The Island Hotel  

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, 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

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner, with 1 visit to the Taverna à la carte restaurant per stay.   

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2 outdoor pools

With showers, double daybeds, sunbeds, parasols and double hammocks.


Main restaurant for Cretan buffet breakfast and dinner, with a smart casual evening dress code.

The Stone*

All day dining 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 2 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 2 rooms.

double room with garden view

Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with a kettle, bathrobes, slippers, a daily bottle of water and a natural latex upper mattress. There is a sofa for the third person.

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Just re booked 3rd visit!

Hi all returning to the island next year. This really is a hidden gem of an adults oasis. The team here are absolutely superb. If you are thinking of going please do so don't be put off by the comments of the views of the garden rooms trust me. This hotel is one of the best couples hotels there is. Quiet pool hear we come 😊More

dooglesUk, uk

Great hotel

this is a really nice hotel. The reps were really helpful, especially Hannah. The entertainment was ok but similar every night. Our room was a garden view but the garden looked more like a rubble yard, such a shame.... The pool area was nice but everyone was close together. Nice view of the sea and great food at the pool bar. To be honest we did not explore the local area too much but nice relaxing walks along the sea front. We went on 2 trips safari 4x4 and spinalonga both good spinalonga was spoilt by it popularity. I wouldn't go back though nice but not Greek enough for me!More

suzy-bEngland, england

Ultimate Relaxation

We spent 11 nights in this hotel and it wasn't enough!! The staff make the hotel and were the most pleasant, friendly and hard-working staff we have ever known. The rooms are pretty much immaculate and there's always a smile to greet you (the cleaners deserve a tip ever now and again). The Thomson reps were also excellent additions to the holiday, especially Adam and his 'unique' music! The buffet breakfast and dinner were great, with several themed nights to add variety to the buffet. Considering the hotel had to feed several hundred guests it was amazing the staff and food were as good as they were. The pool was slightly on the cold side but given the heat (it was always 3/4 degrees hotter than the outside temperature) and the fact the beach was so close with warmer waters it is hard to complain. The location itself in Gouves is quite secluded with only a few shops and restaurants in the immediate area although George's Tavern and The Island Restaurant (seperate to the Island Hotel) are well worth multiple visits. But it is worth exploring as much of beautiful Crete as possible because there is nothing quite like it. We would be more than happy to stay at The Island Hotel again sometime in the future!!More

suzlhy, London, United Kingdom

Pool rooms are the best !

During our recent visit to the Island Hotel we had booked a shared pool room - it was worth every extra penny we paid just to have a pool to ourselves for 6 out of 7 days . Normally you would share the pool with your neighbours but we only had neighbours for one day ! There are only a few of these shared pool rooms but for a special occasion or if you want to treat yourself the pool rooms are the best rooms in the hotel. There are 3 other large swimming pools at the hotel. Around these pools there are lots of sun beds, hammocks, and double loungers. Pool towels are supplied in your room and you can change these every day as needed. The hotel beach is just across the road - you just need to take your pool towel with you to the beach and then you can use the free sun loungers on the beach. Not a fantastic beach its just OK. The extras in the room included a TV / DVD / CD player and in the bathroom there is a jacuzzi bath. It was lovely to come back to our room ate afternoon and listen to music whilst having a very bubbly bath, and then to sit by our little pool in our bath robes drinking g and t and watching the sun set. Its a short transfer from the airport but when we first arrived in our room there was a bottle of wine and a large basket of fruit - all complimentary. Another nice touch is getting a large bottle of water every day. Providing Free bottles of water each day is standard practice for all rooms, but if you needed to buy extra supplies the hotel supermarket sells water. The local supermarket is situated on the beach front. It's worth noting that the hotel supermarket charges about the same prices as the local supermarket. As the hotel is adults only it always seemed to be calm and relaxing. We have not stayed in an adults only hotel before so it seemed a bit strange at first but it was nice to spend quality grown up time together. There is a little bit of entertainment on in the hotel each evening but nothing too noisy and certainly nothing going on after midnight. A little tip - You will need to dine early for your evening meal to then be able to get a seat around the pool, if thats where the entertainment is being held otherwise if you go along after it has started: usually 9pm there are no seats left round the pool. If hotel entertainment isn't your thing - Weather conditions permitting you can sit by the beach and watch the sunset. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of Kato Gouves but it is only a two minute walk to some local bars, restaurants and to a well stocked supermarket. For drinks and somewhere different to eat we would recommend Philipos bar and the Island restaurant. If you want to see a little further down the coast and go to Gouves jump on the little train. The "little train" stops just outside the hotel and the trip takes about an hour. The reps from Thomson are available every day at the hotel and they can arrange a diverse range of trips to go on. These trip prices are a bit steep but if you want to do your own thing there are plenty of car hire places situated within five minutes walk. The staff in the hotel can advise about local buses and places of interest to visit. The food in the Kitchen restaurant is excellent and plenty to choose from. It's served buffet style. There was always a "theme" to the menu, and the menu often included some typical Cretan food. Weather permitting the restaurant has a very large seating area outside. You can also try and book another restaurant in the hotel for one evening but due to its popularity you would need to be staying at the hotel for at least two weeks, as it gets booked up very quickly and they need you to book at least a week in advance so try and book as soon as you arrive. The staff who work in the hotel were lovely, especially the staff based in the restaurant. They were very efficient and obviously cared that everyone staying at the hotel had a good time. In summary - Overall for a quiet, relaxing holiday the Island Hotel ticks every box. The hotel has very high standards and we struggled to work out why the hotel is not five star. If you want to come back off holiday feeling completely chilled out then this is the hotel for you. And go on treat yourself to a pool room you won't regret it !!More

FamilyJones31, Lancashire

Great for a chill out break

This hotel is for adults only. Much as I like kids ( I have 6 ) I can't eat a whole one ! The rooms are spacious and well decorated and the staff helpful. The pools are well sited and a good size. The walk into Kato Gouves takes about half an hour and is the nearest place to find a choice of shops and restaurants. Having said that the Island Hotel serves buffet type meals and although it can be a bit of a scrum at times there is a good choice. Be aware that it is about a 20 minute walk slightly uphill to the nearest bus stop and the buses get full quickly in the season. The Aquarium is about a 40 minute walk but is worth a visit. All in all a relaxing place to visit.More

atheaus, Blackpool, United Kingdom

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