The Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** invites you to a memorable stay in Crete. This luxurious resort that just opened in the spring of 2021, beautifully blends the wild beauty of its exceptional surroundings with the natural warmth of its people, rich with a thousand-year-old culture.
Overlooking the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea from its waterfront in Rethymnon, on the northern coast of the island, and with easy access to the beautiful beach of Panormos nearby, this hotel is already proving to be a perfect base for a successful family holiday.
You can easily reach this peaceful and relaxing place by transfer from Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport, upon request to your Little Concierge at Little Guest.
While the sleek lines and ultra-modern facilities of the Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** offer the best of contemporary hospitality, it is the latest in a tradition of hospitality initiated by the founder of the Troulis Royal Collection, Georgios Troulis. From humble beginnings, this visionary entrepreneur wanted to create exceptional establishments to share the best of the Cretan soul with travellers from around the world.
The hotel has already established itself as one of the finest pied-à-terre hotels in Crete for a successful holiday with children. The superb rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable, the restaurants offer the best of the island’s cuisine, and the children’s and teenagers’ clubs and countless outdoor activities will satisfy the most demanding families.
The Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** offers:
Anaïs, 38 years old, married, restaurateur, mother of Estelle (12 years old), Stella (9 years old) and Ellia (4 years old)
We spent two weeks at the ROYAL SENSES Hotel during our summer vacations, with my husband and our three daughters. We had discovered Greece the previous summer and we had literally all fallen in love with the culture and the scenery of this beautiful country! this time we decided to stay in Crete.
There are times when vacations become really necessary. A particularly anxiety inducing Covid year, the stress of work, little boo-boos here and there, more and more frequent slumps and a lot of family time to catch up on… No doubt about it, our summer vacations were really expected this year. A real need for sun, escape, and especially to do nothing!
Once landed on the Cretan soil, it was the change of temperature which comforted us, straight away. A nice 35°C, not a cloud on the horizon and an omnipresent sun to welcome us.
The ROYAL SENSES hotel is a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Chania Airport and stands « royally » on a hillside overlooking the sea. Both in form and color, this contemporary hotel gives the impression of being naturally integrated into the surrounding environment. A blend of warm tones and a selection of raw materials recall the rocky and aird lands that surround the hotel. The building, meanwhile, is made up of different juxtaposed cubes that seem to hang on the relief, offering an unobstructed view of the sea from each floor and for each room. All very promising!
The atmosphere in the lobby tells us more: implicitly, everything here is about zen and relaxing, even if it isn’t said out loud. A refined but still warm design outfits the place, with a few joyful and colorful touches here and there. At check-in, we were greeted with a delicious fruit juice and some small local cakes that delighted our three daughters. While strolling through the main hall, we discovered a small cosy bar and some shops, which are always very useful during family holidays.
When we arrived in our room, we were greeted with refreshing drinks, macarons and sesame cookies, as well as mixed nuts and some invigorating fresh fruit. That really hit the spot for the whole family after our trip to get there.
We had asked for connecting rooms, to not be too far from our two eldest children, which was respected when we arrived. The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and modern. The cream tones brighten the room for a very zen atmosphere. A large bed in the middle of the room faces the sea. The bathroom is located behind the bed towards the entrance. A large balcony allows you to enjoy an ravishing view of the turquoise waters.
We were on the 4th level, the highest point of the hotel. I was already worried that I would have to hike up and down every time I moved around the hotel. But that was quickly remedied when we spotted the super convenient little funicular that stops at each level like a bus. The girls absolutely adored using it!
One thing is for sure, this hotel is a true paradise for children, whether they are toddlers or pre-teens. For my youngest daughter, barely 4 years old, a 35cm deep paddling pool allowed me to spend a pleasant and stress-free vacation. She could splash around for hours with a few toys without the risk of an accident. She actually made great progress in swimming during our stay.
Moreover, the major asset of the hotel is certainly the aqua park, extremely well thought out in order to delight the children in complete safety. On the one hand, we can find the first pool and its two waterslides planted in a depth of 45 cm that allows the youngest to have fun in complete safety under the eyes of parents. On the other hand, my two older daughters were having a ball on the three more imposing slides located in a deeper pool. A lifeguard was always on hand to ensure their safety, although it is obviously advisable to keep a close eye on your children during this type of activity.
I’m not a big fan of kids’ clubs in general, as we like to spend as much time as possible with our children during our vacations. Nevertheless, our youngest daughter Ellia wanted to join the friends she met during her stay in the hotel’s infrastructure. I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised: a real team of professionals and adapted equipment were provided by the hotel in order to welcome the children from 10 am to 6 pm, if they wish to come. Ellia loved it. Her first experience at the Kids-Club was truly a success.
In the morning and in the evening, head for the hotel’s buffet! A wide choice of local and continental dishes, hot, cold, sweet and salty is proposed! There is literally something for everyone. There was even a live-cooking stand run by a chef at the buffet, which had the effect of sparking the curiosity of my eldest daughter Estelle, who likes to taste everything.
For lunch, the buffet is closed, but an alternative « snack » is available either sitting down or by the pool from her deckchair. Burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas: a wide selection of « à la carte » dishes is available. It was a true feast!
A traditional à la carte restaurant is also available, but our kids preferred to have a good time at the buffet. It is also possible to dine at the restaurant of the neighboring hotel, located on the sea, which specializes in delicious fish dishes, with the “dine around” formula.
When the sun went down, the whole family hanged out at the hotel’s small outdoor bar. We were looking forward to trying delicious cocktails or chilled soda while watching the spectacular sunset, while being comfortably seated outside.
It’s hard not to find what you’re looking for with the wide range of options made for you to relax and recharge your batteries. Swimming pool, spa, fitness, group classes, there is plenty to do for a deserved pampering break.
The saltwater pools, long and refined, allowed me to swim a few lengths between two sunbaths. My little moment to myself was also to escape for an hour in the air-conditioned and fully equipped fitness room for a cardio session « with a view ». As a fan of the elliptical, I didn’t hesitate to do so! Group classes were also offered in the morning: yoga, pilates or aqua fitness were on the program.
Finally, a spa area offered different types of treatments to complete your well-being journey. Long story short: you really would have to look to find something not perfect here!
I whole-heartedly recommend The Royal Senses for families with children of all ages. We loved the relaxed and relaxing setting, the adorable staff and all the little touches that go with it, as well as the meals always ultra-fresh and made with excellent products. The hotel has brilliantly succeeded in combining a « family stay » with a « Zen spa » concept. To top it all off, as someone who hates flying insects, I didn’t come across any wasps or mosquitoes. The whole family went back home with a lot of memories and a lot of energy for the new school year. Bye bye Crete, but see you soon! Cross my heart!
Thanks to Little Guest, and have a good vacation!
A subtle blend of tradition and modernity, local and international touches, the Deluxe Rooms - Sea View will delight couples with children. In this comfortable and soothing space, you have a King-size bed, a soft sofa bed, and a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a double sink. The natural mate-rials and the integrated storage units ensure a pleasant stay. A baby cot is available on request.
Bathed in light, the Grand Deluxe Room - Sea View offers an ideal living space for couples, or couples with a young child. Featuring a cosy King-size bed, a comfortable sofa bed and clever storage, this room is designed in bohemian colours and natural materials to create an intoxicating sense of well-being. The luxurious, designer bathroom is equipped with a double washbasin and a walk-in shower. A baby cot is available on request.
The Grand Deluxe Room with Shared Pool - Sea View welcomes you in a soothing environment, dedicated to softness. King-size bed, comfortable sofa-bed, chic and bohemian design, everything is done to satisfy couples accompanied by a child. The bathroom has a double washbasin and an Italian shower. But it is undeniably the superb view of the Aegean Sea, as well as access to a delightful shared swimming pool, that are the charming assets of this pretty room. A baby cot is available on request.
The tastefully decorated Deluxe Room with Private Pool - Sea View offers a beautiful interior space with a King-size bed, a comfortable sofa bed, and sleek storage. The double washbasin and the Italian shower allow you to refresh yourself easily after your days of farniente or discoveries. Outside, a beautiful terrace with deckchairs and a lounge opens onto a delightful pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. Quite simply, magnificent. A baby cot is available on request.
Families will not be mistaken: this Family Suite - Sea View is a real treat of ingenuity and comfort for parents accompanied by 2 children. The cosy king-size bed and the two sofa beds, separated by Japanese doors, guarantee a delightful night's sleep in complete privacy. In the bathroom, the double washbasin and the Italian shower allow you to refresh yourself easily after your days of farniente and fun. Outside, a beautiful terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea promises wonderful moments of complicity with your family. A baby cot is available on request.
The chic and uncluttered decor of the Grand Deluxe Room with Private Pool - Sea View invites you to live in the heart of luxury for the duration of your stay. The spacious main area features an impressive king-size bed, natural furniture and a comfortable armchair. The beautiful terrace, complete with an outdoor sofa, sun loungers and an extra large parasol, allows you to enjoy a family swim in your delightful private pool. The beautiful bathroom has a double sink and a walk-in shower. A baby cot is available on request.
The Elite Suite with Private Pool - Sea View with its exceptional design is the perfect setting for a delicious stay at Royal Senses, with family or friends. The spacious and beautifully appointed bedroom with king-size bed and the comfortable living room are bathed in light. The living areas and furnishings are beautifully designed, and the bathroom with double sinks and walk-in shower, as well as the outdoor shower, are the perfect refreshment after your days of disco-very and relaxation. To make your stay even more memorable, take a dip in the private infinity pool with sea view and enjoy unforgettable afternoons on your holiday in Crete. A baby cot is available on request.
For a refined getaway in Crete, the Grand Villa with Private Pool - Sea View is a magnificent solution. Its 70 square metres of perfect design paying homage to island art offer you ample space to relax, with a King-size bed, comfortable sofa bed and cosy lounge. The bathroom with double washbasin and walk-in shower, as well as its outdoor shower, guarantee you perfect moments of refreshment after your days of discovery and relaxation. To make your stay even more memorable, take a dip in your private infinity pool with a sea view and enjoy unforgettable afternoons on your holiday in Crete. A baby cot is available on request.
If you want to experience the feeling of an ultra-luxurious home, and enjoy the finest of amenities, the Royal Senses Villa with Private Pool - Sea View is the perfect accommodation. Its spacious master bedroom and bright outdoor living room offer breathtaking panoramic views of the spectacular landscape that surrounds it. The double sink bath area and walk-in shower are just a taste of the delights that await you on your spacious designer terrace with private infinity pool. A baby cot is available on request.
The Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** is a real paradise for children of all ages!
Its baby-sitting service offers parents wishing to take advantage of special moments, super qualified nannies to take care of little ones between 4 and 36 months.
A wide range of equipment and services are available: cots, sterilisers, high chairs, care articles, bottles and teats, car seats, strollers, and much more, just ask and enjoy a gentle stay with your little ones.
The hotel's Kids Club offers a host of activities to keep children happy. Divided into age groups for more complicity (3-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-11 years), they can enjoy sports activities such as football, volleyball, swimming and dancing, as well as creative and artistic workshops such as painting, drawing, or pottery.
A great place to have fun with friends is the beautiful water park: with two pools of different depths for the little ones or their elders, they offer several sensational slides, and promise an unforgettable afternoon.
The passionate animators also offer to discover the richness of the local fauna and flora, by taking the children to the hotel's gardens or to farms in the region. What a pleasure to see the little beekeepers marvelling at the buzzing hives, before tasting the local honeys.
Teenagers aged 12 and over are invited to participate in activities specially designed to satisfy their thirst for curiosity and independence. In addition to countless sports activities, arcade and virtual reality games, as well as billiards and table tennis, are a must, and in the evening, dance parties and karaoke evenings round off the days of fun.
Crete's spectacularly contrasting landscapes offer rugged mountains and gorges as well as some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Greece. This is the perfect opportunity for a great family outing!
The hotel offers a wide range of activities to discover, à la carte. The hotel's bicycle and car rental service is an easy way to visit the local villages, which are dotted with centuries-old churches, traditional houses and beautiful Mediterranean gardens. The fish markets are also very famous.
Also on the agenda are half-day excursions to see the birth of the protected loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta), which return to the sea between August and October, under the watchful eye of renowned scientists and volunteers. Unforgettable!
Adventurers can also treat themselves to other memorable outings on the island: hiking in Europe's longest gorge (Samaria), discovering the continent's largest palm forest (Vai), diving in magnificent spots, or kayaking on the many rivers, lakes and lagoons. The possibilities are vast.
The Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** offers parents a brand-new Spa & Wellness area to enhance the balance of body and mind during their stay. With scrubs, massages and signature treatments, the treatments are delicious and performed by expert hands.
Total relaxation is guaranteed in the hammam and sauna, and the fitness centre is equipped with the latest machines, so you can return from your holiday in top form!
Crete has a culinary tradition that will be remembered by the most discerning gourmets. From fine wines and tasty cheeses to delicious local olive oils, the chefs at the Royal Senses Resort & Spa ***** select the island’s superb produce and deliver it to you in its finest form throughout your stay.
The main restaurant, first of all, unfolds its long tables in a large, warm space with an open kitchen. A generous buffet of pastries, seasonal vegetables and light meats awaits you for breakfast between 7.30am and 11am and for dinner between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.
The Cretan Lamb‘s chef prepares delicious à la carte dishes between 7pm and 11pm. The menu includes meat specialities from the traditional round grill, including the sublime juicy lamb kebabs, as prepared by the islanders in the traditional way.
Experience the atmosphere of a traditional Cretan village square with your children at the cheerful Market Place. Between 10.30am and 6.30pm, young and old alike can enjoy tasty sandwiches, mezze, gyros, cheeses and a host of colourful refreshments. On certain days, there are folk dancing classes and exciting concerts for the whole family to enjoy.
From 10am to 1am, the Lobby Bar is the perfect meeting place for cocktail and snack lovers. Don’t miss the honey, berry and raisin infused raki with rose water cake.
Parents looking for a cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere will enjoy the Night Bar from 8pm to 2am, the place to go for the best sparkling wines and cocktails between two lively dances.
Finally, frozen daiquiris and margaritas await you at the Pool Bar, for magnificent days of lazing by the Royal Senses Resort & Spa‘s superb pool.