Blue Palace Resort & Spa
Elounda, Crete, Greece
based on 7 nights inc. flights
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per person based on two adults sharing a Superior Sea View Bungalow on a bed and breakfast basis including private transfers.
At a Glance
A luxury beach front property with stunning views over the historical island of Spinalonga
A short walk from the little Greek fishing village of Plaka
Excellent on site facilities for all ages making this a very family friendly hotel
Its very own private Blue flag award-winning beach
Fantastic Thalassotherapy spa with 25 treatment rooms and a variety of treatments on offer
Cool Isola Beach Club to relax and unwind
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Crete enjoys a mild and sunny climate with four distinct seasons. During the summer months (June, July, August), temperatures should be expected to reach 35°C. The spring is wonderful for its nature and flowers but the sea is still a little cold and you can have some rain. If you are not coming for the sea and sun and want to experience Crete without tourists, come in the winter, it will be a totally different experience.
Blue Palace Resort & Spa is a stylishly designed hotel with views out towards the island of Spinalonga. The ultra-chic Thalassotherapy Spa, fantastic watersports and award-winning restaurants make the perfect luxury hideaway for both couples and families.
The Blue Palace is nestled into Elounda's hillside and from each level there are beautiful views over the unspoilt natural surroundings as the hotel gently terraces down to the beach. This doesn't mean you have to hike down the hillside to find the sea though as their is a stylish glass lift in place to take you down to the private long white pebble beach, where you will also find the cool Isola Beach Club.
The hotel has 251 rooms, with 142 having their very own infinity pool which blend seamlessly with the sea beyond. There are excellent facilities in place to suit all members of the family, including a fully equipped Kids Club for 3-12 year olds. Whilst your little ones are being entertained you can chose to either laze beside one of the many pools or on the private beach, relax in the ultra-chic Thalassotherapy Spa, perfect your tennis or whiz around the bay on water skis.
The spa is situated right on the beach and is soothing to the senses. Enjoy a traditional olive oil massage before relaxing with the resort's signature cocktail, Tears of Chios under the famous Arsenali arches.
Amongst the hotel’s five restaurants is Asia Blue, Blue Palace’s celebrated Asian cuisine restaurant, offering a great selection of Chinese, Polynesian, Thai and Japanese cuisine. The glass sushi bar is a highlight. The hotel is just a short walk from the little Greek fishing village of Plaka, which has a couple of typical, local fish tavernas right on the waters edge.
If you would like to experience the thrills of the Cretan coast with a twist, take a trip in the hotel's Caique which will sail you around the Mirabello Gulf where you can sunbath and swim in peace until your picnic lunch is too tempting to resist. Alternatively, for those who want to have evening romance, set sail on the high seas and with a glass of bubbles in hand taking in the sunset on another day in this Greek heaven.
There are many opportunities to make this holiday as personal and individual as you desire, nothing is too much for the staff to provide, whether you want a candle-lit dinner on the beach or a private lunch amongst loved ones.
The Blue Palace has 251 rooms including sea view bungalows, some with private pools. There are also suites with private pools and four private villas with pools. All rooms enjoy a luxury marble bathroom with bathtub and separate walk-in rain shower. Some bathrooms boast a built-in flat screen LCD TV. The villas provide an unrivaled luxury experience, with thoughtful attention to detail including daily chef's treats, fresh flowers and French champagne upon arrival.
There are many interconnecting room options available making them a perfect choice for families. Children's bathroom amenities and little bath robes a nice touch in the rooms.
|Superior Bungalow Sea View with Private Pool||
Superior Bungalows with private infinity pools are spread throughout the Resort offering alluring sea views. Enjoy breathtaking views of the gulf of Elounda and relics of Spinalonga Island. Three guests maximum occupancy and size of 40 square meters / 430 square feet.
|Superior Bungalow Sea View||
Enjoy beautiful sea views from your spacious superior bungalow room. Decorated in light and relaxing colours with a marble bathroom and television set. Some of the higher floor rooms have a balcony to enjoy also. There is an option for an extra bed.
|2 Bed Deluxe with Private Pool||
This fantastic two level room sleeps up to 5 people , with two spacious bedrooms and a private heated pool. There is a large private veranda to enjoy, a 21 sqm pool as well as stunning landscape views.
|Junior Suite with Sea View||
Enjoy the stunning sea views from your own private veranda in these spacious suites. There is a separate living area to bedroom, with modern state of the art technology, as well as an open marble bathroom.
There is the possibility for an extra bed.
|Junior Suite with Pool||
These spacious open plan suites boast a 21 sqm heated pool, with an expansive private veranda to enjoy the luscious landscape views surrounding the resort.
|Maisonette with Sea View and Pool||
These opulent one bed Mansionette Rooms are spread over two levels, perfect for couples looking for some privacy. The bright and spacious bedroom has a private balcony with fantastic sea views. On the ground floor the 22 sqm infinity pool looks onto the beach with a private veranda and day bed.
|Deluxe Suites with Sea View and Pool||
These elegant suites are decorated minimally and stylishly, with a separate living area to bedroom and a spacious veranda with 40 sqm infinity pool. This suite can accommodate 4 guests and enjoys stunning sea views.
|Island Luxury Suite with Private Pool and Sea View||
These large and spacious suites have a fantastic 30 sqm heated private pool with a stunning outdoor area to enjoy the sun in private. The spacious room is light and bright, with four poster bed in the middle and a marble bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub.
|Two Bedroom Villas Sea View private heated pool||
Traditionally decorated in a Mediterranean style, these villas have two bedrooms, sleeping 5 in total with en suite bathrooms and a specious living area with fantastic sea views. Outside there is a large veranda to enjoy, with a dining area as well as a 30 sqm heated pool. There is parking available as well as complimentary WiFi throughout.
|The Grand Villa||
The Grand Villa has a beautiful living area with large doors opening onto the veranda. The two bedrooms both have an en suite, the villa sleeps 5 people in total. Out side on the large veranda there is a private dining area, a private jet pool and also a private heated plunge pool to enjoy. This spacious and private villa is ideal for families, with a parking space available and complimentary WiFi throughout.
|The Royal Blue Villa||
This large private villa can sleep up to 8 people, with 3 private bedrooms all with en suite marble bathrooms. This Villa is ideal for large families looking for some privacy and great family time. The beautiful views from the edge of the resort are unrivalled, with a beautiful outdoor eating area with BBQ, some with a private garden also, as well as the 35 sqm private pool.
There is a private car parking space available as well as complimentary WiFi throughout.
Children of all ages are very welcome at Blue Palace Resort & Spa with many facilities in place to keep them entertained. The resort has its very own complimentary supervised Kids Club for children from 3 - 12 years of age, open six days a week from 9-5pm. Activities include painting, crafts, Greek dancing and creative play.
There are two children's pools by the beach area, a playground and babysitting can easily be arranged on request at an additional charge. There are also special children's menus and high chairs available in all the restaurants as well as children’s bathroom amenities and bathrobes upon arrival.
Teenagers can be kept busy with the vast range of water sports available down at the beach, including kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, windsurfing and diving in the crystal clear waters.
You can enjoy the best of the hotel's stunning location whilst relaxing in one of the three swimming pools including an infinity pool or down at the long private beach. Here you will also find the The Elounda spa, a haven of tranquility, with 25 treatment rooms, jacuzzi, indoor heated pool and two Thalassotherapy pools, all there to offer you deep relaxation.
The Water Sports Centre is located at the beach offering water sports for all ages and ability, such as water skiing, snorkeling, knee boarding, wake boarding and trick skiing. If diving is your passion then the hotel's PADI dive master offers various scuba outings throughout the day. The Diving and Water Sports Center is open daily from 10am to 5pm in low season and from 9am to 7pm in the high season.
There are two flood lit tennis courts at the resort, open seven days a week, all complimentary sessions apart from an additional charge for night use. For the keen golfers out there, the Crete Golf Club 18 hole golf course is just 30 minutes from the resort. There is also a fully equipped Fitness Centre with Classes available at the Elounda Spa.
There are five fantastic restaurants to enjoy during your stay at Blue Palace. The cool Isola Beach Club offers a selection of snack and drinks, which you can enjoy whilst sat amongst the olive trees, listening to the sound of the DJ. Or just sit back and relax on the day beds, sun loungers or swings with a cocktail in hand and the sea breeze in your hair! Delicious cocktails are also available in the lounge bar looking out over the calm Aegean sea.
The Haven is an exclusive beach area just for Island Luxury Suites and Private Villas. You can enjoy fully equipped loungers and parasols, complimentary baskets of Cretan treats are offered to you such as fresh towels, the latest magazines or aromatherapy spritzes all delivered by the elite beach service crew, who will be ready and waiting to attend to your every need.
The hotel's steak and grill restaurant, Flame, offers an atmospheric Mediterranean dining experience specialising in Cretan and Greek recipes.
|Blue Door Taverna||
The Blue Door Taverna is in a stunning setting on the beach offering traditional Cretan cuisine in a beautifully restored fisherman's house, where you can enjoy the freshest local seafood cooked over the open grill with the sea breeze in your hair and the enchanting sound of the lapping water all adding to the experience.
Olea is the resort's main restaurant offering a vast breakfast selection to be enjoyed whilst looking out at the magnificent sea views from the veranda.
The Isola restaurant is the prefect setting to enjoy a long lazy lunch of Italian cuisine with a Cretan twist such as vibrant fresh salads and seafood dishes all using locally sourced ingredients.
|Asia Deep Blue||
Asia Deep Blue, Blue Palace’s celebrated Asian cuisine restaurant, offers a great selection of Chinese, Polynesian, Thai and Japanese cuisine.
The Blue Palace gives you the opportunity to take private trips on a traditional Caique out to crystal clear waters and deserted beaches where you can soak up the sun and explore the paradise around the Gulf of Mirabello. Delicious picnic lunches are packed up for you to enjoy whilst cruising the Mirabello Golf, a truly relaxing and memorable experience. For a bit of romance why not experience a sunset cruise with private dinner under the moonlight night skies.
Serena Moore (Staff)
Blue Palace, just a one-hour drive from Heraklion Airport, has a unique position on the waterfront in front of Spinalonga Island. Perfect for couples looking to unwind by the waterfront or families with teenage children looking for a resort where parents can relax whilst the children try their hand at watersports. The rooms have a beautifully calming feel with everything one would need for a few days to a week.
Ria Santamaria (Staff)
Overlooking the blue waters of Elounda Gulf and the island of Spinalonga, the Blue Palace is a luxury resort with infinity pools, lush landscaped grounds and sea-front verandas. Its big, with 251 rooms, suites and villas, but cleverly designed so it doesnt feel like a mega-resort. With 5 superb restaurants and a beautiful outdoor terrace bar and loads of activities to choose from ranging from a private beach, spa and fitness facilities and sports, it is suitable for both families and couples.
Sara Haney (Staff)
Located midway between the lively Elunda town and the traditional fishing village of Plaka lies the beautiful Blue Palace. Designed like a classic Greek theatre, with tiers descending down the rugged Crete Mountain supplies picture-perfect views of the sea and the island of Spinalonga. Guests have the opportunity to relax and maximize the resorts' fantastic facilities and private beach, explore off-the-beaten-path adventures like hiking or a cooking lesson in a village nearby, or simply enjoy endless views of the sea and island from their personal infinity pool.
Sierra Obermark (Staff)
For a spacious room with guaranteed sea view, visit the Blue Palace. Each and every room looks out onto the royal blue ocean with the small island of Spinalonga in the foreground. Be swept away by the peace and paradise of this off-the-beaten-path location that gives a taste of what Crete is all about. This accommodation blends the easy stay of a resort with the relaxation of a boutique hotel. Whether you enjoy waking up at sunrise for yoga on the beach, or sleeping in and lazing by one of three pools, the Blue Palace has it all.
Robyn Ewart (Staff)
Located close to peaceful Plaka as well as nearby Elounda, Blue Palace offers the relaxation of a larger resort yet is just minutes from a variety of traditional tavernas, restaurants and shops. The rooms are classic and comfortable, and the majority have beautiful sea views out towards Spinalonga. However the highlight is down by the beach - the large pool, the relaxed atmosphere at Isola Beach Club and of course the sparkling blue waters make this the perfect place to spend the day. A great hotel for both couples and families, there is a wide variety of watersports and activities available to keep kids of all ages entertained.
Fiona Bickmore (Staff)
The Blue Palace is built into the hillside, the views from all over the resort are just amazing - directly out to sea and over to the Island of Spinalonga (if you haven't read the book The Island by Victoria Hislop then buy it now!). All the rooms are lovely and spacious and are decorated in a soft but smart Mediterranean colours. The big pool down by the beach plays underwater music!! A good option for adults or when the children are a bit older.
Cretan villages and countryside
Get completely off the beaten track in Crete and visit some of the island's quaint, traditional villages. Travelling through the picturesque countryside with your private guide you'll discover the authentic side of the island.
Visit Knossos and Heraklion
Discover the world of Ancient Greece by exploring the Palace of Knossos with your private guide. Offering a unique insight into Minoan civilisation, you'll learn about its myths and legends before visiting Heraklion's Archaeological Museum.
Location & directions
Elounda, Crete, Greece
Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, Blue Palace Resort & Spa has breathtaking views of the bay and the famous island of Spinalonga. The small village of Plaka is a 5-minute walk from the resort.
How to get there
Heraklion International Airport is the nearest airport and is approximately a one-hour drive from Blue Palace Resort & Spa. From London Gatwick, Heraklion is a 4-hour 30-minute Easyjet flight or a 6-hour 30-minute British Airways and Olympic Airways flight (via Athens).
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