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  • Yiannis Retreat 5 rooms from $43

    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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  • Aspros Potamos 10 rooms from $43

    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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  • Porto Antico 11 rooms from $74

    Chania (Crete)

    Built in 1659 Porto Antico is a stay amidst history. Location, service and price are this waterfront hotel's big selling points. For those looking for a short break in the heart of Chania, or a base for exploring, it offers an excellent compromise between style and affordability.

    Families  -  Family suites and even the dog is allowed - plus you're walking distance from the beach
    Value chic  -  Excellent value for such facilities - a no brainer
    Local markets  -  The Old Town's bustling market are a must
    Great walks  -  Under a kilometre from Golden Beach
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  • Bozzali Hotel 10 rooms from $78

    Chania (Crete)

    Cloistered hideaway on a narrow, bougainvillea-lined lane in one of Chania's quietest enclaves. Ideal for anyone looking for a calm retreat within easy walking distance of its shopping streets and sights. Acclaimed restaurant is a bonus for foodies. What it lacks in mod-cons it makes up in charm.

    Local exploring  -  Chania Town is on your doorstep and the beach is but a ten minute walk
    Value chic  -  A quaint little property in the heart of town at an inviting price
    Foodies  -  Bozzali restaurant is a favourite with tourists and locals
    Great walks  -  The old Venetian Harbour is within walking distance
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  • Vilelmine Hotel 10 rooms from $80

    Chania (Crete)

    Gracious 19th century townhouse overlooking a palm-lined square and Chania's grand Panagia Trimartiri cathedral. Providing whimsical interiors - four-poster beds and juliette balconies - for visiting couples as well as practical family suites. Excellent value and a great location.

    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from Chania's harbour, shops and cafes, and the beach
    Value chic  -  Utterly charming accommodation at an inviting price
    Local markets  -  Chania's myriad of market stalls, shops and cafes are on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Walk along the Venetian Harbour to the old lighthouse
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  • Vamos Traditional Village 51 rooms from $86

    Chania

    A shining example of how to do low-impact tourism. Vamos is a collection of locally owned self-catering accommodation in and around a sleepy village. Interiors are comfortable and rustic and many feature private pools. Stunning views of the White Mountains are thrown in too. Ideal for families.

    Families  -  Private villa accommodation, perfect for families
    Value chic  -  Charming villas available at an inviting price
    Cooking classes  -  Traditional cooking courses housed in an old olive mill are a popular activity
    Local markets  -  Pop into nearby Chania (just 30 minutes drive)
  • Hotel Porto Loutro 23 rooms from $75

    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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  • Casa Vitae 8 rooms from $79

    Rethymno

    A historic castle guesthouse with original Ottoman-Venetian architecture. Traditional rooms and suites have wooden floors, stone walls, and four poster beds. A romantic choice, full of character, great value, and walking distance to beaches, restaurants and museums.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Minutes away from the archaeological museum, Venetian harbour and Fortessa
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Veneto Hotel 10 rooms from $80

    Rethymno

    A gorgeous rustic hotel with a fantastic restaurant. Suites and studios (with fridges) have stone walls, wooden beams and cast iron beds. Lovely balconied courtyard and lots of charm. A quaint spot for foodies or romantic breaks.

    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Rethymno's Old Town
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Cretan cuisine
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Ionas Boutique Hotel 9 rooms from $97

    Chania (Crete)

    Tucked away on a pedestrian square full of potted shrubs and flowering trees, five minutes walk from Chania's Venetian harbour, Ionas Boutique Hotel suits couples and single visitors looking for a quiet haven from which to explore the old town. Rooms range from comfortable to luxurious. Good value.

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for exloring Chania's Old Town
    Local markets  -  Chania's thriving market stalls are within walking distance
    Full of character
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  • Alcanea Boutique Hotel 8 rooms from $99

    Chania (Crete)

    It's all about attention to detail at Alcanea. Literally a stone's throw from the harbour, rooms enjoy superb views. Café society is on your doorstep, so hip couples will love it plus there's a trendy bar and sumptuous local breakfast on offer. Chic interiors for the trendy traveller.

    City Style  -  Ethnic, chic interiors in a prime location
    Sailing  -  Embark on one of Captain Nick's glass bottom boats
    Great walks  -  Just a 300m stroll to Nea Chora beach
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Milia Village 14 rooms from $84

    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
  • Swell Boutique Hotel 28 rooms from $86

    Rethymno 741 00

    One bedroom suites come with a separate living room and offer great views over the ocean. Interiors are chic, contemporary and comfortable. There is a smart restaurant and bar. Free wifi throughout and an outdoor pool area with terrace. A classy, modern hotel.

    Local exploring  -  Moments away from the city with all important historical sights and supermarkets, restaurants and bars
    Beach Life  -  A beachfront hotel. Every room comes with a balcony/sit-out terrace with views of the Cretan Sea.
    Romantic Break  -  Elegantly decorated rooms with balconies, in-room dining and some with hot-tubs
    Local markets  -  Several shops within walking distance from the hotel
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  • Galaxy Hotel 127 rooms from $90

    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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  • Lato Hotel 79 rooms from $91

    Heraklion

    One of the town's more modern designer hotels. Contemporary lines and trendy minimalist living areas. Spacious rooms and suites with balconies and sea views. Three good restaurants, gym, spa and meeting rooms. A modern choice.

    Views  -  Wonderful views over the Venetian fortress and Cretan Sea
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Heraklion Old Town
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • White River Cottages 13 rooms from $92

    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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  • Splanzia Hotel 8 rooms from $94

    Chania

    A traditional hotel with lots of rustic charm. Elegant rooms have stone floors, wooden furniture, and private balconies. Gorgeous terraces and courtyard. Cosy bar and walking distance to restaurants. Great value in a central location.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Byzantine monasteries of Ayia Triada.
    Great walks  -  Samaria gorge.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Mourtzanakis Residence 8 rooms from $95

    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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  • Pandora Suites 14 rooms from $96

    Chania (Crete)

    This townhouse turned boutique self-catering option has fabulous harbour views from the pretty roof terrace. The rooms are light and breezy, and generous with two or four beds. Enjoy the luxury of a mini kitchen for self-catering. Great spot for local exploring, beach and nightlife. Family friendly!

    Local exploring  -  Situated right in the old town, within easy walking distance of the port and the main shopping and eating spots.
    Groups  -  These spacious and charming self catering apartments, of 2-4 beds, are ideal for groups travelling together.
    Great walks  -  Wander the streets of Chania’s Old Town, full of hidden treasures and charming spots.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the historic Venetian Harbour and its famed lighthouse.
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  • Nostos Hotel 12 rooms from $105

    Chania (Crete)

    These colourful and simple self-catering apartments are in the hub of the Old Town of Chania. Good value studio rooms with views of the harbour make for a great base. Do not miss sunset from the roof terrace before stepping out to explore the local restaurants and bars.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the historic old town, full of historic buildings, food markets and jewllery shops.
    Sights nearby  -  The stunning Venetian harbour and lighthouse can be seen from the terrace and is a short walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Just a few minutes walk from the main markets and leather shops of the old town.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Rimondi Estate 21 rooms from $106

    Rethymno

    A luxury contemporary classic hotel moments from the beach. A collection of stylish rooms, suites and maisonettes all with lots of natural light, some with private hot tubs, balconies and big open spaces. Wonderful spa and roof top pool area. A romantic spot, yet very family friendly.

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in Rethymno Old Town
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool
    Private Hot Tub
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Villa Ippocampi 13 rooms from $107

    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
  • Elia Hotel & Spa 9 rooms from $113

    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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  • Ontas Fatma Hanoum 6 rooms from $139

    Chania (Crete)

    It's all about the vibe at Ontas Fatma Hanoum. No cliché blue and white paint here, but an ice-cream palette that wouldn't look out of place in Havana or Marrakech. Bohemian hipsters feel right at home. The roof terrace and colourful bar are a real draw - as is the food! A unique little find.

    Local exploring  -  Set back just two streets from the harbour it is perfectly situated for exploring Chania's Old Town
    City Style  -  Chic and centrally located - the utmost in boutique style
    Sights nearby  -  Etz Hayyim Synagogue is just a few steps away
    Sailing  -  Glass bottom boats are available to charter
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  • Avli Lounge Apartments 12 rooms from $118

    Rethymno

    Exceptionally luxurious boutique hotel with an award-winning restaurant and beautiful rooms. Romantic rooms and suites meld rustic chic with modern art. Eclectic living areas and fabulous food. Romantic, gourmet, lots to do around.

    Foodies  -  Acclaimed restaurant.
    Luxury
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of Old Rethymno
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Eleonas Traditional Houses 20 rooms from $120

    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 Kynthia 5 rooms from $120

    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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  • Aldemar Royal Mare Village and Thalasso 385 rooms from $149

    Anissaras (Crete)

    A vast contemporary beach resort with all the trimmings, lush grounds, four pools and private beach area. Rooms mirror the outdoors, blue and breezy, some suites come with terraces and pools. Enjoy the many dining options, good spa and lots of activities - tennis, water sports and nearby nightlife.

    Romantic Break  -  Fine dining and sunset walks hand in hand meet luxorious suites with private plunge pools, plush beds and romantic sea views.
    Cooking classes  -  Resident chef George Hatzopoulos gives free weekly cooking classes on traditional Cretian food.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Mythos Suites 15 rooms from $128

    Rethymno (Crete)

    This boutique self-catering setup is a peaceful and friendly haven in the heart of Rethymnon. Light and comfortable rooms have private balconies, small kitchens and access to lovely breakfasts. Enjoy the small pool and the closeness to the action.

    Value chic  -  This charming ivy covered hotel is great value for money, with airy, chic rooms boasting private balconies and counrtyard pool.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to check out the historic and impressive Venetian Fortress, within a few minutes walk of the hotel.
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning outdoor pool
    Full of character
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  • Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel 8 rooms from $174

    Chania (Crete)

    Small waterfront hotel that stands out from the Chania old town crowd by virtue of slick modern décor, up-to-the minute facilities and a level of professional service that you'd expect from a larger luxury hotel. Ideal for couples after a romantic getaway (children are not accommodated).

    City Style  -  Right in the midst of Chania harbour with views across to its lighthouse
    Romantic Break  -  Chic rooms, rooms with views and best of all - grown ups only!
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at this hotel
    Great walks  -  Along the harbour and Old Town
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  • Monastery Boutique Hotel 6 rooms from $178

    Chania (Crete)

    The ancient arches and stone walls of this former monastery's entrance courtyard belie the slick, minimalist public spaces and bedrooms within. With its own off-street parking (rare in Chania's old town), it makes a fabulous base for explorers. A charming courtyard garden completes the package.

    City Style  -  An unique monastery conversion in the centre of town
    Local exploring  -  Chania Town is on your doorstep
    Diving  -  Glass-bottom boat and snorkeling cruises from Chania harbour are a great activity
    Great walks  -  Chania Old Town and its harbour are within view
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  • Minoa Palace Resort and Spa 254 rooms from $156

    Chania (Crete)

    A modern North Western Crete resort and spa, surrounded by acres of lush landscaped gardens. The modern rooms boast private balconies overlooking the bay, gardens or pool. There are many dining options from Greek to Italian and the four bars serve up wonderful cocktails.

    Families  -  Parents chill by the pool while the youngsters make the most of the kids club, childrens playground and entertainment staff.
    Total relaxation  -  Relax to the max with hot tub, hammam, sauna, aromatherapy treatments and hot stone massages.
    Swimming Pool  -  Luxury Indoor and outdoor pools
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • La Maison Ottomane 3 rooms from $160

    Chania (Crete)

    Staying in this restored Venetian mansion is more like being a guest in a rather splendid private home than in a hotel. With just three bedrooms, La Maison Ottomane appeals to those looking for a peaceful cocoon in a quiet corner of the old town.

    Hideaway  -  A homely abode in a peaceful part of town
    Sailing  -  Organise a private boat tour
    Great walks  -  Botanical Gardens
    Fishing  -  Fishing trips
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  • Castello Resort & Spa 48 rooms from $164

    Sissi (Epar.Od. Sisiou, Ag)

    A luxurious resort located in a beautiful seaside village of Crete. Large rooms with contemporary decor, come with private pools to boot. Boasts of an award winning spa this adults only hotel means total relaxation. Leave feeling rejuvenated.

    Weddings  -  Cater to private events such as small vow ceremonies, a full blown wedding or any other personal gatherings
    Spa breaks  -  Advanced spa technology featuring a Zero 1 Bed and other customised aroma-therapies by experts
    Swimming Pool  -  An outdoor and indoor pool for guests
    Restrictions on children
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Kapsaliana Village Hotel 17 rooms from $171

    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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  • Minos Beach Art Hotel 129 rooms from $183

    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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  • Ambassador's Residence 9 rooms from $239

    Chania (Crete)

    A blend of serious style with accessibility for guests with mobility issues - unusual in Chania. Housed in a 19th century mansion, Ambassador's Residence is an amalgamation of old and new - rustic style meets modern amenities with exposed stone and espresso machines. Boasts prime harbour views.

    Local exploring  -  You won't find a better location - overlooking Chania's harbour and stumbling distance from its bars and cafes
    City Style  -  Chic, spacious interiors allow you to experience Chania on your doorstep
    Local markets  -  Chania's Saturday market is a thriving affair
    Sailing  -  Charter a private boat for a romantic dinner
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  • Casa Delfino 24 rooms from $202

    Chania (Crete)

    Beautifully restored 17th Century Chania mansion, in the heart of town. Venetian style grandeur, with contemporary opulence in all the unique 22 suites. Intimate and luxurious with fantastic views and a great spa. Walking distance to Chania's best restaurants and main attractions. A charming haven.

    Honeymoons  -  The honeymoon suite oozes romance with sumptuous linens, roof terrace boasting panoramic views of the harbour and a jacuzzi tub.
    Total relaxation  -  A pampering massage, followed by a steam in the Hammam are sure to work off all that sight seeing stress.
    Great walks  -  The harbour is a fantastic spot for an evening stroll, full of activity all the way down to the lighthouse.
    Local markets  -  Chania has plenty to offer with tonnes of leather and jewellery shops plus its famed covered fod market.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Caramel Boutique Resort 69 rooms from $242

    Rethymno

    Luxury resort with lots to offer families with children of all ages, but not overrun by kids. On a long stretch of sandy best close to Rethymnon – Crete's cutest town - Caramel is around an hour from Heraklion and Chania airports.

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor "confetti" pool - Large seawater pool with Jacuzzi, lily-pad designer sun loungers, day beds.
    Sights nearby  -  Just minutes from Rethymno's ancient Venetian Harbour
    Kids Club  -  The hotel has plenty to keep all ages occupied.
    Spa  -  Elixir Spa and ayurvedic treaments
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  • Metohi Kindelis 3 rooms from $203

    Chania (Crete)

    Beautiful terracotta farmhouse dating from 1650, with central courtyard and lush gardens. Stunning self catering apartments marry old and new with admirable elegance. Fridges are daily stocked with wonderful organic produce from the hotels orchards. Privacy, style and a truly homely feel.

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in a secluded walled garden, brimming with flowers, palms and euclyptus trees and surrounded by lush organic orchards.
    Romantic Break  -  A wonderfully peaceful couples hideaway, with high walls surrounding private gardens with pool and al fresco dining, heaven!
    Cooking classes  -  Join the Tastes of Crete cooking class, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, followed by a lavish wine filled lunch.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Chania, with its lovely Venetian-era fishing harbour ringed with cafes and tavernas.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Out of the Blue Capsis Elite 490 rooms from $212

    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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  • Elounda Bay Palace 152 rooms from $222

    Elounda

    Impressive luxury resort, totally insulated from the outside world in semi-tropical gardens. Large rooms offer mountain views or sea views from the large glass windows. Suites have private pools. An epic choice of restaurants and bars. Lovely beaches, ideal for a romantic break or family holiday.

    Families  -  The young ones are kept happy with loads of activities at the kids club and playground, while the parents get time to relax.
    Active Holiday  -  Never a dull moment with mini golf, billiards, darts, tennis, scuba diving, sailing, waterskiing, fishing and more!
    Sailing  -  Either charter your own boat or take a skipper, and set sail directly from the hotel.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Domes of Elounda 83 rooms from $225

    Elounda

    A stunning hotel and spa resort on Mirabello Bay with its own private beach and dreamy views. Seamless rooms and suites with creamy furnishings, all the modern gadgetry, balconies, some with private pools. Three excellent restaurants, salt water pools and extensive spa. Luxurious.

    Child friendly  -  Numerous activities for children from tennis lessons and watersports to drawing classes.
    Beach nearby  -  Private sandy beach ideal for little children
    Romantic Break
    Luxury
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Elounda Mare 74 rooms from $273

    Elounda

    Five Star luxury that attracts some of the world's most wealthy. Private beach, yachts to charter, every watersport, golf course, enormous spa, restaurants and varying accommodation. Rooms, suites, bungalows, and separate royal suites with private pools. An indulgent choice.

    Child friendly
    Active Holiday
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa 251 rooms from $242

    Elounda

    Ultra-luxurious haven combining the best of villa and hotel facilities, with over half the villas having private infinity pools. Elegant, with private beach, fine dining restaurants and an award-winning spa. Perfection.

    Honeymoons  -  This is honeymoon stuff- blue skies, crystal clear waters, indulgent spa, luxury accomadation and sunset cruises.
    Spa breaks  -  Combining the benefits of Thalassotherapy with the commitment to luxury and personal attention.
    Sailing  -  Take a romantic sunset cruise around the coast, sip on Champagne and admire the starlite skies.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn how to cook your favourite dishes on the menu from the world class Greek chef.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Paradise Island Villas 12 rooms from $265

    Anissaras

    A super chic collection of villas in sophisticated Cretan style. Each villa has its own pool and living areas. Romantic rooms have parquet floors, four poster beds, and attractive furnishings. Excellent restaurant, lots of spa treatments. Romantic, grown-up, close to the beach, and family friendly.

    Private villas  -  12 separate villas to rent.
    Groups
    Families
    Luxury
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
  • Amirandes 205 rooms from $318

    Anissaras

    A palace fit for the legendary King Minos himself. Villas boast private pools, white on white decor and huge picture windows. Choice of nine casual and fine dining restaurants and bars. Lots of activities for couples and families.

    Spa breaks  -  Signature treatments using organic plants and extracts from Crete’s rare herbs and Ayurvedic therapies by Indian therapists.
    Fishing  -  Spend a relaxing day at sea on one of the local fishing excursions.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor, outdoor and private pools
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas 204 rooms from $267

    Elounda

    Indulgent celebrity hideaway in a fabulous location. Luxury rooms and suites make the most of the epic sea views. A range of restaurants serving excellent food from mediterranean to asian. Activities to suit all and a truly pampering spa. A benchmark for luxury on Crete.

    Weddings  -  Overlooking the deep blue Mirabello Bay, this is a fairytale location for a wedding, plus the property has its own chapel.
    Total relaxation  -  With palatial suites, private pools, pampering spa, and unbeatable service you are sure to leave relaxed and refreshed.
    Sailing  -  The resort will happily arrange boat trips to the surrounding islands.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas 107 rooms from $278

    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
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  • White Palace 237 rooms from $334

    Rethymno

    White on white interiors with accents of sea blue. Utterly chic. The former grande dame of the 'Cretan Riviera' has been given a full make-over, a new title, and a bigger, grander choice of accommodation, dining and entertainment options that seem to please couples and families from all over Europe.

    Families  -  There is a popular kid's club allowing grown ups some fun of their own
    Romantic Break  -  Utterly chic interiors with sea views - great for a romantic getaway
    Diving  -  The nearby diving school offers private lessons
    Great walks  -  Wander down to the Venetian Harbour
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  • Daios Cove Luxury Resort 300 rooms from $374

    Agios Nikolaos

    Luxury beach resort just minutes from Agios Nikolaos. Sumptuous suites and villas with cool contemporary interiors and fabulous sea views, and many with their own private pool. Private sandy beach, and fantastic facilties for all the family including luxury spa and kids club.

    Kids Club  -  Supervised kids' club for children up to 12 with a huge range of activities.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor seawater infinity pools, plus two indoor pools too!
    On the beach  -  Private beach
    Views  -  Fab sea views
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  • Elounda Peninsula 50 rooms from $391

    Elounda

    Experience luxury in abundance at this peninsular hotel with contemporary, stylish decor and sea views. All rooms come with an outdoor pool and private hot tubs. An award winning restaurant, a superb wine list and a well-known spa on site. Total bliss.

    Families  -  Family suites and private villas with pools - plus babysitting services and a kids' club
    Foodies  -  The Calypso - an award winning restaurant on site serves French gourmet cuisine
    Spa breaks  -  An award winning spa specializes in unique treatments and medicinal treatments
    Diving  -  Crystal clear waters and fascinating flora and fauna to discover
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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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.