is always encouraging to receive positive feedback as we are continuously striving to maintain the highest quality and service standards.

We are happy we were part of your Cretan escape and we are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind Regards,

Vassilis Minadakis
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 September 2022

I was here for 7 days with my family. The service of the hotel was very very nice. The whole staff was kind amd attentive. The reataurants were excellent although the buffet of the hotel it self was not as convincinf. The meat was mostlz just well done and not as warm anymore.
The entertainment part of the hotel was amazing since they have two very lovely entertainers, Costa and Stanislav, who motivates you to come play tabletennis, beach volley and more.

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Maxiking434
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VASSILIS MINADAKIS, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Amirandes Grecotel Boutique Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2022

Dear Maxiking434,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review following your experience at Grecotel Amirandes Boutique Resort.

It was a true pleasure having you here with us and we are happy to read how much you enjoyed our Greek hospitality overall and especially our sports activities and the welcoming personnel. Your kind words mean a lot to us.
We will gladly forward your comments to our colleagues Kostas & Stanislav from the animation team.

It has been a pleasure looking after you and we are looking forward to your plans to bring you back to Amirandes soon.

Kind Regards,

Vassilis Minadakis
General Manager

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