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10 Best Beach Resorts in the World

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9. Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

A resort of exceptional quality and style, Blue Palace Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for those seeking natural beauty, deluxe accommodations, the finest cuisine, and a world-class spa. Terra-cotta-colored stone walls, mature palm and olive trees, and the endless blues of the 106 private pools and the serene waters of the Cretan Pelagos, blend together to create an extraordinary masterpiece. Blue Palace is composed of small units of stylish and spacious bungalows and suites as well as three magnificent private villas. All bungalows, suites, and villas enjoy magnificent sea views and are luxuriously furnished with marble-lined bathrooms. Just 2 miles away from the village of Elounda, this elegant resort overlooks sparkling blue waters and sits opposite the isle of Spinalonga with its medieval fortress. Two bars and five restaurants offer a wide range of exquisite choices, ranging from International cuisine to poolside snacks. Situated right by the beach is The Elounda Spa which promotes relaxation in the most inspiring environment.