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- 23 suites and a 2-bedroom penthouse, all with sea view
- Beachfront bar and taverna
- Complimentary children's activity programme on selected school holiday dates
- Beautiful gardens
- Delightfully situated Simpson Hotel
2024 Holidays... 2023 Prices
Our 2024 holidays are now priced online and with our early bird promise, you can enjoy December 2022 prices when you book by 31 December 2023. View Price Freeze Terms & Conditions here.
All that lies between the white-washed buildings of this charming hotel and a wide sandy beach stretching as far as the eye can see are lush tropical gardens and a generous expanse of lawn. Add to this an inviting swimming pool, a well-stocked bar and a beachfront taverna and you have one of the most appealing properties in the Simpson portfolio.
Our superb 2-bedroom family penthouse and 23 light and airy suites offer comfortable furnishings, delightful sea views and a relaxed pace of life that induces a wonderful sense of wellbeing. Breakfast is served on the terrace by the swimming pool overlooking the beach where soft, deep sand is shaded by tamarind trees and slopes gently into shallow water. Relaxation comes in many forms and Simpson Travel’s knowledgeable concierge service can arrange anything from a special celebration to recommendations for day trips and excursions.
Fringed by the magnificent White Mountains of western Crete, GK Beach Hotel is an ideal spot in spring and autumn for walkers and explorers to enjoy the delightful traditional inland villages, hardly changed for generations, whilst the local shops and restaurants in nearby Kalyves are a 20-minute stroll away. If you prefer to hire a car, a trip to the historic Venetian harbour of Chania, just a 25-minute drive away, is well worth the trip.
In peak weeks of the summer holidays, younger guests aged 5 to 11 can enjoy a complimentary range of children's activities courtesy of our Beach Life programme. To find out more visit Simpson Beach Life.
Explore our pre-bookable experiences in Crete
- Suites in three adjacent buildings – Hibiscus, Oleander, Bougainvillea
- 6 ground floor suites (Bougainvillea)
- 6 top floor suites (Bougainvillea)
- 3 top floor junior suites (Hibiscus and Oleander)
- 6 junior suites (Hibiscus and Oleander)
- 2-bedroom Penthouse Suite (Oleander)
- Oleander top floor suite
- Oleander suite
- All Hibiscus and Oleander junior suites can be adapted to interconnect via the balconies to sleep families of four to six
- Swimming pool 17.5m x 8m (depth 1.5m – 2.8m) for Simpson Travel guests only
- Children's pool 4m x 2.5m (depth 0.5m)
- Simpson Travel pool towels provided
- Continental breakfast included and served daily at poolside bar
- Restaurant serving hot dishes and snacks. Last orders 8.30pm, 6 days per week, with earlier closing and reduced menu one day per week.
- Poolside bar is open until 9pm in May and October, and until 10pm from June to September
- Poolside bar and taverna will give priority to GK guests at all times
- WiFi available around pool area
- All Bougainvillea suites include 2-ring hob and all Hibiscus and Oleander suites include a 1-ring hob
- All suites include a fridge, kettle, Bluetooth speakers, safe, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, Korres bathroom products
- Laundry service (payable locally)
- In Greece, a nominal visitor tax applies, known as the Overnight Stay Tax, which varies depending on the accommodation. During your stay at the GK Beach Hotel, €0.50 per night per suite must be paid locally in cash and will be collected either by the property owner or our local representative on their behalf
- National tourist licence (EOT): 1042K122K2566201, 1042K123K2613301, 1042K123K2705501
Simpson family extras
- Beach Life programme of complimentary children's activities available during July and August school holidays.
- Nappies and Babywipes – order at least 7 days prior to departure for delivery to your room before you arrive
- GK taverna 1min walk
- Tavernas 5min walk
- Restaurants/tavernas/shops (Kalyves) 15-20min walk (some of this walk is along a road without a footpath) or 5min drive
- Supermarket 5min walk
- Kiliaris River 5min walk
- Chania 25min drive
- Lake Kournas 35min drive
- Loutro via Chora Sfakion 1hr 10min drive followed by 30min boat trip or 15min sea taxi
- Knossos 1hr 50min drive
- Chania airport 45min drive
- Heraklion airport 1hr 45min drive
Car hire is included on the following departure dates in 2024:
- 7 May
- 24 September
- 1, 8, 15, 22 October
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2-3 guests – 1 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.
Group C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group D2 – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group CA – Automatic Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group DA3 – Automatic Seat Toledo or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*
Group L2 – Skoda Yeti or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
The impression is that the hotel has much improved over the years – it is certainly spotlessly clean and well maintained. The gardener works non-stop to keep everything so tidy. The food has been consistently good and the staff so helpful and friendly. The owner and family are regularly in attendance. A lovely holiday overall.
GK Beach Hotel is ideally situated on a sandy beach with plenty of well spaced sun loungers, it is also a short walk from Kalyves town centre, where there are numerous tavernas and bars to suit all tastes and pockets, we preferred the family run taverna just past the Synka supermarket on the left. Sitting on the terrace overlooking the beach, enjoying traditional home cooked Greek cuisine, at a very reasonable price… what more could you ask for? Ariadni and Sarah at the Simpson hotel could not have been more accommodating, always at hand for any problems big or small, a credit to your company.. This is the reason we have used Simpson Travel and will continue to do so… Thank very much for making our holiday special….
We stayed at GK Hotel on Crete. The hotel was very sweet; it was small with only approximately 20 rooms so had a relaxed feel. Overall we had a lovely week, and made great use of the hire car travelling south to some lovely beaches and little coastal villages which I highly recommend. The reps from Simpson were helpful and friendly. A lovely holiday where we’ve made some lovely memories.
A great break, fabulous location and very friendly staff....just brilliant for re charging the batteries before autumn
We first visited GK Beach Hotel in 2009 and were impressed then. Over the years, the facilities have gotten better and better, and this year we were very fortunate enough to be able to book a room, as we were not happy with the accommodation that a friend had booked for us. The reps Ariadna and Sarah were very helpful in sorting everything for us and made the rest of our holiday memorable. We have booked with Simpson Travel on many occasions in the past, either in villas or hotels and we think that they are the best at what they do, as all of their places are of the highest quality. Thanks once again.
We were very impressed with our first Simpson Travel experience. All the pre-travel information was very comprehensive and reassuring. Our arrival in Crete was seamless with an immediate taxi transfer. The local reps were friendly and helpful. Particular mention must go to all the hotel staff. The rooms and public spaces were spotlessly clean, the garden beautiful and the restaurant staff were extremely efficient and friendly.
We really enjoyed our stay at the GK Beach Hotel. The location was perfect with easy access to a wide sandy and clean beach. The rooms are spotless, well decorated, well equipped and were kept in tip top condition during our stay by the housekeeping ladies. The restaurant and staff were fantastic - very polite and very helpful. Special mention for the gardener who obviously took great pride in the grounds and also ensured the beach was cleared of any seaweed each day.
We have just had the most amazing holiday at GK Beach Hotel. We were so comfortable, loved all the facilities, the beautiful gardens and the lovely pool. The beach is stunning and there were virtually no mosquitoes which was such a thrill. We met lovely people holidaying too in the resort, we ate at nearby tavernas when we didn’t eat at the hotel and we couldn’t have had more fun. Thanks GK - we’ll almost certainly be back.
Second visit to GK didn’t disappoint. Lovely relaxing holiday, staff very efficient yet friendly. Sarah and Ariadne very helpful lovely ladies. Thank you.
Our stay at GK Beach hotel was everything we hoped for and more. The setting, the amenities and the cleanliness were all fantastic, but it was the hosts and staff working there that makes this hotel absolutely wonderful. A big thank you to Ariadni, Tina and Sarah who went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was amazing from start to finish - welcoming, warm, available, knowledgeable, unbelievably helpful and thoughtful and so kind. They helped us to sort out birthday celebrations, including a beautiful surprise cake and bubbles, setting up a dinner overlooking the beach, the list goes on! What a team and a real asset to Simpson Travel and the hotel. And we would like to add that all the staff, from breakfast through to dinner, around the pool and the bar and those that kept the rooms/property so spotless, were all exceptionally friendly and helpful and super well organised. The food at the restaurant was delicious and well priced. All in all, we wanted for nothing, and the six of us agreed that GK Beach / Simpson offers exceptional value for money. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to everyone that made the celebration holiday for our Mum's 80th absolutely brilliant!!!
Quite simply the best hotel, location and travel company. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Simply beautiful.
Lovely hotel, excellent food and the staff absolutely make it.
A wonderfully relaxing holiday in beautiful accommodation, right on the beach which is exactly what we had hoped for. The Simpson Team were so very helpful and friendly and we took two trips out to Chania and Rethymnon which we really enjoyed. We ate at the restaurant twice during our stay plus we had a few lunches and the food and service were both excellent. We would highly recommend GK Beach and would like to thank Ariadni, Sarah and Sue for helping to make our stay so pleasant.
It was our fourth stay at GK Beach Hotel and we enjoyed it enormously - as we have done each time we’ve been since about 15 years ago!
Our second visit to GK Beach in Crete did not disappoint! Excellent food, facilities and service in a beautiful setting, coupled with a brilliant concierge. We love the relaxed, family friendly atmosphere.
Who needs the Caribbean when you have a hotel like GK in a truly heavenly location! The white mountains backdrop is spectacular. The beach is never crowded and the sun beds are freely available. There are beautiful wild flowers growing in the sand that looked like white daffodils. The sunrise in the morning is spectacular so do not miss! Arise from those comfy beds at 6 45 ( late August) and you will be blessed with a wonderful sight of the sun rising up from the sea. We just had the best time and rekindled our days from years gone past when we were last here. The Simpsons team are the best ! A special mention to Sarah . It is so comforting to know you are all at hand so thank you . Hopefully see you again soon
Excellent family holiday at a great location with the ability to use both pool and beach within waking distance fantastic! Very nice accommodation and a brilliant bar setup Meant we all had a lovely relaxing holiday for the whole family !
GK Beach Hotel was perfect for a peaceful and relaxed holiday. The beach front location enabled a choice of swimming in the sea or the large deep pool. The on site restaurant served good quality food and was so convenient on the very hot days when we lacked the energy to move.
This is our second visit to GK Beach Hotel and again we had a really lovely holiday. The beautiful location on the beach, the limited number of rooms, with easy access to the pool, beach and restaurant are perfect for us. The hotel restaurant was good and there are a number of excellent restaurants within walking distance or a short taxi ride. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly as were the Simpson representatives on site.
We are just back from another wonderful stay at GK Beach. The sea was especially lovely this year - a beautiful turquoise and the perfect antidote to the hot weather. The kids spent hours playing with newly made friends in the pool and the gardens. Thanks to Simpson and all the staff (many of whom we met last year) for a really great break.
We spent a wonderful 7-day family holiday here in the GK Beach Hotel. We went to the beach nearly every day, and it was great that we could pop back and forward from the lovely pool to the sea! Ariadni, Sarah and the whole team were amazing and were always there to help with anything you needed. The food at the pool bar was delicious and we loved the fact that there was so many traditional and home-made foods on offer. Our personal favourite meal by the pool was the chicken souvlaki. You are never bored and there were always many fun activities on offer, including the fun and friendly Kids Club with many great crafting activities to have some time out of the sun. We enjoyed every day here, but we can all agree that our favourite day was our day at the Waterpark. We had an amazing, knowledgeable and chatty transfer driver. We would definitely recommend the waterpark! We enjoyed every moment of our stay and hope future room No.1 guests do too.
This was my first visit to Greece and I came with my two children. We stayed at GK Beach Hotel in Greece and it was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our accommodation was perfect, with sea views, the hotels size was ideal as it was never too crowded. The pool was lovely and there was always a sun lounger available. The beach was at our doorstep which was also perfect and was never really too crowded even at the weekend. The food at the restaurant was AMAZING, everything tasted so good. As for the hospitality and service from all the staff... it was excellent, they couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating if they tried. All in all, my kids and I loved our stay at GK Beach Hotel. We were sad to leave and will most definitely be planning to return soon. Thank you to everyone at Simpson Travels and GK Beach Hotel.
This was our third visit to GK Beach. It first attracted us due the proximity to the beach and having a pool. This was great for our children. This recent visit was just with my wife and I and GK didn't disappoint. The accommodation is beautifully presented. The staff are excellent. Very friendly and attentive. Then the food for lunch and the evening is very very good. The Moussaka is off the chart. We will be back.
We have loved our time at GK Beach, our second visit. We met some great people and are always so thrilled to meet your lovely staff who made us feel so welcome. Chania was fabulous and we found a superb rooftop restaurant from which to enjoy the incredible sunset. Well done all and a big thank you.
A wonderful 10 days spent at GK Beach. Every little last detail is thought of, you couldn’t ask for more. All the staff are extremely friendly and always happy to help in any way they can, nothing is too much trouble. Fantastic display at breakfast, so much to choose from and all so fresh. The short walk to Kalyves is highly recommended. The trip to Arosmari at Vamos for the concert was a very traditional evening with food and drink including fantastic local musicians. Rethymnon and Chani are lovely in the evening, busy ‘old town’ parts with many small cobbled streets to explore.
Wonderful stay, surpassing all expectations, we hope to return. Gardens beautiful and scented roses are lovely. All staff have been so friendly and helpful and no pushing to go on Simpson excursions. The welcome meeting was just right.
First day of rain in June for 30 years! If you imagine Paradise, this is it. Where else would you rather be. Great place, great staff, great food. Brilliant weather. Last visit 20 years ago, so good to come back. We will book for next year. Thank you GK for a wonderful relaxing holiday.
We have enjoyed a faultless week here at GK. Everything you could want in a hotel and its comfort, equipment and amenities are here. The staff exemplary and the food delicious. We would definitely return.
Everything that I hoped for.
We have travelled with both 'Simply' and now Simpson and always had a great holiday. Our last time in Crete was at least 25 years ago and the welcome has been just as warm as it was all that time ago. Our grateful thanks to all at GK for their attentiveness and courtesy, both always with a smile.
We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at GK Beach. Our transfer was smooth, our accommodation was convenient and well thought out, the resort outdoor areas were beautiful, and proximity to the beach was my favorite part. Spending quiet moments watching the sunrise over the calm sea were a great start to the day, and then should the wind pick up on the beach in the afternoon, the resort’s pool area was shielded from wind so there is always somewhere beautiful and relaxing to be. The staff were lovely and friendly, made us feel so welcome. We will be back!
Great holiday in very pleasant hotel with friendly staff. The garden also was lovely. I was impressed with the Simpsons rep and connecting us with the car hire rep, then meeting us at the airport then again at the hotel. Well done all!
What a wonderful holiday! The hotel, room and friendly staff made our stay nothing less than perfect.
Great hotel location excellent. Easy walk to local village and supermarket. Good trips, available with excellent friendly driver. Plenty of local tavernas nearby offering excellent value. Simpson staff were fab.
We're delighted to have discovered Simpson Travel. They'll be our first port of call for future relaxing beach holidays. Our two venues in Crete suited us perfectly, allowing us peace and seclusion backed up with the confidence that any queries or potential problems would always be dealt with in a professional and friendly way, from the booking procedure and right through the holiday, including the journeys at each end, and the process of car hire while there. The Simpson 'Concierges' acted more like travelling companions than mere assistants - genuinely concerned for our peace of mind and comfort.
Beautiful hotel in a beautiful location right on a beautiful beach. Staff are excellent, and rooms with sea views, fridge/ kitchen and comfy beds. What more do you need??
Thank you so much, we've had a wonderful week. Concierge advice and suggestions have made our stay extra special.
We had a wonderful holiday at GK beach and take memories home with us which will last a life time. Thank you to all the brilliant team and GK. We hope to be back!
We had a lovely holiday at GK Beach Hotel. All the staff work so hard to make their guest enjoy their holiday, especially the waiters, bar staff, and cleaners. They all work together to give their guest a fantastic holiday. The location on the beach is amazing and there are always sun beds available. We also did one trip with Jonathon Peat, the Akrotiri Peninsula walk & boat trip. Jonathon was so knowledgeable about the local area and made sure we had a fantastic experience. Highly recommend it.
The staff at G K Beach are wonderful. They made our holiday very special, they were kind and engaging, nothing was too much trouble. It is a small hotel in a nice area with a lovely beach. The on-site restaurant is great for bar food and snacks. My daughter accessed the kids club and they were extremely welcoming and helpful.
A wonderful 2 weeks spent at GK Beach. It was everything we had wanted and more. All of the staff have been so welcoming and helpful, making our stay so easy and even more fruitful with their hints and tips. Thank you to everyone but especially to Ariadne and Michelle.
We had a lovely 2 week holiday in August at the GK Club. The restaurant and pool bar staff were excellent, attentive and friendly. The restaurant food was fab. Location of the hotel right on the beach with the mountains behind was stunning. We found the hotel small and friendly with many guests who had stayed there before. Advice and help with trips and restaurants from Michelle and Adriani in the concierge team was always helpful and friendly with great communication.
Fantastic stay at GK Beach Hotel. Absolutely loved it and would definitely go again.
We had an amazing time at GK Beach Resort. The staff were all very friendly and were quick to assist us when needed. Ariadni went out of her way to make us feel welcome and our little boy loved her and couldn't wait to see her every morning!
GK feels private and peaceful with facilities for anyone wanting a relaxing and restful lazy break, while being within reasonable reach of local facilities without having to hire a car.
This was our third return to GK Beach, but we are comparative new boys compared with some! The reason we keep retuning and will go again is because of the unbeatable combination of an excellent pool and wonderful sandy beach just a step away, with a very comfortable hotel which has been kept up to date, is spotless and well decorated. What's not to like?
I would highly recommend a holiday at GK beach hotel. We have been coming for many years and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
We found the GK suites perfect for our needs. We didn't hire a car as we were only there for one week. The concierge team booked taxis for us, as and when needed. Restaurants recommended were all excellent. We liked the fact that we could walk to a taverna in an evening plus a well stocked supermarket a 5 minute walk away. The staff could not have been more helpful. The suite was kept spotless each day. There was no jostling for sun beds by the pool or on the beach which was much appreciated. Our first experience with Simpson's Travel has been a definite success. Thank you.
We had a fantastic holiday at GK Beach Hotel. The accommodation, pool and beach on the doorstep were all perfect! Many people we spoke to said they return there year after year and we understand why.
Our first time with Simpson Travel & definitely not our last. Nothing was too much trouble for both GK & Simpson staff which made it special. All the staff were exceptional. I got to discuss a love of rock music & motorbikes with the senior barman. A memorable holiday.
Yet again, trip number eight, we had a fabulous location and venue with amazing site reps. Hotel staff couldn't do enough for you. All together the perfect holiday.
It hard to believe a week could be so relaxing and so much fun. Thanks for taking such good care of us and Michelle, those hidden gems you told us about made our holiday! Thank you all so much, we loved our stay with you in beautiful Crete.
Thank you so much for an unforgettable holiday. Just what we needed after the restrictions of Covid. We only stayed a week. Too short a time. We definitely plan to be back next year.
We have had such a wonderful week. The children loved the pool and the proximity of the beach. We enjoyed an evening trip to Chania for dinner and a morning on Lake Kournas with a pedalo. GK Beach is everything you could want for a family holiday and we hope to return soon.
Return visit to this hidden gem in Crete. We had a wonderful and relaxing time, the perfect place to recharge and fantastic cocktails too!
Post Covid and we needed a recharge. A really good holiday made even better by Simpson and GK staff. We have been pampered to the point where you may have to put up with us again.
We had wonderful week at the GK Beach hotel. The staff were so friendly and welcoming it felt like home away from home. Tina couldn't have been any more helpful from the selection of toys supplied on arrival to assisting with day trips, local recommendations and just being on hand to answer any query we had. A non fussy, but well equipped, room with views of the beach and sea to the front and mountains to the rear suited us perfectly. We look forward to visiting again in the future.
An enjoyable stay. Very comfortable room. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Good beach. Good sea swimming.
We had a lovely time at GK Beach. It was wonderful to get away after two long Covid years and out of season was a real eye opener. Warm weather yet no crowds. Resort is ideally located with lovely beach, easy walking distance from excellent local restaurants and a car journey away from Chania and the mountains. Fabulous breakfasts and lovely – served on the terrace near the sea by a great local team. All the staff were remarkably helpful and particular gratitude to the Simpson reps who helped everyone navigate their way through the complex bureaucracy needed to return home.
GK Hotel provided an excellent 10-day autumn break in beautiful Crete. We swam every morning before breakfast and ate delicious food. The location gave easy access to the beautiful gorges of the White Mountains and the rich historical sites.
Our family of four adults had a wonderful, much-needed break. The staff were all so helpful and kind and the food in the beachside restaurant was reasonably priced and delicious. The reception staff could not have been more helpful guiding us through the complexities of PLFs, Covid tests and vaccine passports both before arrival and on departure. The only thing we missed was the restaurant being open for evening meals, but there was a good choice of alternative restaurants within an easy 15-20 minute walk. GK Beach is a perfect hotel in a fantastic location. Many thanks to all the staff who made our stay so relaxing.
We had a very good week at the GK Beach. We have been going since 2008 but had missed two years because of Covid. It was really lovely to get back to this lovely hotel and relax for a week. We were able to complete all the documentation and travelling was easy. GK is in a fantastic position right on the beach and even though it was late October we managed to swim in the sea most mornings. Tina made us very welcome and we look forward to returning next year.
We have stayed at the GK for over six years now and always enjoy the intimate atmosphere and lovely staff. The food in the hotel is excellent and the whole experience is unique.
What an absolute pleasure to travel with Simpson Travel. Our visit to Villa Rahi in Corfu in June had to be cancelled. Within a day all the money was back in our account. When we were able to go in September it was wonderful. The villa was perfect, Jackie Maude, our representative, looked after us so well, plus guiding us through Covid tests for our return. We so look forward to returning to Corfu with Simpson Travel next year.
Very enjoyable stay – for the second time! Informal, comfortable, ideal place for quiet, relaxing time right on the beach but with excellent food. Everything works smoothly! Likely to be a third time!
Lovely small hotel with great staff and location. Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday in Crete.
Initially I had some concerns about this year’s holiday but needn’t have worried. Between the Simpson head office and the hotel, every concern was sorted. From my meeting at the airport to my return, everyone looked after me so well, nothing was too much trouble. In fact Matt and Katrina went out of their way to make every day a delight. Tina as usual contributed with her efficiency. Must mention the chef, he excelled this year. Everything was ultra clean and Covid-19 precautions were taken seriously so in a difficult year I couldn’t fault it. As usual, I miss being at GK Beach and everyone there. I am now counting down to 2021.
Our week at GK gave us everything we were looking for – a very comfortable suite with a really good pool right on the beach within walking distance of three tavernas. Staff were a delight and very efficient. The place was sparkling clean. A very happy week.
Wonderful stay in difficult circumstances. Despite wearing masks, we knew the staff were still smiling underneath! This was our first holiday with Simpson Travel and we can see why they came so highly recommended by my parents. Everything was seamless, from taxi pick-ups to cleaning, booking day trips, remembering our favourite cocktails and the kids preferring morning juice at breakfast time. Can't fault your team at GK Beach! Thank you for a brilliant week – a welcome relief from Covid-19.
We had a fabulous family holiday. The hotel was lovely. Simple, clean, quiet, friendly and intimate. The beach location was perfect with a good sized pool. Couldn’t have asked for any more, total relaxation!
We have stayed at GK Beach Hotel for many years and it is a firm family favourite. For the last three years we have tried a few other Simpson destinations, all lovely but we wanted to return to GK once the restrictions were lifted to show them our support in these difficult times. I must say we were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived and felt very safe indeed, everyone was following the correct protocol and we can't wait to return again when we can give them all a big hug!!
GK Beach is a beautiful, simple, and very well-located hotel on a lovely beach. The hospitality of the staff, and particularly Tina, was first class.
This was the second year we have visited this hotel, despite the Covid-19 restrictions we had a good time and made to feel very welcome. Even got to meet the boss, Graham Simpson, in person.
There is only one way to describe GK Beach – perfect! Great location, fabulous accommodation and super friendly staff. A wonderful safe sandy beach that both our boys (aged 10 and 12) enjoyed every day. The accommodation was clean and well equipped. Best of all was the wonderful pool area and great bar offering a fantastic range of lunch and Greek specialities. Even in these coronavirus times with new rules and regulations, this was a holiday we can't fault in any way. We felt totally safe throughout. Thank you to Simpson from the super-efficient pre-departure team to Tina and her team in Crete – you made a perfect holiday. We will most certainly return to GK Beach.
Thank you for a really lovely relaxing week at GK. The staff are so lovely, the location perfect, the rooms incredibly clean and excellent value for money. The Covid-19 measures undertaken were perfect, subtle enough to not take away the holiday experience, but enough to feel safe. It was lovely to meet Graham too! So nice to see that he is still so passionate about what he does.
GK Beach Hotel was our first Simpson Travel hotel holiday. We had previously only used Simpson Travel for villa holidays, so we were a little nervous. There was no need, the hotel, the management and restaurant staff were all we wanted them to be and they gave us a perfectly relaxing time. The location was wonderful; we overlooked the beautiful garden and being immediately next to the beach gave us the best views of the sea. It was really good to swim in the sea or the pool or both whenever we chose, with no need to drive to find a beach. It was all wonderful.
This was our second trip with Simpson Travel and the road is not only less travelled but also totally stress free so we arrive ready for a full on week of total relaxation. The ambience of the hotel was quiet and soothing enabling us to completely wind down and enjoy our time away. The massage was skilled and professional; all the staff were friendly and helpful. Would recommend GK Beach to anyone.
We stayed at GK Beach for a couple of weeks at the tail end of September/October. The hotel is run brilliantly: from the afternoon we arrived when we were met by Evie and her team, and throughout the whole fortnight, the whole staff were exceptional – polite, knowledgeable, and approachable – and the whole experience so memorable. The location of the hotel allows for quiet time by the sea, or a short walk along the coast to the nearest town, or a 20-minute drive to Chania – all so accessible. Thoroughly recommended.
It was yet another excellent stay at GK for us, we think our 18th! The setting is lovely, as are all the staff. Our room was lovely and the beds are really comfortable! Breakfast was good, with hot food being cooked to order. We will be back next year, of course!
Very knowledgeable staff when initially enquiring on suitability of various locations. With a child with additional needs, we required a quiet place with few steps and were offered detailed descriptions of each available space. Really helped us to make an informed decision. The rep that met us at the airport was friendly and helpful, as were the hire car company who speedily swapped cars when it was noticed there was an issue with the fuel cap. On our return to the airport, we were met again by the helpful rep and car company. The rep even waited until we had our luggage safely through before leaving us. Our stay at the chosen hotel was good, quiet and as expected. Lucky to have the pool almost to ourselves. Will be booking again for next year.
An excellent small hotel in a first class location. The number of return clients says it all. Perfect for our needs; a rather elderly couple who enjoy the sun, a beach and pool with no boisterous children and very friendly service throughout. Many thanks.
Easy booking process, useful pre-holiday information provided by e-mail. Very impressed by welcome at airport and taxi transfer on arrival; after an early start and slight delay the ease of finding the rep and cool drinks were very welcome. Hotel was ideal, exactly as we’d hoped. As a coeliac that has to follow a gluten-free diet, I was particularly pleased to find assurances given on booking that the hotel could cater for me to be very well founded. There was even gluten-free beer and cornettos – a real treat! And the chef had been on a course about catering for coeliacs so I could eat without any concerns. Both my son and I had a wonderful holiday full of very happy memories – thank you!
We had a wonderful week, with the hotel and location exceeding our expectations for a quiet adult holiday. We hope to be back next year.
Excellent hotel and the staff, without exception, were extremely friendly and helpful. The location on the beach and the views from the rooms to the sea, were perfect. Rooms are well equipped and spacious.
This was our first visit to Crete and GK Beach...lovely friendly staff, rooms are well equipped and very clean. Excellent location, being right on the beach. We made use of both the Spa and mini-bus to Chania. Restaurant at GK and a couple of local tavernas within walking distance all made for a relaxing holiday.
Once again from start to finish I have had excellent service from all staff here and at destination. At the hotel especially, the management staff cannot be faulted, going out of their way to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your stay with them. Hence the booking for 2020!
Fantastic stay at GK Beach, great location and facilities for all the family. We would definitely come back for another holiday. The staff were so friendly and attentive and the passion for customer service exudes. In addition met other lovely families and there was a good vibe about the place. Thank you GK Beach Hotel for a memorable stay.
GK Hotel has a perfect mix of an excellent pool and beautiful beach. Our children had a ball making new friends and exploring while we enjoyed the setting, superb food all serviced by the amazing staff. We took advantage of the spa treatments and trips that the hotel organised, with our evening in Chania being a highlight. Thank you Simpson Travel for another incredible family holiday.
An excellent hotel and we were instantly able to relax. Great beach and situated 25 mins from the water park, lakes and Chania. All very easy. Will definitely return.
We first visited GK five years ago and have been on five more Simpson holidays since then. We were not disappointed returning to GK now that Simpson Travel manages the hotel. Ideal spot right on the beach, plenty of sunbeds, excellent staff – the breakfast gave you a good start to the day. A very relaxing two weeks.
GK Beach hotel was lovely, in a good location, beautifully maintained grounds and very helpful staff – Stelios and Evie were lovely – not forgetting the friendly bar and restaurant staff. We have travelled with Simpson Travel a couple of years ago and were impressed with their quality and professionalism and we would certainly book again with them.
We enjoyed our sun and swimming holiday at GK Beach. We ate well and enjoyed talking with staff and fellow guests. Full marks to the restaurant and bar staff for their cheerful and engaging service. The management team, Evie and Stelios were welcoming and helpful. The pool is a good size and of a good depth, and was never crowded when we wanted to swim.
We had a wonderful holiday at GK Beach hotel. The location and setting are beautiful just like paradise and the penthouse suite provided excellent accommodation with fantastic views of the sea and the White Mountains. Stelios, Evie and the team were very friendly and helpful and made us so welcome. We looked forward to our breakfast each morning particularly the Greek yoghurt drizzled with the local Cretan honey – delicious! We hope to return again soon to GK and explore more of wonderful Crete.
Overall a wonderful holiday at both GK Beach Hotel and Cedar Bay Villas (Lithos). Accommodation was first class in both locations and we had a relaxing two weeks.
Another very enjoyable stay at the GK Beach Hotel. It is in a perfect location for us as we love swimming in the sea. The rooms are kept immaculately clean and have balconies with a view of the beautiful garden and sea. All in all a relaxing and refreshing week. We will be back!
We have a lovely stay at the GK Beach, the staff were very welcoming and ensured we had everything we needed to have a relaxing enjoyable holiday.
We have enjoyed excellent holidays at GK every year since Simpson Travel took over the hotel at least 12 years ago. The beautiful location of the hotel and the service provided by the staff is first class for a tranquil and relaxing holiday.
Overall we enjoyed our trip to GK. Superb location. Lovely hotel. Spotless. Evie, Stelios and Harvey a delight. Great pool and lovely gardens and access to the beach.
Right from the initial booking of the holiday, to the time leading up to the departure and the trip itself, everybody involved was so helpful and eager to please. The staff at the hotel were such a pleasure to deal with and all had a wealth of knowledge that they were keen to share! We were sorry to say ‘goodbye’ at the end of our holiday!
Very impressed with Simpson Travel, everything was very professional. Loved GK Beach, great to be so close to the beach and have a lovely pool. Food was great. Complimentary trip to the vineyard was interesting. Spa massage was great. Supermarket very close by to get supplies. Walk to the village takes about 15 minutes. Many tavernas to choose from. Superb holiday.
This was our first experience of Simpson and my wife and I are really pleased. Everything worked smoothly. The staff were very friendly and helpful and they all deserve commendation. The rooms were great and having our own kitchen gave us more flexibility for making tea and light lunches if we didn't want to go to the bar. The bathroom was a tad snug but really no problem and it certainly wouldn't stop me coming back. The beach and pool areas were great. Location was excellent – we liked that there was a supermarket close by and we could walk into Kalyves. Ray and Evie really knew their stuff about the area and recommended a good drive for us in our hire car on a rainy day. I also saw Ray handing out local walks to another guest – what a nice idea. Overall a really great holiday and I hope we'll be using you again in 2019. Thank you!
We had a wonderfully relaxing week at the GK Hotel with terrifically attentive and helpful staff.
GK Beach Hotel is paradise on earth. I fully expected to see Poseidon or Zeus at breakfast. We slept to the sound of the sea and had breakfast in warm sunshine next to the ocean. The staff could not have been more helpful. My partner was helped with her Greek conversation, and nothing was too much trouble. The service we received from all the Simpson Travel team was first class. All in all it made for a memorable holiday.
GK Beach Hotel is the perfect Greek getaway...a small boutique hotel with excellent staff and a sandy beach. We would visit again.
The location of GK Beach Hotel is beautiful. Most of the rooms have great sea views and the sea was like a diamond sparkling in the sun. There are lots of different things to do close by – trips into the White Mountains and Chania were easy and short, about 20 minutes away.
Our holiday was everything we craved for as a family, it was pure bliss. Simpson Travel sorted every little detail and the GK Beach Hotel staff are so fabulous – it made our holiday, the best we have ever had. We shall be back to our little slice of heaven! Thank you.
GK Beach Hotel is the perfect destination for a first class beachside holiday.
GK Beach Hotel is a rare find, combining a family feel with a high level of quality, service and style.
We had a fantastic holiday at GK Beach Hotel – all the other guests were obviously enjoying their holiday experience also. The staff were friendly and very helpful and the service was impeccable. The breakfast was well presented and delicious, as was lunch and the evening meals. The cocktails were good too! The spa was very relaxing and enjoyable and our room was very comfortable.
This was our second year returning to GK Beach Hotel. A wonderful place, just don't tell too many others. The hotel staff were superb, nothing was too much trouble. A beautiful location for a totally relaxing holiday.
GK Beach hotel provides excellent, friendly service in a delightful quiet location. It is set in beautiful gardens leading to the beach where sun loungers and parasols are provided. There’s a large swimming pool with easy access steps and also a small paddling pool. The generous breakfast menu includes everything from hot dishes to fruit and delicious local yoghurt and honey. The restaurant has an excellent choice of dishes which are available for lunch and in the evening. We have visited GK many times and we look forward to our next.
You are assured of a warm welcome at this small friendly hotel. And you are certain to leave feeling relaxed and refreshed after a wonderful holiday. Everyone at the GK Beach was so hospitable and friendly. The staff made my younger daughter especially welcome, and as it was her first time abroad, that was really appreciated. Everyone went out of their way to look after us so well. Clean spacious rooms, a masseur on site and a sparkling clean pool yet just a few steps to the beach. There is an excellent restaurant on site, but it’s also only a short stroll to Kalives and even nearer to the supermarket. It has everything. We spent most of our time there, but did hop on the convenient public coach to Chania. I’d highly recommend this hotel.
This was our fourth visit to GK Beach, which in itself speaks volumes. It’s an extremely friendly, small hotel with a wonderful beachside location. Very comfortable beds, excellent breakfasts and really lovely staff – a great place to relax and unwind!
We had an excellent week's holiday at the GK Beach Hotel in June. Its location on a beautiful, very clean and peaceful beach in a magnificent setting with spectacular mountains behind, make it a great choice for a special holiday. Its greatest strength, however, is the welcome and the attentiveness and friendliness of all the staff.
We had an excellent holiday at GK Beach Hotel. All the staff were friendly and helpful, especially Evie, the Simpson Travel representative. The cuisine was fantastic! The apartment and surroundings beautiful. A perfect holiday.
An excellent holiday at GK Beach Hotel in Crete, with wonderful care from the reps, Chris and Sevvy, as well as Harvey and Ray from time to time. This is a lovely small hotel in an ideal location. The hotel staff could not have done more for us and made us feel special.
Superb spot with excellent facilities and support. Both my wife and I are in our mid 70s and the flat terrain suited us very well. Sea bathing was a little difficult for our age. Staff and management support would be difficult to better.
We were looking for a relaxing week in Crete and found GK Beach Hotel through a friend's recommendation – definitely one we would endorse. The location, the unfailingly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly staff and the comfortable well-equipped room plus the many personal touches made it just the break we wanted.
As always, a fantastic Simpson Travel holiday...all exactly as described in advance by Zoe and all accompanying photos/descriptions. Location (geographical and the hotel itself) in a truly naturally beautiful place. Fabulous combination of authentic, local experience and being treated like royalty. Lots to see and do when we went out – countryside, coast, antiquity and tourist spots...and lovely welcoming location to wake up and come home to. Very satisfied customer/traveller! We are a family with two teenage children...so a challenging group to please!
Great location, 25 steps to breakfast or a swim, 25 steps to a perfect beach – what more could you want?
We had a very relaxing week which was the intention of this holiday. Just wished we had booked two weeks instead of one! This is the second time we have used Simpson Travel and will definitely use them again. Thank you.
GK Beach Hotel is a little piece of paradise. It is small enough to be intimate and friendly but with excellent facilities, clean, modern rooms and beautifully kept outside spaces. All the time we were there, there wasn't one single episode of grumpiness or impatience from any of the staff. They are outstanding and a real asset to the hotel. They were so friendly and cheery and always went the extra mile with good spirits and a smile. Just lovely. The owners greeted us daily and were always charming and cheerful. The Simpson Travel reps were very helpful and friendly and had very good knowledge of the area and were happy to arrange everything from taxis to excursions to any extras we required in our rooms. Good-sized, fluffy beach towels is a real bonus as they take up a lot of room in your suitcase if you have to bring them from home. The hotel room we stayed in was clean and modern with very good facilities. The balcony looked out over the sea and gardens. It was lovely to sit and watch the sunrise. The bed was really comfortable with good supportive pillows and good bed linen. There were tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board and a good fridge. Fruit and a bottle of cold water was in our room for us when we arrived. The bar was very well stocked including a good selection of local wine. It was open until late. The restaurant served really good food all day with specials, which could be pre-ordered, until last orders at 9.30 pm. The food was delicious, really well cooked, good-sized portions and nicely presented. Compliments to the chef/s. Breakfast was continental buffet style with a very good selection of cereals, pastries, fruits, cheese, meats, salads, eggs, omelettes, bacon, sausages, etc. The sourdough bread was fresh every morning, soft and sweet with a good crispy crust. Hot food was not served every day but there was always a good selection. The owners keep bees in the mountains and the honey from these bees, which gather pollen from the thyme, was simply the best honey I've ever tasted. Drizzled over the lovely, creamy Greek yoghurt was a morning feast. In addition there was good quality Cretan ground coffee in a proper coffee pot enabling you to make it just as you like it. The freshly squeezed orange juice was also delicious. The private beach added to our enjoyment. It was kept clean and tidy, there were complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas and restaurant service was available right to your sunbed. It wasn't overcrowded and the sea was beautifully clear. I haven't really got anything negative to say about GK Beach Hotel. A real testament to it is the number of returning guests, several had been there many times and I very much doubt that it will be our last trip.
Listen, part of me is loath to give these comments because I'd prefer GK Beach to be a secret that is shared only by those of us fortunate enough to have stayed there. But I have to give a massive 'hats off' to Simpson Travel. This is a wonderful place. If you want personable and personal service, a low key, informal atmosphere, high standards of cleanliness and attention to detail everywhere, fantastic food, stunning sunrises and sunsets, clean sand and warm seas, then this is the place to come. If you want stuffiness, formality and fawning servitude, then steer clear. This is a place where the people who work there are warm, genuine, natural and treat everyone as an individual – and I mean all the staff, from the gardener/bag handler/beach cleaner, through to the cleaning staff, the bar and restaurant staff, the chefs, the owners and the Simpson Travel reps. Hush – don't tell anyone!
We had a very relaxing holiday at GK Beach Hotel. The location was good, 20-minute walk from the small town of Kalyves with its tavernas and shops, but sufficiently far enough away to ensure that the beach was never crowded. The hotel managers were welcoming and knowledgeable about the area and the hotel staff were charming and efficient, contributing greatly to our enjoyment of the holiday.
GK Beach Hotel is just paradise. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The rooms are clean and comfortable and I liked having a fridge to chill the wine after a hard day on the beach! We will be back next year. And a big thanks to Chris and Sev for all their help. We love you guys!
We had an excellent week at the GK Beach Hotel. The hotel was wonderfully placed right next to the sea and the staff were, without exception, superb! It was very good to have a restaurant which meant that we did not have to go out every night. We were very pleased with our holiday. Thank you Simpson Travel.
Super hotel, great location and friendly staff. We couldn't ask for more.
A faultless holiday with an operator who makes holidays painless and have an amazing variety of holiday experiences to choose from. We are first time fans and will be back again soon for our next holiday – thank you!
We had a wonderful relaxing holiday at GK Beach Hotel, we will most likely return at some time in the future and would recommend the hotel and Simpson Travel.
The gardens surrounding the hotel are beautiful and well maintained. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is delicious, highly recommend the moussaka. The rooms are light and airy, clean and comfortable. Having a car which Simpson Travel arranged for us was a good idea to get about to explore the island – Crete is a beautiful island with lots to see and do. This hotel is a brilliant base to explore from, or if you love a beach holiday with lots of relaxation, it caters for that too as there is a lovely beach just outside your door.
Lovely hotel, great staff, will definitely return.
GK Beach in Crete continues to tick the boxes for all our holiday needs. We are a couple in our 60s, but still active, and the pool and beach areas at the hotel provide plenty of recreation. There is a short and not difficult walk to the nearby village and tavernas which serve wonderful Cretan food at very reasonable cost. GK Beach is a place we have been to many times and will continue to do so.
We have just returned from a three-centre holiday on Crete. The Simpson Travel team had not only found us excellent properties but also made every effort to ensure we had a fantastic holiday. Many congratulations to Harvey and his Crete team! We can't wait to be in Crete again in 2018.
We found Simpson Travel to be a friendly, efficient tour operator with a good range of properties and will certainly use them again.
From the moment I arrived until the moment I left everyone was so friendly and helpful and the place is utterly beautiful.
We had a lovely relaxing week in June. The hotel is on a nice stretch of beach, easy entry into the sea which gets deep quite quickly for swimming. Always plenty of sunbeds on the beach and drinks from the bar brought to you. Good selection of light meals available in the shade beside the beach. Huge pool with good steps and handrail into the water and again lots of comfortable sunbeds. The beds were also very comfortable, best we have ever had in Greece! All the very friendly staff were excellent. Highly recommended.
We have just returned from our second holiday with Simpson Travel and would thoroughly recommend the high quality of their hotels and the excellent service provided by all connected with them.
We had a wonderful holiday with Simpson Travel. The staff, from booking to staying at our hotel, could not have been more helpful. They were all truly exceptional and worked well as a team. A heartfelt thank you for all your help and kindness.
Excellent hotel; immaculate rooms and service; exceeded expectations. Thanks to all the staff.
We return every year to spend an idyllic Simpson Travel holiday at GK Beach Hotel in Kalives, Crete. The Simpson team, Harvey, Sarah and Anne, provide an excellent service, the accommodation is comfortable and in a beautiful setting and all the staff are welcoming and friendly.
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The soaring White Mountains, known in Greek as the Lefka Ori, are at the heart of West Crete’s dramatically beautiful landscape and the villages in their foothills offer traditional Cretan fare in glorious abundance – that’s if Chania’s twinkling harbour lights and waterfront dining don’t entice you first. Spring brings an abundance of flowers, turning hiking trails and gorges into welcome destinations for walkers, and in summer, the many beaches offer sun worshippers a choice of scenic locations to spread their towels.
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