Whether or not a hotel has a pool can make or break your decision to stay there. It’s a major draw at Stella Island Resort on the island of Crete in Greece, but that’s because lagoon-style pools stretch across the entire property and even have lounge areas in the water. From overwater bungalows with private jacuzzis to swim-up rooms with personal verandas, Stella Island is the perfect adults-only resort for anyone who takes their hotel pools seriously.
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Stella Island Resort is located in the town of Hersonissos on Crete, Greece, facing the Aegean Sea. Water was the entire inspiration behind the design. All of the structures on the property are organized such that they’re touching one of the lagoon-style pools, which come complete with miniature islets where guests can lounge and are connected by wooden deck-style paths. Better yet, the resort is less than a quarter-mile from the beach.
Eternally romantic with its sumptuous spa and honeymoon packages, Stella Island Resort is an obvious choice for couples. But the adults-only resort also has something for everyone — granted they’re 15+ per the age requirement.
To start, there are six restaurants (Kimata for creative cuisine, Oceania for artistic cuisine, Vegera for local cuisine, Umami for Asian cuisine, La Parilla for meat-based cuisine, and the Paraiso party garden) and four bars (Cabana for cocktails and small plates, the all-day Utopia lounge, a “shaded oasis” called Umbra, and the Makuti infinity bar).
For active types, the resort has a sports center that hosts activities such as tennis, beach volleyball, yoga, and zumba. Stella Island staff can also help arrange just about any activity you can image through local sports centers and operators — scuba diving, water skiing, parasailing, banana boating, parachuting, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking — you name it.
Rates for the five-star resort start around $300 per night during the off-season and can cost up to $1,000 per night in the high season, depending on the room you book.