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Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa, Crete

7-night luxury holiday from £1,570 pp incl. flights & transfers


Short description

A stylish resort with sweeping views over Elounda’s Mirabello Bay to the island of Spinalonga


Recommended for:
Beach | History & culture | Honeymoon | Relaxation


Backed by jagged cliffs where gryphon vultures soar and set back from the coast, there’s a remote feel to this local stone-built resort, reached by a steep path from a single-lane mountain road. Milanese designer Gian Paolo Venier’s décor is as distinctive as the surroundings: large clay pithoi from Crete’s famed Thrapsano potters village adorn shrub-lined alleys and stand guard over gazebos, even featuring in a striking statement wall. Verandas are made from peeled belian wood (shipped from Indonesia); bathrooms and living areas either gleam with Brazilian white marble or smoulder with black volcanic pebbles from Sumatra. 


There are 116 rooms, suites and villas - most with their own pools - scattered over a steep slope, and reached via two small funiculars that children will adore. Villas on the top level have the best views of Spinalonga, but rooms on all levels have extensive sea views. Décor in rooms and suites is sleek and airy: walls in cinnamon, mint or volcanic grey rise from blonde-wood floors to frame forged iron tables, chunky stone washbasins and marble-tiled walls. Villas have similar décor, but with retro touches: Seventies-inspired furnishings, egg-shaped mirrors and grainy prints of bathing belles on the walls. Open-plan Superior rooms are spacious with chunky Coco-Mat beds and room-sized terraces. Larger Executive rooms and suites also have large plunge pools, while three-floor villas with private pools are huge.


There are five restaurants in total with a New Greek Taverna opening in 2024. Ambrosia is the main restaurant. Served on the breezy sea-view terrace, breakfast – eggs, bacon, salads, cold cuts and pastries, with fresh juice and strong coffee – is freshly prepared and tasty. For dinner, don't miss Kelari, where executive chef Lefteris Lazarou – who was awarded Greece’s first Michelin Star – serves the likes of creamy gazpacho with diced peppers and crunchy pomegranate and a delicious herb-infused slow-cooked chicken. Elsewhere. the Sage & Thyme Mediterranean restaurant serves pizza, pasta and snacks. The Stone Beach House on Plaka beach is the best place for sunset views of Spinalonga while sipping a hand-crafted cocktail accompanied by tasty meze snacks. 


The resort’s three large pools are surrounded by well-upholstered sun beds – the perfect spot to soak up the sun – while the spa has three cosy candle-lit treatment rooms. There’s a small spa menu, including anti-ageing and after-sun treatments and half a dozen massages. Therapist Sofia has a deft, strong touch and the organic Bioaroma products – made down the road in Agios Nikolaos – are a delight. There’s also a new well-equipped gym with sea views. A complimentary shuttle takes guests to Plaka’s peaceful pebble cove (where there are sunbeds, parasols and towels). There are also two electric vehicle charging stations and a shop selling Greek designer goods. 


Any element of this accommodation can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

7-night luxury holiday from £1,570 pp incl. flights & transfers

Superior private pool room with Sea view 2024

09 - 12 May / 15 - 31 Oct 2024

from £1,570 pp. incl. flights

13 - 27 May / 23 Sep - 14 Oct 2024

from £1,680 pp. incl. flights

28 May - 16 Jun / 10 - 22 Sep 2024

from £1,935 pp. incl. flights

17 Jun - 14 Jul / 23 Aug - 09 Sep 2024

from £2,390 pp. incl. flights

15 Jul - 22 Aug 2024

from £2,715 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Crete (Heraklion)
  • 7nts Superior private pool room with Sea view on a BB basis
  • Return airport transfers

Upgrade to higher room types and Half Board options are available

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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