The Island Hotel

As an adults-only establishment, The Island Hotel has an air of sophistication and luxury. Elegantly-styled rooms and suites come with a range of features to choose from, such as hydro-massage bath tubs, rain showers or even your own private swimming pool. With a bar offering signature snacks and ice-cold beverages throughout the day, you’ll never have to lift a finger while you lounge next to the infinity pool. The hotel has an excellent selection of high-quality restaurants, where you can discover the best of Cretan cuisine, and in the evening, you can sink into a sumptuous armchair for drinks in the open-air bar. If that’s not enough, step into the Bath House for a romantic spa experience, or try a yoga class, a game of tennis or a vigorous workout in the gym.

Overview of Gouves

Spectacular beaches, fertile valleys, and majestic mountains are what holidays to Crete are made of. The largest of the Greek isles, this alluring island has been shaped by a unique and fascinating past. With quaint beach-front tavernas, up-scale hotels, invigorating water sports and archaeological gems, Gouves is a fashionable Cretan holiday resort oozing with personality. Just a few moments from Gouves Beach, The Island Hotel boasts cinematic views of the Aegean Sea and is favourably located for you to make the most of the area’s many treasures.

Things to do in Gouves

Enjoy the glorious beaches in Gouves, where water sports can be as lively or laid-back as you please, with everything from water-skiing and paragliding, to canoeing and pedalo rides. The Aquarium in nearby Gournes is definitely worth a visit, and the view from mount Ederi is staggering, so it’s well worth the drive to the top. The island also attracts people who come to discover the remnants of long-lost civilizations, and Knossos, the great Minoan Palace, is only 20 kilometres from Gouves. Meanwhile, in the quaint village of Skotino, the Skotino cave has a depth of 160 metres and according to myth, this was the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. If you’re looking for a taste of the Mediterranean, you’ll love the gastronomic wonders of Greek meze – accompanied, of course, by the bright sunshine and ocean breeze off the Aegean Sea. With something new to discover every day, your time here will be well spent.

Resort Summary

Kato Gouves is the town’s beach territory, lined with distinct shores ranging from sandy to secluded, pebbled patches. The most popular beaches are those in the centre of town – there, you’ll find rows of sunloungers to call home for the afternoon, plus waterfront bars that are happy to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Down on the waterfront is where the action is, with the town’s long stretch of coast taking centre stage. It’s known as Kato Gouves. There are watersports to get your heart rate up and sunbeds to bring it back down, plus beach bars and restaurants and souvenir shops. Up towards Mount Ederi is Pano Gouves, a quiet, authentic village that’s happy to keep things low key and the food very local.

The beaches, like any Greek island holiday location, can get crowded in the summer season – it’s a sun-filled holiday destination, after all – so you’d be wise to arrive early for maximum sunbathing potential. Out to sea, there are scuba divers exploring the rocky coastline, while banana boats and windsurfers whisk through the waves. There are flags to help mark areas with strong undercurrents that you should avoid, so you keep safe when opting for a swim.