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The Rοyal Blue
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Panormos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We have just returned from a week at this resort. The hotel in my opinion deserves 5 star rating, staff are excellent, food good, accommodation and gardens first class. However, this resort is in the middle of nowhere, one hour to Heraklion or more the other direction to Rethymon, there is nothing here except a small village 4 miles away called Panormo which is very pretty with a nice beach. The evening entertainment was abysmal, two evenings out of seven with one night Greek dancing and the other a Latin show, this reason alone we would not return here which is a great shame. Most people appeared to sit outside their room with a bottle of wine in the evenings as there was nothing else to do.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Large village-like resort, managed by Tui (one of largest German tour operators), smells a recent renovation: buildings, rooms, gardens, infrastructure look in very good conditions.
Personnel are very courteous and efficient.
Buffet at Symposium Restaurant is various and meets nearly all tastes.
Can't judge a la carte other restaurants, but surely are too costly.
Beware of ordering greek wines: outrageously expensive.
Overall atmosphere is rather boring, despite all surrounding luxury, must have your own car in order to get around the island (Royal Blue is practically in the middle of nowhere).
All in all, a nice place but overpriced.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

My mum and I stayed here at the end of August and paid for a waterfront villa with our own private pool. From start to finish the experience was incredible. As soon as we arrived we were greeted with cold hand towels and arrival drinks to the moment we left we were gifted with a leaving present. The hotel and grounds are absolutely spotless and so well kept. It was absolutely beautiful and one of the most relaxing and peaceful hotels I have ever stayed in. Food in the hotel was amazing!!! The buffet restaurant for both breakfast and dinner had everything you could ask for, quite literally. Hands down the best selection of food at a buffet restaurant I have ever experienced. Nothing was too much trouble for all staff members and the service in the restaurant really was incredible. There are 3 beautiful kittens roaming around the grounds and let me be the first to tell you my mum and I are not a big fan of cats but they are so lovely and such sweet little things. We regularly fed them fish from the local shop up the road. We found it particularly heartbreaking leaving one of the kittens so please be kind if you see them. We really cannot fault this hotel at all and we will definitely be returning. A perfect week :)

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We booked this hotel because of our previous experiences with Sensimar throughout the world, in particular the Kalliston In Chania. This hotel is somewhat isolated but is spacious with two excellent outdoor pools and a good gym and spa facility. It does not rate 5 stars because it is let down badly by the service from many of the staff. The restaurant in particular is very badly organised:
1. Although the food is plentiful and generally of a good quality the serving dishes on the buffet counter are often empty leaving the guest with choice of forgoing that item of food or waiting for it to be replenished allowing the rest of your food to go cold. This was a regular occurrence each evening.
2. Constantly running out of plates for main courses and deserts.
3. The tables are made up of wooden lattice and I would not like to hazard a guess when they were last cleaned.
4. Bottle of water £6.80 which does seem excessive.
5. When guests have left their tables after their meal they are not cleaned away quickly enough for new guests,
6. On occasions it is difficult to attract the attention of a waiter and the guest has to approach the waiters serving area or do without service as happened on one occasion, i.e. not offered a drink service during dinner

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The room is spacious and well cleaned but the refreshment tray: coffee, milk, sugar etc. is often not replenished unless housekeeping is contacted this became something of a bore and annoyance.

The main bar off reception gave good service and the barman was always cheerful and polite, unlike reception staff.

The beach area leaves a lot to be desired

Although the hotel cannot help that there are hundreds of birds roosting in its grounds they tend to fly over the restaurant at dusk every evening and birds do what birds do in flight not the most pleasant of experiences. Although in fairness the hard working cleaning staff clean up early the next morning.

This hotel could easily become a 5 star but perhaps the management should visit its sister hotel the Kalliston and take a tip from them.

There are far too many small niggles for this hotel to deserve its 5 star rating.

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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Excellent stay! Very clean, great service, personnel was very friendly, polite and professional - really makes you feel most welcome (special thanks to Maria, Anthoula from guest services :)). Food was very good, too bad most people on the terrace were smoking hence somehow negatively impacted the dining experience. Would recommend some music to play in the background at lunch/ dinner time. An adults only resort, great location to unwind and relax.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Rοyal Blue

Address: Panormos, Crete 74057, Greece (Formerly Sensimar Royal Blue Resort & Spa)
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Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Panormos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Panormos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Panormos
#2 Romantic Hotel in Panormos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Panormos
#2 Family Hotel in Panormos
Price Range: R2 125 - R4 493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Rοyal Blue 5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 5* Sensimar Royal Blue Resort & Spa, is a tranquil exclusive resort, with its own private bay and an endless horizon of Cretan Blue. The complex consists of 38 public and private swimming pools as well as colorful gardens which extend throughout the resort. Natural stone has been used extensively with dedicated passion for detail, in the decoration of all outdoor areas, thus creating the perfect mix between sophistication and natural elegance. Guests will be pampered beyond conventional luxury with singular service standards and the renowned Cretan hospitality. The understated elegance of the 190 rooms, suites and villas, the uncompromising unique flavors of the resort's cuisine, the unique settings for the organization of your events and the mystical magic of the Pure Senses Spa are just the introduction to an experience that extend beyond the realms of a luxury resort. Outdoor Facilities (Private Beach, Beach services, 2 Tennis Courts, Tennis lessons upon request, 1 Mini Golf Court) Hotel Facilities (Express Check In - Check out, Wi-Fi Internet Connection, Internet Corner, Parking, Car Rental services, Multilingual staff, Guest Relations, Doctor on call, Destination Assistance, Postal Services, Security services, 'Gems and more' Jewelry Shop, Mini Market & Holiday Boutique, Dry / Laundry cleaning service) Personalized Services (Private Dining options, Special Meals upon request, Luxury transport upon request, Transfer from/to the airport upon request, Private Chef Services upon request, Business center & secretariat services upon request) In-Room Amenities (24hrs Room Service, Private Dining in Room upon request, In House Villa Treatments upon request) ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sensimar Royal Blue Hotel Panormo
Sensimar Royal Blue Resort And Spa

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