Blue Palace Elounda 

Timeless beauty

Perhaps Crete’s most famous address, Blue Palace was reimagined for 2024 yet remains gloriously and authentically Cretan.

With fewer than 50 light and airy bungalows and suites (many of which have private heated pools), Blue Palace is a refined luxury hotel with boutique proportions. But its diminutive size doesn’t mean it’s lacking in facilities – amid gardens of olive trees, bougainvillaea, and fragrant jasmine, you’ll find a softly-lit spa and two restaurants. If you want a third option, you can join the chef in the organic garden for a memorable communal dining experience. Days here can be spent in sun-splashed bliss, perhaps on a quiet patch of the private beach that has views of Spinalonga Island. If the sight of the islet piques your curiosity, hop over the water directly from the resort’s jetty aboard a traditional caique, stopping for a delicious picnic impeccably arranged by the hotel.

Why we love Blue Palace Elounda

  • There’s a considered approach to sustainability here, and guests have the chance to get hands-on and learn about how the hotel sources its food locally.

  • The farm-to-table concept means you’ll taste the freshest Cretan and Mediterranean flavours during your time here.

  • The resort’s experiential travel opportunities are delightful, from Greek cooking classes to touring pretty villages in a vintage Cadillac.

  • The atmosphere at Votsalo Bar at dusk is magical, where guests gather to order aperitivo on warm nights beneath starry skies.

5 stars
May - Oct
Crete
4 hours
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.
Approx. 1 hour's transfer from Heraklion airport
Beach, Luxury, Honeymoon, Wellness, Spa, Sustainability, Villas

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Rooms

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families
  • Good to Know

Food is taken seriously here, but in a fuss-free, authentic way that champions the Cretan pantry and is distinctly seasonal in its approach. There’s an informality to eating at Blue Palace, particularly around the communal table at Phaea Farmer’s Pop Up. The blue gingham tablecloths at Blue Door Taverna evoke a nostalgia as you feast on fresh fish, and at Anthos, you can expect a menu that draws on the local herbs and spices that bring timeless Cretan dishes to life.

Blue Door
Facing the water, this classic Greek taverna was once an old fisherman’s stone house and now serves fresh fish using long-held family recipes.

Anthos
Farm-to-table Cretan cuisine is the focus at this charming al fresco spot, with a seasonal menu using ingredients from the hotel’s organic garden, accompanied by idyllic views over the Aegean and isle of Spinalonga.

Phāea Farmers Feast Pop Up
Set in an organic garden, this interactive experience allows guests to handpick ingredients with the chef, then dine on dishes around a communal table.

Votsalo Bar
The perfect al fresco setting for an expertly mixed cocktail with a gorgeous Cretan backdrop.

The Phaea Farmer’s Feast Pop Up is unmissable – a dining experience in the organic garden where guests handpick the ingredients that are incorporated into exceptional dishes.

What's included

Breakfast at Anthos by the pool

Meditation and yoga are part of the fabric of Blue Palace’s approach, and you’ll find session times on the daily activity calendar. You can also slip away to one of the two treatment rooms to indulge in a bespoke ritual. As calming as all this sounds, that’s not all that’s on offer — there’s also a traditional gym with a view across the gardens with outdoor spaces for a workout, too.

Step aboard the traditional 'caique' fishing boat for a romantic cruise, take an excursion to the island of Spinalonga, head out on a hiking trip or go Cretan olive oil and wine tasting a.

The Watersports Centre has water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling and windsurfing. Dive masters offer scuba lessons and will take guests on boat and night dives. Down on the sand which is lapped by crystal clear waters, a beach service crew will deliver the latest magazines and fresh towels direct to your sun lounger.

The hotel has a wide range of sustainability measures in place, from water-saving devices to responsible waste management, including food composting and converting food residues into animal feed for local farms. Look out for environmental awareness projects, such as beach clean-ups, tree planting, and garden tours to positively contribute to the local community and learn more about the resort’s sustainability efforts.

We love the thoughtful touches of children’s bathroom amenities and little bath robes that give children that sense of luxury. The choice of family rooms and suites is extensive – from interconnecting rooms to luxury suites and bungalows and villas with their own private pool.

Minimum stay: 3 nights 01 May-31 Oct.

Guest reviews

{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.rating}}

Average Rating

Based on {{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews}} reviews

Excellent
 
{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews_5}}
Very good
 
{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews_4}}
Average
 
{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews_3}}
Poor
 
{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews_2}}
Terrible
 
{{tripAdvisor.tripAdvisorSummary.num_reviews_1}}

{{review.user_location}} {{review.date}}

These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travellers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.

All Hotels in Crete

hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Perched above a picturesque private cove, this luxury hideaway offers mesmerising views over the Mediterranean and a cool, sophisticated vibe.

From £1,935 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

This recently renovated resort combines a unique design with an indulgent spa, magical views and facilities for all ages.

From £1,500 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Clinging to an emerald hillside, this collection of secluded pool villas and suites offers dreamy sea views at every turn.

From £1,146 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 4.5 Star

Set on a private sandy beach, this lively resort offers an impressive array of activities, with an excellent culinary offering and regular live entertainment.

From £1,055 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

This adults-only lifestyle resort brings a touch of contemporary indulgence to cultural Chania.

From £1,186 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

This decadent Minoan Palace-style resort is edged by a beautiful beach and show-stopping pool.

From £1,255 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Set on a sandy strip of Cretan coastline, this all-white, contemporary-design spot is an idyllic retreat for couples and families alike.

From £1,397 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Set amid peaceful, leafy gardens, this sought-after spot overlooks one of Crete’s finest bays and makes an excellent base for exploring the island

From £1,456 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Effortlessly cool without being contrived, this secluded beachside retreat exudes bohemian charm offering guests an authentic yet luxurious Cretan experience.

From £932 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

An adults-only hideaway on the outskirts of upmarket Elounda with unbeatable island views.

From £1,815 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

This peaceful and luxurious Cretan retreat puts a modern spin on rustic design and has a ‘living well’ philosophy at its core.

From £1,378 p/p
hotel
  • Crete
  • 5 Star

A beachfront hideaway with a dash of Cretan flair, Grecotel’s Caramel Boutique Resort has everything you need for a truly pampering holiday.

From £1,099 p/p