Crete: 10 dream hotels with private pools

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Planning a trip to Crete? Good for you! After months and months of work, you deserve a real break! This is why choosing the right hotel is key. In Crete, hotels come in all forms and sizes, and many come with a swimming pool. But maybe you’d rather enjoy your very own pool than wait for your turn to go in the shared one? Nothing is impossible in Crete, and sometimes the price is very reasonable too. So here’s our shortlist of 10 hotels with private pools for your dream vacation in Crete.

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Minos Beach Art Hotel

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Let’s start with this fabulous place. Located just 800 meters from Agios Nikolaos town center in north-eastern Crete, Minos Beach Art Hotel offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from suites to luxury villas. Each is well equipped with everything you need (large TV, premium bedding, room service). Some have a spa bath, others also have a private pool… And there’s also an upscale art gallery and a wellness center, so it might be just the perfect place for your next getaway.

Royal Heights Resort

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The Royal Heights Resort is situated on 24 hectares of land so there is plenty of space in here! The resort has multiple swimming pools and a spa. It offers elegant rooms with verandas, but that’s not all. You can also find villas with a private swimming pool. Of course the beaches of Malia are only a 2-minute drive away, but the pleasure of having a swimming pool just for you will make you forget this small detail. Another thing that makes this place great is the fact that you can go to the Heraklion International Airport in just 20 minutes by car.

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

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The 5-star Domes of Elounda – Autograph Collection offers luxury accommodation with spa baths overlooking Spinalonga Island and its Unesco World Heritage Fortress. You will find suites, but also entire villas, designed for family stays. Many rooms and villas have a private pool. The hotel has a spa, as well as four restaurants serving gourmet dishes. The staff take great care of the guests, and it is not uncommon for them to upgrade customers if you’re polite.

Elounda Gulf Villas

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Located in Elounda, a few steps from the sea, the family-run Elounda Gulf Villas offers cozy villas with a private swimming pool and luxurious suites with unique design and views of the Cretan Sea or the garden. If you’re feeling peckish, there are two à la carte restaurants at the property. Like Domes of Elounda, this hotel offers views of Spinalonga Island. And we guarantee you it’s sublime!

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

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If you thought you couldn’t do more luxurious that the previous 5-star hotels, you were wrong. Located on the northeast coast of Crete, the Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas offers rooms with a view and above all (since that’s what we’re looking for here) with a private pool! The establishment also has five tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a spa with a gym and a steam room. Various restaurants serving international and Mediterranean cuisine as well as four bars will quench your thirst.

Aquila Rithymna Beach

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This time we are going to the north-west of Crete. Nestled in the heart of eight hectares of landscaped gardens (how cool is that already?), on the edge of a half-kilometer sandy beach, this 5-star hotel also offers accommodation with a private swimming pool. The Aquila Rithymna Beach also includes four swimming pools and four restaurants, if you prefer eating out to a room service. Located just a 10-minute drive from Rethymno’s Old Town, Aquila Rithymna Beach is a perfect place for exploring the beauties of this part of the island.

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Six Senses Spa

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Now back to Elounda. Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel offers views over Mirabello Bay and the Aegean Sea, and offers very tastefully decorated accommodation opening out to a balcony or terrace with sea views. In between, there’s sometimes a private swimming pool just for you. All suites and villas at the property have air conditioning, a minibar and a living room. Some can also boast with a luxurious private bathroom with a hammam.

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

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Sitting on a hill overlooking its private bay in north-eastern Crete, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas offers no less than 165 private saltwater swimming pools and a 2,500 m² spa (that’s right!). Its luxurious and elegant rooms offer a breathtaking view of the bay and the sea. What more can we say? You will most certainly find what you’re looking for here, or in any case, will enjoy your stay.

The Royal Blue a Luxury Beach Resort

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Wood, beige, white and brown colors and above all a lot of tranquility. The 5-star The Royal Blue a Luxury Beach Resort is an exclusive and quiet resort in the north of Crete. Its 28 hectare land features a private bay, 38 swimming pools, four restaurants and four bars. The rooms are large and uncluttered, but fully equipped. The staff is very welcoming and helpful.

Villa Arhontariki

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Now let’s have a look at some villas. Sorry, not just some villa! Located in the picturesque village of Kalyviani, just 800 meters from the beach, Arhontariki is a traditional mansion with a swimming pool. Plus, it has furnished verandas overlooking the Bay of Kissamos. This is an ideal place for a stay with friends or family, or even a small family event far from tourists and random passers-by.

Here’s the selection of the best hotels in Crete with private pools. If you have other ideas for the places to sta while in Greece, do not hesitate to share your favorite spots in the comments.

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