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
Just arrived back from an amazing week with family (husband and daughter) from this truly incredible hotel. It really does give you the WOW factor.
When booking I booked a Luxury Island Suite with sea view and heated private pool.
All the Holiday was booked with Jet2, which included additional luggage allowance, free drinks on board the plane and private transfer to and from the hotel (about a 45 mins drive from the airport). The holiday was quite pricey therefore I did expect a little bit of Luxury and i was not disappointed at all... the hotel is simply stunning.
They did on arrival put us in a suite in the main building (room 511). It was a beautiful room, however not as per the rooms advertised, nor worthy of the price tag I had paid. Don't get me wrong the room was very lovely, however the sea view was minimal, the room smaller than i anticipated and also a little bit dated. I spoke to reception immediately and very politely asked to be moved and moved to the room similar to advertised and with a more direct sea view. I have to admit, the hotel were more than accommodating and they moved us to the most exquisite suite on the other side of the resort (room 717) and this room was perfect in every way. The view, the size, the bathrooms, everything was unreal and very very beautiful. From that point onward our holiday was simply perfect. With our package you can eat breakfast in a beautiful place overlooking the sea, this is for Suite and Villa guests only therefore it did not get over crowded at all, in fact the service and food was impeccable. We did not use the buffet at all, we dined around at the various restaurants, all might I add are fabulous. The food everywhere was out of this world. On the Beach we used 'The Haven', once again this was an area for suite and Villa guests, no running for sunbeds... all simply divine as nothing was too much trouble. To conclude, this hotel is phenomenal and one of the most beautiful and indulgent hotels I have ever stayed in. Nothing was too much trouble for any member of staff... George our incredible waiter was fabulous. Visit this resort, you will not be disappointed. It is beautiful in every way, from its location, to hospitality, to service, to friendliness. All incredible ..
Superb hotel, clean spacious bedrooms with stunning views of Spinalonga. We only ate breakfast which was excellent with a wide range of choices. Staff were very welcoming and polite every morning. For evening meals we walked into Plaka - 5 mins every evening. Here, there was an abundance of restaurants who all served fantastic food at reasonable prices. The shops selling Crertian goods were so quaint and everything was beautifully presented.Not a 'tacky' shop in sight.
We are currently staying at blue palace for 2 weeks in superior bungalow for 3 people. The hotel is gorgeous, overlooking Spinalonga and a couple of minutes walk to Plaka or few minutes drive to Elounda. The hotel is stunning and has lots of choice regarding restaurants, bars, pools etc. We love spending the day on the beach. There are always plenty of sun beds. The beach bar for lunch is lovely and very reasonable in price. The gym is great for morning workout and lots of water-sports to choose from. The rooms are gorgeous all with amazing view and the additional bed in our room so comfortable for our daughter. The staff are so friendly. Will definitely be coming back.