We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beauty, luxury & service to match the majestic history of the island. You'll feel like a rock star on vacation.”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 11 more sites!
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete
Ranked #8 of 35 Hotels in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 June 2013

A true get away. Full luxury resort, all around. Gorgeous architecture in public areas, stunning views, luxurious private abodes with private infinity plunge pools and patios mean you don't need to leave your room. Add to the mystery and history of a fantastic island a perfect, plush, and idyllic resort setting to return to after a day of adventure - though you may not even want to leave the resort.

The much appreciated private plunge pool is off a private patio large enough for lounging, eating and sleeping has a view of the creepy yet beautiful Spinalonga Island, a former leper colony. The island is easily accessible from the resort and worth a boat ride to check out and hike around its now abandoned premises and natural beauty. The food matches the top quality of the rest of the resort, or you can walk ten minutes down the road to Plaka and eat on the beach for more modest fare and "new best friend" service from the waiters. The service of the concierge is as fine as you get. The only note, plus or minus, is that the resort is "out there" and takes a while to get to the most historic sites of the island. A trek you won't mind making, knowing what you're coming back to.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank BexofNapa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2013

Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to post your comments on Trip Advisor and give us your feedback on your stay with us.
I am very pleased that you were thoroughly satisfied with your overall experience during your time in our resort.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay at the Blue Palace and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future for another great experience.

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager


Kind regards,

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (1,751)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

918 - 924 of 1,751 reviews

Reviewed 12 June 2013

This place is too amazing to put into words or photos, you really have to visit. The place is pretty much a city on its own. There is not really any reason to leave, with amazing restaurants and great swimming on the property. Unfortunately the location is kind of far from a lot of the best parts of the island. I was also not too impressed with the spa treatments, but was relaxed just by the peaceful surroundings. There is a three night minimum stay, but we loved it so much that we stayed longer than planned. Would highly recommend for couples and families. There were also a lot of very pregnant women that seemed happy.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Andrea W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2013

Dear Guest,

I thank you for your positive feedback.
We love to indulge all of our guests and I am delighted to learn that we have fulfilled your expectations in such a level that you decided to extend your stay. It was our pleasure taking care of you and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the Blue Palace.

Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 June 2013

We've stayed at the Blue Palace before and we were eager to return to this delightful resort tucked into the steep hills of Elunda. We always ask the hotel to arrange for a taxi to pick us up at the airport since we have no need to drive once we arrive at the hotel. We were greeted by staff as the cab pulled in and we found the service to be just as anticipatory and just as seamless as it was in the past. Everyone is friendly here. Our room looked out over the bay at the magical and mysterious island of Spinalonga and we encourage everyone to read The Island by Victoria Hislop before you arrive since it gives an intimate portrait of Spinalonga and the fishing village at the foot of the hill called Plaka.

We come here to unwind and the charming beach, pools, spa and beautiful location all contribute to that sense of relaxation. You must spend an afternoon wandering around the nearby town of Elunda where you can stop for a light lunch at any of the many waterfront taverns where the food is always good and the prices range from cheap to reasonable. The very best tip we can share is to wander down the hill (a ten minute walk) to Plaka in the evening for dinner at one of the restaurants – our favorites being Giorgios and Captain Nikolas. The food is wonderful, the service casual and the prices more than reasonable. The breeze blows in from the bay and do not be surprised when the occasional town cat wanders in for a snack. If you return to the same restaurant the next night you will be greeted like family. By the end of the night you will know the staff by name and you will likely be involved in conversations with neighboring diners from around the world. It is the way things are done in Plaka.

Without fail we would end our evenings in the stunningly beautiful cocktail lounge off the main lobby of the Blue Palace which overlooks the entire property. From the comfy overstuffed chairs and sofas you sip your drink as you look over the dancing lights below and the brilliant stars twinkling in the clear skies above.

The Blue Palace is a combination of great design, great service and great location. Thank you management and staff for yet another wonderful visit and we will be back again in another two years or so.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank James H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your continuous support and for taking the time to leave us your feedback.
It was a pleasure to learn that you chose to stay with us with your return to Crete. I would like to thank you for highlighting the service that our staff provided during your stay. I have communicated your feedback to the teams and they are all very happy to know that they made your stay even more special. I am certain that this will serve us as a source of inspiration to achieve even higher standards of excellence in the future.
Once again thank you for honoring us with your visit and we certainly look forward to having you back for another relaxing getaway.


Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Amazing !!! Where do I start , This was the most relaxing blissfully sublime holiday experience..The hotel itself is situated on the most stunning bay with mountains rising to the side and behind photographs will not do it justice..The staff,rooms,restaurants,beach,etc etc were without fault..We rented a car to explore Crete but were so taken with the hotel we were loath to leave..We had a bungalow room with pool which we used to have a refreshing "donk" in the morning and watching the sun rise over the island just made you glad and gratefful to be alive..Again I would love to thank the staff who made us feel special every day..We will be returning every 2 years from now on..5 Stars all round ..

Room Tip: Room with a pool is a must.Even if it is just to dip your feet into in the evening before dinner..
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Antony S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent stay with us.
Along with the rest of our team, I was delighted to read such positive comments about your experience here with us. It is our pleasure to ensure our guests thoroughly enjoy their stay, and I am very pleased that we were able to assist in creating a memorable holiday for you.
Once again, your review is much appreciated and we look forward to your return.


Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 June 2013

My wife & I stayed for 3 nights in this beautiful resort in May, 2013. Since we arrived by the overnight ferry, they had our room ready at 9:00 am itself without any additional charge. The rooms are spacious, clean with a balcony overlooking the beach. Service was excellent and always delivered with a smile. The staff were helpful in organising tours/rentals, etc.. The staff helped us book a quadbike and we had a fun day out discovering the island. The beach is not natural, made up of smooth pebbles and is narrow. But the setting is beautiful, with loungers arranged neatly. The ride to the beach in the funnicular was a nice touch.
Our only crib is the lack of free wifi in the rooms and a tea/coffee maker would be handy too. Highly recommended for couples with/without young kids. Excellent if a bit pricey!

Room Tip: We were in the north wing of the resort, which I suspect offers better views from rooms.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Daddymishra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent stay with us.
Along with the rest of our team, I was delighted to read such positive comments about your experience here with us. It is our pleasure to ensure our guests thoroughly enjoy their stay, and I am very pleased that we were able to assist in creating a memorable stay for you.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Blue Palace in the near future.

Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 June 2013

We have just returned from a superb week at the Blue Palace. Our bungalow was perfect with a view of Spinalonga island across the bay. We were lucky to be upgraded from B&B to half board with a dine around option which meant that we could dine in any one of the 4 restaurants (each with a different cuisine) - all excellent. The buffet breakfast was fantastic with a brilliant selection with something for all tastes. We couldn't fault the very attentive but discrete service we received from staff in every part of the hotel. Extras (mainly drinks) are quite pricey but worth every penny - a truly 5-star experience.
Plaka village which is within easy walking distance is totally unspoilt and has a number of tavernas for a good value lunchtime snack. The local bus service (air conditioned) has a stop near the hotel providing cheap and easy access to Elounda and Aghios Nicolaos (the latter is much better).

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank Richard M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on trip advisor following your stay at the Blue Palace.
I was delighted to read your review and it gives me great pleasure to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. I am also very appreciative of your comment regarding our staff and the standard of services my colleagues provided.
Once again thank you for choosing to stay with us, and I hope that you will give us the chance to welcome you back for another brilliant holiday.


Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 June 2013

We spent a week at The Blue Palace Hotel from 3rd June 2013.

I would recommend taking a private transfer which costs €85 one way.The coach would take over 2 hours given they drop off at other hotels which is no fun. The private transfer takes less than one hour.

The hotel has a lovely hill side setting and the rooms are widely spaced out with no high rise blocks. We had a junior suite with heated pool. The room was lovely,clean and well appointed. The pool and decking area nice but sadly offer little privacy from adjacent rooms as the walls are only a meter high--poor design here. I would recommend the rooms rather than stay without a pool or near the lift are where there is less privacy.The media available on the TV was distinctly 1 star. No proper video facilities,choice of film hopeless. No free WIFI was also poor for this price.Rooms would get 4stars,in room facilities (TV/Video-/WIFI 0 stars)
The service is probably the best I have ever come across. Room service was in minutes literally.The staff were all welcoming and very friendly--5 star.
There is a choice of four restaurants which were all ok offering a good selection.I would rate the food good but not outstanding. Not 5 star food but good for Greece! The Asian restaurant was a mixture of Thai,Chinese,Japanese. I think they would be better to stick to one format as the food was average at best. Flame was the best with a nice view--good steaks but with a supplement over half board (only small though €50.
The spa is excellent with some great treatments albeit expensive. I find this sad as they would do many more if they lowered their prices. Given labour must be cheaper it is odd they do not explore this simple option.
Breakfast for us in one dining room was a bit large and very impersonal but the selection is good.
The gym and tennis courts are good and well equipped.

Overall a good hotel and by Greek standards very good. This is not especially cheap but the facilities,location,and rooms are good and we would recommend it.

Room Tip: Room with pool away from centre of hotel
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
3  Thank paul w
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your recent stay with us and for recommending the Blue Palace. Whilst I was pleased that certain parts of your stay were enjoyable, particularly your room, the service and the Spa, I was very disappointed to learn about your dissatisfaction regarding the in room media facilities. I have received your comments under strong consideration to make sure we get improved in the future and of course amend our services to better.
Kindly accept my sincere apologies for the areas where we have fallen short of your expectations and I do hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back to our resort in the near future.

Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Elounda hotels
3.3 mi away
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas
0.9 mi away
Royal Marmin Bay Boutique & Art Hotel
2.9 mi away
Elounda Bay Palace
Elounda Bay Palace
#17 of 35 in Elounda
723 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.7 mi away
Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites
3.4 mi away
Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel
2.1 mi away
Elounda Garden Suites
Elounda Garden Suites
#1 of 35 in Elounda
450 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete

Address: | P.O. Box 38, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Elounda
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Elounda
#5 Spa Hotel in Elounda
#5 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
#6 Family Hotel in Elounda
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#9 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
Price Range: £200 - £564 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete 5*
Number of rooms: 251
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the wild beauty and unrivalled island style of a bohemian luxe resort with emblematic sea views, crystal clear waters, sparkling infinity pools, world class cuisine and bespoke services. All this combined with the resort's beach experience create a unique setting , where time seems to stand still. Blue Palace, a setting of wild grandeur. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with LoveHolidays, Jet2Holidays , TravelUp, Booking.com, Southall Travel, TripOnline SA, Expedia, HotelsClick, getaroom.com, Hotels.com, Evoline ltd, Ebookers, 5viajes2012 S.L. and Cancelon so you can book your Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Blue Palace Hotel Elounda
Blue Palace Resort And Spa
Blue Palace Resort & Spa
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Elounda

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing