Hotel Iberostar Creta Panorama Malia, Crete
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A high-standard 4-star all inclusive hotel in a remote location with direct access to the beach and small coves below. Pools are spacious and well kept grounds are extensive with ample space to sunbathe for those looking for some privace, away from the main activities.
Elegant touches are evident in most areas, apart from the Zorbas taverna, which is more of a cafeteria than a traditional Greek eatery.
An ideal family hotel with children’s pools and clubs, it would also suit vistors in other age groups looking for a hotel based holiday.
A grand arched gatehouse and stone entrance welcome guests to the property. Main building is a multi-storey rectangular block with reasonably-sized balconies which have either wooden railings or concrete frontages, some with arches.
Single storey bungalows are spread throughout the grounds, painted in earthy colours, with spacious verandas and shaded areas.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: All rooms
Vast lobby hosts a wide reception desk and various seating areas with tan leather sofas and Persian-style rugs. A well equipped games area is to one side with access to the bland wooden main bar at the other.
Pleasant main restaurant is bright and spacious with cooking stations and pale wicker furnishings leading to an outside terrace. Zorbas taverna features a central bar, long buffet serving station, plastic furniture and poolside terrace. Indoor pool has surrounding glass windows and roof.
Spacious and well maintained landscaped gardens feature colourful flowers with neat hedges and pathways. Large lawned areas lead to the small coves below with stone breakwaters, calm waters and sunbeds for hire.
Choice of pools is on offer, with walk-in entry, activity areas, children’s sections and a swim-up bar. Located to the rear of the hotel are the sports courts, children’s club with a further pool and outdoor theatre with bar.
Area Type: Iberostar Creta Panorama is set above 2 coves in a rural location, just off the main coastal road, 3km from the resort of Panormos. Surrounded by countryside, apart from its sister hotel, the Iberostar Creta Mare, next door. Facilities are shared. A bus stop is located a 5 minute walk away on the main road for Rethymnon (18km away) and Panormos, which has the closest selection of bars, restaurants and shops. A small supermarket is 250 metres from the hotel.
Nearest beach: 40 metres
- All Inclusive
- All inclusive available
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Freeform (52 yards)
- Rectangular (21 yards)
- Children’s pool/section (18 yards)
- Public facilities
- Children’s daytime entertainment
- Children’s playground
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Indoor covered pool
- Indoor games
- Internet terminal(s)
- Tennis courts
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)