Crete

Crete Luxury Holidays

Birthplace of European Civilization

A mix of sumptuous beaches, tranquil villages & ancient masterpieces.

Journey through a unique island that is popular yet still relatively undiscovered in parts
 

Long and narrow Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is a place of contrasts. You have seas lapping the shores of sandy beaches in the north, while in the south the ocean crashes into towering, vertical cliff faces. It has majestic mountains and rolling hills, bustling tourist inlets and islets, and unspoilt and uninhabited lands.

Whatever has drawn you to this beautiful island, the locals are known for their generous hospitality, and with our selection of luxury hotels to choose from, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Highlights

The scenery of Crete offers something for everyone. A selection of beaches – white, golden and pebbly – offer ideal sunbathing spots in the hot summer months, with the Mediterranean blue waters inviting you to paddle, swim, kayak or snorkel. If you like the dramatic, rugged landscapes, why not explore the coves and canyons that abound around the south coast cliffs? Take a boat trip to see the beautiful scenery from another angle then, after a day of sand and sea, watch the sunset with a glass of wine from a local vineyard in hand.

However, Crete is not just for lovers of the beach and sun worshippers. Majestic mountain ranges tower with peaks so high there is often a scattering of snow at the top all year round. Valleys cradled between gentle hills hide tucked away, quaint villages and give way to luscious greenery, woodland, rivers, gorges and lakes that beg to be explored. You could take it all in on a driving tour or get your hiking boots on to head into the various gorges carved between rock faces, including Europe’s longest. You could even visit the cave where, legend has it, the Greek god Zeus was born.

Hunger for history

Crete is a place steeped in history. Situated at a meeting point of continents, it has been a busy place over the years and the events of time have left a trail of fascinating places to visit. From monasteries and chapels, to mosques and Renaissance mansions, you could spend an entire holiday visiting the historical sites of invasions and the palaces of conquerors.

For the foodie, Crete is an utter delight. Truly local and seasonal food is key to Cretan cuisine and you will be in heaven tasting fresh olive oil, hillside greens and herbs, freshly caught seafood and a range of local cheeses and meats. Explore villages and rural tavernas, which often take pride in their own traditional household recipes. The hidden villages tucked away up hills and mountains dearly hold on to their unique customs, so you could take a day or two to soak up the true Cretan atmosphere in these quiet spots.

The perfect holiday

Crete and its people will leave you with a warm glow that you will want to hold on to well past home time. With our luxury hotels and a team ready to help you plan an itinerary full of good food, rest, culture and activity, you will undoubtedly want to return to this island gem time and time again.

where to stay

 

We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.

  1. Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort

    Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort

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    Situated approximately one hour to the east of Crete’s Chania airport, on the northern coast is the Cretan city of Rethymno. Home to the luxurious Caramel Grecotel Boutique Resort, a simply beautiful destination where luxury and leisure combine to bring you the perfect holiday experience.

  2. Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

    Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

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    Imagine imposing stone pillars silhouetted against a sharp blue sky, acres of glass and lazy lagoons meandering through a uniquely-designed, 70,000 square metre beachfront site and you begin to get an idea of Amirandes.

  3. Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

    Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

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    At Domes of Elounda, every attention to detail has been given to help you relax, indulge and enjoy yourself while holidaying in this beautiful location. Families and couples are invited here to experience delicious cuisine, sumptuous accommodation, a tranquil spa and a range of fantastic facilities.
  4. Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

    Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

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    A sophisticated and chic resort, Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection. is named after a traditional festival that celebrates the coming of spring after the winter months. This reflects the spirit of the hotel, which ensures its guests leave feeling re-energised and reinvigorated after a luxurious stay.
  5. Porto Elounda Golf & Spa

    Porto Elounda Golf & Spa

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    Immerse yourself in the sprawling resort of Porto Elounda Golf & Spa, Elounda, and enjoy sun, sea and sand.

  6. Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

    Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

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    With remarkable service, prime amenities and outstanding cuisine, the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Elounda, offers its guests a truly luxurious retreat from which to experience eastern Crete. Situated on its own peninsula, the resort boasts stunning views across Mirabello Bay and offers easy access to a pristine beach.
  7. Elounda Mare Hotel Relais & Chateaux

    Elounda Mare Hotel Relais & Chateaux

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    Originally a magnificent Cretan mansion, the Elounda Mare Hotel Relais & Chateaux, Elounda, now welcomes guests from around the world to appreciate its exquisite architecture, artwork and antiques. Set in extensive and beautiful grounds in eastern Crete, the hotel overlooks the azure brilliance of Mirabello Bay and is renowned for its delectable cuisine and outstanding service.

  8. Elounda Gulf Villas

    Elounda Gulf Villas

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    Set in picturesque surroundings, the Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda resort is located in the popular holiday destination of eastern Crete. With an intimate ambience and exceptional standards of service, you’ll feel instantly at home in this family-run, boutique resort.

our other travellers loved...

 

Imagine imposing stone pillars silhouetted against a sharp blue sky, acres of glass and lazy lagoons meandering through a uniquely-designed, 70,000 square metre beachfront site and you begin to get an idea of Amirandes.

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Our Destination Specialists

 

our destination specialist

Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean & Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia & Indo-China 20 years in travel industry
Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

Have you ever wondered about the team behind your holiday? Our expert team are always on hand and invite you to give them a call to discuss your perfect holiday with Azure.


We are passionate about travel and that passion drives our desire to ensure you have your perfect holiday every time. Our promise to you is your best ever tailor-made holiday

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