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Blue Palace - Luxury holidays to Crete

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  • About this holiday

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Type A ‘Superior’ Sea View Bungalow and include return flights with easyJet London to Heraklion, private return luxury car transfers from airport to hotel, bed and buffet breakfast and a two-day Serenity and Life Balance programme including eight treatments.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room
    Prices on request
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers. 



    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Blue Palace is a fusion of contemporary Greek architecture with inspiration from the island’s Venetian and Arabic past, providing a captivating setting for this luxury spa.

    Hotel description

    Overlooking the island of Spinalonga with its medieval fortress, the Blue Palace Resort & Spa’s provides a sophisticated setting for unrivalled Cretan service and hospitality. The architecture of the resort blends effortlessly with the beauty of the natural landscape, with clean contemporary lines and gracious Byzantine-inspired arches, through which a refreshing ‘Meltemi’ breeze blows on warm summer days. The Blue Palace is truly deserving of its name and it takes huge inspiration from the calming azure waters of the Mediterranean in the hotel’s design and construction. The hotel has three outdoor pools - two of which are heated - one heated indoor pool at the spa (for guests of 14 years and over) and 142 private infinity pools. Rooms are plush and impeccably furnished in understated neutral colours that contrast with the stunning blue of the sea and skies that can be viewed from every room. Infinity pools are available in most room types and connect the room to sea through the seamless flow of water. All rooms feature a private terrace or veranda.

    For complete indulgence, there are three luxury villas and this accommodation offers the privacy of a private residence, combined with the service of a luxury hotel. Where Almyra and Thalassa are inspired by a fusion of Mediterranean and Oriental design, the Grand Villa is the height of luxury with an indoor and an outdoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, verandah with pergola and seaview. Here, state of the art entertainment technology includes home theatre equipment.

    Situated in this tranquil environment, the 2000 square metre Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy is entirely dedicated to relaxation and indulgence. Its concept is based on the rejuvenating properties of seawater and water from the clear and sparkling Cretan Pelagos is extracted daily for this use. An extensive range of wet and dry Thalassotherapy treatments is available and guests can choose between treatment programmes that are designed to restore balance and optimise the therapeutic benefits of Thalassotherapy. Alternatively, guests can select from the extensive a la carte menu to further tailor their Spa experience to each individual.

    Dining is a highlight at the resort, with Mediterranean- and Greek-inspired cuisine that is made with fresh, locally–produced ingredients. The main restaurant, Olea, is open for breakfast and dinner, and guests can take advantage of the varied menu and terrace setting. The Blue Door has the rustic appeal of a Greek tavern; it is situated at the water’s edge and offers locally caught fish and fresh salads. Flame, the new steak house emphasises the importance of fresh ingredients, the purity of taste and the use of wild local herbs. After dinner, the Moroccan-inspired Arsenali Lounge is the perfect place to unwind in sheer comfort and style. Its authentic lanterns and opulent leather furnishings that set an exotic and inviting atmosphere

    Overall, the Blue Palace Resort & Spa is an excellent choice for guests seeking pampering and relaxation in a truly spectacular location.


    Crete, Greece

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    21 April to 30 October

    Distance from airport

    About 60 minutes by car.

    Closest airport


    Room types

    251 rooms including 52 suites and 4 private villas. All rooms have marble bathrooms, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, 24-hour Room service, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, satellite television, CD/DVD, Internet connection. Room categories are as follows:
    Superior Bungalow  - with sea view. Selected rooms feature a private heated/unheated pool.
    Two-Bedroom Deluxe Room - with private heated pool.
    Junior Suite - with sea view OR private heated pool.
    Mediterranean Maisonette Suite - with sea view and private pool.
    Deluxe Suite - with sea view and private pool.
    Island Luxury Suite - with sea view and private heated pool.
    Two-Bedroom Suite - with sea view and private heated pool.
    4 Private Villas are also available. Details upon request.


    Hotel facilities and services

    5 restaurants, Dine Around program on half board plan, 2 bars, 3 swimming pools, Private beach, Tennis, Fitness, Spa, Scuba diving, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Waterskiing, Sailing, Children’s playground, Kids' Club, Babysitting, Boutique, Excursions, Hairdressing Salon, seawater and freshwater swimming pools, 1 indoor Spa pool, Romance department, Authentic experiences such as Full Moon Parties, Sunset Cruises and Beach Yoga.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Complimentary: Beach sunbeds, daytime use of tennis courts, Free entrance to ‘The Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy’ and use of gym, steam bath, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis and ground floor heated swimming pool.  
    A wide range of fitness classes are available including yoga, meditation and Kinesiology.  

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    There are many places of interest near to the Blue Palace Resort & Spa. Walks are organised several times per month to enable guests to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The area around Elounda is both historic and beautiful. The ruined city of Olous, Spinalonga Island, and the ancient village of Panaghia Kera with its Byzantine church can be explored easily from the hotel. The Minoan palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archeological Museum provide an intriguing insight into the ancient culture of the island. There are cultural and wine festivals in each town on Crete throughout the summer, the most important of these being the Renaissance Festival in Rethymnon, Heraklion’s Summer Arts Festival and the Lato Festival in Aghios Nikolas.   

    Sports nearby

    18-hole golf course in Hersonissos is 40 minutes away from the Blue Palace Resort & Spa by car.


    Cots are provided free of charge for babies up to 23 months. Rollaway beds are also available upon request. A children's playground, children's menu, kids' club and babysitting service are available at the hotel.

    Minimum stays

    A minimum stay of 3 nights is required. A 5 night minimum stay is requested between 28 July and 25 August.

    Other information

    The Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy

    The classically executed Spa features six rooms for dry massages, and eleven rooms for wet Thalassotherapy treatments, set against the backdrop of the stunning natural landscape. The tranquil and historic setting uplifts the spirit, relaxes the body and mind, while locally derived olive oils and Cretan herbs galvanise the beneficial effects of the sea minerals and ensure a revitalising and cleansing experience. Harnessing the natural healing powers of seawater, Thalassotherapy is the key focus of the Spa, and a wide range of soothing massages complement the invigorating effects of the water treatments. All the signature treatments of The Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy include one sauna, hammam and jacuzzi session. 

    Signature Treatments


    Elounda Seawater Hydromassage Bath with Cretan Herbs: A fusion of ancient local tradition and modern technology in which a variety of herbs such as mint, sage and eucalyptus are added to the restorative waters of the Elounda Baths. The emphasis is on the promotion of wellbeing and total relaxation.


    Elounda Wellness and Beauty Scrub: The spa’s signature olive oil and sugar scrub is used with a seawater hydromassage bath. The moisturising properties of olive oil and the gentle abrasion of the sugar granules leaves skin beautifully soft and smooth.


    Elounda Deep Face Peel with Olive and Lavender: Olive seed grains are used for deep cleansing and exfoliation of the skin. This treatment refines the skin and is an excellent preparation to ensure a long-lasting suntan.


    Traditional Olive Oil Massage: Locally-sourced Cretan olive oil is massaged into the body in sweeping motions to moisturise the skin and restore balance.


    Rakotherapy: The traditional Cretan alcoholic beverage ‘raki’ is mixed with a small amount of a neutral base oil. The therapeutic benefits of raki energises the body and awakens the senses.

    Other Treatments:
    Seawater Hydromassage Bath with Marine Algae and Minerals
    Affusion Shower Back and Leg Massage
    Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy ‘One Day Rituals’
    Sea and Senses Hot Stone Exfoliation
    Cinq Mondes massage technique
    Cocoa and Ginger Slimming Treatment
    Wrapped by the Sea
    Aromaceane Slender and Detox
    Cellulite Localised Wrap
    Thalasso Purifying Facial
    Ko Bi Do Japanese Facial
    Aromatherapy Massage
    Asiatic Massage
    Balinese Massage
    Cold Stone Therapy Massage
    Hot Stone Massage
    Lymphodrainage Massage
    Maternity Massage
    Sports Massage
    Couples Massage
    Four Hands Massage
    Thermal Body Wraps
    Deep Cleansing Facial
    Facial for Men 


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