The Best Luxury Hotels in Crete, Greece

With its sharp style, sun-drenched infinity pools and relaxed vibe, Domes Zeen Chania stands out from the crowd
With its sharp style, sun-drenched infinity pools and relaxed vibe, Domes Zeen Chania stands out from the crowd | Courtesy of Domes Zeen Chania / Expedia
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27 January 2021

From the crystal-clear waters of Elafonisi to the Knossos ruins, these plush hotels offer a pampered stay on the Greek island of Crete.

If you’re after glorious sea views, private pools, top-quality food and peaceful spas on your next trip to Crete, we have good news. This sun-soaked Greek isle is packed with luxury hotels offering just that. We’ve found our favourites in locations including Chania, Elounda and Malia, with both family-friendly and adults-only options to choose from.

Stella Island Luxury Resort and Spa

Luxury, Resort, Hotel
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Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa
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With overwater bungalows and private villas, this adults-only hotel has barefoot luxury in spades, making it ideal for a honeymoon or romantic escape. It’s a water wonderland – at its heart are lagoon-style pools, flanked by palm trees and sea views. The five restaurants range from traditional Cretan to modern Asian, while the 89 rooms, bungalows and villas feature retro touches and plenty of privacy.
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Cressa Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Luxury
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Cressa Hotel
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Located in the old town of Rethymno, Cress Suites is just a five-minute stroll from the nearest beach. This adults-only hotel is set inside a former Venetian–Ottoman mansion. The traditional Turkish hammam is an apt nod to the building’s heritage, and many rooms feature their own terrace complete with hot tub. Breakfast is a cooked-to-order affair on the rooftop overlooking the cobbled streets below.
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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

Luxury, Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
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The plush bungalows, villas and suites at this resort are scattered around a gentle slope, leading to a private beach and pretty bay. As well as inviting infinity pools, there’s a gym and sea-view spa with 24 treatment rooms. You’ll be well fed thanks to the five restaurants, which include a pan-Asian spot serving delicious sushi and gyozas. Family-friendly touches include dedicated menus, babysitting services and a children’s club.
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Abaton Island Resort and Spa

Luxury, Resort, Spa Hotel
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Abaton Island Resort & Spa
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Sleek, classy and uber-luxurious, this Cycladic-style resort offers an opulent stay. Located on Crete’s northern coastline, it’s just a short walk from the shops and nightlife of Hersonissos. But you won’t want to step outside its pristine walls – there are several pools, a sandy beach, five restaurants and a superb Elemis spa to keep you busy. Rooms are individually designed and feature gleaming white decor, glass doors onto private balconies and freestanding tubs, jacuzzis and private pools.
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Minoa Palace Resort and Spa

Luxury, Hotel
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Minoa Palace Resort & Spa
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This five-star beachside resort in Chania oozes elegance with its collection of restaurants and bars, splendid spa, private and communal pools and smart sea-view rooms. Accommodation ranges from double rooms with garden views, to imperial suites with two large bedrooms and a private jacuzzi. Active guests can rent bikes, play tennis or join yoga and aquafit classes. The piano lounge is just the spot for a sundowner with live music.
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  • Domes Zeen Chania

    Luxury, Resort, Boutique Hotel
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    Domes Zeen Chania
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    With its sharp, straight-line style, sun-drenched infinity pools and relaxed vibe, this hotel stands out from the crowd. Rooms have a rustic-chic feel, with open-plan spaces, rattan furniture and a muted colour scheme of slate-grey throws and oatmeal walls. Families are well catered for, with plenty of accommodation options plus a kids’ club and pool. Devour fresh Cretan food on the veranda of the Beach House restaurant overlooking the sparkling Aegean.
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    Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort and Spa

    Resort, Spa Hotel
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    Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa
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    Set on a Blue Flag beach, with a turquoise pool overlooking the sea, this all-inclusive resort is family-friendly and packed with activities. Try your hand at windsurfing, canoeing, diving and waterskiing. Parents can relax while their little ones enjoy handicrafts in the dedicated children’s club, or play in the games room or freshwater kids’ pool. There’s a range of dining options, and rooms vary from twins to sea-view bungalows and family suites.
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    Castello Boutique Resort and Spa

    Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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    Castello Boutique Resort & Spa
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    This adults-only boutique hotel is tucked away behind Sissi’s shop-lined streets. It’s a haven away from the crowds, with a peaceful atmosphere, pretty pool and relaxing spa. Spread over three floors, the 48 rooms are smart and contemporary, and most feature private pools or outdoor whirlpool tubs. The à la carte Elea restaurant is set in tropical gardens against a mesmerising backdrop of mountains.
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    Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

    Luxury, Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection
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    Sublime sunsets, a sandy beach, impeccable service and family-friendly touches abound at this village-style resort in Mirabello Bay on Crete’s northern coast. The 118 suites and villas feature terraces with panoramic views, and quirky additions such as hanging chairs and gold basins. Most have private pools, and the largest category sleeps up to nine guests. Choose from four restaurants and four bars – the barbecue fish night with live music is a highlight.
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    Ikaros Beach Resort and Spa

    Luxury, Spa Hotel
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    Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa
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    Overlooking a long sandy beach in Malia, this spa resort offers luxury living by the sea, complete with stellar accommodation, attentive service and fabulous food. Several pools are dotted around the manicured grounds, including adults-only and dedicated children’s pools. Rooms, bungalows and suites have a minimalist feel, neutral walls and plump mattresses – and the best have huge bathrooms and private pools. It’s also close to the Knossos archaeological site.
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    These recommendations were updated on January 27, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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