On the northwest shoreline of Crete, in the bay of Almyros near the picturesque fishing village of Georgioupolis, halfway between Chania and Rethymno amongst scenery of unparalleled beauty, and near settlements that retain traditional Cretan elements but also villages with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, lies Pilot Beach Resort. Pilot Beach Resort offers a unique combination of tradition, hospitality and luxury with the comforts of a state of the art hotel within its 150.000 square metre area. The hotel is situated within an area of distinctive natural beauty and is surrounded by olive groves, avocado trees and a beautiful private sandy beach, 400 m in length. It is comprised of a central building and groups of Bungalows of various types that form neighbourhoods. The architectural style blends elements found mainly in traditional Cretan villages and uses Cretan materials such as wood, stone and marble. Pilot Beach Resort stands out for its high level of services offered for the guests and is promoted as one of the finest holiday resorts in Crete. The hotel is equipped to suit the needs of persons with special needs. The entrance doors as well as the lavatory doors have a width greater than 67 cm. Moreover, all parts of the hotel and the outdoor areas are accessible by a wheelchair. The hotel is not equipped with specially modified rooms for disabled persons.
The main building, home to the main services and facilities, and the 450 bungalows of different architectural styles give out a feeling of being in a well kept traditional Cretan village made of wood and stone. Rooms are very spacious, comfortable and state of the art, all with hair-dryer, air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, personal telephone messenger, wake up call service, Internet connection capability, refrigerator (mini bar on demand), safe deposit box (with extra charge), satellite TV, balcony or terrace and bathroom/WC. Please click on each room-type for specific information.
Food & Beverage
From morning to evening, Cretan and international cuisine. Ohe hotel has four restaurants and three bars: Central Restaurant Kronos: an impressive restaurant with a panoramic view of the hotel’s central pool and the Cretan archipelago. It offers a buffet menu inspired by Mediterranean and international cuisine with a Cooking – Grill show. It also offers American style breakfast and dinner. It has a capacity of 750. Greek Themed Restaurant Ariadni: with a view of the hotel’s central pool, it offers an exceptional taste of Greek cuisine in an exclusive environment. The hors d’oeuvres, the salads and the desserts are offered from the buffet and the main menu is served from a choice of three dishes one of which is vegetarian. It also offers American style breakfast and dinner. It has a capacity of 220 people. Restaurant by the seaside Gialos: with a view of the hotel’s seaside pool and the Cretan archipelago. It offers an assortment of Greek specialities, exceptional tastes from the grill and a rich selection of salads, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, main dishes and fruits, desserts and drinks. It is open for breakfast (high season), lunch and dinner. The restaurant is offered for gatherings and has a capacity of 200 people. Children’s Restaurant: With a view to the hotel’s central pool, it offers our young friends a variety of child menus in a pleasant environment under the supervision of the child Animation. Lobby Bar Dionysos: with a view to the hotels central pool, it has lavish lounges and is connected with the Bridge playing room. In its open air sitting area events such as: Greek nights, with live music and traditional dances, magician performances, romantic evenings, cabaret shows and animation shows take place. Cocktail Bar Aura: with a view to the hotel’s seaside pool and the sea. It includes a luxurious lounge. From morning to afternoon it operates as a pool bar and offers snacks, desserts, refreshments, ice creams and alcoholic drinks. At night time it operates as a Cocktail bar and offers several exotic cocktails and drinks in a pleasant and quiet environment. Music Bar Ermis: with a view of the Lefka Ori mountain range and the hotel’s central pool it only operates at night time. It offers exotic cocktails and drinks in a pleasant environment with a dance music accompaniment. Apart from regular meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) the hotel offers: Early Breakfast (05:30 – 7:30) at the central restaurant Kronos (continental). Late Breakfast (10:00 – 11:00) at the central restaurant Kronos (continental). Late Dinner (until 24.00) for Late Arrivals. Themed nights at the seaside restaurant Gialos. Dress code: Gentlemen are kindly requested to be suitably attired when arriving for dinner at the hotel’s restaurants.
Beach & Pools
The hotel is situated along a beautiful and sandy organised private beach 400 metres in length with a view of the Lefka Ori mountain range and the picturesque fishing village of Georgioupolis. The hotel’s beach is part of the 6 km stretch of Georgioupoli beach that has been classified as Natura 2000 by the EU, and visitors from around the world flock to it due to its natural beauty. The hotel also includes 4 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pools. Central Pool: a large fresh water pool in the shape of a small lake with a part surrounded by sand and various types of Bungalows placed around it. Its total area is 1800 square metres and it includes a children’s pool as well as a children’s play area. Beach Pool: next to the terrace of the seaside restaurant “Gialos” and the Pool Bar “Aura” with a view of the Cretan archipelago, lies the beach pool with a total area of 400 square metres including a children’s pool. Two pools in the gardens: between the Bungalows two additional pools are situated combining peace and tranquillity. Their total area is 500 square metres including a children’s pool. Heated Indoor Pool: next to the exclusive Health Club lies the heated indoor pool with 100 square metres of naturally lit area. The pool is heated from October to April. Free beach towels are provided to hotel guests, free recliners are provided around the hotel swimming pools, entertainment programmes are offered at the pools for both adults and children. At the beach you can find marine sport activities such as Windsurfing, Water Ski, Pedal Boats, Canoes, Rings and Banana rides as well as Parachute rides.
The hotel includes a fully organised Health Club. The experienced personnel of the Health Club has prepared special health, cosmetics eae fitness programmes that offer moments of tranquillity, relaxation and care, using natural products of the region such as herbs and aromatic oils. The Health Club’s programme includes: massage (classic, therapeutic, shiatsu, reflexology), sauna - steam room, face and body beauty care, hair dressers, manicure, pedicure, aromatherapy - stress control, relaxing & stretching in the water, Yoga, Pilates, stretching, aqua gym, special wellness packaged, fully equipped gym, gymnastics-aerobics room.
Sports, Leisure & Entertainment
The hotel’s entertainment team offers our guests a series of activities that start with a morning exercise session, aerobics and games on the beach and continue to dance lessons, evening performances and musical nights with traditional music. The hotel also includes: two tennis courts, one with synthetic grass, both are equipped with floodlights (Tennis instructor on demand), mini football field (with synthetic grass and floodlights), beach volleyball, art workshop, table tennis, pool table, and board games. Activities outside the hotel: ridding (1.5 km), mountain biking (1.5 km), tracking (1.5 km), basketball (1.5 km), Golf lessons (100 km).
Pilot Beach Resort offers the perfect family vacation. Specifically designed to suit family needs, Pilot Beach Resort offers a large selection of family accommodation and a plethora of activities from the morning to the night. Children can have fun in the hotel’s facilities leaving the parents free to relax and enjoy their holiday. The hotel employs a specialised team of experienced multi-lingual professionals. According to their age, children can partake in a variety of sports and activities that are organised on a daily basis: sport activities, competitions and performances that the children star in. Activities also organised: handicraft and painting competitions, children’s disco, pool games, child happenings. Included for children: two play grounds, child seating, child food, children’s meals, and baby sitting (on demand).
Facilities & Services
Facilities: television-mail room, board and card games room, library, Internet point, projection room – mini cinema, jewellery store, mini market with international press and tobacco products. Services available for customers: message delivery, excursions, currency exchange, laundry service, baggage handler service, room service, medical care (24 hours a day after telephone arrangement), baby sitting service, postal services, express-courier service, taxicab service (please ask at reception), car, motorbike and bicycle rental. The hotel owns a mini train and offers visitors the chance to enjoy the area’s sites with short tours.
Meeting & Conference Facilities
The hotel’s conference centre has the capability to serve any kind of conference or business event. The conference halls of Pilot Beach Resort can accommodate up to 400 people and include audio-visual equipment and technical support. The conference area is directly accessible via the hotel’s bars, lounges and reception area, it has a separate entrance, an area for secretarial support, a foyer and comfortable parking space for the participants. The hotel has the capability to organise any kind of event (gala dinners, gatherings, balls) that is related to the undertaking of a successful conference or social event.
Useful Information on Distances
The Pilot Beach Hotel is located 1 km away from the picturesque fishing village of Georgioupolis, famous for good food and quiet ambience. The cosmopolitan town of Rethymno is located 21 km away and the beautiful, unique town of Hania only 38 km away. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel offering easy access to these nearby towns. Hania airport (CHQ) lies 38 km away and Heraklion airport (HER) 94 km from the hotel.