Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete
What We Love
- Onsite olive groves
- A pair of flood lit tennis courts
- Grilled catch-of-the-day at the resort’s taverna, Blue Door
- A bottle of local honey wine presented upon arrival
What To Know
- There is a supervised kids’ club
- Even basic rooms (the Superior Bungalows) are furnished with king-size beds
- The resort is home to a dive center and a PADI-certified instructor
- Guests have easy access to the property’s private pebble beach
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A seaside paradise that gracefully delivers in both the kid and grown-up categories is increasingly rare, making this bewitching beach getaway especially precious. The property’s award-winning spa, with views of Elounda Gulf, caters to both adults (thalassotherapy; hammam-inspired body massages) and younger travelers, who can choose from treatments like The Princess Glow or the Mini Mani. While the resort makes a strong case for staying within its enchanting white-washed confines—there are five restaurants including a locally-sourced steakhouse and an outdoor jazz lounge—its cerulean neighbor makes for some stiff competition. For the best of both worlds, pairing the resort’s gracious hospitality with its beguiling backdrop, drink in a sunset on one of the countless daybeds at the Isola Beach Club, or try your luck at underwater photography at the private beach while the tots embark on one of many guided adventures, from Cretan dance classes and crash courses on Greek mythology to tennis “happy hour” (read: free lessons) and bike rides through the stone villages of neighboring Mirabello.
In the Area
The resort is an hour’s drive from Heraklion Airport, and within strolling distance of the buzzing tavernas of the village of Plaka. Honeymooners can hop aboard the Blue Palace’s very own caique, or traditional fishing boat, and glide around the rocky isle of Spinalonga, filled with ancient Roman relics, while indulging in a distinctly Cretian wine and cheese platter. Families shouldn’t miss a visit to the Cretaquarium, a refreshingly modern home to a legendary shark tank and over 200 marine species. Alternatively, the concierge can also arrange for golfing, equestrian and go-carting excursions. Areti Monastery, a fortress-like expanse with 12 ancient cypress trees (said to represent each of the apostles) is just about 10 miles away.
How to Get There
The Blue Palace has many things to offer.The views are breathtaking as the hotel is set on a hill and on different levels.The beach has pebbles not sand but has a board walk to make walking easier.The main restaurant has a buffet and different options on different night.There are other restaurants but they come with quite a high supplement.There are lovely little restaurants in Plaka if you don’t choose the half board option.It is advisable to have a private transfere from the airport as it takes approximately 80 mins to Elounda.We chose a bungalow with private heated pool which is a lovely touch with the stunning views looking over to Spinalonga island.Please be aware though that the HEATED pools are not that heated and you are paying extra for this luxury.During our stay both our neighbours complained about the pools temperature.We travelled to this resort in October 2017 and again this year.Climate wise October can be hit or miss.Last year was warmer during our stay.I did feel in this trip the service was not as attentive as last time.Even though we were a week earlier it’s like the season had already ended giving off a more casual approach around the resort.All in all we loved both trips here and would recommend this hotel.
We stayed here as a couple (w/o kids)
The hotel is located on a hill with great views to the village of Plaka and the bay with Spinalonga island. You can take taxi or bus to Elounda or Agious Nikolaus, but if you want to do some exploring I'd recommend a rental car.
The building is on the hill, so all rooms have views towards the sea. The building shows some signs of age, but it's still in a good condition overall. The territory is actually rather big, but walk able.
We had a room with private/heated pool. The room was not very big but of sufficient size. The bathroom had a walk-in shower and small tub. Sometimes there were some issues with the water pressure, but it wasn't constant so it didn't bother us. The best was the small terrace and pool. Even though we didn't use the pool too often, it was a nice perk. The weather was warm and sunny, but not too hot.
We booked half-board, so we had breakfast and dinner included in the main restaurant. There was an open buffet and we only paid for the drinks at dinner. The food was not very special, but it was good with enough selection and dinner had around 4-5 different themes during our 10 day visit. We also tried the Flame restaurant, where the food was of higher class (but also more expensive, even though they apply a credit due to the half-board). We either skipped lunch or had it at one of the restaurants in Plaka or Elounda.
We visited the gym every other day and it was great. It's not very big but had what we needed plus a nice view towards the beach/water. The spa is also very nice with a saltwater pool and saunas. There is also a private beach (but no sand). We stayed there only once, as the weather was not too hot and we wanted to visit other parts of the island. Also, we used the tennis court once (the hotel provides rackets and balls).
Overall, this was a nice stay. The staff was very friendly and the hotel had all we needed. It didn't feel overly luxury to me, but that was ok. They do have a helipad and also private villa's probably you can get some more luxury experience that way.
As Platinum Premier Elite, I was hoping to get an upgrade, but the hotel was 100% occupied during our first week (end of September), so we got the room we booked.
We stayed for 10 days and found it a good place to chill out. However it is a big resort and trying to do too much for too many. It would be better split into several smaller resorts with different standards. The rooms are lovely, the staff great, the view amazing but the beach is windy and the restaurants are dull and lacking atmosphere. Thank goodness Plaka and Elounda are nearby. I would only do B&B another time as the Breakfast is excellent. The pools are nice if a little cool but the spa is ridiculously expensive. Room service and beach service are reasonable and nicely done.
Our family stayed in the Royal Blue Villa for a week. We absolutely loved it. It was a beautiful view looking at the nearby island of Spinalonga. All the staff were polite and never got anything wrong. There were 5 restaurants, all with great food, and a brilliant private beach. The nearby town of Plaka had some really nice seafood restaurants. For our family it was a perfect holiday and we would definitely go there again.
The view is absolutely stunning but I'm afraid that is the only positive during our short stay. Initially we had booked a bungalow with private swimming pool for 7 nights, The swimming pool was so cold it made me unwell, we knew it was October but was assured the swimming pool would be warm enough to enter, swimming in North Pole temperatures is not my nor my wife's sort of thing, the severe lack of privacy is also something that the hotel should think about before they advertise as "private". The building is rather dated and in need of quite a bit of upgrading and repair. We were on half board basis so breakfast and evening meal, we had just came from 4 days wonderful stay in a beautiful hotel in Elounda and wished we could have stayed there. The food in this hotel is plentiful but I'm afraid it was not 5* food we were served and certainly not the quality of food we expect from hotels in the 5* category. Without sounding ignorant I thought a large percentage of the food was terrible. When I'm paying out thousands of pounds for any hotel I expected the standard to be high, After day 3 the breakfast was so bad we decided then that we would check out. The food was cold and had lain under the hot lights for god knows how long, the food on the hot plates was so old it looked disgusting. The buffet style restaurant is a fantastic way of dining but only if the food is served freshly instead of laying out until the trays are empty. We had dinner twice in the restaurant and the second time we had wished we ate down in Plaka or Elounda. There are other restaurants on site however the standard of the main restaurant put us off. I wouldn't stay here again and I wouldn't recommend to anyone thinking of booking here. It's expensive and a complete rip off. Yes the view is amazing and the hotel looks lovely in the photographs but in reality it was a dirty drop to what we expected, no luxury at all, a private pool so cold it made us feel ill and food so bad we couldn't eat. Checking out 4 days early and managing to book into another hotel saved our holiday, certainly not a case of you get what you pay for. In our case is we paid out, got ripped off and learned very quickly. There are far better places to stay all around the area.