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Sofitel Capsis Palace, Crete

This 5-star deluxe Hotel is part of the Capsis Beach Hotel & Sofitel Capsis Palace Hotel & Convention Centre Resort Complex which is located on a private peninsula in Crete, 20 minutes from the Cosmopolitan City of Heraklion (which is the capital of Crete) and next to the traditional fishing village of Aghia Pelaghia, which during the Minoan Period 4.500 years ago, was one of the Ports of the Ancient Minoan City of Heraklion. The village is within walking distance of the hotel and offers a variety of shops, mini-markets, tavernas and restaurants. This seaside hotel complex is surrounded by 3 beautiful beaches (one private & 2 public) with an endless Aegean view, a Botanical Park of 167.000 m² with colourful gardens and green pathways ideal for jogging, statues, antiquities from the Minoan Times, ponds, lakes, cascades, waterfalls, a river, 2 picturesque chapels and the largest private zoo in Greece. Within the hotel complex, a small exclusive and cosy deluxe hotel, perched as a Minoan Palace surrounded by beautiful VIP bungalows, which form “Cretan neighbourhoods”, together with suites and villas all in the surroundings of colourful gardens some of them with views of the sea. The interior decor of this exclusive hotel is luxurious with great emphasis on comfort combined with a traditional Greek touch. Natural colours of Greek marble, wood and crystal are used as main materials at the public areas, restaurants and guestrooms giving a Minoan touch. A private collection of paintings by famous Greek artists, antique furniture, statues and decorative ornaments from Greece and around Europe blend beautifully with the local Cretan touch of this luxurious property.

Accommodation

This complex offers deluxe guestrooms, VIP bungalows, villas and luxurious suites (including junior and 1-bedroom suites as well as 3 presidential suites). The Sofitel Capsis Palace Hotel has spacious verandas overlooking the St. Athanassios Chapel, the gardens and Aghia Pelaghia Bay. The guestrooms are of great style while the magnificent decorated suites reflect a simple elegance complimented by marble and pillared tables, well chosen artefacts and comfortable antique furniture. The VIP bungalows and spacious villas are spread around the hotel peninsula gardens. They are tastefully decorated with a Cretan flair with a great touch of luxury and are surrounded by extensive green pathways. These deluxe guestrooms offer a great variety of services and facilities, such as private balcony or terrace with sitting area, air-condition, direct-dial phone line and bathroom extension line, Internet access, satellite TV, in-house movies (only at the Sofitel Capsis Palace Hotel), radio, fully stocked mini bar, safe deposit boxes (partially at the VIP bungalows), a full range of guestroom and bathroom amenities, hairdryer, shoe shine service, laundry, dry cleaning and 24 hours Room Service.

Food & Beverage

Guests can savour a complete culinary experience and personal service during their whole stay, starting with a refreshing welcome drink upon their private check-in. Spread throughout the hotel peninsula, a wide choice of restaurants and bars await guests, all in beautiful surroundings and each one with its own charm and special menu: For the residents of the, Sofitel Capsis Palace Hotel, the various suites and villas, a Champagne Breakfast at the Gourmet VIP “El Greco” Restaurant of the hotel lobby is served daily. This restaurant is decorated with antique and traditional Cretan furniture and an imposing view offers an excellent silver service. For a taste of “haute” cuisine, the Gourmet VIP “El Greco” Restaurant is renowned for its fine dining, its excellent surroundings and its soft piano music during the evening hours. A special and rich buffet breakfast at the beautiful “Zeus” restaurant is offered to the residents of the VIP bungalows. For those who wish to taste the Cretan Cuisine, our traditional “Poseidon” Taverna (situated next to the crystal clear waters of the Aghia Pelaghia Beach) offers daily fresh seafood, the catch of the day, local specialties and delights, homemade desserts, Greek wines and spirits. The “Ikaros” Bar, by the Reception area of the hotel, is decorated with antique furniture and a magnificent waterfall invites guests to enjoy a variety of drinks and cocktails, delicious snacks and desserts, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the piano. Choose from a large variety of beverages, refreshments and coffees at the main “Adonis” Bar, a classy and spacious bar decorated with white marble floors and Cretan antique furniture. Perched majestically on the colourful hotel peninsula, the various snack bars, pool and beach bars, will delight guests especially children with their special menus (upon request), snacks, traditional burgers, desserts, ice creams and refreshments at moderate prices. Furthermore, every week, a special cocktail will be offered by the management around one of the pools or the gardens of the hotel, in order for the guests of the Sofitel Capsis Palace and Suites to meet each other and acquaint themselves with the Greek and Cretan hospitality.

Sports & Leisure

The hotel was chosen as the Official Hotel for the 2004 Olympic Football Tournaments in Heraklion. Facilities within the hotel premises; a total of 5 pools: 1 private swimming pool with freshwater for the Sofitel Capsis Palace Hotel guests only, 1 indoor freshwater swimming pool, 2 additional swimming pools (including 1 with freshwater and 1 with seawater) and 1 seawater children’s swimming pool. Sports activities: basket & volley court , tennis courts, darts, billiards, bridge, cards, mini-golf, water sports centre, PADI-approved Scuba Diving Centre, fully equipped Health, Beauty & Fitness Centre, disco, open air amphitheatre for animation shows. Children are well looked after with a daily program with sports and activities, a playground, a kids’ pool, a mini club with a playroom and special kids menus. Daily programs are organised by the multi-lingual hotel animation team on the hotel premises such as: games, shows, mini-football games, water polo, gym, aqua aerobics, step aerobics, stretching, ping pong, tennis tournaments, Greek cooking lessons by the pool and children games. In addition guests can also enjoy night entertainment at the hotel Disco, which serves a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Facilities outside the hotel: Water Park (40 km), golf (45 km), horse-back-riding (27 km), bowling (23 km), go-carts (55 km), mountain biking (upon request delivered at the hotel). Animation

Facilities & Services

In the hotel are also available a reception, concierge, business centre, money exchange, hairdresser, babysitting, safe deposit boxes at the Front Office, shopping arcade with kiosk, jewellery shop, mini market and boutique, ATM machine, TV room, parking, car rental services, limousine services and large conference centre.

The Zoo & Greenhouses

A fascinating experience for nature lovers is the private zoo of the hotel, which is the largest in Greece, with animals from all over the world. 3 greenhouses and several grounds inside and out are used for the production of organically grown, herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers for the consuming needs of the hotel. The hotel complex has been awarded with the prestigious International “HERMES AWARD 2002” for “Best Innovation in Terms of Environmental Protection”.

Useful Information on Distances

The hotel is located only a 100 m from the village of Aghia Pelagia, 20 minutes from the city centre of Heraklion, 25 minutes (by car) from Heraklion International airport, 30 minutes (by car) from KNOSSOS MINOAN PALACE, Crete’s most important archaeological site.

 

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