Got back last night after two weeks at the Blue Palace Resort in Plaka/Elounda. Just wanted to thank everyone who answered my questions before we went and to let you know that we had a wonderful time. I had forgotten how stunning Crete is. The holiday started with a very enjoyable taxi ride from the airport to the Blue Palace with a very nice driver who talked to us about the area and pointed out lots of things on the way, it took just over one hour. We were very impressed with the Blue Palace I will write a review but will just say that we were amazed by the view from our balcony we were directly opposite Spinalonga and couldn't believe it was so close.
We had a fairly relaxing two weeks but did visit Aghios Nikolaos twice and Elounda by bus. We were very impressed with the buses and found them very reliable and were grateful for the air conditioning. I thought the views between Elounda and Ag Nik from the bus were amazing.
We walked into Plaka most days and although we were upgraded to half board by Sovereign we did eat in Plaka on two evenings and had lunch there on a few occasions. We took the boat from Plaka to Spinalonga early one morning and did just about manage to beat the crowds.
We mainly just enjoyed the facilities of the Blue Palace and the relaxing village of Plaka. We loved being on the beach and swimming from the pontoon and the sea was so clear.
The first week was really hot and we appreciated the wind as we were told we would but we did have a few days where it was really strong during the second week. It almost took your breath away and blew you over when you were on the beach and you had to weigh everything down with stones. On one of these days we went to Ag Nik and it was nowhere near as strong there so I think that little bay does catch the wind. Having said that it certainly didn't bother us or stop us doing anything and we didn't have any rain and even light clothes felt too heavy on some days. We loved Crete as much as we did almost twenty years ago and can understand why we went there two years in a row back then.
Thanks again everyone.