The beautiful Venetian architecture and the old Venetian harbour are key features that make up the elegant aesthetic of Chania. Just outside the town center, you'll come across the walls of the Old Town which is now considered a carefully preserved historical monument. Once ruled under the Ottoman and then the Venetian Empire, the town has plenty of international influence.
Chania's exceptionally quaint town is home to a large number of luxury resorts with a home-away-from-home vibe. In this guide, we'll tell you how to experience the ultimate luxury-stay in Crete's coastal town, Chania!
Day 1 | Check in to your Absolute Haven Suite!
Upon arrival in Crete, travel to the beach front, whitewashed property of Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection. Nestled in a cove, this boutique hotel is ideal for couples seeking privacy and intimate moments. Its modern amenities and grandstand views of the blue ocean and bright clear sky will charm you!
Check in to your Absolute Haven Suite and settle in with a relaxing bath at your outdoor tub or take a swim in your private pool to stretch out those muscles. The suite spreads through two floors. The ground floor hosts the living room, the bathroom and a small kitchenette. The upper floor hosts your bedroom and a small WC. Both of them offer marvelous views over the Mediterranean's blue!
9.00am - 10.30am | A wellness drink per day keeps the doctor away!" Start your day off right with a varied breakfast menu at Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection's Zen Restaurant. Expect a buffet-style breakfast, with daily surprises and variations. Enticing breakfast corners such as the bakery display and the vitality bar are waiting to be discovered.
Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free individuals needn't worry about their dietary requirements - Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection has taken into consideration every individual's needs. Oh, and don't forget to get all your vitamins with your personalized wellness-drink, each day!
11.00am - 2.30pm | Get the tan you always wanted! Head to the beach and soak in Chania's beautiful rays and shallow blue waters. Guests of Domes Noruz Chania can enjoy a private beach area with towels and loungers inviting you to lay back and relax to the sound of the ocean waves.
Alternatively, lounge by the pool and allow the minimal, modern design of the pool area to soothe your busy mind and "switch off."
If you're looking for more beach settings, request a speedboat safari by Domes Noruz Collection to discover nearby sandy bays, in style. Enjoy a day onboard your private Skippered RIB Charter and visit Seitans Beach, Souda Bay, Marathi and the area around Akrotiri.
2.30pm - 4.30pm | Zen Cuisine Moments at Zeen Restaurant: Sit by the beach at Zeen Restaurant and enjoy a mouth-wateringly brilliant lunch presentation. Domes Noruz manages to hit big luxury points all around, with cuisine that is not only pleasant to the eye, but also to your tummy! From colorful salads, enticing appetizers like zucchini flowers, to delicious poultry mains cooked in Ouzo for a Cretan twist, there's plenty to choose from in this creative menu.
4.30pm - 6.30pm | Enjoy all the wellness perks at SOMA Spa! Vacations are meant to be relaxing, refreshing, inspiring. They are your only chance to forget about your tight schedule and relax, so make the most of it. There is not a better way to upgrade your experience than enjoying a 2-hour pampering at the hotel's wellness center, SOMA Spa.
You can enjoy a complimentary 30-minute massage if you are staying in any of the suites. The complimentary ELEMIS wellness case-kit could also serve as a helpful reminder to attend to your body's needs when you return home!
The spa includes all kinds of treatments in its menu, however, we highly recommend you to try one of the packages, aiming to offer a completed holistic experience! More particularly the ELEMIS Full Skin and Body Re-Creation lasts 5 hours and it includes ELEMIS Facial, Body Massage, Body Wrap, etc.
8.00pm - 10.30pm | A unique sunset, every night. Relax further into opulence and indulgence, with delicious cocktails by the pool, allowing your taste buds to enjoy the fresh handmade sushi. Be sure to order the delightful "Tiramisushi," a traditional Italian, coffee-flavored dessert that will initially catch you off guard with its sushi roll appearance. However, with one bite you'll soon be pleased to discover the wonderful classical flavors of Tiramisu.
Day 2 | Explore every part of Chania: Sky, Earth & Sea!
9.00am - 10.30am | Wake up slowly... Make the most of your 24-hour room service and sleep in or rise early to enjoy your breakfast in bed. Sip your freshly brewed morning coffee while you sit beside your private pool.
10.30am - 1.00pm | Sightseeing from a birds-eye point of view! Explore Chania from the sky, in your private helicopter ride, organized by Domes Noruz Chania. Take in the Cretan landscape on a 30 to 90-minute tour soaring gorgeous beaches and landmarks of Western Crete including Omalos Plateau, Samaria Gorge, White Mountains, and Souda Bay.
2.00pm - 4.00pm | Head to To XANI Restaurant in the Old Venetian Harbour for Cretan Food. Choose from an endless menu of local dishes and a fusion of magical flavors in Cretan dumplings, delicious pitta bread and an excellent chicken gyro as a main.
5.00pm - 7.30pm | Your Cretan shopping experience in the Old Venetian Harbour: After your helicopter tour of Chania and lunch in town, you'll probably have noticed amongst the picturesque Venetian architecture lies a string of shops, restaurants, and bars. With a large selection of boutiques to explore, Chania is the ideal place to buy all your luxury goods.
Discover knife-making, a craft famously specialized by this region of Crete! You'll see evidence of this in the craft-shops throughout the town. For a closer look into this local craft, be sure to check out the "knife lane" in Chania, which we promise is nowhere near as spooky as it sounds! If you haven't found what you're looking for, don't forget to check out Domes Noruz Chania's boutique, Neema Resort wear, a store where you can find clothing of good quality and hip yet glamorous accessories.
7.30pm - 8.30pm | Falassarna at dusk: End the evening by letting time stand-still in Falassarna Beach, arguably one of Crete's most beautiful and exotic bays. Arrive in absolute luxury and style in your own chauffeured car and watch the sunset with your partner! Take that last dip in the ocean at dusk to work up your appetite, and enjoy the delicious snacks provided by Domes Noruz Chania as part of the organized trip.
Cretan luxury just a short trip away!
Create unforgettable memories in Chania, with moments oozing luxury in the form of tranquil spa moments, dips in stunning plunge pools and 5* hospitality. If you're looking for a romantic getaway in the height of luxury, be sure to check booking information at Crete's luxury boutique resort, Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection.