Lavish Cretan resort Blue Palace Resort and Spa is perfect for stressed-out directors looking to unwind – and perhaps do some star-spotting. Director’s Deborah Hughes checks in
Even superstars need a bit of time to escape and recharge the batteries. The Blue Palace Resort and Spa on Crete, in the small fishing town of Elounda, has played host to the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna, and its easy to see why as it’s the epitome of luxury: white and calming rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views at every turn.
The Mediterranean Maisonette Suites, in which Director stayed, have cool stone terraces with sun loungers and a private infinity plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Aegean.
The resort is large and quite steep, so you can hop on a golf buggy to save time or take the funicular lift from the reception down to the beach, which is a little slow but handy if you’re feeling particularly lazy.
And speaking of lazy, every umbrella on the beach has a call bell so you need do nothing but kick back and relax – or walk down the wooden jetty to the water (it’s a stone beach) for a swim.
Guests in the Island Luxury Suites or a private villa also have access to the Haven – an exclusive stretch of beach with cabanas and waiting staff on hand.
The hotel has five restaurants, offering a wide range of tantalising international cuisine including Cretan, Italian and Asian.
Director’s favourite, though, was Blue Door, an open-air beachfront eatery serving traditional Greek fare (the lobster pasta was delicious) and stunning views out to sea.
Alternatively, the Isola Beach Club is open throughout the day and is a great place for light bites, such as the coconut-crusted prawns, in lively surrounds.
With an award-winning spa, yoga sessions on the beach, a fitness centre and an indoor relaxation pool, there’s almost no need to venture outside the resort. But those keen to explore further afield will find plenty to keep them entertained.
Take a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga to see the old fort, go on a guided tour of the Minoan palace of Knossos in the Cretan capital, Heraklion, and then visit the same city’s Archaeological Museum and learn about the island’s spectacular 5,500-year history.
After a few days at this tranquil resort, some sunshine and sea air, you’ll be sure to return home completely reinvigorated.
Traveller Deborah Hughes as told to Hannah Baker