Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete

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Welcome to Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete

Luxury Redefined

Wild beauty. Unrivaled island style. A place where you can sense an older, truer more timeless Greece. Blue Palace is a patchwork of pink-hued stone and earthy tones, flowing into the landscape. Dotted throughout the resort among fragrant gardens, the bungalows, suites, & villas, are your personal sanctuaries with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and Spinalonga Island. Designed for people who want to spend a lot of time relaxing in their own private space, offering the kind of profound, understated luxury that is relaxing in a way that mere extravagance can never achieve. What has set us apart over the years and has enamored our guests is our heart-warming hospitality and our commitment to an authentic Greek summer experience. A uniquely compelling private place to be -unmistakably Greek. The essence of redefined luxury.

Rooms, Suites & Villas

The Big Blue

Combining Historic Charm With Emerald Waters

When people dream of islands, their first image is usually of the beach - of reconnecting with the wilderness and freedom, and the sun. Dream beaches are rare in reality, but the private shore at Blue Palace is one of them. The long, spacious sweep of private, white pebble beach has been left au naturel. Its raw, Cretan beauty has merely been threaded with wooden walkways for bare feet to happily pad between the private lounging decks of the central beach, the cool gazebos of the exclusive Haven, and the vibrant social focus of the Isola Beach Club. The aesthetic is driftwood elegance, indigenous charm, and bohemian luxe, all very good reasons to spend your whole day, and much of the evening, on the beach. Soak up the sun, take a refreshing dip in the crystal waters and make the most of your day with a touch of exclusivity; this is where you are able to luxuriate in total tranquility.

Person diving of of platform into the ocean.

Spinalonga – A Place of Living History

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? Cobalt waters and uninterrupted views of the UNESCO-nominated Spinalonga island make this setting the most captivating

Far away view of islet.

Culinary Moments

Cuisine Transformed Into a Way of Life

Every dish tells a story, and every plate becomes a journey. At Blue Palace, guests have an unexpected dining adventure where homecooked is not a trend. It’s a story, emotions, memories, our heartfelt hospitality – a way of life! Our restaurants offer a culinary journey of flavors, fragrances, and joy, with menus that reflect a fresh Mediterranean approach and capture the essence of seasonal aromas and flavors in every single plate. Places of natural warmth where the landscape blends with what’s on the plate creating the perfect scenery where family and friends share culinary experiences and being together is what truly matters. Gastronomic experiences that follow the rhythms of the land and sea, led by award-winning Creative Consultant Chef Athinagoras Kostakos. A visionary for sustainable gastronomy, Athinagoras creates vibrant, seasonal dishes that taste unmistakably Greek, each prepared to enhance the natural flavor of every ingredient, with distinctive aromas of the destination.

A man and woman have dinner overlooking the ocean and islets.

The Blue Palace Experience

Adventures in Endless Blue

Blue Palace is not just a resort, it’s a curator of unique experiences. Our beautiful, traditional wooden caïque is a gem, and every voyage she makes is part of a bespoke experience. Private cruises for our guests are unique affairs, and we enjoy creating experiences just for you. Blue Palace embraces Crete's heritage and tradition. Ancient Minoan ruins, secluded beaches, traditional villages, countless tiny churches, and impressive gorges full of unique flora and fauna, plus authentic food experiences that focus on purity. Authentic, indigenous experiences that enlighten the soul and mind.

Sailboat on the ocean.
Close-up shot of hotel staff mixing cocktails.

Blue Aperitivo at Arsenali Lounge Bar

When the clock strikes 7PM sparkling signature cocktails arrive, champagne glasses clink, olives pop into mouths, and Arsenali Lounge Bar becomes an enchanting setting to soak up a true celebration of old-world glamour. The signature Aperitivo Ritual, with an eclectic menu of cocktails is a bespoke partnership with Venice's legendary The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

Private beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Culinary Hopping Around Greece

There’s nothing quite like gathering around a table to bring people together. An ode to the abundance of Greece, the poetry of place is reflected on every plate. Experience the best culinary treats from around Greece, with unique events at Anthós Restaurant, by esteemed Greek Chefs along with our Creative Consultant Chef, Athinagoras Kostakos.

Boat in the ocean.

The Traditional Caique Experience

Travel on the crystal-clear waters around the Mirabello Gulf and unlock some of the most authentic surroundings. Set off from the hotel’s own jetty aboard our quintessentially Greek fishing boat and sail around the coast of Elounda and the isle of Spinalonga. Find yourself surrounded by fresh air, remote beaches, cobalt waters, and an abundance of fascinating energy.

Hotel staff carving meat.

Cretan Feast

Come and join us in a unique ritual, the Cretan feast – an epicurean exploration of the island’s traditions; 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. All of these festivities accompanied by the distinct tunes of Cretan lyra.

Arsenali Lounge Bar pool view.

A Distilled Taste of Greek Summer

This summer, we will introduce new whimsical collaborations, hosting impressive events with world-acclaimed bartenders along with internationally recognized mixologist Aristotelis Papadopoulos. Weaving legendary spells out of tantalizing herbs and fruits from across the Aegean, each mixologist sheds light on the landscape, heritage, nature, and tradition that inspire our philosophy.

Greek Summer at Blue Palace

Every day of Greek summer at Blue Palace feels like a celebration. Embark on sea adventures with our Traditional Caique Experience; visit coves that no one else can reach and find your bliss; dive, do yoga, savour canapés and Cretan wines, or let our chef barbecue the fish you’ve just caught, right before your eyes. Celebrate like a local with our Cretan Feast, savouring well-kept family recipes and dancing to the tunes of the Cretan lyra. Feel the vibe and nature of Crete. Enjoy the outdoors hiking, biking and sailing or shimmy under the stars to live music by the beach. Ask our expert Concierge to share their secrets and discover the ultimate Blue Palace Experience that resonates with your dreams.

Caique Sailing & BBQ at Saint Fokas

Conscious Luxury

Celebration of Responsible Travel

Cretan longevity for people, their culture, and their natural environment. We know how to make good things last, and we’re eager to share this knowledge with the rest of the world. Here eating seasonal, following the Mediterranean or Cretan diet, and having a strong bond with your community is not a trend but a way of life, which we support with all of our heart and efforts. Our highlight is the Phāea Farmers Program to support those of our staff who farm during the off-season while encouraging the cultivation of sustainable produce. We train our staff in organic farming methods, creating more value for their produce by giving back to the community while sourcing and receiving that produce back in our restaurants to share with our guests. Caring for our fellow islanders, staff, and friends, takes a surprising number of forms.

Chef getting fresh ingredients.

Welcome to Our Hive

Our new, innovative project the PHĀEA PLAN BEE initiative, is a highlight of the season, as part of the Phāea Farmers Program. Responding to the need of strengthening the pollinators, and more specifically bees, and in the context of disseminating their protection, we have installed our own beehives and worked towards creating a bee-friendly landscape with gardens and plants of intense flowering throughout each season, as well as abundant water sources. Our newly installed beehives are monitored by cameras to collect data on bees’ behavior. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the pollinators’ activity and especially that of the bees. This summer, we will host special events to celebrate the Plan Bee initiative, where guests will be offered a tour of the organic garden and beehives, followed by mini harvesting, wellness activities, and honey tasting sessions. Delicious traditional Cretan pies sprinkled with honey and a celebratory cocktail will also be offered.

Islet at sunset.

The Island of Crete

A Whole World on a Single Island

Crete is an uplifting journey of history. The island of the Gods, with timeless traditions. A treasure chest of folklore and heritage with a wealth of historical monuments and sites of interest. Home to the first European civilization - the Minoans, the birthplace of Zeus, and at the crossroad of the Middle East, Europe, and Egypt; Crete has always been the subject of great desire for many conquerors. Fabled for its glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, steep gorges, and secret coves; the wild beauty of nature in Crete resonates with everyone who visits.

The Palace of Knossos

Contact Concierge: concierge@bluepalace.gr

The True Cretan Life, All For You

We love getting under the skin of Cretan culture, which is why we offer our guests opportunities to experience our island authentically, meeting the characters and participating in the activities that make this destination so justifiably renowned. True to our lifestyle concept of merging nature and luxury at the highest level, we have created bespoke experiences that make prominent the island’s stunning beauty and natural bounty. Our Concierge is a Destination Authority for Crete, and so able to advise you on authentic, indigenous experiences that match your personal interests.

Panoramic shot of Spinalonga Island.

Liaisons for Leisure

Your Luxury Collection Concierge will also liaise with you before your arrival, to note your special requirements and ensure that your villa or suite is stocked with your favorite foods, wine, or flowers, and be on hand to assist throughout your stay. If you need a helicopter ride to Santorini for lunch, just say the word. If you wish to sail, dive, windsurf, fish, or kitesurf, we will find you the best equipment and instructors.

A couple dining privately at the end of a dock.

Rediscover Greece 2022

: April 26, 2022October 16, 2022

Rediscover Greece and experience the best of Crete. An unforgettable stay at Blue Palace is even more amazing with daily credit, and welcome drinks at Arsenali Lounge Bar!

ESCAPE! DINING PACKAGE.

: October 16, 2022October 30, 2022

Book now and receive a complimentary dinner at Olea – a feast for your eyes and taste!

KIDS STAY & EAT FREE

: October 16, 2022October 30, 2022

Reconnect with the family for less. Bring the kids along and they will stay and eat for free.

Our Location

Getting Here

Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete

Plaka, Elounda, Crete, Greece, 72053

Tel: +30 284-1065500
Distance from Property: 72 KM
Phone Number: +30 2810-397129
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Alternate Airport Transportation

Mini Van

Distance from Property: 218 KM
Phone Number: +30 2821-083800
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Alternate Airport Transportation

Mini Van

On-Property

Private Car Service
Limousine/Van Service

Partnerships

Our partnership with a new breed of Greek designers brings to the fore beautiful summer accessories and design items, exclusively created for Blue Palace.

Breakfast plate featuring eggs and avocado on a decorative plate.
THEMIS Z

Inspired by the name of the resort itself and the crystal hues of the Aegean Sea, Themis Zouganeli, founder and designer of THEMIS • Z luxury lifestyle brand, has created a bespoke fine porcelain tableware, especially for Blue Palace. Handcrafted in Greece by skilled craftsmen and adorned with individual hand-painted motifs, Blue Palace’s bespoke crockery speaks for itself. Available from Breakfast at the Haven.

Handcrafted purses laid out on a wicker surface.
Bleecker & Love

Bleecker & Love in collaboration with Ekeini have created, exclusively for Blue Palace, beautiful summer accessories. The Bleecker tote bag, purses & pillows are the coolest beach accessories, to remind you of the unrivaled Blue Palace beach experience. Available at the resort’s Spa Store.

Pareo 'Phyllo' by Ekeini

The Pareo “Phyllo” by Ekeini draws inspiration from the resort’s blue colors. With figure-flattering silhouette, in sensual fabric and distinct vibrant prints. Available at the resort’s Spa Store.

Close-up shot of handcrafted fabric with custom cross-stitch signature.
POSTFOLK

POSTFOLK designs exclusively for Blue Palace, wonderful beach towels, with handcrafted digital embroidery inspired by the core archetypes, symbols and universal motifs of what is known as traditional folk embroidery.

Beachside lounge chair with rolled-up towel.
ADD+

The signature beach towel holder by ADD+ is to accompany you for leisurely days at the resort’s private beach.

Close-up shot of WAKS Candles set out for display on a log.
WAKS Candles by Christina Morali

The acclaimed ceramic artist Christina Morali - niece of one of the most prominent Greek visual artists, Giannis Moralis - in partnership with WAKS candles design beautifully scented stoneware-vase candles, branded for Blue Palace, that are available at the resort’s Spa Store.

Open air food service for two with a view of Spinagola Island.
Cretan Handcrafted Traditional Knives

A symbol of the island and one of the most important expressions of local folk art. They are usually decorated with intricate patterns and love songs. Available at Anthós restaurant.

Seaside tea service for two with a view of Spinagola Island.
Blue Palace Tea Collection

Blue Palace’s signature tea collection, created in collaboration with renowned Greek brand Tea Route, is available in four different blends, all inspired by the island of Crete: Calming, Wild, Summer, and Spring. The teas are available at the Arsenali Lounge Bar and are the perfect accompaniment to the cakes, scones and finger sandwiches also on offer.

Property Details

Restaurant

Spa

Fitness Center

Outdoor Pool

Beach Access

24 Hour Room Service

Daily Housekeeping

Turndown Service

Meeting Space

Scuba

Snorkeling

Watercraft Rental

Water Skiing

Gift Shop

Dry Cleaning Service

Activities for Kids

Kitchen

Room Service

Wake up Calls

Free Full American and Continental and Buffet and Hot Breakfast

Service Request

Check-in: 3:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Smoke Free Property

Pet Policy

Pets Not Allowed

No pets are allowed on property

Parking Complimentary On-Site Parking
Long Term Parking
Complimentary Valet Parking
Policies and Payments

Accepts: Cash,Credit Cards

Contactless mobile payments

Services

Babysitting

Concierge desk service

Currency Exchange

Property has elevators

Languages spoken by staff:
English,German,French,Russian,Greek

For more information about the physical features of our accessible rooms, common areas or special services relating to a specific disability please call +30 284-1065500

Accessible Hotel Features

Property has elevators

Service Animals are Welcome

Accessible Areas with Accessible Routes from Public Entrance

Accessible Entrance to On-Site Pool

Entrance to On-Site Business Center is Accessible

Entrance to On-Site Fitness Center is Accessible

Entrance to On-Site Spa is Accessible

Main Entrance is Accessible

Meeting Spaces are Accessible

On-Site Restaurants are Accessible

Room and Suites Access through the Interior Corridor

Guest Room Accessibility

Accessible Vanities

Bathtub Grab Rails

Bathtub Seat

Deadbolts on Guest Room and Suites Doors

Electronic Room Key

Guest Room and Suites Doors Self-Closing

Lever Handles on Guest Room Doors

Lowered Electrical Outlets

Mobility accessible rooms

Roll-in Shower

Room Windows Open

Safety Chains and/or Latches on Guest Doors

Secondary Locks on Room Windows

Toilet Seat at Wheelchair Height - Toilet for Disabled

Viewports in Guest Room and Suites Doors

Certifications

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Certified

The Green Key Certified

Travelife Gold award Certified

Environmental Practices

Guest Room Recycling

Luggage Liaison

Shipping luggage in advance is the ultimate luxury travel experience. The Luxury Collection is pleased to present Luggage Liaison: a suite of travel services which includes luggage storage and unpacking/packing services upon request. Guests deserve the finest travel experience and Luggage Liaison provides this by eliminating the need to carry luggage to and from the airport, wait in long check-in lines or at the baggage claim, or worry about lost luggage. With Luggage Liaison, guests of the Blue Palace will be able to travel confident that their luggage will be waiting for them upon arrival. As the exclusive hotel partner of Luggage Forward, we offer exceptional pricing available only to its guests for door-to-door luggage delivery. Discover the ultimate in luxury travel while collecting Crete's best experiences.

Baby Amenities

We're offering a huge range of amenities for our smallest guests. Confirmation depends on availability the time of the reservation.

We're offering a huge range of amenities for our smallest guests:

  • Baby’s bathtub
  • Potties and toilet reducers
  • Electric bottle warmer
  • Electric steam bottle sterilizer
  • Changing Mats
  • Step Stools
  • High Chairs
  • Baby Bath Amenities
  • Baby Blankets & Pillows
  • Baby Buggies
  • Baby Phones
  • Baby Park

Confirmation depends on availability the time of the reservation.

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Commitment to Clean

As we welcome you back to our hotels around the world, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Click to see updates and learn more about what to expect at our hotel.