Crete 5-star hotels – An expert guide for 2023
The biggest island in Greece, Crete is full of 5-star hotels and luxurious resorts for every taste! From seaside hotels with a private beach, like Blue Palace in Elounda to elegant boutique hotels in the heart of the city, like Serenissima in Chania, Crete boasts a wide variety of accommodation options. To discover our favourite 5-star hotels in Crete, keep reading!
The best hotels
Thanks to its seaside location and beautiful natural surroundings, Abaton offers majestic views and a peaceful environment that is ideal for relaxation! The resort’s 152 exclusively-designed rooms come in 14 different types, which provide luxurious and comfortable accommodation to every type of traveler. They feature top-notch facilities, like private pools, outdoor hot tubs, freestanding bathtubs, Nespresso coffee machines, and fully-stocked minibars.
Families, couples, and groups of friends, as Abaton Island Resort & Spa offers plenty of accommodation options, including villas, suites, and guestrooms.
The infamous Buddha Bar is arguably one of the resort’s standouts. At this legendary bar, you can savor neo-Asian specialties, sip on sophisticated signature cocktails, and marvel at the breathtaking view any time of the day. We bet it’s going to be your favorite spot!
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Accommodation options at Aldemar Royal Mare include spacious family suites, bungalows, and opulent suites with a private or shared pool. All come with luxurious facilities, like private verandas, VIP bath sets, access to VIP breakfast, fresh fruits & mineral water with a daily refill, VIP welcome cocktail and local wine, jacuzzi bathtubs, and espresso coffee machines.
Aldemar Royal Mare is ideal for families, as it offers all the space and activities needed to keep all the members of the family satisfied and entertained!
If you’re an exhausted parent, you’re in for a treat! Royal Mare Thalasso Spa, one of the top 10 Thalasso Spas worldwide, is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Indulge in a selection of rejuvenating treatments and natural therapies, like oriental hammam & massage, hydrotherapy treatments, marine mud & seaweed body wraps, and leave stress behind!
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Blue Palace is ideal for all types of travelers, from couples seeking seclusion to families who want plenty of space and facilities.
If you want to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and the cobalt blue waters of the Aegean sea to the fullest, Blue Palace is the place to be! With a long private beach carpeted with white pebbles, a water sports center, caique excursions, and infinity pools, this resort offers the ultimate Greek beach experience!
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Staying true to their Venetian heritage, the hotel’s 24 guestrooms and suites have classic decor and elaborate furniture. All come with luxurious marble bathrooms with jacuzzi bathtubs, large king-size beds, complimentary Apivita toiletries, and minibars.
Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa is ideal for couples! Its Romantic Suite and Honeymoon Suite are great choices for honeymooners or couples on a romantic getaway.
We love the vintage charm and Venetian style of Casa Delfino -it makes us feel transported to another era. One of the best ways to enjoy the Venetian vibe of the hotel is to have breakfast at the beautiful cobbled courtyard, which boasts a romantic-retro setting!
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Families, couples, and foodies thanks to the hotel’s endless dining options.
Creta Maris Resort cares about the environment and shows it through its sustainability program, which includes the cultivation of organic fruits and vegetables, the support of the local economy, the protection of the area’s biodiversity, and more.
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There are many fun activities that will keep the younger offspring occupied and adults relaxed. With several children’s clubs for all ages from babies to teenagers, a babysitting service, six restaurants, unlimited ice cream, an infinity seawater swimming pool, and an excellent spa, everyone’s going to be happy!
Families with kids of all ages who love activities.
The view from the rooms and suites of Daios Cove is breathtaking. Their big floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of Vathi Bay and plenty of sunlight during the day!
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True to the island’s architectural identity yet tastefully contemporary, Domes of Elounda consists of traditional-style stone-built suites and opulent family-friendly residences that cater to the needs of every type of traveler. As for the hotel amenities, they include four restaurants, a spa, 40,000 sq.meter gardens, and fashion boutiques.
Couples and families. Suites and villas at Domes of Elounda come in many shapes and sizes, so there’s no way you won’t find the one that suits you!
From a VIP beach area, a pillow menu, 24/7 concierge service, and helicopter transfers to private in-villa dining, butler service, and exclusive events, Haute Living -the hotel’s exclusive benefits package- caters to the needs of even the most demanding travelers. If you want to upgrade your stay and enjoy a selection of top-notch services, don’t miss it!
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Based on the concept of ‘Ef zin’, the Ancient Greek take on well-being, the suites and villas of Domes Zeen are designed to offer guests plenty of space and comfort. From tropical bungalows and open plan suites for couples to spacious pavilions with a private pool for families, Domes Zeen knows how to offer top-tier accommodation to all types of travelers!
Couples and families. Suites and villas at Domes Zeen come in many shapes and sizes, so there’s no way you won’t find the one that suits you!
From a private lounge area, a farewell gift, free upgrade to Dine Around half board, and a pillow menu to all-day snacks and fruit, 24/7 concierge service, and exclusive check experience, Haute Living -the hotel’s exclusive benefits package- caters to the needs of even the most demanding travelers. If you want to upgrade your stay and enjoy a selection of top-notch services, don’t miss it!
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Families, couples, and groups of friends who want to relax and enjoy a wide variety of facilities.
With five tennis courts, a top-notch spa, four bars, seven restaurants, limousine, helicopter, and private jet transfer service, boutiques, private heated pools, and a museum within the hotel premises, we won’t blame you if you don’t manage to drag yourself out of the hotel premises!
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Couples and honeymooners who want to celebrate their love far from the distractions of modern life.
Nema Design Hotel’s suites are the absolute romantic sanctuaries for couples! They offer both privacy and comfort, as well as luxurious facilities, like outdoor jacuzzis, private swimming pools, and black stone walk-in rainfall showers.
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Families with little kids that love having fun water games and slides.
It’s not just the kids that are going to have a blast at Grecotel Marine Palace and Aqua Spa. There are many treats for adults, too, including a spa offering holistic treatments, four outdoor pools (two with seawater and two with fresh water), an indoor heated pool, fitness classes (Zumba, water polo, aerobics, and more), tennis, golf, and watersports.
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As for adult facilities, Lux Me White Palace features a spa with private massage rooms, a hammam, and a nail bar, twenty pools, scuba diving, yoga, and pilates lessons, water sports, and many more exclusive facilities.
Families with kids of all ages and honeymooners.
Lux Me White Palace is home to Agreco, a small traditional farm, and a mini zoo. There, you can have a hands-on experience of the farmer’s everyday life and taste scrumptious local delicacies!
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Serenissima Boutique Hotel’s rooms are tastefully decorated with traditional furniture, arched ceilings, and stone walls. All come with four-layer king-size beds, a pillow menu, complimentary Molton Brown toiletries, boutique cotton bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels, and stone bathrooms with rain showers.
Couples, honeymooners, and families will find all the comfort they need in the rooms and suites of Serenissima. What’s more, the hotel’s central location in Chania is ideal for sightseeing, as it offers easy access to the city’s main points of interest.
Serenissima restaurant, which lies in the hotel, is one of the best restaurants in Chania.It serves a wide selection of creative Mediterranean dishes created by chef Iosif Petroff, as well as a variety of local and international wines. The sophisticated character and scrumptious food of Serenissima restaurant are the reasons why it’s a locals’ favorite -we bet it will be one of yours, too!
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As for accommodation, you can choose between luxurious pool villas and overwater bungalows with a jacuzzi and direct access to the pool. What’s better than a refreshing dip in the pool to wake you up in the morning?
Honeymooners and romantic couples. Stella island is also perfect for couples who want to celebrate a special occasion, as it offers an event planning service.
We love the exotic Bali-like ambiance of Stella Island Luxury Resort and Spa! You might be tempted to not leave your sun lounger throughout your stay, but we highly recommend that you try the activities the resort can organize for you, like horseback riding, scuba diving, and trekking. At the end of the day, you can treat yourself to a relaxing couples massage at the spa.
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