A holiday in Crete is the perfect way to get away from it all. Book yourself in one of these great hotels, and have a few days of true bliss.
Sitting on the island’s northeast coast, Elounda Beach Hotel promises “heaven at sea level.” While in this paradise by the Aegean Sea, you can stay at the Royal Suite and swim in its heated pool, snuggle by the fireplace, or de-stress at the sauna. The Palace Suite has a well-equipped kitchen, gym, and Jacuzzi; while the Grand Suites have a garden, marble bathroom, and whirlpool.
A feast awaits you at Elounda Beach, with such restaurants as Thalassa, which is by the bay, and specialises in gourmet seafood; Kafenion, which is beneath the olive trees, and serves Cretan cuisine; and Argonaut, which is by the sea, and prepares Mediterranean specialties.
Check out the treatments at the Elounda Beach Hotel spa: the “Jet-Lag Eliminator” massage, the “Chakra Balancing with Hot Stones” treatment, and the “Rosemary and Chamomile Soothing Scalp Massage.” You can even avail of the hotel’s private jet service to fly you anywhere within Europe or the Mediterranean.
St. Nicolas Bay, which calls itself “an oasis of elegance, style, and flair,” is also quite a sight, with rooms looking out into Mirabello Bay and the surrounding islands. Each suite is a cream-coloured confection, with the Seafacing Bungalow Style Rooms having flat-screen satellite TVs, marble bathrooms, and connecting terraces with miniature gardens in them. Other suites come with lounges or living rooms, writing desks, and private pools.
The hotel's Poseidon Spa features Turkish steam baths, a Thalassotherapy pool, and "Aphrodite's Bath treatment cave." Indulge in hors d’oeuvres from Labyrinthos, international fare from Minotaure, and Cretan cooking from Greek Kafenion.
Other Crete boutique hotels include Mythos Suites Hotel in Rethymnon City, Lato boutique hotel in Heraklion, and Angela Suites in Sissi.