Cavo Spada Luxury Resort And Spa
What We Love
- A five-star, all-inclusive resort in the gorgeous Greek Isles, with a beautiful sea-view roomStaying just steps from the water and soaking up the sea views from your room
- Indulging in a spa treatment or two
- Exploring the ancient hilltop villages and breathtaking beaches of Crete
What To Know
- The beach is pebble – not sand
- On-site restaurants serve Greek and international cuisine
- The hotel is in a very quiet and relaxed village not far from Chania
If you’ve ever wanted to step into a postcard, you won’t be disappointed by the island of Crete. The largest of the Greek Isles, it offers a stunning variety of landscapes, like white-sand coves with turquoise waters and impressive mountains that tower in the distance. It’s all too easy to fill your days here, with everything from impressive ancient ruins and pristine beaches to some of the greatest food and drink on the planet – not to mention the fabled birthplace of Zeus.
The tranquil, beachfront Cavo Spada Luxury Resort and Spa is the perfect hideaway on this mythical island. Surrounded by the stunning Mediterranean waters and boasting spectacular views of Rodopou Peninsula, this five-star retreat is steeped in natural beauty while still located only half an hour away from the city of Chania. With a lagoon swimming pool, four restaurants, tennis courts and a spa, the resort has everything you could need, and then some.
The rooms at Cavo Spada Luxury Resort and Spa are bright, airy and open-plan. With refreshing décor and plenty of space, they provide the perfect base for a relaxing Crete getaway. Each of the Deluxe Double Sea View rooms is equipped with a furnished balcony or terrace so you can really enjoy those gorgeous Mediterranean views.
Arsenali restaurant serves up buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dishes ranging from classic Greek delicacies to international cuisine. Meals can be taken either in the large indoor dining room or on the outdoor terrace. Sea Line Beach Tavern give you another outdoor option and serves Mediterranean and Cretan favorites. For Italian, Azzuro restaurant is on hand for à la carte dining, and Avra features à la carte Mediterranean, as well as fusion and Asian cuisine.For drinks, Pool Bar and Main Bar are both excellent spots for an afternoon or evening cocktail. Main Bar especially, with its sophisticated setting and live music once a week, is highly recommended for a nightcap after a long day.
The hotel’s spa takes relaxation to another level. With a full range of services, including therapeutic treatments, a hammam, a sauna, an indoor heated pool and hydromassage facilities, you can be sure that you’ll be taken care of.
Cavo Spada Luxury Resort & Spa is perched on the edge of Kolymbari, a picturesque fishing village with little tavernas, shops and a beautiful stretch of beach. If you’re in the mood to explore more of the island, the beautiful city of Chania is less than 15 miles away.
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I recently visited Cavo Spada with 3 girlfriends and had a wonderful time. The hotel was beautifully decorated and clean and the staff were amazing. The hotel manager was always available and interacting with guests, and the Reception staff (in particular Voula) were ready to assist with any request. The ambience was very friendly and laid back and despite the hotel being very full the service was still very personal and friendly. Special thanks to Panos in the Restaurant, Stefanou in the Pool Bar, and Konstantina in Azuro who not only served us at dinner but also shared her extensive knowledge of Cretan wine. I regularly travel on business and stay in 5 star hotels and I can say that Cavo Spada is up there with best of them! I look forward to returning soon.
I visited with my 3 friends in early June and we had a fantastic stay thanks to the incredible staff who couldn't do enough for us - any request was dealt with efficiently and immediately. I would like to especially mention the hotel manager who was visible always and took interest in everything that was happening at the hotel and never failed to greet us when we met in the corridor, the bar or restaurant. We were also very well looked after by our 'friend' Panos in the main restaurant - he looked after us very well and always with a big smile. The food in both restaurants was excellent and the hotel was extremely well kept and clean. I am a very well travelled ex-airline employee so have much experience in hotels and resorts and would definitely recommend Cavo Spada to other travellers which deserves 5 stars and more!
We just spent 9 days here and had a very good time. The hotel is nicely laid out, very clean, has friendly staff and good food. The pool is huge, with a large grass area with good sunbeds. The beach is immediately beyond this grassy area, however it is pebbly and beach shoes are recommended. The hotel has a large, well equipped gym and lots of training options.
A good point: there are a number of free water dispensers inside and outside.
But the Internet really sucks. We were only occasionally able to connect in our room, and then the internet was very, very slow (0.1 Mb/s) and very unstable. Connections usually timed out. Impossible to download or upload emails with attachments. When we took the time to walk to reception and try there, it was usually a little better, but not all that much. We ended up using our mobile 4G connections to get anything done. One evening there was no hot water, but usually plenty hot water. Our room had both a tub and a nice, large shower. This hotel can be recommended.
Me, my partner and our 18 month old son stayed for our first overseas family holiday and opted for the all inclusive package. The hotel is kept very well, all of the staff are immaculately friendly and helpful and the food, even at the buffet in the main restaurant, was of high quality, great variety and delicious. The main pool is a gradual incline which is fantastic for toddlers. Beach was quiet, although pebbles and not sand. There is a mini club for kids with plenty of toys and crafts.
We also paid for a day out on a cruise to Balos Lagoon which was well worth it at £40 each.
I'd like to give special mention to the extra friendly Maitre D who made every meal time run smoothly, the pool bar barman who is genuinely a good and funny guy, and Maria and Georgia who our son absolutely loved interacting with during the trip.
We stayed at the Cavo Spada during the May half term with our 3 and 9 year old boys and have had a really good week. We were fortunate with the weather as the guests before us had had a week of rain and wind which would definitely have caused problems at this hotel as many of the activities are outside: something to consider when booking pre-Summer.
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous. The design is stunning, it’s immaculately clean and the pool is phenomenal (but also incredibly cold: be prepared in the summer months as it’s unheated). On our first morning, we got up to look around in the daylight and felt like we had stumbled into paradise.
The service is generally excellent. We had a problem with our room which was rectified very promptly and generously. The staff in the restaurant and the cleaners are super, so friendly with our children and no request is too big.
The range of sport on offer is excellent. We are a very sporty family and tried everything from yoga to aqua to circuit training. The yoga, beachside and with the mountains in the background was particularly lovely. We used the well-equipped gym every day and enjoyed the tennis courts, beach and pool.
The setting can’t be faulted, snowy mountains on one side, tranquil blue sea on the other. We didn’t mind the stony beach at all, and loved going for a stroll there after dinner watching the sunset.
The food was great, huge variation, kids were happy and nobody got poorly.
Our room was lovely, it led straight out onto the pool- perfect for the children to hop in to the water and return to the room when they started to turn blue.
This hotel is perhaps not the best for families, in terms of the activities on offer for children. We were a little disappointed by the fact that there was nothing that actively encouraged the children to play together (there is a mini club but it doesn’t make its way out of a small hut) we tried to help them to make friends but a bit difficult, as the pool was so cold, the children aren’t in for long. Perhaps just a quirk of when we came, it might be different in the summer holidays. The playground was negligible. Two swings and a tiny pop-up slide doth not a playground make.
It’s a very quiet, grown-up feeling place, no music around the pool (although there is a reason for this as we discovered- see later!) which was nice and in fitting with the calm, modern vibe, but I had a residual feeling that when our children were leaping about and playing with the ball in the pool that they sounded very loud in contrast.
My big problem with the pool-side rooms is that when they have entertainment in the evenings (admittedly only twice a week) it’s incredibly difficult to get the children to sleep as the volume is so loud that it feels as if the band are on your room belting out Abracadabra. Some might say if you can’t beat em, join em...
Children can’t use the indoor pool as it’s part of an adult only spa. This would be a problem if the pool was too cold for them as it left them nowhere to swim.
The hotel is pretty far from Chania. The bus is good and regular (get a timetable from reception). It can be a bit tricky to know when to get off when coming back to the hotel: some conductors will help you, some won’t. We worked out a system where we pressed the bell for the bus to stop just as we passed the BP garage. Usually it takes about 30/40 mins to get there, but once we went around lunchtime and it took nearly an hour as the bus was really busy. We visited the water park at Limopolis which was fab. If you want to do this, get a timetable from the bus station at Chania before you plan your visit as there are only a couple of buses per day.
Lastly, and I suppose this is just being abroad, but it’s perfectly fine for people to smoke on the outside terrace whilst you are eating your dinner. I have a massive problem with this, particularly with children present but perhaps that’s just me.
All in all, a lovely place. You will feel like you are really well looked after and you can’t fault the setting and service.