Can't decide between pristine beaches or majestic mountainscapes? Then the island of Crete, Greece is the ideal destination! You may know Crete as the largest island in Greece, but what you may not know is that Crete offers a plethora of instagram-worthy landscapes, from the pink sand beaches of Elafonisi to the hiking trails of Samaria Gorge and the ancient ruins of Spinalonga—you’ll have no shortage of sights to see and friendly locals willing to guide you there. Chris and I recommend experiencing one of their wine tours, as Crete was one of the first wine-producing areas in all of Europe!
Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort – Crete
Escape to the wild beauty and unrivaled island style of a bohemian luxe hotel on a private beach, with incomparable views and crystal waters. Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete has 251 guest rooms, suites, and private villas (142 with private pools). Its lush cuisine, the award-winning Elounda Spa with thalassotherapy facilities, and unbeatable service set this resort apart. Enjoy private boat cruises around the Gulf of Elounda, a barbecue lunch on an isolated beach after snorkeling in turquoise waters, or simply gazing at the island of Spinalonga while sitting around an open-air fire at the Isola Beach Club.
WIT Tip: Read The Island by Victoria Hislop, then take a private excursion to Spinalonga, a famous isle off Crete, to discover its true history and beauty.
Elounda Gulf Villas – Crete
Escape to Crete at this exclusive, family-owned, family-run boutique Villa-hotel with unique, personalized service and luxe accommodations. Choose one of the 18 Villas with private pools, breathtaking sea views, and private Spa facilities. They are ideal for couples, families, and multigenerational travel, offering one to four master bedrooms. The 15 Suites (five of which boast private pools and massage rooms) are the perfect choice for couples. Relax at the sandy beach of the EGV Private Beach Club, dine at the Hotel’s two restaurants, enjoy private boat trips, and experience Crete’s authentic island hospitality!
WIT Tip: Relax and unwind at your private pool and delight in rejuvenating treatments at the private in-Villa Spa.
Since the Cretans live life at a slower pace, do like the locals do and enjoy your time sipping the local wine and indulging in the freshest Mediterranean cuisine as you receive the best hospitality in all of Europe. We're confident you'll leave the island of Crete feeling like you've met your home away from home.