There is certainly nothing nana about the Nana Princess, one of Crete’s most innovative hotels. Located just on the outskirts of Hersonissos, just 20 minutes from the Cretan capital of Heraklion, the Nana Princess takes modernity to a new level. Not only does it look striking, with rows of suites with their own pools, but inside they are super hi-tech too!
Yes, that’s right. Nearly every single suite on the property has its own pool (and yes there is a main pool as well if that wasn’t enough). It’s a great compromise if you want to have the privacy of a villa, but with the facilities of a hotel as you can have the best of both worlds. For those who need more space, they have villas of up to three bedrooms, one even complete with its own lift and games room in the basement.
The rooms have a very contemporary feel, although still feel like you’re in Greece. There are some lovely finishing touches, like a mirror which slides across the TV when you’re not using it, and a ‘zzz’ button which turns off all the lights and closes the curtains when you go to bed so you don’t have to hunt around the room to find the switches. They really have been very thoughtfully designed.
There are two restaurants on-site – Meet In Point is a great option for lunch, next at the bottom of the resort. The other Blue, right on the beach which specialises in seafood. If that isn’t enough choice, space dependant, you can also dine next door at the Nana Golden Beach which has a myriad of different options including Italian, Greek and Pan-Asian. The standard of the food, despite it being an All Inclusive is also excellent.
Talking about next door, the All Inclusive Nana Golden Beach has so many facilities those staying at the Princess can also use. There is a water park, a large tennis facility, half size indoor Olympic swimming pool, a great kids club, water sports, professional evening entertainment, and even a kids games area.
Hersonissos is about a couple of miles away, which in May when it isn’t too hot is absolutely doable. In the summer, that might be a different story, and nearby Stalis would probably be the better option. In Hersonissos there is a small town, and plenty of decent restaurants around the small harbour – and would be fine for a night out.
The hotel is quiet and sophisticated and is ideal for couples. However, given they have so many different interconnecting options and larger villas, it’s also great for families who like the privacy and quiet as you would find in a villa, but have the facilities next door if they want to use them, or are just very satisfied with a pool or reading a book.
You might not have heard of the Nana Princess before, but it really is a gem of a hotel.
P.S. Sometimes it can be really funny if you bump into someone you know when you’re abroad. Sometimes it’s someone you know, but they don’t know you… Well that was the case when we were having lunch at a very nice restaurant in the heart of Heraklion (and yes, Heraklion is certainly somewhere worth visiting, it has lots of history and it’s a great place for shopping), and you should happen to bump into a former Masterchef champion.