VISIT CRETE, THE SUN­SHINE IS­LAND RE­LAX AND BOOK ONE OF OUR GREAT HO­TEL DEALS

CRETE IS THE PER­FECT PLACE TO ES­CAPE, WHETHER YOU WANT A RO­MAN­TIC BREAK OR A HOL­I­DAY WITH THE FAM­ILY. W&H’S EMMA JUS­TICE RE­VIEWS DAIOS COVE, PLUS CHECK OUT OUR TWO GREAT HO­TEL DEALS

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AKING UP, STROLLING THROUGH THE BAL­CONY DOORS AND PLUNG­ING INTO YOUR OWN PRI­VATE IN­FIN­ITY POOL FOR A QUICK MORN­ING DIP IS AN EV­ERY­DAY O OC­CUR­RENCE AT DAIOS COVE.

THIS FIVE-STAR RE­SORT HO­TEL ON THE N NORTH EAST COAST OF CRETE, NEAR AGIOS N NIKOLAOS, HAS 300 ROOMS, SUITES AND V VIL­LAS SPREAD EL­E­GANTLY OVER A PRI­VATE BAY. DE­SIGNED SO THAT ALL OF THEM

HAVE A STUN­NING SEA VIEW (AS WELL AS RAIN­FOR­EST SHOW­ERS AND MAS­SIVE BEDS), THE HO­TEL IS A PEACE­FUL OA­SIS WHERE THE SUN SHINES FROM MARCH/APRIL THROUGH TO EARLY NOVEM­BER – BY FAR ONE OF THE LONG­EST SEA­SONS IN THE MED.

MIN­I­MAL­IST IN DE­SIGN, WITH PLENTY OF BILLOWING WHITE CUR­TAINS AND COOL MOD­ERN ART IN THE FOYER, YOU COULD AL­MOST BE IN IBIZA – BUT CRETE IS KNOWN MORE FOR ITS AN­CIENT MINOAN HIS­TORY THAN ITS CLUBBING.

THE BEAUTY OF DAIOS IS THAT, DE­SPITE ITS SIZE AND THE FACT IT’S PER­FECT FOR FAM­I­LIES, YOU’LL NEVER HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET A LOUNGER AROUND THE POOL. WHY? BE­CAUSE THERE’S MORE THAN ENOUGH SUN­BATHING SPACE FOR GUESTS OVER FIVE LEV­ELS, WITH A FU­TUR­IS­TIC GLASS FUNICULAR CON­NECT­ING THEM.

AT THE BOT­TOM OF THE BAY THERE’S A PRI­VATE SANDY BEACH COM­PLETE WITH SMARTLY DRESSED BEACH BOYS WHO HAND OUT ICED TOW­ELS AND/OR COCK­TAILS AS

THE DAY HEATS UP. THERE’S ALSO A LARGE ADULTS-ONLY POOL, AS WELL AS ONE FOR KIDS. THERE’S AN­OTHER IN­DOOR POOL IN THE FAB­U­LOUS SPA, WHERE TREAT­MENTS, FROM REJUVENATION MAS­SAGES TO

MA­RINE MIN­ERAL FA­CIALS, ARE SO GOOD WE BOOKED IN FOR MORE THE NEXT DAY.

EV­ERY­THING HAS BEEN THOUGHT OF AND THE SER­VICE IS WARM AND FRIENDLY. IN FACT, IT WOULD BE EASY TO SPEND A WEEK HERE AND NOT LEAVE AT ALL – BUT IF YOU DO THERE’S PLENTY TO SEE A SHORT DRIVE AWAY. FROM THE FAS­CI­NAT­ING MINOAN RU­INS AT KNOSSOS AND THE BYZANTINE FRESCOES IN THE VIL­LAGE OF KRITSA, TO THE AR­CHAE­O­LOG­I­CAL MU­SEUM IN HERAKLION. VIC­TO­RIA HISLOP FANS WILL BE FAS­CI­NATED BY SPINALONGA, THE LAST 20TH-CEN­TURY LEPER COLONY, WHICH IS JUST OFF THE COAST­LINE AND FEA­TURED IN HER BEST­SELLING NOVEL The Is­land.

THE RE­SORT BOASTS FOUR RESTAU­RANTS, THE BEACH OR OCEAN BAR FOR BEACH OR

POOLSIDE SNACKS, THE RUSTIC TAVERNA WITH A FAB­U­LOUS MENU OF DE­LI­CIOUS MEZZE – AND A TRA­DI­TIONAL GREEK NIGHT ONCE A WEEK – AND PANGEA FOR MORE IN­FOR­MAL BUF­FET-STYLE DIN­ING. DON’T MISS PRE- OR POST-DIN­NER COCK­TAILS IN THE EL­E­GANT BAR, CRYS­TAL BOX, AT THE TOP OF THE HO­TEL WITH WON­DER­FUL VIEWS OF THE GLIT­TER­ING BAY BELOW.

Sovereign (01293 765 003, sovereign. com/ho­tel/118431) of­fers 7-night hol­i­days to the five-star Daios Cove Lux­ury Re­sort & Vil­las on a half-board ba­sis, from £1,049 per per­son – sav­ing up to £995 per cou­ple. The of­fer in­cludes a wel­come gift, €20 din­ing credit per adult to­wards an à la carte din­ner, one complimentary room ser­vice break­fast in bed, UK air­port se­cu­rity fast passes and ac­cess to N°1 Lounges (where avail­able), pri­vate air­port trans­fers and re­turn in­ter­na­tional flights from Lon­don Gatwick with easyJet.

SPA­CIOUS ROOMS WITH SEA VIEWS – EVEN AN IN­DI­VID­UAL POOL! EN­JOY COCK­TAILS ON THE PRI­VATE SANDY BEACH

THE SPA AT DAIOS IS ONE OF THE LEAD­ING SPAS IN GREECE

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