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On Greece’s largest island, where nature enthralls and myths still live and breathe, stands a small and exclusive community that promises the maximum in summer enjoyment. Dotted along a coastline washed by the dazzling Aegean, the Royal Villas are cooled by a breeze that ripples through verdant gardens, while earthy colors are reflected in the crystalline waters of the sea below. It is both an ideal refuge for a calming and relaxing break, and a cosmopolitan holiday destination.
Enjoy summer fun by the sea, treat yourself at the neighboring thalassotherapy centre, experience exciting sport activities and savour the culinary delights of our renowned local cuisine.

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Check-in / Check-out Policy

Check-in: from 12:00 h
Check-out: until 10:00 h


Restaurants Swimming Pool Fitness Room Sports Meeting Rooms Laundry & Dry Cleaning Medical Services Shopping Health / Beauty Care Babysitting Child Care Sports Nearby Pets Not Allowed Bar Cafeteria / Snack Bar Internet Access Indoor Swimming Pool Mini Golf Jacuzzi Indoor Heated Swimming Pool Massage Hammam Beach in the Proximity Windsurf Billiards Room Limousine Services Horseback Riding Diving Centre Sauna Tennis Court Business Centre / Services VIP Services Water Sports Children Activities


Thalasso Spa Center
Model Thalasso Spa Center Royal Mare Thalasso (World’s Leading Thalasso & Spa Resort 2009, World Travel Awards), for relaxation, well-being and beauty treatments, at the neighboring hotel, Aldemar Royal Mare.

Aldemar Tennis Club
The Tennis Club has seven international-standard clay courts, the main court seating 250 spectators. There is also a practice court with training wall. The club offers a range of facilities, including a lounge area with television, changing rooms and toilets, pro’s shop, partially-covered veranda and parking. The Tennis Club is open every day between 07:00 – 00:00 from April to October.

Facilities & Services for children

  • Baby Cot / Playpen free of charge & baby sitting (on request/extra charge)
  • Child minding (on request/extra charge)
  • Baby phone (on request)
  • 2 outdoor children’s pools (the one with sea water)
  • Waterslide (45 meters)
  • Children’s seats
  • Children’s play area
  • Welcome Gift for children

Mini Club Aldy

  • For children aged 4-12, seven days a week, 10:00 – 18:00 Multilingual supervisors
  • Entertainment activities
  • Program for all ages (4-7 & 8-12 as well as Maxi – Juniors’ program)
  • Children’s book corner
  • Mini Disco 20:30 – 21:00
  • Mini Buffet at Mini Club Aldy: Including a selection of sponge cakes, sandwiches, juices, water
  • One ice cream per child

Other Services

Free of charge

  • Guest Relation Services
  • 24-hour hotel security
  • Beach Lifeguards
  • First Aid
  • Luggage service and room
  • Daily bus service (once a day) to and from Hersonissos
  • Transportation to and from Royal Mare Thalasso Center
  • Wireless internet access in common area

On request at extra charge

  • Currency exchange
  • Laundry / Dry cleaning service
  • Taxi – Daily coach services to and from Heraklion & Ag. Nikolaos
  • 18-hole Golf course (7km from hotel)
  • Horse riding center (22km from the hotel )
  • Wedding packages
  • Internet corner
  • Crete Aquarium (10km from the hotel)
  • Organized excursions

Pools & Beach

  • Sandy Beach with life guard
  • 2 central outdoor pools (one with fresh water)
  • 1 heated indoor pool (fresh water)
  • 7 pools for the use of villas' guests (sea water)
  • 2 outdoor children’s pool (one with fresh water)
  • 2 outdoor pools for the exclusive use of Sea Front rooms (sea water)
  • Waterslide (45 meters)
  • Beach and pool deck chairs & umbrellas
  • Outdoor showers, changing rooms, WC (main pool and beach)


  • 2 tennis courts (quartz sand)
  • 2 table tennis – Mini Golf
  • Fitness Center
  • Special athletic tournaments
  • 7 tennis courts (clay) – in neighboring Royal Mare (extra charge)
  • Night Tennis (floodlit courts) – Tennis Lessons (extra charge)
  • Squash court (extra charge)
  • Water Games – Water Polo – Beach Volley
  • Water sports center (extra charge)

Recreation & Entertainment Facilities – Service

Free of charge

  • Evening programs and shows by our animation team at the open air amphitheater (weather permitting)
  • Giant outdoor chessboard
  • Large-screen TV & DVD Room
  • Games Room
  • Bridge Room
  • Work out programs with fitness instructors
  • Daily entertainment options (live music program, open disco night etc) – drinks extra charge
  • Dance competitions, traditional Greek dance lessons, cooking lessons
  • Quiz, Bingo, Competitions

With Extra charge

  • Billiards
  • Sauna
  • Special Private Dinner (upon reservation)
  • Theme nights (upon reservation)

Shops within the Hotel

  • Aldemar Shop
  • Boutiques
  • Traditional art shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Hair Salon
  • Mini-market

Conference Facilities
Knossos Royal Conference Center with a capacity of 900 seats

Food & Beverages

Food & Beverage For BB, HB and FB Guests

Restaurants & Bars

  • Royal Villas Restaurant for breakfast
  • Main Restaurant of Knossos Royal for dinner
  • Gourmet Restaurant Fontana Amorosa 19:00 – 01:00
  • Taverna Artemis 19:00 – 21:30 – set menu
  • Snack Bar / Restaurant 10:30 – 18:00 - self service
  • Manitari Bar 10:30 – 17:30
  • Beach Restaurant/ Bar 10:30-17:00 a la carte
  • Kafenio 17:30-22:30
  • Main Bar 18:00-01:30
  • Night Club Aquarius 23:00 – 01:30 April, May, October or open disco 22:30 – 01:00
    *June – Sep occasionally at the Main Bar.

Meals (for the villas guest)

Breakfast in Royal Villas Restaurant
08:00 – 11:00 American-style Buffet or Room Service (free of charge)

Dinner in Main Restaurant
18:30 - 21:00 Buffet Service (inclusive: HB / FB)

*Room Service 07:30 – 24:00

General notes

  • Drinks are not included in the price
  • Missed meals cannot be replaced
  • BB applies to breakfast in villas restaurant (or main restaurant)
  • HB applies to breakfast and dinner in villas restaurant (or main restaurant) and dinner in main restaurant
  • FB applies to breakfast in villas restaurant (or main restaurant) and lunch-dinner in main restaurant
  • All other FB departments-services are on extra charge
  • Some departments may operate periodically depending also on weather conditions and occupancy.

Dress code
Guests are kindly requested to ensure that they are appropriately dressed in all restaurants and bars and in the night club (shorts and bathing costumes are not permitted).


There are 40 Suites – Villas with separate reception, Villas restaurant – bar, a la carte restaurant, private beach.

Types of suites or Villas

Junior Suite 45m2 -Sharing Pool ( 2-4 persons )
Adjacent to garden, pool or sea view, all with sparing pool, 1 bedroom / sitting-room and 1 bathroom with whirlpool bath, private section on the beach.

Knossos Suite 60m2 - Sharing Pool (2-4 persons)
With garden, pool or sea view, all with sharing pool, 1 bedroom, 1 sitting-room / dinning-room, bathroom with whirlpool bath , private section on the beach.

Knossos Maisonette 72m2 - Sharing Pool (2-4 persons)
With garden, pool or sea view, all with sharing pool – two floor villa
Ground floor: 1 sitting-room / dinning-room /dy and 1 WC with shower
First floor: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with whirlpool bath, private section on the beach.

Royal Maisonette 115m2 - sharing pool (2-4 persons)
With sea view, sharing pool.
Ground floor: 1 sitting-room / dinning-room / study and 1 bathroom
First floor: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with whirlpool bath, private section on the beach with private Gazebo.

Royal Suite Sea Front 129m2 – sharing pool (4-6 persons)
Sea front with sharing pool, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with whirlpool bath & shower), 1 sitting-room / dinning-room / study with fireplace, 1 WC, private section on the beach with private Gazebo.

Villa Ariadne 468 m2 - sea front private complex - private pool (2-24 persons)
A sea front complex with 2 Royal Suites, 2 Knossos Suites and 2 juniors with private pool of 100m2 and 300 m2 outdoor areas, 3 private Gazebos on the beach. Rest facilities as per each type of suite.

Imperial Villa Evropi  235m2
With exclusive sea front position, 100m2 private outdoor pool and 400m2 outdoor areas,
2 bedrooms (one with fireplace and desk), 2 bathrooms (one with whirlpool bath), 1 walk-in closet, 1 sitting-room (with fireplace) / dinning-room / study, home cinema, fitness room with sea view, sauna, whirlpool bath, private section on the beach with private Gazebo and services.

Imperial Villa Phaedra  227m2 (6-8 persons)
First floor, sea front with panoramic view, 200m2 outdoor area, private outdoor pool,
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with whirlpool, 1 sitting-room (with fireplace) / dinning-room / study, home cinema, sauna, whirlpool bath, exercise cycle, 6-8 persons, private section on the beach with private Gazebo and services.


Suite-Villa Amenities

  • Air conditioning 24h/day – Ceiling fans
  • Furnished balcony or veranda
  • King-sized beds / Twin beds
  • Double sofa-bed
  • Hairdryer
  • VIP bath set
  • Bathrobe / Slippers / Beach towels
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Satellite television with music channels
  • Free internet access 24h
  • Safe
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & coffee making facilities

* Mini Bar is free of charge only for Imperial Villas.
*DVD player is only available in Royal Villa, it is not available in Royal Maisonette.

Suite or Villa Services

  • Lobby with personalized check in and check out service
  • Welcome package
    For Junior Suite: water, wine, fresh fruit (daily refill)
    For Knossos Suite or Maisonette and Royal Suite or Maisonette: water, wine, fresh fruit (daily refill), selection of canapés, selection of sweets (daily refill)
    For Imperial Villa: water (daily refill), French Champagne, wine, fresh fruit (daily refill), selection of canapés and sweets (daily refill).
  • Personal guest relations service
  • Daily newspaper of your choice (on request)
  • Club transfer within hotel premises (on request)
  • Pool and private beach area with waiter service at the sun beds (on request)
  • Ice-cream cone and bottled water served at suite pools area
  • Secretarial support *
  • Cigars *
  • Priority booking for special evenings / events
  • Late check out (upon availability)

*on request with extra charge

Room Amenities

Internet Access Hairdryer Bathrobes & Slippers Satellite TV Music System Safe Box Air-conditioning Fan Fridge


Royal Villas are situated in a separate private section within Knossos Royal premises, located at Limenas Hersonissou on the island of Crete. The hotel complex lies 23km from Heraklion International Airport, 25km from the city of Heraklion and 2km from Hersonissos.


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