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Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa

Crete, Greece

Situated on Crete’s northern coast and alongside its own private beach, Stella Island’s 172 rooms, bungalows and villas across six categories are built around a vast lagoon pool – one of Europe’s largest. Down on the beach, guests can try their hand at a variety of watersports like scuba-diving, sailing and jet-skiing; get active with tennis, beach volleyball and football on the sports courts, or at the modern fitness room, or simply while away the hours lounging around the sunken seating areas, on floating rafts or islands dotted with daybeds and hammocks. The spa is delightful, with Cinq Mondes treatments and a heated ‘see-through’ indoor pool that you can see through to the sea beyond. Five dining venues serve up everything from robata and sushi and traditional Cretan treats to artistic rooftop eats, new age grills and creative buffets. And there’s also access to the organised beach and other facilities of neighbouring sister property Stella Village.

The Scene

The resort – set at the end of the somewhat remote Analipsi Beach Road and four miles from the busy beach resort of Hersonissos (so we do recommend hiring a car) – is beautiful, its all-white exterior accented with blonde wood, canvas and bamboo. It’s also a 30-minute drive from the island’s capital Heraklion, home to the airport and the brilliant archaeological museum.

Our Room Pick

While we absolutely adore the swish swim-up rooms and the overwater Maldivian-style bungalows that hover over the vast lagoon (seriously, nothing beats rolling out of bed and onto your own overwater deck without that early morning scramble for sunbeds), you do have to be quick to secure one. So, if you’ve missed the boat this time around or don’t have the budget to splash out on the premium categories, then you can’t go wrong with a Luxury Double Room with Pool View and Balcony. The private balcony looks out over the stunning pool, while the retro décor and pine furnishings create a calming feel that leave you feeling totally relaxed. The beds are extremely comfortable, the bathrooms extremely spacious, with white and green veined black marble that add some super-luxe style to your showers.

The Vibe

A watery adults-only wonderland, with a stylish ‘Love Island’ vibe (inflatable giant flamingos anyone?!), Stella is a blissfully secluded bolthole for couples and honeymooners seeking out an epic European escape.

Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa

Crete, Greece

  • Wifi
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Beachfront
  • Adult-Only Hotel