Stella Village Hotel

You’ll find the Stella Village Hotel on the outskirts of Analipsi, tucked among olive groves and lemon trees. Families are the number-one priority here and the hotel features a pirate-themed splash zone for children, an amphitheatre that hosts evening shows and activities ranging from archery to arcade games.

There’s a range of pools here to suit every mood. The main one has a waterside bar, while another has a pair of flumes splashing into it. There’s also a shallow pool that’s perfect for anyone learning to swim.

The sea-view buffet restaurant lines up dishes from around the world. Chefs also man live-cooking stations, so you can order freshly cooked treats. Themed party evenings and mini-discos are held in the amphitheatre. For something quieter, two bars stay open late.

Overview of Analipsi

Analipsi is a traditional village where it looks like time has stood still. The highlight here is undoubtedly the long stretch of shoreline that lines the front of the resort. It’s packed with a mixture of sandy and pebble beaches that are incredibly popular with families looking for a break in the sun.

When you stay in Analipsi on your holiday to Crete, you’re greeted by a resort that offers life in the slow lane. Days here are spent drinking by the sea, while evenings away from the Stella Village Hotel are often spent enjoying a meal in the main square.

If you fancy getting out and exploring, it’s easy to reach nearby towns like Heraklion and Hersonissos.

Things to do in Analipsi

There’s so much going on at the Stella Village Hotel that you might find it difficult to peel yourself away – but, if you do, you’ll be suitably rewarded. The beach is right on the doorstep, so it’s easy to swap from pool to sea. Plus, hotel guests receive free sunbeds and parasols. On the front, there’s also a postcard-perfect chapel that’s great for an Instagram snap.

It’s also only a five-minute walk to the centre of Analipsi, so it’s easily manageable for little legs. Cretan flavours are widely on offer in the eateries that line the main square here, and many of these stay open late if you fancy a nightcap. During the day, the town’s main street is also the place to be if you’d like to book an excursion to Heraklion, Hersonissos or the Palace of Knossos.

Analipsi is a little town with a lot of heart. It feels like a secret idyll here, but you’ll find plenty of places to shop, eat and enjoy.

Resort Summary

Passing through fruit groves and old whitewashed buildings on the way to Analipsi makes the village feel like a secret idyll but as you get into the centre you can see that visitors are well-looked after. There are a good range of shops and places to book excursions on the main street which leads down to the beach.

On the waters’ edge is a mini, picture-postcard chapel where most holidaymakers choose to take a snap. Between the beachside cafes and restaurants that line the traditional square there is an abundance of Cretanflavours and these eateries stay open until late to serve you nightcaps.