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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

Family suites

Set over several levels overlooking a sparkling blue bay, this romantic hotel commands beautiful views of the island of Spinalonga. Rated amongst the best places to stay in Greece by the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List for two consecutive years, the Blue Palace blends curved walkways with lawned gardens, and the 142 private infinity pools appear to merge seamlessly with the sea. Stylishly-designed suites and bungalows combine contemporary décor and flawless finishing touches, each one the ultimate in comfort and luxury, taking in uninterrupted views over Spinalonga Island. Upgrade to half board and experience varied dishes in all the restaurants, including inspired cuisine at the beachside taverna or the Steakhouse Flame with focus on organic products from select local farmers. Peaceful and serene, the Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy provides a heavenly escape with the gentle sound of waves acting to sooth and calm. Traditional ingredients meet state-of-the-art facilities to encourage a total sense of well-being.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.

The hotel has 251 rooms.

  • Multi-level hotel with stunning sea views
  • Exquisite suites, bungalows and maisonettes
  • Private beach and three swimming pools
  • Dining options include steak restaurant Flame
  • Activities include yoga, diving and tennis

 

 

 

Added value

Free upgrade to half board

Guests staying for a minimum of 5 nights will receive a free upgrade to half board (half board is based on buffet service in Olea restaurant) for holidays between 21 April -31 May 2018 and 01 - 30 October 2018 booked by 31 January 2018.

Early booking discount

Save up to 20% discount on the hotel price for holidays between 21 April - 30 October 2018 booked by 15 February 2018.

Kids stay free

Children up to the age of 12 years stay free of charge when sharing a Junior Suite Sea View, Junior Suite Private Heated Pool, Mediterranean Maisonette Suite Sea View Private Pool, Deluxe Suite Sea View Private Pool and Island Luxury Suite Sea View Private Heated Pool with 2 full paying adults for holidays between 01 - 30 June 2018, booked by 15 February 2018.

First Child up to the age of 12 years stays free on a bed & breakfast basis when sharing a room with two paying adults. (offer excludes Classic Rooms, Two Bedroom Deluxe Private Heated Pool, Two Bedroom Suite and Villa for holidays  between 21 April - 31 May 2018 and 01 - 30 October 2018.

Family offer

Save up to 50% discount on the hotel price on a second room for children (up to 17 years) for holidays between (excludes Classic Rooms, Two Bedroom Deluxe Private Heated Pool and Two Bedroom Suite and Villas) for holidays between 21 April - 31 May 2018 and 01 - 30 October 2018.

Honeymoon offer

Guests receive a special signatures honeymoon amenities (offer must be requested at the time of booking and wedding certificate to be presented in resort) for holidays between 21 April - 30 October 2018.

Facilities

Bars & Restaurants

Olea


Opening Times:
07:15 - 10:30
18:30 - 21:30

Included With:
Breakfast , Dine Around (Half Board)

The hotel's main restaurant serving daily American buffet breakfast with Champagne as well as occasional buffet dinners.

A private breakfast section has been introduced for guests staying in an Island Luxury Suite or a Private Villa. In addition to the extensive buffet, guests will be offered an additional breakfast menu including a selection of signature dishes.

Isola

Opening Times:
12.30 - 16:00
June - Mid September
19:00 - 23.30
May & Mid September - October
18.30 - 23:00
Closed Mondays & Saturdays

Included With:
Dine Around (Half Board)

Located by the main pool, this Italian restaurant offers relaxing lunches taking in panoramic views as well as elegant dinners. 

Guests on half board can eat dinner at this restaurant or switch their dinner for lunch.

Asia Blue

Opening Times:
June - Mid September
19:00 - 23.30
May & Mid September - October
18.30 - 23:00

Opening Dates:
Closed Thursdays & Sundays

Included With:
Dine Around (Half Board)

An elegant restaurant, offering pan-Asian fusion cuisine in an intimate setting overlooking the sea, featuring dishes ranging from Japanese to Thai. 

Guests on half board can eat dinner at this restaurant.

Flame

Opening Times:
June - Mid September
19:00 - 23:30
May & Mid September - October
18.30 - 23:00

Opening Dates:
Closed Tuesdays & Fridays

Included With:
Dine Around (Half Board)

Dress Code:
Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers at dinner.

Flame specialises in expertly cooked steak dishes prepared from finest quality, locally sourced meat and local seasonal produce.

Guests on half board can eat dinner at this restaurant.

Blue Door

Opening Times:
12:00 - 00:00

Opening Dates:
Closed Wednesdays

A Greek taverna situated at the water's edge, offering the 'catch of the day' and Greek specialities, complemented by live entertainment on Mondays and Fridays. 

Guests on half board can eat dinner at this restaurant or switch their dinner for lunch.

Isola Beach Club

Opening Times:
09:30 - 18:00
Snacks served 13:00 - 16:00

The Isola Beach Club offers a selection of snacks and drinks as well as pool and beach service. Guests can relax on one of the daybeds, sun loungers or swings and listen to the sounds of a DJ whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail or two.

Arsenali Lounge Bar


Opening Times:
09.30 - 01:30
Snacks served 13:00 - 21:00

Furnished with sofas and Moroccan lounges overlooking the sea, the Arsenali Lounge Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing cocktail. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

Votsalo Bar


Opening Times:
19.30 - 00:00

Opening Dates:
Closed Thursdays & Sundays

Contemporary and relaxing, the Votsalo Bar offers beautiful views of the resort as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Beach & Pools

Swimming Pools


Water is ever present at the Blue Palace with more than 140 private plunge pools and three main outdoor swimming pools, one sea water and two heated freshwater, located at the Arsenali Lounge Bar, Votsalo Bar and at beach level. An indoor heated pool is also available at the Elounda Spa and children can enjoy two of their very own outdoor swimming pools.

Beach


If you fancy a swim in the sea, head to the 200m private pebble beach, surrounded by wooden decking and grass areas and relax on the luxurious sun loungers under the umbrellas. You can also enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty snacks from the Isola Beach Bar.
'The Haven' is an area of the beach that is reserved exclusively for those staying in an Island Luxury Suite or Private Villa. An elite beach team are on hand and guests are treated to Cretan baskets filled with goodies including magazines, fresh towels and aromatherapy spritzes. Private gazebos await for guests that have booked a Private Villa.

Spa & Wellness

Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy


Opening Times:
Spa Facilities: 09:00 - 21:00
Spa Treatments: 12:00 - 20:00
Fitness Centre: 24 hours

Situated on the beach, the Elounda Spa is the perfect place to unwind, featuring 23 treatment rooms, couple's suite, indoor swimming pool, hammams, Jacuzzi®, saunas, hairdresser and fully equipped fitness centre, offering regular fitness classes such as water aerobics, pilates and yoga.  

Offering the traditional Thalassotherapy, using the healing powers of water in combination with natural elements such as seaweed, thermal clay and plankton, the spa is perfect for weight loss, muscle and joint pain and more. An array of treatments promises tantalising massages, revitalising facials and signature treatments using traditional Cretan ingredients such as olive oil or Raki.

Restrictions:
Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the spa facilities between midday - 20:00. 

Activities & Entertainment

Activities & Entertainment

If you can leave the relaxing spa and pools behind, there are plenty of other things to keep you entertained. Explore the underwater world with the PADI certified diving centre or head to the watersports centre to try your skills in water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding and more. Set sail on a traditional caique and explore the hidden coves and beaches around the Gulf or Mirabello. 
Two flood-lit tennis courts with panoramic views are available as well as table tennis and billiards and children will love the supervised kids club with plenty of activities, including dance lessons, biking and watersports.

Private Chapel

The resort's beautiful private chapel makes this the perfect destination for an overseas wedding, or simply a renewal of vows.

About the location
Just along the coast from Elounda, the tiny hamlet of Plaka is an enchanting throwback to old-world Crete. Perched on a horseshoe-shaped cove overlooking Mirabello Bay, Plaka has a little pebbly beach that’s perfect for swimming, with beautifully clear water and lots of hidden caves to explore. The low-key main street of Plaka is lined with cafes, tiny restaurants and Greek tavernas, which develop a social buzz after dark. The mysterious island of Spinalonga is located a little way out from Plaka’s coast, making it ideal for a sailing trip. The crumbling history of this intriguing little island has sparked many imaginations, most recently Victoria Hislop’s in her novel The Island. 
Transfer time
1 hour from Heraklion airport
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Not as good as it was
philardy, Bristol, England
Tripadvisor review Nov 26 2017
This was our 6th or 7th visit to this hotel as we have always loved it here. This year, however, it appears that standards have slipped somewhat - just the little things, but noticeable all the...
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Certainly a Five Star Hotel but...
EvansLeader, Monaco
Tripadvisor review Nov 17 2017
I visited the hotel with my wife on September and I have to say that the venues exceed my expectations but there are several points that I would like to bring up About the staff. There were one...
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