Daios Cove, Crete
Daios Cove is a 5* hotel boasting a spectacular setting on a private sandy bay in Crete. Luxury contemporary villas and suites with heated pools, great facilities and an exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids club, it's a perfect family destination.
At a Glance
Exclusive Scott Dunn services from May - October
Scott Dunn Explorers kids club from 4 months - 11 years
Private sandy cove with crystal clear waters and beautiful views
Large heated infinity pool and baby pool
Two tennis courts
Two funiculars and chauffeured golf buggies to help get around
Beautiful spa with indoor pool and gym
Book in for an evening at the fine dining restaurant, the food is unforgettableLily Cai
A small, but very pretty beach cove if you can manage to drag yourself away from the beautiful, contemporary suites and villas.Katherine Gotla
Why not splash out and make use of Daios Cove’s very own helipad. Whether it’s for your transfer on arrival, a quick trip around the local area or even a day trip to Santorini, it’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget.Hannah Fullagar
An amazing Scott Dunn children's club - tell your friends as the level of childcare is superb.Katherine Gotla
Don’t forget to have a look at the weekly activity program on arrival. From fitness classes to cookery lessons there’s something for everyone.Hannah Fullagar
Remember to book a table at your chosen restaurant, especially at busy times to ensure you get your preferred dining time.Kate Newman
Villa guests get their own private spot on the beach and fresh fruit delivered to their sunloungers.Lucy Hunt
The boat trip from the hotel to Spinalonga is well worth a trip out. As is the book 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop to accompany your trip!Kate Newman
Villa guests benefit from the Daios VIP service - a daily newspaper, VIP beach service and a chilled bottle of champagne on arrival.Jenny James
Lie in bed and press a button to open your curtains, revealing the incredible views of the Aegean.Claire Walker
The villas are just lovely, with a private pool on your own terrace, views from all bedrooms and the living room; this accommodation type is definitely worth the extra cost.Kate Newman
Book one of the many spa treatments on offer. The back and neck massage is incredible with the friendly masseuse sitting you down afterwards with ice cold water and nibbles of dried figs and dates to talk you through all your problem areas and making useful recommendations.Anna Crowther
Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the Crystal Box bar with breath-taking views of the sea and watch the sun set on the horizon with astounding colors. The local Cretan wines are delicious.Anna Crowther
Staying in one of the luxurious villas means you can have breakfast exclusively in the Ocean Restaurant. A la carte options are cooked to order along with a buffet with a wonderful selection.Anna Crowther
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Daios Cove or take a look at other properties with a Scott Dunn Explorers kids club
On arrival you’ll be immediately impressed by the spectacular views enjoyed from the spacious reception areas with their huge floor to ceiling windows. On either side of the bay, all the luxurious Daios Cove villas and suites enjoy these views of the sea and the pretty cove below. Every room type has been cleverly designed incorporating glass with local stone to compliment the surrounding natural environment of rock, sea and space.
If guests are not relaxing by their own private pool, there is an outdoor infinity pool and children’s pool, which is now heated to 25°C all season. For sports enthusiasts there are also two tennis courts, a fitness center and Spa with an indoor pool. Access to the hotel areas and guest rooms is by the regular club car shuttle service or the funicular followed by meandering pathways and steps for access to the hotel's private sandy beach.
Daios Cove has three restaurants, all of which have a children’s menu. To experience the true taste of Crete, the Greek Taverna serves local specialties and fresh fish and is open from midday to midnight. For Mediterranean cuisine, with a fun fresh fusion, the Ocean restaurant is a popular choice. Pangea serves a variety of international cuisine with theme nights.
The traditional Cretan fishing village of Plaka, opposite the island of Spinalonga, with its authentic tavernas and local artisan shops is well worth a visit. Slightly closer are the bustling shops, bars and restaurants around the marina of Agios Nikolaos.
Daios Cove is a firm favorite for families wanting a relaxing vacation, versatile accommodation and excellent childcare. Our Scott Dunn Explorers kids club looks after children from as young as four months and up to 11 years. It's run by our highly experienced childcare team who organize fun filled days with a huge variety of exciting activities and games to ensure your children have an amazing vacation whatever their age.
The Daios Cove villas, suites and deluxe rooms are excellent choices for families. There is a good range of choice with one or two bedroom suites and one to three bedroom villas (no kitchens), most of which have private pools and terraces. Pool fencing can be arranged on request but there is charge of €75 per stay for rooms other then 2 or 3 bedroom villas. All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV and WiFi.
Villa guests can enhance their vacation and add the Residents Club package to their stay. The package includes a host of additional premium services, such as lunch and dinner each day, a bottle of wine with each lunch and dinner service, selected drinks from any of the bars, ice-creams and juices for all children and many more benefits. The Residents Club package is complimentary for villa guests in April, May and October and at an additional cost all other times.
|Premium Seaview Suite||
This is the most spacious one bedroom suite in the resort. The indoor space is 84sqm and divided into 2 main rooms, a bedroom and bathroom (bath with separate shower) with a separate (via sliding doors) sitting room next door which has a clever folding bed system for when this room needs to be converted into a bedroom. The sitting room also has a dining area and a 2nd bathroom. There is also a good sized terrace/balcony overlooking the beautiful cove. This room is ideal for families.
|One bedroom suite with or without a pool||
This room type has a good sized double bedroom with doors onto the outside terrace. There is a separate sitting room which has a sofa bed and doors to the terrace. Alternatively roll away beds can be requested for children. The en suite bathroom is accessed from both the sitting room and bedroom and features a separate bath and shower. The outside terrace is a good size. The one bedroom suites have an option with or without a private pool. If a private pool has been booked, these can be heated (additional charge) and requested to be fenced, although this carries a €75 per stay charge. his room type is 65sqm.
|Deluxe rooms with or without a pool||
The deluxe rooms are 42sqm. The bathrooms have a separate bath and shower. There is an option to have this room type with or without a pool. If choosing the deluxe double room with a pool, these can be heated at an additional charge and heated to 25 degrees. If you require the pool to be warmer there is an extra supplement applied for every additional degree. Please note that these pools are not very private. Pool fencing can be arranged at €75 per stay.
For guests requiring internal connecting rooms, Scott Dunn recommends the villas at Daios Cove.
Deluxe double rooms connect with deluxe double rooms with private pool. Please note that in all cases (2 exceptions), the connection takes place via the balcony.
Deluxe double rooms also connect with the one bedroomed suites. Please note that this connection takes place via the balcony (ie not an internal interconnection).
For families requiring internally connected rooms, Scott Dunn recommends the villas at Daios Cove.
|Villas with private pools||
There is a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroomed villas. This is the most spacious accommodation type at Daios Cove. Each villa has a good sized heated private saltwater pool (heated up to 25 degrees - see pool heating policy for further information) and large outdoor terracing, which all enjoy the sea views. The villas are split on 2 levels and in many instances have 2 separate entrances. Each villa has the same number of bedrooms to bathrooms and a good sized separate living room with a sofa bed. The 2 bedroomed wellness villa has the addition of a Finnish sauna, Technogym treadmill and oversized round bathtub. Guests staying in a villa are automatically a member of the VIP Cove Club (see 'services' for additional information on the Cove Club).
Two and Three bedroomed Family Villas have the additional benefit of the following:
* Baby monitor (for use within the accommodation only)
* Bottle warmers
* Pool fencing
* Children's welcome gift.
These accommodation types are particularly recommended for families. Pool fencing is provided complimentary in 2 or 3 bedroom pools but charged at €75 per stay for 1 bedroom villas.
Scott Dunn provides childcare for children aged from 4 months to 11 years in our exclusive Explorers kids club. A dedicated indoor and outdoor space and located in an easily accessible part of the resort, it’s full of toys and games for every age. It’s staffed by UK qualified nannies and rangers who organize fun and exciting activities for all ages, from archery and trips to a local olive farm for the older children, and treasure hunts and games on the beach for our younger guests. Each day has a different program of creative and sporting activities, guaranteeing your children have a fun-packed vacation.
Both parents and children love the Explorers kids club at Daios Cove, guaranteeing a fun and relaxed family vacation. More information about our childcare services in Daios Cove can be found here.
|Globetrotters (4mths - 2yrs)||
The Globetrotter area is a friendly and welcoming space designed with little ones in mind. From baby gyms to ride on trucks our youngest guests will always be entertained and having fun in the children’s club.
|Adventurers (3-4 yrs)||
Adventurers are kept busy with lots of fantastic activities. Children can get creative with fantastic art equipment, bake delicious cakes or take part in games in the garden organized by our amazing childcare team.
|Voyagers (5-7 yrs)||
Voyagers spend much of their time out and about making the most of the exciting activities the childcare team have on offer. When they do have some chill out time an area full of toys and games welcomes them where they can catch up with their fellow Voyagers.
|Pioneers (8-11 yrs)||
A chill out zone with beanbags and games console provides the perfect place for Pioneers to relax in between their busy program of activities organized by the Scott Dunn childcare team.
Babysitting is available in the evenings on a request basis and is chargeable per hour.
Daios Cove has three restaurants to choose from, Pangea, a buffet restaurant, a traditional Greek Taverna and Ocean a Mediterranean fine dining option, all of which have a children’s menu. The Ocean also serves breakfast exclusively to Villa guests. Guests booking the half board meal plan enjoy dinner at Pangea, but can also benefit from an enhanced dine around program. This allows guests to dinearound at the other 2 a' la carte restaurants and enjoy a €20 credit per adult or €10 credit per child. Exclusive to Scott Dunn, guests may also dine at lunchtime or take half board in their room. To take advantage of this arrangement, please contact the front desk who will make the necessary arrangements.
After dinner guests can unwind on the Crystal Box Terrace. Styled as a cosy lounge it has a relaxed atmosphere with panoramic views over the bay and offers signature cocktails, downtempo music and live music events.
The pool bar serves food and drinks from 10am - 6pm and the beach bar, from 10am - 7pm.
Please note that the resort restaurants open according to season and hotel occupancy.
The Greek Taverna has delightful sea views and serves local specialties and fresh fish.
Ocean restaurant overlooks the infinity pool and the cove and offers a picturesque setting for à la carte dinner. Mediterranean cuisine with a twist!
Pangea, the buffet restaurant serves a variety of international cuisine with theme nights. Half board guests take evenings meals in Pangea or can opt to use a credit against Ocean or the Greek Taverna.
For guests wanting a change of scene from the beach or the pool, there are 2 tennis courts available and an impressive spa. The Spa by Germaine de Capuccini has a carefully selected variety of spa treatments designed with prestigious products to balance, revitalize and energize your whole body.
The hotel has a fantastic range of watersports on offer at their beach including water skiing, wakeboarding, wave runners, sailing and scuba diving and windsurfing all day. Speedboats, boats (15HP), paddle boats (pedalo), canoes, inflatable water toys and water skiing equipment can be rented by the hour and lessons can be booked.
Further afield beyond the hotel, there are a number of recommended excursions to suit a variety of interests.
There are two tennis courts available at the top of the resort. Exclusively for Scott Dunn guests, these courts are available until 1pm on a complimentary basis, together with raquets and balls.
|Spa and Gym||
As well as a good variety of Spa treaments, there is an indoor infinity pool with breathtaking sea views.
Other services include a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with Technogym, indoor and outdoor studios, Wet Area (Finnish sauna, soft sauna, Mediterraneo, Experience showers, Nimfea reaction Showers), Hairdresser, Manicure & Pedicure Studio.
Guests staying in the Daios Cove villas are automatically entitled to the VIP Cove Club service at Daios Cove. This includes a separate breakfast service in Ocean Restaurant, a dedicated section at the beach, daily newspapers and dedicated guest concierge. At all times, the hotel's concierge is available to assist guests to make sure they get the most out of their stay at Daios Cove.
Villa guests can also enjoy the benefits of being part of the Daios Cove Residents Club service; an enhanced benefit which includes lunch and dinner in all restaurants on a daily basis, selected drinks and cocktails from the bars and many other premium services. These are complimentary for April, May and October and offered at any additional cost all other times.
|Cove Club Service||
Available to guests staying in the villas only. Highlights of this service include:
•Guest Concierge Service at guest's disposal for booking various arrangements
•Special aromatherapy menus
•Preferential booking for à la carte restaurants, spa, activities and excursions
•Breakfast in the Ocean Restaurant
•Villa's section at the beach
•Complimentary Residents Club package included for Villa guests in April, May and October
|Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager||
There is a UK Scott Dunn Guest Relations Manager based at Daios Cove, when our Explorer Programme is in operation. Our Manager is there to meet and greet Scott Dunn guests on arrival in resort and is available to assist with the smooth running and enjoyment of guests vacation.
Location & Directions
Daios Cove is located 10 minutes south of Agios Nikolaos. The hotel is situated around its own cove with the rooms on the hillside overlooking the cove.
When to go
The climate in Crete is warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May and October are particularly pleasurable months.