Main seawater pool, 4 sharing pools for select suites, children’s pool, kids’ club, outdoor theatre*, tennis courts, gym, watersports*, on-site farm

Restaurants & bars

With views of Rethymnon Old Town one way and sea panoramas the other, Ventanas Il Mar is a scenic restaurant with a buffet of Mediterranean-leaning dishes. Breakfast (pastries, cheeses, breads, fruits, fresh juices) is served on a large stone terrace planted with lilac-hued flowers, against a blue-on-blue backdrop.

The White, dotted with oversized potted plants and curvaceous cream leather seats, serves a dégustation menu showcasing French flavours. A sommelier can give tips on food-and-drink pairings, drawing on a wide selection of bottles from the wine cellar. And the best seats in the house: those on the outdoor deck overlooking the Cretan Sea. Note this restaurant is for over-14s only.

A more casual option is Taverna, where diners share plates of mezze on a shaded waterfront terrace, dotted with rattan chairs. Nibble on warm-from-the-oven breads, dipped in golden olive oil, as you wait for aromatic plates of Greek cuisine – washed down with ouzo, of course.

Elsewhere, Asia White is a chilled hangout serving up Pan Asian cuisine to diners on an outdoor verandah, perched above the crashing waves. Later, linger over cocktails as a DJ spins soft dance music from their deck. Divan also draws on eastern culinary influences, pairing an a la carte menu with glorious sea views. This cool daytime haunt transforms into a buzzy late-night venue, with a young crowd gathering for shisha and cocktails.

With a prime poolside location, Fico d’India rustles up Italian favourites for hungry sun-seekers, but if you’re more of a grazer, light bites can be delivered straight to your lounger, from fresh baguettes to sizzling tortillas.

For sugar cravings, a pâtisserie-chocolaterie has a tempting selection of flaky pastries and sweet treats, while a beachfront crêperie-gelateria offers every filling and flavour under the sun (sip on a Greek frappé if you’re after a refreshing caffeine hit).

Four drinking dens are peppered throughout the resort, from a sunset lounge and wine bar to a barefoot beach haunt (be sure to try a cocktail mixed with Chios island speciality Mastixa) and garden theatre bar.

*Denotes local charge