Location: Greece was the locus of my first ever holiday as an adult and as such will always hold a special place in my heart. Back then I visited the island of Karpathos and proceeded to fall so head over heels in love with the Greek Islands that I now go back once every three years or so. This particular hotel review is from my last trip to the north-eastern part of the island of Crete, specifically in Vathi near the village of Agios Nikolaos and the leper colony island of Spinalonga.
Rooms: At a whooping 230 rooms, 30 suites and 40 villas, Daios Cove is more of a little village than a singular hotel property. These are spread throughout expansive and immaculate grounds that require the use of buggies if you have a room in the villas and/or other peripherally-located rooms. This ride is often nothing less than a pleasure, thanks to stupenduous views of the Aegean sea on the one side and a protective cove on the other.
Other facilities: 129 private salt-water pools, a large outdoor infinity seawater pool overlooking a bay, two smaller indoor pools in the spa area, a trio of restaurants, two bars, a private beach, a scuba-diving centre, tennis courts, two bars, a kids’ club, a crèche for infants, a beauty studio and a hairdresser’s, a helipad, private jet and helicopter services…the list just goes on and on the more you discover the resort. Suffice it to say that this is not your run-of-the-mill Grecian resort.
Standout feature: As you might have concluded by now, the hotel is chock full of standout features that all make for a very pleasant holiday. So for a standout feature I’ll have to go with the nearby Spinalonga island, a half-day tour of which can be arranged by the hotel. The island was founded by the venetians in 1579 and has been both a defence fort and the place Crete and the rest of Greece sent its lepers.
The lowdown: The nearest airport is at Heraklion, Crete’s main airport. Rates at Daios Cove start at 252 Euro per night, with the hotel running early bird offers for those who book before the 31st of March.