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Hotel Blue Palace Resort and Spa Hotel 5 star
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Po Box 38 72053 ELOUNDA GR Elounda, Greece -
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This luxury palace will take you on a heavenly journey. Located in the Eastern part of Crete, near the small and picturesque fishing village of Elounda, it offers an exceptional view with Spinalonga Island as a centre piece. The services offered are backed up by solid infrastructures: numerous and varied restaurants, a plethora of private pools, a magnificent spa and a beach, which, despite the pebbles, does not lack character.

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      Blue Palace Resort and Spa   -   © Olivier_Lechat

    • Hotel Blue Palace Resort and Spa

      Blue Palace Resort and Spa   -   © Olivier_Lechat

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel stands on the eastern part of the island, not far from the town of Agios Nikolaos and 40 mi from Heraklion. You'll have to travel another 6 mi to get to the ancient fishing village of Elounda, which is now a favoured destination for upmarket tourism. Although the surrounding area has a high density of luxury hotels, the village has remained charming and picturesque. Opposite the hotel, Spinalonga Island has a fascinating "sleeping turtle shell" shape. As elsewhere in Crete, there are numerous archaeological sites, churches and authentic villages that are a delight to visit.

    Accommodation 9.45 /10

    New extensions were built in 2007, which raised the total number of guest rooms to 251. These are divided into 52 Suites, 4 Private villas, and the Guestrooms, 142 of which include a private pool. On average they cover an area of 40 m². Spacious and tastefully decorated, they follow the principle of simplicity and the use of noble materials. The facilities are impeccable: individual air conditioning, mini bar, large flat-screen TV, slippers and a bathrobe. The bathrooms are spacious and well-equipped, with welcome toiletries and a separate shower and bathtub. The toilets are further to the back of the bathroom. The rooms with a private swimming pool and a well laid-out terrace have a breathtaking view of Spinalonga. Rooms on the top floor have a very pleasant little terrace. The hotel also has 5 rooms equipped for guests with reduced mobility from which they can enjoy access to virtually all the infrastructures.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    Clinging to the hill, it is hard to miss, and yet...! Built partly with the rocks that were quarried for its construction, the buildings are made of carved Cretan rock and blend in impeccably well with the bare and dry landscape of the hill. The hotel opened in 2003 in a natural nook and offers an impressive range of accommodation units: 251 rooms and 142 private pools! They all afford a superb panoramic view of Spinalonga Island. The entrance hall is particularly elegant and gives you a good idea of what to expect in terms of the interior design: a sense of refinement, large spaces and the use of noble materials such as wood and stone. Large bay windows open out onto the superb terrace that dominates the site. The glass funicular will take you from the reception to the beach, with a couple of stops at various restaurants and at the superb spa that offers 2000 m² of well-being and treatments. Once at the bottom, you can choose between the huge swimming pool and the crystal clear sea. Parents may be happen to know the hotel also has a children's club, which is free for children aged 3 to 12, in a small and secure tree-filled park. A heliport is also at hand.

    Food and drink 9.45 /10

    The hotel has 5 restaurants open to its guests and each offers a different type of cuisine: Asian, Mediterranean, Greek, or Italian. Some are open for two meals, others only for dinner, but they all share something in common: The design of each establishment has been carefully and thoughtfully executed. Refined, elegant... The cuisine is also impressive. Not to be missed: the Greek tavern located by the sea. The staff is very attentive, the cuisine is traditional and delicious and the setting is breathtaking. The icing on the cake is that the prices are also very reasonable.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    There is a funicular that serves as a shuttle between the hotel's various levels and that will take you down to the beach. There is no fine sand here, just pebbles. The "beach" is perfectly equipped though, with blue deck chairs and sunshades for hotel guests. The water is perfectly clear and the sea bottom free of rocks. There is an artificial jetty that serves as a mooring point for boats or from which you can dive into the water.

    To know

    The spectacular panoramic view of Spinalonga Island in the Gulf of Mirabello is a gem you can admire from the hotel. Historically, the island started off as a Venetian fort before becoming a leper colony in the 20th century. Now it is an amazing tourist attraction.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, sauna, massage, beauty salon, thalassotherapy, keep fit, wellness, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      canoe, paddle boats, kayak, sailing, water skiing, mountain bike, tennis, sports, fitness, water-polo, gym

    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The exceptional location
    • The luxury spa
    • The view from the rooms

    disadvantages

    • The size of the hotel
    • Its location is a bit out of the way of the city centre
    • The pebble beach

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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