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Posted 08 Dec, 2013 | No comments
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There’s so much to love about the island of Crete. Its heritage, dramatic views, vibrant culture and friendly welcome never fail to impress – and it also has some of the best beaches in the Med. As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete certainly has a character to match. But it also has a side of understated elegance and unhurried efficiency, of five-star luxury and fine dining, where the emphasis lies on serenity and relaxation.

Because the island is so big, it’s a great idea to rent a car and head out to some of the further away beaches like stunning Balos Beach and the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach. If you want to do more than just lazing on the beach, head down to Matala Beach where you can explore some ancient caves. These caves were inhabbited as late as the 80’s when hippies used to party on the beach and sleep in the rock holes at night!

But luckily you don’t have to sleep in a cave if you don’t want to. There’s a great range of budget accommodation for backpackers as well as some high-end digs as well. There are some stunning resorts and first class spas if you’re looking to be pampered while you’re in Crete. You can start the day off with a facial and a massage, lay on the beach all day and finish the day off with a delicious meal put together by world-class chefs.

If you’re wondering if such an experience exists, it certainly does – it’s at the splendid Blue Palace Resort and Spa. You’ll find this deluxe residence tucked away along the northern coast of Crete near the tiny village of Plaka. a few miles north of Elounda. Travel to Blue Palace Resort with Elegant Resorts and leave it all to the experts – while you enjoy a perfectly relaxed and simply unforgettable experience.

There is so much to love about this superb resort, and it epitomizes luxury Crete holidays with its magnificent five-star surroundings and first-rate leisure facilities. The Blue Palace Resort and Spa will wow you from first sight; its soaring arched lobby is a breathtaking yet understated sight, with modest under-lighting and neutral decor. This theme is carried throughout the resort and works in harmony with its beautiful surroundings, bringing light pastel hues to terracotta stone walls, and contemporary yet simple exteriors.

The star of the show is the resort’s natural environment. The endless shimmering blue of the Cretan shores and the stunning backdrop of rugged peaks offer beautiful views, while east-facing rooms overlook Spinalonga Island, a tiny isle with a huge heritage marooned just off Crete’s northern coast.

Whether you choose to dip your toes into the infinity pool, indulge in complete relaxation at the thalassotherapy spa or take a sunset trip on the resort’s traditional Caique fishing boat, you’ve never experienced luxury Crete holidays until you’ve stayed at Blue Palace Resort. It’s an experience fit for a king.

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Nick Wharton & Dariece Swift

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

Learn more about Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift on their respective author archives on this site and on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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