Best of the Best 2018 - 458
AMIRANDES GRECOTEL EXCLUSIVE RESORT
CR ETE, GR EECE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Heraklion, Knossos, Golf
Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort was styled after the lavish palaces of the Minoan kings
and Venetian nobles who once ruled and resided in Crete. Today this welcoming hideaway is
marked by its fragrant gardens, gentle lagoons and natural stone terraces, all of which invite
guests to sit, relax and stay awhile. Dip into the Olympic-size seawater swimming pool or explore the resort's three sandy private coves. For more adventure, discover the archaeological
site at the Palace of Knossos. The Elixir Spa is not to be missed for its extravagant treatments.
Nine restaurants and bars vie for your attention, including organic dining.
Lunch or dinner for two (excluding
beverages), once per stay; 10% farm
experience discount; and, for stays of four
or more nights, 30-minute massage, once
Refresh in the Olympic-size swimming pool
and in one of the 58 private pools (for suites
and villas). Relax in the Elixir Spa with
Ayurveda Center or practice golf at the 18hole club nearby.
Distance from Heraklion Airport (HER): 15 minutes
Size: 212 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
BLUE PALACE, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA
CR ETE (ELOU N DA ), GR EECE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Elounda
Escape to the wild beauty and unrivaled island style of a bohemian luxe hotel on a private
beach, with incomparable views and crystal waters. The 251 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, suites and private villas (142 of which boast private pools); the inspired cuisine; the
award-winning Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy; premier facilities; and unbeatable service set
this idyllic resort apart. Enjoy private boat cruises around the gulf of Elounda, a barbecue lunch
on an isolated beach after snorkeling in turquoise waters or simply gaze at the island of Spinalonga around an open-air fire at the Isola Beach Club.
$100 value resort credit per stay.
Read The Island by Victoria Hislop, then take
a private excursion to this famous isle off
Crete, Spinalonga, to discover its true history
Distance from Heraklion Airport (HER): 49 miles/79 km
Size: 251 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Sophisticated
ELOUNDA GULF VILLAS & SUITES
CR ETE (ELOU N DA ), GR EECE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Crete (Elounda)
This award-winning family-owned and -run boutique villa-hotel features 33 luxurious accommodations. Of the 18 Pool Villas, the Spa Villas have a private gym room, sauna and steam
bath, and all villas offer a private pool and Jacuzzi. Ten elegant suites are situated near the
main pool and children's pool, while the one-bedroom Massage Suites offer a private pool,
private massage rooms and sea views. Youngsters can enjoy the Kids Club and crèche while
parents relax in the Elixir Spa Gallery or in the private beach club. At Argo Restaurant, dine on
fresh Mediterranean dishes; the à la carte Daphni Restaurant is a popular spot as well.
Lunch or dinner for two (excluding alcohol,
tax and gratuity), once per stay; and boat
trip to the island of Spinalonga for two, once
Relax and unwind at your private pool and
delight in rejuvenating treatments at the
private in-villa spa.
Distance from Heraklion Airport (HER): 40 miles/65 km
Size: 33 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Casual