Part of our Thomson Platinum 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 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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Fruit and Wine Offer
If you're a returning customer, you'll receive a bottle of wine and fruit basket in your room.
If you are celebrating your birthday during your holidays, you will receive a cake - either in your room or served with dinner.
Food & Drink
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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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Swim-up Double Room with Pool View, Garden View and Shared Pool
Swim-up Duplex Suite with Pool View, Shared Pool and Balcony
Modern furniture and warm earthy tones add a cozy and inviting feel to these swim-up duplex suites. They feature a shared pool and a balcony offering outside space. Air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and bathrobes and slippers are all included. There's a double bedroom plus 1 sofa bed in the lounge, plus the bathroom has a rainfall shower.
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Wonderful relaxing experience
We recently returned from a week at the Island, and generally we were extremely happy. We arrived around noon and our room was ready by two pm. The hotel staff are very friendly and efficient and the room was spacious and clean. We had booked a sea view room, which turned out to be in the main building. This seems to have been an excellent choice, since we were far from the noise of the entertainment at night and enjoyed a fresh breeze on our balcony - perfect for drying swimwear in the afternoon. As opposed to many other reviewers, we generally found the air con to be perfectly satisfactory. The TV in the room has an easily accessible HDMI port so we could watch movies from our computers in the evening. There are not many power outlets in the room so if you travel with a lot of tech like us you may want to consider bringing along a power strip/extension block - we were glad we did. The bath is sadly quite cramped, I had to be extremely careful showering to avoid burning my thigh on the mixer tap. We very much liked that the bath is so open, however, and that only the toilet is behind a door, this was a good use of space and a clever way to make sure the bathroom isn't too humid. The hotel grounds are immaculately kept and have a luxurious feel. We preferred to stay by the main or infinity pools, as there was a pleasant sea breeze there that made the temperature much more bearable than further up on the grounds by the relaxing pool. The pool areas are well organized and we never had a problem finding a spot by the pool in the mornings. However, the no-reservation policy seems to be somewhat laxly enforced, we only ever saw a handful of towels actually removed and it looked like people could get around the policy quite handily by leaving additional items along with their towels as the attendants seemed to have a higher threshold for removing personal items. I would recommend being out early enough to nab one of the day beds, as they are much more comfortable in the long run than the sun beds (we were by the pool by 9.30 most days and were always able to get a day bed, and like most who got one we stayed there all day). Most of the day beds have a canopy but no curtains or covers on the sides if you're looking for some shadow, but both the on-site shop and the supermarkets sell beach towels and sarongs/wraps, as well as pins that are perfect for hanging them - I suspect the topic has come up before. There is, as others have remarked, a fair bit of air traffic overhead, but we were not bothered by it. Pool service is most accessible by the main pool, attendants regularly make the rounds to take orders there. It's expensive, but worth it for drinks (though not soft drinks as you can buy those much more cheaply from the shop) - the food however is mediocre at best. For lunch we bought baguettes and pastries from the Hellas Market up the road most days at much better value. The on-site shop has a great selection of all sorts of things and is not unreasonably priced, though you can get both drinks and snacks somewhat cheaper at the small supermarket across the road or at the aforementioned Hellas Market. The WiFi had good speed and worked near flawlessly both in the room and by the pools. I didn't try Netflix or anything too heavy, but was able to watch Youtube videos with little to no interruption. We booked our stay with breakfast only, opting instead to visit the nearby restaurant Medusa for dinner - very highly recommended. Breakfast was generally very good (the fresh fruit and veg was amazing and there was a great selection of hot and cold foods) with a few exceptions: Apart from the press-your-own orange juice (which was lovely, though always with a line), the drink selection was frankly terrible. Assorted dispenser juices with more than a subtle whiff of chlorinated water and coffee with the same was an unpleasant way to start the morning. The 'fresh' bread and rolls on offer were also -though it seems impossible - both rather chewy and quite dry. If you're not into toast, you may find yourself with a bit of a low-carb breakfast (though it's possible this is a very Norwegian quibble). All in all, however, these are minor dissatisfactions and the hotel very much lived up to our expectations: A week of near total relaxation in luxe-feeling surroundings.More
Myself and my husband have just returned from The Island in Crete - a piece of paradise! We stayed in a pool casual room for 7 nights. It was fabulous - modern, spotless and spacious and we had our own pool! We're quite sporty so we really enjoyed the daily program. We did yoga or Pilates with AJ in the morning, played Tennis most afternoons, swam every day in one of the four pools and went for a run along the beach road. It meant we could enjoy all the fabulous food guilt-free! :) The breakfast buffet and dinners were delicious. (There's complimentary champagne on Sunday mornings!) The only issue: men have to wear long trousers for the restaurant in the evening... we weren't aware of this so my husband had to buy a pair in one of the local markets. The hotel was full at the time but it was so peaceful and everyone seems to respect that. We enjoyed relaxing on the hammocks and sunbathing on the double beds. We never had an issue finding a bed as there are so many pools and relaxation areas. There's also a shop on the campus which was so handy. And a little chapel which I loved. Gouves is a quieter resort but The Island is in a great location - literally a stone's throw from the beach and it's 15 mins from the airport. There are lots of bars and tavernas nearby. We had a super night of Greek cuisine and traditional dancing at Mylos and we enjoyed a sunset dinner at a restaurant also called The Island (!) Both very reasonably priced. There are also a few nice bars nearby. And a big supermarket fives minutes walk away. What's best about this hotel is the staff. They are all so friendly, smiley and accommodating. I'm not surprised there are so many returning tourists. It's a big thumbs up from us! More
14 days in paradise
The Island Hotel is highly recommendable for anyone who want totally relaxation. We been here for 2 weeks, and there is not a thing we don't like, the food at the restaurant is very good, we had breakfast and dinner included in our trip, at dinner they switch out 6 meals every night, there are different themes, we had Mexican, Asian, traditionally Greek, Indian, originally cretean and much more, at the breakfast there is also something for everyone, but it's the same everyday. But... if you want to mix it up, you can definitely try something different every morning. I think this is one the better places I've ever been. Worth every penny. They even placed a bottle of wine in our room on our anniversary, the hole staff is so friendly an nice, all of them speaks very good English. Definitely not the last time we've been here.More
4 star hotel that looks like a 5 star
Arriving at this hotel at night my friend and I were like kids in a sweet shop marvelling at how gorgeous the entrance and reception area was. If like me you like clean, modern, boutique hotels then The Island is for you.. With three swimming pools to choose from, (two with ocean views) and relaxing sun loungers or cabanas to lie on, this hotel feels luxurious and rather cool from the start. Staff bring you iced cocktails or coffee etc directly to your lounger so there is every opportunity to be super lazy if you wish! There is a DJ in the largest pool from midday but everything is generally chilled and quiet. Our room looked over one of the pools and had a balcony. Although small, it was modern and clean with a huge queen sized comfortable bed. There was a free safe in the room, and a fresh bottle of water is replaced everyday too along with fresh towels and the usual toiletries. Food is buffet style and the staff are probably the friendliest I have ever met on a holiday. They go out their way to help you (including the hotel manager Katya who tirelessly and patiently helped me reset my iphone when it locked me out) . I tried the yoga/stretch classes that were provided during the day under a canopy and there was aqua aerobics too. There are tennis courts and ping pong tables too and if all that is too much effort, there are huge hammocks to lie out on in the sun. Honestly they think of everything here! There was a shop on site which sold everything from fizzy drinks (1 euro) to Adidas trainers. Gouves itself is a little run down and there arent loads of bars but enough to have a nice cocktail or beer of site if desired. things seem to go quiet fairly quickly after midnight but this holiday and hotel is definitely about rest and relaxation as opposed to clubbing like Malia down the road. I would highly recommend this gorgeous hotel; it looks better than the pictures and the staff are so friendly and helpful.More
Fabulous adults-only hotel next to the beach
We returned 3 Aug 17 from an 11 night stay. Amazing sea view rooms on the 2nd (top) floor just yards from the beach. You could see and hear the waves while laying in bed! The pools and sunbeds were spread out so it never felt crowded, the standard was 5 star. The buffet food was very good and had lots of choice to suit all tastes. The evening buffet was themed, eg Italian, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Asian, Cretan. The staff were very helpful, attentive and friendly.More
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