Get me to the Greek!
Mastika, Moussaka and Mediterranean sunsets are just 3 reasons why Greece will forever hold a special place in my heart. I can’t get enough of the cuisine, the quality of wine and stunning colours of the country. Did I mention the food too? #foodie
Terracotta exteriors, set off with fuchsia pink bougainvillea flowers and the deepest of azure blue oceans, makes the Domes of Elounda resort in Crete a thing of serious beauty. From the villas, to the restaurants, pool areas and views, you’ll want your camera on call 24/7. Arriving into the hotel at 1.30am, we didn’t discover the amazingness of just where we were staying until the following morning. And oh, WHAT a morning! I happened to be wide awake for sunrise (around 7am) and the sky was quite literally ablaze. We had our own secluded villa, sectioned off from the main hotel and reception area, and a short buggy ride away from the beach. Complete with private pool and two bedrooms, each bigger than the whole of my London flat, I was in bliss.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a villa however, the suites are stunning too and with quite possibly even better views than the villas, being higher up and with the added bonus of being more central to the restaurants and bar. The restaurants are all culinary delights, and 4 are available. The buffet restaurant has everything you could possibly want from an all-you-can-eat, whilst Topos (my favourite) is the Greek offering. Ask for a table on the pier and watch the sun go down in style. Boys – highly recommend this as a proposal spot. Oh and relax, no-one put a ring on me! Then there’s an Italian (order the duck pizza) and the Peruvian to finish.
For visiting, September seemed to be a really quiet time, where you felt like you had the resort almost to yourself, whilst the weather is still very much for sunbathing. If sunbathing isn’t your thing, then there’s water-sports on offer, boat trips and jeep excursions into the mountains too. The staff are some of the most accommodating I’ve ever met, and will go above and beyond to ensure your stay is the very best. The concierge very kindly arranged a speedy trip across the water to Spinalonga, the derelict island that once housed a Leper community (read the book The Island by Victoria Hislop, and prepare to weep).
Visit the spa and indulge in one of the incredible Elemis treatments. I highly recommend one of their facials for a skin detox and added glow.
Get down to the beach mid afternoon and nab their hammock right on the waterfront. Dreamy.
Try their Tzatziki, holy hell it’s unbeatable!
Visit Spinalonga, the island mentioned above. It’s a 5 minute speedboat trip from the hotel.
If you’re staying for a week or longer, make the 4 hour trip to the pink Elafonisi beach. Beyond beautiful, a serious Instagram spot and so worth the lengthy car ride.