Need to know
83, including five suites.
Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $270.70 (€242), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
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.
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 Jacuzzi or heated 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.
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 grown-ups.