Along with five journalists, I was lucky enough to visit Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, a glamorous beach resort on Crete’s rustic eastern side, which has long been a favourite of Elegant Resorts.

Overlooking the crystal-clear waters and pristine golden sands of its own private bay, it’s no surprise that this haven exudes style and serenity. Here you can do as much or as little as you desire; from swimming in the incredible infinity pool – the resort’s spectacular centrepiece – and sampling traditional Greek cuisine at one of the award-winning restaurants, to unwinding in the spa or soaking in the Mediterranean views from your luxury room’s private pool.

I asked the journalists to give us their thoughts on their stay at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas. With a party made up of editors from across the travel publication industry, here’s what they have to say…

What The Editors Say…

“I had an extremely pleasant time and felt cosseted in the very best Elegant Resorts tradition. We were all superbly looked after by Scott and Panos, and you guys of course, and I thought the resort was a peach – a lovely sense of space and level of service for a hotel with that number of rooms.”

“From the moment you arrive, Daios Cove feels like your own personal hideaway. Despite its vast, labyrinth-like layout, the resort feels like it was designed just for you. This is likely down to the excellent staff and attention-to-detail, which means nothing ever feels like a chore. The food is exquisite, as are those views. What a beautiful spot.”

“From the moment you arrive, Daios Cove feels like your own personal hideaway”

“My trip with Elegant Resorts was fantastic from start to finish. Daios Cove is a beautiful resort with a great mix of areas for both couples, friends and families to enjoy. My room was one of the best I have stayed in, with a very comfortable bed and panoramic views of the sea and coastline. I loved that the food felt authentically Greek, but also catered for various tastes (and was delicious!). I came home feeling refreshed, relaxed and very well fed! Thank you so much.”

“Sprawled in the hills around a private bay in northeast Crete, Daios Cove offers all the luxuries of a five-star resort but retains an intimate boutique feel, thanks to design-led interiors, spacious guest bedrooms (most with private pools) and markedly friendly staff. The state-of-the-art spa and expansive swimming pool, alongside several award-winning restaurants and bars, give you little reason to leave the hotel – and you’ll certainly struggle to tear your eyes away from the mesmerising views of the Mediterranean.”

“Prior to my visit I’d heard a lot about this property – I’d known many people who had been there and there seemed to be a growing buzz about this Greek gem. I went expecting a small and unassuming property, a secluded haven in the middle of nowhere. And while this place is a slice of paradise, it certainly isn’t small. The resort has 285 rooms, all of which have views of the bay that the property is built around, and it lies just 45 minutes away from Heraklion airport and 15 minutes from the small town of Agios Nikolaos. Arriving in the dark of night, I was greeted and whizzed to my room on a noiseless buggy. I didn’t truly appreciate my surroundings until I woke the next morning and drew back my curtains to find a private plunge pool and the most stunning view of Mirabello Bay. The pool water, sea and sky so blue they almost merge into one another.

“A highlight here is the food – one of the restaurants is listed as being among the best in Greece!”

A highlight here is the food – one of the restaurants is listed as being among the best in Greece! The standard is exceptionally high, resulting in mouth-watering and truly wonderful dishes! Families is also something this property caters for well – there’s even a supervised dinner for youngsters, so their parents can enjoy a bit of alone time.”

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