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Large resort hotels are not everyone’s cup of tea! For guests looking for a smaller, more personalised break, Crete has some wonderful boutique hotels where every stay promises luxury, comfort, and tailored service amidst the backdrop of this captivating island. Nestled amidst ancient ruins, picturesque villages, and azure coastlines, Crete offers a unique setting for travellers seeking an unforgettable escape. From historic mansions exuding timeless elegance to modern retreats harmonising with the natural landscape, our selection of boutique establishments guarantees guests a cherished stay in the heart of the Mediterranean.

5* Serenissima Boutique Hotel

Chania’s old town is renowned for its picturesque alleys, Byzantine churches, and waterfront promenade, providing an array of culture, history, and gastronomy. In the heart of Chania’s old town, Serenissima Boutique Hotel is a meticulously restored 16th-century Venetian mansion. Exuding a sense of timeless luxury, guests here will appreciate the attention to detail, historical authenticity, exquisite architecture, and tasteful décor.

5* Minos Beach Art Hotel

Situated on the waterfront near the town of Agios Nikolaos providing easy access to vibrant local markets and cultural attractions such as the Archaeological Museum, Minos Beach Art Hotel is a haven for art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Boasting a stunning beachfront location and lush gardens enhanced with contemporary sculptures, this hotel seamlessly integrates art with nature. Travellers seeking tranquillity and cultural enrichment will be captivated by the hotel’s art exhibitions, creative ambiance, and serene surroundings.

5* Domes Zeen, a Luxury Collection Resort

Discerning travellers drawn to contemporary aesthetics, sustainability, and holistic wellness will embrace Domes Zeen’s serene atmosphere, innovative spa facilities, and organic cuisine. With its modern design, eco-friendly ethos, and emphasis on wellness, this property redefines luxury. Set against the backdrop of the Cretan landscape near the village of Koutouloufari, guests can experience traditional Cretan villages, enjoy hiking trails that lead to secluded beaches and savour panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.

5* Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

When seeking unparalleled indulgence and privacy, look no further than Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort. Its lavish accommodations, private beachfront villas and Michelin-starred dining experiences ensure every stay is a luxurious encounter. Located on the pristine coast of Gouves, guests can retreat away from the crowds, and enjoy azure waters, sandy beaches, and the resorts proximity to historical sites such as the Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

5* Abatan Island Resort & Spa

Tucked away on the secluded island of Gavdos, which is renowned for its unspoiled beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rugged landscapes, Abatan Island Resort & Spa is a hidden gem for travellers seeking seclusion, natural beauty, and eco-conscious hospitality. Its eco-friendly design, sustainable practices, and emphasis on wellness and mindfulness, make this resort a unique retreat for eco-conscious travellers seeking harmony with nature.

5* Cretan Malia Park

Situated in Malia which features a vibrant beachfront promenade, ancient Minoan ruins, and proximity to attractions such as the Palace of Malia and Krasi Village, a stay at Cretan Malia Park offers something for every type of traveller. Embraced by lush gardens and overlooking the sparkling waters of Malia Bay, it offers laid-back luxury, authentic Cretan hospitality, and family-friendly amenities including spacious accommodation, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and an array of recreational activities.

5* Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection – Adults Only

Near Agioi Apostoloi Beach on the picturesque coastline of Chania, Domes Noruz Chania caters to discerning travellers with its sleek design, adults-only ambiance, and bespoke experiences. Chania’s surrounding area offers a wealth of experiences, from exploring historic sites such as the Venetian Harbor and Archaeological Museum to indulging in culinary delights at local tavernas and seaside cafes. Guests will be drawn to the hotel’s chic rooftop bar, infinity pool, and curated events.

4* The Island Concept

Perched on the cliffs of Agia Pelagia which boasts a charming harbour, pristine beaches, and opportunities for water sports and boat excursions, The Island Concept offers a sanctuary of serenity, luxury, and panoramic sea views, making it a sought-after destination for wellness seekers and romantics. With its minimalist design, holistic spa treatments, and emphasis on relaxation, the hotel invites guests to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with nature and themselves.