“El Greco, near Rethymno, was a pioneer luxury resort in this part of Crete and had a loyal following for more than 30 years. Reincarnated as the White Palace in 2014-2015, it now looks pristine, with a portfolio of new restaurants, bars and swanky suites. Style-wise, it lives up to its name. White is indeed the dominant theme in bright, mostly open public areas that bring the outdoors indoors, like the Mediterranean buffet restaurant and the Sunset lounge bar. In high season, this is very much a family resort. That said, with five seawater pools and a toddlers' pool, there's room for all. For ultimate privacy, choose a waterfront villa suites in a separate wing. Eating and drinking: choose from three a la carte restaurants and a new Mediterranean-fusion buffet brasserie. The Tasty Corner – offering free dining for kids and a menu that balances child-friendly favourites with healthy choices – is a bonus for families, with scaled-down chairs and tables for younger patrons.”
Written by Robin Gauldie
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The hotel is located on the seafront with direct beach access. Cretan Hospitality, delicious food and entertainment for both adults and kids.
What is there to do in the area?
Swimming - blue flag beach and numerous pools.
Entertainment from morning gym classes to evening shows, cooking classes for food lovers, table tennis, volley ball, tennis and coaching available, mountain biking, horse riding nearby, scuba diving nearby plus the Grecotel's Agreco organic farm.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Guests can enjoy generous buffet-style breakfast - including Cretan Corner, healthy and vegetarian options and an extensive international buffet with Mediterranean overtones for breakfast.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Four restaurants (Yalos Beach Club/Greek, Budoo/Thai, Fico D' India/Italian, White The Club/International).
We also recommend good restaurants in the vicinity, because we support the local economy.
Which are your most popular room types?
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
Children at White Palace enjoy a dedicated holiday programme so the adults can relax. The Grecoland Children’s Club, a scaled-down version of a Venetian harbour, has everything from a lighthouse, indoor & outdoor play areas, sand and water features and even miniature toilets. Taking a mini Greek Culture lesson through play is a unique opportunity for kids to experience the Olympic Spirit. All season, our qualified, multi-lingual personnel offer affectionate and careful supervision for children 3-12 years old for selected hours (morning/ afternoon) 6 days a week.
What message would you like to give to the Hotel Guru readers?
Ιdeal holidays for every guest.”