Offering a location, which is about as sublime as it gets, Cretan Pearl Resort & Spa sits jewel-like on the unspoilt west coast of Crete, not far from the beach made famous by the film, Zorba the Greek. Crete is the Geek island of superlatives – biggest, most mountainous, with the longest beach-lined coasts. A place famed for the Bronze Age Minoans, Europe’s first literate and arty civilisation.
The five-star resort is the perfect hotel if you and your partner or family can’t agree on what to do on holiday. Renovated in 2014/2015, a stay here is a truly magical experience, with the rooms transformed into havens of minimalist luxury, beautifully presented in neutral colour schemes.
From your sea view room you’ll be able to look out over the panorama of the sparkling Med through French doors that lead onto a private balcony. A full range of cosmetics and aesthetic treatments are on offer at the 2,000-square-metre Ayus Spa, and the idyllic spaces in which you can relax and allow the therapists to work their magic, leaving you radiant and pampered.
With two seawater pools on site, there’s plenty of water-bliss to keep you from heading down to the beach, if you prefer to soak up the sun from atop a lounger within a flip-flop length of Eros poolside bar. In the evening, sit back on a sofa at the bar and drink in those spectacular Cretan sunset views.