This chic hotel comes with its own private beach – a pebbly little number with a seafront bistro. There are 2 huge lagoon pools, plus a world-leading spa. There’s no shortage of sports either, with 11 tennis courts, volleyball and windsurfing. As for food, there are 5 restaurants to choose from, including a buffet and a fine dining place.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Tennis tops the bill of sports. There are 7 red clay courts* and 4 quartz sand courts, plus a training wall. Elsewhere, you'll find squash courts, a driving range, putting green, and watersports like diving and windsurfing.
There's plenty here for tennis enthusiasts and beginners. With a training wall, 7 clay courts, 4 quartz sand courts, floodlighting and instructors.
- Table tennis
- Games room*
- Squash courts*
- Diving centre*
There are a variety of activities available, with pedalos, windsurfing and canoeing on offer. Or opt for the thrill of jet-skis, parasailing, catamarans, water-skiing, banana boats and ringos. All can come with tuition.
FOOD & DRINK
There are 5 restaurants here. The sea-view buffet restaurant serves a good mix of Mediterranean and international dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. It also does weekly Greek and Italian nights.
Besides the buffet, there’s a beachside bistro, an Asian and a Cretan restaurant in a little courtyard. Then there’s the gourmet à la carte restaurant, which serves Mediterranean creations by one of the pools.
- Symposio buffet restaurant
The buffet restaurant offers early Continental breakfast, American breakfast and evening meals. There are themed evenings with Greek and Italian dishes and children's meals from 6.30pm to 8pm. All complimented by views of the Cretan sea.
- Candia à la carte restaurant*
Opening Times: [19.00-01.00]
Divine Mediterranean dishes prepared with healthy eating in mind. The menu is ideal if you're trying to be good whilst away. And for a really indulgent meal there's a lobster night every week - reservations are required.
- Allegro snack bar*
Offering seasonal dishes, from 10am to 6pm there's self service sandwiches and light bites and the pizzeria's open from 3 to 5.30pm.
- Minos lobby bar*
Opening Times: [18.00-01.30]
This is the main lobby bar, and in low season the evening entertainment is here.
- Pool bar*
Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]
- A la carte dining*
At the Candia à la carte restaurant.
- Beach Bar*
Opening Times: [15.30-17.30]
This beach bar serves up a selection of healthy snacks, tortillas, sandwiches, toasties and a variety of pastries and cakes.
- El Greco Greek taverna*
Opening Times: [08.00-11.00, 19.00-01.00]
There's breakfast from 8-11am for those staying in the VIP rooms and suites. Authentic traditional Cretan and Greek meals in a courtyard setting. There's a barbecue night once a week with live music and a choice of Greek and barbecue dishes. One meal here is included if you're staying All Inclusive. You'll need to book a table to eat here.
- Royal Palm Asian Restaurant*
This restaurant brings you the best flavours from the Orient, offering a combination of refreshing tastes from the East.
- Snack bar*
Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]
HEALTH & BEAUTY
The hotel is home to one of the best spas in the world, and has the awards to prove it. It’s a blue-tiled oasis of hydro-massage pools, steam cabins and massage rooms. It also has a state-of-the art gym.
When it comes to treatments, you can book in for everything from an Oriental hammam to a French manicure. But the main highlight is the thalassotherapy centre, which draws on the health-giving benefits of sea products.
Opening Times: [Monday to Saturday, 10.00-18.00]
This is an award-winning spa centre with a huge range of treatments, using mainly thalassotherapy techniques. Choose from hydrotherapy with body wraps, Oriental hammam, reflexology, Thai, Affusion and Polynesian massages.
- Beauty centre*
Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]
For both specialist and relaxation treatments, with facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures.
If you need some motivation to get going while you're away, a personal trainer can devise a programme to suit your needs. Although if you prefer a gentler workout, you could book a private aqua aerobics or aqua bike session in the heated saltwater pool.
- Body wraps*
- Whirlpool bath
Professional musicians play on the terrace during summer and in the cosier confines of the lobby bar in low season. There are regular Greek nights, too, with a barbecue, music and dancing.
- Evening entertainment programme
Relaxed entertainment on the terrace or in the lobby bar.
- Dance shows and DJ
- Kids' club
The hotel runs its own kids' club for ages 4-12 years.
- Greek nights*
You’ll find 2 lagoon pools in the gardens, complete with sea views. Each comes with its own bar for drinks and snacks. Plus there’s a whirlpool bath and a smaller pool for children.
- 2 outdoor pools
These irregular shape pools are surrounded by well-kept gardens and palms. There's also sunbeds, parasols and towels.
- Indoor pool*
The heated Thalassotherapy saltwater pool can be found in the spa. It features whirlpool massage jets, waterfalls, hydro-massage beds and counter current walkways.
- Children's pool
You'll find this at the miniclub with sunbeds, parasols and towels.
- Pool towels
- Guest Relations
- Money exchange
- Free Wi-Fi zones
You'll be able to use up to 50mb a day - per device - for free.
- Aldemar shop
- Luggage store
- Laundry service*
- Room service*
- Greener and fairer hotels
The Aldemar Royal Mare supports the TUI Care Foundation's 'Taste Crete' project by serving locally produced wine in its restaurant. The project supports farmers by helping them gain direct access to the tourist market, so they can sell their unique wines to hotels in the area. Not only does this help the farmers, but it means that tourists get to taste authentic Cretan produce while on holiday.
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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