Lying in the Aegean Sea, Crete is a mountainous island with spectacular rocky coasts, vast sandy beaches, pebble shores and pristine crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. The interior is equally stunning, with green, lush, mountainous terrain. Rich in history and culture, with impressive architecture in its towns and villages and many archaeological sites, Crete is well worth a visit.
Greece’s largest island, Crete is the birthplace of Europe’s earliest civilisations and is brimming with ancient history and myths. It’s an island of dramatic beauty and diverse geography, with steep gorges running through spectacular mountain ranges, Europe’s only palm tree forest in the east, isolated beaches and coves on the south coast, and land peppered with vineyards and olive groves. Cretans are a hospitable people and proud of their culture – you will still see small, traditional villages where the local costume is worn to this day.
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Daios Cove Mansion
Best for: Beach, Hotel villa, Villa
The Mansion at Daios Cove, Crete is a 600sqm private residence with spectacular views, heated pool, staff quarters, gym and spa. Combine this with resort facilities and an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, it's ideal for that special occasion.
Blue Palace Resort & Spa
Elounda, Crete, Greece
Best for: Beach, Couples, Culture, Spa & health
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.
Paradise Island Villas
East coast, Crete
Best for: Hotel villa, Villa, Beach, Sailing & surfing
An intimate family run boutique resort of just 12 villas, Paradise Island Villas is a real jewel. The resort is a perfect base for independent families to explore the cultural sites and beautiful beaches around Crete.
East coast, Crete
Best for: Beach, Spa & health, Sailing & surfing, Villa
Amirandes is a 5* luxurious, beach side hotel located on the East coast of Crete, modelled on a Cretan palace. Perfect for families and couples, Amirandes offers guests an island water paradise in a stunning, exclusive and private setting.