Mythos Palace Resort & Spa commenced the summer will all-new rooms and services after an extensive renovation project during the winter 2017-2018. Now, the resort stands in sparkling white by the sea on the scenic coast of Georgioupolis, true to its Cretan roots, holidaying all kinds of A-listers, but more relevant for families with children.
The resort seems busy and crowded as you step in. Somehow, there’s always someone checking in or chatting with the ever-helpful reception clerks. The lobby is cool and fragrant – most likely they use scent marketing, although I was not able to confirm my suspicion during my stay. It may not be important to know, but it adds a plus of relevance to the attention to detail, which seems to dominate the entire operation.
They have fitness and gymnastics by the beach, beach volleyball, darts, Zumba, power aqua gym, and all kinds of pursuits designed for active guests. The little ones can dance to age-appropriate music around 8:00 pm, at the “mini disco” right before the evening show, which can feature anything from concerts to belly dancers.
During the renovations, nothing was left to chance. The rooms are decorated with flair, lacking no amenities that make for a perfect stay. Every public space of the resort is equally tasteful and void of clutter. They designed the main restaurant to serve the all-inclusive dining purpose without forcing the patrons to spend too long in line to fill their plates. The buffet is generous, with options for every diet, and cooks are ready to prepare food from scratch at the open kitchen bar.
They manicured the gardens in detail, laying down an invigorating grassy lawn that contrasts in emerald green with the white of the buildings, loungers, and beach bars as you walk from the resort complex to the beach on a concrete path lined with palm trees.
Everything works fine, even at peak hours, when the bartenders keep their cool and act friendly despite the rush of their customers. Keep in mind, the drinks are part of the all-inclusive package, and not so many clients bother to make a contribution to the tip jar at the beach bar.
It was an all-positive family experience. The hotel fixed a welcome package for my son, with coloring pencils and pages, a beach ball, Mythos-branded balloons, and other small surprises. For the adults, there was a complimentary bottle of wine and candied fruit, which we enjoyed in the evening, on the balcony, watching the dance of the waves in the distance.
The Blue Flag beach at Mythos Palace is in a Natura 2000 area, and this is a plus because the staff cares to protect it, so it’s always safe and clean. There’s also a playground for the little ones, although most kiddies prefer swimming and building sand castles by the beach.
Days can be lazy, or busy, as you want them. You can spend all your vacation at the resort by the pool, or on the beach. They have shops on site, and a welcoming Aegeo Spa if you are not in the mood to leave the gated resort complex. But if you want to explore, the village of Georgioupolis is about seven kilometers away, easy to reach by car, and even on foot if you like long walks. It doesn’t have much to offer if you are looking for monuments and other attractions of this sort, but the Agios Nikolaos Church is a gem you want to see.
The Church of the Ascension, which is a working temple and the central religious landmark of Georgioupolis, is rarely mentioned in travel guides. It’s not as picturesque as the sea-locked Agios Nikolaos, but it’s impressive and beautifully decorated.
There are, of course, many shops selling beach paraphernalia, clothing, ceramics, souvenirs, snacks, drinks, and so on. Plus, there’s also a mini train that will take you around the village, down to the marina, and under the verdant, scented eucalyptus trees on the old road that enters Georgioupolis from Vrisses.
Georgioupolis is a great starting point to explore this part of Crete – and there’s a lot to see. We recommend the Georgioupoli Hotels blog, which offers rich information about local attractions, enough to help you put together a bucket list.