Hotel Minos Palace

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Thanks to its position on a rocky peninsula, this adults-only hotel is flooded with sea views. Steps lead down to a small private beach, and Aghios Nikolaos' centre is a half-hour ... Continue reading

Thanks to its position on a rocky peninsula, this adults-only hotel is flooded with sea views. Steps lead down to a small private beach, and Aghios Nikolaos’ centre is a half-hour walk – or 5-minute drive – away. Bedrooms here are stylishly designed with huge wall mirrors, contemporary lighting and bright scatter cushions. Balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the views, too. You can expect a real international feel from this hotel - it's already a big hit with European holidaymakers.

Activities

There’s a pair of tennis courts with lessons* on offer if you fancy, plus a games room with table tennis and billiards.

Table tennis

Billiards

Tennis*

Lessons are also available.

Watersports*

On the beach including water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, diving and pedalos - under separate management.

Pedalos*

Water-skiing*

Aerobics

Games room

Other facilities

As well as a gym, there’s a spa and wellness centre where you can sign up for treatments* like massages and facials, or relax in the hammam and sauna.

Gym

With cardio machines such as a treadmill and bike, exercise mats and free weights.

Spa*

Enjoy a facial, massage or Ayurvedic treatment in modern and chic treatment rooms, with spotlights for a relaxing vibe. There's also a sauna, hammam and gym you can use.

Swimming Pool

A saltwater swimming pool overlooks Mirabello Bay. It’s edged by a smart sun terrace – extra loungers are dotted around the well-kept lawns.

Pool towels

Outdoor pool

Spend your day lounging by this saltwater pool. Sunbeds dot the surrounding terrace, and there's an exclusive poolside bar service to keep you refreshed throughout the day.

Food and Drink

There’s a buffet and an à la carte eatery here. The buffet serves a breakfast of hot dishes and Continental options, while evening menus mix Med dishes like fresh fish with international choices, such as roast beef.

Buffet restaurant*

You've got a choice of Continental or cooked breakfast to start your day, then in the evening, come back to sample the Mediterranean spread, with international dishes also on offer. There's an evening dress code, and gents are asked to wear trousers.

Snack bar*

Open for drinks and lunch.

Beach bar*

Open May to September.

A la carte Tavern*

Tuck into local dishes and enjoy an al fresco lunch here. There's an evening dress code, and gentlemen are asked to wear trousers.

A la carte dining

Available in the tavern.

Price Overview

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Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Hotel Minos Palace in Aghios Nikolaos easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Hotel Minos Palace with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above. Package holidays to Hotel Minos Palace are available from Thomson .

Agios Nikolaos (or Áyios Nikólaos), about 43 miles (69km) east of Heraklion, was formerly known as a holiday destination for package-tour groups but is now a cosmopolitan resort with high standards of harbour-side café-bars and top quality restaurants. The night clubs and karaoke bars are a thing of the past in this relaxed, yet busy, town.

Ideal for couples of all ages, Agios Nikolaos is an excellent base from which to explore the eastern part of the island while on holiday. The town itself does not boast any major historical or archaeological sites, but it does have one major curiosity: the deep pool in the environs of the harbour, called Lake Voulismeni, has many tales and legends attached to it, and was once believed to be bottomless.

Ágios Nikólaos also has a fine Archaeological Museum, worth visiting while on holiday for its growing collection of Minoan artefacts. The museum houses finds from the cemetery of Aghia Photia, dating back to 2300 BC, including more than 1,500 vases. Besides all the Minoan finds the museum also has the skull of a young Roman athlete wearing a gold olive-leaf wreath, dated to the 1st century AD.

Many visitors on holiday in Ágios Nikólaos take the excursions to the fortified islet of Spinalónga to see the ruins of, and hear the fascinating story of what became the last leper colony in Europe.

Resort Rating

Scenery

Shopping

Family

Watersports

Young

Cost

Nightlife

Sightseeing

Beach

Restaurants

Activities

The area around the Agios Nikolaos resort is ideal for hiking, and the coastline lends itself to the pursuit of all kinds of watersports to appeal to just about every kind of holiday visitor. Almyros Beach, a 20-minute walk from town, is pleasant and sandy, and there are a number of pebble beaches to choose from on windy days. The various hotels in the resort have swimming pools, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. The town council organises a programme of cultural events each summer season.

Restaurants

The Agios Nikolaos lake area is full of tourist-orientated tavernas that charge more for the location than the quality of the food. Aggressive waiters will often try to pull you into the restaurants on the lake and firm 'No' is often required. 9 Muses, Psaraki and Knossos Taverna are consistently good. For meze (small dishes of different foods) Xryssofilo (Kitroplatia) is hard to beat. For northern European variety try Obelix, a Dutch run restaurant near Ammoudi beach.

Nightlife

Ágios Nikólaos used to be famous for its bar culture when thousands of holidaymakers would flock here every year for a good party. Today, it still maintains a few 'touristy' bars serving up the traditional mix of 80s disco music, and a couple of British-style pubs and sports bars. The more modern and relaxed café bars on the south side of the harbour tend to attract more customers nowadays and are popular with the locals as well as tourists.

Shopping

Good clothing and shoe shops, as well as high-quality jewellery stores are available in Agios Nikolaos and holidaymakers won't be disappointed. The street market (Wednesdays from 7am to 12pm) is a good place to rummage with the locals for clothes and bargains. The top end of the market is a great place to buy traditional foodstuffs and local thyme honey, herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Negatives

Restaurants and tavernas down by the harbour tend to be pricy and party animals will be disappointed with the limited nightlife options in Agios Nikolaos.

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Greek,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.81

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