Minos Beach Art Hotel

Crete, Aghios Nikolaos

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  • Boasting a unique and beautiful waterfront setting
  • Within 800 metres of the lively bars and tavernas of glamorous Aghios Nikolaos
  • Enjoy the tranquil landscaped gardens featuring stunning contemporary works of art
  • Relax and unwind, with luxury accommodation and amenities

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary for your holiday then the Minos Beach Art Hotel is the perfect choice. As much a gallery as a beautiful hotel there’s architecture and works of art at every turn. Peaceful and stylish, it’s ideal for couples looking for a sophisticated getaway. Maximise the tranquillity of the location at Minos Beach Art Hotel by staying in a Waterfront Bungalow room, which comes with a private sea facing terrace, reserved loungers and your own steps straight into the calm sea.


An ideal destination for foodies, Minos Beach Art Hotel celebrates the taste of Cretan cuisine and boasts a diverse range of dining options. From romantic evenings at the fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant La Bouillaisse to stylish lunches at the traditional Cretan Terpsis, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can even enjoy your own floating breakfast in your private pool and private dining on the stunning waterfront deck. For nightlife head to the chic town of Aghios Nikolaos, earning the nickname “the St Tropez of Crete” it’s dotted with elegant cafés, lively bars, and chic boutiques.


There’s plenty to do at the hotel, from enjoying the Sculpture Garden, taking part in a wine master class to hopping on the hotels blue bikes to discover Cretan hidden gems. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s a PADI certified dive centre and for the those looking for something a little more relaxed there’s a wellness centre complete with an extensive range of spa treatments.


Minos Beach Art Hotel is a member of the bluegr Hotels & Resorts and DESIGN HOTELS.


Hotel child prices apply to ages 2–12 years. This hotel is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. The hotel has 126 rooms spread across one main building on one floor.


Bars & Restaurants

Dionyssos Bar

This laid back cocktail bar is located in the lobby where you are able to enjoy an extensive menu of premium drinks including, creative cocktails, fresh juices, local wines and premium coffees.


Here you can relax in an elegant setting and enjoy the drink of your choice along with a light snack.

Open: 17:00-01:00

Ibiscus Pool Bar

Situated next to the main pool, The Ibiscus Pool Bar serves tropical cocktails and local wines as well as hot beverages, soft drinks and light snacks.

Offering the perfect place to escape the midday sun and enjoy a cool beverage in a shady spot.


La Bouillabaisse

An evening at the prestigious La Bouillabaisse Mediterranean is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious meal and make any occasion a special one.

This restaurant offers stunning ocean views whilst you enjoy a delicious Mediterranean inspired gourmet menu served with a creative culinary touch.

Open: 20:00-23:00 from mid-May to beginning of October and closed one day a week

Gentleman are requested to wear long trousers for dinner.

Pure Lounge Bar

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a drink whilst relaxing on a beautiful waterfront location then Pure Lounge Bar is ideal. Here you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and calming background lounge music all on the prime position on the beachfront.


This bar offers extensive refreshment menu including hot and cold beverages.

Open: 11:00-19:00

Terpsis Cretan Restaurant

If you’re looking for authentic local delicacies, this traditional Cretan restaurant is one you won’t want to miss. Serving al-fresco lunches on the edge of the beautiful Mirabello Bay, this open air terrace restaurant offers stunning sea views all whilst you enjoy delicious flavours of Cretan gastronomy.

Open: 13:00-15:00

The Bacchus Restaurant

Ensure every morning starts with a delicious breakfast by enjoying the buffet at Bacchus Restaurant. In the evening, you can also enjoy stunning sunset-views whilst you have your dinner.

Choose from the finest Cretan creations as well as other international flavours using the finest local ingredients.

Open: 05:00-07:00, 07:30-10:00 and 19:00-21:30

Gentleman are requested to wear long trousers for dinner.

Beach & Pools


Choose from a sand or shingle beach and lounge on one of the many complimentary sunbeds. 

Swimming Pools

Relax and take a dip in the heated freshwater swimming pool, which is open from April to October.

Spa & Wellness

Ananea Spa

Enjoy signature Cretan treatments ranging from seaweed therapy to Cretan mud masks at the Ananea Spa. With a focus on holistic wellbeing and nurturing the body and soul, expect to emerge feeling tranquil and at peace.

Open: 10:00-18:00

Guests must be over 16 years old to use the spa. 

Activities & Entertainment

Inspired By The Sea

If you’re someone that enjoys the sea there are many ‘Blue Experiences’ you can enjoy such as sailing trips, fishing trips and even diving at the hotels PADI certified Diving Centre. You can also enjoy a wide range of water sports, from motorboat excursions to water skiing, ideal for adrenaline junkies.

Art & Culture

From ancient history to modern art, Minos Beach Art hotel offers many options to help you delve into the Cretan culture.


The sculpture garden hosts the valuable collection of G&A Mamidakis foundation which includes beautiful contemporary art by leading Greek & International artists. These creative art installations, were created during a series of symposia held at the hotel.


You can enjoy a mythology class and even discover the humble life of a monk at Toplou Monastery.

Blue Experiences

Created by Minos Beach Art Hotel, these are their signature experiences to help you take your holiday to the next level.


Experiences include:

  • Floating Breakfast
  • Private Dining
  • Wine Masterclass
  • Blue Bikes

Cretan Nature

Visit the hotels aromatic gardens where you can learn about the healing properties of Mediterranean and Cretan aromatic herbs.


Discover the beauty and diversity of Crete by exploring the natural environment such as Richtis Gorge and Vai Palmforest.

About the location

Minos Beach Art Hotel is nestled on Crete’s north east coast, in the town of Aghios Nikolaos. This thriving town is ideal for history lovers who can visit the archaeological museum or simply wander through the streets and admire the Venetian architecture of the buildings. The lake surrounding the town is also said to be where the Greek goddess Athena bathed. 

If you prefer to relax, there are golden sandy beaches dotted along the coastline and backed by restaurants and beach bars. Home to a host of loungers, you can spend the days unwinding or try some of the water sport available.

  • Minos Beach Art Hotel is located on the beachfront
  • 1 minute walk to the nearest supermarket/shop
  • 15 minutes walk to the nearest town - Aghios Nikolaos
  • 15 minutes walk to the nearest restaurant
  • 10 minutes walk to the nearest bar
  • 15 minutes walk to the nearest pharmacy

Transfer time

Minos Beach Art Hotel is a 50 minute drive from Crete Heraklion Airport. 
Seaview Room Main Building

Sleeps 2

Situated in the main building, these double rooms feature one bedroom with two beds, a sofa bed, bathroom with bathtub and a spacious balcony with wonderful views of the sea.


Nature Superior Bungalow

Sleeps 3

Enjoy glorious views of the fragrant gardens from your Bungalow. With comfortable mattresses and plenty of space, it is the ideal place for rejuvenation and relaxation. Sit back and relax on your private furnished terrace and be amazed by the wonderful coloured plants and flowers. 

Nature Superior Bungalow with Private Garden

Sleeps 3

Surrounded by verdant gardens, the Nature Superior Bungalow comes with its own private garden as well as an open plan double bedroom, a beautiful walk in shower room and a dressing corner, perfect for a relaxing stay in Crete.


Nature Suite Main Building

Sleeps 3

Located in the main building, Suites feature an open-plan bedroom and living area, dressing area, bathroom and balcony offering inland views. They are located close to the main restaurant.


Seafront Bungalow

Sleeps 2

Bungalow Seafront rooms are situated on the second row of the water's edge and have a bedroom, dressing area and bathroom with a shower. The terrace offers magnificent views of the sea.

Approximately 26-30m²

Waterfront Bungalow

Sleeps 2

Waterfront Bungalows rooms are situated directly of the water's edge and have a bedroom, dressing area and bathroom with a shower. The terrace offers magnificent views of the sea.

Approximately 26-30m²

Superior Seafront Bungalow

Sleeps 3

Superior Bungalows are situated on the second row of the water's edge and have an open plan bedroom and living area, dressing area and bathroom with bathtub and/or shower. The large terrace offers magnificent panoramic views of the sea.

Approximately 40m²

Superior Beachfront Bungalow

Max 3 adults

These stylish bungalows are situated in front of the beach at the south side of the hotel, and consist of an airy open-plan double bedroom & living room, bathroom with bathtub, dressing corner and large terrace with direct beach view. These spacious bungalows are decorated in a minimalist chic style, with a muted colour palette and ethnic-inspired design elements, ensuring a memorable stay for all guests.

Approximately 40-45m²

Superior Waterfront Bungalow

Sleeps 3

Superior Bungalow Waterfront with Reserved Sundeck rooms are situated on the water's edge and have an open plan bedroom and living area, dressing area and bathroom with bathtub and/or shower. The large terrace offers fantastic panoramic views of the sea. Guests staying in these bungalows receive reserved sunbeds and umbrellas.

Approximately 40m²

Superior Seafront Bungalow Private Pool

Sleeps 3

Superior Bungalows have an open plan bedroom and living area, dressing area and bathroom with bathtub and/or shower. The large terrace offers a private pool and stunning views of the sea.


One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

Sleeps 2

The one-bedroom villas with private pool consist of one double bedroom, separate living room, dressing corner and bathroom with large, modern shower. The large veranda hosts a private pool measuring 3.5x7.5m and offers panoramic views of the sparkling waters of the Mirabello Bay. The villa is tastefully designed in a minimalist, boho-chic style and includes an LDC television.


Two Bedroom Villa Maisonette Private Pool

Sleeps 4

The two-bedroom Sea View Maisonette with private pool consist of two double bedrooms and two bathrooms with large, modern showers. The Maisonette offers two floors more more privacy and it recommended for families.


Two Bedroom Seafront Villa Private Pool

Sleeps 4

The exclusive two-bedroom villas with private pool consist of two double bedrooms with private dressing areas, separate living room and two bathrooms with large, modern showers. The vast veranda, with its stunning sun terrace, hosts a private pool measuring 3.5x7.5m and offers panoramic views of the sparkling Mirabello Bay. The villa is tastefully designed in a minimalist, boho-chic style and includes an LCD television.


Three Bedroom Waterfront Villa Private Pool

Sleeps 6

Three Bedroom Waterfront Villa with private pool (150sq.m. max 6 adults) is situated exactly on the water’s edge overlooking the Mirabello Gulf. It is 150 square meters and has a sheltered and open sun terrace of 100 square meters with private swimming pool (7,5x3,5m) and bathing area with direct access to the sea. Consists of one master bedroom, dressing room and spacious bathroom with shower cabin, two twin bedrooms with their bathroom each, one small fully equipped kitchenette and one spacious living room overlooking the sea with sitting and dining area.


Complimentary meal

Guests staying on half board for a minimum of 7 nights receive one complimentary dinner in La Bouillabaisse per person per stay (excluding drinks and theme nights).

Sovereign Plus Offer

Sovereign guests receive

Welcome Gift Sovereign guests receive complimentary fruit and wine in their room on arrival
Complimentary Breakfast in Bed Sovereign guests receive a complimentary room service breakfast on the morning after arrival (to be requested at check-in).
Farewell Gift Sovereign guests will receive a farewell gift of traditional products on their departure.
Combinable with all offers

Bed and Breakfast
Guests can enjoy a delicious continental buffet and cooked breakfast options. Breakfast is served in the Bacchus restaurant.
Half Board
The Half Board package includes a buffet-style breakfast and dinner in the Bacchus restaurant. Should guests want to have an à la carte dinner in La Bouillaisse, they will receive a €25 discount off their meal. There is also the opportunity to exchange dinner for lunch in the Terpsis restaurant. Please note, drinks are not included.
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A relaxing and enjoyable weeklong stay with the Minos Beach Art Hotel

Jeremiah C, California

Tripadvisor review Jan 12 2024
A very enjoyable weeklong stay!! I loved the service, the attitude and graciousness of the entire staff.. The rooms were, B+/A- the living room in our 2 bedroom suite, should have been built a bit...
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Room was falsely advertised

NYClillypad, New York City, New York

Tripadvisor review Dec 22 2023
My poor rating is due to the room my fiancé and I stayed in. BE WARNED of room no. 104 - it sits somewhat outside the hotel grounds next to a weathered caravan, plastic kids' toys, and laundry racks...
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