Crete is the biggest island in Greece and has an impressive combination of different landscapes such as valleys, maintains and, of course, glorious beaches. With a rich history and gastronomic culture, visitors can indulge themselves in a paradisiac adventure.

The 10 best 5 star luxury hotels and resorts in Crete.

 Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The seafront Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas is located on the northeast coast of Crete.

This luxurious 5-star hotel is an ultimate hideaway spot featuring deluxe rooms, villas and suites in Crete.

Location

Located in Lassithi, Elounda.

Distance to the beach

The hotel is located on the beach front, with access to a private beach.

Rooms and Suites

The rooms, villas and suites have elegant decoration and amazing views to the sea or the garden.
They feature private garden, balcony or terrace, fully-equipped kitchen, living-room, set TV in the marble-lined bathroom, jacuzzi, bathtub (some with steam bath), separate shower and private pool/whirlpool.

Food and Drinks

Guests can choose from 7 different dining options at the hotel.
Dionysios features a legendary wine cellar and serves Mediterranean dishes with contemporary influence.
Argonaut Seaside Restaurant offers healthy Mediterranean snacks during the day and mouthwatering Italian dishes during the night.
Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Sushi Bar serves authentic Japanese and Peruvian dishes.
Kafenion Greek Restaurant serves nutritious Cretan dishes.
Artemis offers a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by a pool and gardens and serves a delightful American breakfast.
Besides these, the hotel also features an interesting variety of lounges and bars to relax and breathe the ocean breeze.

Ameneties and Services

Espace Vitalité Chenot Spa offers a wide range of personalized facial and body treatments, including medical, wellness, hydro biontology and aesthetic departments. It features a seawater outdoor pool and children’s club.
Personal training and Yoga are also available.
The hotel offers room service.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport stands at 65 km / 40 miles from the hotel.

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 Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

Chosen as Europe’s top seafront luxury hotel in Crete, this amazing resort has 59 suites and villas with deluxe amenities to satisfy guests’ needs.

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel is the only seafront all-suite hotel in Europe with private pools; 52 suites in all, very private and secluded, the best of which also have private access to the sea!

As a small boutique hotel within a larger resort it allows guests privacy and exclusivity while the facilities of the resort are only a step away. Nevertheless, it has its own gorgeous spa, gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, seafront bar, and even a 50 seat cinema.

Location

The hotel overlooks the Bay of Elounda with a view of Mirabello Bay and Aegean Sea.

Distance to the beach

There’s a private beach with direct access from the hotel.

The Suites

All the suites have modern, elegant decoration and feature a private balcony or terrace with jaw-dropping views of the sea. They also have a living-room, minibar, luxurious marble bathroom with steam bath, bathtub and walk-in shower, private heated pool, bathrobe and slippers.
Regardless of which private suite or villa you choose, you’ll be elated at what you find. From private seawater pools and living rooms with hideaway sliding walls, to three-story architectural marvels and guests will have numerous struggles with not hanging their mouths open in awe.

Food and Drinks

Calypso is an American-style breakfast restaurant a la carte with amazing views of the bay, situated next to the blue pool.
Koh is a sushi restaurant, especially popular during the night, with an amazing lounge and bar.
Aglio e Olio is ideal for families with children and features international cuisine.
Odysseus serves a selection of traditional Greek dishes and offers different options for children.
Old Mill is located in the garden and has an outstanding menu and wine list.
The Yatch Club serves dinner during summer and offers local seafood and products with a Greek taste.
Nafsika is located by the pool is where breakfast is served and then opens again for dinner, serving Mediterranean dishes.

Ameneties and Services

Six Senses Spa has an ample treatment menu and a full skin diagnosis based on a technological analysis so that therapists know what treatment the guest needs.
There’s a private gym with Cybex equipment.

Distance to the Airport

Nikis Kazantzakis International Airport is located at 42 miles/ 68 km from the hotel.

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas

The 5-Star St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas is a luxurious resort with a captivating location, perfect for families, couples, friends or business travelers to enjoy an enchanting experience.

Mediterranean in character, this delightful resort blends to perfection fresh and airy contemporary design with exceptionable service, fine cuisine and top-notch amenities.

Location

Located on a private beachfront, at 1.5 km from Agios Nikolaos.

Distance to the beach

The beach is located at a few minutes from the hotel.

Rooms, Suites and Villas

The rooms and suites are decorated with stylish decoration and spectacular views of Mirabello Bay. The units are spacious and feature terraces or balconies with beautiful sea views, LCD satellite TV, DVD and CD player, elegant marble bathrooms with spa bath and separate shower, private pool, lounge area with access to the garden, and daily cleaning service.

Food and Drinks

Labyrinthos serves cold and warm starters, salads, main dishes and desserts from Greek cuisine.
There’s a private dining option by choosing anything at your preference from one of the restaurants.
Minotaure is located next to the pool offers opportunity for a romantic candlelight dinner of Asian and international cuisine.
The Greek Kafenion features and outdoor BBQ kitchen serving Cretan cuisine made with fresh and local ingredients.
The Astra Bar overlooks the Minotaure Lagoon Pool and showcases a perfect place to socialize while listening to calming piano music.
Breakfast is served at The Club House, with freshly-baked breads, beverages, vegetarian dishes and gluten-free and low-fat options.

Ameneties and Services

Several services and activities options are offered in this hotel.
Poseidon Spa offers a truly relaxing experience, perfect for guests to revitalize with body and face therapies including skincare programs, anti-aging programs and aroma therapeutic treatment.
It features an indoor heated pool, a marble Turkish steam bath and sauna, luxurious treatment rooms, jacuzzi, affusion shower and much more.
Yoga classes in the beach are also available along with flow yoga.
The hotel has a Mini Club for the little ones in the family, led by certified professionals.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport is 69 km / 42 miles away. An airport shuttle service is available upon request.

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 Minos Beach Art Hotel

The 5-star Minos Beach art hotel is a favourite of all those appreciating genuineness and authenticity, provides a luxurious stay in minimalist surroundings. With its distinctive Cretan architecture, Minos Beach has gained its reputation for being small, stylish, with personal unobtrusive service and perfection of its fine cuisine.

Location

The hotel is located 800 metres from the centre of Agios Nikolaos.

Distance to the beach

Beachfront hotel.

The Bungalows

Influenced by the traditional architectural style of Eastern Crete, the bungalows and villas with minimalist decoration are almost in contact with the sea. The sumptuous gardens and picturesque streets invite guests to spend beautiful holidays.

They feature large terraces or balconies with impressive views, private bathroom with bathtub or shower, direct access to the beach, sun beds, umbrellas, dressing corner, private pool and much more.
For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, they offer one presidential suite and three executive suites with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary caressing the sea.

Food and Drinks

The hotel invites guests to discover the marvelous Cretan cuisine, made with traditional ingredients.
La Bouillabaisse Mediterranean restaurant is right on the water’s edge is a great option for a romantic dinner.
Pure Lounge Bar serves refreshments including coffee, juices and other soft drinks.
Bacchus Restaurant Agios Nikolaos serves buffet breakfast with delicious options such as fruits, pancakes, sausages, eggs, bacon and juices.

Ameneties and Services

Ananea Wellness Spa offers treatments that focus on natural ingredients such as seaweed, lavender, olive oil, sea salt and pomegranate. The most common massages include Cretan massage, which lasts 75 minutes and goes from top to toes, and the Deep relaxation massage, enriched with special essential oils.
There’s a gym featuring state-of-the-art facilities for fitness enthusiasts.
Minos Beach Art Symposium displays the works of contemporary Greek and international artists. Admire the stunning works of art that adorn the hotel’s grounds.

Distance to the Airport

45-minute drive from the international airport of Heraklion.

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 Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

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Set on Elounda coast, the 5-star Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete combines luxurious accommodation with award-winning cuisine and a state-of-the-art spa. It includes infinity pools, a water sports centre and 2 tennis courts.

Location

Plaka, Elounda, Crete.

Distance to the beach

The beach is situated at a few minutes from the hotel.

Suites and Villas

Blue Palace’s 52 suites and 4 villas have magnificent views to the island of Spinalonga and private pools. The units also have comfortable living rooms with satellite LCD TV and private access to the beach. To enhance relaxation, rooms feature private gardens, pools and verandas.
Additionally, they include plush bedding, private balconies and terraces, marble bathrooms.

Food and Drinks

This luxurious hotel has award-winning cuisine.
Anthós serves Greek cuisine and guests can watch and smell the food while being cooked.
Olea is the hotel’s main restaurant and features both local and international favourite dishes.
Isola presents Italian cuisine with a Cretan twist, including salads and seafood.
Asia Deep Blue offers Asian dishes that range from Thai to Japanese and more.
Isola Beach Club is located amidst olive trees facing the sea and serves refreshing dishes, while Sushi Evenings at Arsenali Lounge Bar has breathtaking views of the sea and live music from a DJ. It serves cocktails and deluxe sushi.

Ameneties and Services

The Elounda Spa allows guests to spend quality time pampering themselves in the oasis of serenity with calming beach views. Some of the spa’s amenities and services are: Ayurvedic treatments, body wraps and scrubs, waxing, manicure/pedicure and makeup, massages, services for men and services for kids. In addition to all that, there are many other treatments.
The hotel also features a fitness center with access to the gardens, featuring Technogym equipment and trainers.
A private boat can take couples around the Gulf of Elounda while sipping cocktails, while a family can enjoy an amazing barbeque lunch in an isolated beach after snorkelling in turquoise waters.

The hotel also has infinity pools, a water sports centre and 2 tennis courts.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport 78 km / 49 mi from the hotel.

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 Nana Princess Suites, Villas & Spa

This outstanding and comfortable resort in Crete offers impressive hospitality for all travellers with its 5-star amenities and the luxurious collection of 112 suites and villas.

Luxury waterfront resort offering suites and villas with private sea water pools, gastronomic experiences with waterfront dining, spa and wellness center, water sports, golf, tennis, and beach service.

Location

The hotel is in northern Crete.

Distance to the beach

The beach is situated at 150 metres.

The Suites and Villas

The hotel features 112 villas and suites, each of them with unique and comfortable designs. Some features are private swimming pools, luxurious linens, spacious, fully equipped outdoor areas with ocean views, sauna, steam areas and private gym areas. Bathrooms have bathtub and separate shower.
24/7 room service is also available.

Food and Drinks

Artemis Lounge is the hotel’s main bar and it’s perfect to unwind while trying signature drinks.
Breeze Pool Bar is a wet bar where guests can sunbathe while they can taste innovative creations.
Carpe Diem is situated in the main building and serves exquisite American Buffet Breakfast.
Meat-In Point is the pool restaurant and serves Greek meze or snacks, different tasty meat cuts and has a relaxing atmosphere.
Eternal Blue restaurant is perfect for meat lovers, offering a wide variety of fresh fish, and meat.

Ameneties and Services

The resort offers a range of recreation options including water sports, exclusive beach services, tennis lessons, beach volleyball, scuba diving, horseback riding, sailing, bicycle rentals, hiking, and golfing at the Crete Golf Club.
The Nana Princess Health Club and Spa provides guests with a total wellness experience. The 1,400-square-foot facility has royal apartments where guests can have unique facial treatments, Aemotio experiences, massages, and Nuvola, in an environment that blends steam, colors, warm baths, cool mists, fragrances, and music.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport is located at 21 km / 14 miles from the hotel.

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 Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

This 5 Star boutique luxury resort in Crete is soaring above the glowing Mediterranean Sea and offers a warm, inviting atmosphere for travelers to feel like home.

Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, winner of Greece’s Leading Villa Award and included 3 consecutive times in the List of 101 Best Hotels of the World.

Location

Located in Elounda.

Distance to the beach

Located at a few steps from the beach.

Suites and Villas

18 stylish Villas with their own private pool and 10 luxury Suites, have been individually designed with the peacefulness and harmony of your home in mind.
The suites and villas have impeccable amenities and elegant decoration featuring luxurious furniture and high-quality Italian fabrics. They have balconies or terraces with beautiful views of the shimmering waters of the gardens or Mirabello Gulf.
Some are equipped with coffee and tea facilities in a fully-equipped kitchen, marble bathrooms with hand-painted ceilings, makeup mirror, bathrobe and slippers and hair dryer, living room, private gym room, steam bath and sauna, private pool with hot tub and jet, and smart TV.

Food and Drinks

There are several dining options that invite guests to a splendid culinary experience.
The Argo Restaurant takes guests on a delicious journey to International, Greek and Mediterranean flavours, including pies, kalitsounia, Cretan cheese, yogurt and honey, sweet pastries and much more.
Daphni Restaurant has incredible views of the Gulf of Mirabello and serves classic cuisine for the most demanding palates.
Guests can also enjoy a tasty meal in the relaxation of their villas or suites, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ameneties and Services

The hotel’s spa welcomes guests to indulge in an exclusive journey of luxury and peace with its signature treatments and massages performed by qualified therapists.
Boat trips to Spinalonga are available together with yachting and sailing.

Distance to the Airport

The hotel is located at 70 km / 43 miles from Heraklion International Airport.

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Elounda Mare Hotel & Bungalows – Relais & Chateaux

This luxurious hotel in Crete has spacious rooms and suites with spectacular views over the bay.

Elounda Mare Hotel & Bungalows is an idyllic hideaway appealing to the most discerning of travelers seeking a luxurious, calm atmosphere and great cuisine.

Location

Situated in Elounda and at 9 km from Agios Nikolaos, 14 km from Lake Voulismeni and 20 km from Amazonas Park.

Distance to the beach

Located on the beach.

Rooms, Suites and Bungalows

Rooms and suites are spacious and have seating area or separate seating room with fire place, private furnished balconies or terraces with wonderful views of the sea and private swimming pools. The marble bathrooms are luxurious and feature shower, Airbath tub, audio sound, towel heater, telephone, slippers and bathrobes, and makeup/shaving mirrors.
The bungalows are surrounded by bougainvillea-filled courtyards and include private swimming pools.

Food and Drinks

Old Mill stands in a blooming garden and has a fine wine list and an outstanding menu of innovative Cretan fusion cuisine.
The Yacht Club serves dinner during summer, offering a variety of Greek dishes, including local seafood and other products from the earth.
Deck has magnificent views and features a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast.
The Kelari wine cellar has an impressive collection of wines from Greece and the world.
Kirki Bay is special to have a drink at night in its extensive outdoor terrace.

Ameneties and Services

Six Senses Spa welcomes guests to enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities including a hammam and sauna. The wide range of beauty and revitalizing treatments allow visitors to pamper themselves and relax, including facial treatments, massage therapies and ayurveda aromatherapy.
The hotel also features a big outdoor pool and Blue Flag beach, the hotel’s private sandy beach.
There’s also a tennis court with instructors, a gym and a Sea Sports Centre where water skiing, canoeing, wind surfing, wake boarding and scuba diving can be practiced.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport is located at 32 miles/ 51 km from the hotel.

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 Domes of Elounda – Boutique Beach Resort

This resort offers beautiful villas and suites in Crete, with a unique architecture that easily blends with the island.

Domes of Elounda Autograph Collection restoring is the essence of the Mediterranean, the culture, the cuisine, the temperament, the architecture, are holistically captured in the form of a luxury resort consisting for the first time of only suites & villas that provide a small number of exclusive guests with all the amenities of a resort, while offering an abundance of living space, privacy and extraordinary service.

Location

Located at a 16-minute walk from Plaka Marina, in Elounda.

Distance to the beach

Beachfront resort.

Suites and Villas

The hotel has 78 renovated suites, 28 luxury residences, 8 private residences and 4 villas.
They feature balcony or terrace, separate bedroom and living room, outdoor heated jacuzzi, walk-in shower and separate bathtub. A dedicated butler is also available in luxury residences.
The accommodation options vary in size, extras and layouts, but every single one has been crafted with gusto, combining contemporary design trends with soothing natural materials, local flair and intriguing details.

Food and Drinks

Four restaurants and four bars, each with its distinct culinary identity and atmosphere, serve up a range of tasty treats, from haute cuisine fusion gems to the freshly-picked fruit of the Greek land.
Tholos stands on the main building and serves breakfast and dinner. ZEEN 1910 is an award-winning restaurant offering Greek and a la carte seafood dishes.
Yaosai serves Asian cuisine.

Ameneties and Services

Soma Spa features an interior seawater pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub. Among the treatments offered, there are rejuvenating therapies, massage treatments, manicure, pedicure, makeup and much more.
There’s a fitness centre with luminous floor-to-ceiling windows and state-of-the-art equipment.
Other outdoor activities include football, tennis, beach volley, water sports, running, trekking, sailing and mountain biking.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport is located at 52 km / 31 miles from the hotel.

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 Elounda Bay Palace

Featuring a tranquil setting at the edge of Mirabello Bay, Elounda Bay Palace Hotel is a luxury resort set amidst 20 acres of gardens on the northeastern edge of Crete. The award-winning resort combines personalized service, Crete’s charms, and unique hospitality.

Location

The hotel is located in Elounda in northeastern Crete.

Distance to the beach

Beachfront resort.

Rooms and Suites

Set along one of Greece’s most privileged waterfront locations, recently upgraded suites feature exceptional interior design enhanced by modern accessories. Revamped classic rooms display marble-lined bathrooms and balconies, while bungalows and suites with shared pools offer guests exclusive amenities.

Food and Drinks

With sun-swept beaches and panoramic sea views, Elounda Bay Palace Hotel boasts seven award-winning restaurants and elegant bars.
Thalassa serves modern healthy Cretan seafood in a romantic space while Ariadne is a classic seaside tavern serving fresh grilled fish, meat and salads. F’ Restaurant offers light snacks, fresh salads and tapas as well as various cocktail options. Aretoussa serves local and international dishes.
Along with these, the hotel has several lounges for guests to relax and have a delicious meal.

Ameneties and Services

Spa Espace Vitalité Chenot showcases a tranquil setting with both holistic rejuvenation and relaxing body and face treatments. The spa has medical, hydro biontology, aesthetic and wellness departments.
Sports available include scuba diving, sailing, fishing, jet skiing and water skiing. There’s a children’s entertaining program, a children’s pool, an outdoor seawater pool and an indoor freshwater pool, a private beach, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, table tennis and billiards.

Distance to the Airport

Heraklion International Airport is located at 66 km / 41 miles from the hotel.

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