If your own private pool with unspoilt views across the Aegean Sea sounds like your honeymoon heaven, digital editor Steph Telfer has found the perfect Grecian getaway for you in Daios Cove.
Getting out of my king sized bed and throwing open my patio doors, I felt completely relaxed. The sun streamed onto my face and across to rippling water of my very own, personal fresh water infinity pool (yes, my own private pool right on my terrace!); birdsong fills the air. If I had this view every morning, I thought, waking up would be easy.
I’m a guest at beautiful five-star Daios Cove in Crete, Greece. The setting is completely unique; like no other resort I have ever visited.
Set in a cove on tranquil Vathi Beach in the north east of Crete (around a one-hour direct transfer from Heraklion airport), each room or villa has a view of the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea stretching into the distance.
PLACE IN THE SUN
The rooms, suites and villas perfectly merge into the hillside, the whole resort sculpted out of the cove rock, seamlessly merging with the surrounding nature.
My room was open-plan and spotlessly clean, with modern furnishings (you won’t find any cracked tiles or holey bed throws in any of the 230 rooms, 30 suites or 40 villas here).
Each area of the room has its own lighting system too which, once I had mastered it, proved to be a real coup; there’s even a romantic setting that dims the lights down to a soft haze!
A funicular serves the resort, and allows to you get even better views across the cove, especially if you take it down to the beach level.
If you can’t face the steep walk down to the main level where the restaurants and pools are (I was staying on 6th Street, which proved to be a bit too high up for me, in my heels), then all you have to do is call a ‘club car’, essentially a nice wee golf buggy, to come and collect you.
It really does feel very luxurious.
Eating great food and drinking delicious wine is probably my favourite thing to do on holiday. Experiencing another country’s cuisine is right up there on my must-do list, and you get plenty of opportunity to indulge at Daios Cove.
The hotel houses four restaurants, each with a different menu and feel: go to the Taverna for traditional, hearty Cretan meals with Greek mezze to share and chilled local wines to sip.
Breakfast is a real treat too. Choose from Pangea, a massive buffet with gorgeous garden views and an adults’ only section, or Ocean Restaurant, where the choices are a little more streamlined, but you can have a mimosa with breakfast and order freshly poached eggs or whatever takes your fancy.
Highball Gimlet: Best cocktail everrrrr!
Delicious octopus tacos at The Beach House
This dessert was big enough for everyone!
I’ve got to make special mention of the cocktail menu at the resort. Rather than the usual Pina Coladas and frozen daiquiris (which can be made at your request, of course), the offering at Daios Cove was much more interesting and unusual, based around the botanicals native to Crete.
I particularly enjoyed the Highball Gimlet, a sweet drink of gin, grapefruit soda, Cretan greens cordial and olive – trust me, you’ll order more than one!
MAKE IT YOURS
What’s great about Daios Cove as a resort is that there really is something for everyone. If lounging by the pool or on the beach sounds heavenly to you, then you can go ahead and do that.
But, if you want something a little more action-packed and active, or you want to venture out of the Cove to see a little more of gorgeous Crete, then the hotel can arrange that for you.
Our catamaran trip to Spinalonga Island was a real highlight
I took a catamaran trip to neighbouring Spinalonga island which, up until 60 years ago, was inhabited by Grecians suffering from leprosy.
It’s amazing to think that the islands’ inhabitants made a real, thriving community out of their isolation. It’s a great place to go and soak up some Cretan history, plus the catamaran trip there allows you to take in some sunshine with a picnic lunch and a dip in the sea at one of the shady coves.
Daios Cove has a honeymoon co-ordinator who’ll make sure your experience there is really special. Choose from three packages: amethyst, sapphire and diamond, depending on your needs and budget.
Each package includes things like a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit platter in your room, access to the thermal spa suite, couple’s massage, and a candlelit dinner on the beach, for two, under the stars.
KIDS ON BOARD? No problem! Daios Cove has lots for the little ones to do, so you can still enjoy time away just the two of you. The on-site Creche Club and Children’s Club provide a safe and secure environment so you can enjoy some peace and quiet by the pool.
‘APPY DAYS! As soon as you arrive, download the Daios Cove app for your phone, which allows you to order a club car at the touch of a button, find out more about the restaurants, and download a resort map.
Does Daios Cove sound like your idea of honeymoon heaven? Book now!
Fly with Thomas Cook Airlines or Jet2 from Glasgow to Heraklion for £44 per person one-way. Rates for a deluxe seaview room with individual pool start from £311 per night on half board basis.
For more information on booking your honeymoon at Daios Cove, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +30 28412 00 488.