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The backstory: Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is renowned for its rugged landscape and ancient rock-cut caverns, but the latest hideout is significantly less rugged. Located on the edge of a cliff in Mononaftis, only 30 minutes from the main airport, Acrobatic suites is a wellness-focused resort where your suite could be the most stylish “cave” you’ve ever seen. After a soft launch last year, the luxury adults-only property is now open for its first full season (April through October).
Space: The 49 suites and villas are distinct, but each offers Aegean Sea views and a private pool. The overall design is sleek, contemporary, and meant to blend in with the surroundings, reflected in organic materials (stone, wood, marble), an understated palette of earth tones, and natural fabrics like raw silk bedding . The most unusual suites are inspired by caves, where you can imagine yourself swimming in your personal cave.
Restoration : Favoring organic ingredients sourced from small farms around Crete, the main restaurant, Cremnos, serves modern Greek, with dishes like black truffle pastitsio (beef cheek with paccheri pasta) and saganaki dumplings (shrimp with bisque). Circle, the poolside lounge bar, is open all day, but time your cocktails or just-squeezed juices with the sunset for particularly photogenic views.
Additional amenities: Gyms aren’t generally known for their architectural interest, but the Asana Fitness Club is an exception. The space — shared between Acro Suites and Beachfront resort and spa (the 248-room sister property next door) — is a bespoke shalawith a curved bamboo roof, where you can do your cardio, weight training or yoga classes while enjoying a view of the entertainingly beautiful sea. But of course, there’s also a spa: Bath House, with a steam room, Finnish dry sauna, two treatment rooms (for aromatherapy massages and other treatments), and indoor and outdoor pools.
Nearby sites: From the resort, Agia Pelagia beach is a 10-minute drive away, a small fishing village-turned-resort dotted with waterside cafes and seafood restaurants. Those looking for a more noisy will find her half an hour away in Heraklion, the bustling capital of Crete.
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