Insula Alba Resort & Spa
You’ll enjoy designer décor and sea views at the newly-opened, adults-only Insula Alba Resort & Spa.
Translating as White Island, the name reflects the hotel’s minimalist design. There’s a fresh feel as it only recently opened in summer 2015.
The hotel occupies a plum spot in the village of Analipsi, with just a road between you and the seafront. There are bars and restaurants within walking distance, and a 15-minute taxi ride will take you into lively Hersonissos.
Circled by fields and fruit groves, Analipsi is a cutesy village on Crete’s eastern shoulder. It’s sandwiched between 2 of the island’s pulse points – cosmopolitan Hersonisos and big-hitter Heraklion – but it’s managed to stay under the radar and remains deliciously true to tradition. The picture here is one of whitewashed cottages and pretty gardens trailing their way down a kilometre-long road to a lovely beach. Back from the seafront, meanwhile, spidery lanes beat a track to a restaurant-lined central square.
The hotel is around a 20 minute coach journey from Heraklion airport and is in the village of Analipsi.
International buffet spreads are the order of the day in the main restaurant. There’s also a Mediterranean à la carte eatery, plus a snack bar for light bites throughout the day. American style breakfasts are served 7.30am to 10am, and you can grab a late Continental breakfast from 10am ’til 11am. A selection of drinks are on offer, including house wine, local beer, soft drinks, juices, water and filter coffee. A buffet lunch and dinner are also available at this restaurant.
Mediterranean and Greek dishes are served here, and there’s a selection of wine. You can dine here once per week if you’re staying All Inclusive. Just to let you know you’ll need to book a table two days in advance and there’s a smart dress code at this restaurant.
- Fitness Centre
- Snack bar
- Cocktail lounge
- Free Wi-Fi zones
- Laundry service*
- Reception area
You can expect a king-size bed, air-conditioning and a balcony or terrace in all of these rooms. There are double rooms available with a pool view, or you can upgrade to a room can with a private pool for a bit extra. Newlyweds can opt for a honeymoon double room with a private pool and terrace. Plus if you’d like a bit more space – junior suites come with a lounge area.