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20 of Crete's Best Beach Hotels

Caramel Boutique Resort

With a summer season lasting well into October — September is still considered high season — and almost tropical-warmth seas at the height of summer, Crete has one of Europe's longest beach-holiday seasons. It is hardly surprising then that there are a world-class selection of beach hotels to choose from. Our hotel experts have scoured the length and breadth of the island to bring you a collection of Crete's best beach hotels selected on their location, designs, service, and amenities. Whether you are planning a getaway with the family, a couples' escape or a luxury break — there is something to suit most tastes and budgets here. So why not browse through our collection to start planning your next beach break?

For great value

Aspros Potamos

  • Aspros Potamos offers exceptional value accommodation on the quieter southern coast, just minutes from the beach. Accommodation is in traditional stone cottages, which make the perfect base for a simple family-friendly break.
  • Hotel Porto Loutro is a hidden gem right on the beach with glorious views over the Med. It's off the beaten track, but once you get here, you won't be disappointed and doubles start from very reasonable levels.

For private beach access

Minos Beach Art Hotel

  • The modern beach resort of Aldemar Royal Mare Village and Thalasso will suit anyone who likes everything on-site and with a private beach. With over 380 rooms, four pools, a spa, watersports, tennis courts and restaurants, it’s like staying in a mini-Mediterranean village.
  • Close to Agios Nikolaos, and right on the beach, Minos Beach Art Hotel offers white-washed Minoan-style cottages with contemporary-furnished interiors — some with private pools — plus waterside dining and peaceful gardens. A romantic, stylish choice for a beach holiday.
  • Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is an ultra-luxurious haven combining the best of villa and hotel facilities, with over half the villas having private infinity pools. There's also an award-winning spa plus fine dining options. The private beach area (complete with an open-air cinema in the evenings) seals the deal.

For a rejuvenating break

Cretan Malia Park

  • A holistic approach to wellbeing underlies the luxury Cretan Malia Park 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 a farm-to-table breakfast before a bike ride. Perfect for a tranquil break.

For families

Minoan Palace Resort and Spa

  • The Minoa Palace Resort & Spa is a beachfront property for all the family with miriad facilities including kids club, playground and entertainment staff. It's a five-star option, but without the hefty price tag of some of its rivals.
  • Out of the Blue Capsis Elite is a huge property, occupying its own private peninsula. So as well as superb facilities for all the family (think amusement park and kids club for the little ones and yoga lessons and spa for the adults), it has access to three private beaches and an excellent array of watersports.

For couples

Abaton Island Resort

  • Abaton Island Resort is a glamorous property offering the utmost in luxury on Crete's picturesque coast. Accommodation is spacious and secluded while the Loft Luxury Seafront room is ideal for romantic couples with its mezzanine bedroom, outdoor whirlpool tub and private pool.
  • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas is a 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. Couples can spoil themselves with chartered yachts, tandem massages, and fine dining.

For a boutique

Domes Noruz Chania

  • Swell Boutique Hotel is a stylish modern boutique hotel with spacious one-bedroom suites complete with separate living areas and great views over the ocean. With its smart restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool — this is a grown-up stay well suited to a couples' getaway.
  • Domes Noruz Chania boasts a spectacular coastal location. This is a 5* boutique property which offers chic accommodation decorated in a typically Mediterranean fashion and all rooms with either a private plunge pool or hot tub. Fantastic food is served up and there are two bars. A spoiling option.

For local exploring

Thalassa Boutique Hotel

  • Thalassa Boutique Hotel is an exclusive beachfront property located in historic Rethymno. Rooms are traditionally dressed and the best of these have private terraces with sea views. A great jump-off point to explore local historical sites and then there's always the pool and beach to return to for a cooling dip.

For luxury

St Nicholas Bar Resort Hotel and Villas

  • Experience luxury in abundance at Elounda Peninsula with its contemporary, stylish decor and sea views. All rooms come with an outdoor pool and private hot tub. Plus there's an award-winning restaurant, a superb wine list and a well-known spa on site. Total bliss.
  • Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel is a five-star eco-hotel that overlooks the famous Mirabello Bay in Elounda. All rooms boast sea views while the best have a private terrace hot tub. Take your pick from three gourmet restaurants and bars. All the makings of a great luxury stay.
  • Nana Princess is a stunning contemporary five-star property in Hersonissos with its own private sandy beach. Almost all of the accommodation comes with a private pool, plus you'll find three fine dining restaurants, a wonderful spa and tailor-made services that are hard to beat.
  • With only 69 rooms, the Caramel Boutique Hotel is like a luxury resort hotel but with an intimate feel. Right on Réthymno beach, if offers stylish white-and-blue rooms, a palm-fringed pool, shady gazebos and plenty of watersports. Very family friendly too.
  • At the other end of the scale, the Elounda Bay Palace is a full-blown, luxury resort with two semi-private beaches, several pools, endless activities for all the family — including a kids' club, mini-golf, tennis, scuba diving, sailing — and five restaurants. As well as spacious rooms, there are bungalows and villas dotted around 20 acres of gardens.
  • Equally swish — and perhaps just that little bit smarter — the Domes of Elounda offers a private beach, a huge spa, saltwater pools plus extensive children’s activities, and plenty for grown-ups, including snorkelling (if you’re feeling active) and wine-tasting, if not! There are also three restaurants, so no chance of growing bored.
  • And if you'd like your own private pool, as well as access to a private beach, Daios Cove Luxury Resort might be just the thing. This sleek, luxury resort is close to Agios Nikolaos and offers chic villas and suites plus watersports, a luxury spa and three restaurants.

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    • Nana Princess Hersonissos 112 rooms from £472

      Total relaxation  -  Relaxation is Nana Princess's prime aim, and it boasts tailor made services and spa facilities that are hard to beat
      Romantic 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 beach
      Families  -  Superb family accommodation with some villas sleeping up to seven
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      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

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    • Aspros Potamos Lasithi, Crete 10 rooms from £65

      Back to Nature  -  This stunning area of natural beauty combines beaches and mountains covered by lush greenery, pine, olive and citrus trees
      Eco break  -  The buildings have been restored in a traditional fashion, using all natural materials and only renewable energy sources
      Great walks  -  Explore the ancient settlement of Aspros Potamos on foot, the terrain is ideal for hikers and mountaineers
      Self catering  -  Self-catering apartments (of varying sizes) include firelit lounges, kitchens, and terraces
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      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

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    • Hotel Porto Loutro Loutro, Crete 23 rooms from £61

      Total relaxation  -  Utterly charming accommodation with sea views and a no mobile policy in shared spaces creating a tranquil environment
      Full of character  -  With quarried slate or marble floors, beamed ceilings, and private balconies each room has bags of character
      Groups  -  With great value rooms this small hotel is a good option for groups of friends looking for a quiet hideaway
      Great walks  -  The island has no roads and no cars making it an ideal location for a walking holiday
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      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. See More

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    • Minos Beach Art Hotel Agios Nikolaos, Crete 129 rooms from £336

      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
      Hotel boats for hire  -  Venture out in the hotel's motorboat around the bay or day cruises to Spinalonga and Mochlos
      Artworks  -  A wealth of fine art and sculptures are scattered through the property
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      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

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    • Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Heraklion, Crete 490 rooms from £165

      Active Holiday  -  For those who want an active break there is plenty to do on-site including watersports, tennis, fishing, and scuba diving
      Families  -  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 watersports
      Hotel Entertainment  -  There's never a dull evening here with seven bars and a disco featuring live dj sets
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      Recommended 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

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    • Minoa Palace Resort and Spa Chania, Crete 254 rooms from £154

      Families  -  Parents chill by the pool while the youngsters make the most of the kids' club, children's playground and entertainment staff
      Resort  -  With activities for all, multiple pools, a spoiling spa and more - this is perfect for those who want everything onsite
      5* Luxury  -  An elegant five star with chic modern design, attentive service, and a wide choice of amenities
      Total relaxation  -  Relax to the max with hot tub, hammam, sauna, aromatherapy treatments and hot stone massages
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      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. See More

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    • Aldemar Royal Mare Village and Thalasso Anissaras (Crete) 385 rooms from £117

      Families  -  With several pools, a kids' club and plenty of activities for teens as well as tots this is a very family-friendly option
      Spa breaks  -  The resort's Thalasso spa is big, bright and modern with a wide choice of treatments this is a real lure
      Romantic Break  -  Fine dining, sunset walks, and luxurious suites with private plunge pools make this a romantic spot
      Tennis  -  The resort boasts seven red-clay tennis courts, with coaching also available it's the ideal time to brush up on your skills.
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      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

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    • Caramel Boutique Resort Rethymno 69 rooms from £344

      Romantic Break  -  For romance pick the Caramel Luxury Suite Private, which has a good-sized terrace with sea views and an outdoor whirlpool bath
      Families  -  With a spa for adults and a kids club complete with boundless activities for children, this is an ideal choice for families
      Local exploring  -  The location feels secluded, however, the attractions of Rethymnon are just 7km away
      Beach Life  -  Set directly on a stretch of sandy beach, this is the perfect beach destination
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      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

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    • Elounda Bay Palace Elounda 152 rooms from £209

      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
      Restaurant  -  Thalassa Waterfront restaurant serving delicious seafood dishes and Aretoussa Restaurant - Greek & international cuisine
      Sailing  -  Either charter your own boat or take a skipper, and set sail directly from the hotel
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      Recommended 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

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    • St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas Agios Nikolaos, Crete 107 rooms from £226

      Romantic Break  -  Spoil yourselves with chartered yachts, tandem massages, chic rooms, five on site restaurants plus cocktail bar and beach bar
      Total 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"
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      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

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    • Domes of Elounda Elounda 118 rooms from £254

      Spa  -  The spa includes an indoor seawater pool, a hammam, a sauna & steam, a frigidarium & tepidarium plus a wide range of treatments
      Resort  -  With everything you could want on-site, this is a great choice to come and simply unwind
      Families  -  Numerous activities for children from tennis lessons and watersports to drawing classes
      Beach Life  -  With a private sandy beach this is an easy choice for a beach getaway
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      Recommended 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

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    • Daios Cove Luxury Resort Agios Nikolaos 300 rooms from £533

      Active Holiday  -  Endless onsite activities such as watersports, a scuba diving centre, sailing and motor yacht rental, yoga, and tennis courts
      Families  -  There is a wide range of family friendly accommodation including villas with pools, plus on site kids club etc
      Beach Life  -  A wonderful luxury resort with its own private beach and excelllent watersports facilities
      Spa breaks  -  There is a luxury spa on site with extensive facilities for a pampering break
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      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

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    • Thalassa Boutique Hotel Rethymno (Crete) 21 rooms from £161

      Local exploring  -  Located in the historic town of Rethymno, this hotel is a great starting point for exploring local sights
      Beach Life  -  Sitting in a prime location on the seafront, you can't get a more convenient base for a beach holiday
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Monastery of Arkadi, a historic monastery which, according to tradition, was founded by Emperor Heraklion
      Local markets  -  Explore Heraklion's central market and find unique souvenirs to take home from your holiday
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      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

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    • Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel Elounda (Lasithi) 88 rooms from £162

      Active Holiday  -  With great conditions for watersports on Mirabello Bay, make this an active holiday on the water
      Hotel boats for hire  -  Enjoy a day out on a yacht; enquire to book from the hotel's fleet on Ferettis
      Honeymoons  -  Book a suite with your own private hot tub for a honeymoon with added luxury
      Beach Life  -  With its own private beach, this hotel is perfect for a seaside retreat
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      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

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    • Cretan Malia Park Malia, Crete 205 rooms from £157

      Yoga  -  Wellbeing is a key tenet of this lifestyle hotel; book onto a course of yoga classes during your stay to refocus and revitalise
      Back to Nature  -  Nestled on a secluded beach in Crete with nature-inspired interior design, book this hotel for a holistic escape from the city
      Hideaway  -  Set outside of the busy town centre, with all the amenities you need onsite, book this hotel for a tranquil hideaway holiday
      Families  -  Enjoy tailored, family-friendly experiences at this hotel, from the kids' club to the children's playroom and pool
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      Recommended 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

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    • Elounda Peninsula Elounda 50 rooms from £279

      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
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      Experience luxury in abundance at this peninsula 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. See More

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    • Abaton Island Resort Hersonissos 152 rooms from £201

      Romantic Break  -  For couples, the Loft Luxury Seafront room with mezzanine bedroom, outdoor whirlpool tub and private pool is ideal
      Contemporary  -  Expect sleek minimalist design with a distinclty Cretian feel at this luxe property
      Beach Life  -  Spend lazy days under the sun on the beautiful stretch of private beach
      Total relaxation  -  Unwind in utter tranquility and indulge yourself in the fabulous spa
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      Recommended 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

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    • Swell Boutique Hotel Rethymno 741 00 28 rooms from £217

      Romantic Break  -  Elegantly decorated rooms with balconies, in-room dining and some with hot-tubs - perfect for a romantic getaway
      Beach Life  -  A beachfront hotel; every room comes with a balcony/sit-out terrace with views of the Cretan Sea
      Local exploring  -  Moments away from the city with its historical sights, restaurants and bars
      Other Activities  -  The Venetian Harbour and the Centre of Byzantine Art are close by
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      A stylish modern hotel with spacious one-bedroom suites with a separate living room and great views over the ocean. Interiors are chic, contemporary and comfortable. There is a smart restaurant and bar and an outdoor pool area with a terrace. A classy, modern hotel. See More

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    • Domes Noruz Chania Chania (Agioi Apostoloi) 83 rooms from £364

      Romantic 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 cuisine
      Beach Life  -  Domes Noruz Chania boasts private beach access making it an easy choice for a beach getaway
      Local exploring  -  If you can tear yourself away from the beach, Chania's old town is just ten minutes away
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      Recommended 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

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    • Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Elounda 251 rooms from £426

      Beach Life  -  The property has a private beach area (complete with an open-air cineam in the evenings) - ideal for a quiet beach getaway
      Honeymoons  -  This is honeymoon stuff- blue skies, crystal clear waters, indulgent spa, luxury accomadation and sunset cruises
      Scuba course  -  The hotel offers scuba lessons plus night dives and boat dives, the perfect way to explore this beautiful coast
      Spa breaks  -  A luxe spa combines the benefits of Thalassotherapy with the commitment to luxury and personal attention
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      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

      An ultra-luxurious haven combining the best of villa and hotel facilities, with over half the villas having private infinity pools. Elegant, with a private beach, fine dining restaurants and an award-winning spa. Coastal perfection. See More

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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Tuesday, 19th July 2022