Arriving at the super-secluded Seaside resort feels like you’ve uncovered a secret escape – a small slice of Crete that’s just for you. Yes, it may be a big hotel – 250 rooms dotted on the hillside – but as it’s spread out over various levels with multiple amenities, you can still find plenty of intimate spots to make you feel a million miles from anyone.

Relax in a cave / Image: Seaside Lifestyle Resort, Crete

Start your day with a trip to the gym or a yoga class in one of the clifftop pods, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure the dramatic coastline is never far away, even as you work out. Wellness is woven through every part of the stay here, from those blissful workout spots to the relaxed spa and the various well-thought-out dining options on offer at three signature restaurants: Umi, Kullinarium and Minoan Cretan Taverna. Forget the detox when you get back from your holiday – after a week at Seaside, you’ll be aiming to emulate some of the chef’s carefully balanced specials in your home kitchen.

However, the food at Kullinarium (a venue that offers stunning sea views) is possibly the star attraction when it comes to cuisine. Although it’s a tough call to make, considering that the Minoan Cretan Taverna cleverly reimagines classic Greek dishes you’ve been eating for years, while UMI sets out to fuse Peruvian flavours with sushi, and absolutely nails the assignment.

A private plunge pool with a view / Image: Seaside Lifestyle Resort, Crete

Suites come with their own plunge pools overlooking the rocky outpost of Agia Pelagia, a view you’ll have to pull yourself away from. To summarise: come for the chilled atmosphere and setting, dive into the fitness and wellness, and then stay an extra week for the food.

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