Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa
This contemporary design hotel offers sweeping views across Elounda’s Mirabello Bay to the island of Spinalonga, backdrop to Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel, The Island. Among the rooms, suites and villas, all but the lead-in category have private pools with sunbeds and outdoor showers, and because the whole resort is staggered up a hillside, every room boasts exceptional sea views. Families will especially love the Cayo Grand Two-Bedroom Villa, split over three levels with a spacious pool, home gym and sauna.
As most of the rooms have pools, the two large infinity pools are rarely crowded. If you prefer to be by the sea, a complimentary shuttle will take you to a spot on Plaka’s peaceful pebble beach that’s reserved for Cayo guests, where a beachfront taverna serves drinks and light snacks.
The Armonia Spa features a candlelit indoor pool, three treatment rooms, a sauna, hammam and hair salon. Once suitably pampered, appetites can be satisfied at a choice of three on-site restaurants: buffet restaurant Ambrosia, poolside Mediterranean restaurant Sage & Thyme, and gourmet restaurant Kelari, offering elevated takes on classic Greek recipes.