Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Crete

Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury... READ MORE
Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Castello Boutique Resort & Spa
    Sissi
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 821 reviewsTripAdvisor (821)
    Free WiFi
    Castello Boutique Resort & Spa is a 5 star hotel located at Papatheodorou in Crete. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 821 reviews.
    Sissi
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 821 reviewsTripAdvisor (821)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas
    Agios Nikolaos
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1218 reviewsTripAdvisor (1218)
    Free WiFi

    "Glorious," "amazing" and "perfect" are just a few words recent guests used to describe the St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas in Crete, Greece. The hotel has a variety of rooms travelers can choose from, which boast either sea or garden views and range from rooms for two to sprawling family suites with three bedrooms. Accommodations feature beds with down comforters, marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, minibars and 24-hour room service. And some rooms include balconies or private pools. Step outside your digs to enjoy the hotel's facilities: The property houses a fitness center, a spa (complete with an indoor heated pool, Turkish baths and an array of services), outdoor pools, a water sports center (to assist you with Jet Skiing, windsurfing or canoeing) and a cinema. Dining options abound as well. St. Nicolas Bay Resort provides a smattering of bars and eateries, serving up Mediterranean, Asian and Greek cuisine with a side of sea views.

    Agios Nikolaos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1218 reviewsTripAdvisor (1218)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Minos Beach Art hotel
    Agios Nikolaos
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1053 reviewsTripAdvisor (1053)
    Free WiFi

    Located along the coast of Crete, Greece, the Minos Beach Art Hotel enjoys a lovely little spot on a private beach and cove. Accommodations are spread throughout multiple white buildings and are outfitted with wireless internet access, minibars, LCD TVs and balconies with sea or garden views. Outside the rooms, lodgers have access to a gym and a pool (though some of the accommodation options include their own private pools). The on-site diving center invites guests to explore the reefs, wreckage remains and sea caverns. It also offers other water sports, including water skiing, banana boat rides and sails around the bay. Travelers searching for peace and pampering can relax at the spa, where treatments like massages, mud masks and full body scrubs are on the menu. When you get hungry, head to one of the hotel's four restaurants, which dish out fresh fish and local favorites. Previous diners said the food at the Minos Beach Art Hotel is superb, but if you want to venture out on your own, travelers also noted the hotel is within walking distance of some tasty local eateries.

    Agios Nikolaos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1053 reviewsTripAdvisor (1053)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites
    Agios Nikolaos
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 555 reviewsTripAdvisor (555)
    Free WiFi
    Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is a 5 star hotel located at Elounda in Crete. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 555 reviews.
    Agios Nikolaos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 555 reviewsTripAdvisor (555)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi