The Blue Palace is nestled into the hillside and from each level there are beautiful views over the unspoilt natural surroundings as the hotel gently terraces down to the beach.
This hotel is fabulous for momentous occasions, the setting and ambience really will make this a vacation or celebration that will remain fondly in your memory for many years to come, as you are taken back to a bliss haven of sun, sea and glamour. There is for those looking for a romantic rendezvous there is a 'Romance Department' which can provide you with the most fantastic romantic experiences. Those on their honeymoon on arrival will be treated to an assortment of champagne and delicious Cretan wedding treats, to allow your bliss wedding bubble to last as long as possible.
The facilities at the hotel are outstanding; laze beside one of the many pools or on the beach, relax in the ultra-chic Thalassotherapy Spa, perfect your tennis or whiz around the bay on a wind surfer. 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. The stylish rooms, many with private swimming pools; some are heated, some are infinity style, all have views over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and towards the historical island of Spinalonga in the Gulf of Elounda.
Amongst the hotel’s five restaurants is Asia Blue, the hotel’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 go and experience the thrills of the Cretan coast with a twist, take a trip in the hotels Caique which will sail you around the Mirabello Gulf where in peace you can sunbath and swim till 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 take in the sunset on another day in this Greek heaven.
There are many opportunities to make this vacation 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 on the beach amongst loved ones.
Families are very welcome at the Blue Palace and the children's club can keep the younger ones occupied for hours with activities such as Greek dancing and creative play.
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 unrivalled luxury experience, with thoughtful attention to detail including daily chef's treats, fresh flowers and French champagne upon arrival and pure cotton satin sheets. The beds and bedding have been refurbished in 2015 to really provide guests with the most comforting experience, through the use of Simmons mattresses, feather-down pillows and new exquisitely soft satin bed sheets.
|Superior Bungalow 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 with 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, sleeping 5 people maximum, with two spacious bedrooms and a private heated pool. There is a large private veranda to enjoy to 21 sqm pool as well as the 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.
|Mansionette 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 also. There is the possibility of 4 guests for this suite. As well as this great room, there are the stunning sea views also for your enjoyment.
|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.
Villa Almyra can sleep up to 5, with two bedrooms complete with en suite bathrooms. There is large terrace to enjoy, as well as private dining area outdoors. The sea views are second to none, and the villa comes with a parking space should you drive, as well as complimentary wifi throughout.
Traditionally decorated in a Mediterranean style the Villa Thalassa has 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 plan, with large veranda doors opening up the space for an indoor-outdoor combination. 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 welcome to come and to stay at The Blue Palace Resort. The resort has a kids club catering for children aged 3 - 12 years, activities include painting, Greek dancing and creative play. There is also a kids playground and babysitting can easily be arranged. The Blue Palce offers younger visitors a children’s pool, special menus and high chairs in all restaurants as well as children’s bathroom amenities and bathrobes upon arrival.
The hotel's steak and grill restaurant, Flame, offers a rare and atmospheric Mediterranean dining experience specialising in Cretan and Greek recipes. There are four other fantastic restaurants serving a range of international cuisines and delicious cocktails are a speciality in the lounge bar looking out over the calm Aegean sea. This year also there has been a real revamp of some of the cuisine with ingenious Greek touches. For those on a health kick there is a vast range of smoothies and energy boosting drinks from the Isola Beach Bar.
The Blue Palace has a private pebble beach, three pools, tennis courts and the tranquil Thalassotherapy spa which has been recently improved to include French Brand Anne Semonin's skincare services, from made-to-measure- facials or Pre and Post Sun Body Treatments.
The Blue Palace's fitness centre has been given a real facelift and having expanded it can now house more of the top range Technogym equipment. When you have worked out, enjoy a healthy power drink and take a stroll to cool off in the Mediterranean gardens down to the beach front, accessible from the gym.
The Blue Palace offers an exciting range of watersports including waterskiing, scuba diving, wakeboarding and trick skiing. There is an 18 hole golf course nearby and the hotel has two tennis courts and an extensive fitness centre. You also have the opportunity to take private boat trips out to crystal clear waters and deserted beaches where you can soak up the sun and explore the paradise around the Gulf of Mirabello.
When to travel
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.
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Location and directions
Elounda, Crete, Greece
Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the Island of Crete, with 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 1-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). From 26th April 2015 it will be possible to fly direct with British Airways from London Gatwick to Heraklion International airport.