Chobham Travel Studio
Crete – Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Crete… a country brimming with history, renowned for its warm, friendly people and awash with picture postcard villages and pretty waterside tavernas. I was lucky enough to visit this stunning island and visit various properties but one of my favourites was The Blue Palace.
The hotel is situated opposite the picturesque island of Spinalonga on the famed coast of Elounda, yet moments from the charming village of Plaka, which is reached in 5-10 mins by foot.
The hotel is built nestling on the hillside, which leads down through landscaped gardens onto a 300m pebbled beach and the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.
The property offers 251 rooms and suites including 4 private villas, all luxuriously furnished offering space and privacy.
Foodies won’t be disappointed with five restaurants to choose from including local Cretan specialities at ‘Blue Door’, a restored Fisherman’s house, where catch of the day is prepared according to traditional family recipes.
Vegetables from the resort’s own garden are served at Anthos, alongside the finest Greek dishes with a modern twist, and Asian favourites served at Asia Deep Blue. There is also a range of bars including the relaxed Isola Beach Club which serve some wonderful cocktails (of which a few were sampled!)
The hotel can organise a variety of day-trips including a cruise on a traditional ‘Caique’ around the Mirabello Gulf discovering some of the lesser known beaches. We had a private cheese & wine tasting experience and a Greek cooking class with one of the hotel chefs, which was just wonderful and highly recommended.
Ideal for couples or families, spa lovers and for getting out and about to explore what the wonderful island of Crete has to offer.