Friday, 27 May 2016

Creta Maris

My parents used to take a holiday in the sun every autumn and a favourite hotel was the Creta Maris. Some thirty years ago I took my daughters to join them during an October half-term break from school. My parents loved having their grand-daughters with them, the hotel was small, friendly and very well run and it gave us all happy memories . (Himself stayed at home for work and to look after my parents' dog!) When an offer appeared online for the hotel I thought how nice it would be to revisit and see what I could remember.
The answer - nothing! The hotels is now a HUGE complex, changed out of all recognition!
What hadn't changed, however, was the friendliness and efficiency of the staff and the deliciousness of the food. Memo to self: all inclusive is not advisable for people lacking in self discipline!
Can you see the dear little tartlet decorated with a flower and a section of fig? Who could resist!

Watermelon decoration.
We ate
and ate
and grew fatter and fatter
at the various hotel restaurants.
We received a wonderful welcome and attention from George at the Almyra each lunchtime after we had staggered up from the beach or hoisted ourselves from a sunbed!
Special thanks also to Natalia, surely the loveliest young woman in Crete (she's from Georgia!) who was so delightful to talk with and who looked after us so well.

But the holiday was mostly about just basking in the sun.

Phew! Cover-up needed.
We wandered into town.

At night there was entertainment
wonderful music
and dancing.
When you come from Blighty it's wonderful to be able to sit outside in the evening and still feel warm!

After ten days of self-indulgence and we were ready for home.
We met some lovely people. Thanks to all.


  1. I always love reading about your journeys. Hope your have many more.

  2. I'm just looking at some very, very, old photos of our stay at the Creta Maris (in Hersonissos on the Bay of Malia?)! We went in November 1976, and remember it as a very friendly and comfortable hotel, with excellent food. It was a complex of low rise bungalows and a main building, built in the style of a Cretan Village, with a large swimming pool. I wonder if it's the same place? We have been back to Crete since, but never stayed at the hotel again, although we did re-visit it on one occasion. The local village next to the hotel was very small, just had dirt roads, and a few tourist shops which all seemed to be closed.

    1. Hello Coppa's girl, yes, that sounds like the same place. Shan't tell you how many pounds we put on as a result of eating the delicious food!