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
We had a super 10 days here at the start of October. We arrived very late evening and were really impressed that a cold meat and cheese platter with greek salad was brought to the room for us.
The room was lovely. Huge bed, sofa area and bathroom. The balcony was my favourite. Really private but with fabulous views..nice to sit out with a glass of wine or two. The only downside is a lack of drawers...plenty of hanging space but no drawers.
The food was excellent ... we ate most nights in the buffet as the food was pretty high quality and the restaurant was nice.....not the frenzied lukewarm buffet you can sometimes get in large hotels.
Loved the little buzzers on the sun loungers to reach the pool bar. The loungers were really spaced out which I really like.
Plaka is a 5 minute walk...lovely little village with excellent food and decent different souvenirs to buy. There is a mini market too for water, wine and other supplies.
Elounda is a €10 taxi ride away..... really recommend the lotus eaters, canally and our favourite, the ferryman.
Spinalonga is a must do trip from Plaka.... if you go on a Sunday... its free entry. Also read the book the island which brings it to life.
This was a high end hotel but very relaxed and informal. Definite recommend.
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.