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What has amazed us most?

The views. There are amazing vistas from every room and every corner of the hotel. You can relax on your own terrace and enjoy the incredible view of the Mirabello Gulf and the medieval Venetian Fortress, Spinalonga. The service. The maids are like fairy godmothers, who come unseen twice a day and leave small treats. The Special Romance Department and private chapel on the grounds of the hotel are waiting for you to celebrate the most special moments of your life.

Why should you come here?

To leave your problems and troubles behind; to enjoy the unique Cretan hospitality and delicious fine dining; to propose or even say ‘I do’.

special thing about the hotel

After a quick check-in, we didn’t go straight to our duplex sea view bungalow with a private pool, as the majestic views all around us captivated our senses. So we stayed a while at the open-air lounge with snow-white soft sofas, Greek wine and cold coffee which perfectly complemented the panorama. While we were enjoying the refreshments, the charming hotel manager, Irina, shared with us the story of the area and tiny Spinalonga Island, which lay in front of us; a story of glory and sadness, true love and pride. Ten years ago, English writer, Victoria Hislop, came here and was so enchanted by the beauty of this part of Crete that she wrote a book called “The Island”. The book became a bestseller in the UK, was translated into 23 languages, and adapted for Greek TV.

HOW TO MAKE

the most of your stay

*Book one of the villas: Almyra, Thalassa, The Grand Villa, or the largest and most majestic three-bedroom Royal Blue Villa. This unrivalled 290 sq. m. villa is situated on the edge of the resort with spectacular seaviews, an outdoor pool and, outdoor dining and barbeque area which guarantees total privacy.

*Invite the chef to cook for you in The Royal Blue Villa’s wood burning oven and barbeque facilities around the pool.

*Spend an evening sailing in a traditional boat around Spinalonga Island and watch the sunset with a bottle of chilled champagne.

*Spend a day sailing the crystal clear waters of Mirabello Bay and enjoy an authentic Greek picnic on the beach prepared by the Blue Palace chef.

*Dine or just lounge together under the stars at the Blue Palace beach. Let the staff set up a beach bed with large pillows for you by the beachfront fire. This could be the ideal moment to propose and hear “Yes!” from your loved one.

to see and do around

Just ten minutes’ walk from the hotel, you will find the small traditional fishing village of Plaka with amazing fresh fish taverns. Or you can take a taxi to explore Elounda (just a few kilometres along the coast) - a small, romantic and traditional Greek town.

One more place to see – is the largest town in the east of Crete, and the capital of this region, is beautiful Agios Nikolaos. Don’t miss Voulismeni, a hidden lake surrounded by cliffs, with many bars and restaurants dotted around the lake.  

HOW TO

get here

The Blue Palace hotel is located an hour’s drive from Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Airport. A more luxurious option is to book a helicopter transfer from Heraklion Airport to the private helipad of the hotel.