Every now and again, a hotel comes along into our collection with a wondrous name. Past favourites have included Huvafen Fushi, Alila Villas Hadahaa (we just like saying them), and now [adopt rolling-credits boomy voice], allow us to introduce, from a galaxy far, far away, the Domes of Elounda in Crete…
Why this week? Last-minute summer sun awaits on the scorched sands of Crete, and a seven-night stay in late September and early October will only cost the price of six with their special Smith offer.
Our favourite bits This is a resort that will keep you enclosed, in a good way. You can’t go wrong when there are three restaurants to pick from, two of which (Tholos and Topos 1910) are manned by the Greece’s only Michelin-starred chef, Lefteri Lazarou. The sumptuous spa is decked out with metallic mosaics, lavish treatment rooms and a hair salon. Your inclination to leave the grounds will wane even more if you book the Luxury Honeymoon Suite: it’s got an enormous lounge, romantic bedroom and its own pool-enhanced garden to keep you love-struck for days on end.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘The name may sound as though it’s been swiped from a computer-game pilot but this is a seriously sleek, spa-studded retreat with an international visitor list, arriving in search of (Michelin) stars, hillside homes-from-home and second-to-none service. The rotund resort has a landscaped layout matched in precision only by the undulating lines of the famous domes.
The stone villas are built into the hillside with their own terraces and pool, separated by steep paths and steps. The model village overlooks the Elounda Bay and Spinalonga, the atmospheric and ancient island across the water…’
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