One of the very best luxury spa resorts, the Blue Palace showcases beautiful architecture and incredible views.
Overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello and the medieval fortressed isle of Spinalonga, the views from the Blue Palace are something special. And this popular large resort absolutely makes the most of its idyllic setting – style and charm exude from the stunning design, with curved arches that frame the scene and terrace pools that appear to float mid-air.
The hotel gently cascades down a hillside, but the usual inconveniences of an elevated property don’t apply here – there’s a glass lift that takes guests down to the long private white pebble beach, which looks out to a National Monument and has a wooden deck with loungers and parasols. The Isola Beach Club is a cool spot set among olive trees, with a DJ and top mixologists. The Blue Palace is known for its à la carte dining. Steaks, Asian fusion and Italian cuisine are all on offer here and there’s also a charmingly traditional taverna, the Blue Door, serving classic Greek dishes. A visit to the resort’s pièce de résistance – the spa – is a must. Stop here for ultimate relaxation at this beachfront haven of tranquillity where you can enjoy a traditional olive oil massage or soak in a thalassotherapy pool. Keen golfers might like to know that hotel guests get discounted green fees at The Crete Golf Club, around 30 minutes’ drive away.
The rooms here have a neutral colour scheme and a balcony or terrace. For the best way to make the most of the views, opt for one of the bungalows with a private plunge pool. And if you like your pool water warm, be sure to choose a bungalow with a heated pool. At the top end there are the newly refurbished Island Luxury Suites with Private Pool. Each named after a Greek island, they are beautiful in design and have a separate living room plus patio with large heated pool, and guests here enjoy exclusive benefits.
Escapes for total relaxation, with pampering treatments from some of the best therapists, personalised wellness programmes and energising activities.
An idyllic hillside spot, a short walk from the charming traditional fishing village of Plaka where you'll find local restaurants, bars and boutiques, and a short taxi ride from Elounda
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 21 Apr-31 Oct.
251 rooms, bungalows and suites
• Step aboard the traditional 'caique' fishing boat for a romantic cruise* • Escape to a nearby island for a picnic*.
5 restaurants, 3 bars
Champagne buffet breakfast at Olea.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £54 • Breakfast at Olea • Dine-around lunch or dinner in à la carte restaurants (select dishes included).
*Denotes local charge