Crete, Greece

Domes Noruz Chania

Rates from (ex tax)$132.18

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 openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Sun-kissed sophisticate

Setting

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

Facilities

Photos Domes Noruz Chania facilities

Need to know

Rooms

83, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $132.18 (€108), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-in.

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 (EUR108.16), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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

Also

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).

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Also

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

Children

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.

Location

Photos Domes Noruz Chania location
Address
Domes Noruz Chania
Strati Pantelaki 5 Agioi Apostoloi Chania
Chania
73100
Greece

Planes

Chania Airport is 35km from the hotel, a 20-minute drive away (www.chania-airport.com). 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.

Trains

Forget trains – you’re on a beachy island.

Automobiles

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

Other

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).

Reviews

Photos Domes Noruz Chania reviews
Alice Tate

Anonymous review

It was late when Mr Smith and I checked into Domes Noruz Chania, so we did that classic late-night arrival routine of quickly admiring each and every corner of our room, marvelling over the fresh fruit bowl, opening the terrace doors to say ‘I can’t wait to see the view in the morning’, then falling sound asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

The next morning, we were able to admire our room – and the view – in all its glory. And, oh, it was worth the wait. We woke up, sun pouring on our faces. Our sun-kissed terrace overlooked the glistening main pool and, over the rooms on the far side, we could see right out to the sea and the horizon. Bliss. Come evening, with the sun setting, this was quite the spot to raise a glass of the local wine left for us in our room.

Said room was an Upbeat Retreat Sea View where a heavenly bed took up the majority of the compact yet cleverly designed entry level, facing out to the sparkling waters.

A sort of ‘deconstructed’ bathroom niftily fitted into the space, with a shower and toilet in one room, and a mirror and cabinet in the main space. A steep, stylish wooden staircase weaved up one side of the room, leading to a relaxed living area upstairs which opened out onto the top terrace, complete with incredible view, two plush loungers and, wait for it, our very own hot tub. (The sort you race through your dinner in Chania just to get back to savour…)  

Though quite tightly packed, we felt like we were in our own little home. It was a real luxury to have the upstairs lounge; somewhere to sit with a coffee in the morning, or with a wine and a film in the evening. The decor itself erred towards contemporary beachy cool, crafted from natural materials, soft finishes, pale surfaces and sea-blue upholstered highlights.

Our first morning started with a dip in the sea to work up an appetite for breakfast. The well-kept private beach is scattered with grass-straw parasols, bean bags, and comfortable loungers. The sand is spotless.

I think I squealed when I saw the breakfast buffet. Maybe I was just hungry from the swim but it was a spectacular spread – a buffet full of international faves (eggs, any and every style) and local delicacies: the thickest Greek yoghurt you could wish for, and spanakopita (spinach pie) so delicious I went back for thirds.

What with the sun, the sea, and the sand, the gym probably isn’t likely to be many people’s priority while holidaying here, but we did check it out briefly with a view to working off a little of that all too moreish Greek wine…

It’s a basic space but with enough equipment to get in a good workout should you want it. If you fancy working up a sweat in the sunshine, there’s also an outdoor frame so you can work on your guns and your vitamin D levels.

Of course, you’re only 15 minutes away from beautiful Chania, a web of charming backstreets and quite easily Crete’s prettiest town. It’s definitely worth a visit or two, both in the day and in the evening (it really comes alive at night, with diners spilling out onto the streets).

A forewarning, though: you’ll want to spend most of your time on that beachfront of yours, and you won’t want leave your lounger. Even when you do, it’ll probably be just to jump in the pool or to order an Aperol from the swim-up bar. You’ve got DJs playing laid back house tunes, bean bags scattered around the sand, and double sun-beds to curl up with a good book on.

And there’s not one but three pools to choose from: two large outdoor pools that shimmer in the sunlight, and another in the swish Soma spa. Not to mention the Aegean Sea, a mere 10 steps from the restaurant front.

With 83 rooms and suites, there’s no denying it’s a ‘resort’ but it’s one that feels sophisticated and serene. There are no little ones running around and no teens splashing in the pool. It’s romantic and grown-up with an ambient atmosphere from morning till late. Holiday heaven, that’s what we’ll call it.

 

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 room, the beach, the swimming pool and the breakfast.

Don’t expect

Quick service anywhere in the hotel although the staff were lovely. We were told the hotel was 2km from town. It was nearly 5km and cost us €20 a night in taxis which was a huge annoyance and disappointment.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Oct 2017

We loved

The great feel to the place; everything was well thought out and the staff were amazing.  It's right by the sea, so it's very easy to enjoy a walk along the beach and mix with the locals. Explore if you can as the Cretans are very welcoming. Need to see the Chania Harbour at night and there are other better beaches if you are prepared to travel. We tried the pink beach – the drive was interesting across the mountains and worth it.

Don’t expect

Solitude. The hotel is well designed but you do have to mix with people. In addition the beach is shared/public.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Oct 2017

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. 

Rating

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.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2017