Sitting pretty on the rugged coastline of eastern Crete is Daios Cove, a luxury Greek resort perched above its own private beach with captivating views of the Mediterranean sea. Expect immaculate interior design, a selection of swimming pools and dining haunts as well as a hi-tech spa, all combining to create the perfect spot for beachfront R&R on this laidback island.
Daios Cove clings to the cliffs above Vathi Bay on the eastern side of Crete, close to the ever-popular Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga – a tiny islet with Venetian buildings that served as a leper colony until the 1950s, a real must-see sight. In this fascinating corner of the island, Daios Cove manages to merge local styles with cutting-edge design, using stone from the coast to craft sleek, angular buildings and infuse plenty of regional plantlife into the picture wherever possible. Clean lines are balanced with tactile textures, while designer furnishings and objets d’art complete a sleek profile.
What makes the guestrooms at Daios Cove so special is that every single room, suite or villa boasts huge picture windows that take up a whole wall, framing the beautiful blue sea outside. Step out onto your terrace to feel even closer to the scenery, or curl up on your sofa inside, revelling in a floorplan of at least 42sq m where muted tones are accented by pops of vibrant, marine-themed artwork. In the Wellness Villa you get your own Finnish sauna, treadmill and pool, and then there’s the ultimate accommodation option – the Mansion – with three floors, staff living quarters and your own private spa bedecked with indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and massage room, among many other delights.
Whether you go for the Mansion or not, Daios Cove’s GOCO Spa simply has to be on your agenda. There’s an open-air treatment zone with views of the sea, as well as innovative features like the body scanner, state-of-the-art gym and hydro facilities including a vitality pool and saunas. Practitioners at GOCO Spa really do know what they’re doing, and will help you on your wellness journey to achieve specific goals. Soaking in any of the hotel’s swimming pools – including the large, saltwater infinity pool that seems to melt into the sea – will no doubt boost relaxation levels, and then there’s always the private beach below. A watersports centre and tennis courts are ideal for active guests, and there are cultural experiences too such as wine-tasting, cookery classes and day trips around the island. Children are then well catered for at Daios Cove, thanks to a great kids’ club, creche and the designated Family Villas, filled with all the equipment you may need for them during your time here.
When it comes to dining, there’s a good mix of eateries and bars, from a charming taverna to beach club, smart restaurants and hip bars. At Crystal Box, for example, DJs do evening sets while you dance under a night sky, and for special occasions or romantic meals, it’s got to be Ocean, where Mediterranean meals are served in a refined restaurant space. Tying it all together at Daios Cove is the fantastic, friendly service that makes staying here a joy. No request is too much for the lovely staff, who will make you feel right at home on your luxury Crete holiday – it’ll certainly be one to remember.
Daios Cove Facilities
254luxury rooms , suites and villas. Most suites have private pools
Daios Cove , 45 minutes transfer from Heraklion Airport.