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Last updated: 18 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

Under the watchful magpie eye of owner/manager, Nikos Tsepetis, Ammos has evolved from a mid-range, mid-size 90’s hotel into a landmark property on Crete (and indeed Europe). Diehard fans return year after year for the hip design (with new additions and fresh looks each season), excellent Cretan comfort food, and warm, genuine service.

The location on sandy (if unspectacular) Agioi Apostoloi beach, a 10-minute drive from Chania town, is another major draw, especially for families. A seaside pool, playroom, and a few hours of free childcare  on weekdays make this an extra attractive proposition for parents of young children.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Crete’s best food & drink

Crete, Greek Islands, Greece

Seasonal, local, and traditional, Cretan food is phenomenally fresh and tasty. Don’t miss home-grown produce, especially olive oil, honey, wine, and cheese.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Windsurfing at Golden Beach

Windsurfing at Golden Beach

Paros, Greek Islands, Greece[1.3 miles]

Over half a mile long, Golden Beach catches the north wind, so the sea is often choppy. The sandy shore is lined with beach bars and surf clubs, with conditions suitable for beginners and experienced windsurfers alike. (Nearby New Golden Beach is better for advanced windsurfers.) The Professional Windsurfing World Cup takes place here every August.

Best for ages: 10+ | £30 | 1+ hours

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Manousakis Winery

Manousakis Winery

Crete, Greek Islands, Greece[10.5 miles]

Cretan wine has come a long way since the days of home-made retsina. At the exceptionally well-run Manousakis winery, not far from Chania, tastings, pairings, and cooking classes take place in a beautiful olive and orange grove. Before you go, pick up beautifully packaged olive oil, tsikoudia (Cretan grappa), and sea salt, along with a case of the excellent Nostos Pink rosé.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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