Believe me when I once again say I honestly wanted and planned to post a lot earlier. I really really did! But every single time I make those grandiose plans life happens. It's already like a good old Murphy's Law. Weekends mysteriously disappear somewhere while we are (actually deliberately but still) working our poor fingers to the bone.
Because who would have thought designing your own garden can be so insanely tricky and time-consuming? Fortunately it's a big big joy to see the day by day developing outcome. :) Oh and I also got a new additional short-run job with one deadline already on Friday and the other deadline at some time in the summer. But I'm going to stop blabbering now to finally get this long overdue Crete show on the road again.
So, as promised, today you can read all about the surprising and exciting events of May 11 and 12. The 5* hotel we had booked in December 2013, Sensimar Minos Palace Hotel & Suites (link) somehow happened to be overbooked for two consecutive nights (May 12 till May 14). And since we weren't there with a group (unlike all those countless German senior citizens) the hotel offered precisely us (plus a few other chosen couples) an opportunity to spend those two nights and circa two full days in another hotel.
First they showed us 4* Candia Park Village (link), a hotel that looks like a typical Cretan village. But whereas we weren't actually obliged to agree with the switch at all we said no because of the rather remote location (4 km from the centre of Agios Nikolaos; Minos Palace is 2,6 km and Minos Beach is 1,4 km from the centre).
But wait! When we returned to our actual hotel we got a terrific new offer from them - a superior waterfront bungalow at 5* Minos Beach Art Hotel (link), also called the little Venice. It was closer to the centre of Agios Nikolaos, even fancier (+more expensive) than Minos Palace so by all means we said yes to the new luxury hotel and new experience. Because when someone offers you a chance like that free of charge it would be extremely stupid to back out, don't you think? Especially when our initial room at Minos Palace was just a standard seaview room and our only trouble was moving our suitcases a couple of times. By the way, when we returned to Minos Palace on May 14 we received some more free treats, in addition to our next room upgrade but that's just a spoiler for a future post.
Right now I have to start talking about today's extreme photo flood. The first bunch in the beginning of my post showcases Sensimar Minos Palace, our main hotel, and a few glimpses of our seaview room. What I loved the most about that room was our furnished balcony with a wonderful sunny view of the Mirabello Bay. I honestly (and obviously) miss that view, the magical atmosphere and beautiful stillness, a true bliss. And I will definitely talk about Minos Palace again!
The second group of photos introduces our hotel No. 2, Minos Beach Art Hotel that was only a ten minute walk from the centre of Agios Nikolaos. Our superior waterfront bungalow indeed was a nice one: situated by the edge of water, consisting of a bedroom, living room, dressing area, bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, large veranda with a panoramic seaview and reserved sunbeds and umbrellas in front of the bungalow. Minos Beach also had magnificent food in their Bacchus restaurant and plenty of cute local cats hanging around the area. It sure was an absolutely delightful experience!
And last but not least comes the third bunch and a little piece of picturesque Agios Nikolaos. It was our first brief trip to the town centre and those three snapshots are simply a fragment of everything I'm going to share with you in the course of time. You just have to excuse my slow pace. :)
Right now I have so much to write about! In addition to our Cretan adventures a couple of local Estonian outfits are waiting for their turn. And I believe my next post will present my fifth package from lovely Born Pretty (link) besides a classic summery outfit. And then, after that I'm going to introduce the historical island of Spinalonga to you. So I guess you just have to wait and see what happens because right now the list of my topics really seems to be endless. See you in the next post, guys!