Hotel Cretan Park
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The Cretan Park has a sandy beach on one side and rolling countryside on the other. Its gardens are home to a big pool, and there's a lazy river, too. Tennis and wine tasting top ... Continue reading
The Cretan Park has a sandy beach on one side and rolling countryside on the other. Its gardens are home to a big pool, and there’s a lazy river, too. Tennis and wine tasting top the daytime list of things to do. Besides the main buffet restaurant, there are Greek and Italian à la cartes. After dinner, the hotel puts on live shows. Plus, Malia’s 24-hour party scene is just a 20-minute walk away.
Tennis, aerobics and outdoor gym sessions are all on the agenda here. The private beach is also a prime spot for watersports like windsurfing, pedalos and canoes.
With rackets, balls and floodlights available to hire. The game is played on astroturf courts.
You'll find an 18-hole golf club about 15km away from the hotel.
The gardens in the hotel complex are maintained every day by a small team of gardeners. They're big on being eco-friendly here, so once a week you can join in on a garden tour to learn about the preservation work. You'll be guided by the chief gardener and the guest relations officer.
Daytime activity programme
Open-air Pergola gym.
The main pool comes with a contemporary sun deck and a children’s section on the side. There’s also a smaller paddling pool for toddlers and a long lazy river that winds its way through the gardens.
This curvy number winds its way round palm trees and well-kept lawns. There's an adjoining bar to keep you refreshed throughout the day.
You'll find it adjoining the main pool.
Food and Drink
Mornings in the main restaurant start with an American buffet breakfast. At lunch and dinner you’ll find a fantastic spread of Greek and international dishes, with show cooking and weekly themed nights.
Opening Times: [10.15-17.45]
Slip off to the beach to enjoy iced drinks and local specials from the friendly bar staff.
Opening Times: [10.15-17.45]
The pool bar offers a variety of international and local drinks, cocktails, beer, soft drinks, refreshments, as well as a choice of coffee including filter, cappuccino, espresso and frappe plus hot or cold snacks like pastries, ice-cream and fresh fruit.
Opening Times: [17.00-01.00]
The main bar offers a wide variety of international and local drinks, including premium brands, cocktails, draft beer, soft drinks, refreshments, a variety of teas and coffees such as filter, Greek, cappuccino, espresso and frappe.
Breakfast is an American buffet until 10am, with a late session offering Continental breakfast until 10.30am. Dinner time offers all sorts of starters, salads and mains. Plus show cooking, and a selection of cheeses and desserts. If you're Half or Full Board, you'll have the option of experiencing 2 of 4 themed evenings including Greek, Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. All other themed evenings are offered at an additional charge. There's a dress code here, and gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers.
The poolside pergola restaurant deals in authentic Greek fare. There's a dress code here - men need to wear full-length trousers in the evening. Open mid May to mid October.
Italian à la carte restaurant
Open for dinner. If you're staying Half Board, you'll get a discount here.
A la carte dining
At the Greek Taverna and Italian restaurant
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The town of Malia, on the north coast of Crete, is ancient but its appeal as a holiday destination is unquestionably aimed at 18 to 30-year-old revellers out for fun, sunny days and steamy party nights. The ruins of the 2000 BC Palace of Malia, a mile or so from the neon strip of the modern holiday resort, draws a few tourists but most are more intent on taking excursions to enjoy the thrills and spills at the waterpark about 15 minutes away, or soaking up the sun, swimming and sea sports on the miles of beautiful white sandy beach.
Modern Malia is a hodge-podge of apartment and hotel complexes, tavernas, cafés, kiosks and shops crammed along a busy strip, offering everything the package tour holiday could include. At night the lights are bright and the music pumps in Malia's many cosmopolitan pubs and clubs until sunrise. The most attractive feature of a Malia holiday is its three miles (5km) of sandy beach, washed by crystal clear sea, under blazing sun. There is no natural shade but the beach is well-supplied with parasols and sunbeds, and dotted with bar kiosks and watersports operators. The road into the mountains south of the holiday resort, leading to the pretty village of Krasi, offers a scenic alternative with its wooded slopes and rushing springs.
On a Malia holiday, energetic holidaymakers can fill their days with all manner of watersports, particularly on the busy Dolphin and Agapi beaches, from banana boat and jet-ski rides to waterskiing and para-sailing, or a gentle pedalo outing. Many beaches have daytime bars with deejays providing music on the sand. Volleyball and football games are also regular features on the Malia beaches. There are two crazy golf courses on the sea front. Various excursions are on offer, from forest hikes to archaeological expeditions. Most visitors hire a quad bike, motor scooter or a car for all or part of their visit in order to explore further afield, or take a jeep safari.
There is no shortage of restaurants of all sorts in Malia, whether it be for slowly-savoured traditional Greek meal, a quick pasta or take-out burger. The 24-hour McDonald's is probably the lowest-budget option, while the most expensive establishments are those with a sea view and classy ambience. Most of the restaurants offer menus featuring British favourites along with a few Greek specialities, but there are numerous different international cuisine options, particularly Italian, Indian and Mexican. The Red Lion is popular for English breakfasts, while Jasmine House has good Chinese, and for an authentic Greek meal try the Kreta Taverna.
Malia's nightlife has a reputation for being one of the Mediterranean's hottest for young clubbers and pubbers, on a par with Ibiza and Majorca. The main strip along the beach is thick with touts and barkers luring clients into their establishments with promises of free admission and a variety of special offers, such as 'two drinks for the price of one', or free shots. There are a number of popular bars and cafes open late, and you can try karaoke at Premier Bar or drink a cocktail from a melon at the Yiassou Melon Bar. The Malia clubs take their lead from their UK counterparts, boasting names like London, Newcastle and the Corker Club, and are occupied mainly by young Brits. In the early hours many of the revellers end up sleeping off their drinking sprees on the beach before seeking out breakfast and bed.
A Malia holiday offers the predictable range of Greek resort shopping, from flip-flops and sun cream to jewellery and leather goods. All the shops are clustered along the strip and open between 9am and 10pm, seven days a week. Good souvenirs to look out for are embroidery and other handcrafts, as well as the delicious local cheeses and wine. Ceramics, leathergoods and jewellery are all popular as well.
Although Malia has a long, wide stretch of beach it becomes heavily crowded during the height of the summer holiday season. The resort has been largely taken over by young Brits, from teens to early 20s, whose behaviour is often lewd and bawdy, therefore it is not suitable for a family holiday.
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