Need To Know
120, including 80 suites and 40 villas.
11.30am. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $217.76 (€200), excluding tax at 23 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include an American buffet breakfast.
The sumptuous spa is decked out with metallic mosaics, lavish treatment rooms and a hair salon. Be sure to book ahead for the weekly Cretan wine-tasting evenings (Sundays at 6pm for €22 per person). However, you needn't limit yourself to just wine; many food and cocktail festivals take place throughout the summer months.
The hotel closes for winter at the beginning of November each year and re-opens towards the end of April.
At the hotel
Spa, fitness room, library, free WiFi and tennis courts. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Xbox (on request), minibar, free bottled water, Coco-Mat mattresses, bathrobes, slippers and Korres or Pascal Morabito bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For the most private of stays, opt for the multi-roomed Domes Private Residence, which has a whirlpool bath tub, fireplace-, living room (X-Boxes and PlayStations are available on request) and use of the chauffered club car. For self-catering flexibility and a private pool, the Luxury Residences will suit.
There are five: two saltwater pools, one indoors, one out; two freshwater pools (one unheated out of season), and children-only pool and a beach. The main pool is just below reception, with views over to Spinalonga and the bay. The strip of beach is lined with olive trees and wooden decking.
The golden-hued contemporary spa has a indoor seawater pool surrounded by sunloungers, mosaic-tiled treatment rooms and sweeping views of the Med from floor-to-ceiling windows. There's a hammam and sauna, steam room, frigidarium and tepidarium, hairdresser and beauty therapists, and treatments offered include facials, body scrubs and wraps, and a range of massages. Guests can also use the 100sq m fitness room or book personal trainers and private yoga sessions.
All the glitters might not be gold but anything Midas-pleasing will look a treat with your Cretan tan.
Exceedingly welcome. There’s room for cribs and extra beds in all rooms. The hotel has a crèche and a kids' club (book at least a month ahead as it’s very popular); a local nanny can be drafted in with a day’s notice for €15 an hour.