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Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa

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Call us overachievers, but we like to know exactly what our hotels are all about, so we took a trip to Crete to see this one in person. We know, we know - the sacrifices we make for our jobs. We loaded our plates high from the breakfast buffet (priorities), before being taken on a tour with the Assistant Manager. He showed us ALL the good stuff, from the many, many pool areas, to the lounge bar open until the early hours (2am!!) and the on-site Pizzeria. And who doesn't love pizza, right? If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that this hotel definitely has that five-star WOW factor.

Hotel highlights

  • All Inclusive EVERYTHING. Literally.

  • Great for adults and kids.

  • Huge pool area with the BEST sea views (don't believe us? Just look at the pics!)

  • Poolside patisserie serving 18 (!!!) different desserts. We won't tell the dentist if you don't.

  • Food to fix every craving, from big buffet breakfasts to Italian-style brunch and good old pizza.

  • Different entertainment every night .


  • Not to brag, but this hotel couldn't be closer to the beach if it tried

  • 15 minutes away from Heraklion Airport

  • 2.5 hours away from Chania Airport


  • Superior Double Room - modern comfort at its finest, with a sleek and stylish bathroom and a furnished balcony area. Choose from pool or sea views, or a seafront style on the ground floor. Getting from bed to beach has never been easier!

  • Superior Double Swim Up Sharing Pool - everything above, but with the added bonus of direct access to a large sharing pool from the terrace. A pretty great bonus, if you ask us.

  • Superior Bungalow Private Courtyard - a stylish bungalow with the hotel's signature design, an open-plan bathroom and direct access to the peaceful gardens. Bliss if we ever saw it.

  • Family Suite Private Courtyard - a relaxing suite big enough to fit the whole clan, with immediate access to a private courtyard for some quiet time.

  • Family Suite Swim Up Sharing Pool - the same as above, this time swapping the peaceful courtyard for direct access to a large, shared pool. Who's up for a morning swim, then?

  • Family Two Bedroom Suite Swim Up Sharing Pool - listen, the kids are great, but sometimes separate bedrooms really are essential. This cleverly designed room is spread across two floors, the first floor being a cosy living area which seamlessly converts into a bedroom, whilst the master bedroom sits on the upper floor.

  • Junior Suite - these suites are perfect for couples, with a large, comfy bed, twin sinks in the bathroom, and the option of sea or garden views, or swim-up sharing pool access.

  • Suite - luxury rooms on the first floor with access to either a shared or private pool. Oh, and did we mention the super-fancy outdoor seating area (breakfast on the terrace is a MUST), and the lavish bathroom complete with a HUGE bathtub? Definitely fit for royalty.

  • Villa - all the perks of private, villa-style accommodation, without having to cook your own meals and walk miles to the beach. Get the whole family or friend group together for some five-star fun, with a private pool and huge sundeck.

  • Nespresso coffee machine in all room types, with capsules restocked daily, FREE of charge!

  • FREE Wi-Fi, so you can share instant snaps with your friends back home to make them jealous! At least, that's what we'd do...

  • Huge satellite TV with over 100 channels - Family Suites even come with two TVs and Villas come with three, so there's no need to fight over who's watching what. Plus, if you've ordered room service then you can keep tabs on your bill via the TV screen. Talk about fancy!

  • Minibar refilled daily with water, soft drinks, wine and beer

  • Individually controlled air conditioning, so you have full control over keeping your room as cool as a cucumber

  • FREE safety deposit box for all your essentials

  • Everything but the kitchen sink - well, they do have a bathroom one if that counts. Plus a laundry bag, sewing kit, envelopes, stationery and a shoehorn (?!). You know that friend who always overpacks? Tell them they don't need to bother this time. This hotel really does have everything.

Did you know?

This hotel has a SECRET bar. As soon as we heard, we had to let you in on the secret too. Obviously. The bar is exclusively for guests staying in shared pool rooms, so whilst you're catching some rays on a sun lounger, don't be surprised if a friendly-looking waiter stops by to take your order. No one quite knows where he disappears to, but he'll be back with your drink in a jiffy. That's the perk of the secret bar! You don't need to know how it works, you just need to enjoy it.

Food & Drink

  • All Inclusive everything - there's no need to worry about totting up bills when you dine out and about at this hotel, because when we say everything's included, we mean everything. Even if you'd like to reserve an à la carte restaurant, it's at no extra cost. Simply book and go! Now that's our kind of hotel.

  • Main buffet restaurant - open 24 hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Plus, during summer there's a separate kids' corner where the little ones can sit down for dinner with the animation team.

  • Taverna à la carte (reservation required) - this beachfront restaurant is available for breakfast for select room types, and lunch and dinner for all rooms. We had breakfast here and can confirm, the pastries are to DIE for. Oh, and did we mention there's even chicken nuggets, fish fingers and spaghetti on the lunch and dinner menus to keep small tums happy?!

  • Italian à la carte (reservation required) - all the classics served a la carte style, from creamy risottos to deliciously thin and crispy pizzas (a personal fave of ours). You can even enjoy an Italian-style brunch here, with everything from Cretan fried eggs to sweet pancakes and fruit smoothies on the side.

  • Steak house à la carte (reservation required) - exactly what it says on the tin - a stylish restaurant serving cooked-to-order steak at dinner. The menu also features chicken, veggie burgers and swordfish if you're not quite on board with steak. Everyone's happy.

  • Pan Asian à la carte (reservation required) - delicious Asian specialties served in a modern dinner setting

  • Italian pizza station - pizza by the beach - what could be better?! This chilled-out station won't disappoint, with wood-fired pizza served fresh from the oven

  • Beach BBQ corner - the go-to place for delicious cuts of meat fresh from the grill, served by the beach. Of course.

  • Creperie Gelateria - this one's for all you sweet tooths, with 18 different desserts on offer, including waffles, crepes and ice cream served until midnight. Yep, you read that right. We can't think of a better way to end the day.

  • Café Rinela - lobby-based café with an open-air terrace, serving everything from cocktails to coffees

  • Lounge bar - you'll find this bar opposite reception, offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as daily live music. Oh, and All Inclusive service is available until as late (or early) as 2am!

  • Major pool bar - every drink you can imagine (including slushies!), served poolside for the ultimate dose or relaxation

  • All-day outdoor theatre bar - the name says it all! This waterfront bar is the place to be for entertainment, both day and night

  • Fine wine, champagne and sushi bar - a sophisticated adults-only spot serving sushi and champagne

  • The beach bar - ice-cold soft drinks, beers and ice cream served by the beach. You can even have fresh fruit served straight to your sun lounger. Five-star service at its finest.

Please note that reservations are required for some of the restaurants, and guests are entitled to one a la carte booking per venue during their stay. Dress codes may also apply for some venues. See official hotel website for details.

Sports & Entertainment

  • 25 pools in total, including private pools and sharing pools

  • 2 freshwater pools, including the main pool which overlooks the sea. Fun fact: the deepest part reaches 3.7m! There's also a handy towel-changing station by the pool.

  • Parasols and sun loungers by the pool - the thick, comfy kind - not the hard plastic ones!

  • Poolside speakers which play summer beats to create the perfect atmosphere for your holiday

  • Kids' club available 10:00-18:00, offering activities, talent shows and face-painting for the little ones

  • FREE sun loungers and parasols at the beach (which is right on your doorstep...)

  • 2 FREE tennis courts if you fancy a game!

  • On-site arcade to keep the whole family entertained

  • Spa services so you can treat yourself to a pamper session (these services are offered by an external provider)

  • Different entertainment every night, from magic shows to dance performances.


  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Spa
  • Sunbathing Terrace
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports
  • Wifi