Need to know
A total of 152, including 52 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm, also flexible.
Double rooms from $719.66 (€641), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
Rates include a full Cretan breakfast buffet (it's amazing).
There’s a 365-metre stretch of coast on your doorstep with sunbeds and parasols studded along the shore. Pick your patch wisely: three areas are sandy and the rest are rocky. Staff are poised ready to swap towels and serve snacks and drinks.
1 November until Easter.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, beach, gym, tennis court, car park. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioning and Elemis (Hermès in some room types) bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Nearly every room has a sparkling sea view, but there are a handful that don’t – if it’s a dealbreaker, speak now. The decor is bright, white and simple, letting blue waves out the window do the talking. If you’re travelling en famille, some rooms can be connected – but we’d recommend the Royal Villa, which has two bedrooms. Splash out on a private-pool-enhanced room if your holiday goals are a bit more grown up – some categories share their pool with the neighbours.
There are two pools: an unheated infinity-edged pool outdoors, with a bar and restaurant, and a heated pool in the spa. The former is open from 7am until 7pm; the latter’s hours are 9am to 7pm.
The Elemis spa has a Turkish bath, nail bar and tempting treatment list, which includes various rituals, scrubs and massages. A personal trainer is on hand and the gym has top-spec equipment.
Sturdy slope-tackling gladiator sandals, billowing breezy linens and an imagination-sparking book on Greek mythology – Crete is the home of the Minotaur’s Labyrinth.
The hotel is on a slope, which may be tricky to navigate in a wheelchair, but there are four specially adapted rooms.
All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to rooms. Babysitting is available for €20 an hour (two-hour minimum); a week’s notice is required. The restaurants have children’s menus.