St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

Crete, Aghios Nikolaos

Hotel Villas Spa Good for Couples Teenager Friendly Child Friendly Family Suites Private Pools Honeymoon
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  • A member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ 
  • Featuring a luxury spa with an extensive treatment menu 
  • Unique location set in six stunning acres of gardens  
  • Ideally situated in a secluded, peaceful beachfront location 
  • Personable and attentive Greek hospitality 

Perfect for couples and families alike, the St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas offers a relaxed and intimate stay and is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of Crete. Located within six acres of gardens with the sea on three sides, it’s easy to find privacy and tranquillity here. 

During the day you can enjoy St Nicolas Bay Resort’s private sandy Blue-flag awarded beach or choose from two swimming pools, one with a separate children’s section which is ideal for family fun. If seclusion is your holiday goal, then book one of the stunning Private Pool rooms – an ideal choice for a honeymoon or those wanting to relive theirs. 

By night it’s time to enjoy the variety of dining options, from a romantic candlelit dinner a deux at the Minotaure to authentic Cretan seafood at The Greek Kafenion. Those wanting to explore can take a trip to the nearby Aghios Nikolaos where there is a whole host of lively bars, delicious tavernas and stylish boutiques. Seeking total relaxation? Make sure you make time for a trip to the Poseidon Spa – with unique features including a private cave for two, it’s a must-visit. 

*The resort has introduced new luxurious suites in 2023, specifically designed for families with young children. Nestled amidst a forest of olive trees, these secluded suites offer impeccable harbour and sea views of Mirabello Bay, providing an exclusive and serene retreat. 

*Additional new facilities include an outdoor freshwater adults-only pool, spanning 25 meters, and a semi-open-air gym. The resort also caters to teenagers with a dedicated teens club which has been recently refurbished. Guests can enjoy jogging routes through the expansive olive tree grove and explore the beautiful herb gardens.  

The hotel has 119 rooms. Hotel child prices apply to age 2–12 years. 

Please note that due to steps around the property and in some rooms, this hotel is not recommended for guests with reduced mobility.


Bars & Restaurants

Bars & Restaurants

Guests can enjoy a wide range of dining options and can choose from five restaurants and three bars. Delicious breakfast is served at the Club House Terrace and guests can even enjoy an impressive 5-course dining experience at Labryinthos. Upgrade for lunch at the Blue Bay and for evening dine around, choose from a fine dining menu at Minotaure Restaurant or Greek Kafenion a la carte restaurants. Both offer an array of evening entertainment such as piano music, jazz, small live bands and local folk dancing. 
Dining is an important part of a holiday and St Nicolas Bay ensure you have plenty of options. Discover an outdoor BBQ kitchen with authentic Cretan cuisine using the finest local fresh ingredients and enjoy excellent seafood from Mirabello Bay.

Club House Restaurant

American-style buffet + vegetarian dishes, gluten-free & low-fat options to suit your nutritional needs.  

Enjoy a tranquil start to your day as you savour the entrancing views of Mirabello Bay whilst breakfast is served on the Club House Terrace. Choose from a wide range of hot and cold dishes, including a range of freshly baked breads, pastries, cheeses, beverages and seasonal local fresh fruits with an authentic Cretan corner serving specialities. Plus, a choice from a la carte menu of hot dishes. 
Open: 07:45-10.30 


Deluxe buffet featuring local and international dishes and a kids buffet for our younger guests. Daily specials corner with a live cooking show and a choice of vegan dishes.  

Enjoy a selection of cold and warm starters, salads, main courses and delicious desserts for an unforgettable culinary experience whilst you watch the sunset over the lagoon pool and harbour lights of Aghios Nikolaos.  
Dress Code – Formal /Smart Casual  
Children’s menu and highchairs available in all restaurants (except for Minotaure). 
Open: 19:00 – 21:30


Enjoy a romantic candlelit dining experience under the stars at the Minotaure fine dining restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious Asian and international flavours. Dishes are paired with a selection of wines from the extensive worldwide wine cellar so that guests can enjoy the perfect combination. Immerse yourself in the luxury location as you listen to soft piano music and jazz.  
Dress Code – Formal /Smart Casual  
Guests on half board receive a credit towards dining at this restaurant. 
Children’s menu and highchairs are not available at the Minotaure. 
Open: 20:00-23:00

The Blue Bay

Guests can enjoy excellent Mediterranean and International dishes served with an a la carte service for lunch whilst enjoying the relaxing sea breeze from the Mirabello Bay. An all-day menu offers a range of healthy salads, snacks, and vegetarian dishes along with international specials. Order from the comfort of your sun lounger whilst relaxing poolside or on the beach with a range of light lunches, cocktails, fresh fruit juices, sandwiches and ice creams. 

Dress Code – Casual/beachwear 

Open: 11:30-19:00

The Greek Kafenion

Enjoy the delights of authentic a la carte Cretan dishes at Greek Kafenion. Each dish is cooked using the outdoor BBQ kitchen, using the finest local fresh ingredients and excellent seafood from the Mirabello Bay. 

Once a week, guests can listen to live music and enjoy a charming Greek atmosphere with local folklore dancers. 
Dress Code – Formal /Smart Casual  
Guests on half board receive a credit towards dining at this restaurant. 
Children’s menu and highchairs available in all restaurants (except for Minotaure). 
Open: 20:00-23:00

Bonatsa Jetty Bar

This fashionable waterside bar serves cocktails against a backdrop of fun music.  

Choose from an array of drinks such as tropical cocktails and sparkling champagne and sit back and enjoy the stunning views at the water’s edge. 
Open: 19:30-00:00

The Astra Bar Veranda and Lounge

Enjoy mesmerising sunsets at the Astra Bar overlooking the Minoutaure lagoon pool and the twinkling lights of Aghios Nikolaos in the distance. Socialise with friends and family whilst enjoying your favourite aperitifs whilst listening to soft piano music.  
Dress Code – Formal /Smart Casual

Beach & Pools


Relax and enjoy the clear waters of the Mediterranean from the hotel’s blue flag certified private sandy beach with bar and light lunch services at your fingertips. Towel service is available at the beach.

Swimming Pools

The hotel features one outdoor seawater swimming pool with a separate children’s pool and a new 25-metre-long outdoor freshwater adults-only pool. An indoor heated pool is available at the Poseidon Spa, for spa guests only. Towel service is available at the pool.

For Families

Kids' Club

Fully certified staff supervise the complimentary Mini Club where children can play and enjoy a variety of activities whilst making new friends at the same time. The new semi-open-air children’s play area immersed in nature is a must-visit for little guests. 

Mini club is open daily Monday – Saturday from 10am – 2pm & 3pm – 7pm 
Ages: 4-11 years.  
Children under 4 years need a parent or guardian to accompany them. 
The new Teenagers Club, with fun games, is open for teens, where they can meet friends and enjoy billiards, darts, table tennis, mini football, PlayStation and a TV lounge.
Babysitting is available at a fee (pre-booking is required) as well as child/baby car seats on request. 
Early dining options in-room are available and can be arranged in the resort. 
Baby accessories available on request (such as bottle warmer/sterilizer, kettle & potty).

Spa & Wellness

Poseidon Spa

A state-of-the-art spa with an extensive range of suites where guests can indulge in a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere. Enjoy world-famous products from Elemis and Cinq Mondes for face and body treatments as well as aromatherapy programs. Their fresh seawater treatments are highly relaxing and used to rejuvenate your mind and body. 
Turkish steam baths, a sauna and an indoor heated pool are available for use when booking any treatments. 

Guests are welcome to join complimentary group yoga classes against the beautiful backdrop of the sea in a new outdoor yoga space or private chargeable classes can be arranged in the comfort of your room or in a preferred outdoor location. Experience Flow Yoga with the resident yoga teacher which combines Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. 

There are also new Jogging routes, where you can walk or run whilst soaking up the glorious views. 

Adults can continue their daily exercise in the fitness centre with state-of-the-art Cybex and techno gym machines along with changing rooms, showers and lockers or in the new semi-open-air gym. 

Open: 10:00-20:00  
Children under 16 are not permitted in the spa.

Activities & Entertainment

Sport & Leisure Facilities

There’s plenty to do if you’re not just a sun-seeker. Visit the water sports centre and try out a variety of water-based activities or try your hand at windsurfing or canoeing. You can even enjoy a beautiful excursion by boat to explore deserted beaches or visit the island of Spinalonga to explore the ancient history of one of the last active leper colonies in Europe.

The island’s most renowned sites and attractions are easily accessible by car.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Weddings & Honeymoons

Celebrate your wedding at the St. Nicolas Bay Hotel on the deck of its private beach side chapel. Say ‘I do’ in this dreamy location with the blue waters of the Cretan Sea glinting in the background. 

The sumptuous Honeymoon Suite is sheer elegance with exceptional personal service and attention to detail. The spacious terrace next to the pool, the intimate atmosphere and the luxury service all combine to create memories of your Crete honeymoon that will stay with you forever.



We continuously support sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives.  

St. Nicolas Bay is renowned for supporting sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives. All future plans for the development of the hotel will be based around green practices. Its authentic architecture has solely been built using locally sourced materials, with stylish low buildings that integrate naturally into the surrounding landscape, gardens and olive tree forests. The cuisine served at the hotel is seasonal and produce is only sourced from local trusted companies and farms, as well as the in-house garden. St Nicolas Bay has been awarded the ‘Think Green’ award for using sustainable methods relating to solar power, recycling kitchen oil to produce soap and using ECOLAB cleaning products in rooms. It has also recently been awarded “The Green Key” – a prestigious eco-label that represents the commitment of the hotel to adhere to strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education, as well as the “Blue Flag” certificate, for maintaining cleanliness of the surrounding beach and seawater.

About the location

St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas can be found on the northeast coast of Crete, in the town of Aghios Nikolaos. Here you’ll find a fascinating sense of history, with colourful Venetian buildings stretching along the coastline and along the shores of the lake. Take in the sparkling waters of the lake, where the goddess Athena is supposed to have bathed, as you enjoy exquisite dishes in the lakeside restaurants.

Culture lovers can visit one of the museums in the town, while beach lovers will find lots of stretches of golden sands to be explored. Enjoy fresh seafood in one of the beach restaurants or order refreshments straight to your lounger. If you want to keep active, there are water sports and activities available as well. 

Transfer time
St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is a 45-minute an hour’s drive from Crete Heraklion International Airport.
Classic Double Limited Sea View

Max 2 adults, 1 child

Classic Double Limited Sea View Rooms are decorated in a modern style. They have either a king size or twin bed, marble-lined bathroom with walk-in cabin shower, separate toilet and a balcony with a limited/side sea view.


Classic Junior Suite Sea View

Max 2 adults, 1 child

Classic Junior Suites Sea View rooms have a king size or twin beds, marble-lined bathroom with a walk-in shower or jacuzzi style bathtub and a spacious balcony or terrace with sea views. 


Classic Suite One Bedroom Sea View

Max 2 adults, 2 children

Classic Suite One Bedroom Sea View rooms have a separate bedroom, spacious living room, a marble-lined bathroom with a walk-in shower and jacuzzi style bathtub, large balcony or terrace with a breakfast table. 


Olives & Sea Two Bedroom Suite Private Pool Harbour and Sea View

max 2 adults, 2 children

Classic Suite Two Bedroom Private Pool Harbour and Side Sea View are situated on two levels. On the upper level, there is a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, seating corner, and a large veranda with a private pool, sunshade and day beds. On the lower level, there is another bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, with a large garden veranda surrounded by olive trees. The master bedroom's ensuite bathroom, has a bathtub and walk-in shower, whilst the second bathroom has a walk-in shower.   

Private pool heated free of charge at ~25°C in April, mid-May & late October. 


Junior Suite Outdoor Hot Tub Sea View

Max 2 adults, 1 child

The Junior Suites feature an open plan bedroom with a king size or twin beds and seating area, a marble lined bathroom with a walk-in shower and a spacious balcony or terrace with an outdoor Hydromassage hot-tub, sunshade and day beds.


Club Studio Private Pool Seafront

Max 2 adults, 1 child

Located by the seafront, the exquisite Suites have a bedroom with large lounge corner, bathroom with a Jacuzzi® bath and walk in shower and spacious Veranda with private heated swimming pool, daybeds and dining table. Guests staying in Club Suites can take advantage of Express Early Check-in & Check-out (14:00 hrs) subject to hotel’s availability, Welcome Champagne, Mineral Water, Fresh Flowers upon arrival, a complimentary Aperitif in Suite (every second day), twice daily Maid Service & Turndown, Room Service Breakfast at any time, Guest Relations Office – Concierge Service, Business and Secretarial Assistance, complimentary use of Gym, Games Room, Home Cinema, Porter Service and Parking.


Club Suite Suite One Bedroom Private Pool Sea View

Max 2 adults, 2 children

-located on the first row to the sea - 

The One Bedroom Suites feature a master bedroom with king size bed or twin beds, a separate living room with a dining area, a marble-lined bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub and walk-in shower and a large terrace with a private heated swimming pool, sunshade and day beds.  

Private pool heated free of charge at ~25°C in April, mid-May & late October. 

Guests staying in Club Seafront Suites can take advantage of Express Early Check-in & Check-out (14:00 hrs) subject to hotel’s availability, Welcome champagne, mineral water, fresh flowers upon arrival, VIP service program throughout the entire stay, a complimentary aperitif in suite (every other day), Room Service breakfast at any time, Guest Relations office – Concierge at Club guests’ disposal, business and secretarial assistance. 

50 - 71m²

Thalassa Villa Three Bedroom Private Pool Sea View

Max 5 adults, 1 infant

The Thalassa Villa features a master bedroom with king size bed or twin beds with an en suite bathroom with a Hydromassage bath, separate WC and walk-in shower. There is also a twin room and a single room, plus a second bathroom with a walk-in shower. The villa also features a spacious living room, a fully equipped open-plan kitchen, a separate lounge area and with a dining table, and a large garden terrace with a private heated infinity pool, sunshades, sun loungers, outdoor dining facilities and sitting area. There is also direct access through a private pathway to the sea. 

There are 4 Thalassa Villas and are unique so may vary in design and size, to be allocated on arrival. 

Although, the Thalassa Villas offer privacy and seclusion, guests have the option of enjoying the full facilities of the adjoining St Nicolas Bay Resort where they can make use of the 5 restaurants, bars, kids club, spa, pools and private beach with water sports centre.  


Seamless personal concierge 
24 hour daily room service 
Packing & unpacking service 
Twice daily maid service / turn down service 
24/7 professional security 

In-Villa Experience 

Private Chef to cook for you at your Villa, upon request 
Butler service, upon request 
SPA treatments in privacy at the open-air shaded patio of the villa, upon request 


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Wonderfully Memorable !!
Stephen F, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Sep 17 2023
We have recently returned home from another wonderful 14 days at St Nicolas Bay. If you want to relax from work and everyday stresses - St Nicolas Bay is the place to be, As previous reviews have...
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SandALondon, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review Sep 05 2023
The most wonderful hotel. We are already planning to return next year! Everything about this hotel is perfect. The infinity pool is beautiful and the sea water is crystal clear. We worried that...
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