Blue Palace

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

Spa Family Suites Private Pools Hotel Villas
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  • Rated as one of the best places to stay in Greece by Condé Nast Traveller 
  • All rooms feature a stunning sea view, with superior rooms looking out over the famous Spinalonga island
  • Enjoy a number of destination experiences

A recommendation from Condé Nast traveller promises exciting things and the Blue Palace certainly doesn’t disappoint. Overlooking a beautiful bay with views of Spinalonga (the island immortalised in Victoria Hislop’s The Island), this hotel is a treat for all the senses.

The rooms are as impressive as the views – from a Deluxe Bungalow right up to the jewel in the crown, The Royal Blue Villa – a three-bedroom villa with private heated pool. Honeymooners will fall for the romantic views and private plunge pools of the Deluxe Bungalows.

Two diverse restaurants offer something to please every palate. After dinner make time for a drink in the scenic Votsalo bar – overlooking the sea it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a cocktail. The Blue Palace is also the perfect base for some gentle exploring. Head into the charming hamlet of Plaka, where among the narrow streets you’ll find a selection of tiny restaurants, tavernas and cafés for a lunchtime snack or buzzy evening drink. For a day trip take a boat over to the former leper colony of Spinalonga for a breath-taking history lesson.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 2–12 years. The hotel has 47 rooms.


Bars & Restaurants


Enjoy the finest Greek dishes, cooked in an open air kitchen by a team of highly skilled chefs in this restaurant located located at the hotels outdoor pool overlooking the sea and Spinalonga.

Dress code is smart casual - gentlemen are required to wear long trousers.


Blue Door

A picturesque Greek taverna serving local specialities and fresh fish, the waterside location is as delicious as the dishes.

Open: 12:00-00:00.

Votsalo Bar

Cool and calm, the Votsalo bar offers complimentary Wi-Fi and enjoys stunning views of the resort.

Open: 19:30-00:00.

Phāea Farmers Feast

Enjoy a farm to table experience at Phāea Farmers Feast where every meal invites you to try some Cretan delights.

Private Dining

Enjoy an intimate experience with private dining at the Blue Palace.

Beach & Pools


The private 200m pebble beach is surrounded by stylish wooden decking and comfortable loungers.

Swimming Pools

From the 28 private plunge pools to the one main outdoor pool you’re never far away from water at Blue Place.

Spa & Wellness


Blue Palace offers relaxing spa treatments, yoga & Pilates classes as well as a fully equipped indoor/outdoor gym.

About the location

Blue Palace is found nestled on the north east coast of the Greek island of Crete, in Plaka. It’s located close to a pebbly beach and enjoys spectacular views of Spinalonga Island. This former leper colony is home to a historic fortress and is the setting for Victoria Hislop’s best selling book, The Island. Plaka itself takes you back in time to the idyllic little villages and beautiful whitewashed architecture of the Greek islands. 

Head into nearby Elounda for a bustling harbour area and a selection of authentic restaurants. It also has a sandy beach where you can spend long lazy days soaking up the sun before ordering refreshments straight to your lounger. 

Transfer time

Blue Palace is an hour and ten minutes’ drive from Crete Heraklion Airport. 
Deluxe Bungalow Sea View

Max 2 persons

Enjoy beautiful views of the Aegean Sea from the Deluxe Bungalow. These rooms come with a private furnished balcony and a comfortable king size bed.

Deluxe Bungalow Sea View with Private Heated Pool

Max 2 persons

With your own private heated pool, the Deluxe Bungalow comes with fantastic sea views for a relaxing holiday in Crete.

Deluxe Suite Sea View

Max 4 persons

Spacious, with plenty of natural light, the Deluxe Suite enjoys authentic local touches and views across the blue of the sea.

Junior Suite with Private Heated Pool

Max 4 persons

Step into the private heated pool at the Junior Suite and enjoy moments of pure relaxation surrounded by greenery.

Blue Maisonette Suite with Private Heated Pool

Max 5 persons

Sink into a comfortable king size bed in the Blue Maisonette Suite. With views of the Cretan landscape, the whole family can enjoy dining on the private veranda.

Island Suite Sea View Heated Private Pool

Max 4 persons

The perfect choice for holidays in Crete, the Island Suite comes with its own private pool, comfortable king size bed and views across the Aegean Sea. 

PHĀEA Blue Villa Three Bedroom Sea View Private Heated Pool

Max 8 persons

For ultimate privacy and relaxation, the Royal Blue Villa offers all of this and more. Step into your private heated pool or sink into heaven with the comfortable king size bed.

Sovereign Plus Offer

Sovereign guests receive a complimentary bottle of Cretan red wine in room on arrival.

A minimum of 5 nights stay is required for the above special offers.

Honeymoon Offer

Guests receive special signature honeymoon amenities (offer must be requested at the time of booking and wedding certificate to be presented in resort).

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A great way to spend a few days

GrantHodgkinson, Welwyn, United Kingdom

Tripadvisor review Jan 01 2024
Upon finding ourselves on a flight to Heraklion, we decided to book at Blue Palace for a 5 night stay. Check-in was quite efficient, but it was when we enquired about an upgraded room that things...
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The most beautiful place…

bPooo, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Tripadvisor review Nov 30 2023
My favourite place in the world…. We stayed at the Blue Palace every August for 15 beautiful years. I celebrated big birthdays here with dear friends. For me the most beautiful hotel. Flights...
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