Well it's definitely in the eating, and there is more than ample opportunity to do that here. Candia Maris is an all inclusive resort where food seems to be available at almost anytime. Apart from the three restaurants there is the poolside pizza hut, open most of the day until about 5:00pm, the Taverna does snacks during the afternoon until 4:00pm,then there is coffee and cake on the upper terrace at 4:00. I think they also cater for those with the midnight munchies!
The main restaurant is called Magic, it is here you eat your main meals, the choice was rather overwhelming on each occasion. One tip here is to find a table, leave something to indicate it is taken - sunglasses or a hat maybe - before you collect your food and drink. We would take it in turns to get a drink, coffee in the morning or wine/beer later in the day. Staff are very attentive, removing plates etc almost as soon as you finish. I could go on longer about the Magic restaurant but I think you get my drift. My only complaint is that they don't do a good curry dinner, by the end of our week I was desperate for good curry and associated side dishes.
There are two other special restaurants, Flavour and Taverna. These you can visit once a week but you must book. We did the Taverna and enjoyed a fixed menu taste of Greece with about 7 starters and main courses, desert is accompanied with Raki with honey and a glass of Ouzo. Wine is extra, from around €20 upwards, we had beers! We didn't try the Flavour but I believe that was a fixed menu restaurant.
Wednesday is BBQ night at the Taverna, again plenty of choice and the addition of typical Greek entertainment, a folk group and dancers, probably the best evening for us.
On the subject of entertainment, there is everything from poolside games around the main pool to the amphitheatre shows by the staff (a bit am dram but all the more entertaining because of it) 9:30-10:30, and usually something else in the party area from 10:30 until midnight at the latest. If you still have the energy there is a nightclub midnight until 2:00am! There is always bottled drinking water available, housekeeping always leave two bottles when they do your room each day.
There are plenty of sports to join in with, as well as a fitness centre and classes. We enjoy spin classes, of which there are two per day, 10:00 and 17:00, outside under a roof and benefiting from the sea breeze as you are only a few metres from the beach. These classes are well run by young Colin, who will tell you he is from Germany and is 23 years old, he's also a very nice lad. Don't forget your spin shoes with spd cleats. If you prefer the real thing there are daily road rides and twice daily mtb rides, I was told they have flat and spd/sl pedals on the road bikes or bring your own.
We stayed in the bungalows area where there is a separate pool, this is the quiet area, at least during the day because it is between the amphitheatre and party area. The apartment was comfortable with it's own balcony and about 100m from the shoreline, you could hear the waves on the beach.
We found the staff very friendly and efficient, nothing seemed to be too much. We had three occasions to get technical service, usually because the A/C tripped, a call to reception and there was a knock on the door within minutes and problem solved.
There are trips out, if you go to Crete I think Knossos is a must do with a visit to the museum in Heraklion. Not as big as Pompeii but historically and archeologicaly important in the local history. The local buses are cheap and regular if you fancy a bit of independent travel or hire a car or bike from the onsite MotorClub desk.
One question often asked is about the VIP Lounge at the airport. Heraklion airport was recently voted third worst in Europe according to an article in the Telegraph a couple of weeks ago, although our arrival and passing through was quite smooth. It's the outbound journey that is the problem, so we opted to splash the cash and have the VIP treatment. Was it worth it? Yes we thought so, no queuing and air conditioned lounge with comfortable seating etc, fridges full of cold drinks from water to fizzy wine and food ranging from Smarties to sandwiches. When if was boarding time we were whisked through, embarrassingly being put through in front of folks who had been queuing for sometime, but hey, we were VIPs!
So the big question, would we go back to this resort? I think the answer has to be yes, but I'll remember to take my cycling kit next time.
The review above was written in 2017 and I posed the question would we go back to this resort? The answer was a definite yes because we recently returned from our third visit, and we have booked to go back next year! I took my cycling kit and went out for three organised rides with young Dario and Paulina. It was great to get off site and up into the surrounding hills.
As a 3 time veteran I think I know the resort well enough to know what I like and, surprisingly, what I am not so keen on. All of the above is still true, especially about the food, after each holiday our first stop on the way home was to stop and pick up a curry! Please chef can you do a curry night once a week? Please?
Once again Wednesday was our favourite dinner, BBQ and traditional Greek folk dancers and music. The usual entertainment in the Amphitheatre has become a must do for us, many of the entertainers are young Brits who love to talk to you, probably a bit homesick? These youngsters double up as keep fit/sports coaches during the day. Main pool area is the place to be for organised games during the day and of course the pool bar.
So my negative review? We stay in the bungalows, the quiet area and pool, at least it is during the day. Night time entertainment is at this end of the resort. The Amphitheatre kicks off at 21.30 for an hour or so and then moves over to the Party Area next to the Taverna for disco or live music until 24.00. This is not every night but most nights, to loud and too late for this old insomniac, Those who go love it, I liked the silent disco as I couldn't hear it ;-)
Anyway, everything considered we love Candia Maris so much we are going back again next year and taking our son and daughter in law. It's expensive yes, but we think you get what you pay for, and if you have a great time it's worth every penny.
Oh just one thing, how come we only met the other token Brits on the last day?
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