Unforgettable Luxury Escapes: Top Hotels in Crete, Greece

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Discover the epitome of luxury on the captivating island of Crete, Greece. Indulge in the world-class hospitality and breathtaking surroundings offered by these top 10 hotels in Crete, Greece. Each property boasts distinctive features, providing unique experiences that cater to discerning travelers. From secluded beachfront retreats to lavish resorts nestled in historical settings, Crete offers an array of unforgettable accommodations to suit every taste. Whether you seek secluded tranquility, vibrant city life, or a mix of relaxation and adventure, these top 10 properties cater to every discerning traveler's desires. Immerse yourself in world-class hospitality, breathtaking views, gourmet cuisine, and unparalleled services during your unforgettable stay on this captivating island.

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Read on for details on the top hotels in Crete, Greece, plus a few lovely day trips.

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda
Location: Nestled in the exclusive Elounda area, overlooking the Mirabello Bay
Highlights: Private sandy beach, expansive sea-view rooms and suites, luxurious spa, award-winning restaurants, private infinity pools (select accommodations)
Ideal for: Discerning travelers seeking a serene seaside escape
Starting Price: Rooms start at $400 per night

Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection, Chania
Location: Set within the vibrant city of Chania, with direct access to a Blue Flag beach
Highlights: Adults-only concept, stylish design, private pools (select accommodations), personalized concierge services, world-class dining options
Ideal for: Couples and honeymooners in search of modern luxury and vibrant city life
Starting Price: Rooms start at $350 per night

Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Elounda
Location: Perched on a hillside overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello
Highlights: Exclusive villas with private pools, gourmet dining, personalized butler service, private yacht charters
Ideal for: Families and couples seeking ultimate privacy and personalized service
Starting Price: Villas start at $600 per night

Acro Wellness Suites, Heraklion
Location: Situated in the picturesque city of Heraklion, overlooking the Cretan Sea
Highlights: Exclusive wellness-focused concept, spacious suites with private pools, personalized fitness programs, healthy gourmet cuisine, rejuvenating spa, yoga and meditation classes
Ideal for: Health-conscious travelers seeking a holistic retreat
Starting Price: Suites start at $400 per night

Amirandes, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Gouves
Location: Situated on the picturesque Gouves Bay, near Heraklion
Highlights: Expansive beachfront property, luxurious private villas, gourmet dining experiences, indulgent spa, water sports and outdoor activities
Ideal for: Families and couples seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure
Starting Price: Rooms start at $350 per night

Minos Beach Art Hotel, Agios Nikolaos
Location: Set in a tranquil waterfront location near Agios Nikolaos
Highlights: Unique bungalow-style accommodations, private pools (select accommodations), an art gallery, waterfront dining, rejuvenating spa
Ideal for: Art lovers and couples seeking a serene and artistic ambiance
Starting Price: Rooms start at $300 per night

Abaton Island Resort & Spa, Hersonissos
Location: Perched on a beautiful sandy beach in Hersonissos
Highlights: Chic and modern design, luxurious suites with private pools, gourmet dining options, exquisite spa facilities, beach club with a vibrant atmosphere
Ideal for: Trendsetting travelers and luxury seekers
Starting Price: Suites start at $500 per night

Pnoe Breathing Life, Karteros Beach
Location: Located in a tranquil coastal area near Heraklion
Highlights: Brand new Adults only resort focusing on wellness and holistic experiences, eco-friendly design, luxurious suites and villas, private pools (select accommodations), organic farm-to-table dining, spa and wellness center, specialized breathing techniques and workshops
Ideal for: Wellness enthusiasts and nature lovers seeking a sustainable and rejuvenating retreat
Starting Price: Suites start at $500 per night

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Agios Nikolaos
Location: Nestled on a private beach in the Gulf of Mirabello, near Agios Nikolaos
Highlights: Elegant sea-view rooms and villas, exceptional dining experiences, a private sandy beach, rejuvenating spa, water sports activities
Ideal for: Couples and families seeking refined luxury and natural beauty
Starting Price: Rooms start at $400 per night

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Agios Nikolaos
Location: Tucked away in a private cove near Agios Nikolaos
Highlights: Spectacular sea-view rooms and villas, private infinity pools (select accommodations), exquisite dining options, state-of-the-art spa, water sports activities
Ideal for: Discerning travelers looking for exclusivity and privacy
Starting Price: Rooms start at $500 per night

Day trips:

Explore the Stunning Beaches: Crete is renowned for its breathtaking beaches. Spend your days lounging on the golden sands and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Some must-visit beaches include:

Balos Beach: Located on the northwestern coast, Balos Beach boasts turquoise waters and unique rock formations.

Elafonisi Beach: Situated on the southwestern coast, Elafonisi is known for its pink-hued sand and shallow lagoons.

Vai Beach: Located on the eastern coast, Vai Beach is famous for its palm forest, golden sand, and vibrant blue waters.

Discover the Enchanting Samaria Gorge: Embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure through the Samaria Gorge. This dramatic 16-kilometer-long canyon, located in the White Mountains of Crete, offers breathtaking views, towering cliffs, and rich flora and fauna. It is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Immerse Yourself in the Cretan Highlands: Head inland and explore the picturesque Cretan highlands. Here, you can discover traditional villages, visit ancient monasteries, and witness the stunning natural beauty of the rugged mountain landscapes. Make sure to visit:

The Plateau of Lasithi: This fertile plateau is dotted with picturesque windmills and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The Village of Anogia: Experience authentic Cretan culture in this traditional mountain village known for its music and folklore traditions.

Visit the Iconic Island of Spinalonga: Take a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga, situated in the Gulf of Elounda. Explore the well-preserved Venetian fortress and learn about its fascinating history as a leper colony. The island offers stunning views and a unique glimpse into Crete's past.

Explore the Mythical Island of Chrissi: Embark on a day trip to the island of Chrissi, located south of Crete. This uninhabited paradise boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a peaceful atmosphere. Walk along the cedar forest trails, relax on the golden sand, and swim in the turquoise sea.

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For more travel inspiration in Greece, check out Fora Advisor Bianca Ragusa's guide, The Ultimate Guide to Greece in November: Santorini.

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