This collection of pool villas and smart suites is a celebrity favourite for privacy and dreamy sea views.

Where private pools blend into the blues of Greece’s biggest bay, this resort is just minutes from the hot spots of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. Follow in suit of past celebrity guests and soak up unadulterated relaxation in-resort, or hop in a taxi to the local tavernas and shops when you fancy exploring the nearby towns. The resort’s private beach club is just 10 minutes away and can be reached by hotel shuttle, where a chic set up of loungers and beach service is everything you need for blissful beach time.

There are suites and villas scattered on the steep hillside and each room is different. Some rooms are classic with curvaceous bed frames and chandeliers, while others are more modern with nautical influences. Like a carefully curated collection of art, each suite or villa gives a unique experience so no two stays are the same. Rooms start with marbled and Italian fabric-draped Deluxe Senior Suites which have a separate living area. Deluxe Family Suites have a similar style and have two bedrooms close to the main pool and kids' pool. Every Pool Suite and Spa Pool Villa comes with the option of a heated pool (heated at extra cost at certain times of the year) and is generously sized; we recommend a Pool Villa for larger groups and the best sea views.

Buggies are on hand to whisk you from your suite to the sea-facing infinity pool or one of the restaurants – there are two with Mediterranean and international food on the menu. Days start with a buffet breakfast with Cretan dishes washed down with Champagne. Lunch and dinner are à la carte, with the additional option of the gourmet Daphne Restaurant at dinner – and there’s a menu of crowd pleasers like burgers for kids. There’s also a kids’ club and a crèche designed by Worldwide Kids, an experienced UK-based company who have brought their concept to high-end resorts around the world. While the resort doesn’t feel like a family hotel to guests in adults-only parties, this is definitely a family-friendly resort. The kids’ club is excellent and parents can happily check their kids into one of the three complimentary sessions a day for activities like arts and crafts with warm, personable staff.

For Families

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Key information

In north-east Crete with views of Mirabello Bay and Spinalonga Island, five minutes’ drive from Elounda

Airport transfer time: Approx. 45 minutes’ private transfer from Heraklion airport
Rooms: 33

Good to know

Due to the steep incline, this hotel may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties. There is a buggy service available.

Accommodation information

33 stylish villas and suites

Activities

• Spend the day at the hotel’s private Beach Club • Visit Spinalonga by boat and learn about the island’s history* • Join in the resort’s Cretan night of dancing and local food*.

Dining

2 restaurants, bar

What's included

Breakfast at Argo Restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board from £53 • Breakfast and set dinner at Argo Restaurant.

*Denotes local charge