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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
No words can describe the amazing setting of this resort. It is breathtaking the view and beauty of the property. Our room included a splash pool and large balcony which was really nice. The food at the resort was really good. The service all around was quite good. The only reason why I don't give it 5 stars is because the bathroom in our room as not up to snuff. It showed sings of age with staining of the marble, the shower was not configured well and water would go on the floor outside of the shower. Also, we had ants in our bathroom on multiple occasions. One night there was a big swarm and we had them come spray. We saw ants here and there the rest at other times too. The bathroom can just use a makeover. Also in the room, there could be plugs by the beds, it would be helpful. The setting and the service make up for most of the little issues. We had a great experience overall.
Theres not much to say other then this hotel resort & spa is paradise. Currently on holiday here it’s very beautiful & super luxurious. Food is amazing and the staff are wonderful and friendly. You don’t want to miss this one.
I read so many reviews before booking. I scrolled through so many pictures. And still, I was speechless as we drove into the property. The trees that line up to enter the hotel are magical. The views are spectacular. The setting is one of the most beautiful we have experienced.
A number of reviews complain about the steps and distances in the hotel. We didn’t find this to be a problem at all! There is a funicular connecting lobby and main areas of the hotel to pool, restaurants, and beach. This made it easy and quick to go anywhere. We visited with our two year old twins and never found it hard.
Our twins had the best time. We loved spending the day with them at the pools. There was one pool where we basically had the entire pool and sitting area just for ourselves every day, it was the best. We rented a big inflatable swan from the resort for two days , the kids really really loved it!
Every morning, we would sit on the platform that led into the ocean to feed bread to the fish. Tons of colourful fish of different colours and sizes would come to the surface. It was super fun! We would then jump in the ocean and swim with all the beautiful fish around us.
Amazing service. Amazing restaurants. We almost didn’t eat at the Italian one because who eats Italian food when they are in Greece? well this was actually the BEST meal we had in Crete! All restaurants are expensive but the food is delicious and the atmosphere is great.We weren’t impressed by the Blue Door restaurant though and don’t think we would eat there again. The food and drinks from the pool restaurant were delicious , the slow cooked lamb flatbread was sooooo good.
And finally breakfast. Loved the jug of delicious orange juice waiting on our table every morning. The champagne was a nice touch, and to the person playing the piano - it was so beautiful and made our mornings! This was one of the best breakfasts at any Bonvoy property we have ever visited.
The lounge bar area has a terrific atmosphere at night too with beautiful music. Make sure to check the resort calendar for special events such as the outdoor movie night!
Just two negatives to mention. The pools were quite cold and take a while to warm up to (but once you do they’re great). Maybe the hotel could consider heating them? Also, we had spotty service at times with orders being forgotten at the pool area, servers seeming upset that we arrived at the restaurant too late, and the phone operator not getting back to us at times. These issues were always quickly resolved with a more senior member of the team walking up to us and apologizing, their attention to detail and care for customer service always made it better. It was great to see there was always somebody looking out for great service!
Being in this resort felt like spending our vacation inside a postcard. Highly recommend this place for families, couples, and to anyone really looking for a beautiful setting and a really wonderful hotel stay!