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The ultimate luxury resort experience in Crete

When visiting Crete, the opportunity to indulge in the deep blue Aegean Sea and an incredible resort might be too much to resist. Thankfully, Daios Cove is ready to capture your imagination. This 5-star luxury resort in Crete is situated in Vathi near Agios Nikolaos in the north east part of the island. Its wonderful location is private with incredible views and a fabulous choice of Deluxe Sea View rooms and suites, suites with private pools, waterfront villas and luxury villas with private pools, and The Mansion – a true home away from home unique to this luxury hotel in Crete. With spacious bedrooms, private terraces, sophisticated décor, marble-lined bathrooms and living spaces, and stunning views, this is pure indulgence. Whichever you choose, all of the accommodation at Daios Cove will give you an experience of exceptional comfort and wonderful amenities. When creating this luxury hotel in Agios Nikolaos, the secluded location was chosen for because of its private beach, rugged landscape and uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea. But the accommodation and location are only part of its appeal. Daios Cove has created a complete experience for its guests set around music, food and a collaboration with one of the world’s 50 best bars. A rich programme of visiting artists is provided throughout the summer which this year includes some of the most talented and entertaining vocalists, musicians, DJs and musical styles. From jazz tunes to African beats and funk, these global stars descend on Crete to entertain you with their music. The Native Sounds project music events at the Daios Cove Beach House are exhilarating experiences for the senses which blend together instrumentals and live electronic sets from some of the most talented global musicians, who manage to blend the sand, sea and stars into their music. Also a firm favourite among Daios Cove guests are the exclusive Magic Mondays which summon ancient spiritual ceremony and merge it into memorable night time events with renowned artists and DJs at The Beach House. If that builds your appetite, then why not indulge in a culinary journey at one of Daios Cove’s restaurants with top award-winning chefs from around the globe? Stars to grace the kitchens this year include Michelin-starred Fredrik Berselius, Head Chef at Berlin’s Panama restaurant Sophia Rudolph, and Pavlos Kyriakis who created an innovative dining experience showcasing the best of Greece. These masters in the kitchen are sure to make your luxury holiday in Crete extra special as they unlock their trademark dishes and flavours, sourcing local produce to create a wonderful fine dining experience to share with you. After dinner head over to the Crystal Box, The Beach House or Ocean Bar where you’ll discover an extensive list of cocktails to sample. These have been crafted by The Clumsies – the pioneering Athens-based cocktail masters who are continuing their collaboration with Daios Cove following a hugely successful first season. Awarded 7th place in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018, the elegant signature cocktails they have created are inspired by the natural surroundings of this 5-star resort and the unique Cretan flora and plant life, which provide key ingredients to its classic recipes and flavours. There’s so much to enjoy about Daios Cove and you’ll find it hard to leave this 5-star luxury resort in Crete once you’ve sampled a holiday there. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Daios Cove.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Oh wow, there’s so much choice in terms of accommodation format at Daios Cove. I really like the idea of a Deluxe Sea View room, or a waterfront villa with private pool. The hotel has such a prime location overlooking the Aegean Sea, and it’s great there’s so much on offer whe it comes to bars, entertainment and dining, too. You can’t get bored somewhere like this, but at the same time with private villas you can choose when you want peace and quiet time alone, too. I find that so important because while I enjoy getting involved and being sociable, I equally really value the time to relax and reflect on holiday. I’ve never been to Crete but in terms of luxury, this sounds pretty idyllic.

  2. Cocktail-making has improved considerably over the last decade or so. It’s the hallmark of a great hotel when their cocktails include local ingredients, if helps to slot a place into its environment. I also think that it’s good that they are supporting local enterprises too.

  3. We all have our own individual versions of luxury and it changes through our lives. What’s really important for me at the moment is some peace and quiet, getting away from the crowds. Those pictures of sun loungers by the pool look very tempting.

    Also at the moment we have too many bland, rushed family suppers which are just a quick compromise on what the family are prepared to eat. The idea of choosing gourmet food from a menu is the ultimate luxury. The food looks so good, beautifully presented.

  4. Definitely have to include a Monday in my visit. Magic Monday is great thinking pulling together the spiritual splendour of Crete’s rich history of myths and music that today’s technology can create.

  5. Beach, infinity pool, music, special cocktails, luxury – is there anything more a man can want? Count me in.

  6. Going for the City View or Mountain View was one of the economies of my younger years. Now that the mortgage has finally gone I feel that a sea view is one of life’s little luxuries that my wife and I deserve after all the years of evoninising. We’ve earned our treat of a Sea View Room every now and then. There would be nothing better than waking up in this little spot of peaceful paradise in Northern Crete and looming out over a serene Mediterranean view.

  7. I like the idea of different chefs coming in from all over the world. It must have been good having a Michelin starred chef from Berlin casting his eye over the local ingredients and giving the local cuisine a tweak.

  8. Crete’s been edging its way towards the top of my “Must Visit Soon” list for a few years now. Daios Cove looks utterly idyllic and exactly the sort of place where I could chill out and relax.

  9. Interesting to note your expression of delight in the description of the Daios Cove resort – so it’s well worthwhile you take a look at the established Minos Beach Hotel.

  10. From what I’ve heard, this resort is amazing! I’ve seen this resort in a number of blog posts and they always say that they had a great time visiting it. The ratings are also high and the reviews show nothing but good words and compliments on the resort. The pictures are also proof of how beautiful and exquisite the surroundings are. I’m pretty sure the cuisine here will be as superb. The views are also stunning! It really makes you feel relaxed and calm, and far away from the stresses of your work.

  11. I love when hotels have a dedicated entertainment set up, and this one sounds brilliant with the link up to other bars and artists. Love the name for the the cocktail brand, The Clumsies, definitely memorable. I’m probably being silly but what’s The Mansion part of the resort? I’ll have to check out the website, it’s piqued my curiosity!

  12. I can’t imagine anywhere else in the world I’d rather be than Crete. I had no idea there was such a thriving music scene there. Seems like they’ve got a cool nightlife there. Thanks for letting me know about it!

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