Crete is the largest and most populated Greek island. In fact, it’s also one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and has a rich history to match its size. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, numerous ancient ruin sites, and vibrant nightlife.
Favored by international travelers, Crete offers many boutique hotels to those visiting its shores.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Crete
Casa Delfino (Chania)
Price: From $191
Casa Delfino is a boutique hotel with a lot to offer. It’s a 17th-century Venetian mansion situated in the heart of Chania with all the amenities of a modern five-star hotel. The property caters to all types of guests, from honeymooners looking for a stunning place to celebrate to families looking for an authentic Greek experience and everything in between.
The definition of a luxury retreat, the hotel offers spa treatments, tailor-made itineraries, incredible food and drink, a rooftop garden, and an endless array of stunning views for you to take in.
Casa Delfino combines 17th-century decor with all the modern necessities to create a peaceful escape. Each room comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, air conditioning, a minibar, a shower or bathtub, organic toiletries, and much more.
Castello Boutique Resort and Spa (Sisi)
Price: From $231 per night
The award-winning Castello Boutique Resort and Spa can be found in the charming fishing village of Sisi. This authentic boutique experience is full of local charm and innumerable luxuries.
The on-site spa offers a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments, along with massage therapies and an indoor heated pool. In addition, the Castello includes a fine dining restaurant featuring a curated selection of original gourmet meals.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property, and guests can enjoy the stylish modern design found around every corner. Accommodation options include superior rooms with pool or garden views, superior rooms with individual pools, and superior rooms with outdoor jetted tubs. Junior suites and a penthouse suite are also available for those looking to treat themselves to an opulent stay.
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The Island Concept (Agios Nikolaos)
Price: From $475 per night
The Island Concept can be found in Agios Nikolaos, only steps away from the nearest beach. This private oasis feels like an intimate luxury resort and features a boutique experience like no other on the island.
The hotel is located on a private peninsula, which allows guests to enjoy exclusive access to the property. The architecture and interior design of the hotel celebrate the simple classic lines and colors of traditional Greek minimalism.
Natural materials are used in every space, along with white-washed walls and pops of sea-blue accents. This serene location offers a perfect place to unwind, surrounded by opulence and attentive, personalized service.
The Island Concept includes an on-site restaurant and poolside bar, with service both at the beach and the pool.
Kapsaliana Village Hotel (Rethymno)
Price: From $133 per night
The unique Kapsaliana Village Hotel can be found in Rethymno, in a location that used to be part of the complex at the Arkadi monastery. The property is set within the largest olive grove on the island, a scenic area that serves to highlight the hotel’s focus on blending luxury with nature.
At the Kapsaliana Village Hotel, guests can enjoy a luxurious swimming pool and 3 exhibit rooms where they can observe the hotel’s collection of antiques.
Many original elements remain, including high ceilings with traditional wood beams and olive grindstones. The accommodation options at the Kapsaliana Village Hotel can be found in separate village homes, connected to each other with traditional stone alleys. Many of them feature sea views, while rooms located on the upper floors have sun terraces.
Legacy Gastro Suites (Heraklion)
Price: From $148 per night
Located in the center of Heraklion in a fully refurbished building dating back to the 1950s, the Legacy Gastro Suites provides a unique boutique hotel experience in Crete. Only steps away from the prestigious Heraklion Archaeological Museum, this hotel celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Crete.
The design feels like an urban townhouse enhanced with contemporary Mediterranean refinement. In addition, the hotel uses the influence of 3 notable Cretan artists to shape the culinary and lodging experience it offers.
Drawing from painter Domenikos ‘El Greco’ Theotokopoulos, writer Nikos Kazantzakis, and poet Vincenzo Kornaros, each suite at the Legacy has a unique theme, and guests will find food offerings that feature indulgent and locally sourced delights.
Every suite at the Legacy Gastro Suites also features stunning sea views, a Nespresso machine, a minibar, a tablet, and signature bath products.
Mirabile Luxury Suites (Chania)
Price: From $164 per night
The impressive Mirabile Luxury Suites can be found overlooking the prestigious 1866 Square in Chania. Just steps away from this charming boutique experience, guests will find the Chania Municipal Market and the Venetian Harbor.
This all-suite property features a sleek, modern design inspired by the surrounding landscape. There are minimalist furnishings, clean lines, and accents made from wood, metal, and marble to provide further touches of elegance.
The minimalist luxury design is present in each of the suites. All of them feature their own unique character and focus on specific materials. Each suite includes a stylish bathroom with premium Korres toiletries, plush bathrobes, a hairdryer, a Nespresso machine, an electric kettle, a refrigerator, and more.
Onira Suite Dreams (Hersonissos)
Price: From $767 per night
The Onira Suite Dreams can be found in Hersonissos, a short walk away from the beach at Anissaras. This boutique hotel provides luxury in every detail, from the sprawling pool to the Jacuzzi.
There are cozy garden areas and stylish modern interior designs to lounge in. The harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces provides an unforgettable experience that allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the Cretan atmosphere and the gentle breeze from the sea.
Accommodation options at Onira Suite Dreams include refined suites and exclusive private villas. Each of them features an elegant color palette, stunning sea views, along with a separate living area.
Each guest room provides a Nespresso machine (with daily capsule refills!), a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove, along with a full desk in case you need to get some work done while in paradise.
Porto Veneziano (Chania)
Price: From $121 per night
Porto Veneziano can be found in Chania. As its name suggests, it’s located right next to the Venetian Harbor, only a short walk away from the Old Town. This beautiful boutique hotel focuses on providing luxurious accommodations and warm hospitality.
Greek breakfast with a Cretan twist is provided to guests daily, and there is also à la carte fine dining available. Guests can enjoy a meal in the restaurant dining room with views over the harbor or in the verdant backyard to better soak in the atmosphere.
The front desk is always ready to meet the needs of each guest, no matter the time. Complimentary services include Wi-Fi, beach towels, and self-service parking next to the hotel.
Business services are available, and there are 4 vintage bikes that guests can use to explore Chania. In addition, personalized concierge services can provide custom itineraries and recommendations.
Rooms at Porto Veneziano include a Coco-Mat mattress with luxurious bedding and a private balcony with views over the harbor or the city.
Samaria Hotel (Chania)
Price: From $172 per night
Located in the heart of Chania, the Samaria Hotel is within walking distance of both the Old Town and the Venetian Harbor. The hotel’s modern, stylish façade is full of clean lines, but the moment guests step into the lobby, they’re immersed in warmth.
Comfortable lounge areas and marble floors are just some of the elegant touches you’ll find at the hotel. The idyllic pool includes a glamorous outside seating area surrounded by lovely flower pots.
The hotel includes a modern fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and a business room ready to cater to business travelers at any time. The lobby also includes a trendy café bar and a well-stocked library.
The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on Cretan dishes. Rooms include stylish minimalist decor, a Coco-Mat bed with premium linens, and more.
Scala de Faro (Chania)
Price: From $247 per night
The charming Scala de Faro can be found in Chania, overlooking the Venetian Harbor and steps away from the Archaeological Museum. The original building dates back to the 15th Century when Venetians established it.
It was then transformed under Ottoman rule in the 17th Century, and was carefully refurbished in 2017 to become the luxurious boutique hotel it is now. Full of modern design and state-of-the-art fixtures, the Scala de Faro celebrates its heritage by enhancing it with contemporary convenience and technology.
Rooms at the Scala de Faro include an ultra-comfortable bed with a Coco-Mat mattress, an espresso machine, bath products from L’Occitane, bathrobes, and slippers. Guests can also enjoy soundproof windows, a smart TV, a minibar, and beach towels.
Thallos Boutique Hotel (Chania)
Price: From $102 per night
The family-run Thallos Boutique Hotel can be found in a historic building in the heart of Chania’s Old Town. The interior design is full of modern sophistication and comfort, enhancing the impressive classic architecture.
Guests will have no trouble relaxing here, thanks to soundproofed rooms and secure, round-the-clock electronic key access.
The hotel is close to some of the best attractions in town and just steps away from shops, restaurants, markets, and galleries. Each room includes a coffee and tea machine, an electric kettle, a refrigerator, and more.
The spacious bathroom features deluxe toiletries and cozy bathrobes and slippers. Some of the rooms have a private entrance, a balcony, or a terrace with comfortable outdoor furniture.
The Theodore Boutique Hotel (Agia Marina)
Price: From $286 per night
The Theodore can be found in the scenic coastal village of Agia Marina, around 6 miles away from Chania. The hotel offers luxurious accommodations to guests while celebrating its rich Cretan heritage and tradition.
The on-site restaurant features Cretan cuisine made with fresh ingredients, often locally sourced. In addition, guests at the Theodore will be able to fully enjoy the beachfront location at the bar serving cocktails with stunning views.
Each of the beautifully appointed rooms at the Theodore features a unique design inspired by Crete. They each include partial or full city or sea views, along with a spacious modern bathroom with deluxe toiletries, as well as cozy bathrobes and slippers.
The signature top-floor suites are the most spacious options and can be used as connecting spaces for larger groups traveling together.
White River Cottages (Aspros Potamos)
Price: From $90 per night
The White River Cottages is a hidden gem in Crete’s Aspros Potamos valley, a short walk away from the beach. This private oasis is full of authentic charm and surrounded by incredible landscapes.
The traditional stone cottages blend beautifully with the olive groves and the view of the sea beyond them. Full of rustic charm, each cottage provides a peaceful retreat to discerning travelers looking to fully disconnect from their daily routine.
The cottages were carefully restored after being abandoned for some time, and have been providing a boutique-hotel experience since 1991. Each of them includes a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower and marble floors, and a private veranda with a pergola for shade.
Complimentary Wi-Fi stretches across the property, and a swimming pool can be found in the central area between the cottages.
Crete’s beautiful year-round weather is only one reason behind its widespread appeal. The island also offers amazing wine and gastronomy, as well as unforgettable landscapes. Take your visit up a notch with a stay at any of these amazing boutique properties!