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Unlock the very best of Crete

Let us, the Ultimate Guest Service, create a tailor-made excursion for your stay to unlock the secret treasures of Crete. Its remarkable history is evident across the island, from the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus. The Venetian port of Chania in Western Crete is one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital, Heraklion, is a bustling modern city.

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A Unique Place of Discovery

The majestic island of Crete, rich in history, culture and gastronomy, offers a myriad of experiences which await guests of Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa to discover and immerse themselves into. 
Discover "The Island"
A circular fortress rises impressively from a rocky hillside, overlooking the vast open seas. Spinalonga, which in Greek means "long thorn", is a place full of history and memories, that reflects on a small scale Crete’s amazing past.
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An authentic experience


For a truly mesmerizing experience get on board our traditional caique, exclusive for the distinguished guests of Blue Palace Resort and Spa. Travel on the crystal clear waters around the Mirabello Gulf and unlock some of the most authentic surroundings. Set off from the hotel’s own jetty aboard our quintessentially Greek fishing boat and savor a selection of Cretan wines and a platter of cheese locally sourced from dairy farms. The caique sails around the coast of Elounda and around the isle of Spinalonga, which sits right across from Blue Palace.

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Flame Restaurant


Flame specializes in expertly cooked steak dishes prepared from finest quality, locally sourced meat with a distinct flavor and fragrance. Classic and signature cuts, some exclusive, are served on large wooden platters, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area. Many of the specialty herbs and vegetables are handpicked by our chefs shortly before preparation, direct from the restaurant’s purpose-built gardens. Guests will have the opportunity to visit these gardens and learn about the herbs used in the kitchen.

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The Palace of Knossos

A trio of umber columns rises from a yellow stone platform. The apex of this archaeological landscape of ancient Minoan ruins, the magnificent Palace of Knossos was one of the most significant discoveries of the 19th century. One thousand interlocking rooms, which over four millennia ago served as artist's workshops, wine processing centers, and places for worship and adoration, have been sublimely reconstructed. Blue dolphins adorn the walls of the Queen's Megaron, while griffins pose regally against a crimson backdrop in the Throne Room.
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Taste Crete

Straight rows of carefully planted grape vines stretch across a fertile valley. Warm Aegean breezes rustle through their wispy leaves, caressing plump green fruits. Cool, damp wine cellars are quiet sanctuaries where the treasured products of this historic family business age. Authentic passageways lead to a bright, modern tasting room where crystal clear stemware awaits the moment when Skalani, Fantaxometocho, and Cretikos Boutari fill their curved basin. Informative tours present the region's winemaking history and offer a look at its processes.
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The Beauties of Crete

The Beauties of East Crete
 
After a brief visit to the peaceful port town of Sitia and the archaeological museum, proceed directly to Moni Toplou and The Palm Beach of Vai. Explore as much of the gorge as time and energy reserves permit.  
The Beauties of West Crete  
Explore west side of Crete and visit Rethymno & Chania towns, both characterized by the Venetian touches to the architecture. Take the chance and visit the 16th century monastery of Arkadi and for the most adventurous, walk the Samaria gorge.
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Day Trips

Our Ultimate Guest Service team is passionate about investing personal time and effort into handcrafting your experiences. From helicopter transportation and excursions of historic Crete, to exploring traditional villages and trips on speed boat, we can customize every detail. Our team is dedicated to surpassing your expectations and making your stay, the most memorable ever, combining, if requested, locations from different itineraries. Our team recommends some suggested itineraries to explore Crete, that are pinned in the below map, and will be delighted to customize any itinerary to fulfil your needs. 

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Our experienced Ultimate Guest Service team is here to fulfil your requests. Were you dreaming of a bath with candles, champagne & strawberries dipped in chocolate to put you in the mood? Do you need to fly tomorrow by helicopter to Santorini island? Were you inspired by the romantic atmosphere and wish to enjoy an al fresco intimate dinner or a sunset boat trip with your loved one?

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Getting Here

Airport

Heraklion International Airport (HER) is 78 km the nearest airport and approximately one hour drive from Blue Palace Resort & Spa. Heraklion is connected with Athens (flight time duration 40 min) with 6 flights daily and throughout the year. Flights depart as early as 06.50 a.m. from Athens, and as late as 23.00 p.m. from Heraklion. Aegean Airlines (a Star Alliance Member) offers daily scheduled flights from Athens to Heraklion. 

Helipad

If you are seeking ultimate comfort and speed, then the most convenient way of travelling to or from our resort is by helicopter. A private helipad is part of our premises for guests who wish to travel by helicopter to the mainland or other islands. We can arrange for our guests helicopter flights directly to the hotel`s own helipad. 


Transportation

Private Tranfser

Our dedicated 
Ultimate Guest Service team will be delighted to assist you in arranging a private Mercedes taxi transfer from the airport to the Resort or to any other destination on the island.


Car Rental

Rental cars are available either at the airport or the Hertz Rental Car office, conveniently located in the hotel lobby.  An International Driver’s License is required for non-EU citizens. Fee is subject to Hertz pricing policy. No comission is charged on behalf of the hotel. 
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