“This opulent low-rise complex echoes the palace architecture of the Minoan empires or perhaps ancient Egypt. Palms, reflecting pools and waterfalls set the scene on arrival. Colonnades link bungalows and villa suites – some with private pools and palm-shaded gardens – with the central hotel building and bars, restaurants, shops and pools. There's a semi-private sandy beach where you can lounge in your own white canvas gazebo, and brightly coloured animal figures dotted around the lawns add a playful note. Great food from all over the world in nine restaurants and bars, including contemporary-Italian Minotaur, graced by original Picasso ceramics, a floating deck in a vast infinity pool, and the laid-back Sunset Lounge. The Elixir spa pampers with Ayurvedic treatment. Location, a 10-15 minute ride from the airport and 20 minutes from ancient Knossos, is a plus. Perfect for a luxurious short break for couples and families.”
Written by Robin Gauldie
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
It’s all about people. Staying in Amirandes is a unique experience due to the hospitality excellence of Grecotel. The employees of Amirandes welcome guests with authentic smiles creating a warm atmosphere. Their friendly and cheerful attitude make you feel at home from the moment you check in, while their professionalism provides an exclusive, luxurious experience during their stay.
What is there to do in the area?
If there’s a single Mediterranean destination that has it all, it’s Crete. Amirandes is ideally situated within easy access to multiple destinations. It is impossible to visit Crete without touring the Palace of Knossos, the pre-eminent Minoan settlement and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In a very short distance an 18-hole Golf Course of international standards of the Cretan Golf Club offers a genuine golfing experience to our guests. The CretAquarium, one of the Mediterranean’s largest complexes devoted to marine science, education and recreation. It provides face-to-face contact with the vibrant sea life of the Med - from hunter sharks to tiny seahorses., Grecotel's fairytale traditional farm Agreco in Rethymno, just 1 hour drive from the hotel, live a unique culinary experience, tasting diverse seasonal dishes based on the fruits of the land and the legendary nutritional Cretan cuisine.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
At the Amirandes restaurant a complete American buffet type breakfast is offered, with the inclusion of healthy choices and “Cretan Corner” with local beverages and traditional products. The “Greek Breakfast” is an initiative taken by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels which utilizes and connects the cultural – gastronomic wealth of the country with the Greek hotel business.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
A choice of exceptional a la carte restaurants are available in Amirandes. The elegant Lago di Candia restaurant features an international a la carte menu inspired by its spectacular waterfront setting. Minotaur is an incomparable Italian restaurant of impeccable character. Serving oriental delicacies cooked to order, Blue Monkey features modern twists on Eastern favourites. Xasteria pays tribute to Cretan cuisine with a menu bursting with island flavours, honored amongst the top 34 restaurants in Greece for “Best Greek Cuisine 2016. Additionally, our guest relations service is more than pleased to provide multiple choices and destinations to eat our locally.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Luxurious villas and suites become romantic retreats for couples and beachfront bungalows create havens for families to enjoy quality time. In a blink of an eye, our guests are magically transported to a different place, where everything is bright and beautiful.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
Amirandes is a kids’ friendly hotel with its grecoland kids’ club, discovery adventures, paddling pool, beaches, endless lawns, gardens and kid-friendly staff. From morning to evening, mini buffets offer a constant supply of fresh, tempting food and drinks exclusively for kids at no extra cost. GrecoBaby has equipment including: cots; highchairs; trainer steps; potties; buggies; changing mats; training seats; bottle warmers; baby bathtubs; bouncy chairs; listening devices. Children have the opportunity to enjoy their vacation and at the same time learn football techniques, skills and principles of fair play at Arsenal Soccer School.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
In Amirandes our goal is to make every guest feel special and unique. All of their dreams and desires to be fulfilled in a luxurious way they have never imagined. In Amirandes we create memories.”