Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa

Crete, Plaka Near Elounda

New to Sovereign
Boutique
Good for Couples
Private Pools
Spa

  • Uniquely positioned in the Bay of Elounda in north-eastern Crete 
  • 250m from Plaka beach 
  • Luxury spa on site with a range of treatments on offer 
  • Two large outdoor pools  

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa is both sophisticated and stylish and is the perfect choice for a luxury stay. Taking inspiration from the cultural values of Greece and the remarkable history, the resort is uniquely positioned in the much-loved Bay of Elounda in north-eastern Crete. It offers spectacular views of its surroundings and the Island of Spinalonga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cayo has a striking interior built around an eco-friendly design. There are 70 exclusively designed luxurious rooms and villas which come with their own private swimming pool inviting guests seeking luxury, privacy, and relaxation to immerse into a world of exquisite elegance.

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa serves up a dream destination for discerning gourmands. Lefteris Lazarou, a Greek chef with multiple Michelin Stars, curates the restaurants' menus, promising guests an unforgettable gastronomical experience.

In addition, the Armonia Spa features a large indoor pool, steam room, three treatment rooms, a sauna, a hair salon, and a nail salon.

Just a 250m walk from the resort, or a short shuttle bus ride, you will find a spot on Plaka’s pebble beach reserved exclusively for Cayo guests. There are plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and attentive staff for a relaxing day at the beach.

The resort benefits from two grand communal swimming pools, an outdoor (open air) amphitheatre, a fitness centre, a luxury spa, and a state-of-the-art conference centre.

Facilities

Bars & Restaurants

Ambrosia

Ambrosia is the main restaurant where breakfast and dinner (half board) are served on a buffet basis. The restaurant was named Ambrosia as according to Homeric poems, ambrosia and nectar are the divine food of the Gods. Located in front of the grand pools of the resort, it offers magnificent views of Spinalonga Island. 

Kelari Gourmet Restaurant

The Kelari Gourmet Restaurant features exclusive recipes created by famous Greek Chef Lefteris Lazarou. Indulge in an a la carte style dinner set in an idyllic spot with a stunning view of the sparkling waters and Spinalonga Island in the background.

Sage & Thyme Mediterranean Restaurant

Sage, thyme, parsley and rosemary are herbs and spices fundamental to the Mediterranean culinary tradition and diet of Greece. This elegant restaurant by the pool offers snacks and a la carte lunch with a number of traditional Mediterranean dishes. 

Emerald Lobby Bar


Leading out to a spacious outdoor veranda, the cosy Emerald Lobby Bar offers the perfect setting to enjoy drinks and cocktails. 

Stone Beach by Cayo


Next to the beach of Plaka you will find Cayo's seafront taverna. Stone Beach serves up snacks, lunch, dinner and Cretan "meze".

Enastron Pool Bar

Enastron Pool Bar serves up your favourite soft drinks, spirits, or signature cocktails with fantastic views over the pool and the sea.

Beach & Pools

Cayo's spot on Plaka's pebble stone beach

Just a 250m walk from the resort or a short shuttle bus ride you will find a spot on Plaka’s pebble beach reserved exclusively for guests of Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa. There are plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and attentive staff for a relaxing day at the beach.

Cayo's Grand Pools

Ideal for relaxation, there are plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds located around the resort's communal swimming pools (188m2 and 160m2). Enjoy a day relaxing by the pool with drinks and snacks nearby at the Pool Bar.

Spa & Wellness

Fitness Centre


If you’re looking to keep up your gym routine whilst on holiday, Cayo's Fitness Centre is the place to be. It is equipped with the latest exercise equipment so will serve your training needs.

Spa


If you’re looking to relax on your luxury holiday, then Cayo’s spa will be perfect. A team of experts are ready to cater to your individual needs with an extensive range of treatments and superior products on offer promising to restore your wellness and inner peace. The spa features a large indoor pool, steam room, three treatment rooms, a sauna, a hair salon, and a nail salon.

About the location
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Crete is one which has a remarkable history and culture. Home to the legendary Minotaur and birthplace of Europe's first evolved society, Crete offers plenty of variety. Where several civilisations blossomed, Crete is a place of wonders with plenty of museums, temples, churches and monuments for you to explore. Crete's countryside is a wonderful blend of sea, mountains, gorges, and lakes.

Uniquely positioned in the much-loved Bay of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa offers spectacular views of its surroundings and the Island of Spinalonga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Transfer time
From Heraklion Airport the Resort is 66 Km away which is approximately an hour’s drive.
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Superior Sea View Room with Private Pool

Sleeps 2

Enjoy your own private pool with views of the sea in this Superior Room at Cayo. Complete with a Queen bed, you can really relax in style.

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Executive Sea View Room with Private Pool

Sleeps 3

Sit back and relax on your private veranda complete with dining table and chairs or enjoy a swim in your own private pool in the Executive Sea View Room.

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Premium Sea View Room with Private Pool

Sleeps 3

For a luxurious experience, the Premium Sea View Room offers you your own private heated swimming pool and furnished veranda so you can sit and enjoy the stunning views.

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Relaxed and smoothing! The type of spa you need after long hours of traveling
YvonneT1882, Taipei
Tripadvisor review Oct 03 2022
After long hours of flying to Crete, my shoulder and neck got very tensed. Zoe was very friendly and helpful. Definitely a highlight during my stay at Cayo exclusive resort and spa. Best way to...
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A must experience if you???re staying at Cayo!
J4995ORcraigc,
Tripadvisor review Sep 26 2022
Absolutely fantastic facility tucked away in the Cayo Exclusive Resort and Spa. From the moment our treatment started, to the moment it was finished, Eleana and Despina made us feel at home. Once...
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