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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing View!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

I stayed here for a week with my husband and two children (9 and 12 years old) last July and we had a lovely holiday. We were looking for a week of relaxation and sun and this did not disappoint. We were in a junior suite up at the top of the hotel on a corner, which was nice and quiet and had fantastic views of Spinalonga and the sea. The best thing for us was the private infinity pool outside our room - heaven! The kids played in the pool all day and my husband and I could sunbathe and read. Some days we didn't go out at all, we just ordered room service for lunch! We were on half board option which meant we ate in the hotel most nights. Flame (The steak restaurant) was our favourite and Isola (Italian) also the was fine. The Chinese restaurant was disappointing as was the Greek (Blue Door) surprisingly. There are lots more good Greek restaurants in the village of Plaka - a short stroll away which is very nice. Breakfast is good and all the staff are helpful and nice. Be warned the resort is not super child-friendly. It's not great for toddlers as it's built on a slope with lots of steep steps and pebbly beach with decking and there are not that many activities for older kids. My two were fine for a week as they love swimming and we had good family time. We also enjoyed a visit to Spinalonga island (the former leper colony). We only wanted a short trip so we took a small boat from the hotel which suited us fine. A lovely, stylish resort with stunning views - great for a relaxing week or a romantic break.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms which are overlooked by the Funicular which goes down from reception to the beach.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a suite with a private endless pool. The design is luxurious and yet very clean and modest - greek style. The food was good but a bit expensive , and no need to go the Chinese restaurant ...
The spa is a league of its own !
The service was great , and the resort is very clean and easy - not to big and yet very private .
We will defiantly will come again

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northamptonshire,UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We stayed at the blue palace for a week in September. We upgraded to a private pool suite and at350 euros extra for the week was worth every penny! We decided to go b&b so we had the option to eat out in the surrounding area, again I would highly recommend this as the only down side to this hotel is that the food is very expensive (example : 3course meal for 2 at Asian fusion restaurant with half a carafe of wine & two beers was 198 euros-nice but not that nice!) so get out either taxi or bus into Elounda (too far to walk at night) with plenty of options of bars and restaurants. Our favourite was the lovely little village of Plaka (made famous by Victoria his lops book "the island") is still traditionally Greek with lots of choice of beautiful restaurants and if fresh fish is your thing then don't miss it. Plaka is just a short 5minute walk from the hotel, we walked there at lunch and enjoyed a wine and beer whilst looking over the bay to the island. A visit to the former fortress and later the famous leper colony is also a must. Take a boat from Plaka it's 50% cheaper than taking a boat from the hotel and very easy, a boat leaves every hour from the small harbour. Whilst on the subject of Plaka the bar and restaurant with the best service, friendliest owners and stunning views is Thalassa. Very easy to find keep walking through the village and you'll see it on the right hand side opposite the island of Spinalonga. One more thing about the hotel, the staff are incredibly friendly the girls waitressing at the bar are lovely (so tip them!) but be aware this is not a hotel for children. There are no sandy beaches, decking and pebbles beautifully laid out but not child friendly. We traveled as a couple and there were some very young children other 5 in large family groups (mainly Israelis) there is not enough for older children to do, but very a beautiful, stylist adult resort with impeccable service you won't find better.

Room Tip: We booked the plunge pool room villa (much bigger than a plunge pool) set away from the hotel On a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Very pretty hotel...Great views...plunge pool though not heated...very cold...could never go in....asked several times but never corrected,,,Rooms very nice,,nothing amazing...Great lunches at Greek restaurant on the water..food very good with great service

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DrTodd7
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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

We have stayed in this property 3 times now and every single one has been an excellent experience! Every single time we have felt as if the entire staff was there just for us! Excellent service and very personable. The location is absolutely stunning in that it offers an outstanding view of Spinalonga island from a high vantage point which gives the hotel's infinity pool an amazing feeling. The restaurants are top notch with excellent menu choices which make it very hard for you to leave the hotel. The rooms were clean and private. The beds were outstanding and we slept comfortably. During our first visit, our room had a noisy a/c duct and after the staff could not resolve they upgraded us to a suite an to extra charge. This is one of my top choices for a getaway in Crete! I will most certainly return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Dear Guest,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and for sharing such an amazing review. We are certainly very proud to be one of your top choices in Crete! I am so happy to know that you were pleased with everything and that the service offered by our team members continues to exceed your expectations.
Please rest assured that your comments have already been shared with the team who were as happy to receive them as I was.
I look forward to welcoming you back to the Blue Palace for an equally amazing experience.

Kind regards

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

I was on a trip to Europe for a few weeks with two of my buddies. We're all 30 and single. We were a lil hesitant because it seems like more of a honeymoon spot but we gave it a shot anyway. We're not young party animals anymore and we wanted to stay at least one fancy resort during our time in the Greek Islands. We were not disappointed. You could go as a couple, a family, or with friends. Heck, you could be with people you don't even like. This place is so absolutely breathtaking that it really doesn't matter. Room was gorgeous. Restaurants were great. No complaints. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review on the site following your stay with us and I am thrilled to hear that we surpassed your expectations and that one of the greatest assets of the hotel is the location. I am also pleased that we achieved to impress you with our rooms and restaurants. It is really great that your overall stay was so enjoyable and I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Blue Palace on a future visit to our wonderful island.

Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
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Athens, Greece
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53 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Fantastic variety of restaurants in combination with helpful personnel. The frendliest Lady walked us to our room, which was spacious, isolated and with a stunning view! It is amazing having the opportunity to wake up every day and seeing Spinalonga Island!!! The resort is also quite close to the city of Aghios Nikolaos, one of the most romantic places ever... I was also impressed by the snorkeling experience. The Cretan sea is heaven.

Room Tip: Prefer rooms that are not so close to the cable car, due to the noise.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sotikre, General Manager at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear Guest,

I was so glad to read your kind words following your recent stay with us at the Blue Palace. We pride ourselves on the service we deliver to our guests so was delighted that we met your expectations in all aspects of your stay. I have passed on your kind words to our great team at the hotel.
Looking forward to taking care of you again in the future and offering another unforgettable experience.

Kind regards,

Sotiris Kremastiotis
General Manager
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Property: Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete
Address: | P.O. Box 38, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
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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
#2 Spa Hotel in Elounda
#2 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Elounda
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#6 Family Hotel in Elounda
#9 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 
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