Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels Crete Greece (2024 Updated)

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Greece have evolved significantly over the last years, establishing it as one of the most liberal countries in Southeast EuropeDiscrimination is not as common anymore, although LGBT people in Greece may still face social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Despite this, Greek public opinion on homosexuality is generally regarded as culturally liberal,with same-sex unions being legally recognised since 2015.

Greece is one of Europe’s most popular LGBT tourist destinations, particularly its largest cities Athens and Thessaloniki as well as several of its islands. The gay scene of Mykonos is well-known, with many establishments catering for the LGBT community.Lesbos also is famous internationally for its lesbian scene in Eressos.

There is also a large gay scene in Thessaloniki with gay/lesbian bars/clubs and several friendly mixed venues, and several LGBT organisations. In June 2012, the city got its own annual pride event (Thessaloniki Pride).

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean Sea. Crete rests approximately 160 km south of the Greek mainland.

Crete has a long history of being a  gay friendly resort and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Rogmi mini bar is the most famous gay place in Crete, Greece.

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1. Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults Only) 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Crete

Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults Only)
Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults Only)

Featuring a magnificent outdoor pool and a restaurant, the 5-star Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults only) offers accommodations in Analipsi of Hersonissos. The resort features a private pebbled beach. Free WiFi is available in all areas.

All air-conditioned rooms are fitted with a TV, fridge and safety box. Every room includes a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Only 1.2 mi from the center of Hersonissos, a place popular for the lively nightlife, the waterslide beach, bars, sports and extreme sports, bungee jumping, carts and shopping centers, close to the beach.

Across the road from a sand and pebble beach along the Sea of Crete, this polished adults-only hotel is 8 km from CretAquarium and 20 km from Heraklion International Airport.

Streamlined rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minibars, espresso machines, and furnished balconies or terraces with garden or sea views. Suites add living areas with sofa beds. Room service is available.

Complimentary continental breakfast is served in an airy restaurant. There are also 2 bars. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym, and a private area on the beach with sun loungers and thatched umbrellas. Massages are offered in a spa or in cabanas.

The “Elysium Boutique Hotel” is a contemporary luxurious hotel located in Analipsi of Hersonissos, featuring a magnificent view, a sandy-pebble beach and a quiet environment. It has double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and suites for romantic getaways. The architecture and interior design of the hotel, the atmospheric luxury, the delicious meals and the high-standard services and provisions render it an ideal destination for the holiday you’ve always dreamt of.

The area of Analipsi is appropriate for all kinds of holiday as it offers a wide selection of options due to its perfect location. The tourist resort lies only 2 kilometers away from the center of Hersonissos, famous for the lively nightlife, numerous hotels, the popular waterslide beach, bars, swimming pools, sports and extreme sports, bungee jumping, carts and shopping centers close enough to the beach.

A lovely, rather new and very modern boutique hotel close to a little sandy beach. Wonderful staff who helped all the time, excellent breakfast buffet and great Greek dishes in the BLISS Café and Restaurant just next to the beach.

The hotel has a little gym and a fantastic spa where I enjoyed two massages. Rooms are nice and clean, with a huge terrace, TV, and WiFi free of charge (it worked very well during my stay). All in all – highly recommendable.

Lgbt Friendly Hotels Crete
Lgbt Friendly Hotels Crete

Starting off with a taxi from Heraklion, it took us 20 minutes to get to the hotel which is great for a transfer. Location is in quiet Analipsi, although we always found something to do. It is right by the beach with its own umbrellas that you can use for free, that part of the beach is very rocky but less than a minutes walk and you are on a sandy beach. There is also a really lovely little church outside of the hotel that is a must see.

The hotel itself is beautiful and comfortable, the room we stayed in was very large, with great service from those on the front desk, in the restaurant and in the bar by the pool. The food was fantastic and plenty to choose from, they also change the selection each day which was great. The all inclusive drinks were great, again lots of choice. Very much a couples hotel, by the pool it was very relaxed. We didn’t use the gym but the massage facilities were very nice (although slightly pushy to try to make you choose more options). Overall a fantastic stay and I will definitely return.

Hotel is very well located adjacent to the beach. On the beach is a private area for hotel guests, there is also waiter service. The hotel is modern, very clean with good facilities, the pool has lovely cabanas and plenty of comfy sun loungers, never w problem to get a bed.

What truly made this trip so memorable was the 5 star service from Elyio and his team, Rasti, Amanda, Nicolas and many more. We enjoyed their hospitality and professionalism. I have a gluten intolerance, the staff were very accommodating and always remembered my requirements. The food was plentiful, 4 different choices for every meal and each meal 5 courses all severed beautifully.

Gay Friendly Hotels Crete Greece
Gay Friendly Hotels Crete Greece

How much does a room costs at Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa ?

Prices start 210$/night for Comfort Room Garden View. The Elegance Open Plan Suite GV with independent Pool is  375$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite opens to a furnished terrace with garden views and a private swimming pool. Includes a living area.

Where to book online – Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults Only)  – Gay Friendly Hotels Crete Greece you can find the best hotels deals in Crete during  Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Crete on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection- Adults Only 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Chania

Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection
Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection

Offering private access to a sandy beach in Agioi Apostoloi, Domes Noruz Chania is the first Greek resort to be an honoree for its interior and exterior design.

It features a state-of-the-art spa center and 2 pools overlooking the azure waters and the surrounding islands. Fine champagne and fresh seafood can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.

All accommodations types at Domes Noruz Chania have extended outdoor living areas with a variety of amenities, lounge furniture, outdoor bathtubs and either hot tub or plunge pool. Free WiFi is available throughout. Their architecture is inspired from the Venetian Arsenals with Cretan sandstone to be the prominent building material.

The Spa center, with design inspired by traditional local embroidery and fabrics, features a hammam, sauna and hot tub. Rejuvenating massage treatments can be also provided.

Set on Agioi Apostoli Beach on the shores of Chania Bay, this upscale adults-only resort is 5 km from both the Maritime Museum of Crete and Chania Lighthouse.

Offering terraces with plunge pools, the chic, understated rooms include free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars and Nespresso machines. Refined 1-bedroom suites add whirlpool tubs, private pools and/or pull-out sofas. Room service is available 24/7.

Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include a relaxed restaurant offering outdoor dining, and a serene spa with an indoor pool and a juice bar. There are also 2 outdoor pools; 1 with a bar.

Located in a dreamy seaside setting, Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection Adults Only is a lifestyle resort awarded for its novel design that combines modern Greek design with a wide range of experiences and a cosmopolitan view of the world. From delicious cocktails made from local ingredients to moonlit live jazz events at the beach and helicopter rides at the breathtaking Samaria Gorge, guests are invited to a highly curated world where unique experiences are the forefront.

By embracing the past and the present of the city Noruz offers a fresh, contemporary way for design-savvy guests to explore Chania and enjoy it differently. The hotel’s close proximity to the city makes it even more ideal, as Chania is amongst Mediterranean’s ‘must see’ cultural destinations. The old town offers a blend of Ottoman, Venetian and Greek architectures creating a stunning setting.

Beautiful beach side hotel near Chania Crete. Spotlessly clean and stunning design in all areas.
Even entry level rooms have plunge pools and Jacuzzis. Top end suites available.

Very large choice of breakfast dishes, plentiful coffee and fresh juices. The snack and dinner menus are delicious but remained unchanged during our stay. The best option for dinner is to pay as you go rather than to use vouchers.

Direct access onto beach with ample sunbeds and sun shades, waiter call button on tables. Two stunning pools one with a sushi bar and music the other a quiet zone pool. Both pools with waiter call buttons adequate loungers showers and parasols.

All the staff were very polite and helpful during our stay.

Gorgeous hotel located just outside Chania, approx. ten minutes in a cab to the town centre.
Private stretch of beach with their own recliners and towels for hotel guests only. Two main pools (one normal one with a swim up bar, and one quiet zone) with all rooms having plunge pools/outside baths/hot tubs. Rooms themselves were fantastic, split level, two TVs, amazing views.

This is a two year old hotel with 84 rooms and suites, built in two tiers over the sandy bay of Agii Apostoli. The architecture is, perhaps, a little stark (softened a little by some attractive landscaping), and there are some oddities about the designs, but I guess it’s each to their own.

The place was spotless, and the clever use of natural surfaces, finishes and materials in natural colours was impressive. I thought the reception area was the most impressive area in design, although I did feel that the lobby bar which doesn’t lobby to anywhere was rather surplus to requirements.

There are two delightful pools, each of good size. One is a quiet zone, shielded from the music broadcast (played most of the time in varying degrees of sound level and irritation) over the main pool and the beach. The bars are found by the main pool and by the beachside restaurants. Bar service is provided to all areas including the beach.

The bay on which the hotel stands is reasonably attractive, and the hotel lies on the better end of it. The narrow strand of clean sand in front of the hotel leads into a very safe bathing area, where the shelf runs almost 50 metres before falling away.

The hotel has a reasonably good location in a fairly quiet area with minimal commercialisation. The bay lies some 4 kilometres from the centre of historic Chania. A taxi ride costs 8 euros, the bus from the car park at the bottom of the street 1.2 euros with a pre-purchased ticket from the minimarket at the corner.

We stayed a week from 16 May. Our check-in was enthusiastic, although I personally don’t favour the process of sitting you down in the lobby – after a long journey, I’d rather that formalities were kept to a minimum, so I could just get to my room. The clientele was cosmopolitan and with a very mixed age profile.

The food served at the hotel is excellent. Breakfast is amazingly varied, very attractively presented, with all the usual possibilities, plus healthy options and interesting and very tasty local specialities. Even the sausages are good! The egg station might be more efficient, but it’s not a great issue.

A good variety of snacks is available at the pool bar (“Raw Bar”) during the day, whilst the restaurant (“Zeen”) serves lunch and dinner menus of exceptional invention and creativity. The cuisine is international, and a good contrast to the somewhat heartier fare available in nearby restaurants and tavernas. We did use the restaurant right across the street several times – it was very good indeed.

It’s a cliché to say that the hotel staff were the best asset, but it is true. This team, under the visible management of the general manager and head chef, is young, energetic, enthusiastic and determined to learn. Nothing was too much trouble for them. It was a real pleasure to experience such a degree of customer care.

Gay Friendly Hotels Chania
Gay Friendly Hotels Chania

How much does a room costs at Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection ?

Prices start 400$/night for Upbeat Retreat Pool View with Plunge Pool. The Wellness Loft Pool View with Whirlpool is  550$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Spacious and sophisticated in style, this suite expands in two floors. It opens to a 15-m² pool-view terrace with a heated hot tub. Tastefully designed, it features a wall art inspired by the rich history of the area. Its bathroom is stocked with a walk-in shower.

Amenities include:
-signature bath salts and oil with a complete spa toolkit for use at the outdoor hot tub (once per stay) -a wellness case-kit with ELEMIS® luxury skin care products, like the Eyes- awake Recovery gel, the Body Buff, the Quiet mind Pillow body soothing Spray and the Lip revive nourishing Balm (once per stay) and a complimentary custom-made wellness drink per day -a complimentary 30-minute massage per suite per stay and exclusive Spa Suite-only treatments plus one-to-one consultation -20% Discount in Soma Spa treatments & therapies -complimentary extended bathroom amenities by Elemis (replenished). Sublime Loft can accommodate up to 4 adults upon request with no additional charge.

Where to book online – Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection- Adults Only  – Gay Friendly Hotels Chania Greece you can find the best hotels deals in Crete during  Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Crete on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa – Adults Only 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Crete

Offering the main outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and two restaurants, Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa is settled just a breath above the “Blue Flag” awarded beach of Hersonissos.

The bright and spacious air conditioned rooms feature a stylish white-blue decor and large windows. Each one includes free wi-fi, flat-screen TV, safe box, mini-bar, coffee machine and private bathroom.

There is a 24-hour front desk at Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa, as well as free WiFi in public areas. The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Guests may enjoy buffet or a la carte menus at the on site restaurant

Wellness options includes spa, sauna, hamam, hydromassage and hairdresser salon.

A minute’s walk from eateries along the beach, this contemporary hotel offering views of the Sea of Crete is also a 9-minute walk from Aquaworld Aquarium and 23 km from Heraklion International Airport N. Kazantzakis.

Bright, streamlined rooms offer minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus tea and coffeemakers; some have balconies. Upgraded rooms add sea views, espresso machines, terraces and/or whirlpool tubs.

Breakfast is complimentary. There are 2 restaurants with sea views, including a breezy rooftop eatery, along with 3 bars and an outdoor pool. A spa area features a sauna, a hammam and a hot tub.

Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa is set on the sandy beach at Hersonissos, a resort on the northern coast of Crete. The hotel, which welcomes guests aged 16 and over, has gardens and trees around the pool, plus a spa where you can relax. The hotel’s décor is minimal and Scandinavian in style. The buffet restaurant is on the top floor and has views out over Hersonissos and the bay of Malia. The hotel also has a restaurant right on the boardwalk, from where you can stroll, jog or cycle along the modern promenade that stretches the length of the resort.

There are tavernas lining the walkway where you can stop for a drink. The center of the popular resort of Hersonissos is a short stroll away and has plenty of places to eat and drink. In the evening you’ll find some of the liveliest nightlife on the island in the resort’s bars and nightclubs, some of which stay open into the early hours. The resort has a variety of beaches, with the calmest waters to the sheltered west of the small port, and small coves with fine sand and rock formations to the east.

The air con was switched on straight away and our room was fantastic having the jacuzzi bath, large comfy bed and great views. Pool view room was gorgeous and very clean. We were welcomed with a tray with sandwiches and salad which was welcomed late at night.

Breakfast was fab!!! You are served with staff and must wear a mask whilst in dining room. If not they won’t serve you. Good for the week was delicious and can’t complain.

There is a la carte restaurant which is additional and their food at lunch by the pool was very good. Wraps chips Greek salads etc. Beer by the pool is €3.50 and is great.

The pool is very clean and warm. Needed in the heat. The poolside is relaxing with wooden sun loungers and very comfortable. There is a call button for food on your table.

Sun on the balconies is in the morning and not in the afternoon which we like so we took to the outside area just off reception from 4 to 6 everyday which had tables and chairs to catch the afternoon sunshine. Loved this area as very relaxing.

Over the bridge at the pool takes you to the luxury rooms and also to the sea front. Could no believe our eyes when turned the corner. Gorgeous seafront with loads restaurants and shops of great quality. This takes you to the strip which is 5 minutes walk where you will find great bars for cocktails, shops, clubs and many beautiful beach restaurants. We visited El Greco sitting on the beach eating dinner and loved it.

The weather in September was really hot and sunscreen required. Face masks in all shops and whilst walking in the streets. Can be hot wearing masks. Portable fan needed.

The Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel gets a 10/10 from us. We were able to book a room for our last day at €40 and no time limit. This was thanks to Nicholas the manager who was working very hard to keep us guests happy. Recommend 100% and we will return. No entertainment but strip is fab. Visit Shenanigans and get great beer.

How much does a room costs at Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa ?

Prices start 94$/night for Double Room – Annex Building. The Deluxe Junior Suite – Seafront
is  186$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This deluxe suite overlooks the Cretan Sea, offering guests panoramic sunset views from their balcony. Each room comes with a queen-size bed.

Where to book online – Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa  – Gay Friendly Hotels Chania Greece you can find the best hotels deals in Crete during  Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Crete on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.