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The 7 Best Hotels on Crete

20-Apr-2022

Crete is the quintessential summer destination because it’s perfect for just about anyone.

Think sun-drenched beaches. Ancient treasures. Charming towns. Resorts with everything you need for a two-week holiday. Whether you want pure beachside relaxation or high-octane exploration, this large Greek island has you covered.

Travelling with kids? Looking for romance? Want a great spa? Going solo? Crete has an amazing hotel for you. Here are the best seven on the island.

Best for New-World Luxury – Domes Zeen Chania

Both families and couples will love it here. But mostly it’s for people who want a fresh contemporary style.

Sleek and stylish, Domes Zeen Chania is the freshest five-star hotel on Crete. Contemporary yet rustic is the aesthetic, with clean lines and pavilions boasting private pools.

Families, couples, even solo guests can all feel inspired after a break here. Primarily it attracts modern design lovers.

Among the amenities are a kids’ club, open-air jungle spa, excellent poolside cocktails and a pool for families. The secluded beach is amazing as well.

Best for Families – Daios Cove Luxury Resort

It’s a large resort with the best amenities on Crete. Best when you don’t plan to leave the resort.

This large resort is the second most expensive ever to be built in Greece. While you won’t find much romance or privacy, the service is as polished as the marble floors.

A dream for families with small children who want luxury but don’t mind a bit of bustle. For young ones it has everything.

There are six restaurants, a beach with shallow water that’s ideal for kids, plus a funicular railway and golf buggies to take you around.

Best For Spa Lovers – Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

Amirandes can also claim to be Crete’s best looking hotel, especially when it’s lit up at night.

Serenity and calm come as standard at a hotel where the staff wear Greek-style togas. It’s undeniably pretty, especially at night, although it may surprise you to learn that Amirandes has more of a family vibe.

The biggest appeal is Crete’s premier Ayurveda spa. Amirandes is the place to stay for spa lovers.

Best for Privacy & Romance – Elounda Gulf Villas Hotel

You don’t need a crowded Greek beach when you have a private pool with a view.

Just 18 private villas, each with its own private heated sea-water infinity pool, scattered high above the water on a steep hillside.

With views to die for the hilltop Elounda Gulf Villas resort for those who want romantic serenity, to simply get away and relax.

The style is old-school elegance, with endless views over the Mirabello Gulf and island of Spinalonga.

Best Adult-Only Hotel – Minos Beach Art Hotel

Over 50 art installations are among the surprises at this vast and private adults-only resort.

In a beautiful bay close to Agios Nikolaos, this unique hotel has over 50 art installations within the grounds. Walt Disney is among its many notable former guests.

This open-air art gallery and adult-only hotel appeals to those who savour their privacy. Ideal for a dose of quiet inspiration.

Bungalows and villas are completely secluded from another, spread across huge grounds. Go for one of the larger villas with direct access to the sea.

Best Value for Families – Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

At this village-style resort, families will find everything they need for a comfortable stay. However, it’s not in the ultra high-end percentile.

This sprawling resort is big on family amenities – teen area, kids’ club, themed evenings, family pools, even spa treatments for kids. You’ll also find the escapist vibes all adults crave.

Family suites are for two adults plus two kids, but it’s worth upgrading to a residence or villa, where there is significantly more space and a private pool.

Best for Long Days Exploring – Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort

This boutique resort doesn’t have the service or amenities to match the others. Which is fine if you don’t plan to spend much time at your hotel.

With 69 suites, bungalows and villas, this boutique resort is very conveniently located just off the main road, with a private beach, an hour’s west of Heraklion.

This location is ideal for exploring nearby Rethymnon and just about anywhere else on the island.

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