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Amirandes - Luxury holidays to Crete

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  • About this holiday

    The elegance of a Cretan palace, the serenity of the central lagoon and the beauty of Amirandes' seafront location make this holiday a luxurious experience for couples and families alike. Accompanying this atmosphere are numerous sports facilities, two pools, eight restaurants and the Elixir Alchemy Spa. Indeed as well as boasting various facilities and activities for children, Amirandes also offers plenty of experiences for families to enjoy together.

    The journey and how you get there

    We recommend flying with British Airways to Heraklion.


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes flights with British Airways or Easyjet from London to Heraklion, private car transfers and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices here are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under twelve for seven nights in the lowest priced room type for families.

    Low Season £5,090 based on sharing Family Suite garden view

    High Season £7,350 based on sharing Family Suite garden view

    Many other room types are available on request from us.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    “A Cretan Palace on a magnificent stretch of beach”

    Hotel description

    Amirandes is designed to be in-keeping with the palaces of the Minoan Kings. The resort is conveniently situated a short distance from Heraklion Airport and occupies a stunning seafront location with arguably one of the best beaches in Crete. The hotel is themed around a central lagoon which creates an atmosphere of calm and serenity during the day, and at night transforms into a twinkling display of coloured lights and flaming torches.The resort's facilities are numerous, with an offering of eight restaurants, the Elixir Alchemy Spa (offering seafront beach massages and a beauty salon), an indoor pool, an outdoor Olympic-size pool, and extensive children's facilities. The resort has a total of 212 rooms and suites, all furnished simply, with an air of understated elegance, and with the option to upgrade to extremely luxurious room types featuring private gyms, state of the art bathrooms and private cinemas. The colour scheme in all rooms is heavily driven by the resort's natural environment. Light and dark blues are paired with radiant white and warm creams, and soothing textures are introduced on every surface.
    The dining experience at Amirandes is truly special. Aside from a huge range and variety of cuisines, each restaurant is individually and exotically furnished and designed to reflect the choice of cuisine. The Blue Monkey offers Asian food enjoyed whilst sat upon brightly coloured chairs made of reeds outside by the ocean or inside the vibrant dining room. Petrino is the traditional Greek Taverna, which is so popular that booking is essential for this small open air restaurant, as is a very empty stomach to be able to taste the sheer mass of food on offer. Also on offer is Mediterranean food and traditional Cretan cuisine. The main restaurant serves buffet and show kitchen style meals.
    The Grecoland Children’s Club is Grecotel’s signature children’s club facility and offers a playground and colourful indoor play area. Activities are built around creative arts and crafts, water games, and team sports; and every week there are theme days, environmental days, and various family shows, such as Greek dancing. Also on offer is tennis on Astroturf courts, water sports, mini-football, and a golf academy.


    Heraklion, Crete

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    13 April to 31 October.

    Distance from airport

    About 15 minutes from Heraklion

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Amirandes offers 212 rooms, bungalows, suites, residences and private villas. 
    Room amenities include CD, DVD system, direct dial phone, wi-fi, air conditioning and heating, tea and coffee facilities, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, shaving outlet, bathrobes, beach and pool towels, deluxe toiletries.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Six restaurants, Bar, Library, Function centre, Elixir Spa, Golf Academy, Three floodlit tennis courts, Multi-sport area, One outdoor Olympic sized seawater swimming pool and one indoor pool and free wi-fi. There is also a children’s pool, sandy beach and a private beach for the villas.

    Water sports

    Water sports available with coaching free of charge for children by the animation team.

    Land sports

    Land sports available include mountain bikes,football, beach volleyball, basketball, tennis and sunrise yoga.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Water City, Crete’s largest water park is near to the hotel. Aqua Plus is a smaller park but located just 10 minutes from Amirandes. All other activities are subject to charges payable locally. There is a local winery on Crete which is situated 28 kms from the hotel and is open from 9am to 6pm. Another highlight is also the Agreco Farm which is a local farm that serves lunch and is often visited by guests at the hotel. Heraklion is situated about 20 minutes from the resort.

    Sports nearby

    Crete Golf Club is located nearby the resort. The 18-hole course is termed a desert golf course and is set with stunning views through the mountains to the sea. Horse riding is on offer from the Heraklion horse riding school, lessons and excursions are available with options for children and families.


    Children are welcome at the resort and there is a children's club for ages 3 to 12. A teen's club is also available as well as family suites.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    There is a local winery on Crete which is situated 28km from the hotel. Another highlight is the local Agreco Farm which serves lunch. Heraklion is situated about 20km drive from the resort and ancient Knossos lies around 27km distance.

    Rooms: 212 rooms, bungalows, suites, residences and private villas.
    Services: Private car park with valet service, daily maid service, fresh fruit and mineral water in the room on arrival, 24-hour room service, Guest Relations and Privilege Club services
    Amenities: CD, DVD system, direct-dial phone, Wireless internet connection, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning and heating, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, shaving outlet, bathrobes, beach and pool towels, deluxe toiletries.
    Family rooms: Amirandes Family Suites are located on the ground floor of the Candia wing. Rooms consist of a master bedroom and a living/sleeping area which is converted at night for two children and offers sea or garden views. The rooms open out onto a terrace with direct access to the garden and private plunge pool. The bathroom features a shower cubicle and a bath tub with double vanity sinks. Family Suites are identical to the Amirandes Family Suites but without the private pool. Family Suites are located on the first floor and therefore feature a balcony instead of a terrace.
    Children’s amenities: Baby bath, potty, changing mat, safety gate, bottle heating facilities, bottle sterilising kit, kettle and night light are all on request and subject to availability. Children's toiletries available. Children's greeting service including juice, biscuits and refreshed towels.

    Family services
    Babysitting: Available at a charge. Babysitting must be pre-booked.
    Baby listening: On request.
    Pre ordering services: Snacks and drinks can be organised to be in your room on arrival.
    Children’s entertainment: There is a library, DVDs and board games. Evening entertainment includes theatre, magic shows and family cinema night. Children's spa treatments are available
    Medical services: There is a doctor on call and the nearest hospital is 20km away.
    Family dining: The hotel offers a range of customised family menu and dining options. Speciality children's meals are offered throughout the day and the evenings. For a little fun, family banquets can be arranged on the beach for up to 12 people. Daily children's buffet is available in the main restaurant. Tasty Corner provides a constant supply of fresh food and drinks for children 3-12 years free of charge between 11am and 5pm.

    Children’s Club
    Grecoland Club is available for children aged 3 to 12 years with Grecoteens Club for ages 13 and over. The clubs are free of charge and open from 10am-6pm. The Discovery Adventures programme for children 7-14 years offers gardening, cookery and even star gazing activities. The clubs have qualified English speaking staff and offer numerous activities including art and crafts, sports, a playground area, a kids' theatre, painting and Greek dance lessons. A complimentary kids' buffet is available all day.

    Activities at the hotel
    Chargeable sports: Tennis at 11 euro per hour. Water sports include wind surfing, scuba diving, pedal boats, kayaks, jet skis and canoes. Mountain bike rental nearby.
    Complimentary sports: Mini soccer, Yoga, Beach Volley, Basketball, Table tennis, Boccia, Gymnastics. Water sports coaching for children is free of charge by the animation team.
    Safety provisions: A lifeguard is situated on the beach from 9am to 6pm.
    All extra activities are subject to charges payable locally.

    Activities nearby
    There is a local winery on Crete which is situated 28km from the hotel. Another highlight is the local Agreco Farm which serves lunch. Heraklion is situated about 20km drive from the resort and ancient Knossos lies around 27km distance. The Crete Golf Club is 10km away and provides a 10% discount on green fees and prices for Amirandes guests. Horse riding is on offer at the Heraklion horse riding school. Crete's largest water park, Water City, Dinosauria Park and the CretAquarium are ideal family friendly day trips. Boat excursions between 4 hours and a whole day can also be booked at Amirandes.


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