Situated between the cities of Chania and Rethymnon, in the Georgioupolis area, noted for its breathtaking scenery, the resort covers an area of 150,000 square meters with beautifully landscaped grounds, flower gardens, spreading from olive groves and avocado trees, to a long, private sandy beach, extending 7 km of natural beauty.
Inspired by nature’s gift to the local environment, colored by its rivers and streams, Kournas lake, and the Cretan sea, the hotel’s design concept is to offer the guest direct access to water; the lagoon central pool and many smaller pools, as well as the stunning seawater of the bay. Pilot Beach Resort offers to its guests a choice of charming bungalows and suites to meet individual needs and preferences, including luxury suites with private pool. Almost all bungalows overlook a pool or are situated by the sea.
The resort’s fine restaurants tempt the senses with authentic Greek cuisine, Italian delicacies and an international, a la carte menu.
Additionally, a trendy SPA and a variety of activities ensure that guests always have something new to experience and enjoy.
An award-winning resort noted for the quality and scope of its services, Pilot Beach Resort offers excellent facilities and services, which turn every occasion into a memorable experience on Crete.
Pilot Beach Resort is a family-owned property with hospitality spanning tradition for more than two decades, committed to continuously fulfill our guests’ wishes and expectations over the years.
Pilot Beach Resort was established by Air Force General, George Papadakis, on the land of his ancestors, following his retirement from active duty. The first part to be completed was the bungalows on the beach and in May 1991 the hotel began operating as Pilot Beach. The innovative design, featuring low-rise buildings, was initiated and supervised by the General himself, together with a team of dedicated professionals whose main mission was guest satisfaction and shortly after became a favorite destination for holidays on the island. Its success led to the expansion of Pilot Beach in 2001, with the addition of a new, state of the art, hotel complex. The new Pilot Beach Resort became, from the first year of its operation -in 2001- a reference point of successful tourist development on the island.
Today, the resort covers an impressive area of 150000m2, with 400m facing the most beautiful sandy beach of Crete, remarkable infrastructure including 450 units, 4 restaurants and 3 Bars, 5 swimming pools covering a total area of 4000m2 in water surface, a SPA of 1500 m2 and state of the art conference facilities.
Pilot Beach Resort has maintained its values throughout all the years of its operation. It is dedicated to offer high quality services, in a truly relaxing environment, where guests enjoy Cretan nature, culture and authentic hospitality. The management of the resort is committed to continually improve the facilities and services to satisfy our guests’ wishes, with respect to the natural environment, Cretan culture, the island’s traditions and the Cretan citizens. Many of the resort’s guests return year after year, which is a source of pride to the management and personnel.
The Architecture of the resort
The concept of Pilot Beach Resort is as distinctive as Crete. Designed by award-winning architects, the resort captures the atmosphere of a small, Cretan village in a state-of-the-art, luxury resort.
Low-level buildings intermingling harmoniously with nature and the providential environment. Eco-friendly materials, including marble, wood and stone, typical of traditional Cretan architecture, create a feeling of well being.
The influence and traditions of the locale, as well as the island’s tapestry of architectural styles shaped by the many cultures that have influenced Crete throughout its history, inspired the design scheme. The bell tower and buildings, painted in a palette of pastels, the sunlit olive groves and bright flower gardens, as well as the winding, stone-paved paths are a tribute to the Cretan legacy.
Pilot Beach Resort has repeatedly been distinguished for the quality of its services and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards from the world’s leading tour operators.