At the Blue Palace hotel, luxury is not just a matter of comfort; also of living slowly, as he is a member of the “slow travelling” club.

Stepping on the soil of Crete is, in a way, witnessing its fascinating history that begins with the Minoan civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and continues with the absorption of the many influences that followed through the Dorians, Romans or Byzantines who left their seal and their imprint. Homer already quoted it in the Odyssey «Outside, in the dark blue of the sea, there is an island called Crete of beautiful and fertile land, washed by the waves…».Agios Nikolaos, east of Crete.

There, in the region of Agios Nikolaos, east of Crete, on the quiet coast of Elounda, overlooking the sea and the island of Spinalonga, the traveler comes across the Blue Palace Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Hotel, recognized with numerous awards. The size of this accommodation is enormous, but despite this, it is built in such a way that the bungalows, of various types and sizes, blend into the surroundings, camouflaging themselves among the vegetation. Thus, the guest enjoys intimacy and is surprised when at breakfast time he sees that the Olea restaurant is full. Vast arches at the entrance and in the common areas display Cretan architecture, with hints of minimalist décor.

The tastefully decorated, cozy and comfortable rooms have their terrace and warm-water swimming pool from which to observe the magnificent Spinalonga postcard, the beach adorned with the hotel’s sun loungers and umbrellas, and the small port of Plaka, populated with charming shops of crafts and restaurants.The Blue Palace swimming pool.

The Blue Palace offers sea excursions on its barge, circling the island of Spinalonga and sailing to Elounda. Its facilities are clearly seen from the ship, which cover the mountain ascending to the top where the 400-square-meter suite is located, perfect for a family or a group that can enjoy the best views, indoor and outdoor dining room, terrace with barbecue and swimming pool dominating the horizon. Taking the funicular down the mountain, Elounda Spa and Thalosotherapy awaits us, offering all kinds of massages based on island products, including olive oil, olives, almonds and excellent products from Valmont and Cinq Mondes. Back in the room, the guest can call reception to request a golf cart or ride the cable car,

Address: PO Box 38, Elounda, Crete, 72053, Greece.

Facilities: rooms designed in the form of bungalows, an outdoor swimming pool, four restaurants, one of them serving Greek cuisine, three cafeterias, a thalassotherapy center and spa, a children’s area and meeting rooms.

More information: on the phone (+30) (2841) 065500.

Gastronomy for all tastes

In the Olea restaurant, the chef shares some of his dishes with visitors and teaches them how to cook vegetables stuffed with rice and vegetables, cucumber salad with Greek yogurt sauce, Tzatiziki and some other delicacies from Cretan cuisine combined with olives, olive oil, figs, dried fruits or candied fruits. Dishes that will be tasted at the Isola restaurant by the sea and the saltwater pool.Cretan dish.

For dinner, the guest can choose between the Flame Steakhouse which, located halfway between the beach and the top of the mountain, is accessed by going up the funicular. It enjoys good views and gastronomy under a Mediterranean decoration. At the Blue Door Greek Tavern you can savor the Greek dishes and the fish of the day.

Moussaka, sea ​​bass or gilthead bream come out of the kitchen served in attractive local pottery on checkered tablecloths on outdoor tables, some set on rocks by the sea. Whoever wants an exotic touch can find it in the Asian restaurant Asia Blue. And for the penultimate drink, the Arsenali bar has Moroccan-decorated sections ideal for trying some of its tempting cocktails, such as Tears of Chios, created by Greg Selder, which combines vodka, mint and pineapple, a combination that, according to , take away all sorrows.

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