The largest of Greece’s islands, Crete, has plenty to offer. The sun-baked beaches, breathtaking azure seascapes and warm welcomes from friendly Greek villages make for unencumbered Halcyon Days, especially when staying at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, one of the finest 5 Star luxury resorts on the island. One of our Sales Managers recently stayed herself to discover the secret formula to the magic of this Cretan paradise, and returned with her top five ways to make any stay reach perfection...
Time for Breakfast
Every perfect day should start with a perfect breakfast, and Daios Cove does not disappoint. Say ‘Kaliméra’ to the beautiful morning sky, and lap up the sunshine and gentle sea breeze on the terrace, as you take your pick from an extensive menu. Ocean Restaurant opens for breakfast exclusively for villa guests, where picturesque views over the infinity pool and the cove below make an inspiring start to your Greek adventures for the day!
Enjoy the luxury of your villa - or mansion!
All guestrooms and suites of Daios Cove are sumptuously furnished and boast fantastic views over the dazzling Mediterranean Sea. One of our personal favourite places to stay, though, is the Wellness Villa with Private Pool. With two bedrooms, these villas are perfect for families or groups of friends, and will not fail to impress with panoramic views – both inside and outside –, as well as featuring indulgent private facilities, including a heated seawater swimming pool, a Finnish sauna and a Technogym treadmill.
For the height of decadence, the resort is also proud to have recently unveiled its brand new Mansion. A marvel of modern architecture, with sublimely furnished interiors, this much sought after accommodation boasts an entire spa level for its guests to unwind in complete privacy, making it one of the most decadent places to stay in Crete.
Explore the area
Crete is one of the most fascinating of all the Greek islands, and is ideal for families looking to explore; rife with colourful history and intriguing stories of Greek mythology, there is always something new to discover. Set in the idyllic town of Vathi, with a tranquil beach nearby, Daios Cove is perfectly placed to experience the laidback charms of authentic Greece, where afternoons can be whiled away grazing on mezes, washed down with a chilled glass of Raki, in shore side tavernas. A short drive will take you to Plaka, where you can catch a boat to the abandoned island of Spinalonga; built by the Venetians in 1579, it is now infamous for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe, and is the setting for Victoria Hislop’s bestselling novel, The Island.
Daios Cove also offers a fabulous way to explore the Cretan coastline, with an excursion on the resort’s private catamaran. Glass of Champagne in hand, sit back and bask in the sun as you discover delightful beaches and sleepy fishing villages along the Aegean Sea, a fantastic treat to celebrate a special family occasion.
Be pampered in the Spa
Returning back to the resort, head to the spa for a little pampering. With treatments enhanced by pioneering French skincare brand, Anne Semonin, Daios Cove has an outstanding reputation as one of the leading resort spas in Greece. After a diagnosis of your skin condition, a therapist will create your own ‘beauty prescription’, personally designed to suit your complexion’s specific needs. You may also wish to be cocooned in the warming aroma of vitamin E enriched ginger with an uplifting body massage, or soothed by the scents of lemongrass and peppermint with a detoxing body treatment – the menu promises a fabulous treatment to entice everyone.
Wind down for cocktails and dinner
As evening draws in, it’s time to bask in the balmy twilight of Crystal Box lounge for a chilled-out start to the night. With a plush terrace area boasting spectacular views across the bay, this is the perfect spot for couples to sit with a creatively concocted cocktail – based on authentic flavours of Greece – and relax as the soothing sounds of the resident DJ provides the soundtrack to the stunning sunset display.
For dinner, a superb choice of high class cuisine and local specialities awaits at Daios Cove, serving up freshly cooked fare with Greece’s trademark welcoming hospitality. Whether you chose to dine at Ocean Restaurant for a taste of the Mediterranean with a gourmet twist, or settle in under the stars at Taverna to sample must-taste fish caught that very morning, soak in the ambience as you sip on fine local wines and be serenaded by live music, and relish in the magic of a luxury holiday to Crete with Daios Cove.
For more information on Crete, or to book your luxury holiday to Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.