Location: In Gouves – along a pristine stretch of Cretan coastline.
Rooms: 212 bungalows, rooms, suites and villas (divided into 29 room types) offering spacious, quality accommodation with chic interior design and al-fresco living areas. A good deal of the rooms feature a stone terrace with a private heated pool overlooking the sea and tropical rain shower private courtyards.
Amenities: An Elixir Alchemy Spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, 8 restaurants including the Picasso-inspired Minotaur Italian restaurant adorned with a rare collection of Picasso ceramics and a Cretan fine dining restaurant – which just recently won a place among the top 34 restaurants in Greece during the Golden Toques and Greek Restaurant Awards – a Grecoland Children’s Club for children between the ages of 3 and 12, an Olympic-sized seawater pool, 3 tennis courts and a multi-sport area.
Room to book: Any of the sizeable villas overlooking and leading directly onto a reserved villa beach area on one of the hotel’s three private beaches.
Who’ll fit right in: Honeymooners, couples on a romantic break, and perhaps most of all – with so many room types – families of all permutations.
Standout feature: The hotel grounds are breathtakingly fabulous – as the pictures attest, but it is the overall high service levels that really tie the experience of staying at this hotel very well together.
Prices: Rates for the 2015 season start at 231€ per night for 2 persons in a Superior Guestroom, breakfast included.
Getting there: BA flies directly from London Gatwick to Crete 4 times a week. Prices start from £90 each way (based on traveling in October). All bookings can be made at ba.com