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Overview
The Blue Bay Hotel is situated on a hill above one of Crete’s most beautiful bays Mononaftis and offers a comfortable and pleasant stay, in a quiet and family like environment, providing the highest of quality to its guests.

How far is the nearest beach?
The closest beach is 200 m away.

Distance from Airport
Chania airport is roughly 128km away and Heraklion's airport is roughly 28.6km.

Rooms
The Blue Bay offers high quality accommodation combined with traditional Cretan hospitality. All of the rooms are fully equipped with private bath or shower, mini refrigerator, satellite television, air condition (or heating) with individual control, private safe with charge, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, balcony or terrace.

Food & Drink
All Inclusive Food & Drinks
The AI programme consists of breakfast (07:00-09:30), lunch (12:30-14:00) and dinner (19:00-21:30), all buffet style, served in the main restaurant Amvrosia. During lunch & dinner soft drinks, beer and wine are offered (all local). Snacks such as sandwiches, pizza, salads and fruit are available between 11:00 & 15:30 at the Breeze main pool snack bar and the Pergola pool snack bar (bungalows Athina) as well as ice cream for children (12:00-15:30) and tea & coffee time with biscuits (15:30-18:00). Locally produced alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks, wine, beer, ouzo, raki, brandy and coffee are served at the Breeze bar (11:00-18:00), the Pergola bar (11:00-23:00) and Dionysos main bar (17:00-23:00).

Sports & Entertainment
All Inclusive Sports & Entertainment
Sport facilities at the hotel include tennis, basketball, volleyball, mini football hard court, mini golf, small gym (all upon reservation), aerobics, aqua aerobics, table tennis, darts, water polo, water basketball & volleyball, scuba diving show at the pool (once weekly), three swimming pools (08:00-20:00) with sun beds, umbrellas, showers and WC (only for adults in Artemis & Athina pools) and children’s pool (08:00-20:00). For kids aged 5-12 yrs pls there is also a mini club 6 days a week (mid Jun-mid Sep), animation (mini disco, competitions, etc), and videos with cartoons & kid’s films, children playground and indoor children playroom. Day & evening entertainment is also available six days a week and includes live music, live shows, disco nights, cinema nights, darts, competitions (dancing etc), games, quiz, bingo, table games, tournaments and aqua gym.

The hotel provides a 24 hour reception, lobby, satellite tv room, bridge room, meeting room, baby cots, children chairs on restaurants, conference room for up to 70- persons, internet corner, currency exchange, messages, telefax, mail - postal services, private parking area, complimentary umbrellas and sun beds and complimentary shuttle service to the beach for hotel guest. Other available facilities which include charge are laundry dry cleaning service: clothes returnable within 48 hours, self service automatic washing machine and dryer with coins (Agia Pelagia village), flowers, car & bike rental, taxi service, public bus station at the hotel and doctor. A- la carte Panorama Greek restaurant six days a week from 19:00-22:30 (weather permitting and at an extra charge).

Tennis equipment and babysitting are available at a charge.
There is a limit in the free use of sport facilities per day so that all guests may have the opportunity to use them. Children must be accompanied & supervised by an adult while using the kid’s pool.
It is also near (1 Km ) from the Sofitel Capsis Convention Center in Agia Pelagia.

Please note all major credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex) and pets are not allowed in the hotel.
(Additional charges apply)

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 410 reviews
 

Great and relaxing time

29 June 2015

Having read reviews prior to booking, post booking before leaving and whilst at the Blue Bay, I despair of what people expect from a package holiday to a more relaxed country than the UK. Every post...

Having read reviews prior to booking, post booking before leaving and whilst at the Blue Bay, I despair of what people expect from a package holiday to a more relaxed country than the UK. Every post states what is included and what they find the issues to be yet more reviews repeat these problems, if you are reviewing here surely you read the issues before you booked???? ANYHOW......my experience of the Blue Bay is very positive, myself and my partner had a great 12 days here and found the area beautiful, the hotel clean and fresh and the staff team friendly and helpful in all areas. Yes it is built on a hill so there are lots of steps everywhere thus not best for those with limited mobility, but I have had the best calf and thigh workout imaginable. Yes the beach isn't far away and the walk down is easy but the walk back is a tough one so maybe get the provided shuttle bus. The WiFi, as the management admits is poor, they have plans to address this during the next close season but for the time being pop into Heraklion and purchase a 6 gig sim on the Wind network for 24 Euros, remember to take your passport though. On arrival we had to wait a little while to be shown to our room, we assume because it wasn't quite ready, however we were told to head to the pool bar if we wished and someone would collect us. The room itself was in the rustic brick block and certainly adequate for our stay but we decided to upgrade to a suite with Jacuzzi which was priced at an extra 40 Euros per night but boy was it worth it, massive balcony with loungers, shaded area with seating and hot tub and a well appointed room. If you are reading reviews to discover more then I highly recommend the extra cost on initial booking prices. Food was about par with what I have had on other AI deals, personally I would have liked to have seen more traditional Greek dishes but appreciate that the hotel has to cater for many varied tastes. The salads in particular were always fresh and tasty and the Feta is to die for. With regards to what is included in the AI drinks wise it was fairly standard with local beer, wine and spirits, bottled mineral water wasn't included but at 25 cents a bottle I didn't find this an issue and it certainly beat the Egypt hotel where you had to collect your water from the bar at a set time and sign for it. As previously mentioned the staff were great. Fanis on the main bar off reception was always eager to please and I saw some amazing cocktails being made for other guests. Mauolis the Rooms Manager was amazingly helpful, arranging our upgrade, helping with car hire and more besides. Giorgios at the pool bar in the day never stopped working and always had a smile and the lady that runs the shop within the hotel is very helpful and friendly when it comes to bites, stings and other shopping advice. Entertainment was scarce in the evenings but as a new Head of Animation started on the day we arrived I'm sure this will improve, after just 4 days the poolside fun had improved and lots of activities were happening. To sum up.........we are already looking to book again for next year, whilst the location, steps and hills and variances as to the definition of what AI is may not be to everyone's taste, I have no problem with putting a little more effort or cash into making the most of my holiday, especially when the hotel and team are working so hard to make sure that 400 people are having a great time regardless of their expectations upon booking.

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Great Hotel for a last minute booking

28 June 2015

We decided to go to Crete on the Sunday, looked online found this hotel and left the very next day. Could not believe how quick we got through at the airport in Heraklion. Got to our hotel late...

We decided to go to Crete on the Sunday, looked online found this hotel and left the very next day. Could not believe how quick we got through at the airport in Heraklion. Got to our hotel late , reception very friendly, offered us food but we declined as we wasn't hungry.It wasn't until the next day that we could fully appreciate what a beautiful spot the hotel was in. I had read some of the reviews before we left but I always make a point not to take too much notice of what others say...Well the hotel is lovely, very clean, everyone we met was very friendly and the food was excellent. WiFi in the public areas was fine, we played tennis early every morning so we used the WiFi then when everyone else was in bed so we never had a problem. There is a shuttle bus that goes to the beach, just look at the timetable in reception. Going down to the beach is fine walking but you may want to get the bus back as it is a bit of a steep climb. Never had any problem getting a sunbed and nobody was getting up at stupid o'clock to reserve sunbeds. Would of been nice to have an adults only section around the pool as not having kids of our own we found some of the kids around the pool annoying (hence we normally go to an adults only hotel) We never had any problem getting a drink and never had to queue. We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 days in the sun and wished we could of stayed longer but I would definitely go back .

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Isolated resort

27 June 2015

Went to this resort believing we would be right near the beach and village. This resort is supposedly 4 star and by European standards probably is. It is in an isolated area and the beach access is...

Went to this resort believing we would be right near the beach and village. This resort is supposedly 4 star and by European standards probably is. It is in an isolated area and the beach access is down a steep hill. The actual village is a very good walk away. The resort seems to attract people from Russia. Staff were helpful and friendly. WiFi is an issue and not available in your room. The rssort was too isolated for our group who enjoy a more vibrant area.

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Not so all inclusive !

26 June 2015

We stayed for one week during June 2015. As with most of the reviews I have read I cannot praise the staff enough especially Giannis, nothing was too much trouble for him. We booked through Jet 2...

We stayed for one week during June 2015. As with most of the reviews I have read I cannot praise the staff enough especially Giannis, nothing was too much trouble for him. We booked through Jet 2 & expected to meet a rep the following morning to explain all about Crete & advise us of various trips we were hoping to take. However on reading a notice board we discovered the rep visits the hotel for half an hour twice a week! We were able to book excursions via the reception but were not told that an early breakfast was available or a packed lunch to take with us. At other all inclusive hotels i have stayed at the all inclusive includes a towel (not here), cocktails (not here), tea & coffee & kettle in room (not here), soft drinks (some times alcohol & always water bottles) in the fridge (not here). The only all inclusive drinks were red & white local wine (on tap), local beer (on tap), raki, ouzo, local cola (on tap), water (on tap no bottles supplied) tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Oh and all of this all inclusive ends at 11pm ! The only entertainment was a Greek Night on Friday night at a cost of 17.50 euros each - never paid for entertainment at a hotel before!!! Being mainly a veggie the food was lovely, lots of salads, rice, pasta & vegetable dishes available. We were placed in the bungalows about 100 yards up hill from the hotel (these bungalows turned out to be a block of flats with balconies). The rooms were clean & the beds changed often & fresh towels supplied daily, the shower curtain was about 2 foot too short, the shower tray was shallow & the bathroom turned into a wet room when the shower was used. I have to say there was always hot water when we wanted it, & the water pressure from the shower was very good. There was no cash machine in the hotel & the nearest was in the town about a mile up & down & up & down & up and down & up and down to the coast. If you are not good with hills or steps this is not the hotel for you. It seemed everywhere you turned you were either going up hill or up stairs, Wi-fi not very stable or reliable. All in all we had a relaxing week, with lots of food & sun (& exercise with the hills & steps) the staff were friendly & helpful but this is definitely NOT all inclusive.

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Additional Information

  • Timezone Europe/Athens
  • Language Greek is the official language of Greece and is spoken by about 99.5% of the population.
  • Currency Euro

Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Basketball
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Lifts
  • Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Steam Bath
  • Sunbeds
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool (Salt Water)
  • Table Tennis
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • TV Lounge
  • Whirlpool
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Tourist Information

Jabs

All travellers are advised to ensure that tetanus and polio vaccinations are kept up to date. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers over one year of age coming from infected areas.

Electricity

The power supply in Greece is 220 V AC at 50 Hz. You may require an adapter for the round two-pin sockets in use in Greece. Power cuts are not uncommon.

Visa

Many visitors to Greece will not need to obtain a visa for visits to Greece of up to 90 days.