Just returned from a week's all-inclusive booked through Thomson. We found the hotel to be modern, clean, with friendly and helpful staff. We have a toddler who was entertained by the play areas (3), the " fun club" and the nightly kid's disco. The pool area is clean and well-presented. I can imagine though that in peak season there will be a shortage of sun loungers.
We thought that the holiday overall was great. Our room was not in the main hotel, being across the road. The room was nicely presented but a little on the small side for the 3 of us. The food was on the whole pretty decent. We found there to be a lot of choice although perhaps it would be a bit " samey" over a 2-week period. Good choice of drinks available too.
The hotel staff were great, in particular the restaurant staff who made a fuss of our little girl at every meal time, which was lovely.
So, here is why I've not rated it as excellent:
The hotel is grouped together with the Caldera Beach, next door. You'll find that there is entertainment provided by the " Fun Club" at the Creta Paradise and by TUI at the Caldera Beach. The TUI entertainment is better by far. But, your all-inclusive wristband is only applicable for the Creta Paradise, so we found ourselves stocking up on drinks and taking them with us. Slight gripe is that we were unable to sit where we wanted to at the Caldera Beach as certain tables were prioritised for their own guests. So on a few occasions we ended up going back to the Creta Paradise as there were no tables available which allowed us to keep an eye on our little one,as she sat by the stage.
The location of the hotel is also not great. Gerani is a bit of a nowhere place. We like to have a bit of a walk in the evening and this isn't really possible if you have a little one as you'd need to walk along the main road for some time, before you got to Platanias.
I'd recommend hiring a car through the company which is in the hotel reception (sorry, can't remember the name). We got a 7 seater for 3 days, for 210 euros. We explored almost all of the Northern side of Crete. It's beautiful. Simple as that. Go to Elafonisi beach, if you get chance. We also had a lovely day at Phalasarna. Both of these places involve some driving in the mountains, not for the faint-hearted! Beautiful drive though, with so much to see.
We will definitely return to Crete and would also stay in another Atlantica Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- True paradise! The charm of traditional cretan village with modern resort facilities. Ideal for families and couples!11 km from the beautiful town of Chania lies one of Crete’s preserved secrets, the beautiful beach resort of Atlantica Caldera Creta Paradise, situated on the graphic coastline of Platanias. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Caldera Creta Paradise Hotel Gerani
- Bravo Creta Paradise Platanias
- Family Life Creta Paradise By Atlantica Gerani, Crete