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  • Minos Beach Art Hotel 129 rooms from $179

    Agios Nikolaos, Crete

    Set in an out-of-this-world location right on the Cretan seafront. A collection of understated luxury rooms and bungalows elegantly decorated with simple white walls and furnishings and minimalist artworks. Excellent mediterranean dishes are served up in the restaurants. Ideal for totally relaxing.

    Honeymoons  -  A haven of tranquility with private villas with mountian and sea views, spoiling massages and haute cuisine overlooking the bay.
    Beach Life  -  Set directly on the crystal clear waters, indulge in diving, sailing, fishing or simply basking on the stunning beaches.
    Sailing  -  Venture out in the hotel's motorboat around the bay or day cruises to Spinalonga and Mochlos.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas 107 rooms from $271

    Agios Nikolaos, Crete

    Low-rise garden resort with immaculate seaside grounds. Rooms with floaty linen curtains have excellent sea views from their large glass windows. Suites and private villas have personal pools. A good selection of bars and restaurants. Explore the surrounding islands or simply lie back and relax.

    Romantic Break  -  Spoil yourselves with chartered yachts, tandem massages, chic rooms, five on site restaurants plus cocktial bar and beach bar.
    Total relaxation  -  Totally unwind with relaxing Poseidon Spa face and body therapies, sauna, Hammam, jacuzzi and cocktails!
    Sailing  -  Explore untouched beaches and coves in the hotel's 34-foot sailing boat.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Out of the Blue Capsis Elite 490 rooms from $207

    Heraklion, Crete

    Opulent resort of five hotels in one on a private peninsula. Highly discreet, with striking designs, each hotel different. Plenty of suites and private villas with pools. Seven restaurants. The resort is popular with wealthy Russians and others.

    Families  -  With Capsis Minoan Amusement Park, playground and supervised pool the kids stay happy and everybody gets a holiday!
    Beach Life  -  Set on its private peninsula in Agia Pelagia, with access to three beaches and a huge array of watersports.
    Elegant
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing equipment and lessons are avialble.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas 107 rooms from $271

    Agios Nikolaos, Crete

    Low-rise garden resort with immaculate seaside grounds. Rooms with floaty linen curtains have excellent sea views from their large glass windows. Suites and private villas have personal pools. A good selection of bars and restaurants. Explore the surrounding islands or simply lie back and relax.

    Romantic Break  -  Spoil yourselves with chartered yachts, tandem massages, chic rooms, five on site restaurants plus cocktial bar and beach bar.
    Total relaxation  -  Totally unwind with relaxing Poseidon Spa face and body therapies, sauna, Hammam, jacuzzi and cocktails!
    Sailing  -  Explore untouched beaches and coves in the hotel's 34-foot sailing boat.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Minos Beach Art Hotel 129 rooms from $179

    Agios Nikolaos, Crete

    Set in an out-of-this-world location right on the Cretan seafront. A collection of understated luxury rooms and bungalows elegantly decorated with simple white walls and furnishings and minimalist artworks. Excellent mediterranean dishes are served up in the restaurants. Ideal for totally relaxing.

    Honeymoons  -  A haven of tranquility with private villas with mountian and sea views, spoiling massages and haute cuisine overlooking the bay.
    Beach Life  -  Set directly on the crystal clear waters, indulge in diving, sailing, fishing or simply basking on the stunning beaches.
    Sailing  -  Venture out in the hotel's motorboat around the bay or day cruises to Spinalonga and Mochlos.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Aspros Potamos 10 rooms from $42

    Lasithi, Crete

    A home-away-from-home deep in rural tranquility with beaches, bars and tavernas a walk away. Small collection of traditional stone cottages make perfect base for families. Self-catering and BBQ available for all. Return to simpler times at this beautiful hideaway on Crete.

    Eco break  -  They have restored the huts in a purely traditional fashion, using all natural materials and only renewable energy sources.
    Back to Nature  -  This stunning area of natural beauty combines beaches and mountains covered by lush greenery, pine, olive and citrus trees.
    Great walks  -  Explore the ancient settlement of Aspros Potamos on foot, terrain is ideal for hikers and mountaineers
    Local markets  -  The local village with restaurants, bars and a market is only 1km away.
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  • White River Cottages 13 rooms from $90

    Lasithi, Crete

    A charming hamlet of 13 former shepherds cottages surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. The self catering studios are rustic and quaint and with stunning views of the local area and sea. This authentic and secluded spot is a 15-minute walk from the beaches and local town.

    Romantic Break  -  The charmingly rustic self contained studios and apartments are ideal for couples looking for a bit of privacy and romance.
    Hideaway  -  Off the tourist track, this peaceful retreat is set in stunning natural landscape and only a 15 min walk to the beach.
    Great walks  -  Explore this stunnig landscape on foot, full of olive groves, citrus trees and stunning landscapes.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk down through the olive groves to Makriyialos, the prettiest town on this stretch of coast.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Milia Village 14 rooms from $82

    Chania, Crete

    A remote mountain stay in traditionally restored houses with stunning views of the mountains. This tranquil escape offers rustic comfortable rooms and communal dining for all. Relax and enjoy the delicious organic food, lovely walks and break from the modern world.

    Hideaway  -  Surrounded by stunning landscapes and raw nature, with little connectivity and plenty of reasons to never want to leave!
    Eco break  -  Restored using natural materials, all organic produce, water from the stream, solar electricity, no plastic on site.
    Birdwatching  -  Pack a pair of binoculars, everything from vultures to pipits, wagtails, finches and herons hide in the riverine woods.
    Great walks  -  There are six trails from your doorstep, varying in lengh and difficulty so be sure to ask first!
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Hotel Porto Loutro 23 rooms from $73

    Loutro, Crete

    A great getaway on an idyllic blue bay in a car-free village, right on the beach. Off the beaten track, this tranquil hotel is ideal for a simple seaside holiday for families. Boasting unspoilt bay views, life plays out on a different tempo here. Utterly relaxing.

    Value chic  -  Stylish, laidback rooms with breakfast included - all at a great price
    Total relaxation  -  Utterly charming accommodation with sea views
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 7 years
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Elia Hotel & Spa 9 rooms from $111

    Ano Vouves, Crete

    This small, rustic spa retreat offers peace and quiet in the Cretan hills. With a pool and a good traditional restaurant, it's the kind of cosy cocoon that some guests won't want to leave, but for those who do the bright lights of Chania are a short drive away.

    Spa breaks  -  Sauna and hammam
    Sights nearby  -  Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa. Ancient Olive Tree Museum and world's oldest olive tree a short walk away
    Great walks  -  Easy-going walks on the doorstep, challenging treks nearby
    Spa  -  Spa treatments including mud massage and aromatherapy
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Galaxy Hotel 127 rooms from $88

    Heraklion, Crete

    Great value and fabulously friendly, this recently refurbished hotel in an upmarket part of town has a huge freshwater pool and smooth-as-silk service.

    Architectural  -  Avant garde architecture contrasting with ancient Heraklion
    Sights nearby  -  The ancient city centre is a short walk away
    Swimming Pool  -  Huge freshwater swimming pool - the largest in Heraklion
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Villa Kynthia 5 rooms from $117

    Panormos, Crete

    Families with children of all ages love this stylish, family-run hotel that hides itself on a quiet street just moments away from the beach in a low-key village resort. Cool rooms with canopied beds appeal to romantic couples too.

    Sights nearby  -  Arkadi Monastery - dating to 5th Century
    Local markets  -  Margarites - Pottery making village
    Birdwatching  -  The White Mountains
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Yiannis Retreat 5 rooms from $42

    Sitia, Crete

    A charming self-catered retreat set in cascading tropical gardens. Charming stone villas with private kitchenettes and outdoor dining are dotted around the grounds. Guests are provided with a selection of home made jams and spices. A short walk from the beach, this is a perfect holiday hide out.

    Families  -  Self-catering, with plenty of great restaurants nearby takes the fuss out of meal time. And plenty of activities!
    Local markets  -  Visit shops and markets in Sitia
    Sights nearby  -  Toplou Monastery
    Full of character
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  • Eleonas Traditional Houses 20 rooms from $117

    Crete

    Stone cottages with classic furniture set amidst beautiful scenery. An on site restaurant and cafe serves local products. Cooking classes, archery lessons and wine tours available. Their sun terraces offer wonderful views, perfect to enjoy a sundowner drink.

    Active Holiday  -  Hiking trails passing through historical sites, archery, climbing or biking
    Families  -  Special playground for children and a separate pool
    Sights nearby  -  Several archaelogical sites and old monastries in the region
    Birdwatching  -  The lakeside is home to a variety of birds
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Villa Ippocampi 13 rooms from $104

    700 14, Crete

    Family run and family friendly. Thirteen stylish suites nestled in a hilltop location within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. A poolside cafe serves breakfast and light snacks. Rooms offer a balcony with either garden or sea views. Small and cozy and created with love!

    Eco break  -  The hotel relies on solar power for hot water, an eco friendly pool cleaning system and sewage management
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located, perfect to explore lesser known beaches nearby, and visit restaurants and local shops
    Families  -  Lovely for families, all rooms have kitchenettes and sofa beds for extra sleeping space
    Diving  -  Dive and explore the crystal clear waters of this island
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Mourtzanakis Residence 8 rooms from $93

    Crete

    Perched on a hill in the quiet and peaceful village of Achlada. Features balconies in rooms, sit out terraces and an outdoor pool to soak in the ocean views. Contemporary interiors, fireplaces and a small kitchenette. Popular with young couples, families and group seminars.

    Back to Nature  -  Set in a village surrounded by beautiful scenery and close by to 4 different beaches. An ideal place to enjoy nature.
    Families  -  Villas with 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathrooms and fireplace.
    Great walks  -  Walks into the neighbouring historical villages, to monuments and medieval convents
    Diving  -  Great for experienced divers
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Kapsaliana Village Hotel 17 rooms from $167

    Arkadi, Crete

    A renovated 18th century olive press mill with simple Cretan architecture. Stone walls, arches and wooden beams combined with minimalistic chic interiors. Rooms feature comfy beds, sofas and private terraces with views. Contemporary greek cuisine at the restaurant and an outdoor pool. Heaven.

    Romantic Break  -  Located on the beautiful island of Crete, stylish rooms, fresh food and great service. Perfect for couples.
    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by large olive groves with sweeping views of the outstandingly beautiful countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Guests must visit the Palace of Knossos, a fascinating and historic sight.
    Great walks  -  This is certainly the most beautiful way to explore the island.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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It's difficult to recommend the best places to stay in Crete because this largest of the Greek islands has such varied appeals! Archaeology and mythology go up against inviting seas and sandy beaches. The rugged, traditional interior contradicts the bright nightlife of the capital, Heraklion. And there's so much choice! Below you'll find our pick of the best hotels in Crete, but if you're looking for a holiday villa or apartment, we suggest you visit our online booking partner, booking.com.

Visitors come just to see the Minoan palace at Knossos - home of the minotaur and his labyrinth. But that's only the start of Crete's list of ancient treasures:

Heraklion is closest to Knossos, making it the best place to stay in Crete for many. It's also close to the ancient Minoan villa of Vathypetro and its wine press. And the Historical Museum of Crete and Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Heraklion is also where to come for the nightlife, not just for shopping, bars and dancing, also for enjoying renowned local cuisine. The long waterfront brims with hectic life, and the historic centre hums with busy charm.

Chania is the best place to stay in Crete if you want to visit Polyrinia, one of the most fortified towns in ancient Greece. It's also home to a historic market and impressive Archaeological Museum.

Chania's harbour is magnificent, and it's easy to see why the Venetians and Turks built their great and beautiful cities here. In addition to the beautiful Old Town, Chania also has a Naval Museum and several other museums. And loads of interesting churches. And an olive press. Perfect for culture vultures!

Crete is a naturally diverse beauty. She's got rugged mountain ranges, slicing gorges and fertile plains. And those beautiful beaches. The southern coast is the best place to stay in Crete if you're looking for your own quiet cove or stretch of bright blue ocean.

But of course Crete is also great if you just want a cheap, fun, sunny break! The properties listed below start from as little as £45 a night!

Don't forget that the island is incredibly busy during the peak summer months, so if you want to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Crete, do yourself a favour and book well ahead.

Best places to stay in Crete

For Ancient Treasures

  • History buffs may appreciate Metohi Kindelis, an antique Venetian farm converted into manor-house-hotel.
  • Rethymnon has the old Venetian port and the Mythos Suites, making it perfect for naval enthusiasts.

Best for Hikers and Landscape Artists

  • Milia Village is an amazing group of old houses in a remote mountain eyrie. Only 13 rooms with communal kitchen and dining. Book here if you want to experience Crete's hiking culture.
  • Hidden in a valley, the White River Cottages are ideal if you want to feel like you're on your own. But you also want to enjoy some traditional holiday facilities - like a pool and local tavernas 15mins walk away.

Secluded Beach Breaks

  • For the ultimate in tranquility you'll want to stay at Aspros Potamos. A collection of traditional stone cottages house ten basic rooms where mod. cons. are limited, but beachside beauty is abundant.

Heraklion

  • Discrete and private, Out of the Blue Capsis Elite is five hotels in one resort, with standards starting at 'luxury design' and peaking at 'oligarch chic'.
  • Amirandes is chic and new. It's got its own beach, palm fringed private pools and five restaurants. It's also got a spa and kid's club. Making it the place to relax in style.

Chania

  • Casa Delfino, a 17th Century mansion in the old quarter, is classy but not snooty. And gives you access to all the local treasures.
  • Nostos, also in the heart of the Old Town, is one of the cheapest and best places to stay in Crete! Colourful studios with great views. And a shared roof terrace. What more do you need?

For holiday villas and apartments

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a villa or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner, booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Crete for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Crete, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice.