For a sunshine-filled, seaside drop-and-flop escape this year, why not head to Greece, and in particular, St Nicolas Bay, Crete, with its freshly decorated living spaces, rooms, private Olive & Sea suites and Thalassa villas – each decked out with new furniture, beds and gorgeous sea blue & white-washed Grecian interiors, ready for the re-opening on 19th April.
St. Nicolas Bay in Crete has eight Thalassa villas perched on a hill overlooking Mirabello Bay. Each incorporates traditional Greek charm with contemporary style and comfort, offering idyllic, privately located accommodation for families or friends, with St Nicolas Bay’s impressive amenities on your doorstep.
Guests can indulge in exemptional gourmet cuisine, experience the extensive portfolio of outdoor activities or day trips, unwind in the state-of-the-art Poseidon spa, or take advantage of the impressive new sports facilities, which include a semi-open aired gym, athletic pool and yoga pavilion (opened 2023).
The Dining Options
There are five restaurants and two bars at St Nicolas Bay, each accompanied by live music. All food served in the hotel is sourced from local suppliers based on seasonal harvesting and its own herb and vegetable garden. They partner exclusively with local companies and farms for their produce.
The hotel hosts a morning visit to the local food market every Wednesday, with an accompanying cooking class. Here, guests can learn to cook famous local dishes of their choice from recipes passed down through generations.
For those looking to explore the local restaurants, bars, shops and cafés, the buzzy little town of Agios Nikolaos is only a 15-minute walk from the hotel along the coastal road.
Water sports are available to guests with some of the island’s most experienced instructors, including water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing and jet skiing.
7,000 sqm of nature and huts amongst lemon and olive trees will keep little ones entertained for hours on end. Additionally, the teen club is kitted out with a PlayStation, music bar, video wall, billiards room, table tennis, games room and cinema.
Cultural Excursions and Exploring Crete
St. Nicolas Bay is the perfect base to explore the island on foot, with hiking routes suitable for beginners and experienced hikers. There are beautiful nature trails, breathtaking gorges, and quaint little Cretan villages to discover.
If something less strenuous than hiking is preferred, St. Nicolas Bay can arrange private walking trips to lesser-known trails all over the island of Crete and an eye-opening historical tour of the infamous Spinalonga Island.
Alternative tours include sunset sailing boat tours, as well as wine tasting at the charming Boutari Winery in Skalani Village, Heraklion.
A highlight at St Nicolas Bay is the state-of-the-art wellness centre, Poseidon Spa. Within the grounds are Turkish steam baths and saunas, indoor and outdoor heated pools, treatment rooms with seawater Thalassotherapy pools and private verandas for treatments overlooking Mirabello Bay.
In 2023, St. Nicolas Bay opened a high-tech semi-open-air gym, a peaceful outdoor yoga and Pilates pavilion, as well as a 25-metre outdoor adults pool amongst the olive and lemon trees, with a spectacular backdrop of Aghios Nikolaos town and the island’s rugged mountains.
St. Nicolas Bay Rates: Rooms from £220 including breakfast. More information on the property can be found at www.stnicolasbay.gr.