Need To Know
120, including 80 suites and 40 villas.
11.30am. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $385.90 (€347), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
Rates include an American buffet breakfast.
The hotel closes for winter at the beginning of November each year and re-opens 25 March.
At the hotel
Spa, fitness room, library, free WiFi and tennis courts. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Xbox (on request), minibar, free bottled water, Coco-Mat mattresses, bathrobes, slippers and Korres bath products. Guests staying in the Ultraluxe Villas and Luxury Residences get a raft of special Haute Living extras, including a villa host, private check-in, a mobile with a direct line to the manager and room service, an open bar on arrival, daily aperitivo and sun loungers reserved on the best part of the beach.
Our favourite rooms
For the most private of stays, opt for the multi-roomed Domes Private Residence, which has a whirlpool bath tub, fireplace-, living room (X-Boxes and PlayStations are available on request) and use of the chauffered club car. For self-catering flexibility and a private pool, the Luxury Residences will suit.
There are five: two saltwater pools, one indoors, one out; two freshwater pools (one unheated out of season), and children-only pool and a beach. The main pool is just below reception, with views over to Spinalonga and the bay. The strip of beach is lined with olive trees and wooden decking.
The golden-hued contemporary spa has a indoor seawater pool surrounded by sunloungers, mosaic-tiled treatment rooms and sweeping views of the Med from floor-to-ceiling windows. There's a hammam and sauna, steam room, frigidarium and tepidarium, hairdresser and beauty therapists, and treatments offered include facials, body scrubs and wraps, and a range of massages, using Pevonia products. Guests can also use the 100sq m fitness room or book personal trainers and private yoga sessions.
All the glitters might not be gold but anything Midas-pleasing will look a treat with your Cretan tan.
The sumptuous spa is decked out with metallic mosaics, lavish treatment rooms and a hair salon. Be sure to book ahead for the weekly Cretan wine-tasting evenings (Sundays at 6pm for €22 per person). However, you needn't limit yourself to just wine; many food and cocktail festivals take place throughout the summer months. Staying in a Luxury Residence or Ultraluxe Villa? Alongside a raft of free extras, for an extra charge you can request a personal assistant, a butler, signature dining and helicopter transfers.
Exceedingly welcome. There’s room for cribs and extra beds in all rooms. The hotel has a crèche and a kids' club (book at least a month ahead as it’s very popular); a local nanny can be drafted in with a day’s notice for €15 an hour.