Designer good looks and a great dining scene are just a couple of the Atlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa’s high points.
This Atlantica hotel clinched a 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award for luxury hotels. Interiors are modern, the pool area is smart, and the restaurants have a high-end design feel.
Location-wise, this property has scooped a prime spot on Glaros Beach. Local shops are within walking distance, and the historical town of Chania is less than 10 minutes’ drive away. From May 2016, this hotel will become part of the Thomson Sensimar collection.
Breakfast 07.00-10.30, late Continental breakfast 10.30-11.00, lunch 12.30-15.30 and dinner 18.30-21.30. 1 meal per stay in the Greek and Italian à la carte restaurants.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including house wine, draught beer, soft drinks and mineral water.
Snacks 10.30-12.30 and 15.30-18.00.
Start your day with a selection from the hot and cold buffet spread. If you'd like to watch your meal be prepared fresh in front of you, make sure to visit the show cooking station. For the late risers, there's a continental breakfast on offer until 11am. You can also enjoy lunch and dinner here as you soak up the panoramic bay views. Men are asked to wear trousers at dinner.
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High standards all round! A great holiday for couples!
We have just returned, on Friday, 28th August, after a two-week stay at this hotel. We had a lovely room on the top floor looking out to sea. The room was spotlessly clean and well-appointed. Modern. The bed was huge and very comfortable. The air-conditioning worked well and was very quiet, unlike some hotels we have stayed in. We had fresh fruit, a bottle of wine in the fridge and bottles of water waiting for us on arrival and extra bottles of water were delivered every evening with sweets. There was lots of storage and an excellent safe at no extra charge. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries were also provided.
The staff are very welcoming and helpful. The management team is very high-profile and we completed two questionnaires and were asked personally about the food at least once while there. We noticed some people were asked several times about their experience. May be this was a bit over the top but the waiters and waitresses seemed genuinely happy in their work and determined to deliver a good service.
We needed help when we locked ourselves out of the safe and when the shower head needed maintenance. On both occasions, our needs were given prompt attention. Impressive.
As some rooms had access to their own smaller pools and sunbeds, we found the main pools were never busy and always a pleasure to use. There seemed plenty of sunbeds available, in spite of some people reserving theirs, as some reviewers have complained about. Yes, the beach area was busy and beds not easy to come by on there sometimes, but personally, as on many continental beaches, the beds are close to other users, and I prefer a bit more space, especially away from smokers!
Food was plentiful and varied, whether it was breakfast, lunch or evening meal. There was always a freshly roasted piece of meat including duck; varied casseroles of beef, pork, chicken, lamb and even rabbit. Fish was freshly grilled or oven baked. All sorts of salads and vegetables were available, plain or mixed. Desserts included fresh fruit, fruit salad, ice-cream, gateaux and bite-sized cakes of every flavour and design you can imagine.
The all-inclusive wine was perfectly palatable although others were available at additional cost. There were plenty of branded drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, available on the all-inclusive menu throughout the day.
We didn't use the other restaurants on this occasion. We didn't feel the need. May be next time.
Some reviewers have commented about the entertainment available. I am not sure what they expect, a West End musical? Sir Elton John? We enjoyed the low-key local performers while we relaxed in the evening. In my opinion, local performances are part of visiting another culture. This was better than one Couples hotel we visited a few years ago when we were expected to take part in a quiz or competitions aimed at the UK guests of a 'Hi-Di-Hi' style and ignoring the needs of other nationalities.
During the day there were various activities to join in if you wanted but no pressure if you didn't: aqua exercises, boules, a beach party, Greek dancing to mention a few.
We didn't use the gym or spa but they seemed to be popular and of a high standard.
A visit to Chania is easy and cheap by bus as others have mentioned. It is worth a visit but make sure you get to the old harbour and town. We have visited before and I had forgotten how big and busy the main town is. The old harbour is full of history and character.
We also took the trip to Knossos. Great, whether you like history or not. The guides are experts and give an excellent commentary. The trip included a visit to the museum in Heraklion. It only reopened last year so it was quite a privilege to see the displays there which included some well known pieces I remember seeing in my history books when at school.
Overall, we had a super relaxing holiday. We might even go back one day, but there are lots of other places we would like to visit first, however, we would be very happy if we could be guaranteed a hotel of this standard and quality on every holiday, wherever we went.More
Coops2011, Minehead, United Kingdom
Hotel is fantastic all the staff that we met were very pleasant and helpful restaurant we only used the main one was large and clean, plenty of choices for food. We had room 504 which was lovely but did not get much sun but most days that was a blessing. Would highly recommend this hotel.More
We chose the Atlantica Kalliston based on the many fantastic reviews already on Trip Advisor. We arrived to a very warm welcome, a glass of juice or fizzy wine and a cool cloth. I think our particular intake was quite a big one as it seemed a little disorganised. After we completed our registration forms and wanted to go to our rooms we didn't exactly know what to do next, one of the management I think noticed us looking a little lost and took us to our rooms. explaining details about the hotel, facilities etc as we went. Our daughters had a double sea view and we had a 'newly renovated' sea view swim up. This is where I was a little disappointed with our allocation as it looked quite different to the swim up rooms advertised in the Thomson brochure. It was on the start of a corner so not exactly swim up, more of a walk to with no pool steps of its own but shared with around 4 other rooms. Because it wasn't 'on its own' as all the other swim ups were on the straight you found yourself sharing space with your neighbours to get your sunbeds in the sun! I was also really disappointed with the bathroom, It was unfinished with a light bulb hanging freely from the ceiling, builders pencil marks and patched drill holes on the wall and a door that hadn't been fitted correctly and didn't actually close and I don't like at all the supposedly modern look of newly plastered unpainted walls and cemented floor look, in my opinion it looks unfinished and cheap. I must add that after discussing the bathroom with Nikki our resort rep (more about Nikki in a minute) she took it up with management and whilst we were at dinner arranged for maintenance to fix the light, clean the pencil marks off the wall and fill some cracks for which we then received a bottle of fizzy wine and a fruit plate by way of an apology. One more thing before I get to the pluses of this hotel and there are many honestly, the hotel is 'open ended' its not closed off like I would expect a 5 star hotel to be, so if you have rooms at the end of a row you can hear the very busy road at the front of the hotel and all the floors are tiled not carpeted meaning you hear every foot step, I thought it more like apartments than a hotel rooms.
Ok so now i've done my gripes here are the good things. The location of the hotel right on the beach is fabulous with a sea that doesn't really go past your waist for quite a distance and several pools to choose from. Plenty of sunbeds everywhere (and yes people do reserve them early) but we always managed to find some on the beach of an afternoon. The staff are amazing! They are the friendliest people ever! They work very very hard to make your holiday the best experience it can be. Especially Eleni in the lobby bar, who is adorable and makes the best G&T's and also Tonia in the dining area but there are so many more. The food is absolutely wonderful and varied from breakfast to dinner its making my stomach rumble just thinking about it! We tried the Italian restaurant one evening and recommend giving it a try. The house wine (throughout the hotel) a very reasonable 13 euro a bottle
Our daughters both had spa treatments each and loved the experience, they were really looked after by the staff and felt relaxed and pampered afterwards.
The bus stop outside on the opposite side of the road is where you catch the No 21 bus that takes you into Chania town (don't worry about knowing where to get off as its the last stop and everyone leaves) you then pick it up at the same place to go back. It takes around 20 mins and passes a couple of public beaches on the way that you may want to try. You can buy your bus tickets at the shop in the hotel for 1 euro 70 one way.
I mustn't forget our tour rep Nikki, the most hard working rep I have ever experienced, she is just adorable and I wish her all the very best of luck in the future.
So to sum up, the Kalliston is a very nice hotel, great views, beautiful at sunset but has even nicer staff, management always in sight and maids that never ever stop cleaning.More
Hols4me22, Manchester, United Kingdom
The best holiday ever!
My boyfriend and I (both I our early 30s) travelled to Chania and stayed at this wonderful hotel for 10 nights mid August.
From the moment we arrived until we left, we felt like royals. The staff can't do enough for you and their service is impeccable. They pay attention to the tiniest details and ensure that everyone staying at their hotel has an amazing holiday.
We had so many good points
* beautiful food with excellent variety and choice
* fantastic selection of drinks if you are all inclusive
* beautiful gardens
* everything is very clean and well looked after
* fantastic friendly staff that can't do enough for you
* relaxing adults only environment
* spacious rooms with great views of the beach
* low key entertainment that was enjoyable
* knowledgeable travel rep from Thomsons
We truly had the BEST 10 nights and we will be back next year!
Only one teeny tiny suggestion - the air conditioning in our room was very noisy. We were therefore quite warm sleeping at night as we had to turn it down low to reduce the noise. It would have been great if the beds had a top sheet to sleep in rather than a thick duvet so we were more comfortable.
Please don't change anything to your fantastic service and hospitality! You are world class!
Thank you to all the staff at the Kalliston! See you next year!More
Best hotel we have ever visited!
Me and my wife have traveled many diffrent places in the world, but this place was the best we have ever stayed. Everything is thought through from the fantastic breakfast buffet, to the cleaning, and especially the service from the staff. They are all very nice and do their upmost to keep the guests happy!
We will come back and advice everybody to book a stay here.
Besides having a vacation here this review is also for people who think about getting married in a vacation area. We had always had a dream about getting married on a beach and after a long time thinking Kalliston was chosen to do the job. They went out of their way to give us the perfect wedding, and it was. We had the best day of our lives, so if you are thinking about doing something like this, we can give a sincere recommendation. Many greetings to Eirini Pologiorgaki our contact person all the way through. Dimitrios Tsaklas who was in charge of the venue and the great hotel manager Dimitrios Perrakis who was our ''priest''
The last thing i can say is that will 100 % sure come back some day. Thank you for our dream wedding!More