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- Delightfully situated Simpson Hotel
- Beautiful gardens
- 23 suites and a 2-bedroom penthouse, all with sea view
- Beachfront bar and taverna
- Dedicated minibus offering day trips and excursions
- Complimentary children's activity programme (5 July to 30 August 2022)
Advance Registration... select your dates and reserve your 2023 holiday online, with a fully refundable deposit of £500.
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 serving lunches and snacks until late afternoon, 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 a personalised itinerary for a full day of island exploration. Our dedicated minibus at the hotel is available for day trips and excursions and we strongly recommend a trip to the historic Venetian harbour of Chania, just a 25-minute drive away.
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.
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.
Car hire is included on the following departure dates in 2022:
3 & 10 May
4, 11 & 18 October
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
- Poolside bar open until 9pm in May and October, and 10pm in the rest of the summer, 7 days a week
- Taverna serving lunches and snacks 7 days a week from midday until 5.30pm, with light dishes such as salads, pizza and seasonal options available until 7.30pm
- In May, June, September & October, reduced menu 5.30pm to 7.30pm, including a daily special and dakos (Cretan-style bruschetta)
- In July & August, reduced menu 5.30pm to 7.30pm, including baguettes, toasties, club sandwiches and cold meat platters
- 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 5 July to 30 August 2022.
- Nappies and Babywipes – order at least 7 days prior to departure for delivery to your room before you arrive
Dedicated Simpson Minibus
Our minibus at GK Beach offers comfortable transfers to some of the area’s leading attractions
- 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 2022:
3 & 10 May
4, 11 & 18 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.
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
Paul Freeman, May 2022
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.
Elizabeth – October 2021
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.
The Ripley family – October 2021
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.
John & Mary Millward – October 2021
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.
Mark Dunford – October 2021
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.
Ron & Maivor De Young – October 2021
An enjoyable stay. Very comfortable room. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Good beach. Good sea swimming.
Ian Booth – October 2021
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.
Penelope Austin – October 2021
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!
Simpson Traveller – September 2021
Lovely small hotel with great staff and location. Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday in Crete.
John Creedon – September 2021
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.
Malcolm Butler – via TrustPilot – September 2021
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.
Ursula Maher – September 2020
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.
M A Law – September 2020
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.
Rachel – August 2020
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.
Josh Krichefski – August 2020
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!
Johanna Orbell – August 2020
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.
Sarah Hardaker – August 2020
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.
David – August 2020
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.
Sonia Bromilow – August 2020
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!!
Susan O'Connor – August 2020
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.
Mrs Lees – October 2019
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.
John & Christine – October 2019
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!
Marion & Dave – September 2019
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.
Mr & Mrs Ballinger – September 2019
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.
Mrs Burridge – September 2019
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.
Arthur – September 2019
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.
The Smith Family – August 2019
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!
The Sandham family – August 2019
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!
Ursula – August 2019
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.
Chris – August 2019
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.
Clare & Roy – August 2019
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.
Nicola Slinn – August 2019
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.
Paul & Sue – August 2019
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.
Simpson Traveller – July 2019
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.
Sylvia & Peter McClelland – June 2019
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.
Lucinda Hewing-Powell – June 2019
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.
Piowar & Seymour – June 2019
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!
John & Mary Millward – June 2019
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.
George Gwyer – June 2019
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.
Maggy & Phil Wade – June 2019
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!
I & M Coldrick – June 2019
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.
Mr Wilkinson – June 2019
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.
F Winslett – June 2019
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.
L Goacher – June 2019
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.
Mr McNaught – October 2018
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!
Raz & Lee – September 2018
We had a wonderfully relaxing week at the GK Hotel with terrifically attentive and helpful staff.
Alison & Nick – August 2018
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.
Antony Waller – August 2018
GK Beach Hotel is the perfect Greek getaway...a small boutique hotel with excellent staff and a sandy beach. We would visit again.
Kevin Wisby – August 2018
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.
Mrs Fitch – August 2018
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.
Trevor Bryant, May 2022
GK Beach Hotel is a rare find, combining a family feel with a high level of quality, service and style.
Mark Waine – July 2018
GK Beach Hotel is the perfect destination for a first class beachside holiday.
Mrs Sturch – July 2018
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.
Justin Gomersall – July 2018
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.
Mrs Payne – July 2018
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.
Gill & John Pike – July 2018
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.
Sylvia and Peter McClellan – June 2018
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.
Alison Slade – June 2018
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.
John & Eileen Northover – June 2018
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.
The Lee-Fosters – June 2018
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!
J McGowan – June 2018
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!
Mrs Morgan – October 2017
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.
Mrs Norrie – October 2017
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.
Mr Wilkinson – October 2017
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.
Mr Pettifor – October 2017
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.
Mrs Steele – September 2017
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.
Ms Young – September 2017
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!
Mrs Norman – September 2017
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.
Mr Parker – September 2017
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!
Mr Sloane – September 2017
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.
Mrs Stevenson – September 2017
Great location, 25 steps to breakfast or a swim, 25 steps to a perfect beach – what more could you want?
Mrs Day – September 2017
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.
Mr McClelland – June 2016
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.
Mrs Huntriss – June 2016
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.
Mr Watney – June 2016
Excellent hotel; immaculate rooms and service; exceeded expectations. Thanks to all the staff.
Mrs Coleman – June 2016
Super hotel, great location and friendly staff. We couldn't ask for more.
Mrs Carroll – August 2017
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!
Mr Waine – August 2017
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.
Mrs Heath – July 2017
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.
Mr Bailey – July 2017
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.
Mr Burton – July 2017
Lovely hotel, great staff, will definitely return.
Mr Payne – July 2017
From the moment I arrived until the moment I left everyone was so friendly and helpful and the place is utterly beautiful.
Miss Denham – July 2017
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.
Mr Baldock – July 2017
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.
Mrs Hall – July 2017
We found Simpson Travel to be a friendly, efficient tour operator with a good range of properties and will certainly use them again.
Mr Morgan – July 2017
Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themelves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.
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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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