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Crete’s top hotels for every vacation style

With non-stop sunshine, wonderful beaches, great food and fascinating ancient culture, Crete has something for everybody.

Crete is the largest island in Greece, located on the southern edge of the Aegean Sea, and it is also home to a fantastic selection of hotels. No matter what your preferred vacation style may be – from the lively family-friendly resorts to the most exclusive adults-only sanctuaries, elegant urban hideaways and romantic beachfront retreats – Crete has you covered.  

One for the grownups

Leave the kids at home and check into Chania’s most fabulous adults-only resort. With a unique design that pays homage to the domes of the historic Venetian shipyard in nearby Chania, Domes Noruz is an immaculately appointed boutique resort, in which every detail has been meticulously designed to allow couples to disconnect – and reconnect. All the rooms have bathtubs on the terrace, while the upgraded room categories feature plunge pools, while some even come with their own full swimming pool. Common spaces include a private beach, three pools, a buzzing cocktail bar, a restaurant specializing in local cuisine, and a dreamy spa.

Domes Noruz Chania

5 Strati Pantelaki, Agioi Apostoloi, Kato Daratso, Crete, Greece

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One for the sophisticates

If you like the idea of waking up in luxurious, crisp sheets and sliding out of bed into the infinity pool on your private terrace, before sipping a glass of champagne over breakfast, then Blue Palace is the place for you. Idyllically tucked into the Gulf of Elounda, where it enjoys magnificent views of the mythical island of Spinalonga, this low-lying, spacious resort blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Apart from its private Blue Flag beach, the hotel also features five superb restaurants and multiple indoor and outdoor pools. Marriott’s Luxury Collection hotels are renowned for their superb service and nothing is too much trouble for the Blue Palace staff who go all-out to make this a truly unforgettable stay.

Blue Palace

Plaka, Schisma Elountas, Crete, Greece

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One for the families

This stylish, relaxed mini-resort, set only five km from the bustling town of Chania, is designed to appeal to every member of the family. The design is modern, vibrant and colorful and staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly. While the hotel’s youngest visitors love the shallow pool, children’s food menu, playroom and ample supply of beach toys, Mum and Dad are grateful for the spa, Thai massage and, last but certainly not least, the two hours of complimentary baby sitting services offered every evening from Monday to Friday.

Ammos Hotel

Irakli Avgoula, Chania, Crete, Greece

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One for the honeymooners

A favorite spot for wedding parties, romantic getaways, honeymooners, and couples renewing their vows, it is easy to see why loved up couples of all shapes and sizes can’t get enough of White Palace. While the main building with its giant, central seawater pool (and separate kids area) may appeal to families, most couples opt for the unrivalled privacy of the airy beachfront Yali suites with private plunge pools. For minimum hassle, book the Luxe All-In Living package, which combines unlimited food and premium drinks, 24/7 concierge service, fine dining, activities and entertainment.

LUX ME White Palace

Adelianos Campos, Crete, Greece

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One for the nature lovers

Set among Crete’s famous olive groves, eco-friendly Kapsaliana offers the ideal rural retreat for those looking to get away from it all. The hotel, which is steeped in history, also features an 18th-century olive press and its own museum. The outdoor pool is a lush green oasis of calm while the restaurant serves up honest Cretan cuisine, which chef and olive oil expert Vassilis Leonidou prepares lovingly using only the finest locally sourced, seasonal, organic produce. Kapsaliana is surrounded by breathtaking countryside and ancient villages, while golden sandy beaches with turquoise waters are just a 10-minute drive away.

Kapsaliana Village Hotel

Kapsaliana, Municipality of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

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One for the urbanites

Set right on the docks of Chania’s charming Venetian port and steps away from the delightful old town, Ambassador’s Residence was Chania’s first-ever boutique hotel. Built in neo-classic style, to reflect the history of the building, which was once the home of German Ambassador Mr. Richard Krueger and his wife Wilhelmine, the 13 individually decorated rooms and suites each have their own unique character. Some feature four-poster beds, while others offer stunning sea views, private Jacuzzis and terraces. Ambassador’s Residence is the ideal spot for anyone seeking a sophisticated, yet discreet, urban retreat that also offers easy access to all the sparkle of the city.

Ambassador’s Residence Boutique Hotel

M.Afentoulief 13 & Akti Tobazi 28, Chania, Crete, Greece

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One for the pleasure seekers

If you like to pamper yourself on vacation, look no further than Daios Cove. All the rooms, suites and villas at this ultra-exclusive hillside beach resort enjoy show-stopping views across the azure-blue waters of Daios Bay and the Med, while many also come with private infinity pools. Apart from five restaurants and bars, a seawater infinity pool and a water sports center, Daois Cove also features its own secluded beach set in a private cove, with golden sand, plush sun loungers, bamboo umbrellas, and a beach bar serving cocktails and food. And don’t worry if working up a sweat on the steep Cretan hills doesn’t appeal – either hop on one of the hotel’s three funiculars or let the helpful staff wizz you around in their golf buggies.

Daios Cove

Vathi, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

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