One of Greece's most renowned and luxurious resort hotels, on 40 acres of gardens next to the gulf of Mirabello, offers a dazzling array of delights: five restaurants; soothing whitewashed walls, shady porches, and cool flagstone floors; and a guest-friendly variety of accommodations, from villas with James Bond–like electronic gadgetry and their own swimming pools to large, gracious doubles in a hotel block. All have terraces or gardens and are beautifully appointed (the higher-priced suites are truly glorious), but the nicest are those tucked away in gardens above a stretch of shoreline reached by stone steps from your own waterside veranda. Two sandy beaches are the jumping-off point for numerous water sports, including scuba diving. Dining options include Dionyssos, with an exquisite patio setting, serious gourmet selections, and more than 8,500 bottles at your beck and call; the Kafenion, in a stage-set traditional Greek plaza setting, is casual taverna style.
Elounda, Crete, 72053, Greece