Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
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Dessole Malia Beach Hotel

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Malia 2019
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4.5
#11 of 82 hotels in Malia
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Dessole Malia Beach is one of the most popular hotels in Crete. The Resort is constructed in traditional Greek style among magnificent green gardens. Dessole Maila Beach is located only a few minutes walk from the centre of Malia.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Tennis court
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Aerobics
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Banquet room
Spa
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Park View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
Russian, German, Greek, Italian

Location

Dimokratias, Malia, Crete 700 07 Greece
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 82 out of 100
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N. Kazantzakis Airport
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Sitia Airport
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Anet wrote a review Aug 2020
22 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: approx. 40 minutes drive time from the airport (by bus), situated at a beach and providing direct access to a number of restaurants, bars, pubs, shops etc.

Hotel complex: very attractive with lots of greenery, 2 pools with sunbeds (main pool with sea view has also a small pool for little kids), bars, restaurants, kids playground, a tennis court, minigolf, a gym. The outside area is very clean and nice.

Bedroom: we were accommodated in a bedroom for 2 adults + 2 kids, the kids had bunk beds. The bathroom requires some refurbishment, although it has everything for basic use (bath, sink and a toilet). The room is equipped with a fridge (with a small freezer), TV, a safe, laundry dryer on balcony. Not enough storage area (such as wardrobes, shelves etc).

Restaurant with all inclusive option: I was expected more sea food to be offered, otherwise no complaints. Lots of fruits and vegetables.

Beach: narrow sandy beach (for approx. 2 rows of sunbeds)

COVID-19: Considering the current situation, the hotel provides a pretty safe accommodation option. The access to the bedrooms is only outdoor (no common internal areas have to be used, even not for the bedrooms on the 2nd AG and 3rd AG), the restaurant provides sufficient outdoor seating. All internal areas (restaurant and the reception) are well aired. The meals are put on plates only by staff. The sunbeds are disinfected after each use.

Others: The hotel staff is very helpful and responsive, even in the case of technical problems.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms on the back side (around the smaller pool) of the hotel complex are quieter.
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 15 Aug 2020
Dear 678anetal , Thank you for your review. We try always to to offer the best to our guests and we are happy to know that our properties fulfilled your wishes. We will be wery pleased to see you once more in our hotel.
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Donna W wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom27 contributions3 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing hotel perfect location on the beach ./ Theo and Isabella are part of the entertainment team they are friendly and really helpful also good fun.
All staff are brilliant
There is a beach called Potamos beach where you can enjoy paradise settings and malia palace is there for you to see some Greek history
The spa is beautiful I had face yoga which was totally relaxing and well needed
All staff in the spa are lovely and explain all treatments and it’s a good price too
Food is nice lots of variety every day
Ice cream and orange juice is not part of all inclusive but very cheap if you can buy from local supermarket and leave in your fridge
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Yiannis Kyriakakis, General Manager at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 29 Jun 2022
We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon
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Denisa M wrote a review Aug 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: The hotel is located about a 1 hour coach ride from airport. It is located right at the end of the Malia strip so only a 1 or 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants.
Hotel: The hotel itself has plenty of open space and doesn’t feel cramped. There are 2 pools, one which is a salt water pool. It’s beyond anything we’ve seen before and it was so lovely and spacious. The bar is located right beside the pool and the bar staff was always very nice. Especially Eleftheria who remembered our drink order and would start preparing the drinks before we even approached the bar. It was very thoughtful and got us back in the sun quicker.
Rooms: The rooms are outdated however they were clean and tidy and no defects. The water pressure was AMAZING. There is AC and a mini fridge.
Food: The food was nice. There was quite a bit of variety and every evening there was a different theme. You can tell that a lot of thought and effort goes into the food. The waiters were very nice and helpful and the maitre d’ would guide you to your table on a busy night. He was always very nice and helpful.
Entertainment: The entertainment staff were so kind and nice. They really enjoy their job and it shows and they put so much effort into their performances every evening. I have to mention in particular Frederica (who remembered our names and was very nice to chat to her. she is the creative director and was very involved in almost all activities), Alba, Mateo, Theo, Cassian and Christian.
Overall, We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to others.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 2 Aug 2022
Dear guest, we really appreciate you taking time to share your rating with us. We are happy that you have spent a good holiday in our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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stevensW8090WQ wrote a review Aug 2020
County Durham, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Just spent 7 days in this (all inclusive) hotel. Room clean but very dated. Balcony was not secure. Not enough sunbeds for people staying at the hotel and poolside staff totally useless. My wife and I & our 8 year old girl were left to sit on a table. Towels left on beds all day but never used. We had to purchase 2 sunbeds from the next hotel along for €10 a day. Just not good enough.
The buffet meals were disgusting, resulting in my daughter only eating breakfast at the restaurant. We spent all of our holiday fun cash on eating out and couldnt go on excursions as planned.
Pool bar staff were very pleasant and helpful and coped well with the current COVID 19 situation. The top bar and pizza guy was also very good but just not enough.
The reception staff didn't even ask if we enjoyed our stay and just took our room key with no pleasantries.
I would not recommend this hotel but the location was lovely. The sunsets on the beach next to the hotel were amazing.
Entertainment was hit and miss.
Would struggle to give it 2 stars on a good day.
To say we were disappointed is an understatement. The only good thing was being able to be away from home for a short break. 😒
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 28 Aug 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments. It is true that the last days there was a difficulty for all the guests to find free sunbeds by the sea despite our efforts. On the other hand there are always free sunbeds by the two pools. We are also very surpriced to hear that our food in the restaurant didn't meet your taste but in any case every review of our guests is always welcome.
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Dave Portslade wrote a review Aug 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom55 contributions66 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a party of six adults and one child, the room was nothing like the photos, very tired looking and in need of make over. The hotel facilities were very good,clean and the pool bar and pizza bar also very good, good choice of snacks and drinks and the staff very friendly.the beach area was also very good.
There were never any sun beds as they were all reserved very early in the morning against hotel rules, but over looked so we had to pay for ours next door.
Also the food in the restaurant was not good, we ate there the first two days but then went out to eat, very bland.
The breakfast was good. The hotel was very clean and their efforts to keep guests safe from Covid very much appreciated.
We enjoyed our stay but the sun beds and food was an issue.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 28 Aug 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments. It is true that the last days there was a difficulty for all the guests to find free sunbeds by the sea despite our efforts. On the other hand there are always free sunbeds by the two pools. We are also very surpriced to hear that our food in the restaurant didn't meet your taste but in any case every review of our guests is always welcome.
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Jerry M wrote a review Jun 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Now this is what I call a vacation!

The receptionists granted us with a smile and a delicious lemonade, we even got our luggage carried to the Room, excellent service!
The Rooms are reasonably sized & very clean, always in close proximity to either the first pool or the beach. The Bed's also very comfy, the bathroom is sufficient.

The Restaurant has delicious food with a lot of variety, with a live cook that prepares fresh fish& meat dishes. The Waiters are super friendly and keep everything clean & tidy, just amazing!

One of the Highlights is the Beach Bar, with fantastic Barkeeper(s) who kees up the mood & serve great drinks& Cocktails.

What made this one unforgettable for us was the AMAZING animation team, always organizing some kind'a event (beachvolleyball, watergym, funny games & amazing shows at the amphipient theater). Check out one of their shows, you're not gonna regret it ;)

The Hotel lays directly at the beach, with a beautiful sea & a lot of fish to see
(Great for snorkeling). The main street is littered with bars, clubs, restaurants & travernas. Prefect for a restaurant visit with the following bar tour!
Definetly check out Carlies Bar, amazing Owner & the vibe's just perfect, they serve excellent Cocktails & food made with <3

So, in conclusion, we would not only stay here again... we will :)
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The Rooms near to the reception are also the closest to the sea
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 2 Jul 2021
Dear Guest, Thank for your review. We try always to offer the best to our client and we are happy to know you had a nice time in our hotel. We hope to see you again with us.
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Alessandro A wrote a review Jun 2021
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing place on the island of Crete, this second experience of mine led me to discover this new location. My partner and I spent a pleasant holiday in this beautiful hotel. All was fantastic, the entertainment, all the staff helpful and very kind. The head animator Luciano is an added value to the group. Well done!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 2 Jul 2021
Dear Guest, Thank for your review. We try always to offer the best to our client and we are happy to know you had a nice time in our hotel. We hope to see you again with us.
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Ellen wrote a review Sept 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Good hotel, nice, big and clean! It was an all in formula and there was a theme every night so there was a lot of variety in the food. Also you could choose for healthier or greasier foods, everyone can find their favourites.
The drinks at the bar were fantastic, just like the people who served them!

The animation team was wonderful. During the day there were sports like waterpolo, beach volley, aqua Zumba, dancing, yoga or super epic games. Every night there is a theater with dancing, acting, singing and interaction. Vasili, Federica, Amelia, Isabella and Alina were amazing!
The creativity, the passion for the acting and making people feel good and make people laugh is admirable and they always succeeded!

Instead of wondering why to book this hotel, better ask: WHY NOT?! 😀

Greetings from Belgium!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 23 Sept 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and kind comments. We try always to offer the best to our clients and we are happy to know you had a nice time in our hotel. We hope to see you again with us.
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steaklover123456 wrote a review Jun 2022
Keighley, United Kingdom18 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well what can I say, you can’t fault this place. Myself and my partner went on our first holiday together, from the moment we arrived to the hotel the man behind the reception was so welcoming even at 3am! The rooms were always clean, I never really care about what the room looks like because you hardly stay in it?! The food was lovely every night, especially our last night (Mexican night!). Cocktails were lovely, all of the staff were absolutely amazing, couldn’t fault them. The bravo club, well what can I say! Absolutely brilliant, we hardly left the hotel all week because we loved sitting by the pool watching them with their entertainment ❤️ All in all an absolutely amazing holiday, we will be back next year with the kids as there was entertainment for kiddies too! Thank you so much to each and every one of you, from Shannon & Mike x
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Yiannis Kyriakakis, General Manager at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 12 Jun 2022
Dear steaklover123456. We thank you for your great review and we hope to see you again in one of your future holidays.
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Tereza wrote a review Sept 2021
Prague, Czech Republic2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Imazing location,palms, grass, two swimming pools (one with salted water). The hotel is at beach. The rooms were older, but pefectly clean. Nice staff and amazing 5 italien animators. We enjoyed our holiday. Alena from Czech republic
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Julia Strokan, Εξυπηρέτηση πελατών/Υποδοχή at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Responded 21 Sept 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are happy to know that you had a nice time in our hotel. We hope to see you again in one of your future holidays.
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Guy H wrote a tip 9 May
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Better seating indoors "
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Holly P wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unless you want to get treated like a common criminal , don't get a day pass. Stay in your own hotel it's not worth the €30"
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Adina N wrote a tip Jun 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great cocktails at the pool bar from the list of paid drinks."
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Joanne P wrote a tip May 2023
London, United Kingdom26 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid all inclusive"
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Debbie D wrote a tip May 2023
11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Trip to Spinalonga a must!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dessole Malia Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Squeeze Bar (0.1 km), Relax Cocktail Bar (0.3 km), and Islander cocktail bar (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Red Lion Bar and Restaurant, The Brasserie Pizza Pasta & Grill, and Dolphin Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dessole Malia Beach Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Dessole Malia Beach Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including German, Italian, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Dessole Malia Beach Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Megali Vrisi (Great Fountain) (6.6 km).
Does Dessole Malia Beach Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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