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At a glance

  • A stunning 5* hotel set on a long, sandy beach

  • Stylish selection of accommodation to suit everyone

  • Outstanding attentive service and very child friendly

  • Six restaurants serving a wide variety of local and international cuisine with produce from the hotel's own farm

  • New open air holistic spa with sunken lounges for relaxing in the sun


This sophisticated yet relaxed beachfront resort offers supreme comfort with impeccable Cretan hospitality. From the moment you arrive, the hotel's staff look after you royally, and nothing is too much trouble.

The unique design of the hotel is reflected in its architecture, using classical Greek design in its many columns, stone arches and an impressive monumental façade. The ancient Greek notion of perfection can be seen in the attention to detail throughout the rooms and suites, combined with contemporary luxuries such as color therapy bathtubs, hydro massage baths, outdoor tropical rain showers, beauty therapy corners and private fitness areas.

The villas and bungalows are situated around sea water lagoons, bordered by palm trees, where at night tiny lights flicker from the pools mirroring the stars above. The private beach villas and dream villas have their own pool and spacious terrace leading down to the sandy beach.

The resort runs along a long sandy beach, perfect to enjoy a whole host of water sports, long swims in the balmy Cretan sea, or an evening stroll. There are tennis courts, beach volleyball and the Crete golf course is only 10km away.

Amirandes has six contrasting restaurants from wonderful Greek seafood to Asian cuisine in its vibrantly designed red Blue Monkey restaurant. Why not also experience in room dining in the comfort of your own suite or villa with a romantic dinner on the terrace or a lunchtime BBQ for all the family. Private dinners under the stars on the beach with your own private waiter can also be organized.

The Elixir Spa in the lagoon wing offers a number of treatments in a relaxing and Zen like atmosphere. They use alternative therapies and treatments as well as the more traditional methods of aromatherapy and reflexology.


Amirandes has 212 rooms and suites to suit all budgets, 60 of them with private pools. Some have private fitness rooms, designer bathrooms and Jacuzzis. Family suites are perfect for families with two children, with a private pool, flat screen LCD TV with satellite channels, tea making facilities, a shaded terrace, mini bar, electronic safe and WiFi. Bathrooms are luxurious with deep soaking bath and separate shower. Villas and suites offer extra amenities as cosmetics and wine coolers, a selection of bath toiletries and pillow menu.


The Amirandes welcomes families with children and has facilities for all ages. Grecoland is a children’s playground and club, a brightly painted fairy tale world full of fun activities, games and competitions for ages 3 to 12 years. The club is open daily under the supervision of teachers. There is a children's pool and children's menu available, as well as high chairs, cots and babysitting services. The Tasty Corner offers a constant supply of fresh fruits, cakes, refreshments and ice creams. This is complimentary from 11:00 to 17:00; additionally there is also a Children’s Buffet from 12:30 to 13:30.

Babysitting can be arranged in guests' rooms whilst parents dine in the evening, and the a la carte restaurants have children's menus. There are shows and discos for children, and Amirandes can even organise a birthday party.


There is a great variety of restaurants at Amirandes, providing a unique range of cuisine, decor and atmosphere. Taste the Mediterranean on the floating Amirandes restaurant, or try the cosmopolitan Labyrinth bar. The Elixir spa uses extracts of rare fragrant Cretan herbs to create an elegant atmosphere in ultimate privacy. The Amirandes has an Olympic sized swimming pool, a library with internet access, a cardio-fitness gym and a nearby golf course.


The Amirandes has three tennis courts, a basketball court and a 'multi-sport’ area near the tennis courts for football and other sports. There is the exciting opportunity to try out windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. The nearby Crete Golf Club features the only 18 hole course on the island and is set in stunning surroundings, they also offer a 'Golf Academy' for those wishing to learn or simply better their game. The Heraklion horse riding club offers lessons to all ages and tours of the beautiful local scenery.

For those who love the water, Amirandes is a water-paradise. The hotel features an Olympic-sized seawater pool set within a palm-fringed garden, a children’s pool, heated indoor fresh water pool and over 60 private swimming pools. The hotel also has a water sport school and guests can take out canoes, kayaks and pedal boats and trimarans. There is also sailing available and water skiing from jet skis.


Many of the superior class of rooms include a complimentary "Famous Service", which includes services such as a private car park with valet parking, twice daily maid service, express check-in/check-out on request, welcome and escort to villa by the management, private access to beach villa and other extras designed to make your stay as luxurious as possible.

When to travel

The climate in Crete is warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May and October are particularly pleasurable months.

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Location and directions

East coast, Crete

Amirandes is on the north east coast of Crete, 23km from the capital, Heraklion and 18km from Heraklion airport. Guests can visit Knossos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located near Heraklion.

How to get there

There are direct flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet, taking about 4.5hrs. Or you can fly British Airways to Athens, then Olympic Airways to Heraklion, taking about 6.5 hours. It is then a 20-minute private transfer to Amirandes. From 26th April 2015 it will be possible to fly direct with British Airways from London Gatwick to Heraklion International airport, taking approximately 4.5 hrs.

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