Me and my family recently went to explore the East of Crete. It took us a good while to get to our destination since we live in the exact opposite side of the island. We decided to stay at the family-friendly Blue Marine Resort and Spa Hotel.
The Blue Marine Resort and Spa Hotel
After our 3 1/2 hour drive the kids didn’t want to leave the hotel. You see the pool had the shape of a huge fish and the view below made the rest of us agree to the plan of relaxation for the day. We much enjoyed the large pool and the kiddie pool at the hotel.
Dining is a wonderful experience at the family-friendly Blue Marine Resort and Spa Hotel. The views are breathtaking.The hotel kids club organizes several activities for kids giving parents some free time. Maybe the best feature of the hotel is the spa where parents can enjoy relaxing treatments whilst their children are being entertained at the kids club. Children are not allowed inside the spa but they can enjoy the fish spa treatments. Little Artemis truly enjoyed this!
Things to do near the hotel
The hotel is located in the bay of Mirabello, the largest in Crete, took its name from the Venetians and it means “good view”. This is exactly what we cherished as a welcome. It is a great location for exploring East Crete. The East part of Crete was the first to be touristically developed back in the 60’s since it was discovered and highly recommended by respected celebrities such as Walt Disney and Jules Dassin. Elounda is the ideal destination for celebrities from all over the world who seem to be finding the ideal place to rest and get inspired. The exclusive services offered as well the discreet environment make it a must to quite a few every years.
Our visit to the small town of Ag. Nikolaos was accompanied by the legends of its lake. Lake Voulismeni is connected to the sea by a canal and it’s a quiet spot to walk around or enjoy a nice coffee or meal at the beautiful cafes and tavernas its surrounded by.
According to the legend, Goddess Athena and Artemis Vitromartys would refresh themselves in the waters of this lake. The legend also wants this lake to be bottomless, and this adds to its charm. Other theories of the previous century have wanted it to be the place where German armoury was thrown at the end of the second world war and disappeared ever since.
Also, the fact that in 1956 lots of dead fish suddenly rose in it connects it to Santorini and the intense earthquake that took place there.
All these little details, the myths, and the legends make the perfect scenery for the kids to create strong memories of the places they see. Ag. Nikolaos is a small modern town ideal for relaxation and shopping. It is built on the site of ancient Lato which dates back to the Minoan Era.
Our next stop is the picturesque village of Plaka which is also quite close and our drive was a pleasant surprise as the panoramic views leave you breathless.
Plaka is the village facing the famous island of Spinalonga which was a place of exile for those with Hansen ’s disease. For half a century, until the cure was found an organized community was living a life of hope and patience.
As we are heading back to our beautiful family-friendly Blue Marine Resort and Spa Hotel, we are talking about how lucky we are to be living on an island with such a rich and interesting history. We hope to explore it all and learn all about it.
As we enjoy our last sunset a, after having enjoyed the delicious cuisine at our beautiful Blue Marine Hotel, we can only make a wish.
To be back again very soon!
Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.