Monday, 1 June 2015

Hotel Wishlist: Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort, Crete

All photos taken from the Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort website
So here we are, we've made it to June with tubs of ice cream in our freezers and the sun is.. well, the sun is still playing hide and seek.  Having said that, apparently by the end of the week England will be drenched in sunshine and it can't come soon enough for me as I'm hoping to tan a little before travelling to Belgium next week (yeah, I'm also aware of how ambitious that goal is - anticipate a super-pale travel diary)!  Anyway, until the sun comes out along with BBQs and bare legs, a little bit of daydreaming goes a long way and never more than of climates England can only dream of reaching.  This luxurious new addition to my Hotel Wishlist is the Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort in Crete.




Located 76km from the nearest airport, the Hotel & Resort comprises both suites and villas - and all of which have beautiful sandy beaches (300m worth) and crystal clear waters at their front door.  This is an area of the world I've never visited before and because of that, I'm all the more curious about what it has to offer.  However for now, let's just fixate a little while on the beautifully crisp, clean and bright interior design; the perfect traditional coastal setting.

Open Plan Junior Suite with Sea View



The Open Plan Junior Suite shown in the images above contains handpicked antique and contemporary furniture, boasts hand-made floor tiles and even comes with it's own private covered veranda.  Heaven? I think so!  It really does seem impossible to find anything aesthetically displeasing about the luxurious Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort, which is supported by the 4.5 (out of 5) TripAdvisor rating it receives - and I don't know about you, but I never book anywhere without having checked out it's online rating beforehand, it can be make or break!


This is probably the most tranquil destination I've featured in my Hotel Wishlist.  However, if the whole relax-and-put-your-feet-up thing becomes monotonous, there are various activities available including morning gymnastics, aerobics, underwater diving and mountain biking!  Personally, I'd put a couple of days aside to enjoy some of the activities but spend most of my time soaking up the sun on the confetti pool loungers, in between indulging in their fine dining.


On this occasion, I didn't simply stumble across the destination, instead it was pushed under my nose through Harpers Bazaar running a competition to win a stay for two at the incredible Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort for five nights in a luxury Bungalow Suite!  If you choose to enter - good luck! However, if your daydreaming has blended with reality and you're determined to stay there, the Caramel Boutique Hotel & Resort is currently offering 15% off accommodation up until the end of this week.  

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Wow this hotel looks amazing!! I really want to come here one day!! Crete is on my travel list!! :D
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful place Gabrielle!

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    1. I really hope that you do Alyce.. and when you do, take me with you haha! ;)

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  2. oh wow, this looks so amazing :) So beautiful, I want to visit it there :)

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    1. That makes two of us, this hotel & resort seems so dreamy - straight out of a film!

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  3. Wow looks gorgeous!! x

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  4. Absolutely spectacular! Gabrielle, you find the dreamiest places. I always want to go to all of them. I love the blue & white interiors. So tropical. So tranquil. Glad the sun is heading your way. Enjoy it. Also, enjoy your upcoming trip to Belgium. Take plenty of pics!
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    1. That's nice to be told Kim, I certainly have a lot of fun tracking them down! You're right in saying this location is 'tropical' and 'tranquil', those are the perfect descriptive words for such a fresh and luxurious place! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. WOW!!!! I'm loving the pool area <3

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    1. Ahh, same.. and of course the 'perfect' bikini would be needed for such a perfect pool!

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  6. Wow, this place looks magical, and we can totally see why it's next on your wishlist. We think it might be on ours now too actually lol

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    1. Haha that's great to hear, I have a feeling it'd be difficult to keep this dreamy location off anyone's hotel wishlist! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  7. That looks amazing! I would never want to leave!

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    1. I know the feeling, the photos are enough to lure me in haha!

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  8. Looooooooook at how beautiful this is!!!! Absolutely gorgeous - the photos, ahhhhhh I want to be sat in the sun hahaha! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. It's nice to know you feel the same way Layla haha! Thankfully, today was gorgeously sunny and so I don't feel TOO envious of this place!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Aother beautiful hotel! Love the view :)

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    1. Thanks Tash, have a great weekend

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  10. This hotel and it's location totally look like a little slice of paradise. If only I could snap my fingers and be there right now...

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    1. What a pleasant way of putting it, Rowena! Hey.. do you mind snapping your fingers and both of us being there? haha :)

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  11. Every time I read one of your hotel wish list posts, I dream of winning the lotto and have the fund to visit all the hotels. This hotel is nothing short of spectacular, another great find! xx

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    1. Fingers crossed maybe all of that positive energy will pay off and you'll soon see yourself floating on a lilo in one of these hotels' pools! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Brilliant interiors, I am particularly drawn to the arrangement of the plating. Very nice environment indeed. I hope you have a wonderful week dear. x/Madison
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    1. The display of the food is certainly very artistic! Thanks Madison and you too!

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  13. Magnificent! It looks like the set for a James Bond movie (with Daniel Craig of course)

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    1. Haha I suppose it does in a way - it's that fresh and open look!

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  14. Oh my goodness! This hotel is so dreamy! It looks so perfectly unreal!

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    1. Glad to know you think so too!

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  15. Wow Gabrielle that place looks like a paradise! Beautiful pictures!
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    1. I really love continuing this Hotel Wishlist series, glad you like this one Cvetina!

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  16. This is going on my hotel wish list too. It's so amazing and grand!

    Tina
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    1. That's great to hear Tina!

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  17. Oh myyyyy- this hotel sounds like heaven!

    -Ashley
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

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  18. If you ever go there, can I come, too? It looks like a dream and something very much needed... x

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    1. If I ever go there.. you most certainly can, Natalia! haha :)

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  19. This place is to die for! JUst gorgeous!

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    1. It really is.. glad you think so as well!

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  20. That place looks amazing.
    I would love to put on my wish list too
    XO

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    1. My travel wish list is getting ridiculously long haha :)

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  21. ugh that looks lovely! I´m really craving a summer holiday right now haha! xx

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    1. It sounds as though it's time to book yourself in for a summer holiday, Susan!

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  22. Fantastic post! Very lovely photos too. Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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    1. Thanks Kenny, credit to the photographer used by the hotel!

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  23. This place looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
    ~xo Jenn~
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    1. You're very welcome, have a great weekend!

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  24. Look at all that lush greenery and wide open space! Truly heaven on earth! Thanks for sharing this Gabrielle! Though I am stuck within the confines of my working area it was a good 5 minutes to let my mind wander to the sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Ah jotting this down as one of the many places to visit per my bucket list :) xo~ Lena
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    1. Wide open spaces are such a gift when staying at a hotel/resort and this is the perfect example of that! I'm so pleased this post helped you escape for a few minutes - I hope you're well, Lena! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Love the pops of color throughout the hotel. I need to go there.. Now! Looks gorgeous.. Almost to good to be true! xx

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    1. That's a good point, the interior design really is very impressive!

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  26. Oh my gosh. I am so just so in love with this hotel. I just love everything about it. I love the modern decor. I love the ambiance, and I love the food. Everything just looks so dreamy there. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this hotel, Kia, I agree the presentation of the food is brilliant!

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  27. Goodness me, this looks like heaven!
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  28. This lovely hotel appeals to me in so many ways. I especially like the pops of vibrant colur here and there and there are so many interesting little design details such as the fabulous floor tiles. The food is beautifully presented, another plus for me! I have visited Rhodes in the past but not Crete but friends have always been impressed with all that it offers. I am so behind with my blogging but hope to be back in the swing of it soon!!

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    1. You sound very much like me, I tend to notice the small thing - 'the devil is in the detail' after all! It's so nice to hear from you again, welcome back to the world of blogging! haha :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Wow, this looks so stunning! xo

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    1. Glad you think so too Lilia!

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  30. Beautiful, this place looks amazing, I love exploring new luxury hotels.

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    1. You and me both, they can be heavenly simply to browse online!

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  31. wow! I need some relaxation time!! I love these pictures that place looks fabulous, Thanks you so much for sharing. Have a lovely day!x
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    1. That's no problem, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed this post Arely!

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  32. Oh I hope the weather plays nice for you! And I hope you have the most amazing time in Belgium! Loving this heavenly hotel, if I ever make my way to Crete I will be sure to check it out. All these beautiful images are making me want to be in a summer location, it's a bit chilly here this morning. :) x

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    1. I very much hope so too haha, although I'll be packing warmer clothing as well just in case! Crete is on my travel hit list now too and I hope the weather improves for you soon! :)

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  33. Hadn't heard of this hotel before but it looks stunning, I wonder who did the interior design? I love the green accents in the reception area, very unique

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    1. This was a new hotel introduction for me too! The green entrance hall is certainly striking, I agree!

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  34. Wow! This hotel looks incredible. Would definitely love to stay there some day. :)
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  35. Such amazing photos!! that hotel looks absolutely gorgeous and chic, such a relaxing place!!
    xx, Natali

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    1. It most definitely does, I can imagine so many gorgeous shoots taking place there!

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  36. This place looks incredible! must be perfect for summer vacation! :)

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    1. I completely agree, it would be the perfect retreat!

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  37. That hotel looks so beautiful! I love the white decor with blue accents. It's so soothing.

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    1. Predominantly whitewash hotel interiors can be so refreshing!

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  38. How i wish i could be there right now!!! <3

    Have a great day!

    xoxo,
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    1. I have a feeling you won't be the only one feeling that way Shaira haha!

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  39. :O this looks incredible! It looks like luxury down to the smallest detail and I love the white and blue decor. Lovely hotel :)

    Rachel xx
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    1. That's a very good point and something that is very important when staying at a luxury hotel/resort!

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  40. Such a great place! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen

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  41. Would love to go here, how beautiful. Love the water and all the space too!! Perfect. I hope the sunshine does come for us all, it's been a long time now :) xx

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    1. The pool area really does look dreamy and I agree, we're long overdue a heavy dose of sunshine! :)

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  43. Have an amazing time in Belgium! This resort looks lovely! I like going to Greece on holiday :) xx

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    1. Thanks Nevena, although this resort looks heavenly I am most definitely very excited about visiting Belgium again next week :)

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  44. Que espetaculo de lugar amei toda as decoração.
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  45. Take me there!
    XoXo,
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    1. .. pack your suitcase! ;)

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  46. OMG this place is really a dream!!!

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    1. Couldn't' agree with that more!

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  47. This place looks out of a dream.........I should avoid coming here, Gabrielle, lol, you make me want to go there like, NOW! Gorgeous place, awesome pics. Thx for sharing, hon.
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    1. Haha that's great to hear, although I apologise for giving you a serious case of wanderlust! haha :)

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  48. I NEED to visit this place! It looks incredible!
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  49. Oh wow, such a lovely place! I would love to go there :D beautiful pics, xoxo <3

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  50. beautiful pictures ! how do you make them so crisp ?

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    1. I didn't take these photos Marie, however there are some great photography tutorials online!

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  51. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  52. All these hotels you show are very beautiful! Another gorgeous one x

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  53. Such a pretty hotel, I can see why it's on your wish list. By the way, don't let British weather stop you from eating ice cream! You'll never get to eat it!

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    1. That's a very good point and well-timed too.. I indulged in a salted caramel ice cream about four hours ago! ;)

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  54. Oh this is gorgeous.. I want to visit now! haha!
    & I also wanted to hop by and say thank you for the lovely comment x
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  55. I so wanna be here! It's so gorgeous and the layout and design is so open and airy.

    Keisha xo
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    1. Ah, that makes two of us.. I can imagine laying by the pool with a good book and refreshing drink - heaven!

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  56. Okay great, thanks to these photos I now want to book another vacation! I try and avoid travel sites as much as I can when I'm not necessarily able to travel so I don't tempt myself and end up booking something. Hahaha I know that sounds totally silly. I want to go here now!!

    Have a fantastic trip Gabrielle:-) And stay sun safe, which is what I'm finally telling myself after all these years:p.

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    1. Haha I'm so sorry Elizabeth, hang on in there! That doesn't silly at all, hold on to those pennies and perhaps boycott any and all of my travel posts haha :) Thanks so much, I'm really looking forward to visiting Belgium again as it's one of my favourite places in Europe!

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  57. Oh wow, this looks like paradise!
    I really really want to be there sometimes...
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