Daios Cove – Crete, Greece
Hotel Type: Luxury family friendly 5* resort located in a secluded cove with private beach.
Location: Wonderfully located in a private secluded cove in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. It has uninterupted views over the Aegean Sea and its impressive architecture blends in with the natural rugged hillside surroundings. Daios Cove is an hours drive from Heraklion International Airport.
Style: Inspired by elements of earth and water. A ocean front hotel that blends into the natural cove and Cretan landscape surrounding it. It effortlessly combines comfort and luxury.
Rooms: Luxurious rooms, suites and villas all of which have private pool options.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the Waterfront One Bedroom Villa with a private pool – these rooms have the best view!
Ideal For: Those looking for somewhere that ticks every box in terms of an all-inclusive holiday. Most of the rooms come with a full board option, that even includes the house cocktails, the recently refurbished kids club is free for 4-12 year olds and it is designed with adult relaxation and happiness in mind.
Swimming: Private beach with beach bar access. Heated infinity swimming pool with an amazing view, two indoor swimming pools at the spa as well as plenty of accommodation options with private pools.
Dining: 6 restaurants and bars all celebrating fresh, locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine. Guests have the options of international buffet cuisine and three restaurants serving sumptuous Mediterranean inspirations with an Asian and Latin-American twist.
Activities: Visit the Spa or the fitness centre. There is an endless supply of sporting activities here from water-skiing and paddle-boarding to canoeing, scuba-diving and tennis. Take an excursion to Crete’s must-see hotspots, historical sites and archaeological treasures.
Spa: GOCO Spa with a large range of treatments and beautiful sea views. It has two indoor pools, a Thermal Spa Suite, a Thai therapy room and the hydrotherapy Private Spa Suite.
Children: Families are very welcome here.
Accessibility: Daios Cove hotel has excellent wheelchair accessibility. As well as in-room accessibility they also have roll-in showers, wheelchair accessible lounge, wheelchair accessible parking and has ramps located around the resort.
Low Season Price From: €320 per night in their Deluxe Room Sea View on a half-board basis (minimum 5 night stay).
High Season Price From: €680 per night in their Deluxe Room Sea View on a half-board basis (minimum 5 night stay).
Open: All year round.
In the north east of Crete, Daios Cove blends seamlessly into a terraced amphitheatre shaped cove surrounding the secluded Vathi bay. It’s built as a little village, with sweeping views out to sea and roads trickling down past the suites and villas to a private gentle sandy beach. This is a place for forgetting everyday life and recharging batteries. Explore the ancient ruins and picturesque interior of the island, or opt to stay firmly poolside and take advantage of some first class Cretan hospitality. It’s a meander down to the beach and for those who’d rather not retrace their steps, there’s a funicular to take you all the way back to the top, stopping at restaurants, the main pool and the Spa. We love the low key nature of this resort and the unfaltering friendliness of the staff. Dining here is a treat and there’s everything families with young children could need.
The choice of accommodation at Daios Cove is almost overwhelming, but the common thread is the elegant furnishings, comfortable outside space and floor to ceiling windows with glittering Mediterranean vistas. And the beds are some of the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Each room, suite and villa is exceptionally spacious, starting with the Deluxe Sea View Rooms, which feature an open plan living area and private balcony and some have their own sea water pool. These rooms also have plenty of space for a cot. The Deluxe Junior Suites are equally comfortable and also have the option of a private pool. The Junior Luxury Suites with Private Pool have an enormous terrace area and are ideal for a bit of escapism. The large Luxury One Bedroom Suites can sleep up two adults and two children, and also come with a very spacious terrace, and some with a pool. For even more space, the Premium Suites Sea View have two bathrooms and can sleep two adults and two children, with a separate living area. Villa living at Daios Cove takes luxury to another level. The Waterfront Villas with Pool are magnificent, and their pools are heated to 25 degrees. Their terraces are spacious and needless to say, have fabulous views and a path leading down to the beach. The Two Bedroom Villas with Private Pool can sleep a family of up to five. Each bedroom is en suite and the Two Bedroom Family Villas with Private Pool are equipped with everything you need for small children. The Two and Three Bedroom Wellness Villas with Private Pool have the most fabulous terraces, heated pools, together with their own saunas and gym equipment.
Ingredients in all the restaurants are fresh and seasonal, and the resort’s chefs have some very impressive pedigrees, giving Cretan, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine a creative treatment. From flame grilled fish to delicious vegetarian dishes, there’s a mix of simple taverna style dining and sophisticated fine dining with something for every palate, in a choice of four restaurants. There are two bars for light snacks and cocktails, with the Ocean Pool Bar conveniently by one of the infinity pools.
One of the best resorts for childcare, Daios Cove promises a real break for parents and an adventure for children. The kids club is superbly equipped and run, with babies looked after by trained nannies and older children entertained with a variety of creative and sporting activities, depending on age, including an exciting range of watersports. The Family Villas come with everything you need for small children – sterilizing equipment, monitors and stair gates, whilst the children’s menu can be ordered as room service.
It’s easy to spend an entire week here without venturing out to explore the island. The oh so glamorous Spa has an enticing range of treatments and therapies, which can also be given in the privacy of your own room. The resort has several pools, heated to a very pleasing warmth, tennis courts and a comprehensive array of watersports. Guests can scuba dive, paddle board, windsurf and rent boats to explore the coastline. And if you don’t want to drive to the resort, you can use the helipad! Further afield, guests can hike or mountain bike through unspoilt landscape or play golf on an international standard 18 hole course less than an hour from the resort.
Daios Cove has been designed to incorporate the beautiful natural surroundings into its vision, supporting a philosophy of sustainability. Across the hotel, 90% of lighting systems are LEDs, whilst a Building Management System monitors and optimises energy consumption related to heating and cooling. A desalination plant reduces the pressure on local water reserves, whilst the hotel also adopts a waste-water recycling practise in their gardens. Solar panels are used for 30% of hot water production, and efficient building insulation further reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling. Responsible recycling practises have been adopted, reusing glass, plastics, and batteries wherever possible.