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.
High quality hotel, however food is not five starred.
Lived here with my girlfriend for a week in mid-October. The facilities are of high quality, the service is what you'd expect of a five star hotel.
However the food is not of the quality you'd expect from a five star hotel. The buffet presents plenty of diversity, however the meat is generally overcooked and the desserts lack taste almost all around the board.
The WiFi is decent, but has its deadzones even on our room which the nearest one to the main restaurant and lobby.More
rfalc, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Jewel in the Crown of the Atlantica Hotel Chain
EXQUISITE!!! Without doubt, this is probably the best, but least known Hotel on Crete in our opinion. Catering exclusively for couples of all genders, it provides all the peace and quiet that you could wish for!! From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave you are unobtrusively looked after and nothing is too much trouble.
We have stayed in some of the most amazing 5 star hotels in our time, Bath Spa, Claridges and Hotel Westminster in Le Touquet, but this is without doubt the most impressive.
Due to my wife's disability, this was our first 'long' holiday in 25 years, and we most certainly made the right choice!! We took our time choosing the right holiday for us, searching for a hotel that would be flat and level, with easy access to all its facilities. Apart from being able to access the bathroom easily, it was perfect!! The information supplied in the Hotels own website (http://www.atlanticahotels.com/en/Hotels/Greece/AtlanticaKallistonResortandSpa ) gave us sufficient details to make our choice, abley backed up by the reviews on this site which we can assure you the General Manager Mr Perrakis does personally read.
So that we could arrive in comfort, we wrote beforehand requesting details of a local hire car company and recieved a personal reply from Mr Perrakis putting us in touch with a company whose rates are much more reasonable than if you hired from the UK (www.traffic-rental-cars-crete.com ). Driving to and from the airport is quite straight forward, everyone knows of the Kalliston and the directions are great.
We did book this trip through Thomson, who do have the exclusive UK deal, book at the right time and you get a discount which makes sense. We recommend that you do book a Junior Suite with swim up pool this will put you on the ground floor with direct access to the beach and some of the most amazing and spectacular views plus the sight sound and smell of the ocean wafting in on the gentlest of breezes. We were also given our own set of Beach towels which is very handy, you have your own pair of sunbeds straight across the pool which guaranteed at least 7 hours of direct sunlight even in October.
Elana our housemaid was superb and kept us stocked up with tea and coffee sachets which was very thoughtful. If you ask nicely they will let you have a jug of milk to keep in the fridge which is very useful if you, like us drink a lot of tea.
We chose the 'All inclusive' package which means that you get some extras not normally mentioned, your own bath robes each with a rose inside on arrival and room slippers, a huge basket of fresh fruit, and a very well stocked fridge with soft and alcoholic drinks, which you can top up anytime. Room service also comes around in the evening to top up your water which is very useful if it gets too warm.
Under the all inclusive you get a wide variety of drinks and snacks all free and also the opportunity to eat in the Gialos (Greek) and the Italian Al la Carte restaurants for free which means you can have anything on the menu. All main meals In the Deep Blue restaurant are buffet style, which as most correspondents have said are so stunning and amazing and provide a wide variety of choice of both local and international cusine. Our recmmendation is that you try all the local food. The cretan diet is so healthy it does you so much good, and the variety is superb. All the food is hot and replenished frequently so there is no evidence of food having sat around for hours curling at the edges, Each time there is always a chef on hand cooking items fresh so you get an opportunity to really try out the local cooking. More importantly the Head chef who is Michelin starred does give every restaurant his own personal attention throughtout the day.
The only word of warning is that if you are intending to diet don't, because no matter what always save some room for the incredible variety of desserts that are on offer. You won't be able to resist!! (See Image)
The Maitre'D's, Waiters and waitresses ( Dalos, Antontios, Tonia and Yonis are delightful charming and are helpful without being intrusive which is so refreshing. They treat everyone with courtesy and will instantly recognise you even after a couple of days, We will always recommend eating out on the terrance in the open air as it gives you the perfect al fresco moment.
No matter what you must experience the Yuni Ko Asian restaurant which is in the block to the east of the main hotel but is well worth the visit, the food is exquisite, perhaps the best in all of the hotel and Ben, the chef is the nicest person you can meet. and possibly our favourite person because we never saw him without a beaming smile. If you think that you have eaten far eastern cuisine you havent until you are seated in this restaurant.
If you remember that this is a Spa Hotel, then you should take the opportunity to spend at least a morning, or if possible a day in the spa. The treatments provided are Wonderfully indulgent, but very reasonably priced compared to those in the UK. There is a couples room where you can enjoy the quiet moments of relaxation together. For the more daring you can have this done on the beach under the stunning white awnings. My wife says that her face felt as soft as silk for days afterwards, despite smoking and soaking up the sun. Two weeks later, even I must say my face is also still feeling the benefits.
For me though where this hotel undersells itself, especially in all the brochures and the website, is that it is at its best during sunrise sunset and at night when it is subtely and beautifully lit up and takes on a whole new persona and ambiance. Sitting on the terrace post meal with a coffee feeling the breeze bringing the scent of the herb garden, hearing the soft lap of the ocean, and the dappling of the lights is a joy to behold.
On our last evening we were presented with a small gift of local olive oil and soap from the hotel which was most unexpected and delightful. Checking out was expertly handled and Stavros the concierge and George were very very helpful.
This truly is the ultimate blissful escape.
Cathy & Nic Holc-ThompsonMore
My Boyfriend and I (21 and 24) stayed in this hotel last June for 10 days and it was truly amazing from start to finish!
On arrival, you are welcomed with orange juice. Now i'm not a huge fan but this was something else. Honestly the best drink I've ever had, 2nd is the chocolate milkshake at the hotel!
All the food and drink was an amazing standard, especially all the fresh meats they cook in front of you - chicken, turkey, fish. I am such a fussy eater so the fact that they had so much on offer was a dream for me!
We stayed Half Board, and if you aren't a big alcohol drinker then i would definitely recommend this! The spreads at breakfast and dinner are enormous and its a buffet - so all you can eat! I rarely had an appetite for much at lunch so I'm so glad we didn't pay the extra (quite a lot extra) for All Inclusive. There's a few shops right outside the hotel, and 2 big supermarkets around 10/15 minutes walk away, so we got some breads and cold meats and kept them in our room fridge for lunches.
On one of the days, we were doing a full day trip, and we also wanted to try the Italian A La Carte restaurants that evening. So we were able to swap our HB dinner for packed lunches, as you have to pay extra for the a la carte restaurants anyway. The packed lunches were unbelievable - 4 baguettes, 4 pieces of fruit, cakes, water, cucumber - and all prepared freshly for our departure at 6am! Then the evening meal at the Italian just topped it all. The waiter (I really wish I could remember his name) was just perfect. He was so accommodating without being at all pushy. Everyone we saw leaving the restaurant tipped him, including us - he really made our evening!
On our last day, our flight was at 5pm - so again they allowed us to have a lunch included before leaving on our last day.
If you are a younger couple, then I would say that this hotel does have an older crowd. I'm certain we were the youngest there - but I think that's what you get with a relaxing luxury resort. It's not surrounded by bars and clubs, but there are some around 15 mins away. For our holiday next year, we are looking for somewhere slightly closer to a town - but we are struggling to find somewhere that matches the standards of the Kalliston!
A few tips if you're looking to book -
- Standard rooms are fab, all have great views and really spacious.
- Book separately - not with an agent. The hotel has a loyalty scheme you can join for free and you get an instant 5% off your booking. Taxi's are cheap and our driver was basically a tour guide! So welcoming and told us all about the history of the island.
- Aegean Airlines have really cheap flights and a super airline for the price (we paid Â£500 for 2 return from Edinburgh)
- On one of your first days, head into Chania and visit some of the tour operators. There are some fantastic day trips for very reasonable prices (we did the Samaria Gorge, Elafonissi Beach and Gramvousa and Balos Cruise with Kyriakas an would rate them highly! http://www.kyriakakis.gr/)
We are in the process of deciding on our 2015 holiday, as we are in our 20s we still want to visit as many diff places as possible and we are struggling to find a hotel anywhere in the world that matches the value for money of the Kalliston!
Feel free to message me if you have any questions - I went trawling through these reviews for answers when I was booking!More
AimeeC23, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I'm sooooo chilled
I was in need of a relaxing holiday and this was it. The hotel and staff were very welcoming every where was spotless. Lots of little touches by the staff to make the guests feel valued, our wine waitress Tonia is wonderful with not only her knowledge of wine but with general customer care and local help, she could do so much more. All the staff and the guests benefit by the very regular appearance of their manager - some times you never see senior staff. A visit into Chania was lovely and a 4x4 trip out was a great way to see the surrounding area!
Great staff, Lovely Hotel Anthea Burch Sept 14More
Anth2014, Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
First class from start to finish....
My husband and I have just returned from the most RELAXING holiday we have ever had!
I had emailed the hotel before our visit with a room request and the assistance from the wonderful Eirini was faultless and I was made to feel no trouble what so ever and that "Hotel Atllantica Kalliston" 110% care about their guests!
On arrival and after the first class welcome I after realising our swim up deck room was in the shade asked if there where any other rooms available in the sun as I love it but my husband not so much...within 10 minutes it was sorted and we were offered an alternative...the food,pool,beach and most importantly the staff where out of this world. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.More
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