Seductive landscapes, rich traditions and a liberal glug of olive oil are key ingredients for a Mediterranean getaway. In the south of the Aegean, Greece’s largest island throws some stylish hotels into the mix. Whether you’re seeking a quaint boutique stay or accommodation in a luxury resort, this round-up of Crete’s best hotels is your ticket to the good life.

Kapsaliana Village Hotel

Set in the island’s largest olive grove, this ancient settlement has been transformed into a collection of luxury suites by architect and owner Myron Toupoyannis. Original features and natural materials – wood, stone, terracotta – were retained during restoration, showing respect for the area’s history while writing its next chapter. Visit the hotel’s museum and book yourself on an olive oil tasting before exploring further afield – a 14th-century monastery, sandy beaches and villages peppered with Byzantine relics are a quick car ride away.

Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas

Spread over five levels and serviced by a funicular, Daios Cove takes rural tranquillity to new heights. Each room here is designed to provide premium views of the natural amphitheatre that slopes to the beach. Revel in the feeling of seclusion, safe in the knowledge that the resort is but a short journey to the nearby town of Agios Nikolaos – handy when you’re itching to explore after a day of lolling on the beach or steaming at the spa.

Rimondi Boutique Hotel

This hotel’s prime location at the heart of Rethymno’s palia poli – old town – doesn’t detract from its serene feel. Rimondi serves as a quaint, exclusive alternative to Crete’s larger resorts. Stay at one of two buildings: Palazzo Rimondi, a pink Venetian manor, or Rimondi Estate, a newer complex made up of executive rooms and suites.

Minos Beach Art Hotel

With chic interiors and an idyllic waterfront location, this boutique hotel delivers nothing short of a five-star experience. Its whitewashed facade and traditional Greek architectural features are equally noteworthy. Of course, Minos Beach is an “art hotel” for a reason – an impressive collection of modern art adorns the gardens, meaning that this luxury accommodation doubles up as a creative haven.

White River Cottages

If you’re looking for a stay that feels as authentic as it does luxurious, this is the place to be. A rather enchanting hideaway, White River Cottages is nestled among olive groves in the Aspros Potamos Valley in southeast Crete. Stay in one of 13 stone cottages; sympathetically restored over a five-year period, each cottage blends seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape.

Casa Delfino Hotel and Spa

A 17th-century palazzo turned luxury resort, Casa Delfino is the ideal launchpad for exploring the labyrinthine cobblestone streets that make up Chania’s old town. Each of the 24 rooms and suites were designed with heritage and individuality in mind. Splurge on the lavish Presidential Suite for a private terrace with a view of the harbour – a perfect spot for sundowners.

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

For the traveller that wants to explore Crete as much as unwind, this resort should be at the top of your list. While it’s a short car ride from Heraklion Airport and located near a handful of popular attractions, it exudes serenity. Stand-out amenities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a lagoon that surrounds the perimeter of the hotel.

Serenissima Boutique Hotel

Hidden away in the scenic alleyways of Chania’s old town, Serenissima is a getaway within a getaway. The seven-room boutique hotel is an oasis of calm within walking distance to bars, shops and the illustrious Venetian Harbour. Suites are characterised by wooden beams, exposed-brick walls and charming views of the central courtyard.

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