Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
In a private cove amidst blue skies
What it is
A friendly and elegant child-friendly resort in the Greek Isles.
What it isn't
An intimate island retreat with a beach to yourself.
What we think
The resort is on the eastern side of Crete, and as its name implies, it’s tucked away in a cove. Terraced up the rocky, olive tree-dotted hillside, the scattered stone buildings hold 300 rooms - 70 of them suites and 39 of them stand alone villas. All of the rooms are minimal in their flair, opting for modern plush furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and a mostly white color palette - albeit one laced with blue accents that match Mirabello Bay outside. A good percentage of rooms have a private pool on their stone patio. For those that do not, there is a seawater infinity pool, the spa’s two indoor pools and the resort’s private stretch of sandy beach. For those travelling with children, there’s an extensive kids club with a full roster of activities. Parents, freed up, can head to the spa for the sauna, steam bath, ice fountain or any imagined treatment, to the tennis courts or to one of the bars on property. The three restaurants all graciously have children’s menus so kids can join in while the rest of the table dines on salt-baked sea bass, classic Italian or samplings from the international buffet.
You're here because
On the mythical list of places that will please the whole family, this one sits rather high. Bereft of the kid kitsch that dominates many family resorts, it’s appealing to the adults, while still thrilling the kids with a list of curated-just-for-them activities. The big factor, though, it that the resort offers comfortable, beautifully positioned spaces for the family to be together.
The sun warming your skin, you lie on one of the private patio’s lounge chairs, one hand holding a novel and the other shading your eyes as you watch the kids splash about in your suite’s private pool.
Restaurants & Bars
Pangea - A truly international buffet-style food bazaar, offering a tasty array of spectacular delicacies from all over the world and special theme nights.
Taverna - A Greek à la carte venue overlooking the cove which has a special ambience, particularly at night. Taverna serves superb local specialties with a new selection of Greek and international wines. Fish is a must-taste dish here with a fresh catch arriving every day by kaiki boat, destined for your plate.
Ocean Restaurant - Overlooking the innity pool and the cove, the Ocean Restaurant is a picturesque setting for à la carte dinner, with a menu which offers Mediterranean cuisine with a ne dining twist. The Ocean also serves breakfast exclusively to Villa guests
Candlelit dinners - We can also serve private candlelit dinners for guests who want to arrange a special meal in their rooms, in their villas or under the stars.
Ocean Bar - Guests who want refreshments without interrupting their swim are able to enjoy drinks and snacks without even leaving the pool.
Beach Bar - Super-convenient for beach-lovers, our Beach Bar offers a choice of drinks and snacks down on the sand. Guests can enjoy refreshments while sitting at the bar — or orders can be taken from (and served to) their loungers.
Crystal Box - At night, the cool, chic and contemporary Crystal Box shakes a mean cocktail with chill-out music. As its name suggests, the Crystal Box features vast windows which present spectacular views across the bay.
The hotel is set in a private, calm water cove. There’s a plethora of activities on the property, but for those wanting to see more of Greece, the small pretty fishing village Elounda is a 20-minute drive away and Knossos, the site where Theseus slayed the Minotaur and where Icarus took flight, is just over an hour. The resort has a helipad those who want a faster transfer.