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About Crete

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 and the rugged, traditional interior, much loved by walkers contradicts the bright nightlife of the capital, Heraklion.

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.

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 £60 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.

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.

Best for Hikers

  • 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 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 Good 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 £90 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.

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.
  • 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.

For Families

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 Activities

  • 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'.
  • 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 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.

For Romance

  • 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.

For 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.

Travel Information

  • 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 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, Holiday Autos.
  • 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 which is the best place to stay on Crete for you?

Best Hotels in Crete

  • Yiannis Retreat 5 rooms from $46

    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!
    Full of character  -  A truly Cretan hideaway, rustic & idyllic
    Local markets  -  Visit shops and markets in Sitia
    Sights nearby  -  Toplou Monastery
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  • Aspros Potamos 10 rooms from $46

    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 $76

    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 -
    Views  -  Overlooking the Venetian harbour with romantic backstreets.
    Local markets  -  The Old Town's bustling market are a must
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  • Bozzali Hotel 10 rooms from $79

    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 $82

    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
    Views  -  On the north side overlook the metropolitan town square and the south side overlook the colourful Betolo st.
    Local markets  -  Chania's myriad of market stalls, shops and cafes are on your doorstep
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  • Vamos Traditional Village 51 rooms from $89

    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
    Great walks  -  Guided walks are on offer to learn more of the local history, folklore etc.
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  • Hotel Porto Loutro 23 rooms from $80

    Loutro, Crete

    A great getaway to 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
    Sights nearby  -  Fortress of Frangokastello - 8 miles.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 7 years
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  • Casa Vitae 8 rooms from $85

    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  -  A stylishly renovated old Venetian castle house, central and great value.
    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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  • Palazzo Duca 7 rooms from $86

    Chania

    Palazzo Duca appeals to couples or singles looking for a mix of history and modern facilities, in a historic building on a quiet, car-free street near the old harbour. Service – including a permanently staffed reception & room service breakfast at no charge – is a cut above what might be expected.

    Local exploring  -  With its central location in the heart of Chania's Venetian Old town, it is perfect for exploring the area.
    Views  -  Lovely views over the old harbour from the roof terrace and balconies
    Private Hot Tub  -  The superior suite boasts a terrace with hot tub
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Chania's Old Town
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  • Veneto Hotel 10 rooms from $86

    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  -  Noted for it's fine Cretan cuisine and excellent wine list
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Rethymno's Old Town, don't miss the Venetian harbour.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Cretan cuisine
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Ionas Boutique Hotel 9 rooms from $99

    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. 100 yrds from the harbour.
    Local markets  -  Chania's thriving market stalls are within walking distance
    Full of character  -  Transport yourself to ages past.
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  • Alcanea Boutique Hotel 8 rooms from $102

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Firkas Fortress and Chania Old Venetian Harbour are within walking distance.
    Sailing  -  Embark on one of Captain Nick's glass bottom boats
    Great walks  -  Just a 300m stroll to Nea Chora beach
    Views  -  All rooms have harbour views
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  • Milia Village 14 rooms from $90

    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
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  • Swell Boutique Hotel 28 rooms from $91

    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 $96

    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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  • Cressa Ghitonia from $97

    Sitia, Crete

    A stylish cluster of carefully renovated traditional style village houses, with bijou spa in the heart of wild Crete’s countryside and close to un-crowded beaches, which will appeal to hikers, and nature lovers.

    Sights nearby  -  Sitia town is 18km away and well worth a visit
    Back to Nature  -  Beautiful beaches nearby 3 miles away.
    Views  -  Cretan Sea and mountain views
    Spa  -  Wellness centre
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  • Lato Hotel 79 rooms from $97

    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
    Spa  -  Within the wellness centre.
    Diving  -  Outsource locally.
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  • White River Cottages 13 rooms from $98

    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 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
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  • Splanzia Hotel 8 rooms from $101

    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  -  A cool vibe at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Byzantine monasteries of Ayia Triada.
    Great walks  -  Samaria gorge.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Mourtzanakis Residence 8 rooms from $102

    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 $103

    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 $112

    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 $113

    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  -  In the romantic Venetian quarter of Rethymno with an interior to match
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool with palms on the fringes.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in Rethymno Old Town
    Spa  -  Turkish bath available too.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Villa Ippocampi 13 rooms from $114

    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
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  • Elia Hotel & Spa 9 rooms from $121

    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 $142

    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
    Sights nearby  -  Etz Hayyim Synagogue is just a few steps away
    Sailing  -  Glass bottom boats are available to charter
    Great walks  -  Along the popular Golden Beach
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  • Scalani Hills 3 rooms from $126

    Skalánion, Crete

    A tranquil retreat with three accommodation suites on a picturesque winery with views over the estate. Contemporary and elegant bedrooms, decorated with earthy tones and natural materials. The winery offers cellar tours and cooking classes. A great countryside hide away.

    Cooking classes  -  Cretan Cuisine Courses
    Fishing  -  Arrange a fishing trip
    Sights nearby  -  Heraklion
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Mama Nena 4 rooms from $126

    Chania

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore Chania's charming old town
    Local markets  -  Explore the local craft shops
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Villa Kerasi 5 rooms from $126

    Crete

    Hotel Villa Kerasi is situated high up in the Cretan mountains in the village of Gavalochori. It offers chic, contemporary accommodation and each room comes with its own balcony. Alternatively you can just go ahead and book the whole place for yourselves! A classy and peaceful island retreat.

    Weddings  -  Have exclusive use of the hotel and get married on the beach at sunset or in a beachside chapel-what could be better?
    Total relaxation  -  Quiet accommodation and days spent on the beach or lounging by the pool working on your tan
    Great walks  -  The hotel offers guided tours or suggests routes for those who fancy taking advantage of the island's hiking trails
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Avli Lounge Apartments 12 rooms from $126

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  Beautifully romantic rooms & suites, Unique hot tub on the roof terrace
    Luxury  -  Truly spoiling with attention to detail
    Foodies  -  Acclaimed restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk around the old Venetian harbour with the well preserved Fortezza Castle.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Eleonas Traditional Houses 20 rooms from $128

    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
    Kids Club  -  Kid's outdoor play, indoor play area, books, DVDs & games.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Villa Kynthia 5 rooms from $128

    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.

    Full of character  -  Quaint charm with a style all of it's own.
    Sights nearby  -  Arkadi Monastery - dating to 5th Century
    Local markets  -  Margarites - Pottery making village
    Birdwatching  -  The White Mountains
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Aldemar Royal Mare Village and Thalasso 385 rooms from $152

    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.
    Kids Club  -  Mini club for kids, swimming and all sorts of activites ages 4-12.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
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  • Mythos Suites 15 rooms from $137

    Rethymno (Crete)

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

    Value chic  -  This charming ivy covered hotel is great value for money, with airy, chic rooms boasting private balconies and courtyard 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
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Antica Dimora Suites 8 rooms from $137

    Rethymno (Crete)

    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 form the Venetian harbour, there are plenty of great seaside restaurants nearby.

    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of both the beach and many of Crete's top sights
    Beach Life  -  Just a five minute walk from the beach
    Local markets  -  Craft shops and small boutiques
    Great walks  -  Municipal Gardens nearby
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  • Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel 8 rooms from $178

    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).

    Romantic Break  -  Chic rooms, rooms with views and best of all - grown ups only!
    Views  -  Views of the Old Harbour and Old Town from some of the bedrooms.
    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 $182

    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.

    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
    Local markets  -  Chania's markets are within a short walk
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  • Domes Noruz Chania 83 rooms from $160

    Chania (Agioi Apostoloi)

    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 simply wondrous stay!

    Great walks  -  Head off hiking around the stunning Samaria Gorge
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult-only
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • La Maison Ottomane 3 rooms from $171

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  100yrds to the scenic Venetian Harbour.
    Sailing  -  Organise a private boat tour
    Great walks  -  Botanical Gardens
    Fishing  -  Fishing trips
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  • Minoa Palace Resort and Spa 254 rooms from $171

    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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  • Castello Resort & Spa 48 rooms from $175

    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  -  adults only Hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Kapsaliana Village Hotel 17 rooms from $185

    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 $195

    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, 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.
    Sights nearby  -  Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Ambassador's Residence 9 rooms from $245

    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
    Sights nearby  -  Venetian harbour & Mosque of Kioutsouk Hassan
    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 $216

    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 food market.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Metohi Kindelis 3 rooms from $217

    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
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  • Out of the Blue Capsis Elite 490 rooms from $226

    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  -  in design, style and pace and service.
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing equipment and lessons are avialble.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Elounda Bay Palace 152 rooms from $238

    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 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.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Elounda Mare 74 rooms from $280

    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.

    Spa breaks  -  Each month offers the option of a particular programme, be it cleansing, massage, facials or detox
    Child friendly  -  A complete world for children from creche to dancing lessons up to football camps for teenagers
    Active Holiday  -  All watersports, tennis, gym oh and perhaps shopping?
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Amirandes 205 rooms from $280

    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.
    Sights nearby  -  The Minoan Palace of Knossos is approx 9 miles away.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor, outdoor and private pools
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa 251 rooms from $263

    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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  • White Palace 237 rooms from $322

    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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  • Paradise Island Villas 12 rooms from $283

    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.

    Local exploring  -  1km from the Traditional Cretan Villages of Koutouloufari, Old Hersonissos and Piskopiano.
    5* Luxury  -  All villas are individually designed with private pool & every comfort
    Private villas  -  12 separate villas to rent.
    Groups  -  Villas from 2 to 6 guests
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
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  • Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas 204 rooms from $286

    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.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sailing  -  The resort will happily arrange boat trips to the surrounding islands.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Domes of Elounda 83 rooms from $290

    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.
    Families  -  Plenty of activities and kid's club to keep all ages amused.
    Beach nearby  -  Private sandy beach ideal for little children
    Luxury  -  You'll want for nothing
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas 107 rooms from $297

    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  -  The retro 60's look adds an element of "cool"
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Caramel Boutique Resort 69 rooms from $365

    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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  • Elounda Peninsula 50 rooms from $367

    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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  • Daios Cove Luxury Resort 300 rooms from $448

    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!
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Agios Nikolaos Port.
    On the beach  -  Private beach
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