A blueprint for slow-paced living on a sandy strip of Cretan coastline
Grecotel reimagines the classic Greek sugar-cube architecture at White Palace, giving it an edgy, contemporary spin. A handful of sail-white buildings are dotted around a saltwater pool with sea views, connected by a web of paths winding through manicured gardens. Inside could pass for an art gallery, with light, open spaces and paper-bright walls.
This is a foodie haven, with six restaurants rustling up everything from Cretan specialities and Greek favourites to Italian classics and Pan Asian specialities. There’s also a beachfront gelaterie for generous scoops of creamy artisan ice cream and a pâtisserie filled with the enticing aroma of baking. Throw in four drinking dens – sunset lounge, beach house, wine bar, garden theatre – and you won’t be left wanting.
Rooms are all white, accented with splashes of palm green, coral pink and oceanic blues in every shade – teal lamps, topaz cushions, cobalt sun chairs. Snow-bright orchids and billowing fabrics add a hint of romance, while private balconies or terraces frame enticing vistas. Pick a Double Room for lush garden or mountain views, upgrade to a Superior Guestroom for a spacious pad overlooking the sparkling sea, or book a Petit Yali Seafront Suite for a tranquil haven with access to a shared pool. Alternatively, go all out with a Villa Luxe Yali, a beachfront hideout sleeping up to four, with suite-to-sand access and your very own private heated pool – great for families or small groups.
Near Rethymnon, between Heraklion and Chania
263 rooms, suites and villas
• Visit the Eleutherna Archaeological Park, where crumbling villas, baths and temples are dotted across a narrow spur on Mount Idea* • Venture to Heraklion to see its big-hitting archaeological museum and the nearby Palace of Knossos* • Wander Rethymnon’s labyrinthine old town at dusk, so you can linger after for the lively after-dark scene.
6 restaurants, 4 bars, pâtisserie, gelateria, espresso counter
All Inclusive Ultra Luxury Made Easy (LUX.ME Ultra All Inclusive) • Buffet breakfast at Ventanas il Mar or Greek breakfast at Taverna • Lunch and dinner at a choice of restaurants • Selected unlimited drinks.
*Denotes local charge