Said to have been one of the most expensive hotels ever constructed in Greece, Daios Cove Luxury Resort occupies an exclusive bay a few kilometres east of Aghios Nikolaos on Crete’s northern coast.
With up to 700 beds and a large conference centre, this is a big resort, but through original architecture and planning, it avoids many of the perils that such scale can create. Just be prepared for a bit of a walk to get to your room or if you’re in a villa, hop on a buggy for a ride.
The property sits in a cove with most of the rooms facing east and the villas facing west, with the public spaces (and beach) in between. Local stone in shades of brown and grey was used to build the hotel; the colour scheme harmonises nicely with the turquoise reflections of the many pools dotted here and there. The alignments and external finishes are varied without uniformity and hence it looks like a neat, small town. It even has a railway—a funicular—linking the main spaces and providing views from everywhere, clearly one of the architectural edicts.
This is a hotel for guests (and especially families) wanting a lot of organised facilities; it really isn’t necessary to leave the premises as everything is here. It’s particularly suitable for younger children as the main restaurants have safe and extensive garden areas for them to roam around after (or during) meals within sight of their parents.
It is also a hotel for people who like big rooms as there are no small ones. Many rooms have private pools, a nice feature but similar to many such resorts, the word ‘personal’ is probably a better descriptor than ‘private’, as most are visible from other rooms.
The food and beverage operation at this resort is remarkable considering its size.
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