Luxury Crete Holidays

Ancient mythology and natural beauty

Crete

Crete has more than its fair share of pretty harbours and sandy beaches, but the island has a dramatic side, too – inland, its landscape is slashed with gorges, scored with valleys and dominated by mountains.

Hire a car to help you nose inland and discover half-hidden villages and hamlets. Knossos is a page worth bookmarking in your guidebook – it's the biggest and most impressive of Crete's Minoan palaces.

Cretan hotels set the bar high when it comes to luxury, and we've handpicked the cream of the crop. They're scattered along the island's north coast, in button-cute waterside towns like Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos. 

Samantha Grist

I really recommend giving island-hopping a go. I combined Mykonos, Santorini and Crete in one trip - so easy to do, and it was fantastic to be able to experience three such different islands in one holiday.

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Lewis Parker

Visiting Spinalonga is my favourite memory of Crete. The island has previously been inhabited by the Arabs, Venetians and Turks, before being turned into a leper colony in 1903. Today, it's uninhabited, but the ruins and remains are fascinating.

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Destinations in Crete
Adele Near Rethymnon
Adele is a classic Cretan village secreted away among the hills south-east of Rethymnon, the Venetian island capital. Ivory-white houses and olive grove eco-villas are the theme here.
Aghios Nikolaos
 Aghios Nikolaos is a fishing town with three centres – Kitroplateia Beach, the taverna-lined port, and a marina that invites in king-sized yachts. And it all overlooks northerly Mirabello Bay.
 
Chania
Venetian, Minoan, Turkish, Victorian – Chania dishes up all eras of architecture in its walled old city. The star? A colourful harbour that reaches out towards beaches on both sides.
Elounda
 Elounda is a north-eastern fishing village with a difference – it collects luxury beach and spa hotels under its wing. They all watch over the island-speckled Bay of Elounda.
 
Gouves
Gouves lies just east of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. You’ve got the best of both worlds here – the hillside village centre and the beachfront promenade of hotels and tavernas. 
Missiria Near Rethymnon
Missiria is so close to the island capital of Rethymnon that it’s practically a suburb, rolling out a long sandy beach stocked with palatial hotels and sea-view bars.
Plaka Near Elounda
Plaka is the closest village to Spinalonga – a near-mythical island that’s doubled as a Venetian fort and a leper colony. Trips launch from the marina, where restaurants and designer hotels gather.
Sissi
Sissi wraps itself around a double bay on the village-dotted north-east coast. One bay hosts a fishing harbour, while the other unrolls a sandy beach, plus a couple of coves.

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Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€2.50-4
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Bus return
€3-30
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Cup of coffee
€3-4.50
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Glass of wine
€3-6
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Main course
€8-15
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Small souvenir
€3-5
Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.

When to go

The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece. 

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Island-hopping itinerary

Mykonos, Santorini & Crete


At a glance
  • Discover three classically Greek islands
  • Sip cocktails in Little Venice, Mykonos
  • Watch Santorini’s famous sunset
  • Unwind on the sandy beaches of Crete
9 days from £1995 per person

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Our pick of the top hotels in Crete
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas

Crete, Aghios Nikolaos

Domes of Elounda

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

Crete, Elounda

Elounda Bay Palace

Crete, Elounda

Minos Beach Art Hotel

Crete, Aghios Nikolaos
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