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Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas

Nestled into the rocks overlooking its own private sandy cove at Daios Bay, the Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas boasts a quiet location that’s still convenient to central Agios Nikolaos. You’ll have your choice of 300 spacious rooms, including 38 villas cut directly into the rock face. All the rooms have a bright, clean decor, with warm sandy taupe backgrounds and splashes of Aegean blue, as well as generous floor-to-ceiling windows to let in ample light. Many rooms also have a private pool or sea view.

The abundance of amenities includes tennis courts, a large spa and equipment for a variety of water sports, as well as several family-friendly activities to keep children occupied during their stay. There are four restaurants and several bars that provide a wide range of options, from an indulgent buffet to a fine-dining menu crafted by a Michelin-starred chef.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

You can choose from 300 rooms spanning a wide range of categories, including 38 spacious private villas cut directly into the rock face. All the rooms share the same modern style, with clean, minimalist lines that are warmed by the gentle palette of pale fawn and dusky blue, reflecting the sea and sand outside.

Many of the rooms boast a sea view and all share generously sized windows to flood the room with light. You can also opt for a room with a private salt-water plunge pool. Marble-clad en suite bathrooms are lavishly sized and have separate tubs and showers. 

Location

The property is just a 15-minute drive from Agios Nikolaos, with its many shops, bars and restaurants. However, its coastal location offers a quiet retreat as well as easy access to a private beach on a cove. To reach the beach, you can use the stairs or take the funicular. 

Food and drink

  • Pangea, the main restaurant, serves a lavish buffet.
  • Fine dining with a menu designed by a Michelin-starred chef at Ocean.
  • Rustic Mediterranean and Asian-fusion food and innovative cocktails at the open-air Beach House.
  • Taverna serves a casual Greek and Mediterranean menu.
  • Overlooking the bay, Crystal Box lounge offers Champagne and cocktails.
  • Snacks, nibbles and drinks served at Beach Bar.

Families

This hotel is excellent for families. At the Crèche Club, fully certified staff look after babies and toddlers. There’s a Children’s Club, as well as a menu of activities for teens. Family villas have multiple bedrooms and facilities including gates to make your private pool safer for young children. 

Facilities and activities

  • Fully serviced private beach with funicular.
  • Infinity pool.
  • Generously sized spa.
  • Tennis courts.

Our opinion

We find this hotel has an excellent combination of a great location, a private beach and ample facilities. It’s indulgent enough for honeymooners, with plentiful restaurants and bars, but also offers good options for families or large groups. 

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Take a privately guided tour of Crete’s Palace of Knossos, a Bronze-Age ruin that inspired the myth of the minotaur in the labyrinth. You’ll see the oldest throne room in Europe, vibrant frescoes and a sophisticated water and drainage system.

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    • Spinalonga by private boat
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      Spend a day in a private boat exploring the hidden coves and ruined buildings of Spinalonga, a tiny scrap of uninhabited land that once hosted a leper colony and 16th-century Venetian fort. Then, slip into the crystal-clear water of a deserted bay.

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