Detox in Crete with the ultimate spa holiday

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Crete's best spas for ultimate detox, beauty therapy, couples getaways and family holidays

Crete spa holiday

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Unwind, relax and detox your days away in a beautiful country with great food and the five-star luxury. Sound dreamy? We thought so when we headed out for a tour of Crete's finest spas.

From dedicated wellness destinations to family-friendly resorts, the Greek Island has a lot to offer today's beauty buff (and her partner). Check out our Spa edit of Crete below…

Unwind at 5T Thomson Al la Carte Blue Palace Hotel and Spa

The Resort

If stunning panoramic views are your thing (we're betting they are), Crete's 5T Blue Palace should fulfill all your gazing-into-natural-beauty needs. Built into a rocky hillside, this 251-room resort couldn't be any closure to nature unless tent pegs were involved. And nobody wants that.

Complete with private pebble beach, infinity pools and all the necessary amenities, the Blue Palace also offers once in a lifetime extras like whirlpool tubs, home cinemas and private infinity pools. Oh, we couldn't help ourselves…

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The view from our Blue Palace infinity pool



Food and Drink

No wonder this resort made the 2013 World Travel Awards list, with four main restaurants covering an American buffet breakfast, steakhouse, Asian dishes and casual dining.

The Spa

Located on the beachfront, you can access the Blue Palace Spa via a lift that runs from the hotel reception. But after testing the no-lift option for research benefits, a stroll through the hotel's grounds isn't so bad either. You'll soon be in full relaxation mode once the spa's sweet and steamy scents take effect.

If the Turkish steam baths, thalassotherapy and beauty salon don't swing it, there's a fully kitted wellness centre and gym to get you feeling fit. Yoga and a facial, anyone?

Treatments we recommend

These guys pride themselves on their olive oil and sugar scrub, yoghurt after-sun facials and Rakotherapy. We tried the latter, which uses the Cretan delicacy (aka, alcoholic drink), Raki, as an energizing massage.

Go now

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Crete staying at the 5T Al la Carte Blue Palace Resort on a bed and breakfast basis from £910 per person (includes a saving of £270 per person). Price is based on two sharing, and includes flights departing from East Midlands airport on 10th October 2013 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

Total detox time at 5T Thomson Al la Carte Aldemar Royal Mare

The Resort

The Royal Mare Spa may be the focus here, but that doesn't stop this vast resort making full use of its beachside surroundings. Spread out like a miniature town, the Aldemar Royal Mare creates functional space between hidden chill-out gardens and tennis courts - 11 of them to be precision. That's in addition to the squash courts, golf academy and watersports like diving and windsurfing.

But if relaxing by a private pool is more your thing, VIP room upgrades with give you the gift of privacy and a pool to share with fellow VIPers. The communal pools are just as impressive though, surrounded by lush greenery and palm trees.

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Sea views from the Aldemar Royal Mare



Food and Drink

It's easy to loose track of the food offerings dotted around this resort. Between the buffet restaurant, poolside snack bar and beachfront dining, there's a sushi bar, traditional Greek menus and gluten free options.

Dieticians are also available through the spa, on hand to create a personal (and achievable) menu that will be cooked up at the spa restaurant.

The Spa

It really is all about the spa here. Voted the World's Leading Thalasso and Spa Resort every year since 2007, wellness is the absolute focus. The blue-tiled walls are certainly more clinical that the other resorts we tried, but the beauty treatments are just as pampering.

During your visit, there's hydromassage pools, steam cabins and massage rooms to tempt you. Not to mention a few more specific bits of machinery, like the lung and throat cleanser.

Treatments we recommend

We took the tradition approach with a massage and scrub combo, but boy did we feel squeaky clean afterwards. Ah, bliss.

Go now

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Crete staying at the 5T Al la Carte Aldemar Royal Mare on a half board basis from £635 per person (includes a saving of £80 per person). Price is based on two sharing, and includes flights departing from Stansted airport on 17th October 2013 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

Two's company at 5T Thomson Couples Aquila Elounda Village

The Resort

Attention lovebirds, Thomson know how to treat their couples and the Aquila Elounda Village resort is a prime example. The adults-only rule spans the resort, allowing their largely returning clientele to make full use of the romantic setting. To a point, you understand. But with a view of the Mirabella Bay and Mediterranean Sea, it's hard not to get swept up in the moment.

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Romantic meals in the picturesque Aquila Elounda Village



Food and Drink

Authentic Greek dishes are the speciality across two A la Carte restaurants and a buffet. While private dining is also welcomed without fuss, just take the al fresco approach and relocate to your balcony or the beach.

The Spa

The most traditional spa we saw during our tour of Crete, this couples-friendly experience houses joint massage rooms, an indoor pool and various sauna and steam rooms. For a moment on your own (even on a couples break), just book in for a manicure and enjoy some me-time.

Treatments we recommend

We kicked off our holiday with a delicious honey and sea salt scrub, mixed with a 30-minute massage to set our downtime levels perfectly. Did we love it? So much!

Go now

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Crete staying at the 5T Couples Aquila Elounda Village on a half board basis from £629 per person (includes a saving of £131 per person). Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Manchester airport on the 8th October 2013. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

Take your family to the 5T Sensatori Resort Crete

The Resort

You'll never out-mature a family holiday, as long as it's a Sensatori Resort you're booking into. Its five star treatment comes with a laid-back, luxurious approach that makes group holidays a breeze.

Flexible room availability means they cater for twin, double, family rooms and suites, most with breathtaking sea views, private pools and swim-up entrances.

Entertainment is their forte, hosting a packed line-up of adults-only comedy nights, West End-style shows and live music (the kind that don't turn your ice cream sour). The popular kids' club also has a sleepover once a week to give Mum and Dad a night off – amazing.

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Signature luxury at Thomson's Sensatori Resort Crete



Food and Drink

One hotel, seven restaurants, and an impressive menu spanning the resort - options include Thai, Mexican, Japanese dishes, a steak house and traditional buffet service. Bar snacks? They're available all day too!

The Spa

Where better to escape the family than with a day at the onsite spa? Minimalist and deeply relaxing, Thomson's senses theme is put into practice with dimly lit hallways and tranquil music. And when your treatment is finished, a visit to the hotel's salon and manicure chair isn't totally out of the question.

Treatments we recommend

Another day, another massage and this 30-minute treatment was to the same high standard of the previous hotels. And the award for most multi-tasking resort goes to…

Go now

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Crete staying at the 5T Sensatori Resort on a full board basis from £549 per person (includes a saving of £195 per person). Price is based on two sharing, and includes flights departing from Birmingham airport on 10th October 2013 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

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