This stylish and intimate 5-star boutique hotel with its own art gallery and sculpture garden is nestled on Crete’s north-east coast in the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos, just a 10-minute walk from the centre of town and one hour’s drive from Heraklion International Airport. It consists of several traditional whitewashed Cretan buildings set amid lush foliage and swaying trees, that occupy a magical spot on the secluded Minos beach for the ultimate secluded Greek-island holiday.
Accommodation at the beautiful Minos Beach Art Hotel are designed to evoke a feeling of calm and tranquility, featuring fresh white decor combined with natural wood floors, traditional art works, dark-wood furniture and the most luxurious linens for the best night’s sleep. There are various levels to choose from - sea view rooms are located in the main building and have one bedroom and a large balcony; seafront bungalows have a bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and large veranda and some have private pools; while there’s also an executive villa with two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi shower cabin and private pool. They all feature high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, robes and slippers and CD/DVD players.
When you’re not soaking up the sun around the hotel pool or sauntering along the white sands of Elounda beach, there’s plenty on offer near the hotel and further afield. Explore the pretty island of Spinalonga accessible by causeway and its sunken ancient Greek city of Olous which can be seen at the bottom of the sea when the weather is calm. Just 8km southwest of Agios Nikolaos is the traditional village setting of Kritsa with several Byzantine churches, or the impressive Minoan palace of Knossos just 5km south-east of Eraklion makes a fascinating trip.
Guests can begin their day with a hearty breakfast from the buffet at Bacchus restaurant from 7.30am to 10am; enjoy a romantic dinner by the water’s edge at La Bouillabaisse which serves gourmet Mediterranean dishes; tuck into delicious Cretan dishes at Terpsis set in the hotel’s beautiful gardens; or head to Dionysson Bar – a lively place for a coffee, cocktail or snack, including ice creams and cold refreshments.