"Summer in Greece" sounds fascinating as it is, but, how about summer holidays in Crete, and more particularly in Agios Nikolaos? Agios Nikolaos has gained quite a reputation the past few years as an upcoming summer destination and, if you ask us, it's totally reasonable.
Agios Nikolaos has everything: luxury beachfront resorts, a handful of ancient sights, turquoise-water beaches, seaside towns with a untired nightlife and the authentic aroma of Crete. It's also a place with many things to do, including beach-sports and culture exploration, but nothing beats swimming at its turquoise-water beaches.
A typical day in Agios Nikolaos is peaceful and laid-back. You will start your day relaxing on a beach, sometimes with a cocktail on hand. You will take your lunches and dinners at the local tavernas, which are, by the way, very cheap. And, during your afternoons, you will take a stroll at the town's main street (usually flooded with people and street vendors).
However, to make the most of your holidays in Agios Nikolaos & Crete, you have to pick your accommodation wisely. For this reason, we have picked a wonderful resort nearby Agios Nikolaos Town, whose beachfront setting and central location (1,6 km from the the town's centre), make it an accommodation option you shouldn't easily ignore.
An oasis of elegance at the village of Agios Nikolaos
What you notice when arriving at St. Nicolas is its quiet location, wonderful design and ample vegetation. Its small, boutique size also doesn't pass unnoticed as it's nowhere as big as it seems in the photos. This leads to a more personalized service that's more than welcome for the visitor.
The direct access to the hotel's private beach feels like a bliss, especially if you can't rent a car to navigate through the island. Last but not least, we can't help ourselves but make a reference to the breathtaking view of Mirabello Bay, which is truly "the cherry on the top".
20+ Types of Rooms: this is what we call "diversity"
The hotel's recent renovation is obvious when entering your room. A stylish aura of luxury embraces you, while its mix & match design blends the old and the new seamlesly. The room options are plenty and diverse. If you asked us to seperate them in two categories: it would be the Standard and the Club.
TIP: Keep in mind the Last Minute Packages, as they are true value-for-money. If you are lucky, you might find discounts of more than 50%
Picking the perfect room for you is quite tricky with so many accommodation options, so we will name a few key-rooms, that will make your decision easier.
The best room, budget-wise, is the Classic Double Room. The room is spacious with a lounge corner and a writing desk. Depending on the room, it might also have a private balcony or a terrace with a breakfast table. In any case, you will always enjoy direct sea views, which is the room's most beloved feature!
If you are a small family of up to 4 people (and 1 child), the Family Suite 2 Bedroom Private Pool with Sea View is surely worth the budget. If you book on time, you might even find the special offer that turns your b&b into Half Board. Definitely worth it!
Lastly, if you are a family of 6+ people, then you should either opt for the 3 bedroom family suite with garden view, or, at a significantly higher cost, the Club Villa 3 Bedroom Private Pool Seafront (Aphrodite's House). It's only up to you, in the end. The luxury room options for couples and families are plenty, but we highly urge you to stick with the Seaview Rooms & Villas that combine both good price and stunning views.
Eating with a Sea View - priceless!
All meals at St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas have a common characteristic. They are all accompanied by the blue of the Aegean Sea. Wake up to the sumptuous American Buffet breakfast served at the Club House terrace and try a diversity of hot dishes, fresh baked breads, pastries, cheeses, local fruits and vegetables. Of course, everything seems mediocre compared to the special corner with authentic Cretan products.
You can't visit Crete and not try its delicious, local cuisine. Cretans are widely famous for their healthy and delicious cuisine, while Cretan Cuisine if often considered an autonomous cuisine, and not just a part of the Greek Cuisine. For a diversity of authentic Cretan dishes, you should go nowhere else than The Greek Kafenion. Keep in mind that May to Early October are the months when most of the vegetables and fruits are harvested, so Greece is ample of fresh ingredients and the dishes taste even better!
Asian in the midst of the Mediterranean... Well, why not? The Blue Bay All Day Beach Restaurant & Bar makes it totally possible with its delicious menu of Mediterranean and Asian Dishes. From the delicious roll-style, inside-out sushi, to the delicious Mushrooms with Cretan cream cheese, a flavor-packed experience is guaranteed. Special props to stunning views over Mirabello Bay - they surely upgrade your every meal.
Lastly, Labyrinthos Restaurant's is the ideal place to dine as a family, while it also includes a special children's menu that your kids will definitely love. If, on the other hand, you are a couple and want to enjoy a romantic dinner under the starry sky, Minotaure Restaurant is the best option for you.
Elemis and Cinq Mondes: with view the Mediterranean!
Vacations are connected to a certain thing: relaxation. To get into a vacations' mood, we highly suggest you leave yourself to the hands of St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas' specialists. The best way to start your Cretan holidays, for us, is with a Poseidon Massage with Cretan Beeswax Ointment that uses the therapeutic "Creetan Beeswax" with Thyme, Dittany and Mint. It will work as a charm to your stiff muscles.
Midway through your vacations, we recommend you take a 2h Aphrodites Bath Superfood 'Skintox' Experience by Elemis. The experience include an 1-hour Elemis Superfood facial, an 1-hour Elemis Mineral Body Boost Detox Massage, a superfood salad and a detox tea. Your wellness experience should be concluded with a 60min. Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap with Sweet Orchid or Frangipani. Its mood-balancing aromatics and skin conditioning oils will make you feel refreshed and less sad that your vacations have come to their conclusion.
Memories of a lifetime
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This is how your holidays at Agios Nikolaos and St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas will flow. In the end, we can't help but mention that the hotel has been also included among the best hotels and resorts on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. So, pack your sunglasses, sunscreen and hat, and get ready for a wonderful experience that you will treasure for a lifetime!