We come back to Greece every year. And, although we have our favorites, every time we try to visit a different island. But with so many beautiful islands, how do you pick where to go?
Crete made it to our list this year not only because it offers such a diverse list of things to do, but also because it’s very easy to get to and from, which made our plans smoother. We got here with a direct flight from Tel Aviv and left the island by ferry headed to Santorini.
Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
We stayed at Daios Cove Resort, located in a picturesque cove near Agios Nokolaos in the North East part of the island. It is a beautifully designed space with a modern feel, impressive views all around and amazing infinity pools. We loved the breakfast buffet – it offered a lot of healthy options, some vegetarian, as well as some local specialities. If you opt for half-board, you can also enjoy a dinner buffet at the Pangea restaurant, which was surprisingly varied for a buffet. But what impressed us the most about this place was the service and the incredible staff. We felt extremely well taken care of but also got that warm and cozy homey feeling.
Every one of the resort’s rooms has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pristine blue waters of Vathi Bay and, if you wake up early enough, a spectacular sunrise. We stayed in a Deluxe sea view room with individual pool. Waking up to the sounds of sea waves and rays of sunlight shimmering in the water every morning was a real treat. The rooms are spacious and have a living room as well as big bathtubs.
was naturally one of our favorite spots to hang out. The water is clear turquoise and the sand is not fine, but still white and soft. The hotel is family-friendly so there were a lot of kids playing at the beach and other areas but it still felt quiet and relaxing throughout.
Visiting In September
The high season in Greece is the months of June through August. Visiting in May and September is also fine but the temperatures might be a little lower. You could also get some rain/wind in late September. We were in Crete in mid-September and the weather was still a little chilly and windy. The sea water was not warm but it was ok to swim in, but the pools felt a little colder actually. Overall it is still a relaxing and pleasant time to visit and you will probably get a better deal but if you want a typical summer vacation, try to visit during the high season.