Crete, Greece

Domes Noruz Chania

Rates from (ex tax)$127.48

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR122.76), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Sun-kissed sophisticate


Chilled-out Chania

There’s nothing square about Domes Noruz Chania. Kids aren’t invited, but adults most certainly are – especially the cocktail-loving, sun-worshipping, fish-munching kind. Island life gets a luxurious spin here: in addition to light-filled, serene interiors, Domes Noruz woos with a blissful blue spa and a buzzing bar. Put the masseuses to the test, try yoga on the beach, canter through reimagined Med flavours in the wave-spying restaurant and enjoy sunset from your hammock. A short drive away, Chania’s historic digs and beaches beckon...

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A summer cocktail in Raw Bar; for BlackSmiths staying five nights or more, an extra snack by the pool or beach; for GoldSmiths staying seven nights or more, a three-course dinner in Zeen Restaurant


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Need to know


83, including five suites.


Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $127.48 (€108), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR122.76), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast, but include spa access and WiFi.


Thoughtfully, the hotel preloads in-room MP3 players with different music for different times of the day. If you'd like to see the sister hotel, Domes of Elounda (three hours away), transfers can be organised for €270 per way in a car, €400 per way in a minibus.

Hotel closed

Annually from mid-November to the end of March.

At the hotel

Public beach; gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, O.Live bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Sublime Loft Rooms earn their name with superlative views of the sea and beach bar; to maximise these, unfurl yourself into the hammock on your terrace and gaze with gratification upon your surroundings. Haven rooms also deserve a mention: each one is a two-floor expanse, with a bed that’s perfectly placed for sunset sessions (courtesy of the sky-spying window).


Domes Noruz Chania boasts a trio of pools: two outdoors, one in the spa. The pool by the bar tends to get more footfall (try the cocktails and you’ll see why); the one closer to the hotel entrance feels quieter and more secluded. Of course, you can splash around in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea (10 steps from the restaurant); each room also has its own plunge pool, outdoor Jacuzzi or outdoor pool.


The Soma Spa counts an indoor pool, juice bar and fitness room among its considerable charms. A fleet of lovely, nimble-knuckled masseuses dish out facials and body treatments starring Elemis products – plus herbs from the island.

Packing tips

Bring your own domes: pearl earrings; rounded pendants; polka-dot shirts and shorts; circular sunnies.


Sign up for a private yoga lesson on the beach with one of the hotel’s limber instructors.


Sorry kids, this place is a playground for over-16s only.

Food and Drink

Photos Domes Noruz Chania food and drink

Top Table

Sit closest to the sand and toast the sea or sunset.

Dress Code

Off-duty Demeter/Dionysus.

Hotel restaurant

Spy on the waves and sand from Zeen restaurant, where chef Dionysios Pliatsikas dishes up ‘glocal’ – that’s global meets local – cuisine. Menu items that caught our eye include: local grouper with grapes, chilli, lemon and chives; tempura king crab with tsoureki-dakos salad and poached sea bass with lime-flavoured vegetables and staka sauce. There’s also the breezy Raw Bar, overlooking the beach, which serves an array of adventurous bar snacks, such as salmon tartare tacos with garlic salsa verde cream, and oysters with pickled kritamo (samphire) and oxymeli dressing (wine, honey, vinegar and orange).

Hotel bar

Domes Noruz Chania is rightfully proud of its master mixologist, Giorgos Dendrakis, an alumnus of London’s Shaker Bar School (yes, that is a thing). His libations are best enjoyed by sunset, overlooking the beach: try a fruity bramble. There’s also the N Bar, which shares a double-height, lofty-ceilinged building with the lobby. A hotel that kicks things off with cocktails at check-in is alright by us.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 11pm; ‘lunch’ until 5pm; breakfast until 11am.

Room service

Pick whatever you like from the full restaurant menu between 7am and 11pm; between 11pm and 7am, order from an edited selection of snacks.


Photos Domes Noruz Chania location
Domes Noruz Chania
Strati Pantelaki 5 Agioi Apostoloi Chania


Chania Airport is 35km from the hotel, a 20-minute drive away ( Brits can take advantage of British Airway’s new direct service to Chania from the UK. The hotel can organise transfers from Chania airport for €50 for a car, €90 for a minibus. Alternatively, Heraklion Airport is a two-hour drive. Transfers from Heraklion airport cost €170 for a car, €280 for a minibus.


Forget trains – you’re on a beachy island.


The hotel offers valet parking and has plenty of parking space.


Catch boats to other islands and nearby beauty spots from Chania Harbour.

Worth getting out of bed for

Having ticked off a treatment at the spa, countless cocktails at the bar, yoga on the beach, a dip in each of the three pools and a meal or two at the restaurant, discover Chania old town, whose lures include a Venetian harbour and historic lighthouse. Shop for leather goods, gold jewellery and other gifts for the folk back home – or each other – in Chania’s artisan boutiques. Learn about the island’s past at Chania Archaeological Museum, or go for a stroll in the Botanic Park & Gardens (take a picnic and a chilled bottle of local white wine with you). Pack a beach towel, swimwear and sun lotion, then set off on a boat trip to Balos beach (the hotel will take care of all the necessaries).

Local restaurants

Chania has some excellent eateries. Try wild-fennel pie and other Cretan classics at Portes, whose name means ‘door’ (you’ll understand why, when you get there). The restaurant is usually packed with sociable locals; you’ll feel like you’re dining at a dear friend’s house. Tamam at Zampeliou 49 is a taverna set on the site of the old Turkish baths (swimwear at dinner: not advised); it’s busy, loud and provides a robust introduction to Chania’s dining scene. For succulent seafood and the daily catch, have a meal at To Maridaki on Daskalogianni Street. Try the octopus salad with ginger, the crisp and crunchy fried calamari and grilled fresh fish (grouper is a favourite).


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel in Greece and unpacked their Cretan olive oil and capers, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Domes Noruz Chania in Crete…

If, like us, you’ve got a thing for domes, you may already be aware of Domes Noruz Chania’s older sister: Domes of Elounda. The siblings share some common ground – prime coastal spots in Crete; delicious dining; excellent barmen; soothing, serene style – but there’s one key difference: Domes of Elounda is a family affair, whereas Domes Noruz Chania is strictly adults-only. Here, horizons are uninterrupted by high-chairs – meaning all the more room for sunsets – and you won’t have to suffer any tantrums in the restaurant (unless they’ve run out of the malt tart dessert with butter ice-cream and salted caramel, perhaps). Adults have no choice but to utterly unwind – with a spot of private yoga on the beach, fruity brambles at the bar or thousand-flower Elemis detox wraps in the spa. There’s even an onsite fitness guru – Nikos Putsikis – who the hotel flew in from Thessaloniki. He’s on hand, should you wish to make your figure less domed, more toned (we’re more likely to order a second round of cocktails).

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Domes Noruz Chania’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The amazing Domes experience starts as soon as you see the building. Super staff, great rooms, good food and a few paces from the beach.

Don’t expect

Don't expect noise and a lively atmosphere. 


Stayed on 9 Jun 2017

We loved

The rooms and facilities. Everything was perfectly clean and maintained properly. The spa facilities are really good.

Don’t expect

...perfect service in rooms. We would that the hotel would provide sufficient training to staff in this respect.


Stayed on 28 Apr 2017

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