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It's difficult to recommend the best places to stay on Crete because this largest of the Greek islands has such varied appeals. Archaeology and mythology go up against inviting seas and sandy beaches and the rugged, traditional interior, much loved by walkers contradicts the bright nightlife of the capital, Heraklion.
Some of our Crete Collections:
- 12 of Crete's Best Beach Hotels
- 10 of the Best Luxury Hotels on Crete
- 15 of the Best Spa Hotels on Crete
- 5 of the Best Guesthouses on Crete
- 7 of the Best Self-Catering Apartments and Villas on Crete
- 7 of the Best Hotels on Crete for Walkers
- 15 of the Best Family Hotels on Crete
- Best resorts in Crete
Crete is a naturally diverse beauty. She's got rugged mountain ranges, slicing gorges and fertile plains. (ideal for those looking to get away from it all, or simply those who want a walking holiday). And those beautiful beaches.
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 €55 a night! You'll find a range of little guesthouses and B&Bs, or self catering village style options (which are often perfect for families).
Many of Crete's best beach hotels and some of the best hotels if you're looking for luxury and a spa, can be found in the popular resorts of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. But if you look carefully you can also discover some hidden gems on the lesser know South Coast, or undeveloped Lasithi in the East of the island.
What not to Miss
- 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, 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, on Crete's north west coast, is the best place to stay 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!
- Rethymno ticks all the boxes if you're in search of both culture and relaxation: it's full of well preserved Venetian and Ottoman treasures and you'll find a long, sandy beach.
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 from June to September you’ll need to book well ahead.
The Best Places to stay on Crete
For Ancient Treasures
- An historic castle-turned-guesthouse, Casa Vitae's original Ottoman-Venetian architecture makes it one of the best places to stay in Rethymno for anyone wanting to really immerse themselves in the history of the place. As well as sleeping between ancient walls, and in some cases four poster beds, you're also only minutes from the archaeological museum, the fortress and the old Venetian harbour.
- History buffs may appreciate Metohi Kindelis, 3km from the centre of Chania, an antique Venetian farm converted into manor-house-hotel.
- The Mythos Suites, situated in the centre of Rethynno, is a gem for families who want to self cater. Though you may find you don't need to use the small kitchens as much as you thought - the breakfast spread here is amazing. Friendly, clean, light and close to the historic highlights.
- 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 15 mins walk away.
- Aspros Potamos are a collection of traditional stone cottages using renewable energy sources within easy reach of beaches, mountains and walking trails.
- Cressa Ghitonia is in the remote Lasithi region of Crete, with its traditional stone houses and charming spa it provides the perfect base for walkers and nature lovers.
For Archaeology & Mythology
Crete, the home of the Gods and some of the most important Greek myths is a treasure trove of archaeological and mythical sites. The most important Minoan Palace of Knossos is located just outside Heraklion. Spinalonga Island is an easy day trip from Elounda. Here's our pick of the best places to stay in Crete if you want to explore these fascinating sites:
- The Mourtanakis Residence is a peaceful, eight room mansion in Achlada, just along the coast from Heraklion. The rooms all have balconies or terraces and there’s an outdoor pool with ocean views. Great for families.
- Scalani Hills offers lovely rural accommodation suites close to Heraklion, where you'll find the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and the archeological museum, the best in the world for Minoan art. This three room retreat has elegant suites overlooking a picturesque winery and estate.
For great value
- If you want friendly and comfortable in the heart of Chania’s Old Town, Nostos is a good bet. Rooms are studio style, but some have galleries or balconies looking out onto the harbour. And all starting from less than €85 per night.
- At Yiannis Retreat, coffee, jam, olive oil and spices are thrown in, but with the self catering option, good value comes with the territory, a lovely place to be independent.
- Add a little more to your budget you can choose a villa with a pool at Vamos Traditional Village. Here you'll find hotel style comforts and service, and there are good restaurants nearby. Very inviting.
- Porto Antico is an 11 room waterfront hotel within walking distance of the beach at Chania. Families and even dogs are very welcome, and rooms start from around £60 per night.
For a Secluded Beach Break
- 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.
- Out of the Blue Capsis Elite is actually a collection of five hotels, all perched together on one private peninsula. Each hotel has very different style and decor, from traditional to uber modern to quirky. This is a good choice if you're looking for privacy, plus there are seven restaurants and facilities galore.
- Hotel Porto Loutro, set in a car free village at the edge of a beautiful blue bay, is a romantic choice set against a backdrop of hills and mountains.
- White washed Cretan contemporary rooms and bungalows make up Minos Beach Art Hotel, right on the seafront with semi private coves and beaches, just perfect.
- Daios Cove Luxury Resort is a fabulous beach resort with it's own private sandy beach, a luxury spa and kid's club.
Here's a small selection of our family favourites, but for a full list click here.
- The choice of two of four bed suites - all which have mini kitchens, make the Pandora Suites one of the best places to stay in Chania for families. Plus the views from the roof terrace are unforgettable. Built in the 1870s this unique property is bright, light and breezy with plenty of traditional charm.
- 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.
- The Ambassador’s Residence in Chania offers a blend of style and comfort in its nine rooms and suites. Originally a 19th century mansion, this building has been refurbished to accommodate those with mobility issues. The decor is rustic meets modern with exposed stone and espresso machines.
- Along the coastline from Rethymno, the White Palace is a former grande dame of the Cretan Riviera which has undergone an incredible white-on-white make-over. This is a large hotel - there are 237 rooms - and you’ll find a choice of dining and entertainment options plus a popular kid’s club.
For an Activity Holiday
- 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', and offering more activities than you'll know what to do with!
- At Daios Cove Luxury Resort, you'll find a wonderful luxury resort with a private beach, all manner of watersports and a luxurious spa at your fingertips. Their kids club will give you some breathing space to have some adult time.
- Elounda Bay Palace offers watersports, scuba diving, sailing and tennis to keep you busy. Suites have private pools plus there's a choice of fabulous restaurants and bars, and semi-private beaches complete the romantic recipe.
- Elounda Mare is designed with total luxury in mind. It's the perfect location for private yacht charter, all watersports, tennis, golf, and a luxurious spa to complete the experience.
For all out luxury
Crete has a wide range of luxury accommodation - you can find a full list of our five star picks here.
- Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas boasts an amazing location with sea views to die for. There's acitivites and spa to please all ages plus excellent mediterranean to asian cuisine, private suites and villas - it's the ultimate in luxury.
- Each villa has it's own pool and private space at Paradise Island Villas. It's a truly romantic and grown up resort, but family friendly too.
- Elounda Mare has five star accommodation and every beachside activity you can imagine, a James Bond style spa and plenty of culinary choice in the seven sea or pool side restaurants.
- If you're looking for somewhere really special to stay consider 17th Century Venetian mansion, Casa Delfino. Grand in the great Venetian traditions, but also opulent by modern ones, this 24 room townhouse is right in the heart of the Old Town.
Prefer a self-catering Apartment or Private Villa?
- If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.
- Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is about five kilometres outside Heraklion, and is Crete's main airport. Alternatively you can try Chania Airport, about 14kms out of Chania in the Akrotiri region. Flights into Chania are mostly domestic, but there are European charter flights during the summer months. There is also a ferry service to both Heraklion and Chania from Piraeus.
- If you want to hire a car - which we advise if you want to get out and about exploring - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- The peak season for visiting Crete is between April and October, but the best times are probably late spring/ early summer or early autumn - it’ll be a bit quieter then and the weather won’t be as scorching as it can be mid-summer!.
Still not sure?
- Refine your search to the best places to stay in Rethymno
- or consider the best places to stay in Heraklion,
- or the best places to stay in Chania,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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Best Hotels in Crete
Yiannis Retreat Sitia, Crete 5 rooms from £52Full of character - A truly Cretan hideaway with beamed ceilings and thick stone walls — each room is rustic chic and packed full of characterFamilies - With plenty of space and activities for kids to enjoy plus the option to self-cater makes this an easy option for familiesBeach nearby - Pretty Kato Zakros Bay is nearby and has tavernas serving Cretan cuisine on the beach frontSelf catering - Each room has a well equipped kichenette and there are BBQ facilities for guests to use too
A charming self-catering 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 homemade jams and spices. A short walk from the beach, this is a perfect holiday hide out. See More
Hotel Porto Loutro Loutro, Crete 23 rooms from £61Total relaxation - Utterly charming accommodation with sea views and a no mobile policy in shared spaces creating a tranquil environmentFull of character - With quarried slate or marble floors, beamed ceilings, and private balconies each room has bags of characterGroups - With great value rooms this small hotel is a good option for groups of friends looking for a quiet hideawayGreat walks - The island has no roads and no cars making it an ideal location for a walking holiday
Casa Vitae Rethymno 8 rooms from £64Boutique - Interiors perfectly mix the building's original style with contemporary rustic-chic designValue chic - A stylishly renovated old Venetian castle house, both central and great valueHistoric - The Building dates back to the late Venetian/early Ottoman periodCoastal - Nearby Preveli beach is beautiful and boasts natural spa pools
Candia Suites Heraklion (Crete) 5 rooms from £65Local exploring - Located in the heart of the old town, this hotel is a great base for local exploringRomantic Break - Couples love the luxurious beds and pretty views from the suites' private balconiesSights nearby - Visit the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of Heraklion's most famous sightsFamilies - The larger suites are great for families travelling with children
This stylish hotel offers accommodation in the centre of Heraklion. The bright, individually dressed suites have modern amenities, comfy soft furnishings and pretty balconies. In-room dining is available, or relax on the hotel's roof terrace. Great for families or couples exploring the old town. See More
Aspros Potamos Lasithi, Crete 10 rooms from £65Back to Nature - This stunning area of natural beauty combines beaches and mountains covered by lush greenery, pine, olive and citrus treesEco break - The buildings have been restored in a traditional fashion, using all natural materials and only renewable energy sourcesGreat walks - Explore the ancient settlement of Aspros Potamos on foot, the terrain is ideal for hikers and mountaineersSelf catering - Self-catering apartments (of varying sizes) include firelit lounges, kitchens, and terraces
A home-away-from-home set in a stunning rural spot with beaches, bars and tavernas a walk away. A small collection of traditional stone cottages make the perfect base for families. Self-catering and BBQ are available for all. Return to simpler times at this beautiful hideaway on Crete. See More
Vamos Traditional Village Vamos, Crete 51 rooms from £69Value chic - Offering bags of character, swimming pools, and plenty of activities - you are getting a lot for your money hereFamilies - Private self-catering villa accommodation is perfect for families looking for an independent staySelf catering - Stone cottages have kitchens, fireplaces and TVs and are decorated in a traditional styleSwimming Pool - For a little extra luxury, book one of the villas with a large private pool
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. See More
White River Cottages Lasithi, Crete 13 rooms from £75Romantic 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 amazing landscape on foot, full of olive groves, citrus trees and lovely landscapes.Sights nearby - Walk down through the olive groves to Makriyialos, the prettiest town on this stretch of coast.Recommended by - I Escape
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. See More
Porto Antico Chania (Crete) 11 rooms from £75Local exploring - With the Venetian harbor, the lighthouse, “Firka” Fortress and “Giali Tzamisi” all on the doorstep, there's plenty to do locallyFamilies - With spacious self-catering apartments and the beach nearby this is an easy choice for families (the dog is welcome too!)Self catering - All the apartments have a fully equiped kitchen and there's a welcome mini fridge in all the roomsValue chic - With chic modern design and a waterfront setting, this property is very well-priced
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. See More
Cabanon Concrete Retreat Kamára, Crete 2 rooms from £78Romantic Break - The hotel's stylish, one-bedroom cabins are designed for couples, with a romantic private terrace offering views towards the seaTotal relaxation - There are no distractions at this hotel, just beautiful scenery and a comfortable suite, the perfect recipe for total relaxationHideaway - Set on a secluded hillside outside the village of Dermitziana, this hotel is the perfect island hideaway holidaySights nearby - Take a day trip to the beautiful Balos lagoon on the Gramvousa peninsula, 30 minutes’ drive plus a short hikeRecommended by - I Escape
Unplug and relax on a retreat to this minimalist sanctuary, tucked away on a hillside overlooking the coast in Crete. Concrete guest cabins have equipped kitchens and a sit-out terrace with beautiful views of the landscape. This distinctly modern hotel inducts guests in the art of doing nothing. See More
Rimondi Boutique Hotel Rethymno 20 rooms from £82Beach nearby - Located near an enormous swathe of sandy beach - you are getting the best of both worlds here with both culture and beach nearbyHistoric - Set across two original buildings in the heart of the historic centre, this property has a real sense of placeRomantic Break - The palazzo offers a very romantic setting but for something a little extra pick the indulgent Spa SuiteFamilies - The maisonettes that sleep four are a great choice for small familiesRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
A small luxury hotel set across two original buildings in historic Rethymno. A collection of stylish rooms, suites & maisonettes feel traditional yet fresh. The best have private hot tubs and balconies. There is a spoiling spa and a chic rooftop pool area. A romantic spot, yet very family-friendly. See More
Vilelmine Hotel Chania (Crete) 10 rooms from £82Views - On the north side windows overlook the metropolitan town square and the south side they overlook the colourful Betolo StValue chic - Utterly charming accommodation plus a great location offered at an inviting priceLocal exploring - Walking distance from Chania's harbour, shops and cafes, and the beachBeach nearby - Well positioned just 800m away from the Blue Flag beach of Nea Chora
A gracious 19th-century townhouse overlooking a palm-lined square and Chania's grand Panagia Trimartiri cathedral. Offering whimsical interiors - four-poster beds and Juliette balconies - for visiting couples as well as practical family suites. Excellent value and a great location. See More
Nostos Hotel Chania (Crete) 12 rooms from £82Families - Quadruple rooms and a laidback feel make this a great choice for families (the dog is very welcome too!)Local exploring - Ideally located for exploring the historic old town, full of historic buildings, food markets and shopsFull of character - Enter the charming traditional rooms through blue painted doors set on terraces lined with flowersLess £ - With rooms starting at under 100 Euros this is a well-positioned and well-priced base
Pandora Suites Chania (Crete) 14 rooms from £84Museums - For the culture vultures both the Achaeological Museum of Chania and the Nautical Museum of Crete are within walking distanceLocal exploring - Situated right in the old town, within easy walking distance of the port and the main shopping and eating spotsGroups - The spacious and charming self-catering apartments (2-4 beds) are ideal for groups travelling togetherLess £ - With accommodation starting below the 100 Euro mark, this is a great option for a good value stay
Galaxy Hotel Heraklion, Crete 127 rooms from £86Families - Interconnecting rooms, the large pool, and a policy of kids under 5 stay for free make this a good family optionValue chic - With fresh modern design and five-star amenities, this is a luxury stay offered at very good ratesGolf - Reduced green fees and priority tee times at the 18 hole PGA Crete Golf Club in HeronissosArchitectural - Avant garde architecture contrasting with ancient Heraklion
A great value five star hotel offering fabulously friendly service and sleek modern design. Located in an upmarket part of town, the sites are all easily accessible. With a huge freshwater pool and two restaurants to choose from, this is a convenient base for all travellers. See More
Scalani Hills Skalánion, Crete 3 rooms from £87Designer - Expect chic contemporary design with sharp lines and swathes of glass juxtaposing against natural materialsLocal exploring - The important archaeological site of Knossos is under 10km away making this a great base for those visitingWine tasting - Set within its own winery, there is ample opportunity for tastings plus courses are offeredGroups - With just three rooms, this is ideal to take in its entirety as a group of friends
A tranquil retreat with just three suites on a picturesque winery with views over the estate. Contemporary and elegant bedrooms are decorated with earthy tones and natural materials. The winery offers tastings and courses. Well suited to a relaxing hideaway or to explore Heraklion and its surrounds. See More
Avra City Hotel Chania (Crete) 22 rooms from £87City Style - Located in the heart of Chania in a landmark building, this hotel has plenty of city styleRomantic Break - Couples love the luxurious hotel beds and the cosy bar; great room service is also a plusHideaway - With a serene interior patio and cosy bar, this hotel is a perfect city hideawaySights nearby - Visit the famous Firkas fortress and the Arabian lighthouse, two of Chania's most famous sights
This modern hotel combines contemporary design with Art Deco elegance. Located in the heart of Chania, the best suites offer private balconies and marble bathrooms. Expect high-quality service; enjoy a coffee on the quiet interior patio or relax with a drink at the cosy bar. A chic city bolt-hole. See More
Cressa Suites Rethymno Old town, 74100 5 rooms from £87Boutique - Set in a former Venetian mansion which has been beautifully converted into a chic boutiqueRomantic Break - With four-poster beds and a romantic roof terrace to enjoy a cocktail onGreat walks - Take a picnic and set off on one of the lovely coastal walks with a beautiful mountain backdropCooking classes - Enjoy a cooking class on the hotel rooftopRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A stylishly modern hotel set in a 16th-century Venetian townhouse with a pretty sun-soaked roof terrace. Interiors are fresh and minimally elegant, while rooms feature chic and simple modern furniture with an emphasis on clean lines and natural materials. A sophisticated choice and great value too! See More
Mourtzanakis Residence Crete 8 rooms from £89Value chic - The ethos here is 'less is more' with a focus on the nature around so while the villas are very comfy, they are well-priced tooFoodies - Food is a big part of the experience. The restaurant is organic and there are cooking classes and olive oil tastings tooBack to Nature - Set in a village surrounded by beautiful scenery and close by to four different beaches. An ideal place to enjoy natureFamilies - A laidback attitude, a dedicated kids' pool, and apartments to fit families make this an easy choiceRecommended by - I Escape
A small eco-hotel perched on a hill in the peaceful village of Achlada. Villas and cottages are designed using natural materials and feel fresh and contemporary. Each has a living space and a kitchenette. There's a wholesome Greek restaurant and eco-activities are organised. An escape to nature. See More
Casa Maistra Residence Rethymno (Crete) 3 rooms from £93Beach Life - Located close to the seafront, this is a great option for a beach holiday for those who prefer self-cateringRomantic Break - The romantic traditional setting and discreet private apartments make this a popular choice with couplesFamilies - Some of these apartments are designed specifically for families, with beds for children includedSights nearby - Visit the Venetian fortress Fortezza, one of the town's most famous historic sights
These seafront apartments are housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building in the heart of Rethymno. Rooms are simply dressed, allowing the building's exposed stone walls and sea views to shine through. The suites are great for families and cater to children. A traditional seaside stay. See More
Palazzo Duca Chania 7 rooms from £94Local exploring - With its central location in the heart of Chania's Venetian Old town, it is perfect for exploring the areaRomantic Break - Book one of the Superior Suites with a romantic private balcony and a hot tub for a couples' hidawaySelf catering to rent - All suites have small kitchenettes, so you can self-cater if you preferBeach nearby - 7km from Souda Bay, but the nearest beach is easily reachable on foot
Palazzo Duca appeals to those looking for a mix of history and modern facilities. Set in a historic building on a quiet, car-free street near the old harbour. Services – including a permanently staffed reception & room service breakfast at no charge. A stylish choice, well suited to couples. See More
Cressa Ghitonia Sitia, Crete 15 rooms from £94Hideaway - Charming traditional stone houses set in the remote Lasithi region surrounded by mountains and uncrowded beachesFamilies - Larger Vintage houses are best for families and have small separate rooms with bunk beds for kidsRomantic Break - Couples can rent their own one room house with a private terrace - ideal for a romantic hideawayLocal exploring - Aghios Nikolaos, town and lake are located just 20kms from the hotel
Elia Fatma Hanoum Chania (Crete) 6 rooms from £95Local exploring - Set back just two streets from the harbour it is perfectly situated for exploring Chania's Old TownRomantic Break - For couples, the suites with a private balcony and large roll-top bath are a romantic optionValue chic - With vibrant boutique design and a great location you are getting a lot for your money hereMuseums - The Archaeological Museum of Chania and its Municipal Art Gallery are on your doorstep
It's all about the vibe at Elia 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. See More
Mama Nena Chania 4 rooms from £95Families - Two of the suites (Argyri and Stella) have an additional double sofabed in a separate sitting roomLocal exploring - hardly be better placed: 1 block from the waterfront and 2 from Chania's excellent little museumsValue chic - Despite the boutique design and central location, rooms are offered at very reasonable ratesGroups - With just three rooms, this is a great option to rent in its entirety as a groupRecommended by - I Escape
Mama Nena is a charming bed and breakfast with three rooms, each on different floors with exposed oak beams, wooden floors and views of the harbour. Breakfasts are served in the cool blue kitchen dining room. The hosts have lots of local knowledge and there is plenty to do from the doorstep. See More
Spilia Village Spiliá, Crete 30 rooms from £97Country Escape - Located in an idyllic village in Crete, this hotel makes a picturesque countryside getawayRomantic Break - Couples love the hotel's romantic suites, plus the outdoor pool, spa and restaurantLocal exploring - This hotel is in a great location for local exploring in CreteGreat walks - Explore the local village and the beautiful natural landscapes surrounding the hotel on a long walk
This luxury hotel offers accommodation on the Greek island of Crete. Choose between traditional, stone-built rooms or private villas with classic interiors; book a villa for a private pool and quiet garden. Unwind at the hotel spa before dinner at the traditional taverna. A beautiful rural getaway. See More
Casa Bianca Boutique Hotel Hersonissos 20 rooms from £97Hideaway - Nestled in a traditional village, with a private pool and poolside bar, hideout here on your holidaysBeach Life - Located a stone's throw from pretty local beaches, this makes a great base for a seaside holidayRomantic Break - The quiet, romantic setting and adults-only policy makes this a popular hotel for couplesGreat walks - Walk from Hersonissos to other local villages and sample local meze in small local cafés
This four-star luxury hotel is set within the traditional village of Koutouloufari. The hotel's Cycladic facade masks modern interior design; rooms boast sleek soft furnishings in a neutral palette and the best have private terraces with sea views. Relax by the pool at this serene seaside getaway. See More
Aldemar Royal Mare Village and Thalasso Anissaras (Crete) 385 rooms from £117Families - With several pools, a kids' club and plenty of activities for teens as well as tots this is a very family-friendly optionSpa breaks - The resort's Thalasso spa is big, bright and modern with a wide choice of treatments this is a real lureRomantic Break - Fine dining, sunset walks, and luxurious suites with private plunge pools make this a romantic spotTennis - The resort boasts seven red-clay tennis courts, with coaching also available it's the ideal time to brush up on your skills.
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. See More
Elia Hotel & Spa Ano Vouves, Crete 9 rooms from £102Country Escape - Set amid olive groves and reputely located next to the oldest olive tree in the world, this is a charming rural hideawayFamilies - Very family friendly - the kids will love the pool while the larger maisonettes make excellent family roomsGreat walks - Easy-going walks on the doorstep and challenging treks nearby make this a good option for a hiking holidayTotal relaxation - With its peaceful hillside location and spoiling spa, this is a good option to come and simply unwindRecommended by - I Escape
Pepi Boutique Hotel Rethymno (Crete) 17 rooms from £103Beach Life - Well-located for accessing pretty, sandy beaches, this is a good option for a seaside stayLocal exploring - Situated within the historic town of Rethymno, this is a great base for local exploringRomantic Break - The luxurious suites and private hotel pool make this hotel a favourite with couplesSailing - Explore the beautiful coastline starting at this former fishing village; enquire at the hotel about local boat hire
This boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the historic town of Rethymno. Rooms have a rustic feel, dressed in warm, earthy hues with wood furnishings. Suites offer a separate mezzanine and kitchenette. Enjoy a drink from the bar by the cosy outdoor pool. An intimate and charming guesthouse. See More
Mythos Suites Rethymno (Crete) 15 rooms from £104Value chic - This charming ivy covered hotel is great value for money, with airy, chic rooms boasting private balconies and a courtyard poolGroups - The two-floor apartments with a separate bedroom and kitchenette which sleep four are ideal for a small groupSights nearby - Be sure to check out the historic and impressive Venetian Fortress, within a few minutes walk of the hotelBoutique - With individualised service, just 15 rooms, and elegant design - this is a charming boutique stay
Antica Dimora Suites Rethymno (Crete) 8 rooms from £104Local exploring - Within walking distance of both the beach and many of Crete's top sights including a monestery and a number of museumsHistoric - Dating back to the 19th century and packed full of family history too - this property has a real sense of placeRomantic Break - Pick one of the suites with a linen-draped four-poster bed and whirlpool tub for a romantic settingCharming - A charmingly traditional hotel with exposed stone walls and antiques
Situated in a 19th-century mansion, full of character and authentic charm. Bedrooms have exposed stone walls and four-poster beds, with balconies overlooking the sauntering street below. Just four minutes from the Venetian harbour, there are plenty of great seaside restaurants nearby. See More
Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel Chania (Crete) 8 rooms from £111Local exploring - Well positioned in the heart of the Old Town just moments from the harbour with ancient sites, museums, and restaurants nearbyRomantic Break - Pick one of the Delux Sea View rooms to enjoy views of the harbour from your bed - a romantic baseConcierge - A hands on concierge team who will help you start planning your stay before your arrivalIntimate - With just eight rooms this is an intimate base in the heart of the ancient town
A 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). See More
Villa Ippocampi Hersonissos (Koutouloufari) 13 rooms from £113Eco break - The hotel relies on solar power for hot water plus there's an eco friendly pool cleaning system and sewage managementTotal relaxation - With an adult-only policy, a laidback vibe, and a quiet location this is the perfect spot to simply unwindLocal exploring - Centrally located, perfect to explore lesser known beaches plus ancient ruinsActive Holiday - For those who want to keep busy, there are fabulous hikes in the areaRecommended by - I Escape
A small owner-run all-suite hotel nestled in a pretty hilltop location. Each suite is individually styled but all have the traditional white and blue colour palette, kitchenettes, and lovely views. A poolside cafe serves casual regional dishes. An adults-only stay, ideal for a tranquil hideaway. See More
Lato Hotel Heraklion 79 rooms from £116Value chic - With modern design, friendly professional staff, a small spa and a restaurant - you are getting a lot for your money hereRomantic Break - For a romantyic base book one of the Junior and Executive suites which have whirlpool baths and balconies with sea viewsLocal exploring - Set close to the city’s picturesque Venetian harbour with many of the city's historic and cultural attractions nearbyRestaurant - Three restaurants, one of which is a rooftop with views overlooking Heraklion's Fortress
Eleonas Traditional Houses Crete 20 rooms from £120Active Holiday - There is plenty to do in the surrounding area including hiking along trails that pass through historical sitesCountry Escape - A working farm where olive oil is produced, vegetables are grown, and there are goats and chickensFamilies - A lovely retreat for families, with lots of space, a large pool, and farm animals onsiteLess £ - With great amenities and chic design this is a very good value stayRecommended by - I Escape
A charming farmhouse offering stone cottages with classic furniture set amidst beautiful scenery. An on-site restaurant and cafe serves local cuisine (much of the produce is grown onsite). Cooking classes, archery lessons and wine tours available are all available. A charming rural escape. See More
Splanzia Hotel Chania 8 rooms from £121Local exploring - Well positioned away from the tourist scrum (yet near all the action) in the in the heart of Chania's historic Splanzia districtValue chic - With unique design, attentive service, and a great location - you are getting a lot for your money hereDesigner - Chic modern design is created by the award-winning designer Yannis YiannakakisIntimate - With just eight rooms, this owner-managed property feels chic and intimateRecommended by - I Escape
A Venetian building that's been craftily modernised creating a chic boutique stay. Elegant rooms have stone floors, wooden furniture, pops of colour, and private balconies. Impressive homemade breakfasts are served on the lovely terrace while the owner-managers are always on hand for top tips. See More
Alcanea Boutique Hotel Chania (Crete) 8 rooms from £130Local exploring - Well placed for exploring by foot with the Maritime museum nextdoor the harbour and city attractions nearbyBoutique - Friendly staff, a laidback vibe, and charming casual design make this an attractive boutique stayFamily - Interconnecting rooms sleep up to five people making this a good choice for a family breakHistoric - A thoughtfully renovated Venetian mansion with plenty of original features
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. See More
Ionas Boutique Hotel Chania (Crete) 9 rooms from £134Local exploring - Situated in a quiet and authentic section of town, with many of the city's monuments and museums within walking distanceRomantic Break - For a romantic base pick one of the split-level Superior Suites with beautiful canopied beds and plenty of characterBoutique - With plenty of history, this small boutique blends the character of the old with modern comforts seamlesslyIntimate - With just nine rooms and occupying a quiet spot, this is a tranquil and intimate hideaway
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. A chic base. See More
Galini Breeze Agia Galini, Crete 4 rooms from £134Hideaway - The discreet private studios and secluded hillside location of this hotel make it an ideal hideaway holiday destinationBeach Life - Set a few minutes' walk from an idyllic village and quiet beach, book this hotel for a tranquil seaside getawayRomantic Break - The relaxed atmosphere at this adults-only hotel make it the perfect choice for a laid-back romantic breakGreat walks - Stroll into the nearby village of Agia Galini and browse the independent boutiques that line its traditional cobbled streetsRecommended by - I Escape
This adults-only hideaway hotel is nestled on a picturesque hillside on the coast in Crete. Themed around the four main ecosystems on the island, each studio has unique artwork in addition to two private terraces. Unwind at the poolside bar with a cocktail and soak in the beautiful views. See More
Serenissima Boutique Hotel Chania 731 31 7 rooms from £148Local exploring - Close to beaches and lovely coastline walks, so there's plenty of sea-exploring to do and Chania itself is a gorgeous old townHotel boats for hire - The Yacht Club is a two-minute stroll away, at the old harbour, where you can embark on private expeditionsBeach Life - Spend lazy days on nearby Elafonissi Beach, known for its turquoise waters and pinkish sandBoutique - Interiors perfectly mix the building's original features with subtle-chic modern designRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A boutique hotel nestled down a quaint cobbled street in Chania's Old Town. True to its Venetian history, the decor is simple yet elegant, but with modern amenities. The beach is a short stroll away, with numerous others dotted along the coast- and the outstanding cuisine is bound to impress! See More
Minoa Palace Resort and Spa Chania, Crete 254 rooms from £154Families - Parents chill by the pool while the youngsters make the most of the kids' club, children's playground and entertainment staffResort - With activities for all, multiple pools, a spoiling spa and more - this is perfect for those who want everything onsite5* Luxury - An elegant five star with chic modern design, attentive service, and a wide choice of amenitiesTotal relaxation - Relax to the max with hot tub, hammam, sauna, aromatherapy treatments and hot stone massages
Cretan Malia Park Malia, Crete 205 rooms from £157Yoga - Wellbeing is a key tenet of this lifestyle hotel; book onto a course of yoga classes during your stay to refocus and revitaliseBack to Nature - Nestled on a secluded beach in Crete with nature-inspired interior design, book this hotel for a holistic escape from the cityHideaway - Set outside of the busy town centre, with all the amenities you need onsite, book this hotel for a tranquil hideaway holidayFamilies - Enjoy tailored, family-friendly experiences at this hotel, from the kids' club to the children's playroom and poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A holistic approach to wellbeing underlies this luxury Cretan resort in Malia. Set on an unspoiled beach, the resort offers bespoke suites and private bungalows with custom-made furniture and natural accents inspired by the landscape. Start the day with farm-to-table breakfast before a bike ride. See More
Castello Resort & Spa Sissi (Epar.Od. Sisiou, Ag) 48 rooms from £160Romantic Break - Couples should choose the Penthouse suite on the top floor with starry sky views from its outdoor whirlpool tubsWeddings - Cater to private events such as small vow ceremonies, a full blown wedding or any other personal gatheringsLively - The outdoor pool area transforms into a trendy spot for cocktails and music by nightHideaway - The property feels like a tranquil hideaway amidst the tourist melee of SissiRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
A luxurious resort located in Sissi. Spacious rooms and suites are simply styled with large swathes of glass and light-wood furniture. The best have whirlpool tubs or pools. There's a lovely freshwater pool and spa and while relaxation is the order of the day there's music & cocktails at night too. See More
Thalassa Boutique Hotel Rethymno (Crete) 21 rooms from £161Local exploring - Located in the historic town of Rethymno, this hotel is a great starting point for exploring local sightsBeach Life - Sitting in a prime location on the seafront, you can't get a more convenient base for a beach holidaySights nearby - Visit the Monastery of Arkadi, a historic monastery which, according to tradition, was founded by Emperor HeraklionLocal markets - Explore Heraklion's central market and find unique souvenirs to take home from your holiday
This exclusive beachfront hotel in Rethymno recently underwent a full renovation. Boasting four stars, rooms are dressed in a traditional style; premium linens complement exposed stone walls and the best suites have terraces with sea views. Take a dip in the courtyard pool; a stylish seaside hotel. See More
Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel Elounda (Lasithi) 88 rooms from £162Active Holiday - With great conditions for watersports on Mirabello Bay, make this an active holiday on the waterHotel boats for hire - Enjoy a day out on a yacht; enquire to book from the hotel's fleet on FerettisHoneymoons - Book a suite with your own private hot tub for a honeymoon with added luxuryBeach Life - With its own private beach, this hotel is perfect for a seaside retreat
This five-star eco hotel overlooks the famous Mirabello Bay in Elounda, Crete. All rooms boast sea views and Egyptian cotton sheets; the best have a private terrace hot tub and marble bathroom. Take your pick from three gourmet restaurants and bars, including a poolside bar. A luxury beach holiday. See More
Avli Lounge Apartments Rethymno 12 rooms from £164Foodies - An exceptional courtyard restaurant serving up highly acclaimed Cretan dishes paired with fine winesBoutique - Pop colours stand out against original stone in this oh-so-chic boutiqueRomantic Break - Beautifully romantic suites complete with chandeliers and object d'artSights nearby - Walk around the old Venetian harbour with the well preserved Fortezza CastleRecommended by - I Escape
Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Heraklion, Crete 490 rooms from £165Active Holiday - For those who want an active break there is plenty to do on-site including watersports, tennis, fishing, and scuba divingFamilies - With Capsis Minoan Amusement Park, a playground and a supervised pool the kids stay happy and everybody gets a holiday!Beach Life - Set on a private peninsula in Agia Pelagia, with access to three beaches and a huge array of watersportsHotel Entertainment - There's never a dull evening here with seven bars and a disco featuring live dj setsRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
An opulent resort comprising five hotels in one on a private peninsula. Highly discreet, with striking designs, each hotel is different. Plenty of suites and private villas have pools. There are seven restaurants to choose from, a kids' club, and a wide range of activities - a real crowd pleaser. See More
Villa Kynthia Panormos, Crete 5 rooms from £174Full of character - The building dates back to the 1890s and is utterly charming with bags of original character and packed with antiquesHideaway - Panormos is a small and pretty-much undiscovered village on the north coast of CreteGroups - The property has just five bedrooms making it an ideal option for a group tripBeach Life - There are two sandy (and relatively secluded) beaches within walking distanceRecommended by - I Escape
A characterful guesthouse set in a pretty and relatively undiscovered village right on the coast. Rooms are bursting with history with plenty of antiques, exposed beams, and beautiful polished wooden floors. Traditional breakfasts are served and there are two sandy beaches within walking distance. See More
Veneto Hotel Rethymno 14 rooms from £179Full of character - Boasting a magnificaent stone courtyard, high ceilings and other original features - this property is packed full of characterBeach nearby - Located just a 300m walk from the nearest beach, this is ideal for a beach getawayFoodies - A good options to sample innovative regional dishes on the chef's tasting menuHistoric - The property is one of the oldest from the Venetian era in the Old Town
Ambassador's Residence Chania (Crete) 9 rooms from £189Active Holiday - Whether you want to explore historic sites or hike, sail, and try your hand at watersports - there is plenty to do hereLocal exploring - You won't find a better location - overlooking Chania's harbour and stumbling distance from its bars and cafesHistoric - Once the private residence of 19th-century German Ambassador and with many of the original features remainingBoutique - The property has been sensitively updated mixing original features with fresh modern design
A 19th-century mansion converted into a 5* hotel set in Chania's Old Town. Once an ambassador's residence, expect an amalgamation of the old and new - rustic style meets modern amenities with exposed stone and espresso machines. With prime harbour views, this is an easy choice for local exploring. See More
Kapsaliana Village Hotel Arkadi, Crete 17 rooms from £191Eco break - Food is locally sourced and organic, everything that can be is recycled and the restoration relied on natural, local materialsFamilies - With plenty of space, an outdoor pool, and kids under 14 staying for free in parents' rooms - ideal family holiday materialTotal relaxation - The kind of tranquil hotel that is ideal for a summer getaway where all you need is a swimsuit and a good bookBack to Nature - Surrounded by large olive groves with sweeping views of the outstandingly beautiful countrysideRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A renovated 18th-century olive press mill with simple Cretan architecture. Stone walls, arches and wooden beams are combined with minimalist-chic interiors. Rooms feature comfy beds, sofas and private terraces with views. Contemporary Greek cuisine is served and there's a large outdoor pool. See More
La Maison Ottomane Chania (Crete) 3 rooms from £194Antiques - Interiors have period furnishings inspired by the Ottoman period, such as antique faded carpets and ornate headboardsLocal exploring - Set in the Old Town right besides the archaeological remains of Minoan Kydonia and moments from the Venetian harbourFull of character - The property is owned by a well-travelled collector of antiques so there are heirloom items in every roomGroups - With just three rooms, this is a great option to take in its entirety with a group of friends or family
Abaton Island Resort Hersonissos 152 rooms from £201Romantic Break - For couples, the Loft Luxury Seafront room with mezzanine bedroom, outdoor whirlpool tub and private pool is idealContemporary - Expect sleek minimalist design with a distinclty Cretian feel at this luxe propertyBeach Life - Spend lazy days under the sun on the beautiful stretch of private beachTotal relaxation - Unwind in utter tranquility and indulge yourself in the fabulous spaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A glamorous coastal property offering the upmost in luxury on Crete's picturesque coast. Accommodation is spacious and secluded, the best options have heated seawater pools, but all are utterly indulgent. The five restaurants serve a range of food from sushi to Greek and there's a fabulous spa too. See More
Elounda Bay Palace Elounda 152 rooms from £209Families - The young ones are kept happy with loads of activities at the kids club and playground, while parents get time to relaxActive Holiday - Never a dull moment with mini golf, billiards, darts, tennis, scuba diving, sailing, waterskiing, fishing and moreRestaurant - Thalassa Waterfront restaurant serving delicious seafood dishes and Aretoussa Restaurant - Greek & international cuisineSailing - Either charter your own boat or take a skipper, and set sail directly from the hotelRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
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. See More
Paradise Island Villas Anissaras 12 rooms from £215Families - Cots and extra beds are provided, there are a playground and tennis court for kids plus babysitting is availableLocal exploring - Located just 1km from the Traditional Cretan Villages of Koutouloufari, Old Hersonissos and Piskopiano5* Luxury - All villas are individually designed with a private pool and every comfort you could wantGroups - Villas sleep from 2 to 6 guests making this a great option for group getawaysRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
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. See More
Swell Boutique Hotel Rethymno 741 00 28 rooms from £217Romantic Break - Elegantly decorated rooms with balconies, in-room dining and some with hot-tubs - perfect for a romantic getawayBeach Life - A beachfront hotel; every room comes with a balcony/sit-out terrace with views of the Cretan SeaLocal exploring - Moments away from the city with its historical sights, restaurants and barsOther Activities - The Venetian Harbour and the Centre of Byzantine Art are close by
St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas Agios Nikolaos, Crete 107 rooms from £226Romantic Break - Spoil yourselves with chartered yachts, tandem massages, chic rooms, five on site restaurants plus cocktail bar and beach barTotal relaxation - Totally unwind with relaxing Poseidon Spa face and body therapies, sauna, Hammam, hot tub and cocktails!Sailing - Explore untouched beaches and coves in the hotel's 34-foot sailing boat.Full of character - The retro 60's look adds an element of "cool"Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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. See More
Casa Delfino Chania (Crete) 24 rooms from £234Honeymoons - The honeymoon suite oozes romance with sumptuous linens, a roof terrace boasting panoramic views of the harbour, and a hot tubOwner managed - Run by the sixth-generation descendent of the 19th-century Genoese Delfino family who originally built the mansionTotal relaxation - A pampering massage, followed by a steam in the hammam are sure to work off all that sight seeing fatigieSights nearby - Chania’s charming old town is worth exploring, get lost on the ancient winding roadsRecommended by - I Escape
A beautifully restored 17th-century Chania mansion in the heart of town. Venetian style grandeur with contemporary opulence in all the unique suites. Intimate and luxurious with fantastic views and a great spa. Walking distance to Chania's best restaurants and main attractions. A charming haven. See More
Legacy Gastro Suites Heraklion (Crete) 12 rooms from £237Beach Life - Located a stone's throw from the beach, this hotel is a perfect base for a beach holidayFoodies - Foodies will fall for this hotel's gastro theme, in particular the in-room food stationRomantic Break - Couples love this hotel for its beautiful sea views and cosy suitesSailing - Take a day trip to Dia Island accompanied by a gourmet picnic packed by the hotel
A five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Crete's seaside capital. Rooms are dressed in 1950s style and offer a unique gastro station where guests can sample delicious Greek cuisine; the best have king-size beds and sea views. Sample the restaurant's à la carte menu; an indulgent seafront hotel. See More
Metohi Kindelis Chania (Crete) 3 rooms from £243Back to Nature - Situated in a secluded walled garden, brimming with flowers, palms and euclyptus trees and surrounded by lush organic orchardsSelf catering - The properties are self-catering, but every day your fridge will be re-stocked with complimentary goodies for breakfast.Romantic Break - A wonderfully peaceful couples' hideaway, with high walls surrounding private gardens with a pool and al fresco diningCooking classes - Join the Tastes of Crete cooking class, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, followed by a lavish wine filled lunchRecommended by - I Escape
Beautiful terracotta farmhouse dating from 1650, with a central courtyard and lush gardens. Stunning self-catering apartments marry the old and new with real elegance. Fridges are stocked daily with wonderful organic produce from the hotel's orchards. Privacy, style and a truly homely feel. See More
Domes of Elounda Elounda 118 rooms from £254Spa - The spa includes an indoor seawater pool, a hammam, a sauna & steam, a frigidarium & tepidarium plus a wide range of treatmentsResort - With everything you could want on-site, this is a great choice to come and simply unwindFamilies - Numerous activities for children from tennis lessons and watersports to drawing classesBeach Life - With a private sandy beach this is an easy choice for a beach getawayRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A stunning resort on Mirabello Bay with its own private beach and dreamy views. Smart rooms and suites have modern furnishings, all the modern gadgetry, balconies, and some have private pools. Three excellent restaurants, salt water pools and an extensive spa complete the picture on this luxe stay. See More
Elounda Peninsula Elounda 50 rooms from £279Families - Family suites and private villas with pools - plus babysitting services and a kids' clubFoodies - The Calypso - an award winning restaurant on site serves French gourmet cuisineSpa breaks - An award winning spa specializes in unique treatments and medicinal treatmentsDiving - Crystal clear waters and fascinating flora and fauna to discoverRecommended by - Tablet
Amirandes Anissaras 205 rooms from £288Spa breaks - Signature treatments using organic plants and extracts from Crete’s rare herbs and Ayurvedic therapies by Indian therapistsActive Holiday - If you want to stay active there is plenty to choose from including tennis, fishing, watersports, mountain biking, and divingFamilies - With a kids' club, an all-day (free) kids buffet, and even little dressing gowns provided - children will feel welcome hereArtworks - One of the hotel's restaurants boasts a collection of Picasso originalsRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
The Syntopia Rethymno (Adelianos Kampos) 119 rooms from £290Beach Life - Set close to the beach on the sunny Greek island of Crete, book this hotel for a relaxed seaside getawayRomantic Break - Couples are well-catered to at this adults-only bolt-hole; book a luxury suite for a private hot tubLocal exploring - This hotel offers easy access to the heart of Rethymno, making it a great base for local exploringSights nearby - See Rethymno’s beautiful Venetian harbour and Egyptian lighthouse, located in one of the most picturesque parts of the old town
This stylish, adults-only hotel is tucked away close to the coast in Crete. Boutique rooms have a nomadic feel, with raffia light fittings, handmade rugs and rustic soft furnishings. Mingle with other guests on the poolside terrace at one of the hotel's live Greek music events. See More
Elounda Mare Elounda 74 rooms from £327Romantic Break - Enjoy couples' treatments in the spa and choose one of the suites with a private pool for an intimate stayFamilies - Although the feel is somewhat quiet, there is an excellent kids' club and a wide choice of activitiesActive Holiday - There's so much to do without even leaving the property's grounds from watersports to tennis or golfSpa breaks - Each month offers the option of a particular programme, be it cleansing, massage, facials or detoxRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
A five-star luxury hotel made up of pretty bungalows spread across a hilly cove. Expect a private beach, yachts to charter, watersport, a golf course, a Sixth Sense spa, and fine dining. Rooms, suites, bungalows, and separate royal suites boast private pools. This is an indulgent choice. See More
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas Elounda 204 rooms from £331Scuba course - Explore the crystal clear waters of Crete, with the PADI certified dive center ranging from elementary to specialised coursesTotal relaxation - With palatial suites, private pools, a pampering spa, and unbeatable service you are sure to leave relaxed and refreshedWeddings - Overlooking the deep blue Mirabello Bay, this is a fairytale location for a wedding plus the property has its own chapelHotel Entertainment - With plenty of bars and pools plus mini golf, table tennis, basketball and a bridge club there is never a dull momentRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
Minos Beach Art Hotel Agios Nikolaos, Crete 129 rooms from £336Honeymoons - A haven of tranquility with private villas with mountian and sea views, spoiling massages and haute cuisine overlooking the bayBeach Life - Set directly on the crystal clear waters, indulge in diving, sailing, fishing or simply basking on the stunning beachesHotel boats for hire - Venture out in the hotel's motorboat around the bay or day cruises to Spinalonga and MochlosArtworks - A wealth of fine art and sculptures are scattered through the propertyRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Set in an out-of-this-world location right on the Cretan seafront. A collection of understated luxury rooms and bungalows are elegantly decorated with simple white walls and minimalist artworks. Excellent Mediterranean dishes are served up in the restaurants. Ideal for totally relaxing. See More
Caramel Boutique Resort Rethymno 69 rooms from £344Romantic Break - For romance pick the Caramel Luxury Suite Private, which has a good-sized terrace with sea views and an outdoor whirlpool bathFamilies - With a spa for adults and a kids club complete with boundless activities for children, this is an ideal choice for familiesLocal exploring - The location feels secluded, however, the attractions of Rethymnon are just 7km awayBeach Life - Set directly on a stretch of sandy beach, this is the perfect beach destination
A luxury boutique hotel with quirky design and a private stretch of beach. Suites, bungalows, and villas are light and airy with large swathes of glass and a modern take on Cretian design. There's a gorgeous lagoon-style pool, a small spa, and a restaurant. A luxurious hideaway near Rethymnon. See More
White Palace Rethymno 237 rooms from £361Watersports - Banana boating, wind surfing and much more are available on the nearby beachFamilies - There is a popular kids' club allowing grown ups some fun of their ownRomantic Break - Utterly chic interiors with sea views - great for a romantic getawayLocal exploring - Well located close to Rethymnon’s museums and nightlife
A chic hotel with white on white style complete with accents of sea blue. The former grande dame of the 'Cretan Riviera' has been given a full make-over and a bigger, grander choice of accommodation. Dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers, suiting both couples and families. See More
Domes Noruz Chania Chania (Agioi Apostoloi) 83 rooms from £364Romantic Break - A beautiful location, gorgeous views, long walks on the beach and no kids around-the ideal spot for a romantic getaway!Total relaxation - Feel utterly rejuvenated with indulgent spa treatments, lazy days on the beach, and healthy cuisineBeach Life - Domes Noruz Chania boasts private beach access making it an easy choice for a beach getawayLocal exploring - If you can tear yourself away from the beach, Chania's old town is just ten minutes awayRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Domes Noruz Chania boasts a spectacular location on the coast of Crete. This 5* property offers boutique accommodation decorated in a typically Mediterranean fashion and with either a private plunge pool or hot tub. Fantastic food served up and two bars for you to try out. A spoiling stay. See More
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Elounda 251 rooms from £426Beach Life - The property has a private beach area (complete with an open-air cineam in the evenings) - ideal for a quiet beach getawayHoneymoons - This is honeymoon stuff- blue skies, crystal clear waters, indulgent spa, luxury accomadation and sunset cruisesScuba course - The hotel offers scuba lessons plus night dives and boat dives, the perfect way to explore this beautiful coastSpa breaks - A luxe spa combines the benefits of Thalassotherapy with the commitment to luxury and personal attentionRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
Youphoria Villas Chania (Kissamos 731 36) 8 rooms from £439Local exploring - These relaxing, self-catering villas are a great base for exploring the gorgeous coastline and the beautiful mountainsFamilies - With fully-equipped kitchens, a dedicated kids pool, and beaches nearby this is a good family optionBeach Life - For beach lovers, two stunning beachfront villas are available in Kissamos bayGroups - Lareger villas sleep up to seven making this an easy base for groupsRecommended by - I Escape
Sleek self-catering villas on the coast, each with a private pool and al fresco dining area with fantastic ocean views. Stylish open-plan interiors have chic furniture and are well-equipped, while rooms are fresh and minimal in aesthetic with comfy beds and fine linens. Great for couples and groups. See More
Nana Princess Hersonissos 112 rooms from £472Total relaxation - Relaxation is Nana Princess's prime aim, and it boasts tailor made services and spa facilities that are hard to beatRomantic Break - Luxury accommodation, stunning sea views, private pools, gourmet a la carte dining - what more could you want?Beach Life - A stunning luxury contemporary property with its own private sandy beachFamilies - Superb family accommodation with some villas sleeping up to seven
A stunning contemporary five star resort that will leave you wanting for nothing! Luxurious rooms, suites and villas - most with private heated pools - boast stunning views and top notch amenities. Three fine dining restaurants, state of the art spa, private sandy beach. A spoiling beach treat! See More
Daios Cove Luxury Resort Agios Nikolaos 300 rooms from £533Active Holiday - Endless onsite activities such as watersports, a scuba diving centre, sailing and motor yacht rental, yoga, and tennis courtsFamilies - There is a wide range of family friendly accommodation including villas with pools, plus on site kids club etcBeach Life - A wonderful luxury resort with its own private beach and excelllent watersports facilitiesSpa breaks - There is a luxury spa on site with extensive facilities for a pampering break
Luxury beach resort just minutes from Agios Nikolaos. Sumptuous suites and villas have 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 a luxury spa and kids club. See More