Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete

Experiences

Delight in the pleasures of Crete, its flavors and fragrances, discover a land full of ancient myths – the Labyrinth, the Minotaur, King Minos and the famous Palace of Knossos - the birthplace of the first European civilization – the notorious Minoans – and culinary heritage anchored in a passionate love for the island’s stunning beauty and natural bounty.

On-Site Outlets
The Elounda Spa

The Elounda Spa

Our serene and captivating spa comprises 23 treatment rooms, each featuring soothing water sounds and diffused, calming lighting. Combining therapeutic Thalassotherapy with relaxing spa services, we ensure an unforgettable well-being experience.

Gym

Fitness Center at the Elounda Spa

Our fitness centre, opens onto both the beach and the gardens. Fitness Classes available.

Decorative stone archway with covered seating area overlooking a pool.

Swimming

Main Pool

Mon-Sun: Open 24 Hours

Outdoor

Towels provided

Arsenali Pool

Mon-Sun: Open 24 Hours

Outdoor

Heated

Kid's Pools

Mon-Sun: Open 24 Hours

Outdoor

The Elounda Spa

Wellness Experiences

A detox is the healthy counterpart to every indulgence. Prioritizing rejuvenation for all our guests, the Elounda Spa offers a selection of Wellness Experiences; Sunrise Yoga sessions or outdoor massages by the sea, it is the perfect environment to cleanse. On that long stretch of land facing the Aegean Sea, with a backdrop of lush gardens, we invite guests to empower body & mind with our selection of wellness experiences and feel the extraordinary energy that surrounds this magical place.

Family Spa Package

Our specially designed Family Package now allows parents and their little ones to spa together at our couples’ suites, enjoying a series of spa treatments. They begin with a relaxing full body massage followed by an express facial treatment, using only the highest quality of natural products, tailored for all skin types. To top off your family experience, choose amongst a mini mani or mini pedi – Time to Spa.

Couples Spa Pampering

Enjoy the couple’s best seller of all time. Select one of Anne Semonin’s Made-to-Measure full body massages, combined with a Made-to-Measure facial treatment and surrender into the realm of French essences and blending technology. A truly all in one ritual.

A Wellness Caique Trip

Whether you are looking for an active trip or a relaxing yoga session, our spa therapists will offer you the finest wellness and spa services on board. Be exhilarated by the sea air and then, when the breeze is off the land, be seduced by the scents of warm earth, wild thyme, sage, dittany, lavender and citrus groves. Intoxicating, even without the fizz.

Cretan Bliss

Indulge in our massage rituals, in an extraordinary tranquil setting, ideal for guests seeking a healing outdoor spa experience. Evoking the warmth and hospitality unique to this enchanting island, the unparalleled setting will immerse you into a journey that will leave you feeling mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically renewed.

Aquatic Paradise

Pools

Crete’s year-round sun makes it an aquatic paradise, as reflected in our swimming facilities. From our Arsenali Pool, Beach Pool, and Votsalo Bar Pool to Kids’ pools, indoor Thalassotherapy, and a private beach, we offer unparalleled options.

Outdoor Pool by the Votsalo Lounge

An outdoor oasis by Votsalo Lounge - fully equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas. The pool is heated making it an ideal choice for a calming dip, no matter the season.

Beach Pool

In addition to sun beds and sunshades, we provide guests with soothing underwater music, and from 10am-6pm, our Beach Service Team is on hand to serve refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Kid's Pool

Situated near the beach, our seawater pool, is the perfect place for older children to spend the day while their parents enjoy the adult Beach Pool and sea. The second 50-square-meter pool is positioned next to our private beach and ideal for babies and young children’s first swimming endeavors.

Arsenali Pool

In addition to an incomparable view, the Arsenali Pool benefits from bar service 12pm-9pm at the adjacent Arsenali Lounge Bar. During cooler months, the pool is heated.

Decorative archway with covered seating area overlooking a large swimming pool.

Hotel Activity Highlights

Every Friday, from June to September, at Blue Door.

Cretan Feast

There are so many opportunities to celebrate life in Crete; good music, endless dances and the festival culture - under the full moon, next to the sea, within vineyards or on the top of the mountains. With feasts all over the island celebrating religious holidays, weddings or baptisms, there is always an occasion to eat, drink and celebrate life with family and friends. Come and join us in a unique ritual, the Cretan feast; large bonfires are lit at our private beach for the cooking of the famous “antikristo” lamb – sprinkled in sea salt and slowly cooked for five hours above the fire – while authentic local delicacies will be prepared on the spot.

Cretan Feast - Antikristo
Hands kneading dough in a woven basket.

Highlights From Our Menu

Traditional homemade pasta Skiouftkta with Anthotyros cheese, a variety of Dolmadakia served with fresh yogurt, and Kritsa’s pies with sweet mitzithra cheese from Rethymnon & fresh honey from Prina.

Close-up shot of 8-string mandolin being played..

Expert Tips

The most famous celebrations all around Greece are the festivals in honor of the patron saint of each village. Locals gather to enjoy authentic recipes and exchange the famous mantinades, which are improvised rhymes to celebrate different occasions such as love, life or friendship; they sing and dance into the early hours of the morning.

Blue Door Taverna
Blue Door Taverna
Blue Door Taverna
Blue Door Taverna

Exceptional Epicurean Experiences

Savor all the dishes and drops endemic to the island. Immerse yourself in a cooking class or afternoon tea, done the Greek way. For those more wine inclined, be guided by our Hotel Sommelier through the process of Grappa Distillation, to create your own custom made Raki or Tsikoudia. Sipping on some of the best wine labels on the island  is well within reach at Anthós Restaurant, glorifying the practice of Cretan Wine Tasting with the perfect pairings of local cheeses and traditional cold cuts. Of course, luxuriating in the pleasure of privacy is honored with sumptuous private dining arrangements for your room or at the beach.

1-Hour Session

Cretan Olive Oil Tasting

Crete is producing the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil that you can place on your table. Familiarize yourself with Crete's liquid treasure, with an educational tasting, with a selection of 6 oils, from our experts that will guide you through centuries of tradition. 48 hrs advance booking required, cancellation up to 24 hours prior at no charge.

Outdoor dining area with multiple tables, chairs, and decorative floral arrangements.

Held from 12:00-13:00 & 18:30-19:30

Wine Tasting at Anthós

Head for the leafy setting of Anthós restaurant to enjoy a carefully chosen array of Cretan or Greek wines (a variety of 5 bottles of wine) complemented by tasty snacks, including local cheeses and cold cuts, refreshing dips, and crudités. A wine specialist will introduce you to Greek grape varietals and guide you through the fascinating range of Cretan wine flavors. Min. of 2 persons and max. of 10 persons. 24 hrs advance booking required, cancellation up to 24 hours prior at no charge.

Wine being poured from a special cultivation chamber.
Close-up shot of dinner service with grilled fish served on a plank, with salad and dessert.
A Lesson in Greek Cuisine

Join us for a Greek cooking class, focusing on the island's flavors and traditional recipes. Learn how to make your favorite Cretan salad Dakos, aromatic and delicious Dolmadakia (vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) and enjoy a lesson on how to prepare a traditional Prawn Saganaki. Learn cooking secrets, take a lesson putting theory into practice and enjoy the dinner you prepared at Blue Door Taverna.

Distillation station with beaker, vaporizing chamber, and condensation tube.
Cretan Grappa Distillation

Guests have the opportunity to make their own flavored tsikoudia or raki, produced by Cretan wine varieties such as Moschato Spinas, Vilana and Liatiko. Our sommelier will guide you through the process, helping you to select the flavor of your preference and pair it with local herbs, spices and dried fruits. Once distillation is finished, you may enjoy the grappa you’ve produced at the spot or in your room.

Private Dining

Infinity pool with lounge area, including chairs and table.

Private Dining in Your Room/Suite

Dine under the stars at Blue Palace to experience heightened romance. Personalized to your taste, in the privacy of your bungalow or suite - a five-course gourmet menu of your choice is served, in a luminous setting of candles and flowers to ensure all-encompassing romance.

Up-close shot of meal service, which includes 2 wine servings and multiple tiny fruit bowls.

Private Dining at the Beach

Leave it to us to create a wonderful setting by the beach and sprinkle romance over the sumptuous serving. Enjoy an intimate dinner, while you hear the magical sea sounds and marvel at the luminous starry sky.

Private poolside in-room meal service for two with view of Spinagola Island.

Private Dining at a Villa

Enjoy escapism in ultimate luxury at our private residences, making a portion of Blue Palace your own for the evening. Be immersed in the flavors and aromas of local food traditions by our top-rated Chef over a five-course private dinner. Bookings may be placed one day prior, subject to availability of villas.

Caique Experience Collection

The traditional Caique experience of Blue Palace offers guests the chance to intimately glide along the cerulean seas. A plethora of opportunities are up for the taking, aiming to stir the inner explorer of every guest. Become one with the natural island beauty on a wellness trip with the finest yoga and spa facilities or embrace fishing in the most authentic Cretan way. For those in search of a feast while feasting their eyes on the Mirabello Gulf, allow the untouched coast to be the backdrop for Island Escape Picnics or a BBQ at the byzantine chapel of St. Fokas. Setting the mood takes on new meaning with Cretan Wine Tasting or a Romantic Caique Trip at sunset, adrift along crystal waters.

Duration: 1 hour

Romantic Caique Trip

Spend the evening sailing aboard our traditional caique surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Elounda coast line and Spinalonga Island. Set off from the resort’s jetty with chilled champagne and the chef’s selection of local-flavored treats, for an intimate interlude at sunset.

Close-up shot of a champagne bottle and several glasses in an ice bucket on a boat.

Duration: 1 Hour

The Caique Wellness Trip

Whether in search of an active expedition or a relaxing yoga session, our spa therapists have the finest wellness and spa services to offer on board. Be exhilarated by the sea air and seduced by the scents of warm earth, wild thyme, sage, dittany, lavender and citrus groves. Intoxicating without the fizz – allow the scenery to clear your mind and become one with Crete.

Overhead aerial shot of a sailboat on the Aegean Sea right offshore.

Duration: 1 hour

Cretan Wine Tasting Aboard the Traditional Caique

Get on board with our sommelier, to delight in a wine tasting of the island’s most celebrated wine varieties. Savor the richness of the Cretan earth in wines from small local producers, snack on local full-flavored cheeses and listen to the peaceful sounds of the sea. Take the time to enjoy good company and a wine guide for true submersion into the Cretan wine culture.

Wine tasting on a boat on the Aegean Sea with several different types of wines.

Duration: 2 Hours

A Caique Fishing Trip

Enjoy a unique fishing experience employing the most traditional methods, in the crystal blue water of the Mirabello Gulf. Complete fishing equipment is available on board, along with light snacks and refreshments – keeping endurance and anticipation high as you await your Cretan catch.

Fisherman catching a fish off of the side of a sailboat on the Aegean Sea.
Picnic spread on a boat that includes various fruits, nuts, and snacks.
Island Picnic Escape

Our traditional caique will take you to crystal clear waters travelling around the Mirabello Gulf. Swim and sunbathe at remote beaches and unlock some of the most authentic surroundings. Our chef prepares a mouth-watering lunch with a selection of homemade dishes or snacks; fresh bread and Greek wine - all packed in a traditional picnic basket.

Barbecued shellfish on a serving platter with rosemary, butter, and lemon.
Caique Sail & BBQ at Saint Fokas

Embark on a sea adventure around the rugged coastline to unspoiled, secluded beaches only accessible by boat. As the sea breeze awakens your appetite – lunch is at the ready. Anchoring in the beach of Kolokytha, you will be greeted by the byzantine chapel of St. Fokas. Bearing a magnificent story, the chapel invites you to nestle into its history while enjoying a mouth-watering BBQ prepared by our chef, on site.

Aerial view of island surrounded by blue water.
Saint Fokas
Aerial view of island surrounded by blue water.
Saint Fokas

Suggested Itineraries

Blue Palace ensures every guest can indulge their senses in Crete. In collaboration with our Luxury Collection Concierge, an abundance of offers await – island highlights and excursions are designed for exploration. Itineraries created with the intention to glorify an island favored by mythology, with culinary customs paying homage to the island’s rich, indigenous environment. Discover it all without the burden of logistics. Enjoy advanced reservations for archaeological site tours, the very best guides for hiking trips, visits to vineyards and olive groves.

Approximate duration: 4 - 5 hours

Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Palace of Knossos – the monumental symbol of Minoan Civilization – showcases unique construction, advanced building techniques and use of luxury materials. Mythology states it as the seat of the great King Minos and where Minotaur resided. It is worth combining your tour of Knossos with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The museum’s display rooms showcase artifacts from the Neolithic and Roman period, yet predominant emphasis is placed on its collection of Minoan pieces. Focal points include; the “blue ladies” and “the prince with the lilies”.

Close-up of decorative handmade linen.

Approximate duration: 5 - 6 hours

Diktaean Cave & Lassithi Plateau

The Diktaean cave, one of the most spectacular wonders of Crete. Legend states it as the birth place of Zeus and central site for his worship. Combine this with a visit to the Lassithi plateau, arresting in its beauty. This highland’s vast expanse of green fields is interspersed with almond trees and orchards – a secluded, rural facet of Crete. The twenty-six stone flour mills and linear drainage works built by the Venetians add a historical highlight to the area.

Silhouette sunset shot of Spinagola Island.

Approximate duration: 4 - 5 hours

Town of Aghios Nikolaos, Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Kera, Village of Krista

The beautiful town of Aghios Nikolaos lies on the picturesque lake of Voulismeni, legend claims it to be bottomless. The lake is lined with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops – the perfect setting for a leisurely wander around and drink by the marina. Just eight kilometers south of Aghios Nikolaos, stands the byzantine church of Panagia Kera. Discover its three aisled, arch-roofed basilicas, featuring wall paintings and frescoes from the 13th century. Finally, the village of Kritsa, endearing and quaint, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Renowned for the skill of local weavers and embroiderers, Kritsa remains a true testament to centuries of tradition.

Panoramic shot of the beach at dusk, with Spinagola Island in the background.

Approximate duration: 3 - 4 hours

The Island of Chrissi

The island of Chrissi is renowned for its white beaches, sand dunes, forest of pines and junipers. Walking in the woods and swimming in crystal clear water with soft scents of cedar in the fresh air. Chrissi – an ideal experience for any guest, tying their travel together with an unforgettable sense of deep relaxation. Chrissi is protected by the Natura 2000 Networking Program, as an "area of intense natural beauty”. Designated as a wildlife refuge, the sea turtle, caretta-caretta is often spotted around the island and the seal, monachus-monachus frequents its northeastern region.

Panoramic shot of the rocky cliffs of the Mirabello Gulf.
Archaeological Site of Gournia, Town of Sitia, Vai Palm Beach & Toplou Monastery

The archaeological site of Gournia, on the eastern side of Crete, tucked away in the northern coast of Ierapetra isthmus. Showcasing well-preserved houses, cobblestone streets, a central court, Minoan palace and burial grounds – Gournia provides an idyllic perception of a late Bronze Age town. Next, is Sitia town, explore the Kazarma fortress and the Archaeological and Folklore Museum. Enjoy a swim at the splendid sandy beach next to Sitia’s centre. West of the town, one of Crete’s most spectacular sights – the Vai palm-tree forest encircling the Blue Fag awarded, exotic beach with golden sand and blue-green waters. Last on the agenda is the monastery of Toplou. The exhibited collection of church relics, manuscripts and prints deems it a cultural landmark of eastern Crete. Approximate duration: 7 - 8 hours.

The Arkadi Monastery, Rethymnon & Chania

The Arkadi Monastery, a large fortified complex built during Venetian rule, one of the most renowned monasteries in Crete, due to the Holocaust that occurred in 1866. This significant part Cretan history earned Arkadi a title as a European Freedom Monument by UNESCO. Next, visit the old town of Rethymnon, one of the best-preserved renaissance towns. The scenic seafront promenade with numerous cafes and bustling restaurants, highlights this destination. Finally, be the guest of Chania. A striking town with its port guarded by a picture-perfect lighthouse, a 16th century Venetian construction and the impressive Kucuk Hasan mosque. Chania also brags the renovated Grand Arsenal, the Splanzia ruins and the Kum Kapi at Miaouli beach. Approximate duration: 10 - 12 hours.

Yacht Experience

Sail away from the resort’s private jetty for a mesmerizing scenic experience. With bountiful ancient sites on land, Blue Palace's yacht pays testament to the island's natural wonder. On a route planned for optimum views along the coast of Elounda, giving guests the ultimate exposure to the magnificent Mirabello Gulf. Guests are afforded a choice between a 4-hour or 8-hour cruise.

An aerial shot of a diving boat on the Aegean Sea.

Watersports

For our active explorers, fitness and sport are easily integrated into the blue brilliance of the ocean. SUP, fly boarding, water skiing, diving, canoeing, and kayaking are readily available to guests. Your Concierge is well-equipped to source the best equipment and instructors for those seeking to sail, dive, windsurf, kitesurf or go fishing. Guests are afforded a choice between a 4-hour or 8-hour cruise.

Watercraft towing a wind surfer on a rope on the Aegean Sea.

Hiking

The Concierge Team is apt to thoroughly organize hiking excursions, offering visitors chances to get acquainted with unique areas in our region. Visits to archaeological sites, old monasteries / churches and traditional villages, hikes by the sea, rivers or waterfalls and introduction to Cretan cuisine are just some of the adventures available. For private hikes, you can select from the options available or request a customized alternative. Our highly experienced guides have excellent knowledge of the area, familiarizing hikers with the unfamiliar, wild yet fascinating Cretan nature. All hikers are provided with insurance covering the experience, with transportation to access and return from the place of interest.

View of Spinagola Island from a guest suite window.

Helicopter Rides

Blue Palace features its own helipad, providing comfort and absolute privacy. Elect any of our helicopter rides for an unforgettable experience of breathtaking views over the beautiful landscape of the island and endless blue of the Cretan sea – all in a 20 minute flight.

Aerial shot of private beach with docks, boats, chairs, and umbrellas.
Golf

The 18-hole Crete Golf Club has been built to international PGA standards by architect Bob Hunt. Built in desert style, the course offers dramatic views and truly tests every aspect of a golfer's repertoire. The Club lies 40 km (about 30 min) from Blue Palace Resort & Spa in the direction of Heraklion.

Evenings at Blue Palace

Blue Palace makes every evening enchanting! From a Cretan Feast to Sushi and Cocktails every night brings a new adventure. Complete every relaxing day winding down at the 'Therino' outdoor cinema or set your night a blaze with the Beach Side BBQ every Tuesday night at Isola Beach Club. Be spoiled for choice as the resort ensures every sunset starts a new adventure for our guests.

Blaze & Flames at Isola Beach Club

The hottest cuisine meets the coolest of cocktails. Combine unlimited draft beer with DJ sets for cool lounge sounds! Join us to set your Monday evenings ablaze at our sumptuous beachside BBQ quenched with beer and frozen margaritas. Relish the freshest of meats and sensationally grilled seafood, accompanied by crisp salads and sides, set to the tone of slick lounge sounds by our guest DJ. Get your delicious food directly from the fiery grill, which you can complement with a great selection of spicy sauces to add some fire to your food.

Decorative stone seating around a firepit and shade tree with hookah.

Blue Aperitivo at the Most Majestic Veranda

Therinò - A quintessential Greek Tradition

Partnering with Venice's legendary The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, to present the ‘Blue Aperitivo’ this summer season; a signature Aperitivo Ritual, with an eclectic menu of cocktails. The collaboration marries the art of the Italian Aperitivo with heritage and glory that is unsurpassably Hellenic and defined by the iconic location of Arsenali Lounge Bar. Notable cocktails included in the new menu are four signature serves by acclaimed Bar Manager Cristiano Luciani of The Gritti Palace’s famed Longhi Bar and Riva Lounge: the Bellini cocktail, the Basil-ica cocktail, the Wild Fennel Martini, and the Acqua Riva cocktail. Gather ceremoniously to toast the sunset, along with Champagne and light bites to awaken the appetite, all set to the swaying sounds by select DJs.

Outdoor beachside theater with projector and screen.

Long Days In The Sunshine At The Big Blue

How often is it that you find yourself swimming in crystal clear waters and gazing at an island, only a few hundred meters away, which is a National Monument? Blue Palace’s beach offers an unsurpassed experience. There is no sand on this long private beach; only white round pebbles, smooth as eggs. And the water is so clear you can spend time watching the turquoise seabed changing and the little fish swimming. There is such a sense of space and of unspoilt natural beauty, that makes you feel that this is the definition of summer luxury.

Main Beach

The main beach is furnished with private decks, fully equipped with loungers and parasols and leads to the main floating pier. Order an ice bucket of rosé wine, and a cone of freshly grilled prawns, and settle back to enjoy a spot of sightseeing Spinalonga island lies right in front you. Our water sports club is also headquartered nearby, so expect enthusiastic critique of your paddle board progress from people sipping cocktails.

Private beach with boardwalks, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.
Outdoor dining area with chairs, tables, and decorative lighting.

The Isola Beach Club

At the Beach Club, you can enjoy the cool of lazy summer days. Set amongst olive trees, the spiral stone building is where our DJ weaves musical spells of the moment, conspiring with top mixologists and our madly inventive chef to deliver an alluring Cretan beach experience. Daybeds, loungers and swings will set the mood during the day lending itself to breezy nights around the fireplace and full moon parties.

Aerial overhead shot of St. Fokas.

Water Sports

Located at the beach, the Water Sports Center offers aquatic options to suit enthusiasts of all ages. From traditional water sports like water skiing, windsurf to knee boarding, wake boarding, and trick skiing, there is something for everyone. For diving enthusiasts, our dive masters offer scuba lessons, night diving, boat diving, snorkeling, deep diving, and underwater photography.

Spinalonga – A Place of Living History

Across Blue Palace, the isle of Spinalonga lies peacefully in the Gulf of Elounda. The site has always been a major attraction for visitors. The tiny island hosts a wonderful amalgamation of Medieval Venetian and Turkish buildings and turn of the century Greek houses. On a small scale, its history and architecture – marked by subsequent invasions – reflects the history of Crete itself.

Traveler Tips

Here are a couple helpful tips for visiting Spinalonga Island.

Panoramic shot of Spinagola Island at sunset.

It’s Sunset Time

The best spot to enjoy the sunset is the Venetian Fortress of Spinalonga, an important example of a seaward bastion-type fortress.

Shot of Spinagola Island from Blue Palace Beach.

Access to the Island

The island of Spinalonga is accessible by boat from the area of Plaka - just five minutes away from the resort - from early May until the end of October.