With Cretan heritage and tradition as our source of inspiration, we redefine the essence of genuine Greek hospitality through meaningful concepts that give prominence to a truer and more timeless Greece.
What has set Blue Palace apart over the years is our heart-warming hospitality and our commitment to an authentic Greek summer experience. This is the hospitality we want to offer to you, introducing you to the things locals love to eat, telling you our stories and secrets, and creating moments that we would love you to be part of. Αn uncompromised commitment to personable service, a real feeling of living together – a feeling of inviting you to our home.
People want to be part of things,
to give rather than take,
to return home feeling changed.”
where luxury meets in harmony with nature,
and wild beauty meets unrivalled island style.
Our story starts with our father, Yannis Sbokos, who in the late '80s bought the land where Blue Palace lies today. We grew up in hotels, as our father was amongst the pioneers of tourism in Crete; an educated visionary who helped shape quality tourism.
We carry our country and our island with us everywhere we go. On an island with enough fascinating history, architecture, culture, scenery, and outdoor activities to fill several lifetimes, you will find yourself slow to leave the property. This is no coincidence. Hospitality is part of our legacy and we feel a sense of responsibility to uphold the traditions that our land and our people taught us. We open our home to our guests and welcome them in our most authentic way.
- giving a sense of understated elegance and warm hospitality.
Blue Palace’s interior architecture is inspired by Crete’s past and the influence of successive invaders, including the Arabs, the Ottomans and the Venetians. Rugs, divans, tiles and antiques are offset by natural stone and wood. The beguiling blend of cultures culminates in a faithful reproduction of the Venetian Arsenali, or shipyard, at Heraklion, an 11-metre high vaulted hall that makes a stunning frame for views of Spinalonga. Great attention has also been given to the facilities of the resort as well as to the environmental surrounding. The tiny fish taverna Blue Door that is situated right at the water’s edge used to be a fisherman’s shelter and has been faithfully restored. Its blue doors are a Greek tradition, painted blue to bring good luck to a home so seamen can safely back to their loved ones. Trees and flowers local to the area or at least on the island were chosen exclusively. Olive trees and palm trees, alongside bougainvilleas, jasmine and levanter are spread around the site.
It is no coincidence that once you enter Blue Palace you feel a sense of total calm and serenity. Every single detail from the design of the hotel to its decoration and its gardens has been well thought to ensure that our guests enjoy bespoke holidays in harmony in an extraordinary environment.
Impeccable and refined. Traditional, yet modern at the same time. When Cretan hospitality meets the finest Greek craftsmanship, then the experience of dining reaches new heights
in modern luxury.
The celebratory heritage-style dish - 'Gamopilafo' - at Anthós restaurant is introduced in a handmade ceramic creation, becoming a symbol of the restaurant and one of the most important expressions of local cuisine.
A special exhibition will be held at Blue Palace, 9th - 11th of July.