Blue Marine Resort & Spa

Ammoudara , Vathi, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 721 00 Greece
5 star hotel

Overview

Ratings summary

Brilliant
883
Good
496
Average
176
Poor
64
Awful
40

Rating by feature

  • 3.5 room
  • 3.5 pool
  • 3 beach
  • 4 service
  • 3.5 dining
  • 3.5 amenities
  • 3.5 food
 

15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Fabulous Hotel, great staff

5
Brilliant
by

"We stayed half board for 7 nights from 12 May 2009, and had a wonderful holiday. The staff at the hotel amazed us, especially in the dining room where we were made to feel so welcome and treated with warmth and genuine care. (thanks Katarina) . The food also exceeded our expectations both in quality, and choice combined with the changing menu, made it a delight to go and eat in the evening. The red house wine was great value at 9 euro's for a litre too.
We are not great party and therefore would liked the music during the day around the pool to be a little more like a background style. The animation staff have a job to do and did try to mix up the languages, however we did feel that it was a little more geared to the German market.
The gym is a token gesture only and rquires the equipment to be better serviced.
The location is very good given that the town of Agios Nikolaos is about a 50minute walk around the coast, most of which is by a safe and easy walking path, although about 1 kilometre is by the side of the road, which needs a little care and better shoes, however it is well worth doing as long as it is done early in the morning. Agios is fabolous town very surprising given the quality of cafes restaurants and shops, abit of Denmark, Italy and France all rolled into one. A cafe near the info centre called ... bites has well priced lovely food.
A good way to travel is by rental car or scooter, the speed limit is low and the traffic quite light, so it is a safe way to get around. A trip to Mouchlos around the coast is well worth the visit, as is going to the south coast where the beaches are warmer and very pretty.
You can get into Agios by public bus for 1.40 each way but the service is very unreliable and you end up waiting at least 20 minutes after the scheduled service time (this is life in Greece) but the buses are very comfortable nonetheless. We were advised to go into Elounda where they filmed 'Who pays the ferryman' however thought the town was trying to hard to cater for the British tourist and more junk shops and overall seemed less Greek than Agios.
The weather was just right around mid 20's with very light winds until the sea breeze kicks in around mid afternoon, the sea temperature was Ok for swimming at this time of the year and will only get warmer as the season goes on.
We would not hesitate to recomend this hotel to our best friends."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 23rd of May 2009

Loved this place!

4
Good
by

"My husband and I stayed here for 8 days last year and loved it! The food wasn't the greatest, but the location, the views, and the beach make it unforgettable. What made us so grateful about the location was how crowded everywhere else seemed to be when we took the bus to and from the airport. We were so glad we chose Blue Marine after all. It's the only large resort around so it's relatively secluded. It's not overcrowded, and it has its own private beach with a dock and sunbathing chairs. Perfect.

Quick question though...does anyone know if it's still covered by TUI? We're trying to go back again this year, but can't find it though TUI anymore =("

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 26th of March 2009

Lovely Hotel, Shame About The Attitude Of Some Of The Other Guests

3
Average
by

"We booked this hotel as it looked stunning on the website, and it is! It is one of the nicer 4 star hotels we have stayed in in the Greek Islands, very modern and clean, everything seems new, rooms are huge, pay for Sea View though. We paid half board, food was OK nothing to get excited about to be honest, had better in the Iberostar in Corfu the previous year. You have to pay for your drinks at your evening meal though, which I just assumed would be free as we paid for half board? but not so. Staff are perfectly helpful, the Hotel has a gym, health spa, indoor/outdoor pools etc. The only down side was the other guests, mainly of the French/Ger nationalities and we were one of the only brits in the hotel at the time, and they made sure we knew! At dinner time, one evening I was stared at throughout my entire meal by one man, whos friend then decided to so the same, and yes they were with their wifes at the time, and it was so humiliating, i had to leave the meal, as it made feel so angry. This was a trate every night for us, my parnter just tried to ignor it, as did i. I was not wearing anything out of the ordinary either?! The greeks were lovely, but the other guests were sadly not. The activity lady, GiGi is lovely though, she is british and came to speak to us, and said not many brits were at the hotel so this was a slight problem as we couldnt communicate with other guests.

Hotel is great other than that though. Hire a car if you car and go and explore, see Knossos, its very cheap about 6E and its well worth it! Try to find your own beach as there is so much of the island to cover. Also visit Elounda, it has an old island fort which holds a lot of history. Great places to eat/drink. Agios Nikolaos is great for this too, also shopping! and has a nice harbour."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 27th of February 2009

Great Hotel

5
Brilliant
by

"We have just come back from a two week break in the Blue Marine Hotel in Amoudara in Crete and it was fantastic, the staff were great, the rooms were superb, maid service every day, linen changed nearly every day. Food was good, flexibility for changeing meals was brilliant (we were 1/2 board).
The sea views from balcany are superb. We would recomend it to anyone. If there was one critisism it would be that the entertainment closed before the end of the season (11.00pm) if there was any at all in the hotel and this was only music from a DJ. We would go back again."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 22nd of October 2008

loved blue marine

4
Good
by

"My boyfriend and i visited the Blue Marine for 10 days in sept/oct 08 and found it great.
The bus
This hotel is on the outskirts of Agios Nikolas but it only took 5 mins to get there on the bus. The bus stop is directly outside the hotel. Pick up a timetable from reception as the times at the bus stop are not correct. The busses ran from 6.30 am roughtly every hour until 6pm then the last one at 9pm. If you get a taxi it is a set rate of 9 euros.
The beach
The hotels shingle beach is okay there are free sunbeds and a big floating raft thing so you can get into the sea without walking on the shingle. If you walk for 10 mins to the left of the hotel along the costal road there is a lovely sandy beach 5 euros a day for 2 sunbeds.
The All inclusive.
We found this very good the breakfast 7.30 - 10.00 everything you can think of. Pool bar snacks of pizza and sausage rolls from 11.00 - 12.00. Lunch 12.30-2.30 was salads, hot food, breads, cheese and deserts. Same snacks at pool from 3.30-4.30. Cookies and cake time 4.30-5.30 at pool. Dinner 7.30-9.30 Salads and hot food breads ect hot food did vary from lunch. All the food was well cooked and not too repetative. Drinks included soft drinks, coffee, draught beer, wine, local spirits, 5 cocktails vodka sunrise, tequila sunrise,cuba libra,gin fizz and wiskey sour. 3 non alc cocktails. Pool bar open 10.00-6.00 main bar open 6.00- last people leave no later than 1.00 all inclusive ends at 11pm.
The entertainment.
Quite chilled out water aerobics about 11am french bowls in afternoon. The evenings sometimes had a disco at main bar but not very varied music.
The hotel
There were mainly french and german people in the hotel but to be honest this didnt bother us much as it made you feel you were abroad and would have been much more upset if it was full of english chavs. The hotel was very clean, cleaner came in every day to our room. Never needed to put towel down early on sunbeds there were plenty. Pool was salt water very clean.
We loved this location as all the rooms had an amazing view and a real sense of space around you. Agios nikolaos is amazing very cosmopolitan, clean, people very friendly, amazing and trendy bars by the lake and great restaurants. We looked at lots of hotels in agios and if you wanna be in the hub of town you seem to loose the views and things are quite on top of each other. Blue Marine was perfect for us as it was chilled and spacious with easy access to town.
Spinalonga trip was so interesting would recommend going on the Ostria boat with nostos tours easily found in town. The Ostria is the only tour where the english guide takes you round the island anyone who has read the island will want to go and the guide has worked alongside Victoria Hislop (author) she is sooo knowledable people on other tours were walking round with a leaflet."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 5th of October 2008

Blue Marine Feedback

3
Average
by

"This is our third stay at the Blue Marine.The staff are lovely and speak farely good English. The cocktails are very ordinary.The view is to die for but the service is lacking. The rooms are very nice, most with great views. The pool is the best I have seen with a 180 deg view of the water..The language barrier at the front reception is very evident when there is a problem. There is a lot of building going on at the moment at the back of the resort, The managment dont seem to care that this was our 3rd stay there and would not let us keep our room for an extra few hours on departure day without making us pay 1000 THB We had paid for the better rooms and others were up graded on arrival for nothing to make up for the noise and the dust. but not us !!
I dont think we will return there as there is absolutely no good will."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2008

The good and bad

3
Average
by

"The pictures give a true depiction of this hotel, it does look beautiful, the pool is great and the views are amazing. However travellers shoud be warned of a couple of things that unfortunately made our holiday not so great.
1) There is no kids club....there is an 'animation team' who will take your child for an hour in the morning to do colouring or play Uno, and maybe an hour in the afternoon to play waterpolo. They also provide a mini disco between 9 and 10pm. But if you are expecting a full on activity programme to keep your kids occupied..forget it! The animation team then spend the rest of their time amusing the adults. It seems to be Karim's job description to flirt with mummy's and Ralph spends his days getting thrown in the pool. That said they are a great bunch of people and work hard at entertaining the hotel guests. I just wish there had been more done for the kids.
2) Mountain view rooms...this is not so much a view as an actual mountain where your balcony ends. You don't even get daylight if you are on a lower floor! Only take these rooms if you want to go to bed before 11pm and want to avoid the noise of the pool bar. Otherwise pay the extra for the sea views, its probably worth it.
3) We couldn't play tennis as the nets weren't up (but it was probably too hot anyway) and the pool has a high salt content which irritates the eyes until you get used to it after a couple of days.
All in all though a good trip. I would recommend the hotel for older families who don't expect a kids club, and couples prepared to put up with the pool area being full of kids looking for entertainment. Agios Nikolaos is a fantastic resort and worth visiting. There is a very family friendly atmosphere at the hotel and you don't need to worry about your kids wondering about by themselves.
4) Finally, a sour note to end our trip. Jewellery and an i-pod went missing from a drawer in my room on the last day. The hotel have yet to accept any responsibility in this matter and even acknowledge my loss. Keep an eye on your valuables as you prepare to leave!"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 23rd of August 2008

absolutely lovely

4
Good
by

"hello everybody! i staid in this hotel 3 weeks ago! trust me, it is a very good place! with a lovely view of the see and mountains; the arhitectural style is a special one; rooms are very new furnished and spacious with all you need in them; swimming pool is very clean; the restaurant is a very nice one with very polite and funny waiters :-) ; food is delicios and with a large variety; the personnel is very polite; the owner of this hotel said hello to us evrey night and once night he offered us something to drink; belive me, is a perfect place ! try it 100% !"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 28th of July 2008

Quiet and Spacious

4
Good
by

"Hotel is very quiet and spacious. It has own bay with free umbrellas and seatbeds but the beach is not sandy, so you'd have to enter the sea from the small ponton. It takes about 10 minutes to get to municipal sandy beach and about 40 minutes to city center (by feet). Bus station is right here but the schedule isn't correct (the bus can be canceled especially on Sunday).
Rooms are spacious and clean. There were 3 of us in the room so it was divided into 2 parts and has beds for everyone (not extra sofa).
Restaurant food is average, but Sunday's Greek evening are pretty good (more dishes, more fruits, more taste). If you would like to leave early there is early breakfast at restaurant - sandwiches and coffee (not picnic). If you plan to come home after late they will leave your dinner at fridge at your room (every room is equipped with fridge and safe for free). Everything is asked on reception.
They have tennis court, small tennis - for free, pool, water cycle, canoe - for charge.
Recommend it to persons searching for quiet, romantic holidays in the atmosphere of comfort. It is good for those who can entertain themselves."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007

Excelent rooms, excelent sea view, bad restaurant

4
Good
by

"Period: 13.06.2006 - 20.06.2006
The hotel is brand new with one wing still under construction (at that time).
Rooms are very spacious and every one has an excellent sea view. Air conditioning system works only from 11:00 pm till 7-8:00 am.
Small beach with many rocks close to shore that is nice though.
The restaurant is the worst thing about this hotel: good food but almost the same every day (limited variation).
If you choose all-inclusive don't you even think about choosing "A-la-Carte" menu at the fifth floor (one dinner included in All-Inclusive fee) because you will receive bad food and gross personnel).
Excellent staff in All-Inclusive restaurant and bar with best regards to Anna and Nikos. Overall the impression was good which make this hotel a good choice for spending your holiday here."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 16th of September 2006

Great Hotel

5
Brilliant
by

"We were in bluemarine 1st Oct to 8th oct 11 what a lovely hotel !!!
we had room 609 in the 5th floor great views ,very clean hotel staff very friendly makes all the difference they always seemed to be cleaning and it shows !!food good lots of choice very relaxed in restaurant very efficent staff in there as well self service food and drinks so have as much or as little as you want.Best of all was aria(hopefully spelt correctley )at the pool bar she was great always smiling and very helpful
would thoughly recommend this hotel.. Taxi into town 9 euros dont bother with bus 1.80 euros each one way
The only down side was the pool which was freezing !!!!!!!!!and the pool towels which were rather poor but Im being picky."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 12th of October 2011

Rating breakdown

  • 2 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 3 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Dining
  • 3 Amenities
  • 5 Food

Inland View is a gross misrepresentation

4
Good
by

"The description given in the Olympic Holiday brochure represents a gross misrepresentation of fact in respect of the "inland view". The view is one of a solid rock wall which extends from the ground floor up to the upper floor permitting little or no natural light on to the balcony. For an additional 10 euros a day the hotel moved me to an alternative room with a view of the sea. My investigations whilst staying in the hotel revealed that this was a common occurrance affecting many guests. "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 20th of July 2011

Rating breakdown

  • 3 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 4 Service
  • 3 Dining
  • 4 Amenities
  • 3 Food
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