Twenty years ago on June 20, 2003, Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort opened its doors between the tiny fishing village of Plaka and the increasingly chic port of Elounda. Now, two decades later, a beautiful merger of Greek elegance and island style, Blue Palace continues to emphasise life-lasting adventures, authentic food experiences and heartfelt hospitality in the surrounding Mediterranean landscape. In honour of this anniversary, guests are invited to celebrate this milestone all summer long.
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On the 20th of the month, from April to October, join in the celebrations at Arsenali Lounge Bar, the large terrace overlooking Spinalonga islet. Here, witness a dazzling fireworks display while indulging in the exquisite taste of 20 complimentary Comte de Montaigne Champagnes.
Raise a glass and toast to a magical evening filled with luxurious champagne and sparkling entertainment.
Each month during full moon, Dance the night away on the beach among olive trees, with the best view of the full moon. Hear the sound of the sea and relax with a cocktail in hand.
As the sun sinks below the horizon, and the full moon is bright and clear, the DJ speeds up the tempo a little, the bar is open with signature gin cocktails and prosecco, and food stations are set on the beach with an eclectic menu of beachside dishes, from sumptuous beachside BBQ to sushi favourites.
Insider Tip #1
The Traditional Caique Experience
Travel on the crystal-clear waters around the Mirabello Gulf and unlock some of the most authentic surroundings. Set off from the hotel’s own jetty aboard the quintessentially Greek fishing boat and sail around the coast of Elounda and the isle of Spinalonga. Find yourself surrounded by fresh air, remote beaches, cobalt waters, and an abundance of fascinating energy.
Indulge yourself in detached surroundings – where it does not mean you are isolated from the pleasures of living – and savor a selection of Cretan wines and a platter of cheese locally sourced from dairy farms.
If the breeze is off the land, you will find yourself further seduced by the scents of warm earth, wild thyme, sage, dittany, lavender and citrus groves. Intoxicating, even without the fizz.
Insider Tip #2
Blue Door – The Quintessentially Greek taverna
Once an old fisherman’s stone house, Blue Door is an enchanting atmosphere to taste timeless traditional Cretan cuisine. Capturing the essence of the landscape, this culinary treasure features well-kept family recipes, signature seafood, and fish dishes.
Every Friday, from June to September, visitors can join a unique ritual, the Cretan feast; large bonfires are lit at our private beach for the cooking of the famous “antikristo” lamb – sprinkled in sea salt and slowly cooked for five hours above the fire – while authentic local delicacies will be prepared on the spot. All of these festivities are accompanied by the distinct tunes of Cretan lyra. Enjoy this unique cultural and gastronomical experience, while rejoicing in a landscape of breathtaking beauty by the sea and enjoying the unparalleled service of Blue Palace.
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