Gouves Heraklion, CreteOn the golden coastline of Crete, Amirandes is a 5 star resort with elegant rooms and suites for families.More Cretan Palace than hotel in appearance, the design of Amirandes is in-keeping with the impressive history of the area, including the palaces of Knossos’ Minoan kings, and has a stunning beachfront location. Amirandes offers families an elegant setting and a wide range of sporting facilities to entertain all ages. A children’s club caters for infants to teens whilst the spa appeals to parents seeking peace and relaxation. Within 20 minutes of Heraklion’s museums, shops and restaurants, Amirandes is a perfect base for exploring the natural and historical attractions of Crete.Land SportsThere are 3 tennis courts, as well as beach volleyball, basketball, and football equipment, nearby mountain bike hire, table tennis, Boccia, sunrise yoga, and aerobics. Land Sport Academies and CoursesA Golf Academy is available to guests of over 7 years old, and includes practice facilities such as a chipping area and putting green. Individual and group lessons are offered by PGA professionals for experienced golfers and beginners alike.Water SportsThere is 1 Olympic sized seawater pool, a children’s paddling pool, and an indoor swimming pool; certain accommodation types also have their own private pool. A number of water sports are available through the hotel, including sailing, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, water ski and jet skiing, as well as the PADI scuba-diving centre that is situated near to the hotel.Water Sport Academies and CoursesSwimming lessons are available for children aged 4 and above.Kids’ ClubsGrecoland offers 3 children’s club, a teen’s club, and a Discovery Club. For children aged 8-14 years, the Discovery Club has a keen focus on the preservation of nature, and offers activities free of charge including tours of the hotel’s gardens, lessons on planting and composting, cooking in a solar oven, star gazing, and beach explorations. Grecoland provides children with their own bathrobes, menus, and welcome gifts to give them a VIP experience. For children aged 3-6 years, Grecokids provides fun and educational activities 6 days a week, including arts and crafts, team games, treasure hunts, water activities, and environmental days. Children aged 7-12 years are catered for in Grecojuniors where team games, sports and arts and crafts activities take place for 6 days a week. Grecoteens is for ages 13 and over, offering a range of activities from volleyball and basketball, to Greek and hip-hop dancing, with films, meetups, and discos in the evening. The Tasty Corner Kid’s Lunch Buffet is free for all guests. For infants up to 3 years, Grecobaby provides a range of equipment for parents including buggies, listening devices, changing mats and potties. These items can be pre-ordered and are available at a charge. Babysitting must be pre-booked and is available at a charge.Other Activities Amirandes has a children’s library stocked with books, DVDs, and board games, and offers a range of evening entertainments, such as magic shows, kid’s theatre, and family cinema night. In the spa, treatments especially for children are available. The hotel offers a range of customised family menus and dining options, which include speciality children’s meals and family banquets that can be arranged on the beach. The Gouves Train Ride takes a tour of the unique local sights, past the beautiful beaches and bustling streets of Gouves.Excursions and Activities NearbyAll other activities are subject to charges payable locally. Water City, Crete’s largest water park is near to the hotel. It features a range of gentle and thrilling water slides, a lazy river, grass volleyball, water polo, giant chess, restaurant facilities, and interactive playgrounds. Aqua Plus is a smaller park located just 10 minutes from Amirandes, with a number of pools and slides surrounded by hillside gardens. Another highlight is the Agreco Farm, a local farm that serves lunch and is often visited by guests at the hotel. The archaeological ruins of Knossos are around a 20 minute drive away, and offer a very educational insight into the myth of the Minotaur and ancient Minoan civilisation. You may also wish to visit the archaeological museum in Heraklion, Spinalonga island, the Samaria Gorge and National Park, or the Dinosaur Park with its 5D and 7D interactive cinema, which is around 5km away. The Heraklion Horse-riding Club, just 20 minutes away, offers lessons and excursions for riders of all ages across the countryside.Spa, Health and FitnessThe Spa has an indoor pool, seafront yoga area, relaxation lounges with refreshing drinks and 7 treatment rooms and massage suites. Signature treatments use organic plant extracts from Crete. The hotel also offers gazebo open air massages. Find out more about family holidays to Amirandes.
The Amirandes resort in Crete offers families a choice of seven restaurants, beautiful accommodation, children’s clubs, and sporting facilities. Visit the ancient Palace of Knossos and immerse in the myth of the Minotaur, visit pristine beaches and islands by boat, or enjoy the laid-back Cretan way of life from the seclusion of your sunbed.Travel ThereThe nearest airport to Amirandes is Heraklion, around 17 km away. Expressions Families includes private transfers.Recommended Room Types for FamiliesFamily Suites with Garden or Sea View are specifically designed for families, and can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. They can be found on the ground floor with a garden area, and on the first floor with a balcony. Amirandes Family Suites have their own swimming pool and garden area and may accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. The Junior Family Suites also offer a pool and garden area, but only accommodate families of 2 adults and 1 child. For families of 3, Luxury Guest Rooms offer sea views, and Luxury Front Row Bungalows can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child under 12 years.Board OptionsExpressions Holidays includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Holiday PricesSample prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 for 7 nights.From £3590 for the Family Suite with Garden View in low season. Sample prices include accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, with flights from London. Prices for other dates may vary depending on the season.
Complete a simple booking form and e-mail it to us.
We are open Mon-Fri 9-17.30 Sat 9.30-16.00.
Let us know a convenient time to call you back to discuss your holiday.
E-mail us with an outline of your holiday requirements.
Ask our experts on-line advice on your holidays
Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.
Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups
Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.
Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy
Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide
Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.
Luxury tours for individuals around the world
Book now and pla
The Sani Resort in Greece has just announced the opening of the Ozone Teens House.
Between the 21st and the 25th June 2017, Barbados is hosting the 12th World Flower Show, entitled ‘Flowers in Paradise.’
New gardens and villas added to our Italian Garden Tour Holidays.
Exciting developments to our Swiss programme have lead to many more personalised rail holiday options.
The performance and dates for the 2017 Verona Opera Festival have been released, and we have begun taking bookings.
Georgie gives us the low-down on her experience of Catalonia, and her most insightful recommendations.
The Viceroy Resort in St Lucia has been voted the Best Long Haul Hotel in the World at the 2016 Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards in Las Vegas this September.
At the 2016 Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards, Round Hill Hotel and Villas has been voted the Caribbean’s Leading Villa Resort for the 8th consecutive year, as well as Jamaica’s Leading Hotel.