While the beachfront and view of Elounda Bay was truly spectacular, the hotel itself was unimpressive. The property was enormous and sprawling and felt more like a middle-of-the-road all-inclusive Caribbean resort than a Greek "palace." The hotel itself was impressively decorated and was the least pretty hotel we stayed on during our 2 week trip, and it was also by far the least quaint. The rooms were comfortable and the decor was unmemorable. Our room had a private pool which was nice, but the water was kept to cold to go in. I didn't try the food there since I heard it was awful and overpriced.
If you're going to Creete to lounge by the water, then I recommend staying at a nearby boutique luxury hotel with the same view, but that is decorated with a Greek aesthetic so you can feel like you're in Creete, not Cancun. If you're going to sightsee around Crete, then I recommend staying closer to Chania or Rethemnon, which have beautiful old towns.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blue Palace Resort And Spa
- Blue Palace Hotel Elounda
- Blue Palace Resort & Spa
- Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Crete Elounda