The biggest and one of the best Greek Islands, Crete promises year-round sunshine, beautiful hikes and incredible ancient sites such as Aptera and Malia. Home of the super-healthy fruit and veg packed Cretan diet – and a magnet for travellers who come to laze on silk sand beaches, frolic in hidden coves, hike out to explore sun-dazzled trails or visit world-class archaeological sights – Greece’s largest island is blessed with some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. Combined with the beaches in Crete, the island offers up a winning summer holiday recipe, especially for families.
What is the best location to stay in Crete?
Lured by the picture-postcard Venetian harbour and proximity to the pink sand beach of Elafonisi, visitors generally flock to Chania in the northwest. With an abundant crop of grand new Greek island hotels opening their doors, however, the island’s lesser-known eastern half – famed for its near-deserted beaches lapped by mirror-clear waters and great value tavernas serving local specialities – is becoming increasingly popular.
What's the best resort in Crete for families
Crete is home to some of the best family-friendly hotels in Greece, so there's plenty to choose from. One of our favourites is Domes of Elounda, which overlooks the Unesco-protected island of Spinalonga. Book into one of the Luxury Residences or Ulta-Luxe Villas where the self-catering facilities offer the perfect set up for families with little ones.
How we choose the best hotels in Crete
Every hotel on this list has been selected independently by our editors and written by a Condé Nast Traveller journalist who knows the destination and has visited that property. When choosing hotels, our editors consider properties across price points that offer an authentic and insider experience of a destination, keeping design, location, service, and sustainability credentials top of mind.