Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa , CRETE, Greece
This perfect hideaway, nestled on the famed coast of Elounda, combines an authentic island experience with the finest award-winning cuisine and fantastic creature comforts.
There’s so much to impress you here: the imposing reception that shouts ‘luxury’; the jaw-dropping views, the deep blue sea and sky meeting at the island of Spinalonga (setting for Victoria Hislop’s best-seller, The Island); the calming white space of your room or suite.
Or for something a little swishier, the villas at Blue Palace built over two levels are utterly decadent, while the Royal Blue Villa is the perfect ‘Royal’ fantasy.
There's plenty to do here too, with indoor and outdoor pools and an elevator taking guests down the cliffside to the pebble beach.
Five restaurants serve a variety of cuisine, from fresh fish and Greek salads to gourmet Mediterranean cooking, while The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy provides a heavenly escape with the sound of waves helping to soothe.