SPA Hotels : Blue Palace

On the mythical isle of Crete with its sparkling Greek-blue sea and sun-soaked byzantine architecture, stress and mortal cares soon dissolve. Atop its windswept cliffs resides the alluring Blue Palace Resort & Spa. Each spacious room features a private pool with stirring views of the luminous Sea of Crete. This legendary region will appear even more enchanting after a spa journey to Greece’s most renowned wellness center, The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy.

Leave time for this resplendent 2,000 m2 spa, it is vast and considered one of Greece’s best. The Elounda Spa offers twenty-four ambient treatment rooms filled with soothing wave sounds and magnificent sea views. The watery diversions seem endless. There’s a mirrorlike indoor relaxation pool, two Thalassotherapy pools, two steamy Turkish hammams, inviting saunas and Jacuzzis, reflecting ponds, a glassy outdoor Infinity pool. Dry-off at the energizing fitness center with its informative and imaginative classes that range from Kinesiology to Cretan Dance.

The Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy menu highlights rejuvenating and original treatments from across the globe: therapies from Morocco, Indonesia, Japan, India and Brazil. These spa rituals are adapted to your needs and many are infused with healing Thalassotherapy treatments (marine elements such as pure salt water, seaweed, thermal clay and plankton). In keeping with this worldly menu, the spa offers the internationally lauded Cinq Mondes line.

The signature therapies alone read like a generous full-service menu. Treatments range from rakotherapy to traditional Cretan olive oil massages with ambrosial essences that include rose, coconut and lavender flowers. A recent menu addition is Hot Stones Polynesian Ritual. It starts with a body peeling (gommage) followed by an extraordinary lomi-lomi-like massage with Tahitian organic products such as monoi and tiaré. Healing hot stones conclude this restorative treatment.

The spa’s fitness activities will engage you for days. Improve your breathing and limberness with private or group Vinyasa classes. There are fortifying Prenatal Yoga classes for expecting guests. Superb staples such meditation, aerobics, stretching, personal training, along with classes such as Cretan dance and moonlight discovery tours, will keep you fit and inspired. As the day closes, lounge under the sky as flickering candlelight yields to the brilliant canopy of Cretan night.

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