Sensimar Royal Blue

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Close-up views of the Sea of Crete are part of the package when you stay here. The hotel is set on its own rocky beach on the island's north coast. The sleepy fishing village of ... Continue reading

Close-up views of the Sea of Crete are part of the package when you stay here. The hotel is set on its own rocky beach on the island’s north coast. The sleepy fishing village of Panormo is a bit further afield – just a 5-minute cab ride away. There’s a really smart set-up inside. Public areas feature a mix of contemporary seats and classic Chesterfield sofas, all in understated neutral shades. Bedrooms are styled up in the same way and are finished with flowery chaise lounges. This place has already made a name for itself on the European market, so expect an really international feel.


Two tennis courts* are tucked away among the hotel gardens. There’s a minigolf* course, too, and you get involved with occasional activities like cooking and painting.


2 tennis courts*

You'll find a couple of tennis courts here. Tennis lessons are available, too - just ask when you arrive.

Other facilities

The hotel’s luxe spa* offers indulgent treatments like chocolate body wraps and massages using sea shells. You can book in for beauty treatments in the salon*, and take advantage of the well-equipped gym.


The gym has a good selection of equipment. You can ask to have an exercise programme drawn up, too.

Pure Senses spa*

The hotel's spa has a huge list of treatments and facilities. Highlights include a sauna, hammam, seawater pool and a hair and beauty salon. A gym is on hand if you fancy a workout, too.





Hair and beauty salon*

Swimming Pool

You’ve got a couple of pools to choose from. The main one is set right by the shore, and comes with a section of sea-facing loungers floating over the water. A pool bar* serves drinks in the sun.

2 outdoor pools

These 2 pools offer up widescreen seaviews out over the Cretan Sea. They're set on different levels, with one pool overlooking the other. Both have roomy sun terraces complete with sunbeds and parasols.

Food and Drink

A buffet restaurant lines up food from around the world, and has a corner dedicated to Cretan cuisine. The hotel’s beach bar* doubles up as a sushi bar, where you can pick up finger-sized bites of the Japanese speciality.

Symposium international buffet restaurant

This place serves up a big buffet spread of dishes from around the world. Chinese and Japanese dishes sit alongside authentic Greek, Italian, and Spanish specialities. There are various live cooking stations where you can watch your food being cooked to order, too.

Gallery Art Restaurant*

This place is part restaurant, part art gallery - it teams lots of interesting sculptures and pictures with contemporary décor. In terms of food, you can expect a varied buffet and an excellent international wine list.

Kulinarium Mediterranean restaurant*

This place is set in a scenic spot overlooking the main pool. A tempting choice of Mediterranean favourites are on offer here - fresh fish and seafood takes centre stage.

Elia Cretan restaurant*

Classic Cretan dishes made from fresh local ingredients are on the menu here. Meals are accompanied by fantastic sea views.

A la carte dining*

You can dine à la carte in the Kulinarium Mediterranean restaurant or Elia Cretan restaurant.

Blue Time lounge bar*

This place specialises in cocktails. You've got the choice of 20 in total - both classic and modern recipes. There's occassional live piano music here, that keeps in tune with the relaxed atmosphere.

The Cigar Bar*

This classically designed bar offers up cigars complemented by a selection of single malt whiskies and cognacs. Classic board games and books provide the entertainment.

Enoteca Wine Cellar*

Over 80 different wines from around the world are on offer here - with a special emphasis on Greek vintages. Local cheeses, nuts and fruits provide the perfect accompaniment.

Kafenion Greek café*

This is the place to try delicious Greek coffee and traditional homemade sweets.

Island Beach Bar*

This place serves up a selection of drinks throughout the day. Fresh fruit juices and cocktails top the bill. You'll also find a sushi bar here.

Payment Options

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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 Sensimar Royal Blue in Rethymnon easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Sensimar Royal Blue with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above. Package holidays to Sensimar Royal Blue are available from Thomson .

Anyone could be forgiven for mistaking the hugely popular package tour holiday resort town of Rethymnon for a sort of Cretan-inspired theme resort, but the best thing about the town is that its picturesque historic heart is actually genuine. The old town is just that: old, its winding alleys overhung with pretty wooden flower-bedecked balconies flaunt historic Venetian and Turkish architectural influences. Fortunately a recent mad spate of tourist development has left the old town untouched, so it can now delight the many photo-happy visitors and serve as a bustling venue for tavernas, restaurants and souvenir shops. To the east is one of Crete's longest sandy beaches, which has become the target of developers and is lined with apartment blocks and hotels. Excursions are easily made to Heraklion, Chania or the monastery of Arkadhi.

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Daily boat excursions are the latest activity in Rethymnon, taking holidaymakers to the beautiful beaches at Bali or Marathi, and include lunch at a local taverna with unlimited wine. Evening cruises are also a popular activity, and there are opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. Sights within the city include the mosque of Sultan Ibrahim Han and the Venetian fortress as well as an archeaological museum.


The inner harbour of Rethymnon sports an array of restaurants perfect for holidaymakers and fish tavernas, many of which are expensive for what they are; the Samaria taverna is more reasonably priced and among the best here, while Famagusta offers a range of food from Greek cuisine to western and Chinese. Better value can be found in the streets around the Rimóndi fountain where there are some old-fashioned cafes serving local fare including delicious helpings of traditional yoghurt and honey. These include Kyria Maria, Agrimia and Othonos, all overlooking the fountain.


Nightlife in Rethymnon ranges from noisy pubs and bars around the inner harbour or inside the old town, to more relaxed bars on the beach where holidaymakers can enjoy the sounds of the sea while sipping on the favourite drink. Fortezza Disco is the flashiest in town, along with other dance clubs like the Metropolis, New York Club and the Opera Club. A new younger bar scene has appeared above the inner harbour around the Platía Plastira, with music bars sporting outdoor terraces.


There is an overwhelming amount of gift shops geared towards holidaymakers offering tourist souvenirs, as well as a variety of handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, woodcarving and woven goods. Cretan embroidery can be found at Haroula Spridaki, while various items carved from olive wood are at Olive Tree Wood. Palaiopoleiou offers genuine antiques and old textiles and those interested in modern ceramics and Greek pottery should stop at Omodamos. Self-caterers will find numerous general stores and mini supermarkets scattered about, and there is a daily market below the Porta Guora, as well as a bakery just behind the Rimóndi fountain.


Rethymnon doesn't have the ruins and archaeological sites that many Greek holidaymakers expect for such an old city.

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Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Greek,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.90

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