Luxury Hotel Holidays

Crete East (Heraklion)

Dreaming of Greek Island Holidays - dream no more. Crete is is a large, rugged and mountainous island some 350 kms by 60kms. The centre of the island is remote and is an area of olive groves and goats. The main resorts on the island are are on the more accessible north coast. There are many over commercialised and spoilt resorts but we have chosen the resorts with character.

Agios Nicolaos:

More of a regional town than a resort. This is the main port in Eastern Crete, there is the continuous bustle of boats and ferries arriving and departing, all watched over by seafront restaurants and tavernas.


Originally a tiny village with a small harbour, now with some of Cretes finest five star hotels nearby. The village retains its original charm now with the addition of chic boutiques and shops.


Area of fine sandy beaches and hotels


Small town with a picturesque harbour surrounded with tavernas. 

Old Mill Restaurant In Hotel Elounda Mare review by Marissa Tejada

An ancient mill that once churned steadily on Greece’s largest and most fertile island is the famously ambient and charming centrepiece of the Elounda Mare resort’s premier gourmet restaurant, Old Mill. Flanked by fragrant gardens overlooking the sea, the dining area is a tranquil setting for fine Cretan cuisine – a combination that has earned it multiple Toque d’Or awards over the past 30 years, defining it as one of the best restaurants in Greece. Chef Antonis Petrelis believes in Cretan gastronomy’s “timeless character,” often fusing it with other Mediterranean influences but always sourcing organic ingredients from local farms across the island. Starters are tasteful and include Cretan wholemeal pasta with rooster and Anthotyros, Cretan cheese. Main dishes show off the diversity of Cretan gastronomy including a sea bass tartare marinated with lime and virgin olive oil with salicornia (sea beans), Cretan crostini, pearls of salmon and sea-urchin roe. Also classic is the rack of lamb in keskeki, a mousseline of lamb, wheat and herbs and yoghurt sauce.
Reproduced by kind permission of DOTW News

Recommended Resorts:-

Luxury:  Daios Cove, Elounda Bay Palace, Porto Elounda, Minos Beach Art Hotel
All Inclusive:  Aldemar Knossos Royal, Aquila Elounda Village
Boutique: Castello Boutique

Greece Overnight Stay Tax

From 1 January 2018, you’ll need to pay an Overnight Stay Tax which has been introduced by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and aims to enhance the State’s revenue in the context of the current fiscal adjustment programme. This will be collected from you when you get to your accommodation. The tax works out at €3 per room for 4* hotels, €4 per room for 5* hotels. When and how to pay: You’ll be asked to pay the tax when you check-in at your accommodation, this can be paid by cash or card Why do I have to pay: The tax is something new and specifically aimed at tourists. It’s a cost beyond our control and the suppliers of the accommodation. It’s a Government imposed tax that has to be paid when you stay in accommodation in Greece. Whilst our website holiday information does mention the possibility of local taxes like this, we understand this cost is something you probably weren’t expecting to pay and are sorry the Government has decided to bring this in so quickly.

The Castello Boutique Resort & Spa is a 5-star luxury Adults Only hotel located is Sissi, one of the most attractive seaside villages on the north coast of Crete. The village comes with its own harbour surrounded with traditional Greek tavernas. Castello Boutique Resort & Spa has only 48 guestrooms,…
The Domes of Elounda is a unique concept on the island of Crete providing accommodation consisting of deluxe suites and villas with private pool. All rooms have either an outside jacuzzi, but most rooms have a private swimming pool and sun terraces. The Domes overlook the Gulf of Elounda with…
The Radisson Blu Beach Resort in Milatos Bay, Crete is just 40km from Heraklion Airport and offers family-friendly accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Located between Sisi and Milatos fishing villages, this luxurious resort is ideally situated for exploring Knossos or Hersonissos, or take a boat trip to Santorini or Mykonos…
Elounda Gulf Villas is the foremost villa complex on the island of Crete made up of 14 villas with private swimming pool and 10 executive suites. This exclusive complex is located just outside the village of Elounda on a hillside overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello and finest villas in Elounda.…

Daios Cove Luxury Resort

Ammoudara, Aghios Nikolaos, CRETE
The Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas in Crete overlooks Daios Cove and is located only a few minutes away from the town of Agios Nikolaos on the north-east coast. Nestling in the natural contours of the hillside, enabling dramatic views, the Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas presents 261…
Current Offers
  • SunSavers
  • 7nts FREE HB
  • £999
  • SunSavers
  • 7nts Half Board
  • Gatwick
  • £1099
The Five Star Hotel Elounda Bay Palace has a splendid seafront location, in its own private bay with sandy beach and many seafront facilities including bars, tavernas and some waterfront bungalows. The waterfront is backed by extensive gardens with swimming pools and sunterraces. Hotel Elounda Bay Palace Facilities: Secluded white…
The Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort comprises of a main building, seafront villas, and bungalows and a typical Cretan village square complete with its own Greek Orthodox church in typical Cretan style. Of all the five star hotels in Elounda this is the best for families, it has a sandy beach and…
Grecotel Amirandes Resort Crete is locates in fragrant gardens lapped by azure waters. Styled after the sprawling palaces of the Minoan kings and Venetian nobles who once ruled Crete, Amirandes introduces guests to the easy elegance of true European luxe. The architecture’s sleek lines sets off the celebrated beauty of…

Minos Beach Art Hotel - Boutique

Aghios Nikolaos, CRETE
Minos Beach Art Hotel is a luxury hotel located in a quiet position just half a mile from the centre of Aghios Nikolaos. The hotel is situated right on the sea, with good swimming opportunities from rocky inlets as well as from a couple of small inviting sandy beaches. The…
Book an all inclusive luxury holiday at the Aldemar Knossos resort in Crete and enjoy a luxury break in the sun this year or in 2017.  The Aldemar Knossos Royal All Inclusive Resort is bathed in sunlight, calmed by the gentle waves of the Aegean Sea — and within easy…
Current Offers
  • SunSavers
  • All Inclusive 7nts
  • £799
  • SunSavers
  • Bungalow Sea View AI
  • £799
  • SunSavers
  • All Inclusive 7nts
  • £899
Enjoy a sun filled holiday in Crete by booking your stay at the comfortable and attractive Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa Hotel. The 5 Star Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa is a stunning hotel in a superb location in the popular resort of Kokkini Hani on the island…
Iberostar Creta Marine Hotel was opened in 2001 and is part renowned Iberostar hotel chain. This fabulous hotel is located above three coves tended by the hotel itself approximately 3 km from the small fishing village of Panormo, Crete, and around 18 km from Rethymnon. These and other interesting locations…
Current Offers
  • SunSavers
  • All Inclusive 7nts
  • £499

Silva Beach

Hersonissos, CRETE
The Silva Beach Hotel is also consistently ranked in the top positions of resorts in Crete, on It’s a quiet resort, best suited to couples looking to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy each other’s company. The hotel is on the east side of Hersonissos, in Heraklion, Crete.…
Current Offers
  • SunSavers
  • All Inclusive 7nts
  • £489
The Mareblue Village Hotel cascades along a steep hill in a quiet part of the bustling resort of Hersonissos, on the island paradise of Crete. This is a terrific new hotel for couples and families looking for opportunities to enjoy organized activities, sport and leisure facilities or simply just relax.…
Club Lyda Hotel is ideally located in a tranquil spot near the popular resort of Gouves, just a 10 minute walk from two sandy beaches on the Island paradise of Crete. There are various restaurants, mini markets, bars, taverns, gift shops around the complex as well as a quarter of…

Hersonissos Palace

Hersonissos, CRETE
Hotel Hersonissos Palace All Inclusive Hotel occupies a prime seafront location metres from the beach in Hersonissos. This Five Star hotel offers the best 'All Inclusive'  prices on Crete with an open bar and three buffet meals prepared every day. The hotel is modest in size with 150 rooms and…
The Imperial Belvedere Hotel is a Five Star Hotel All Inclusive resort in the popular Hersonissos area. The hotel has a 3-storey main building and several Family Bungalows scattered in the extensive grounds. The Imperial Belvedere Crete is holiday complex is situated in a picturesque hillside location surrounded by lush vegetation lemon,…
The Hotel Iberostar Hermes enjoys a great oceanfront location on the island of Crete, with great views of Mirabello Bay and the Aegean Sea beyond, backed by the green mountains. The popular and picturesque port town of Agios Nikolaos with its myriad of harbour front tavernas is nearby, just the…
Enjoy beautifully appointed bungalows with shared or private swimming pools are available at the Sunconnect Zorbas Village. This is a Five Star low rise development spread around extensive gardens leading down to the beach. There are superior bungalows that have either a shared swimming pool or a private pool.. The…
Aquis Arina Sand has a superb beach location with views over the crystal clear Cretan Sea. Set in magnificent gardens, dotted with palm trees and colorful flowers and swimming pools. Situated only 12 km from Heraklion city with frequent bus service and easy access to the main points of interest…
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