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A day at Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection is nothing but extraordinary, where every single detail has been conceived to provide bliss.
DOMES NORUZ Chania, Autograph Collection – as its name suggests – represents a haven of rebirth for the mind and senses. Located on one of western Crete’s most fascinating locations, this is a property that lends itself ultimately to lavish luxurious leisure within an environment that perfectly fits the surrounding landscape. Imposing yet serene, a sense of openness abounds in every detail, from the 9 metre reception hall dome, the 2 swimming pool areas to its sandy beach. This is a place where everything seems to be extraordinary, where every morning seems like a new beginning, away from the rhythms of everyday life, where after a great night’s sleep, days can begin with a 60’ session of spiritually uplifting yoga accompanied by the sun rising behind a long stretch of sand and the clear waters of the sea. It’s time for breakfast, prepared by our chef at his open kitchen counter, where he will concoct a delicious nutrition packed breakfast using sustainable and locally grown raw foods such as oatmeal, quinoa, seeds, fibers and grains, to perfectly complement that yoga session. After that, the choices are limitless: Spend the rest of the morning on one of our outdoor sun beds, relax at the beachfront swimming pool or enter the over-indulgent world of our Spa to surrender to the experienced hands of our Elemis trained spa therapists where you can sip on infused water with a tasteful blend of local fruits, herbs and spices or a cold glass of Cretan tea, prepared by our mixologist in consultation with an indigenous botanist. Wellness flows from every sip with local flavours from the land of Crete, such as local honey, freshly-cut belladonna, lavender, citrus, mint, watermelon and basil.
As the sun sets, join us at the Raw Bar for a classic perfectly concocted cocktail. Alternatively, let our bartenders prepare your very own signature drink – just let him know what your favourite flavours are and he will do the rest, then just sit back and sigh at the beauty of the sunset as it spreads across the sky, with a chilled, perfectly balanced cocktail in your hand. Fine dining, captivating surroundings and the soft summer breeze wafting through the air combine to make for the perfect dining experience and the end to a day that has been conceived to provide immunity-boosting, mood-enhancing moments. Feeling pleasantly balanced and rested after a perfect day, another perfect night’s sleep awaits….
Renowned for its flavourful produce and rich culinary traditions, Crete offers a cornucopia of opportunities to explore and savour the flavours, aromas and vintages of this iconic Mediterranean destination.
Experience the Mediterranean diet, right here in its birthplace, with a selection of food tours that take you on a journey through the mountains and villages of Crete. You’ll meet artisan producers and traditional farmers, learn about the island’s time-honoured culinary traditions, and sample a selection of field-fresh produce and authentic local dishes, prepared with soul, love and real local know-how, just as they have been for thousands of years.
Crete might now be known for its wine… but it should be! Discover the island’s millennia-long viticulture tradition and visit your choice of some of the island’s best wineries to sample a selection of wonderful wines made from the island’s indigenous as well we international grape varieties. Alongside the winery tours and wine-tasting, you can also choose to sample other local specialties including olive oil, Cretan cheese and local beer.
Join friendly local cooks and bakers and learn how to prepare your favourite Greek and Cretan dishes -from local specialties to well-known staples- using farm-fresh produce and superb local ingredients. The classes take place at fantastically authentic locations, including wineries and farm kitchens, and come in a range of options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. Fun, versatile, and great for the whole family!
Guided walking tours are a fantastic way to experience new places -and even rediscover places you’ve visited before! Wandering through the Old City of Chania, you’ll explore picturesque neighbourhoods, visit iconic landmarks, and discover the fascinating stories and secrets hidden in the city’s nooks and crannies, as knowledgeable multilingual tour guides bring the sites to life through historical accounts, interesting facts and fun anecdotes.
Witness the quaint beauty, vibrant traditions and breathtaking nature of Crete’s traditional villages. With dozens of picturesque villages dotting the countryside around Chania, you can choose based on your specific interests, including scenery and photo ops, natural attractions, local crafts and culture, and history.
Perfect for modern-history buffs, this tour focuses on the WWII Battle of Crete, codename: Operation Mercury. Learn about the first mainly airborne invasion in military history, trace the course of the Axis invasion and the Allied and civilian resistance, visit or view key sites and locations, browse dedicated exhibitions, and find out how this Mediterranean island helped change the course of history.
Enjoy sunsets? Dancing? Beer? Beach life? If your answer is “yes” to some of the above, these experiences are for you.
From adventurous morning excursions to romantic evening sails and everything in between, a boat tour is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a unique perspective of the island’s beauty and its many hidden treasures. With departures from Chania, Kissamos, Sfakia, these boat tours and cruises are a great way to visit some of the island’s best waterside locations -including Akrotiri, Balos, Glika Nera, Loutro, Machairida, Marmara, Menies, Seitan Limania, and Thodorou- as well as other top destinations in the southern Aegean, including Milos, Monemvasia and Santorini. Talk to our concierge team to find out more.
Enjoy a relaxing, slow-paced experience or lose yourself in gorgeous summertime romance. Sailing boat tours are a beautiful, intimate way to experience Crete and take in the beauty and sights along its coast.
Set off on a day of adventure and exploring! Packing a bit more action, motorboat tours -with smaller or larger vessels- are the perfect way to explore Crete on shorter or longer tours.
Sailing boat tours are a beautiful, intimate way to experience Crete and take in the beauty and sights along its coast.
Treat yourself to an experience of a lifetime with a private tour aboard a luxury yacht. Discreet, professional crew and top-of-the-line service will cater to your every need while you enjoy an incomparable experience of the island.
Go on a guided hike of the world-famous Samaria Gorge and surrounding national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that’s home to unique flora and fauna, or explore one of the area’s lesser known trails that offer breathtaking scenery and views. Crete’s wild natural beauty beckons to be experienced first-hand, with options for casual walkers and experienced hikers alike!
Come find the beach of your dreams! With over 1000 km of coastline, Crete boasts numerous world-class beaches, including the famed Elafonisi and Balos, but there’s so much to explore and experience, including: Seitan Limania, Falasarna, Preveli, and Triopetra. Talk to our concierge team for detailed directions or to arrange private transfers -and why not see our Discover Crete by Sea section for more options for reaching the island’s hidden treasures!
Discover Crete’s beautiful monasteries and churches, tucked away in gorges and remote mountainsides, to view their stunning religious art and artifacts and learn about their unique heritage. Based on your specific interests, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to visit key religious sites, witness the island’s Venetian and Byzantine heritage, and learn about its religious history and traditions.
Dive into Crete’s glimmering sapphire waters and discover the underwater wonderland that awaits you. Choose from snorkelling -a fun and easy way to explore the sea bed closer to the shoreor scuba diving, with options for experienced, intermediate and novice divers, including lessons with professional instructors. Both options are suitable for children as well as grownups and make for unforgettable family experiences!