The 6 best eco-friendly hotels in Crete

hôtels écoresponsables en Crète

Combine a dream vacation with respect for the planet by choosing one of the best eco-responsible hotels in Crete.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Situated in the southern Aegean Sea, it features a varied landscape of sea and mountains. Visitors appreciate the beautiful white sandy beaches and picturesque villages, as well as the sumptuous archaeological sites. Zeus himself is said to have been born here…

This territory, open to tourism and benefiting from a warm climate, strives to combine mythological legends, historical heritage, ecological protection and economic development. In fact, if you’re planning to stay here, you too can take part in this challenge. How can you do so? Simply by choosing an eco-responsible hotel in Crete!

To help you get there, our team has chosen the most beautiful of them for a getaway worthy of the gods of Olympus. Follow the guide, and let’s go!

Dreamy eco hotel on the water’s edge

hôtels écoresponsables en CrèteBlue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort

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📍Location: Plaka

🌿Environmental rating: 9/10

💙 We love: the wide choice of luxurious accommodation, to suit all tastes

Spacious suite, authentic bungalow or opulent villa? The Blue Palace offers you three different accommodation solutions for an enchanting, personalized stay. The spa, with its 23 different treatment rooms, is no exception. Holder of sustainable tourism labels such as Green Key, Travelife and Blue Flag, this eco-responsible hotel in Crete has it all. With its faux-Greek temple look and impeccable decor, it lives up to its values by ensuring fair water management, respect for the surrounding landscape, reduced energy consumption and an extensive waste recycling program.

Operating its own organic gardens (yum, fresh fruit!), it also takes steps to protect pollinating bees. Finally, the establishment contributes to the development of the local economy by purchasing as many products as possible through short distribution channels. And what products they are!

The five restaurants feature Mediterranean specialities and the treasures of the organic vegetable garden. Of course, if you prefer to enjoy them from your room’s panoramic terrace, no one will hold it against you. Either way, you’ll be able to savor succulent dishes and snacks while gazing out over the turquoise waters typical of the region.

Near the charming fishing village of Plaka, self-service bicycles are available for easy, eco-friendly transportation. The island fortress of Spinalonga and the archaeological wonders of Heraklion are just a stone’s throw away. On your return, a cool cocktail to be enjoyed at sunset during a musical aperitif is sure to round off your Cretan escapade in style.

Your own private pool in a dream location

hôtel ecoresponsable crète Acro Suites - A Wellbeing Resort - Adult Only

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📍Location: Agia Pelagia

🌿Environmental rating: 8/10

💙 We love: the incredible Byzantine hammam

Agia Pelagia is a pretty seaside resort on a human scale, 20 km west ofHeraklion. This haven of peace is home to theAcro Wellness Suites. The word Wellness, which means « well-being », perfectly sums up the spirit of this cocooning establishment. Here, holidaymakers’ comfort is combined with remarkable efforts in terms of sustainable development. Chemical-free saltwater pools, intelligent air-conditioning, drastically reduced use of plastics, solar-powered electricity supply, locally sourced materials: Acro has it all. And you’ll become one as soon as you step into your exclusive suite or villa with its own private pool… With a sea view, of course!

Some units are actually carved out of the rock facing it, blending in perfectly with the landscape! Last but not least, you’ll find peace and quiet in the intimate accommodations of this 100% adults-only complex. Carefully decorated in a minimalist, bohemian style, the 50 rooms and suites are adjacent to a luxury restaurant. Fresh, local produce is used to create top-flight recipes inspired by classic Cretan dishes.

Eat well, eat healthy, and that’s a must if you’re planning to climb the nearby 2,456-metre Mount Ida. We also recommend an excursion to the Palace of Knossos, the site of Greek mythology. As for the rest, the activities on offer are just like this eco-responsible hotel in Crete: top-notch! From the splendid Byzantine hammam to yoga classes and music-themed evenings, you’ll have no trouble keeping yourself entertained from morning to night. Quite an address, indeed.

Ecological and fun complex for a wonderful stay

Hotel ecoresponsable crète Creta Maris Beach Resort

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📍Location: Hersonissos

🌿Environmental rating: 9/10

💙 We love: the brand-new water park

Creta Maris is located in Hersonissos, a beautiful resort in northern Crete. The resort boasts a brand-new water park that will delight children of all ages. The architecture is reminiscent of an authentic Cretan village, with cobbled streets, squares and white walls contrasting with the lush, multicolored vegetation. Wow! Backed by its Travelife Gold and Green Key labels, this eco-responsible hotel in Crete focuses on saving water and energy. It uses only eco-friendly detergents and electric vehicles for deliveries.

Last but not least, the Cosmocert-certified organic vegetable garden and private Blue Flag beach will appeal to visitors with a penchant for green holidays. Like you, of course. There are 680 rooms to choose from, with a wide range of features and decor. Comfortable, you’ll appreciate getting out and discovering the gentle Cretan way of life. Cooking classes, donkey rides and picturesque traditional activities (sheep-shearing, for example) are organized by the establishment.

Here, Cretan heritage and local culture are honored. The small weekly market, where local artisans display their creations, is particularly popular. The lively streets of Hersonissos are well worth the detour for a relaxed, authentic stroll. When it comes to eating out, you’ll find six restaurants and three snack bars to choose from. Our favorite? The Cochlias, a mecca for grilled fish, which you can enjoy with your eyes plunged into the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea. Yummy!

A veritable Cretan palace between sea and palm trees

hotel eco responsable Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort

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📍Location: Kato Gouves

🌿Environmental rating: 8/10

💙We like: the large number of restaurants

TheAmirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort? Let us tell you, this superb hotel with its admirable look is a pearl on the Cretan coast. Surrounded by palm trees and the lagoon, you can take possession of beautiful rooms or villas with private pools. The accommodation offers a very high level of comfort, while guaranteeing a gentle carbon footprint for the occupants. A real bonus: the hotel is involved in saving loggerhead turtles in partnership with the WWF. Particularly well integrated into its environment, the building blends woodwork and glass volumes reflecting the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Enthusiasts will appreciate the ceramic art pieces that line the perfectly manicured outdoor spaces. Classy, don’t you think? The hotel is located in Kato Gouves, a village that boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You could, of course, lounge here from morning till night, but you’d be missing out on the archaeological splendours of Phaistos and Gortyna, which are not to be missed.

When you return, you’ll have earned a hearty meal to enjoy in one of the resort’s… Ten restaurants and bars. Yes, no less. This eco-responsible hotel in Crete is home to the Minotaure with its Italian cuisine and the Petrino, the kingdom of shellfish. On-site attractions include organic massages, tennis and yoga classes. We also loved the open-air cinema with a glass of raki. In moderation, of course.

Luxury resort in Mirabello Bay

hotel de luxe crète

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📍Location: Elounda

🌿Environmental rating: 9/10

💙 We love: the particularly sophisticated decoration

The Royal Marmin is an institution on Mirabello Bay, a magical spot in north-east Crete. The hotel features stylish accommodation with private terraces, Jacuzzis and even a private swimming pool. Built using natural materials, the establishment focuses on optimizing its water and energy consumption. These include an ingenious heat recovery system, the installation of solar panels and the use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

The kitchen staff use tasty local ingredients to create their sushi recipes and Cretan and Greek specialties. Good for your taste buds and good for the planet. At Génération Voyage, we were particularly impressed by the harmonious and coherent decoration of this luxury eco-resort. The use of stone creates a classic retro style with a distinctly Greek feel. Designer furniture and contemporary touches add just the right dose of modernity to the impeccable interior volumes.

Looking for some fresh air? To keep you busy, we recommend a nice boat or paddle outing to explore Mirabello Bay. The hotel offers a range of nautical excursions that will enable you to explore the heavenly coves in the area. Last but not least, enjoy a relaxing stop at the antique spa for a holistic treatment using natural products. After all, a good massage with organic oils can only do you good!

Luxury resort with plenty of greenery

Elounda Palm Hotel ecoresponsable crète

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📍Location: Elounda

🌿Environmental rating: 8/10

💙 We love: the beauty of the gardens and the green setting

It too is located in the splendid bay of Mirabello, and not for nothing. This small resort stands out for its charming gardens and intimate setting: 32 rooms, that’s all, and that’s fine. Their elegant volumes contrast with a lush vegetation of palms, ficus, pines and pink bougainvillea, delicately pampered. TheElounda Palm Hotel makes it a point of honor to protect and enhance nature. Seawater pools, solar heating, recycled organic materials, the banning of single-use plastic, eco-friendly detergents…

Your role? To enjoy your stay and the excursions offered by the staff, of course! Nearby, the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, the monastery of Aretiou and the remains of the town of Olous are well worth a visit. Don’t hesitate to visit! Gourmets will love the two different restaurants whose menus are inspired by the best of the Mediterranean. Here, the food is local, fresh and tasty: the Cretan diet and its benefits are sure to satisfy even the most demanding palates.

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, paddling or sailing in the Gulf of Mirabello. The Gulf of Mirabello is particularly well-oriented, making it ideal for water sports of all kinds. What’s more, this eco-responsible hotel in Crete is the ideal location for horseback riding in the Cretan hinterland. What are you waiting for?

To find out more about Fairmoove’s criteria for selecting eco-friendly accommodations, visit their page!

Will this selection of the best eco-friendly hotels in Crete have inspired you to take a trip there? We hope so: this mysterious, little-known and authentic pearl of the Mediterranean deserves it. You wouldn’t have the audacity to snub the great Zeus, would you?