Friday, July 6, 2012

HOTEL CHECK, Greece, part 4, Daios Cove, Crete

With spectacular views of its own turquoise cove, Daios Cove Luxury Resort lies 7 km from the port town of Agios Nikolaos. We recommend this tasteful resort for both couples and families and have had many very satisfied clients since its launch last year. Most accommodations offer your own sparkling private pool and terrace - the ultimate in privacy and pure relaxation.

The villas in particular are luxury hideaways, with many special privileges. Among which is a special spot reserved for villa guests on the private beach.

The beach has been extended this summer and all clients staying in a villa are guaranteed that they will have the best place on the beach. Here you also find a beach bar.

Pleasant sheltered beach for swimming

The slope is tall and steep, but glass cabin funiculars take you up and down, with views of that sensational cove and a wild hillside full of thyme and origano. You can also get around with buggy transport or (for the fit) using stone stairs. The resort is a tremendous feat of architecture. It took three years to build, with rock taken from  the very same hillside.

Daytimes it is a place of sensual lazy satisfaction, swimming or lying by your private pool. At night with lights everywhere it is a very romantic place.


There are 39 villas and 261 rooms and suites all with beautiful views of the turquoise cove. The accommodations are smartly stepped up the steep slope so that only one or two do not have a view (and those we guarantee will not go to Select clients).

We stayed in a Wellness two-bedroom Villa (220) and here you find everything you need. Your own gym, sauna, two bath tubs and your own pool. The bedrooms are spacious and the view is amazing!

Tasteful rooms

2nd marble bathroom in a two-bedroom villa

Wellness villa bathroom opening to sauna, gym
and outdoor shower

An oceanfront villa

Food & beverage

The Hotel serves a buffet in the main restaurant and gourmet food in two exclusive restaurants. You can choose between:

Pangea: Buffet Restaurant
Ocean Restaurant: Italian Cuisine
Taverna: Traditional Cretan Cuisine

We had dinner at all of the restaurants and the best was The Ocean Restaurant. At dinner with lovely Sofia Kalomenidou (Sales Manager) we were served the tasting menu. All five courses were delicious. Later in the evening we were honoured to meet General Manager Panagiotis Almyrantis.

Ann and Sofia in the Crystal Box (bar),
where you can enjoy live music in the evenings

If you are staying in a villa you can also have your breakfast in the Ocean Restaurant. You will then have a la carte.


The hotel features a sophisticated fitness centre and luxurious spa, 2 tennis courts, watersports and kids club, not to forget a gorgeous infinity pool with view of the cove and beyond.

The Spa is up to date and very spacious (2500 sqm) and fresh. Here you can enjoy Finnish sauna, soft sauna, experience showers and nimfea reaction showers along with a lovely water circuit and indoor pool with view window.

How to get to Daios Cove
From Heraklion International Airport Daios Cove is 50 minutes drive. It takes 15 minutes by taxi (13 EUR) to the pleasant and genuine town of Nikolaos. Here you can do some shopping, visit a museum or art gallery or dine at a long line of restaurants and tavernas by the beach or portside.

Who to stay
Couples and families - seeking tasteful accommodation, pools and privacy, and more luxury than you pay for.

Added value

Bottle of wine and fruit in the room. Early checkin and late checkout if space is available.

In a nutshell

We love this hotel because it is peaceful and relaxing, and the sandy beach has clear water and is very pleasant for swimming. The staff is friendly and an extra thank you to Nikoletta and Anna who both have an eye to our clients needs. We love the privacy of a villa way up on the slope -privacy is  the bottom line of luxury! Finally, due to our special relationship with the resort we can offer excellent prices and added values to our clients. You never know - but you may get the lovely surprise of an upgrade.

Note: Select is constantly travelling to find new exciting properties and to see developments at our chosen Collection properties. We visited Daios Cove resort last year (see our previous blog) and returned this June. In blog style, the snapshots were taken by Select with mobile phone camera.

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