Top 10 Rejuvenation Hotels and Resorts on this Planet.

1. Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda, Greece

Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, the luxury beachfront resort offers emblematic views to the relics of Spinalonga Island. A luxury resort in Greece with exceptional charm, architecture and style, Blue Palace Resort & Spa is the perfect hideaway to combine island luxe accommodations, authentic cuisine and a soothing retreat for the senses. 

A place of absolute tranquility at the award-wining Elounda Spa situated on the beach. Blue Palace Resort and Spa is located right on one of the most serene private beaches on the island of Crete. Savor authentic cooking and diverse cuisines in each of the five restaurants at Blue Palace Resort & Spa.

Bruce Schoenfeld, Wine and Spirits Editor,Travel + Leisure, August 2012 wrote ” Blue Palace, a sumptuous, 251-room hotel on a hillside overlooking Spinalonga…ranks for sheer magnificence with anyplace I’ve ever stayed.”      

  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2013
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2012, no. 4 in European Resorts

At the Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda our goal is to ensure that each stay is as stunning and serene as the beauty outside. All guest rooms feature our inviting luxury beds, made up with crisp 320 thread count pure cotton satin sheets. When combined with our pillow menu, a good night’s sleep is assured. It has twelve room categories. Priced from EUR 260.00 to EUR 3714.00 per night.

The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy

The Elounda Spa and Thalassotherapy, a place of absolute tranquillity created by the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding it. When you can tear yourself away from the view, visit the hotel’s award-winning spa. Situated on the beach with calming views of the gulf, our serene and captivating spa comprises 24 treatment rooms, each featuring soothing water sounds and diffused calming lighting.


The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy was created out of our passion to combine the benefits of Thalassotherapy with the commitment to luxury and personal attention. Originated in France, Thalassotherapy, comes from the Greek word “Thalassa” meaning “sea or ocean”. Natural salt water and its marine elements such as seaweed, thermal clay and plankton are some of the indispensable elements that are used in Thalassotherapy. Modern Thalasso applications enhance stress reduction, weight loss, anti-cellulite, muscle, joint healing and more.


A wide range of excellent qualitytreatments are available at our spa ranging from Thalassotherapy and signature treatments to massages, facials, salon services and more. For super-soft skin, try the Elounda Wellness and Beauty Scrub, which uses an olive oil and sugar scrub and sea water hydromassage bath to moisturise your skin. Don’t miss the one day rituals – special days designed for pure pampering.

We are pleased to introduce CINQ MONDES in our spa menu, the French spa brand devoted to the revival of Beauty Rituals of the World® specially designed to take discerning spa goers in a wonderful Sensorial Journey®. Special attention has been given to signature treatments based on organics products.


A luminous relaxation pool, three thalasso pools, two traditional marble Turkish Hammams (steam rooms), saunas, indoor jacuzzis, a couple’s suite, fitness center, fitness classes, seminars and a retail spa boutique.

Opening Hours
  • Spa Facilities 09:00 – 21:00
  • Spa Treatments 11:00 – 20:00
  • Spa Fitness Center: 24 hours, 7 days a week for guests of Blue Palace Resort and Spa

Advance reservations are recommended. Please call +30 28410 65660 from outside the Resort or extension 7600 from your room. Name and contact information are required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation.

Wet Facilities
  • An entrance fee of €35 is applicable for non-residents. Complimentary access for hotel residents.
  • Member of the Luxury Collection Spas
  • As a member of the Luxury Collection Spas, we are proud to be part of an international association of premier-level spas. Learn more about us and our core philosophy.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Spa facilities from 11:00-20:00



Blue Palace Resort and Spa is excited to unveil a new addition to its culinary family, Flame. Flame specializes in expertly cooked steak dishes prepared from finest quality, locally sourced meat with a distinct flavor and fragrance. Classic and signature cuts, some exclusive, are served on large wooden platters, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area.

Many of the specialty herbs and vegetables are handpicked by our chefs shortly before preparation, direct from the restaurant’s purpose-built gardens. Guests will have the opportunity to visit these gardens and learn about the herbs used in the kitchen.

Expert Tips:

Visits can be arranged to Flame’s local suppliers – including cattle farms, olive groves, vineyards and dairies – who will be happy to present their products and explain the production process.

Flame will be featuring Cretan handcrafted traditional knives instead of the traditional steak knives. At Flame in Blue Palace Resort and Spa you can find  the”Koka” Dagger (handle made of 100% olive wood and stainless steel blade), the ”Moka” knife (handle made of 100% olive wood and stainless steel blade) and  the ”Queen” Dagger (handle made of 100% cattle horn with an Aries head finishing and stainless steel blade).

The Flame experience can also be savored at The Dunes Course Clubhouse at Costa Navarino in Messinia.

Cuisine: Steak HouseAtmosphere: Elegant

Dress Code: Smart Casual. Long pants for gentlemen are requested.

Blue Door

Incorporating the resort’s signature color, the Blue Door is a typical Greek Taverna with a spectacular beach-front location. As part of its mission to remain true to island roots, the Blue Palace Resort & Spa has transformed an old fisherman’s stone house into the renowned Blue Door Taverna. The Taverna’s authentic ambiance includes flood lanterns, white and blue tablecloths, and bright blue chairs-the ideal spot for a relaxed and distinctive lunch or dinner.

The top-quality, traditional Greek cuisine features a daily catch from the local fishermen, cooked over the open grill accompanied by Greek Meze. Daily specials are always on offer and include Greek specialities like Moussaka and dolmades.

Expert Tips

Menu Highlights: Delight in Greek Meze of tzatztiki, fava and dolmadakia for appetizers. Don’t miss the catch of the day over the open grill. As the perfect finale, indulge in the yoghurt dessert topped with traditional sweets.
Entertainment Highlights: Live bouzouki entertainment every Monday and Friday night.
Cuisine: Traditional Greek

Atmosphere: Open Air, Beach Front

Dress Code: Casual

Asia Blue

Asia Blue, our captivating Asian restaurant, is an enticing dining option offering inventive dishes that range from Japanese to Thai and beyond. Take your seat and enjoy Asian cuisine at its very best from the lavishly decorated terrace. Watch through an open display kitchen our chef expertly preparing sushi and enjoy dishes ranging from Japanese to Thai and beyond.

Expert Tips

Menu Highlights: Try our mussels with black beans, pepper, onions, ginger and soy sauce for starters or the mango beef braised in fresh mango sauce
Cuisine: Asian

Atmosphere: Elegant

Dress Code: Casual Dressing (accepting short pants)


Fresh Italian dishes created by our chef combined with the restaurant’s charming location by the main pool and beach ensures a delicious meal. A genuine Italian fare by the sea and one of the main pools is the best way to enjoy a relaxed lunch. Enjoy the breeze of the sea on the expanded veranda of Isola along with a great selection of pasta, risotti, hearty salads and other delicacies of our Italian restaurant.

Expert Tip

Enjoy the cooling breeze as you sit down to a delightful Mediterranean lunch. Under the deep blue sky, consider such choices as the carpaccio di Vitello with rucola, aged Parmsan cheese flakes and a vintage balsamic vinegar and white truffle oil essence. Follow with a risotto with crayfish, shrimps, mussels, cockles and sun dried tomatoes in a white wine sauce.

Cuisine: Mediterranean and Italian

Atmosphere: Casual

Dress Code: Smart Casual for Dinner


The resort’s principal restaurant is named Olea after the olive trees found in enormous Cretan pots that adorn the impressive veranda. Every table features a stunning view to the sea and the isle of Spinalonga making breakfasts there a treasured moment serving a rich American buffet breakfast with French Champagne daily.

Cuisine: Greek, Cretan & International

Atmosphere: Casual

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Breakfast Buffet: 7:15 – 10:30 Opening days and hours of restaurants are subject to change.

Private Dining

In place of unparalleled natural beauty, many guests choose to linger in the luxury of their beautifully appointed bungalow, suite or villa. Private dining is available 24 hours a day from an extended menu. Enjoy breakfast in bed or a romantic dinner for two served on your private terrace overlooking the endless cobalt blue. All villas can enjoy in-room dining from any of the Resort’s restaurants.

Private Dining Highlights

Private Dining Gourmet Menu Personalized to your tastes and served in the privacy of your bungalow or suite, a five course gourmet menu of your choice is served in an alluring setting of candles and flowers to ensure a romantic experience.

Private Dining at a Villa Escape to one of our ultimately romantic and luxurious private residences, a portal to the property’s indigenous charms and treasures. Our top-rated chef will immerse you in the flavors and aromas of local food traditions for your five course private dinner served in the privacy of one of our most impressive residencies.

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