Nana Princess Suites, Villas & Spa
Private pools in every suite, near-faultless service, two truly exceptional restaurants and a futuristic spa make this slick and contemporary hotel on the north coast of Crete a hard one to beat.
Lying just off the main road between Heraklion and Malia, this striking hotel couldn’t be easier to find, yet once tucked behind its large electric gates, you’re immediately enveloped in the hotel’s private bubble.
Suites and villas stand in five well-spaced rows that cascade down the hillside towards two good-sized pools and a private sandy beach. Each suite has an insulating, environmentally friendly grass roof, which coupled with the terraced design ensures every room enjoys uninterrupted sea views with nothing but green grass in the foreground.
Even lead-in rooms boast private salt-water pools complete with comfy sun loungers and an outdoor dining area. Inside, marble bathrooms have hypnotic sea views, chromotherapy lighting, Hermes toiletries and LCD mirror televisions, while bedrooms feature comfy king beds, quality furnishings and plenty more high-tech gadgetry.
Thirteen different room types ensure there’s something to suit all needs and group sizes, including split-level suites ideal for families with older kids, with entrances on each floor; suites with private gyms, saunas and steam rooms; and spacious villas that sleep four to seven adults.
The vast underground spa is one of the largest on the island and features strikingly beautiful treatment rooms and relaxation areas as well as an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam room, ice room, solarium and aromatherapy showers.
Breakfast is served at the Carpe Diem restaurant towards the top of the hill, accompanied by spectacular sea views. For lunch, order a snack from the Sea & Sand Beach Bar, delivered to your pool lounger or private gazebo on the beach. For dinner take your pick between two exquisite restaurants: Meet-In Point, specialising in steaks and grilled meats, and Eternal Blue, a sublime seafood restaurant set right on the seafront.