Grecotel Amirandes Hotel in Gouves, Heraklion

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Location: Gouves
Recommended for: Family, Luxe, On the Beach

Located in the Gouves area, Grecotel Amirandes is a luxurious five-star beachfront resort housed in a complex of several elegant buildings of minimalist design. The interior is decorated based on the bohemian style, with unique furniture and natural tones dominating the scenery. It provides guests with all the contemporary amenities needed for a pleasurable and satisfying stay, including two pools, several restaurants and an opulent spa center.

The resort consists of various types of accommodation, such as guestrooms, suites, bungalows and villas that can host two to eight people. They all have furnished balconies or terraces that allow breathtaking views of the sea or the garden, while selected options incorporate private pools and gardens.
The basic accommodation choices include ensuite bathrooms fitted with a shower, complimentary premium toiletries, a hairdryer, slippers and towels. More upgraded options may also feature bathtubs with aromatherapy and color therapy or hydromassage baths, as well as a walk-in clothing area. Additional amenities are free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air-conditioning, an electric kettle, a coffee machine and a minibar.

The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool of Olympic dimensions, filled with seawater, as well as a smaller, fresh-water pool suitable for children, surrounded by sunbeds and pergolas for shading. Furthermore, an incredible beach of sparkling golden sand and crystal-clear waters is right in front of the resort, with a part exclusively reserved for its customers. Beach facilities include umbrellas, sun lounges with mattresses, changing cabins and showers. Guests can order delicious snacks, fresh salads and refreshing drinks from both the pool and the beach bar.
Visitors who seek a relaxing and rejuvenating experience can stop by the wellness center of Amirandes. On the premises, they will find an indoor pool, separate saunas for men and women, six massage rooms, as well as a seafront massage area and a beauty salon that provide high-quality services, ensuring the utmost satisfaction for all guests. The offered packages include massages, facial and body treatments, pedicures and manicures, and can be personalized depending on one’s requirements.
Moreover, there is a well-supplied gym with state-of-the-art equipment suitable for any kind of exercise, perfect for those who wish to maintain their fitness routine during vacation. Fitness, yoga and aerobics classes are conducted regularly in a designated area, and personal training sessions can be arranged. Facilities for sports such as football, tennis, basketball, volleyball and table tennis are also available on the premises.
Amirandes Hotel features six different restaurants that will surely please even the most unconventional tastes. The main restaurant of the resort offers buffets for both breakfast and dinner, combining traditional Mediterranean recipes with international delicacies, all prepared with seasonal produce.
Lago Di Candia is a floating restaurant that provides magnificent views of the sea and horizon, especially during sunset. It specializes in fish and meat grill dishes, accompanied by an extensive list of wines. On the other hand, Xasteria is dedicated to traditional Cretan cuisine, for which it has been awarded. Every recipe is created with fresh products from the nearby villages or the resort’s farm.
Those who prefer international cuisine will discover many alternatives to choose from. Petrino on the beachfront serves Greek cuisine, mainly seafood dishes, Minotaur is a gourmet Italian restaurant, which also houses a collection of authentic Picasso ceramics, and Blue Monkey offers a unique fusion Asian menu.
Most restaurants on the hotel premises require reservations, while they also provide kids' menus.
Finally, in the Labyrinth lounge bar visitors are able to pick a refreshing drink or delicious cocktail and admire the majestic sea views while hanging out with friends and loved ones.
The Lagoon is a designated area full of shops and boutiques full of summer clothing, jewelry and accessories, which guarantee an elite shopping experience tailored to each customer. Furthermore, sun lounges are set up around the water for guests to relax after a tiring day of exploring the island.

Entertainment is taken care of, as live music shows, DJ sets, dance shows and outdoor film viewings are organized regularly in the hotel and available to the residents.
In addition, the resort can arrange a wide variety of activities for its customers in order to further enhance their experience in Crete. Water sports, such as windsurfing, canoeing and scuba diving, as well as horse riding, are ideal for those who seek adventure, while mountain biking opens up a wonderful world of natural beauty.
Car and bicycle rental services are provided by Amirandes, as are luxurious transfers around the island.

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