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The Top 3 Spa Resorts In Crete, Greece

By Vikki Ashton

We have enjoyed the services and treatments of many spas – and surprisingly enough they do vary markedly from hotel to hotel. Therefore, we have condensed the following three here in Crete for your special consideration.So here we go for the 3 top spa resorts in Crete… Blue Palace – a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; Elounda – Named on the Conde Nast Traveller 2014 Gold List; The Elounda Spa; and Thalassotherapy at Blue Palace utilises natural ingredients in a beachside setting, creating an exclusive and welcoming environment. Featuring a range of one day rituals, spa programs and signature treatments as well as an extensive fitness centre and beauty salon, this is a fine place for physical nourishment. Thalassotherapy sessions include a revitalising hydro massage bath, a submarine shower in sea water bath, a sea water hydro massage and a detoxifying body wrap and massage. Face care treatments and massage rituals are popular too.*The spa here is open from 09:00 - 21:00 and advance reservations are recommended* Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Spa between the hours of 12:00 - 20:00

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Agios Nikolaos

As a founder of the spa concept some 25 years ago, Anne Semonin knows a thing or two about luxury. It is fitting then that her spa concept should take pride of place at Daios Cove, one of Crete's leading luxury hotels for families. With an emphasis on tailor made treatments, the Anne Semonin spa at Daios Cove includes a range of spa suites along with a Finnish Sauna, Thai massage studio, hydro massage and a Technogym featuring cardiovascular fitness equipment. A wide range of skin care treatment utilising natural oils from the Anne Semonin range are also available. This outstanding spa has featured in several leading publications including Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Vogue.* Guests wishing to access the wet area facilities of the spa can do so by paying a one off fee.

Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Heraklion

Amirandes Elixir Alchemy Spa focuses on ancient and modern techniques to restore body energy and skin firmness. One option here is the full body Elixir treatment, which begins in the sauna to open the pores, a cleansing scrub is then applied to your skin. After a jet shower, a caviar body mask tones and firms your skin and you'll then encounter a full body envelopment with essential oils to restore your PH balance.

Another option are three revitalising treatment packages for couples, including 'Hot Chocolate' - use your imagination! The spa is a delightful place to spend an afternoon or early evening, with indoor pools and Ayurvedic treatments by Indian therapists.

*Elixir Spa therapists can also arrange massages, therapies and beauty treatments in guest rooms, suites, villas or outdoors by your pool.