😌 Dreaming of an infinity pool? 🛀 A spa to give your body all the rest it needs? 😎 To live for a few days in luxury? 🛌 Top of the range bedding to sleep like you haven’t slept in a long time? Here is our TOP 13 CRETE HOTELS (beware the 13th is the most beautiful…) !

⬇️Here below you can also discover our other holiday rentals in Crete⬇️

1. Hotel in Heraklion: we slept at the GDM Megaron

Heraklion, the city where you’ll surely land, the capital of Crete, has a hotel with a building that’s both robust and magnificent. It’s that of the GDM Megaron Hotel, located right in the center of town and just a few meters from the city’s historic harbor walls. A 5-star hotel, rated 9.4/10 by visitors, which we tested! Video proof:


1st Say in Heraklion 🇬🇷 at GDM Megaron Hotel #pool #crete #Greece

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On-site, you’ll find very comfortable rooms and bedding, sea and harbor views, an EXCELLENT breakfast, a simple gym (tried and tested) and incredible massages for €60/hour.

2. Hotel Hersonissos: we slept at Nema Design Hotel & Spa!

In the town of Analipsi, just a few minutes from vibrant Hersonissos, lies a showcase of modernity, design and clean lines, called the NEMA Design Hotel & Spa. A 5-star, Adults Only hotel (this is important to note) offering rooms that are both simple and very luxurious, with all (or almost all) having their own private pool: Jacuzzi or swimming pool.

Restaurants, gym, spa and staff are perfect, all on a private beach. A wonderful stay for which we give a 10/10 rating.

3. Hotel Hersonissos: we slept at Lyttos Beach!

Lyttos Beach is one of Crete’s largest hotels. A real city within a city, it’s perfect for families on vacation in Greece.

Lovers will also be tempted by the club’s many swimming pools, including an Olympic-size pool, large water park, many sports activities, restaurants and private beach… INCREDIBLE: book your stay at Lyttos Beach!Lovers will also be tempted by the club’s many swimming pools, including an Olympic-size pool, large water park, many sports activities, restaurants and private beach… INCREDIBLE: book your stay at Lyttos Beach!

4. Hotel Balos Beach, Kissamos: seaview hotel

Are you searching for “Crete luxury hotel“, “hotels in crete“, “best hotels in Crete” or “5 stars hotel in Crete”? We can help you! Balos is certainly an exceptional place to see in Crete, but it is impossible to stay and sleep in this wild place. You will have to go to Kissamos and why not to the Balos Beach hotel in Kissamos, to admire the sea from the pool! Not forgetting of course its tasty cuisine and ESPECIALLY its Spa, perfect for relaxing after a long day of hiking in Balos Beach!

Fantastic standards for a 3-star hotel, less than 30 minutes by car and 7km from the pink lagoon of Balos Beach.

5. Hotel in Chania: Casa Delfino, 5 stars hotel with seaview in Crete

A hotel built in an old Venetian house. Luxury and design. Comfort at all times. Incomparable views of Chania. A high standard spa. Book your stay at Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa, one of the most beautiful hotels in Crete!

A 5-star hotel, luxurious and exceptionally decorated, offering nights from 200€, including breakfast for a couple.

6. Pepi Boutique, Hotel in Rethymnon: one of the best in Crete

For those who would like to stay in the north of Crete, between Heraklion and Chania, here is a luxury hotel that would be delighted to welcome you (and your couple!). Book your room at this hotel in Rethymnon, the Pepi Boutique Hotel in Rethymnon for an upscale, romantic stay!

A luxury hotel highly rated by tourists, offering nights from 140€, including breakfast.

7. Creta Blue Boutique, Hotel in Hersonissos: luxury hotel with private pool

Hersonissos is one of the liveliest and most charming seaside resorts in Crete. In this wonderful setting, one hotel overlooks the town from its heights to offer breathtaking views to its visitors. Book your room at this hotel in Hersonissos, the Creta Blue Boutique Hotel!

A luxury hotel Crete private pool, 4 stars and 900m from the beach, for rooms from 100€/night, in Hersonissos.

8. Spa Ikaros Beach, Hotel in Malia: luxury hotel with seaview

Holiday clubs, flats for rent, luxury villas, hotels of all kinds… Malia, a seaside resort in the north of Crete, a few kilometres from Hersonissos and Elounda, offers many types of accommodation. But Crete Autrement offers you this incredible luxury hotel in Crete! Book your stay at this hotel in Malia, the Spa Ikaros Beach, Luxury & Resort, right on the beach, with your feet in the sand in Malia!

Ikaros Beach is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Crete for its private beach, facilities and standing. From 1700€ for two and for a week.

9. Matala Caves in Matala: your seaview apartment in Crete

Où dormir à Matala Beach ?

Let’s go now to one of the mythical beaches of Crete: Matala. A place out of time and this, for 2 reasons:

  • Its beach and its troglodytic caves dug in the cliffs overhanging the bay.
  • The very strong hippie heritage of the place, where Janis Joplin or Bob Dylan had their quarters!

Do you want to stay in a hotel in Matala and be able to find yourself in this timeless place? Crete Autrement warmly recommends you to book a stay in this hotel in Matala, the Matala Caves Seafront Apartment and its amazing view on the beach!

An incredible apartment, on the beachfront, for 1000€ a week for 2 people.

10. Domes of Elounda, Hotel in Elounda: incredible 5 stars hotel of Crete

Elounda is best known as the (very beautiful) Cretan coastal village looking the mythical island of Spinalonga in the eye. A few hundred meters from the island of the Lepers, Elounda has the advantage of being a vacation resort offering above all luxury hotels and resorts. Among the most beautiful of the Greek island. So don’t hesitate for a second before booking your stay in this hotel in Elounda, at Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection!

A luxury hotel, but above all, a 5 star hotel in Crete and Elounda, from 2400€ per week.

11. Daios Cove, Hotel in Agios Nikolaos: luxury hotel with private beach

Agios Nikolaos, in the east of Crete, is a town known as one of the “jet set” spots of the island of the Gods. Often referred to as the “St. Tropez of Greece”, the resort is a year-round delight for tourists, partygoers and vacationers looking for beautiful hotels. If this is your case, book now your hotel in Agios Nikolaos, the Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas!

A particularly luxurious and extraordinary hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. Couples can book a room on site from 3000€ per week.

12. Sensus Experience, Hotel in Kato Gouves: design hotel in Crete

Exceptional establishment that we propose to you in Gouves. A true luxury hotel in Crete, the Sensus Experience by Lavrus in Gouves is not only a pleasure to stay at, but also a pleasure to behold! Book your stay at the Sensus Experience for an unforgettable vacation in Crete.

Its very modern design and its rooms with feet in the water make it a must on the Greek island!

13. Stella Island Resort, Hotel in Hersonissos: most beautiful hotel in Crete?

You may have already seen it on your Instagram feed, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, Europe, Greece and Crete: the Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa! Direction Hersonissos, a few kilometers from Heraklion and its airport, to live a real 5-star dream: bungalows with their feet in the water, pools that are real lagoons, palm trees, beach, hammock above the water, wooden rooms… And this is only a small part of what you will have on site!

If you want to go big on this vacation in Crete, then Stella Island is probably the place to be!

Hotels in Crete: where to sleep on the island?

Where to sleep in Crete ? Where are the best hotels in Crete?

The Greek island, nicknamed “Island of the Gods” or formerly called “Island of Candia” is definitely one of the most tourist destinations in Europe. Not that we walk on it, but above all because the island of Greece knows how to welcome its vacationers. Summer or winter!

This is evidenced by the incredible know-how of the Cretans to offer incredible hotels, Airbnb, guest houses and other inns. Find a luxury hotel in Crete or a typical Cretan accommodation in one of the many mountain villages of the island, as well as a hotel with a private beach by the sea.

Crete Autrement presents here the most beautiful luxury hotels in Crete. Starting with a tourist stay in an establishment in Heraklion, the capital. The city offers many establishments to visitors, but do not hesitate to explore the hotels in the surrounding cities, such as Hersonissos, Rethymnon or Malia.

On the west coast, it is very easy to find your hotel in Crete with sea view! Direction to the most beautiful landscapes of the island, near Balos, Gramvousa, Chania (Chania), Elafonisi and other Kissamos.

Finally, if you are looking for a place to stay in Crete and on the east coast, nothing could be easier either, with luxury hotels in extraordinary cities, such as: Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Sitia or Ierapetra!

Room with private pool, hotel with Spa, 5 star hotel, hotel with private beach Give free rein to your desires when looking for a hotel in Crete: the island has so many different things and stays to offer you!

What are the best hotels in Crete?

  1. Domes Noruz Chania: located in the charming city of Chania, this luxury hotel provides stylish accommodations with a contemporary design. It features private pools, beach access, gourmet dining, and a spa.
  2. Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas: situated in Elounda, this iconic resort offers luxurious rooms, suites, and villas with stunning views of the sea. It boasts a private beach, multiple pools, gourmet restaurants, and a world-class spa.
  3. Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa: nestled on the coast of Elounda, this elegant resort offers spacious rooms, suites, and villas overlooking the island of Spinalonga. Guests can enjoy a private beach, multiple pools, fine dining, and a rejuvenating spa.
  4. Creta Maris Beach Resort: located in Hersonissos, this all-inclusive resort provides a wide range of amenities and activities for families and couples. It offers comfortable rooms, multiple pools, a water park, restaurants, bars, and a spa.
  5. Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort: situated in Gouves, this luxurious beachfront resort boasts elegant rooms, suites, and villas with private pools. It features multiple pools, a private beach, gourmet dining options, and a spa.
  6. St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas: overlooking Mirabello Bay in Agios Nikolaos, this upscale hotel offers stylish rooms, suites, and villas with stunning sea views. It offers a private beach, infinity pools, gourmet restaurants, and a spa.
  7. Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas: located near Agios Nikolaos, this upscale resort offers spacious rooms, suites, and villas with private pools and panoramic sea views. It features a private beach, multiple pools, fine dining options, and a spa.
  8. Minos Beach Art Hotel: situated in Agios Nikolaos, this boutique hotel offers a blend of contemporary design and traditional Cretan architecture. It features stylish rooms, a private beach, multiple pools, and a spa.

Hotel in Crete : what city should you target?

The town of Chania (also known as Chania in Greece) is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages on the island. You will find :

  • luxury hotel,
  • 5 star hotel,
  • 4 star hotel,
  • luxury villas
  • and other more modest accommodations.

Chania is a small town of character, ideal for discovering the west of the island (Balos Beach, Elafonisi, the Samaria Gorge…)

Many other Cretan cities are nevertheless and obviously worth a visit:

  • Rethymnon is an ideal base camp for exploring the city and discovering the Arkadi Monastery, 4 km away, or hiking in the Amari Valley in the Agios Antonios Gorge en route to enchanting villages such as Patsos.
  • Malia is a very pleasant seaside resort where you can stay with your family and spend your vacations.
  • Heraklion, the capital of Crete, will amaze you with its nice hotels!
  • Agios Nikolaos, the Cretan St. Tropez, is the promise of partying, good food, sunbathing and accommodation in beautiful establishments.
  • Sitia
  • Matala
  • Hersonissos
  • Agia Pelagia

Finally, sleeping in Elounda is one of the best accommodation ideas in Crete. Elounda is a small coastal town in the north of Crete and a tourist place full of rich and luxurious accommodations. In a beautiful setting: turquoise sea and mountainous landscapes, Elounda offers many rental options.