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Blue Palace, Plaka


★★★★★5 star
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Enjoying a captivating location between the tiny fishing village of Plaka and the increasingly chic port of Elounda on the island of Crete, the celebrated Blue Palace looks out across its own private beach and offers beautifully uninterrupted views of Spinalonga Island. The hotel's white pebble beach, interwoven with wooden walkways, stretches elegantly along the shoreline.

This iconic Cretan hotel has been welcoming guests for over two decades and for 2024 has embraced a new look and feel. The Blue Palace boutique hotel, open from May 2024 onwards, features just 47 bungalows and suites. The hotel offers refreshed interiors and will provide a more intimate, personalised experience in the same majestic location.

Remodelled rooms and suites, set amongst the hotel's fragrant gardens, take their colour palette from the surrounding landscape, and seamlessly combine natural textures and authentic craftsmanship. The exceptional Royal Blue Villa features elegant amenities, and a private heated pool. The interior is home to exceptional furnishings, original artworks and unique deco pieces, such as the iconic Klismos chair crafted by the Saridis design studio in Athens.

The jewel in the crown at Blue Palace is the Phaea Blue Villa. This secluded three bedroom villa features a large, heated pool, vast indoor space and opulent amenities, providing a peaceful haven for guests who want to switch off and enjoy the peace and quiet of their own space. A new addition for 2024 are a private chef and private butler who are on hand to ensure that all the guests' needs are catered for.

The hotel's restaurants weave together flavours and fragrances, fully embracing a fresh Mediterranean approach that captures the essence of each season in every dish. A short stroll along the beach, Blue Door Taverna offers an enchanting atmosphere in which to taste timeless traditional Cretan cuisine. Phaea Farmers Feast pop-up restaurant welcomes guests to a farm-to-table gastronomic experience, with authentic Cretan notes. Anthos features the freshest take on Greek contemporary cuisine with innovative food concepts, led by award-winning Creative Consultant Chef Athinagoras Kostakos.

Aboard a charming traditional Greek fishing boat a caique - guests can experience the unspoiled natural landscapes of Crete from the waters as they cruise around the beautiful Mirabello Gulf. Setting off from the hotel's own jetty, guests can get a new perspective of the island, visiting secluded beaches and the fascinating and historic isle of Spinalonga, all whilst breathing in the restorative sea air. Over the course of the languid boat journey, guests can enjoy a wine tasting, sampling a selection of Cretan wines alongside an array of locally sourced cheese and freshly prepared salads.

New facilities include watersports with scuba diving, children's playground and an area dedicated to movie screenings.

The second phase of this remodelling project, Rosewood Blue Palace, is scheduled to debut in 2025 with 154 rooms and suites, and promising an ultra-luxury experience that captures the true essence of the Crete. Blue Palace is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.

  • Adapted rooms available
  • Babysitting
  • Children's pool
  • Fitness room
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Kids club (supervised)
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Spa/Wellness centre
  • Tennis courts

Superior Bungalow Full Sea View

Superior Bungalow Private Pool Full Sea View

Family One Bedroom Suite Sea View Full Sea View

Junior Suite with Heated Private Pool Garden or Mountain View

Deluxe Suite with Private Pool Full Sea View

Two Bedroom Deluxe, Private Heated Pool Inland View

Mediterranean Maisonette Suite, Private Pool Full Sea View

Island Luxury Suite, Private Pool Full Sea View

Superior Family Sea View

Greece is well known for its cuisine and Crete for its excellent natural produce such as olive oil, honey, fresh fruits vegetables and wine. No better place to enjoy these treats than at Olea with stunning views of Spinalonga. With a great selection of delicious starters, salads, desserts and specials of the day. Decadent American buffet breakfasts and French Champagne is served daily 7.15am – 10.30am. International, Greek and Cretan cuisine is served for dinner 18.30pm – 21.30pm. There is also a private section exclusively for guests of the hotels luxury suits and villas.

A Greek restaurant with a modern twist. Dine by the organic garden and observe the chefs at work in their open-air kitchen. With everything taken care of, relax and enjoy the view, while tasting invigorating Grecian wines.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 19:00 to 23:30

On a Lavishly decorated outdoor terrace guest can enjoy authentic Asian cuisine. Open plan kitchen means guests can witness expert chefs making fresh sushi, Japanese Thai and more.

Dinner 21st April- 31st May & 16th September – 31st October 18.30- 23.00. 1st June – 15th September 19.00 – 23.30 (closed Thursday and Sunday).

This traditional Greek tavern is a beautiful place to experience local Cretan specialities for lunch and dinner. The restaurant also offers guests spectacular beach front views with old fisherman stone house design.

Open daily 12.00 – 12pm (closed every Wednesday)

Set in a charming location by the main pool and beach guests can enjoy the tastes of Italy with fresh dishes prepared in true Italian style.

Lunch 12.30 - 16.00 daily. Dinner 21st April – 31st May & 16th September 18.30 – 23.00. 1st June- 15th September 19.00- 23.30.

This bar serves exquisite cocktails and its prime location make it a perfect place for guest to unwind. Comfortable sofas and Moroccan loungers face the sea so guests can enjoy the gentle sounds of the sea in ultimate serenity.

Open 9.30 - 1.30am with light snacks- 11.00- 21.00

Contemporary style and relaxing atmosphere offer a great place to enjoy a refreshing drink overlooking the pool and beautiful views of the resort.

Open 9.30- 1.30am with light snacks- 11.00- 21.00

This Beach club was designed by award winning architects K- studio. It serves an enticing range of snacks and drinks with atmospheric music. They offer pool and beachside service for those wishing to remain relaxed in the lazy summer days.

Blue Palace provides state of the art machines in a 168 m2 fitness centre that enjoys fantastic sea views for excellent motivation. Classes such as step, personal training, Cretan dance yoga and meditation can be organised. With a particularly popular sunrise yoga class. These classes can be twinned with the seminars on nutrition and cooking tasty balanced meals. A nearby water sports centre can organise water skiing, windsurfing, Knee board, wake board, snorkelling and even scuba diving courses and night dives. With preferential green fees and rental fees guests can organise their golf in the nearby golf 18 hole golf course just 30 minutes away.

The award winning spa at Blue Palace offers ultimate luxury. Once guest have broken away from the stunning sea views they can enjoy several treatments using local high quality products. With 23 treatment rooms, couples suites, saunas, Hammam and Jacuzzi guest will always find the perfect way to relax and unwind. Spa access is complementary to guests and treatments are chargeable. Children under 16 are not permitted. Open 9.00- 21.00 daily with individual treatments 12.00-20.00. Advance reservation is highly recommended.

The hotel offers a supervised kids club, a great opportunity to meet new friends and create memories you’ll come home talking about. A children’s playground is available and babysitting can be arranged on request. Special spa treatments are available for children aged 8- 16.

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Hotel Summary

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Blue Palace




NEAREST AIRPORT: Heraklion International Airport

TRANSFER TIME: Approx 60 minutes


Beach Resort Hotel
Ideal for Families
Honeymoon Hotels
Romantic Hotel
Recommended Spa


Beach Resort Hotel

Ideal for Families

Honeymoon Hotels

Romantic Hotel

Recommended Spa


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