Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

Domes Noruz Chania, Crete

to the rugged Cretan coastline just a couple of
kilometres outside the historical city of Chania, Domes Noruz is a brand-new
boutique hotel offering a chic, design-led alternative to more
traditional Greek
in a part of the island not yet overrun by sun-baked
tourists. The hotel’s name is derived from an ancient festival
celebrating nature, and their philosophy follows suit; striking
sandy domes blend into the surrounding earthy landscape, with
contemporary comforts meeting regional touches to create a
cosmopolitan, laid-back atmosphere. Better still, it’s adults-only
so you can relax by one of the hotel’s expansive swimming pools
safe in the knowledge that you’re not about to get dive-bombed by a
screaming child. In fact, the only thing this place screams is
” – and it won’t be long before others clock on.


The hotel offers a range of rooms, from cosy “upbeat retreats”
to the “ultimate haven”, a sprawling beachfront villa complete with
a 40 metre-square private pool, jacuzzi and dining area; with room
for five, it’s perfect for pals. Whatever you choose, respite is
yours in the form oasis-like rooms of clean lines, pale wood and
pastel blues, with features like Smeg fridges, Elemis bath products
and fluffy towels completing a chilled-out, five-star

What’s for breakfast?

An extensive buffet has all the usual suspects, from hefty fry
ups to a healthy corner overflowing with granola, fruit, nuts and
every type of milk under the sun. Look out for
Cretan specialities
, too.

How about lunch and dinner?

Head to Zeen, the hotel’s main restaurant for local dishes such
as seafood (the octopus is divine), cured meats and fresh salads –
ideal for lunchtime sharing and matched by a robust selection of
regional wines. The raw bar serving sushi and cocktails is an
unusual addition for Crete and brings international flair
in-keeping with the hotel’s sophisticated vibe.

Is there a bar?

Yes, the poolside bar will keep you well-lubricated while you
sunbathe and is a prime spot to watch the sunset.


It’s all about the spa.
While you’ll struggle to tear yourself away from the glassy

swimming pools
, plush loungers and golden beach, the
centre is the ultimate zen set up, featuring an inky
blue mosaic pool, sauna and steam room – ideal to unwind before
dinner. Those wishing to stay active on holiday will be impressed
by the well-equipped gym, while a personal trainer is on-call
should you require extra motivation.

Things I should know

The local restaurant and bar scene in the area, Makris Toihos,
is somewhat limited. On the upside, Chania is just a short taxi
ride away and it feels like you’ve discovered a hidden corner of
Crete, where you’re more likely to bump into Greek holidaymakers
than your next-door neighbour from home.

Within a short walk you can find…

The hotel is set right on Agioi Apostoloi beach, making a
pre-breakfast swim mandatory.

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