The quintessentially Greek air, beautiful seaside location, and unmatched facilities make The Royal Blue a dream come true. By Parineeta Sethi

I’ve always dreamed of living by the sea. A house on the beach with access to blue waters, a cool sea breeze whispering in my ears as I walk along the beach…That would be the life!

My trip to Greece saw me seeking out every opportunity to take in as much of the sea as possible, so I was delighted when I arrived at Crete and checked in to The Royal Blue Resort. ‘Your home at the sea’ is the philosophy of the resort. So, all the rooms, suites and villas have been designed around the sea. The decor is a fusion of traditional and contemporary accents.

The Experience

I walk into my Royal Luxury Suite to discover that the large space has its own private pool. I am delighted! But before I can even think about spending time by the pool, I have to tend to my hunger pangs. So, I make my way to Elia, the creative Mediterranean cuisine restaurant that sources all its ingredients locally. The restaurant prides itself on serving authentic Cretian cuisine that requires little or no cooking and is nutritious and delicious.

After a healthy meal of seafood and vegetables and a short nap by the pool, it’s time for me to drop in to Pure Senses Spa. The spa has a Fitness Center with sauna and hammam, indoor heated pool with sea water, relaxation salon, variety of treatments, and hairdressers studio. Since I am by the sea, I opt for a hammam ‘Thalassotherapy’, which moisturises the skin and improves circulation with the help of seaweed extracts and marine minerals.

Later, I allow myself to indulge in a swim in my pool. As I watch the sun set over the gorgeous waters, I feel like my dream has come true…

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