8 Sep 2015

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Overview
This is a deluxe resort with extensive facilities that lies close to the popular and lively resort of Hersonissos. The family-friendly hotel has its own section of beautiful sandy beach that has been repeatedly awarded with the European Union's Blue Flag for its crystal-clear waters and cleanliness. Guests will find a number of restaurants, bars, pubs, nightlife spots, shops and tourist attractions in the centre of Hersonissos, some 3 km away.

How far is the nearest beach?
This hotel overlooks the beach

Distance from Airport
Chania airport is roughly 171km away and Heraklion's airport is roughly 23.2km.

Rooms
The resort consists of 262 luxurious rooms (in bungalow style with sea or garden views) and 2 VIP suites decorated to the highest standard. All of the comfortably equipped rooms come with a balcony or terrace, as well as a private bathroom with shower/WC and hair dryer. On-site facilities include a direct dial telephone, radio-music channels, a safety deposit box, a refrigerator, individually regulated air conditioning and heating, satellite TV and a separate living room for VIP Suites. Bungalow rooms with connecting doors and spacious family rooms are both available upon request.

Food & Drink
The hotel offers half and full-board stays. A buffet is served at lunch and dinner. Wining and dining options on-site include the main buffet restaurant, themed nights with outdoor dining and entertainment, Greek taverna beside one pool, a pool bar, a lounge bar, beach bar and a disco bar (seasonal).
Dress code at the restaurants: Guests are kindly requested to be dressed appropriately for dinner. Smart-casual dress is recommended for all outdoor theme buffets.

Sports & Entertainment
The hotel has 2 large freshwater outdoor pools, 1 heated indoor freshwater heated pool and 2 children's freshwater pools. Guests will also find showers, sun loungers and parasols by the pool and on the beach. The establishment provides beach towels and has its own section of sandy beach. Convenient refreshments can be found at the poolside snack bar and guests can relax on the sun terrace. More active types can head to the gym for a workout and for an additional fee guests can use the hot tub, sauna and massage service (by appointment only). A range of water sports are available on the beachfront for an additional fee, including waterskiing, jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, banana boating, canoeing and pedal boating. Guests can also go paragliding or play beach volleyball (fees apply). The establishment is also home to 2 tennis courts and offers tennis lessons by appointment, daytime sports-based entertainment, table tennis, pool/snooker (fees apply), giant outdoor chess and electronic games. Furthermore, a multilingual entertainment team offers fun from morning to evening, organising daytime activities and night entertainment and special evenings with live music and dancing by the pool.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 611 reviews
 

Great family holiday at AKS

28 August 2015

Have just returned from our family holiday at the AKS (including the grandkids) & we had a great time. The kids loved everything about it but especially the animation team & the entertainment they...

Have just returned from our family holiday at the AKS (including the grandkids) & we had a great time. The kids loved everything about it but especially the animation team & the entertainment they provided in the evenings. We had read previous reviews stating it was good only if you were either Italian or Russian but we found that all nationalities participated & mixed well. The food was very good & had a varied menu , the rooms were also good , cleaned every day & with very comfy beds/pillows. We did find that there were never sunbeds available at the pool near reception but as we had the grandkids the pool near the beach suited us more as that is where the the Animation team did all of their activities. The whole family had a great holiday & we would definitely stay here again.

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Good holiday for early risers!

24 August 2015

We have just returned from a 11 day holiday at the Annabelle resort in Crete. The good: 1. The food was excellent. Great variety every night in the buffet restaurant and at the taverna at...

We have just returned from a 11 day holiday at the Annabelle resort in Crete. The good: 1. The food was excellent. Great variety every night in the buffet restaurant and at the taverna at lunchtime. That said, we ate in the taverna on 2 different nights (one was an Italian theme and the other was a Greek theme). Both nights the main plates appeared substantially the same except with a different piece of meat to suit the theme. A shame as we were looking forward to something a little different. 2. The drinks are free-flowing and good, particularly the little jugs of rose wine in the summer heat! 3. Our room was very comfortable and clean (apart from the floor, more of which please see below). We had a large balcony with a drying rack and a good view. 4. There is a small supermarket within walking distance which is handy for picking up supplies. 5. The shop within the resort is well-stocked and the staff are always very helpful and friendly. 6. Packed lunches are available if you will be off-site during the day. We were given plenty of food and water for two. 7. Budget car hire are on site and are competitively priced. 8. Good selection of watersports and not prohibitively priced. The bad: 1. No sunbeds available at the pool near reception anytime after 6am. Every day we had to take it in turns to set our alarm for 5:30am to do the sunbed dash. 2. The floor in our room and bathroom was not cleaned during our stay. 3. WIFI is patchy. 3G coverage is also patchy. 4. Expect to be wakened (if you are not up for the sunbed dash) about 6:15am by the large noise made by the cicadas. 5. The restaurants close at 9:15/30pm. There is very little to do in the evenings, particularly for adults. We were not impressed by anything put on by the animation team. 6. Limited cocktail menu if you are staying on an all-inclusive basis. Also, no pool-side service. 7. Brightly coloured wristbands. We did not expect this from a 4 star resort... We would recommend this resort to families with younger children and not for couples or friends travelling together.

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Great place for a family holiday

21 August 2015

The location: We picked up our hire car outside of the Heraklion airport and it took about 25 minutes to drive to the resort. Not easy to find so either enable sat nav on your phone or print out...

The location: We picked up our hire car outside of the Heraklion airport and it took about 25 minutes to drive to the resort. Not easy to find so either enable sat nav on your phone or print out some maps before you set off. The Hotel is situated amongst a row of hotels away from the nearest town - Hersonissos (15 minutes in the car). A mini supermarket is just outside the entrance to the Hotel, but other than that no other shops/restuarants etc are close. The Hotel: The hotel is very clean and tidy with guests from a good mix of nationalities, German, Russian, Austrian, English etc. The accommodation is in blocks of 2 storey 14 modern rooms with air con, a fridge, hairdryer, tv and balcony. Beds were comfortable too. We were room 162, near the top end of the hotel, perfect for access to the lobby, top pool, and restaurant. wifi is located in the lobby and was reasonable connection. 15 Euros will give you wifi in your room for a week, but is intermitant in connection. Tennis courts are good and free to use, we just found it too hot when we played! An onsite shop was also useful for the odd purchase. Food. The main restaurant is a buffet with plenty of choices everyday - you could easily have something different every night for a fortnight, or you chose a bit of everything on you plate each day, whatever takes your fancy! Two of our party have Coeliacs and we were pleasantly surprised that for breakfast we were given specially made gluten free pancakes, bread, cakes and cereal. For lunch they also has gluten free pasta, spaghetti to complement all the meats, veg and salads and potatoes. This really was exceptional for our boys and were well looked after. The quality of the food was excellent all-round considering they are catering for so many. Try the profiteroles they do - delicious The beach pool also had a useful eatery with pizza, chips, burger etc. Can't fault at all. The Pools: The pool at the top end of the hotel is split into two, the first is 2.5m deep so perfect for practicing diving. The other is sloping allowing children to play in. This also has a pool bar for drinks. These pools are the more relaxing, with less sun loungers to so you'll need your towels down by 6am if you want a particular spot. The pool nearer the beach is sloping from walkable to 2.8m deep and has plenty of sun loungers, no need for an early rise, and has the animation team here for organised fun. The beach: The beach is small shingle, but not uncomfortable to walk on and plenty of sun loungers extend across the hotel frontage for free use. The sea is beautiful, clear, warm and with plenty of fish for snorkelling or swimming googles. The sea slopes out gradually, and with smooth rocks below to swim between. Watersports: The hotel is next to the watersports facility - paragliding starts from 50 Euros for 1 person up to 90 Euros for 3 people. Jetski's/seat rides (no banana boats, but lots of various seat rides) also 50 Euros. Discounts available for multiple purchases - we did the lot and my boys loved the seats best. They take photos of your rides and can be purchased for approx 20 Euros - again negotiable. Overall we found it great fun. Overall: As a family of 5, two 12 year olds, and a 16 year old we really enjoyed it here, very relaxing, well fed and would definitely recommend it. The attention to detail was excellent with friendly staff and a great vibe.

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Best holiday. Best people. The animation team are fantastic!

16 August 2015

What a fantastic holiday! We have just returned from a week at the Annabelle and it simply wasn't enough. We will be returning for two weeks next year. We arrived late and were checked in quickly...

What a fantastic holiday! We have just returned from a week at the Annabelle and it simply wasn't enough. We will be returning for two weeks next year. We arrived late and were checked in quickly and friendly. A cold buffet had also been laid on for late arrivers. Most welcome! The room was spotlessly clean, had great air conditioning, clean bedding every day and fresh flowers. The hotel grounds are stunning and the hotel is situated right on the beach The staff were friendly and courteous. The manager was visible and very friendly also. The attention to detail was fab. Very high standards all round. Food was plentiful, delicious and varied. The chef personalised my daughters pasta dishes! Literally, nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the staff. Now, to the piece de la resistance....the animation team. Wow! What a fantastic bunch of people. They are friendly, happy and so hard working. They made our holiday! The shows were brilliant, the activities were inclusive and so much fun. I have never come across such an amazingly friendly, brilliant bunch of people. You cannot fail to be happy around them. My family and I are a little bit in love with them! Big shout out to Desy, Emi, Cristiano and Jessy in particular ❤️ This was one of my favourite holidays. What a treat you are in for if you are to visit this hotel. If in doubt, don't be, it is wonderful!

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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Gym
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Lounge
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Sunbathing Terrace
  • Sunbeds
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • TV Lounge
  • Water Sports
  • Whirlpool
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