What: An exceptional resort (luxury bungalow, suite or villa) with mythical surroundings that soothe and define style.

Where: Just 3 km from the village of Elounda, this resort overlooks the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mirabello and sits opposite the isle of Spinalonga with its medieval fortress.

Why: The Blue Palace is composed of stylish smaller units, spacious bungalows and suites, as well as three magnificent private villas. They all enjoy magnificent sea views and are luxuriously furnished with marble-lined bathrooms. The contemporary style guest-rooms are set in low-rise bungalows, suites and villas, and over half of them have their own private swimming pool. The hotel also has a 2,000 sq. m. state-of-the-art thalasso-therapy spa, which 22 treatment rooms and three thalasso pools. Terra-cotta-colored stone walls, mature palm and olive trees, and the sparkling blues of the 106 private pools and the serene waters of the Cretan Pelagos, blend together to create an extraordinary masterpiece.