Crete is many things. An island with the longest summers in Greece that warm your soul from the outside in. A hub of sandy beaches and picturesque harbours with a turquoise Mediterranean Sea backdrop. A location with spine-tingling history and jaw-dropping archaeological sites that no camera will ever do justice. But, above all else, Crete is utterly luxurious. Whether you find luxury in the little things like a warm welcome at a family-run taverna or a delectably refreshing glass of Greek wine, you’re certain to discover it at one of the many elegant four and five star hotels that are scattered throughout the island. Olympic Holidays believes that your luxury Crete holiday should be one of the highest standards from sumptuous swim-up suites to unforgettable cuisine and everything in between. Whether you are seeking a romantic break for two or a family getaway to escape your busy schedules, this gorgeous destination is the perfect backdrop to live out your holiday dreams with the finest accommodation to match. Discover some of the best hotels in Crete to experience a true lavish lifestyle.
Elounda Blu by Domes Resorts
Best for: Adults-only bliss
As the name suggests, Elounda Blu by Domes Resorts is perched on a gorgeous hillside in Elounda, in the perfect location to admire panoramic views of the Mirabello Gulf and majestic mountains. This beachfront adults-only paradise stimulates your senses in every way possible, offering tailor-made experiences for every guest to ensure an unforgettable holiday is had by all. This private and romantic resort is within easy reach of Elounda, the island of Spinalonga and the lively town of Aghios Nikolaos for days out in the sunshine but there’s more than enough to keep you occupied back at Elounda Blu.
Going hungry certainly isn’t an option at Elounda Blu. Catering for both the foodie and the fussy eater, you’re invited to dine on authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Polynesian delights and succulent grilled dishes at the four on-site restaurants. Feeling parched? Quench your thirst at one of the three bars including one on the sands of the beach and another on the hotel’s rooftop. Boredom isn’t on the agenda either thanks to the wealth of exciting activities including lounging by one of the two swimming pools or on the sands of the private beach, rejuvenating watersports and plenty of outdoor excursions including golf, mountain biking, glass bottom boat trips and more. Add to the mix a relaxing pampering session at the spa and you’ve got yourself a heavenly holiday in more ways than one. Oh, and have you heard about Elounda Blu’s Cool Living concept? This Premium All-inclusive programme comes complete with a multitude of incredible amenities including exclusive access to the Greco Levante All Day Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. Cool by name and cool by nature!
Mr & Mrs White Crete Resort and Spa
Best for: Relaxation in a breathtaking setting
Boasting the benchmark for boutique luxury, Mr & Mrs White Crete Resort and Spa is located on the west coast of the island, just 10 kilometres away from the beautiful Chania Town. The sunsets on this part of Crete are breathtakingly spectacular, and the warm oranges and lilacs that engulf the sky are the perfect juxtaposition against the sugar cube white exterior of the property. The resort is perfect for those seeking a touch of elegance, evident in the contemporary accommodation options, vast collection of high-end services and incredible hospitality that will make you feel like a VIP from check-in to check-out.
Indulge your senses at the on-site restaurants and bars, ranging from Asian and Italian cuisine to bars by the pool and on the outdoor terrace. Need some TLC? You’ve come to the right place. The spa at Mr & Mrs White Crete is what dreams are made of, featuring unique massage treatments, facials and a deeply relaxing combination of facilities including a steam room, a sauna and a hydromassage bath with aromatherapy. The four swimming pools await (two outdoor, one indoor and one children’s pool), perfect for soaking up the Cretan sunshine with a drink in hand. Even the accommodation options will take your breath away – if a swim-up sharing pool abode is up your street, you definitely won’t be disappointed. Everything about Mr & Mrs White Crete Resort and Spa is truly exceptional, and a stay here most certainly won’t be your last.
Sunset Hotel Apartments
Best for: A home away from home
Sometimes luxury means having all your home comforts surrounding you – without being at home. Sunset Hotel Apartments is located in Bali, a small Cretan village which is just as picturesque as its Southeast Asian counterpart and is just a short 100 metre distance from the beach. The centre of Bali is at your fingertips, populated with boutique shops and cosy tavernas as well as a laidback harbour with striking waterside views. Sunset Hotel Apartments has been renovated to showcase a magnificent complex of rooms and apartments, spread out across three floors and complete with all the modern conveniences you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Immerse yourself in true luxury by opting for a superior swim-up room or a superior room with a shared pool, perfect for that extra touch of elegance. Wander out on to your balcony and take in the serene views, or lounge on the sunbeds by the pool and soak up some rays. Indulge on local and international dishes prepared by the hotel’s dedicated chefs, have every need met by the warm and accommodating staff and simply watch your Cretan holiday memories form before your very eyes.
Stella Island Luxury Resort
Best for: Perfection in paradise
Luxury comes to life at Stella Island Luxury Resort. Indulgent, decadent and everything in between, this five-star adults-only retreat provides every guest with the means for ultimate relaxation. Expect the nearest beach to be just a 15-minute walk away while blissful serenity engulfs the entire property, from the spectacular views and the heavenly suites to the state-of-the-art facilities and the large lagoon-style pool that wraps itself around the perimeter of the resort. The pool is perfect for soaking up the sunshine on luxury beds that jut out from the water like mini islands or the comfortable hammocks that sway gently in the Cretan breeze, not to mention the handcrafted cocktails from the nearby bar that will truly immerse you in Stella Island paradise.
Navigate the island-like property by walking over the narrow bridges that criss-cross over the pool and make your way to your elegant abode. A collection of 225 accommodation options await, including the likes of overwater bungalows with Jacuzzis, and villas with private pools and luxury swim-up rooms. As beautiful and well-equipped as each room at Stella Island is, the resort has plenty more to indulge on. Food and wine are a match made in heaven at the on-site restaurants, bringing the brilliance of Cretan cuisine, Asian fare, grilled delights and more to the table. Enjoy cocktails and light bites at the Cabana Bar or a peaceful afternoon drink at Utopia, the all-day lounge. If you really don’t want to leave your room – they really are beautiful – then certainly make use of the in-room dining menu that comprises a wide selection of international flavours and handcrafted cocktails. Experience serenity at the spa with a treatment or two or stay fit during your stay with a visit to the gym which offers the likes of personal training sessions, yoga and Pilates. If you prefer to enjoy fresh air with your heart-pumping activities, there are plenty of sporting options including aqua aerobics, tennis, beach volleyball and football.
Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection
Best for: Blue Flag beach bliss
The sun-drenched shores of Elounda welcome you with open arms at this five-star luxurious retreat, perfect for couples and families alike. The Domes of Elounda is set within ten acres of lush vegetation amidst rugged mountains and a secluded bay with fine white sands and clear blue waters. The olive tree-lined beach is ideal for families with young children thanks to its Blue Flag status for the safe and shallow waters. Explore the main village of Elounda which is just a short taxi ride away and sample the many tavernas, restaurants and shops on offer, or take to the sea and sail away for day trips to the beautifully tranquil Spinalonga Island.
Back at the hotel, not only are the accommodation options descendants from paradise, the restaurants provide somewhat of a religious experience with just one bite. The four eateries cater for every taste from barbecues to Cretan-style delicacies and laidback beach backdrops and more intimate settings for two. Water lovers and relaxation seekers will adore the five swimming pools, while the spa is the perfect location for a spot of pampering on your luxury Crete holiday.
It comes as no surprise that Crete is the first choice for many when it comes to a luxury Greece holiday. The island exudes warmth, beauty and charm whether that be from the glorious sunshine, the breathtaking landscape or the fascinating sights and the incredible hotels and resorts are just the icing on the cake. Beach escapes, all-inclusive bliss, family adventure… whatever ticks your elegant Cretan getaway box, you’re sure to find it with Olympic Holidays.