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The Resort on the island of Crete known for its excellence, pleasant environment, proximity to famous archaeological sites and its buzzing Capital, Heraklion. Built on a promontory in traditional Aegean architecture and overlooking the deep blue bay of Aghia Pelagia, the hotel offers direct access to three different beaches ideal for swimming and snorkeling due to their protection from the frequent northeastern winds that regularly affect the North of Crete.

How far is the nearest beach?
Surrounded by two beaches this hotel is an ideal location for all you beach lovers.

Distance from Airport
Chania airport is roughly 128km away and Heraklion's airport is roughly 29km.

The hotel is compromised of two main buildings and several groups of Bungalows with great views of the sea. In total the hotel offers 250 guest rooms of various types. All of which are equipped with a Balcony, Patio, Telephone, LCD Television, Satellite Channels, Air Conditioning, Hairdryer, Bathroom, Bath or Shower, Complimentary Toiletries, Refrigerator, Electric Kettle, Wake up Service, Safety Deposit Box. Wi-Fi is also available in rooms at a small extra charge. A housekeeping service is provided 6 days a week (excluding Sundays).

Food & Drink
The hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a buffet format which can all be enjoyed with the spectacular view of the sea. The Menu is greatly influenced from the traditional Greek and Cretan cuisine however certain more contemporary choices are also available. During breakfast, lunch and dinner a number of live cooking stations operate and as well as live grill station that operates every day during dinner. Drinks, snacks and light meals can also be enjoyed at the 4 bars available:

The Lobby Bar - located in the hotel main building, near the reception and offers coffee, drinks, a variety of cocktails.
The bar operates throughout the entire season from 18:30 – 24:00.

The Snack Bar – The Snack Bar is located next to the central pool under a large pergola. It operates in the daytime and offers coffee, drinks, a variety of snacks, and light meals. It is ideal for relaxing and enjoying your coffee after a dive in the pool.
The bar operates throughout the entire season from 09:00 – 17:30.

The Pool Bar – The open-air Pool Bar is the hotel’s largest bar and includes the theatre and dancing stage. It is where the animation team performs each night and where all our guests gather in the evening. This bar also offers a great panoramic view of the sea and offers a variety of refreshments and exotic cocktails.
The bar operates throughout the entire season from 17:00 – 01:00.

The ‘Tsimento’ Beach Bar – Our beach bar is unique in that it is a concrete platform situated literally next to the sea. It is very popular amongst locals and may get quite busy on weekends. It is the ideal place to swim, relax under the sun, and enjoy your coffee with the tranquil view of the sea. It is ideal for those who do not like pebbles and sand and just want to swim. The bar offers a variety of dishes, drinks and cocktails and operates during the summer months from 10:00 – 19:00. Sun beds and umbrellas are available at an extra charge.

Sports & Entertainment
There is 2 outdoor swimming pools (one with fresh water and one with sea water and both offering excellent sea views and 2 adjoining children pools).
Sport facilities at the hotel include pool games, coffee games, table tennis, 2 tennis (prior reservation), 1 multi-use court, darts, tournaments, competitions, selection of board games, volleyball, billiards (except 14:00-18:00), water ball, gymnastics, etc. The Peninsula Hotel has elevators, registration / hospitality, tour desk, money exchange and a chapel. A local bus service connects the hotel to town. A variety of beauty and wellness therapies can be found in the Spa and Wellness centre, there is also a indoor heated swimming pool. For the little ones there is a children’s mini club and playground. Wi-Fi is available in all public areas of the hotel and is free of charge. The animation program organizes a variety of different activities everyday for both children and adults.

Chargeable Extras
Espresso coffee, the Pergola bar, the beach bar, all drinks after 23:00, Scuba diving courses, umbrellas & deck chairs at the public beach & on the plateau in the hotel area, laundry service, doctor or medical services, car rental, telephone, fax, email service, safety deposit boxes and mini market are available at a charge.

The AI guests must wear the special bracelet in order to benefit the AI concept. All drinks are self service.


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 521 reviews

Very Good

27 July 2015

The Peninsula Hotel is amazing. The food is wonderful a selection of fabulous foods from Greece and other countries but if you don't want them there is the simple but amazing foods. The entertainment...

My wife and I and four others in our group stayed at the Peninsula for seven nights on half board. A beautiful hotel set on several levels in a picturesque bay, with the best sea view we've ever had from a very pleasant (if rather hard-bedded) room. The many levels meant that we had to negotiate over 70 steps whenever we went to the dining room or reception but we eventually saw this as much needed exercise rather than an unnecessary chore. The food was of reasonable quality and plentiful, encouraging shameful over-eating and wasteful leftovers. The reception, restaurant and cleaning staff were friendly and accommodating and the service excellent. They even decorated our table and provided wine and gifts when they found out we were celebrating our wedding anniversary - a magnanimous mark of their Cretan generosity and hospitality. The entertainment was directed at the mainly French and German clientele and therefore made others feel excluded. The one sour note was that we paid the official photographer for photos which never materialised. Admittedly, he was not an employee of the hotel but as sanctioned by the Peninsula his dishonesty reflected badly on an otherwise enjoyable experience.

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Follow the Winding Road

17 July 2015

You may think you've got the wrong directions, but the Peninsula Resort and Spa is located at the end of a winding road that follows the northern coast of Crete, Greece. Offering all-inclusive...

The Peninsula Hotel is amazing. The food is wonderful a selection of fabulous foods from Greece and other countries but if you don't want them there is the simple but amazing foods. The entertainment team are good not the best evening entertainment but you mint enjoy it thing for all ages they do. There is a good selection of drinks free and not. There are 2 pools the main one is a bit dirty but it's clean every 2-3 days. But the 2nd pool is very clean. The rooms are very nice it's a bit like a cave but it is cleaned every day upset Sundays. The staff are very nice and polite. I DO NOT recommend it for people who find it hard to get up steps due to there are over 100 steps down to the 2nd pool. It is in a nice location. There is a town 15 mins walk away.

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Great holiday destination

8 July 2015

Just back from 2 weeks at the Peninsular Hotel. Georgia, Maria and the other girls at reception catered for all our needs and we were always greeted with a smile. I travelled with my wife and two...

You may think you've got the wrong directions, but the Peninsula Resort and Spa is located at the end of a winding road that follows the northern coast of Crete, Greece. Offering all-inclusive plans, the food is acceptable, though a bit repetitive after the first few days. To one side of the hotel is a beach. Be warned, the rocks are jagged, and rather than offering a safe toe hold out in the sea, they can slice into the unknowing swimmer. Wear some sort of water shoes, or better yet, swim in the other side of the hotel, where you jump in at a depth where you won't even touch rocks, but will be swimming with the fish that congregate near the ladder, leading into the water. There is also a salt water and fresh water pool, a lot warmer. Our only complaint was that all-inclusive should be that - if you want to store things in your room safe, it costs 2 Euros a day. Why, when it is already in your room? To the management: it's a foolish way to collect a little more money, creating a negative attitude among guests. Twenty-five minutes from the Heraklion Airport. Great views. The resort is perched on top of a cliff, so if you can't manage steps, this hotel is NOT for you!

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Great place to stay

5 July 2015

we spent lovely week there in June. We took half board and had lunches on the beach. be carefull if you have small kids (with strollers) as the steps are quite long. for teens its ok (mine was 8yo...

Just back from 2 weeks at the Peninsular Hotel. Georgia, Maria and the other girls at reception catered for all our needs and we were always greeted with a smile. I travelled with my wife and two teenage children and paid the supplement for 2 bungalows with sea view. My wife and I stayed in room 608 which had a balcony and had more light and fresh air because of the patio doors. Each room had excellent modern air conditioning which could be adjusted to suit your needs. I found the beds were comfortable as sheets were changed daily and hadn't too much trouble sleeping at night. Each room had a Samsung flat screen tv and although there were few english channels there were HDMI, USB and VGA connections so you can play media from a range of devices. The rooms were cleaned and serviced daily and left in an immaculate condition, I would recommend that you tip the cleaners a few euro when you see them and they will look after you. As other reviewers have said the beautiful views from this hotel are amazing, you never get tired of looking morning, day and evening. The 2 hotel pools are good, my wife prefered the lower salt water pool because it was the shallower and all the same depth. Activities take place each day around the main pool. There are three beaches in all two what I would call gravel sand and one concrete where the weekly pool party takes place to 5.00 am. It was a real pleasure to snorkel around the sea from the beaches. The clear waters made it easy to watch fish and the water temperature was lovely. The entertainment team Stan, Filipe, Misha, Anne, Fanny, Jennifer and Michaela were very professional and always had time to speak to guests. Nightly entertainment ranged from Magic, cabaret, to Mr and Miss Peninsular which I would recommend. The Cretan/Greek nights were amazing too. I would recommend that you get involved at every opportunity including all the dances and daytime activities. If you do this you will really enjoy your holiday. We went all inclusive. The bar staff and caterers work tirelessly to ensure everyone has what they require and are always helpful again don't be shy handing a few euro's tips they will greatly appreciate this and look after you. Big thank you to Pedro, Emre, John, Maria and Marirene for all your service. As for the food we never had any problem finding something to eat as the choice was plentiful. The cuisine was mainly Cretan and Greek and was the same served on most menus at the tavernas outside the hotel. Just don't expect western cuisine to be on the menu daily. Yes by the second week the food started to become a bit samey but we tried a few of the Tavernas on the beach and in Agia Pelagia itself. You could get lunch or dinner ranging from 30 to 70 euros for four people. I would recommend Stelios and Vasilis at the hotel beach and Gourmet on the main strip. Don't bother to order dessert as this is usually provided as a gift along with some Raki by the lovely Cretan people. All in all I would have no hestiation recommending Crete and the Peninsula Hotel to anyone. The Greek people will be forever in my heart. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Basketball
  • Beach Bar
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Darts
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Football
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Laundry Service
  • Mini Market
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Private Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sport Facilities
  • Sunbeds
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • TV Lounge
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