Malia, along with Hersonissos, is the most attractive resort in the north of Crete. Every year the hotels of the city receive tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world. The place is especially popular among the inhabitants of Foggy Albion. There is a well-developed infrastructure, a huge number of taverns, cafes, bars, restaurants. Within walking distance is an archaeological site – the ruins of an ancient palace, presumably built simultaneously with the Labyrinth of Knossos. The ancient city of the Minoan period is gradually being restored, in one of its buildings there is an exposition of archaeological finds. The coastline is divided into private and two main beaches – Central and Potamos. The second is cleaner and even awarded the Blue Flag. The coating is sand, the entrance to the water is gentle. In Malia, young people like to relax (a large entertainment network is organized for them), couples with children and adult travelers who appreciate convenience and comfort. At the service of the resort hotels provide the best conditions of residence and service. The rating presents the top ten hotel complexes in Malia.
Cretan Malia Park a Member of Design Hotels (5 stars) is located 2.5 km from the bustling city centre, so it is popular with seniors and parents coming on holiday with children. This year, a free mini club is open for younger guests. It works six days a week. The fund has 204 rooms. Among the amenities that determine the interest of families to live in this place, we can note the all-inclusive food system, a private beach on site, the availability of family rooms, a transfer from / to Heraklion airport. Adults also have a place to relax and unwind. There is a spa center, there are three swimming pools (“lazy river”, swimming, off-season heated, children’s), hot tub, 3 restaurants with a variety of cuisine. The main Mediterraneao serves a buffet for shared meals, and Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed in the afternoon. Mouries Cretan specializes in Greek menus, Almyra specialises in Italian cuisine. In the hotel complex thought out assistance to lovers of active leisure. There are sports grounds, yoga and Pilates classes, and bicycle rental.
“Excellent and very elegant place, fully meets the declared 5 stars. I want to note a very nice interior of the room, wonderful products for breakfast. The main courses are always served with Greek cheeses, honey and homemade pies. There is a park around, a lot of space for walks and meditation. I liked it» Elena
A little closer to the center (2 km), but in the same quiet location is the 5-star hotel “Alexander Beach Hotel & Village Resort”. It is a stylish complex with the atmosphere of a typical Greek village. It is surrounded by a subtropical garden spread over 55,000 square meters. m. The lively villages of Malia and Stalis with many restaurants, bars and shopping centers are within walking distance. Among the advantages of the hotel:more than 500 meters of private sandy beach with crystal clear waters, 6 freshwater pools, beautiful sun terraces above the beach and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Malia/Stalis. It offers a large spa area with sauna, hammam, jacuzzi. Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas. All rooms and suites have direct high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi. Meals are organized by two restaurants – “Meltemi” with traditional Greek cuisine, tavern “Kriti” with national flavor and taste of Cretan dishes. Alexander Beach this year again received the official “Blue Flag” award for one of the cleanest beaches and sea waters in Greece. On its territory there is a bar “Apollo”.
“Lovely hotel with a well designed seating area. In the park you can retire and practice yoga, for children there is a games room. We spent more time on the tennis court and the amazing private beach. The restaurant offers several breakfast options, including vegetarian. It was very convenient for us” Irina
For those who are not looking for local authenticity, but want to surround themselves with modernity, the five-star hotel “Royal Heights Resort” is suitable. It is 1 km away from the beach, but it is located in a beautiful hilly area. The fund has 30 rooms,luxuriously decorated, equipped with modern furniture, with an equipped kitchen. According to the level of comfort, they belong to Deluxe, Suites and Villas. The total area is 240 thousand square meters. m Each villa has its own playground for recreation and sunbathing, veranda, private pool, furniture in the garden. For classes in your free time there is a fitness room, a large spa complex, a children’s playground. The main restaurant serves a shared breakfast and serves Cretan cuisine. The café-bar serves light snacks, wine and desserts. Free parking is available on site and rental is available at Heraklion Airport. The distance between it and the hotel is 20 km.
“The hotel is conveniently located in relation to the old part of Malia, where there are a large number of local inexpensive taverns. It is best to come here by car. There is free parking, the beach is only 1 minute away. At the same time, you can plan trips along the coast. We visited the neighboring Hersonissos, went to the Palace of Knossos, spent the day in the water park “WaterCity” Tatiana
Five-star hotels do not end there. The exclusive “Ikaros Beach, Luxury Resort & Spa!” is located on the first coastline and is ready to provide excellent accommodation in 255 stylish modern rooms. Some of them are located in the main building, the rest are located in beach bungalows. It offers a spa with professional facials and body treatments, 4 swimming pools, a private sandy beach, a gourmet restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Greek dishes. You can spend your free time on the private sandy beach, tennis court, fitness center, or play golf on the course. Breakfast is served buffet style. Tea or coffee making facilities are provided. There are 6 different restaurants on site. They specialize in Greek, European, Asian, American, traditional Cretan and French cuisines.
“Despite the fact that only breakfast is declared, we agreed on all-inclusive meals. The surcharge was about 60 euros per person. We were satisfied with this option, because we were vacationing with children. Thus, we solved the problem of dietary regime for our tomboys” Angelica
One and a half kilometers from the tourist center of Malia on the main street of the resort is a 5-star hotel “Ammos Beach Hotel”. The distance to the Central Beach is 500 m. In the fund – 80 rooms. It offers free parking, a safe, a tour desk. Breakfast is served buffet style. Just 50 meters away are the restaurants “Southern Fried Chicken” and “The Hub -Taproom And”. Nearby is the main historical landmark of Malia – the Minoan Palace. From here it is convenient to go to other interesting places of the coast by public transport. Within walking distance is the bus stop “33”, from which you can get, for example, to the open-air museum “Likhnostatis”.
“There’s a lot of alcohol in the bar, from which friendly bartenders mix an insane amount of cocktails. Very atmospheric location, the view from the windows is bomb! The room is small but well finished. Cute balcony for evening watching the sunset. Everything is new, clean, cozy” Ron, Israel
For those who do not like large hotels, but want to be in the center of resort events, the hotel “Vergina Studios & Apartments” is suitable. There are 16 studios in the fund. On the territory there is a swimming pool with umbrellas and sun loungers installed around the perimeter, a children’s playground on a green lawn. Breakfast is served in the rooms. It is included in the payment of accommodation. As entertainment, the hotel offers a visit to the water park, diving, canoeing. Half a kilometer from the sights of Afentis Christos and KartLand Malia. Parking is free, public. The nearest beach is a 3-minute walk away. Within walking distance of nightclubs, taverns, the main tourist infrastructure of Malia.
“Beautiful location. Close to restaurants and the sea. Car rental is available nearby. On the sandy beach there is a gentle entrance to the water, there are no stones and hedgehogs. For children, for parents – rest» Inessa, Latvia
Even closer to the center is the four-star “High Beach Hotel” (only 200 m to the entire infrastructure). The accommodation is better than in the previous hotel. No wonder he is assigned the level of 4 stars. It offers 102 rooms with exclusive design, four swimming pools, 2 restaurants, three bars, Elixir relaxation center with a bath complex, procedures and massages. Breakfast is served in the morning. You can order the system “All inclusive”, which includes alcohol. The hotel is built on the first coastline, the beach is on site. Coffee makers are provided. Parking is free.
“The friendly staff provided us with an unforgettable stay. This place is created for real pleasure. To the sea 2 steps, chic spa area, pleasant atmosphere» Brown, Ireland
This modern, self-catering apartment is located on a hillside, a 30-minute walk from the beach. It offers a magnificent view of the local landscape. There are many steps on the territory on which you can climb and descend to different levels. There are 44 rooms and apartments in the fund. It offers a spacious swimming pool with an equipped sunbathing area, a restaurant, a snack bar, a children’s playground. A shared breakfast is served buffet style. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle, the service impresses guests and is in demand. Bar Road with all the entertainment is about 10 minutes’ walk away.
“I stayed here for just one day. My pregnant wife and I were already leaving the island for home. The hotel made a stunning impression on me! Comfortable beds, optimally soft mattresses, excellent soundproofing, breakfast with the freshest products! Next season we will definitely plan a holiday here” Alexander, Greece
Four-star hotel complex consists of 6 buildings. 102 cozy roomshave been prepared for guests’ stay. Even those who can afford to pay for the service a little more than others, try to book for a vacation this hotel. It’s all about the atmosphere created here. All rooms are individually decorated and all hypoallergenic. There are restaurants “Estia”, “Seaside”, as well as three bars. For relaxation there is a swimming pool, a spa center, evening entertainment programs. A shuttle service is not provided, but there is free parking. The beach is sandy with parasols and sun loungers installed.
“I give the hotel a plus for impeccable service. Here, even a sunbed on the beach is reserved for a specific guest. The chef pleases with impeccably prepared food. Breakfasts are decent, we had dinner here too, and only then went to the “cereal” places. Walk to the center takes about 10 minutes» Ilya
Finally, another 4-star hotel “Solimar Ruby”, which is suitable for parents with children. For younger guests there is a separate swimming pool, a playground. Adults can play billiards or table tennis. The beach is 600 metres away. Breakfast is served in the main restaurant. There is a snack bar next to the adult pool. There are many local taverns within walking distance. Parking is free. A shuttle service and internet access are available at an additional cost. Rooms – ordinary and improved standards, decorated without much frills, with amenities.
“Clean, beautiful, inexpensive. What else does a tourist who came to the sea to rest need? The staff is friendly, the food is delicious. The beach and the city center are not as far away as it seems at first glance” Victoria, Slovakia
Of all the proposed options, there is not one that would not meet the needs of the resort. Experienced tourists are advised to pay attention to 5-star hotels with service on the system “All inclusive”, especially those who go to rest in Crete with children.