Set to welcome a record-breaking 32 million travellers, Greece is definitely on the agenda this summer. And Crete – the largest and most spectacular of the Greek Islands, with its tapestry of mountainside villages, splendid beaches and ancient treasures – is top of the list.
The island is also home to the newly renovated Royal Blue Resort, positioned in a private bay along a glittering swathe of seafront. This hideaway promises peace and privacy among the hustle and bustle, and with the unveiling of a new marina, luxury travellers are docking up for the summer.
Creating a border between The Royal Blue and the Mediterranean, the new 47-square-metre marina houses three private beaches – one that is exclusively for adults.
Back on shore, heliophiles can while away the hours in a private beach cabana, peppered with cushions and catered by private butlers, watching as luxury yachts meander into the sparkling marina.
As dusk falls, dinner is served waterfront at the new adults-only, a la carte Cave, serving up a range of international dishes using fresh, local produce.
Recently benefitting from an extensive refurbishment across its rooms, waterfront suites, seafront outdoor gym, bars and restaurants, The Royal Blue has reopened as one of Crete’s most luxurious hotels.
With four restaurants, including the traditional Cretan Elia – for tangy tzatziki, fresh feta and Greek salads – and Pure Senses Spa, there’s something to tempt even the most discerning of travellers.
Located between the Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon and historic Heraklion, The Royal Blue allows easy exploration of the island’s unspoilt beaches, dramatic gorges and traditional towns and villages.
With 190 elegant rooms, luxurious waterfront suites and exclusive villas, The Royal Blue lends itself to families, couples and solo travellers seeking a blend of relaxation, seclusion and enriching experiences.
Prices at The Royal Blue start from EU160 a night.