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.
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.
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
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
Lovely hotel!! But...
I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the hotel with my partner in September. The hotel itself was lovely, rooms were absolutely spotless, the staff were fantastic and could not do enough for you. Everything was modern and the pool and bar area was also spotless. The maids were also excellent providing us with fresh towels every day, tidying around and changing bedding. Cocktails were also excellent!
However...there were a few things which could have been improved. The toilets in Reception and by the pool were very dirty and had an unpleasant odour, after braving it a few times I went back to the room whenever I needed to use it. The drinks prices are very expensive, whereas the bars just outside the hotel are half price and just as good. My main issue was the buffet, we ate breakfast and dinner there most nights and found the food lukewarm and quite bland. Whilst there was normally a good selection sometimes the food areas were not clean and depending on what time you went for dinner there was often a long queue to be seated. Breakfast tended to be better than dinner.
Also there was always plenty of room and sunbeds available but if you are wanting a bed you need to be there before 9.30am as they go very quickly. The entertainment was also average, the singers who were on most nights at the pool bar were fantastic but other than that, not much going on. The area surrounding the hotel was also quite quiet, maybe 5-7 bars.
Overall we had a lovely holiday, the weather was perfect and the hotel was great, maybe 2 weeks is a little too long as the resort can get a little boring/quiet at times. But overall would definitely recommend!More
Hayley J, Leeds, United Kingdom
If you are looking for noisy hotel with loud music and activities going 24/7 then this hotel is NOT for you because the moment you arrive at this place you are hit by this great sense of peace and quite, where life goes at very leisurely pace and everything is designed to give you as much comfort as possible, especially the bed, itâs one of the most comfortable beds that Iâve ever slept in.
The whole place is kept spotlessly clean and all staff work extremely hard to make sure you feel welcomed here.
The Beach across the road is small but clean and free for The Island hotel customers, donât bother about snorkelling kit cause itâs shallow and often you have rather big waves with strong undercurrent, so if you are not a strong swimmer be aware of that!
The food is tasty but not the strongest point of this hotel, Breakfast was better than dinner.
Drinks (even water) are extremely over prised, so If I ever come here again, I will go on bed & breakfast basis and have dinners in tavernas nearby. TIP try Georgeâs traverna just outside the hotel, their food is tasty and great value for money drinks
The only other negative point about this hotel is their Wi-Fi, it doesnât work in rooms and very slow outside. TIP if you have a laptop with you, you can ask for a network cable to plug into a socket in your room, this improves the internet connection significantly.
Also I would like to mention that this place is huge and if you have problems walking long distances and can't do steps very well, you might want to request a room in the main building, as there are 2 lifts and it's close to the main restaurant and swimming pool.
Over all I would recommend this place to couples who are looking for a place to unwind and recharge batteries in peace in quite.More
James H, Ramsgate, United Kingdom
Great hotel and The staff make it even better
Stayed here the last week of the season and we absolutely loved it. Spotlessly clean throughout and some of the friendliest staff we've met. Good location opposite a small beach. A bit of a walk into gouves which is a very spread out resort but we were very happy staying in the hotel or in the nearby bars and tavernas(especially Medusa taverna. Thanks Antonio) good food in the buffet restaurant but the drinks are expensive. Roughly twice the price of "outside" places. You could see it was the seasons end as it showed signs of a long summer and it was very odd as each night the place got emptier and emptier. We'll definitely returnMore
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