Area & Activities


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.

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Hotel Activity Highlights


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.

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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.

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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.

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Destination Discoveries

The kindest welcome to the island with the most noble traditions of Cretan hospitality. Be overcome with the immediate sense of arriving at someone’s home; in an abode where you, personally will be looked after. A local wine producer introduces guests to the new generation of Cretan wines and invites them to uncover decadent pairings with local cheeses. Olive-oil tastings curated by local producers and much more of the native culture unfolds this summer, offering our guests a curated experience of the famed Cretan welcome.

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Local Area

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.

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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.

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Private Beach

Private Lounging on the Beach

The absolute barefoot luxury experience! For the most romantic evening on the beach, leave it to us to set-up the beach bed with fluffy large pillows, by the beachfront fire. French champagne and an assortment of delicious canapés are on offer while you hear the magical sea sounds and enjoy the luminous starry sky.

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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.

The Palace of Knossos

Local Attractions

Aghios Nikolaos

12 KM EAST OF THE HOTEL

7.5 miles from hotel

Dictaion Andron

80 KM WEST TO HERAKLION

28.0 miles from hotel

Elounda

3 KM EAST FROM THE HOTEL

2.8 miles from hotel

Kritsa Traditional Village

11 KM SOUTHWEST OF AGHIOS NIKOLAOS

12.4 miles from hotel

Lato Archeological Site

11 km Southwest of Aghios Nikolaos

13.7 miles from hotel

Panagia Kera

11 KM SOUTHWEST OF AGHIOS NIKOLAOS

13.7 miles from hotel

Spinalonga island

0.3 miles SE from hotel

Porto

9.1 miles from hotel

Kolokithia Beach

4.6 miles from hotel

Plaka Beach

0.7 miles from hotel

Cretan Olive Oil Farm

7.3 miles from hotel

Elounda Beach

4.0 miles from hotel

Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis

2.8 miles from hotel

Vassilakis Estate

11.5 miles from hotel

Almyros Beach

10.0 miles from hotel

Havania Beach

7.2 miles from hotel

Spinalonga Beach

0.2 miles from hotel

Amazonas Park

10.8 miles from hotel

Municipal Beach Kitroplatia

22.2 miles from hotel

Family and Children's Activities

Kids' Club

Phone: +30 2841 065500

Our supervised Kids Club guarantees our youngest guests get all the attention they deserve and ensures that they are happy, safe, and cared for. Upon arrival at the club, each child receives a surprise welcome package. We offer a number of engaging activi

Children's Playground

The children's playground is located next to the Children's Club. The playground is not supervised.

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Biking trail (1.2 miles) Hiking (1.2 miles) Tennis (0.1 miles) Nature preserve, trail (1.2 miles) Rock climbing (6.2 miles)