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Amirandes

East coast, Crete

Amirandes is a 5* luxurious, beach side hotel located on the East coast of Crete, modelled on a Cretan palace. Perfect for families and couples, Amirandes offers guests an island water paradise in a stunning, exclusive and private setting.

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

Family, Beach, Spa & health, Honeymoon

Insider's View

There is a lovely atmosphere in the evenings at this hotel, the fibre optics in the lagoon twinkle like stars, there are candles on every ledge, table and window sill, and gentle music playing in the background, a wonderful way to spend a balmy evening in Greece.

Kate Newman

Insider's View

From the moment you arrive you are immediately absorbed in the calm and serenity of the resort.

Kate Newman

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Stay in one of the villas with private pool, they all have lovely private entrances, spacious accommodation, beautiful pools and terraces, and most importantly a private section of beach where you have a private cabana and fresh fruit, drinks and magazines served to you!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The sushi at the blue monkey restaurant is delicious and the Amirandes massage is not to be missed!

Scott Dunn team

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Pre-book a table by the window in the Mediterranean restaurant for the best views of the sea and the lagoon pool.

Scott Dunn team

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Book an outside table at Blue Monkey so you can see the wonderful sunsets as you enjoy the wonderful oriental food

Scott Dunn team

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Visit the Hotel’s Agreco Estate, experience how their authentic working organic farm recreates old farming methods, using equipment such as wine and olive presses, and visit their mini farmyard, which is especially fun for Children to enjoy.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Decking magically rises out of the lagoon for you to eat on top of the water whilst having wonderful sea views. A really unique dining experience.

Anna Crowther

Insider's View

In every villa and suite, choose your perfect pillow from the pillow menu. There are examples to feel your favorite.

Anna Crowther

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Perfect for ultimate luxury knowing your children are safe and enjoying themselves. All private pools can be fenced off, the children's pool is protected from the sun by a large canopy and all the restaurants offer a children's menu form 6.30 each evening.

Katherine Gotla

Insider's View

Amirandes is the Latin word for admire.

Jenny James

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Beach front rooms and villas afford the best views in the resort.

Lily Cai

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Book a suite or a villa to take advantage of the private gazebos over relaxing day beds on the beach.

Hannah Fullagar

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All of the rooms and suites come with a beach bag holding complimentary towels, hats and sun cream.

Lucy Hunt

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Amirandes

Description

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.

Accommodation

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.

Guest Room

There are 4 different types of guest rooms:

Superior guest room

These rooms have sea or garden views and are in size 31 m² indoor, 5.5 m² outdoor. They are located: Lagoon and Candia wings. Sleeps: 2+1

These elegantly decorated rooms offer all the comforts and amenities that set the standard at Amirandes. The stylish bathroom has a shower cubicle, bath and a wash basin with vanity unit. The enclosed balcony, with its glass and wood panels, is an excellent breakfast nook offering panoramic view to the sea or the landscaped garden. Special Features: 32’’-37’’ Flat LCD TV and satellite channels. CD/DVD system

Superior family guest room

40 m² indoor. Located: Ground Floor or 1st Floor with semi-private garden or balcony. Sleeps: 2+2

Ideal for families with two children this comfortable family accommodation is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The master bedroom and living room can be separated by sliding doors to become a children’s sleeping area. Superior Family Rooms feature a balcony or an outside terrace with a spacious garden. A bathroom with shower cubicle, bathtub, WC and double washbasin vanity unit enriches the comforts of the Superior Family Room

Luxury guest room

Luxury guestrooms have Sea/Side Sea Views or Lagoon Views. 35 m² indoor, 6 m² outdoor. Located: Candia and Lagoon wings. Sleeps: 2+1

The luxury guestrooms offer a complete feeling of luxury and comfort. These rooms are made up of one elegantly decorated bedroom with sitting area. The generous bathroom has a separate shower cubicle, a washbasin with a spacious vanity unit, a bath with waterfall lighting. The bed faces either the Cretan Sea or the Lagoon, while a daybed is set next to a picture window where you can stretch out to read or just daydream. Private enclosed balcony with glass and wood panels offers breathtaking panoramic sea or sea and lagoons views. Floor to ceiling glass panels fold back to fuse the balcony with the open plan, light-filled guestroom.

Deluxe guest room:

Deluxe Guestrooms Garden View –Private Pool

31 m² indoor, 72 m² outdoor, Pool 21 m² 

Located: Ground floor Candia wing

Sleeps: 2

Deluxe Guestrooms boasts the comforts and amenities that set the standard at Amirandes with the added bonus of an individual swimming pool in a beautifully landscaped garden. The elegantly decorated bedroom has a stylish bathroom with shower cubicle, bath and a wash basin with vanity unit. The terrace features dining area, umbrella and sun beds.

Amirandes Dream Villa - 2 bedrooms

IN THE EXCLUSIVE VILLA AREA, INDOOR 85m² , OUTDOOR 50m² , POOL 13m² , SLEEPS 4+2

This elegant two level residence is ideal for a larger family with a nanny or two couples who want the maximum of privacy. The yard entrance with a landscaped garden gives a first impression of the inviting scenery. On the ground floor, there is a spacious living area, which can be converted to a bedroom for 2 children. Stylish second bedroom and WC/shower is found off a small lobby. Panoramic glass doors lead onto a sun deck with sun beds and umbrella, a sunken lounge and dining area and a private, temperature-controlled infinity pool, that seems to melt into the horizon (water temperature over 25º C at extra charge). On the first floor, the master bedroom is airily decorated with wooden floor and local stone elements. Luxurious bathroom with dressing area, a state of the art basin, separate WC and shower cabin. The private, sea view balcony beckons for romantic breakfasts or late night drinks.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• 2 floor residence

• Infinity pool with temperature control

• King size master bedroom facing the sea

• Second stylish double bedroom

• Al fresco sunken lounge with dining area

• 2 (26” - 37”) Flat LCD TVs with satellite channels

• B & O stereo system

• B & O cordless phone

• Wine Cooler

• Cosmetic Cooler

• Pillow Collection

• Selection of amenities

• Private beach gazebo on Villa Beach

Comfort Suite

There are 2 types of comfort suite:

Amirandes Family Suites with Individual Pool & Garden:

40 m² indoor, 22 m² pool

Located: Ground floor Candia Wing

Sleeps: 2+2

The Amirandes Family Suites feature ample space for distinct dressing, sleeping, and living areas. Ideal for families with two children. Both the master bedroom and living/sleeping area open onto to the front terrace. The master bedroom and living room can be separated by sliding doors to become a children’s sleeping area. These ground floor family suites feature a terrace with a dining area and direct access to an outdoor pool. A spacious garden furnished with sun beds and umbrella is ideal for relaxing and enjoying quality family time together splashing around in your pool. A bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, double wash basin vanity unit and a walk-in dressing area enriches the comforts of the suite.

Family Suites Sea/Garden View

40 m² indoor

Located: Second and Third Floor of Candia Wing

Sleeps: 2+2

Rooms with ample space for distinct dressing, sleeping, and living areas. Ideal for families with two children. Both the master bedroom and living/sleeping area open onto to the front balcony. The master bedroom and living room can be separated by sliding doors to become a children’s sleeping area. A bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, double wash basin vanity unit and a walk-in dressing area enriches the comforts of the suite.

Amirandes Creta Villa - 1 bedroom

IN THE EXCLUSIVE VILLA AREA, INDOOR 65m² , OUTDOOR 67m² , POOL 13m² , SLEEPS 2+2

Ground Floor- Upper Floor

The villa is set in an elegantly landscaped courtyard and a private terrace with a luxurious infinity pool. The yard entrance, and in some villas a small fountain, gives a first impression of the inviting scenery. Perfect for a family or a couple who want the maximum privacy. On the ground floor, there is an entrance hall with WC/shower and a spacious living area, which can be converted to a bedroom for 2 children. Panoramic glass doors lead onto a sun deck with sun beds and umbrella, a sunken lounge and dining area and a private, temperature-controlled infinity pool, that seems to melt into the horizon (water temperature over 25º C at extra charge). On the first floor, the master bedroom is airily decorated with wooden floor and local stone elements. Luxurious bathroom with dressing area, a state of the art basin, separate WC and shower cabin. The private, sea view balcony beckons for romantic breakfasts or late night drinks.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• 2 floor residence

• Infinity pool with temperature control

• King size master bedroom facing the sea

• Private entrance with landscaped courtyard and decorative fountain

• Al fresco sunken lounge with dining area

• 2 (26” - 37”) Flat LCD TVs with satellite channels

• B & O stereo system

• B & O cordless phone

• Wine Cooler

• Cosmetic Cooler

• Pillow Collection

• Selection of amenities

• Private beach gazebo on Villa Beach

Bungalow

There are 3 types of bungalow:

Deluxe Junior Bungalow with Private Heated Pool

45 m² indoor, 30 m² outdoor

Located: First row of the seawater

Sleeps: 2+1 

A deluxe category of Amirandes accommodation designed with newlyweds in mind, from the stylish bedroom to the private terrace with the sea view heated swimming pool. Romance is sure to blossom in the king size four poster designer bed with direct view to the sea. The generous bathroom consists of a shower cabin, two washbasins, a 15?? LCD TV and en-suite wardrobe. The private terrace with romantic love seat and outdoor lounging furniture guarantees special moments of relaxation overlooking the Cretan Sea.

Premium Bungalow - Garden View

32 m² indoor

Located: Amongst gardens

Sleeps: 2 + 1

A cozy guest room nestled among gardens, designed with life’s luxuries and the flair of al fresco living. The bungalows are framed by a seafront garden area and most by a small walled garden directly outside the bathroom so you can soak up the garden from the tub. Combined sleeping and living quarters feature a double bed. There’s a generously-sized bathroom with two washbasins and dressing area plus separate bathtub and shower cubicle.

Luxury Bungalow - Front Row

33 m² indoor, 35 m² outdoor

Located: First row of the seawater, in gardens

Sleeps: 2 + 1

The elegantly furnished luxury bungalows stand on the first row of the seawater. Nestled in the hotel gardens with amenities designed for refined living. A generous dressing and grooming area with separate his-and-hers sinks separates the en-suite bathroom from the sleeping area. The bathroom is designed so that you can enjoy the view when soaking in the impressive bathtub. Bungalows open out onto a spacious terrace, perfect for lounging day or night.

Speciality Suites

Speciality Suites include:

Luxury One Bedroom Suite with frontal Sea View

70 m² indoor

Located: On the sea front in the Lagoon Wing

Sleeps: 2+1

These open plan suites offer a magnificent view to the sea. The white-colored furniture, the white wooden floor and the sizable wardrobe with full-length mirrors impose in the luxury suite along with the BANG & OLUFSEN 26" flat screen TV, the BANG & OLUFSEN cordless phone and the BANG & OLUFSEN Stereo Sound System. The king size bed is placed next to the balcony door, enabling a magnificent view of the Cretan Sea and sunset. Balcony doors made of glass can be folded to the side transforming the suite into a huge balcony. The luxurious designed bathroom with an open bathtub, two washbasins with ample vanity unit, and separate shower cabin offers unique moments of relaxation. The outdoor dining area gives you the opportunity to enjoy the view to the Aegean Waters while dining and relaxing.

Amirandes Two bedroom VIP suite with Gym & Private Heated Pool

Indoor 85m², Outdoor 50m² , Pool 18m²

Located: Sea view or partial sea view

Sleeps: 4+1

These magnificent suites were designed for the sophisticated travelers who demand superior comfort that matches their desire for elegance and style. Ideal for families with two children and sportive parents who seek the maximum of privacy. The Amirandes VIP 2-Bedroom Suites are composed of a master bedroom with a raised king-size bed and a stylish living area. A wooden partition behind the bed interconnects the master bedroom to the luxurious bathroom. The bathroom includes a bathtub, washbasin with vanity unit, WC, shower cabin and a gym area with exercise equipment and LCD TV. Second bedroom is accessible from the entrance hall. The large front terrace has direct access to a private temperature-controlled "star" pool with smooth current for exercise (water temperature over 25ºC at extra charge).

Creta Beach Villa

Seafront with Private Heated Pool & Garden INDOOR 53m², OUTDOOR 40-90m², POOL 17-18m². SLEEPS 4 The elegantly decorated villas are especially designed for guests seeking the utmost in exclusivity and luxury. Consisting of two bedrooms, these small “residences” are perfect for a family. The master bedroom has a living area in an open plan style and a generous sea view bathroom. The luxurious bathroom features a double stone basin vanity unit, an impressive Jacuzzi bathtub, separate shower, WC and LCD TV.

Villa

Villa options include:

Luxury Beach Villas Seafront with Private Heated Pool & Garden

53 m² indoor, 40-90 m² outdoor, 20 m² pool

Located: Waterfront on Villa beach

Sleeps: 4

The elegantly decorated villas are especially designed for guests seeking the outmost in exclusivity and luxury. Consisting of two bedrooms, these small “residences” are perfect for a family. The master bedroom has a living area in an open plan style and a generous sea view bathroom. The luxurious bathroom features a double stone basin vanity unit, an impressive Jacuzzi bathtub, separate shower and 15’’ LCD TV. The secondary bedroom with a 26’’ LCD TV, a bathroom with a Noir washbasin and its separate shower, leads to a landscaped courtyard. The impressive bathtub has views to the sea, the private infinity pool and the outdoor veranda with comfortable furniture in the terrace. The private infinity pool is temperature controlled (on request: for temperature over 25 Cº an extra charge is required) and allows swimming and exercising against a smooth current. The landscaped garden offers direct access to the Villas Beach area.

Amirandes Dream Villas with Courtyard Sea View & Private Heated Pool

65 m² indoor, 67 m² outdoor, 13 m² pool

Located: At Villa beach, second row

Sleeps: 2 + 2

Layout: 2-storey residence

Set in an elegantly landscaped courtyard and a private terrace with a luxurious infinity pool. The entrance courtyard and in some villas a small fountain gives a first impression of the inviting scenery. Perfect for a family or a couple who want the maximum privacy. On the ground floor, there is an entrance hall with WC/shower and a spacious living area, which can be converted to a bedroom for 2 children. Panoramic glass doors lead onto sun deck with sun beds and umbrella, including a sunken lounge and dining area and a private temperature controlled infinity pool, that seems to melt into the horizon (on request: for temperature over 25 C° an extra charge is required). On the first floor, the master bedroom is airily decorated with wooden floor and local stone elements. Luxurious bathroom with dressing area, a state of the art basin, separate WC and cabin shower. The private, sea view balcony beckons for romantic breakfasts or late night drinks.

Childcare

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 organize a birthday party.

Grecoland

Stimulating new activities include beach and marine exploration, creative crafts and getting back to nature in the new hotel alternative gardens. At the same time, they learn all about the Olympic Spirit and Greek Culture through play.

Older children can learn to kayak and snorkel, and there is even star gazing at night, where they can learn how the ancient Greeks navigated the seas.

Facilities

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.

Elixir Holistic Spa

The new open-air holistic spa at Amirandes is the next best thing to Heaven. Elixir spa and Ayurveda, core ingredients and key source of stimulation for the body and soul. Cleverly arranged around a serene patio this unique Elixir redefines the ultimate spa experience with the highest level of personalized service. Ayurveda center, therapies and treatments by CARITA & PAYOT, al fresco rooftop sea view yoga area overlooking the glorious Cretan sunsets, open air gymnasium, luxurious sea view massage suites and relaxing sunken lounges, which allow you to feel you are floating on water.

Activities

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.

Golf

From golf maniacs to total amateurs, the new Golf Academy at Amirandes will put the finishing strokes to your game. The Academy features practice facilities including a chipping area and putting green.  Join individual and group lessons, for beginners and experienced golfers, including children over 7 years. Lessons are provided by golf professionals, tailored to each player's level.

The Crete Golf Club

The Crete Golf Club is a marvelous addition to Europe’s rich reservoir of courses: a hillside golf course hewn out of the rolling landscape offering stunning views over the surrounding mountains.

Opened in 2003, the Crete Golf Club is home to the island’s first 18-hole course (par-71) and features a series of memorable holes served by exemplary facilities. Amirandes guests are entitled to a price reduction.

Diving

A PADI diving center is situated near the hotel, offering lessons, excursions and equipment hire. The center has direct access to the beach and boat, and offers classroom facilities, a complete range of up to date Mares recreational scuba diving and snorkeling equipment for rent and a retail outlet.

Wreck, reef, wall, cave, drift and night dives are available for certified divers. Each site has been carefully selected for its breathtaking underwater topography and abundance of marine life.

Services

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.

Location & 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.

When to go

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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