Part of our Thomson Couples range, The Island Hotel scores a double coup – a beachside setting and design-led interiors.
This beachfront hotel has a pared-back exterior of whitewashed walls and mosaic-stone pillars. But the style’s ramped right up inside. Think contemporary furniture, polished wood floors and spot-lit ceilings.
The dining scene is made up of a buffet restaurant, an Italian place, a traditional Greek taverna and a laid-back eatery by the pool. You’ve got a good tally of activities in the day, and there’s easy-going entertainment come sundown.
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Stylish adults-only holidays, designed for two
- Contemporary style
- Great settings
- Top dining scenes
- Relaxed atmospheres
- 20kg luggage allowance
- Adults-only hotels
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet breakfast and dinner, with 1 visit to the Taverna à la carte restaurant per stay.
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3 outdoor pools
With showers, double daybeds, sunbeds, parasols and double hammocks.
The Kitchen buffet restaurant
This is the main restaurant serving Cretan buffet breakfast and dinner. Just so you know, there's a smart casual evening dress code here with long trousers for men.
This eatery is contemporary in style, with natural tones running throughout. It offers Mediterranean dishes all day with waiter service.
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double room with shared pool and sea view
Double room with shared pool and terrace with sea view, sleeps two with a king-size bed, open-plan bathroom, hydro-massage bath, a kettle, bathrobes, slippers, a daily bottle of water and a natural latex upper mattress. You'll have access to a shared hydro-massage pool and private terrace, with sunbeds and a parasol. The private terraces are shared between two rooms.
double room with sea view
Double rooms feature soft caramel and cream palettes, with light wood furniture. They boast sea views and sleep up to three. You'll also have a sofa that can be used as an extra bed. With a kettle, a daily bottle of water and a natural latex upper mattress.
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A Perfect Holiday from Start to Finish
Everything about The Island Hotel made our holiday a special one and will not be forgotten. Each and every member of staff understand that your holiday is important and attend to all requests with diligence, quality and urgency. The hotel is immaculate, modern and a pleasure to be in. The food is exceptional, fresh and caters for many different needs. The surroundings are beautiful as you watch the sun go down whilst eating dinner and hearing the subtle sound of the sea in the backgrouns. Drinks delivered to your sunbed and service with a smile to ensure your time there is perfect. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is wanting a holiday where your only decisions to make are what cocktail to order, which pool to sit by and which book to read! A particular favourite was the live saxophone music around the pool during the afternoon - thank you Jodi and DnA. If you wish to go out of the hotel for the day, staff will happily advise you and there is plenty to do and see that is not too far away - a trip to the well known island of Spinalonga, Plaka or Elounda, Agh Nikolaos. Love this hotel and will certainly be returning. Thank you thank you thank you to all the staff.More
Lgregson444, Leeds, United Kingdom
Great hotel for a relaxing break
We were at The Island at the begining of July. We booked at the last minute as we had cancelled a trip to Tunisia. The Greek Islands were therefore not at the top of our choices. We had been to Crete about 12 years previously and our hotel had been a bit too far out so our expectations were a little clouded. The Island hotel was a really great hotel and really hit the spot with us. When we arrived we were a little reticent as I think Greece can look a little unsophisticated and the reception of the hotel is not over impressive. However we were very impressed with our room. We had a full sea view only about 200 yards from the beach. Although there is a road between the hotel and the beach it is not a busy road. A walk along the road to the left takes you towards the town and the harbour type area with a busier atmosphere. The town of Gouves was very quiet but was getting busier towards the end of the holiday. The rooms were very modern with an open feeling to the bathroom facilities which were adequately screened with frosted glass panels. The meals at the hotel were really good with lots of choice and great quality. We particularly liked the fact that they insisted on long trousers for men and smart dress for women at the evening meal. You could dine inside but the majority of seating was outside in three separate but integrated areas all of which were delightful. The staff here were extremely pleasant and very obliging. The guy who was the waiter at the larger pool was very amusing with his banter with the guests. The poolshere are really great, there are three pools all of which have ample loungers and the four poster double sun beds are really comfortable. There are also double hammocks dotted around if you feel adventurous! We didn't use the spa but this also looked really great. We had a really lazy time here but there were plenty of activities if that's what you are into. Drinks were reasonably priced by hotels standards and there was an offer an cocktail of the day and a happy hour offer. There are a few bars and restaurants near to the hotel and for the younger guests there is a separate bar belonging to the hotel,( the yacht club) where a couple of times a week they had a DJ. In the main bar area they had a very good duo on for several nights who played requests. There were complaints about the close proximity to the airport and aircraft noise but I feel this is being very picky as the disturbance was at most minimal. We really enjoyed this quality, relaxing, hotel and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who likes a little luxury. We would definitely consider a return visit in the future.More
Lovely hotel in a perfect setting
The Island Hotel is very impressive as soon as you arrive there is a welcoming reception by the Staff who explain & clearly run through everything you need to know & your luggage is taken to your room by the conseiage. It was our first visit to the hotel & I'm sure it won't be the last. The Staff were great including the cleaners. The food in the restaurant was excellent and eating dinner outside by the sunset was wonderful. I must say we didn't use the pools because we enjoy the beach which was just across the road where the sun beds & parasols were free if you were staying in the hotel. Unfortunately as other people have mentioned the Wifi is unreliable , but everything else is perfect & you won't. Be disappointed if you stay at this hotel.More
s11val, Taunton Somerset
Exceptionally Good Hotel
We had an exceptionally good weekâs holiday at âThe Island Hotelâ. It is beyond doubt the best hotel we have stayed at in a long time, in terms of quality of service and value for money. Location:- It is on the coast near Guoves, with its own beach across the road at the front. Hotel:- Exceptionally well maintained hotel, the public areas (reception, bars, pools etc.) were of a high standard. There were four main outdoor pools, the rooms are generally apartments (either ground floor or first floor) spread over a large complex. Be aware, some of the most distant rooms are about 5 mins walk from the main bar/restaurant pool area. You are given a key card for the room which you also use when ordering drinks, eating in the restaurants etc. The key also needs to be in a slot in room to enable the electric and aircon to work. Note the aircon will only work when the patio doors are closed, this is a bit of a nuisance but I do understand it really is a waste of resources to have aircon running only to allow the cold to escape outside. The hotel is very environmentally aware!! A nice touch is you are given blue towels for use round the pool, and whenever they are wet or need replacing, all you do is simply hand them in at the Bathhouse and they are immediately replaced for fresh clean ones. This means all the towels round the pools match which is nice and also you donât get people hanging miscellaneous towels out on the balcony to dry which really helps to improve the ambience of the place The hotel is aimed at couples and is an adults only hotel, it may be a bit pricier than some others but it is worth it. The atmosphere around the place is very civilised, no kids running round the pool screaming. There is a dress code for dining in the evening, basically smart casual (no shorts). I thought this was wonderful, it just helped it all feel more special. There were different types of live music most evenings if you wanted, although this did not go on too late so we could always sleep well. The only thing that let the Hotel down was the free wifi , reception give you the password and the good new was it was free. But it was almost unusable, reception around the complex was variable, but even in areas that did get a good signal, the bandwidth was so poor that it would take ages to refresh a page on my phone, I had slightly better results on my laptop, but again much of the time it was just hopeless. Best results were very early in the morning when no one else was using it, but by the evening it would grind to a halt. Room â We had a double with garden view. It was of a good standard, we had a small balcony where we could sit on an evening. It had a fridge and safe and medium sized flat screen TV. Channel choice for English speakers was poor, but who goes on holiday to watch TV anyway? Room service was available, although we never used it. Bathroom was of a good standard, although because it had a glass door, it did mean if you used it in the middle of the night, I couldnât switch the light on in there without waking my wife. Spa:- Lovely Spa, offering a range of treatments, my wife had an Indian Head Massage and said is was excellent, very relaxing. Staff:- The staff in every area were exceptionally good. Reception were all very friendly helpful and efficient, on arrival we were âtakenâ to our rooms whilst a bellboy brought our heavy bags, this was very useful because we arrived late at night and it can be quite a labyrinth to find your apartment on your own when you are new to the complex. Housekeeping all had a smile and a Kalimera. Bar staff were great, attentive, polite, efficient and were around if needed but did not pester if you just wanted to sit quietly by the pool etc.. Breakfast and restaurant staff were perfect, always a warm welcome from Julia (I think!) when we arrived, and the rest of the team were really on the ball keeping your table cleared and drinks served. Spa Staff were excellent â very friendly and attentive. Management team were on the ball, the manageress was always around the hotel constantly checking things were prefect, either in the restaurant checking quality, in the bars, round the pools tidying cushions â she was really on the ball. And despite being a big complex with loads of guests she still made time to come and see us off on our coach when we left. You will easily recognise her, she was always beautifully dressed. Meals:- meals were a highlight â my waistline is testimony to that. We were on a half board deal, which meant buffet style breakfast and evening meal, we also had the option to change one of our evening buffet meals to an A La Carte meal in one of the other restaurants. Often other buffet style hotel meals can be a bit poor, but not at âThe Islandâ They were of such good quality that we didnât even use the A La Carte allocation, preferring to eat the buffet style every night. Breakfast â excellent, large selection with pretty much anything you could want, cereals, porridge, hot cooked food, pastries, meats, breads, fruit, cheese, omelettes cooked to order in front of you toast, coffee etc.etc. There was an area where you could squeeze your own orange juice, which was always full of male guests cutting oranges and squeezing â must be a man thing!! Evening meal â A large range of different type of meals, as well as each evening there was a different set of specialty meals too, e.g. Greek night, French Night, Chinese, Curry etc., the large choice meant there were always something which we would like. The desserts were to die for. The head chef could regularly be seen coming out and checking the quality of food on display, and if he found anything even slightly below par, it was replaced immediately, it was obvious that he was very proud of the food he cooked. He also did taster sessions on a lunchtime where you would see him picking fresh herbs from the gardens and you could go and he would teach you how to cook a particular dish and have a free sample. In summary, brilliant place to stay, perfect for couples, just please sort out the wifi!!! Would we stay again? - yes we would!!!More
pog62, Harrogate, United Kingdom
A fantastic relaxing holiday in luxurious surrounings
We have just returned from a fantastic week at this beautiful hotel and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.The rooms and the grounds are kept in pristine condition and as mentioned by others, the beds are extremely comfortable. A couple of niggles would be the intermittent wi-fi and the shabby condition of the bathrobes,but these are minor irritations compared to the rest of the holiday overall.The breakfast is superb and the meals are of good quality,although we chose to eat out half the time just because we prefer to - that is no reflection on the food.Every single member of staff we encountered were extremely polite and friendly and are a credit to the hotel.Jodi the Thomson events manager is a little gem,and her mid-morning workouts were a delight,she is also very well-informed about all things Island - related.Be prepared for the chaos at the local airport,but we have enjoyed the most relaxing of breaks at the Island,thanks to all the staff and management.The city of Heraklion is well worth a visit.More
kevinforbes7, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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