Where to Stay

Crete was something of a tourism pioneer, with Minos Art beach daring a celebrity clientele to gorgeous Agios Nikolaos as early as the 1960s. However, unlike some European destinations, Crete managed to develop hotels with restraint, good taste, and above all regard for the beauty of the environment.

Crete offers accommodations for every taste and every budget – from large resorts to the smallest family-run hotels. The lovely towns have many small family hotels offering personal service, as well as grander luxury hotels. There is also a new wave of superb boutique hotels offering a uniquely atmospheric experience. Many of these highlight the traditional character of the historic buildings they inhabit – perhaps a Venetian Palazzo suits your style, or accommodations with a restored historic Ottoman hamam.

Some of the most famous beachside resorts of Greece are located in Crete – places that define and refine luxury while embracing the beauty of their natural surroundings. Blue flag beaches and secret coves, private pools with stunning views, world-class beachside dining, and state-of-the-art spa treatments are just a few of the charms. Some of these are child-friendly paradises for an ideal family holiday. Others are more tranquil and idyllic refuges for a romantic holiday for two.

Or maybe your idea of true luxury is chic and well-appointed solitude. In that case, Crete is your island. There are many elegant small hotels in out-of-the way locations for people who want to connect with nature in style.