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Stella Palace Aqua Park Resort

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Stella Palace Aqua Park Resort is just what it says in the name…a palace! We went to visit this five-star family hotel and what did we find? It’s a dream come true for a family getaway. The pools are designed so both adults and kids can enjoy them, with shallow steps leading into the water for the littlest ones. The restaurants here open earlier for dinner, so you can sit down for some five-star grub with the family and not worry about the time. The rooms cater to all guests, with Family Suites having two separate bedrooms so the adults can unwind after the kids have gone to sleep, and the Luxury Pool rooms being steps away from the bar with socialising areas around the terraces! We could go on and on about our experience, but let’s get into the finer details – shall we?

Hotel highlights

  • It’s luxury – but for families!

  • You have four restaurants to choose from, including a Greek poolside venue for Cretan bites.

  • There’s so much to do, including a kids club, two huge pools, sports and entertainment.

  • Did we mention the waterpark? It’s just got BIGGER and BETTER!

  • The staff are amazing, attentive and might just be your best mate by the end of your stay.

  • There’s an adult-only spa for some kid-free relaxation.


  • A short walk to the beach

  • Next to Stella Waterland

  • 20 minutes away from Heraklion Airport

  • 2.5 hours away from Chania International Airport


  • Superior Room Sea View Sharing Pool – comfortable, spacious and sea views. What more could you want? Relax on your balcony or dip into the shared pool, there’s only relaxation here.

  • Family Open Plan– for those special family moments. The open plan family room is modern, airy and has everything you need.

  • Family Suite Pool view with Sharing Pool – Family Suites are the cream of the crop when it comes to family accommodation. A master bedroom, twin bedroom (with sofa bed) and two bathrooms gives the option for space and privacy when you want it!

  • Family Suite with Direct Access to Sharing Pool – want all the benefits of a Family Suite with direct access to the pool? You’ve got it. The swim-up terrace is calling for late-night drinks by the pool while the kids are fast asleep.

  • Satellite TV – featuring tons of English-speaking channels, including the kid-favourite, Nickelodeon!

  • Mini-fridge – Fully stocked, with the iconic Fanta Lemon making an appearance.

  • Individually controlled air conditioning – to get the temperature juuuuust right.

  • Coffee and tea facilities – for that all important morning cuppa before a day of fun!

  • Safe, telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

Food & Drink

  • La Veranda Italian restaurant – an amazing culinary experience with the best cocktails on the island! Plus, who doesn’t love to dine with a sea view?

  • Elia Greek restaurant – the place to eat like a local and feel like a local. The incredible Cretan cuisine is served in a poolside setting will blow you away.

  • Enso Asian restaurant – it’s stylish, it’s serene and it serves some 10/10 cuisine. Enso is a favourite for a special dinner, either with your loved one or the whole family!

  • Abrazo Mexican restaurant – a brand new spot where you can dig in to your favourite Mexican dishes, all of which are cooked to perfection.

  • Poseidon main buffet restaurant – something for everyone! Serving a variety of delicious cuisine in a buffet style, with a Greek corner, pizza corner and kids’ corner too.

  • Main bar – refreshing drinks and fabulous cocktails.

  • Kohili pool bar – located in the pool area, this chilled-out spot offers a range of drinks, sofas to kick back on, and occasional party nights.

  • Thalassa pool bar – a stylish poolside bar for drinks and snacks with the kids. Don’t miss out on the sunset views here!

  • Meditera pool bar – gentle, relaxing music combines with the soft sea breeze and laid-back atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place to relax, you’ve found it.

  • Palms sweet corner – got a sweet tooth? Haven’t we all! Palms is just steps from the swimming pool and offers a range of sweet and salty snacks through the day, including proper whippy ice cream in five different flavours! Tip: Our favourite ice cream flavour from Palms is caramel – you MUST try it!

Did you know?

The restaurants at Stella Palace Aqua Park Resort open at 18:30 for their evening meals, so families with young ones can still sit down and enjoy fabulous dinners without staying out too late!

Sports & Entertainment

  • Swimming pools – from the sharing pools to the main pools, the kids' pool and the water park, there’s always a swimming spot just around the corner! The main pool has shallow steps and a bannister to enter at a super-shallow point and gradually gets deeper once you get to the other side. Tip: There’s a mini-market at the hotel which sells inflatables – these can be used in the pool for EVEN MORE fun!

  • Poolside fun – pool tables, games, bars and even a restaurant can be found by the poolside, so you’ll never need to go far to find what you’re looking for.

  • Kids’ club – they go and play, while you relax the day away. For ages 4+.

  • Beauty salon – this is for both adults and kids!

  • Adult-only spa – for that much-deserved ‘me’ time. Dip in the pool, unwind in the Jacuzzi or treat yourself to one of the incredible treatments on offer.

  • Gym – well-equipped with personal training available and lots of classes to choose from. Plus, there’s a fully-stocked water fridge inside! This is also adults-only.

  • Sports activities – volleyball, mini-golf, football and four tennis courts with tennis lessons available! (Tennis lessons are at an additional charge).

Stella Waterland

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Calling all ages! Stella Palace Aqua Park Resort is right next door to Stella Waterland - the enormous waterpark shared between the three Stella hotels. If you're looking for fun, you've come to the right place. Expect:

  • Swimming pools

  • Aqua tubes and tunnel slides

  • Transparent slide so you can admire the view on your way down!

  • A slide with two different tubes so you can pick your own route

  • 16-metre high tower

  • Free fall slide

  • Poolside bar serving drinks, light bites and ice cream.


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Aerobics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Alarm Clock
  • Aqua Park
  • Archery
  • Babysitting
  • Bar
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdryer
  • High Chairs
  • Horse Riding
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Mini Market
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Private Beach
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Scuba Diving
  • Spa
  • Steam Bath
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Terrace
  • TV Lounge
  • Water Sports
  • Wifi