Many people come on holidays to Malia for its incredible nightlife scene. Dance spots, beach bars and neighbourhood pubs are as far as the eye can see and the accommodation follow suit. No matter where you choose to stay whether you're in 4* luxury or cosy apartments - you'll never be far from the action, not to mention the beach.
Just around the corner from the bars and restaurants on Malia's main strip, the Malia Dedalos adds a little peace and quiet to the otherwise busy area. The grounds feature a large pool and leafy gardens, rooms with balconies or terraces and studios equipped with kitchenettes. On hand is a buffet restaurant for breakfast, as well as an a la carte diner for everything else.
These simple apartments are great home bases for lively Malia nights, as they're aptly-located just minutes from the after-hours action and 10 minutes from the beach. Rooms here come ready with small kitchenettes, and are never far from the pool, lined with sunbeds, umbrellas and a pool bar.
Also found on the town's main drag, the Ilios Malia consists of stacked apartments gathered around a central pool. Each studio and apartment feature kitchenettes, though there's a restaurant downstairs should you want quicker eats. To make matters even more convenient, the hotel is attached to the Ice Bar, a popular nightlife spot and great pit-stop for a late night.
This hotel's pool area is the star of the show – it's lined with sunloungers and umbrellas for relaxing, a breakfast bar for noshing and a swim-up bar for, well, drinking cocktails. The heart of Malia is only a five-minute walk away and the town's beaches are just 10 minutes beyond that. Studios and smaller apartments offer cosy spots to sleep, while bigger apartments have kitchenettes and a balcony.
The second Ilios property in Malia enjoys a similar top location in bar central. It's a little spot clustered around a pool that's lined with a roomy sun terrace. Each of the studios and apartments feature kitchenettes, though there's a restaurant on-site as well as a whole host of international options just outside on Malia's Beach Road.
This 4 * accommodation takes the top prize when it comes to style at Malia hotels, with rustic dining areas and a chic poolside. It's set 20 minutes from the town's party scene and is instead bordered by the beach and rolling countryside. In the grounds are a pool with its very own lazy river, live evening entertainment, tennis courts and wine tasting activities. There's also a buffet restaurant and Mediterranean a la carte spots.
The ICandy Apartments offer a laid-back counterpart to the other vibrant hotels in the town's party area. You'd never know that Malia's top bars and restaurants are only a five-minute walk away. Staying here will get you VIP access into Candy, one of the area's top night clubs – as for your days, you can spend them lazing around the hotel's pool and cooling off with a cocktail at the pool bar, or partake in quizzes and karaoke before heading out on the town.
The Pyrgos Apartments offer a tranquil escape along Crete's coastline, tucked away on a quieter side of town. Snaking along from its colourful exterior is a pathway that leads directly to the beach, which means you can look forward to endless days on the shore. There's a pool and a snack bar to otherwise keep you occupied, but you're never far from downtown Malia, which lies on the horizon only a five-minute stroll away.