Daios Cove, Crete.

It’s grey, drizzly and downright depressing outside. Its the great British summer! On days like these I find myself day-dreaming about holidays past and this is one I’ve been meaning to share for a while. It seemed like such a mammoth task to do our summer holiday 2015 justice, that I just kept putting it off.

But this place really is so amazingly fabulous that I couldn’t just bypass it altogether, save it only for ‘oh you really should try here’ convo’s in the hairdressers, it seems only fair to broadcast it to the world (always dreaming big!).

Last August, we got the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend ten out of this world days in Daios Cove, about ten minutes from the little town of Aghios Nikolaos in Crete.

As we were flying from Gatwick we spent three days exploring London, which we all totally loved, before seeing how many modes of transport we could go on in twenty four hours. We got to six!

We arrived at the hotel in the small hours and I suppose I was in a 3am stupor because it wasn’t until I went to the loo in the lobby that I noticed how amazing the hotel was. (I don’t know about anyone else, but I often judge a place by the loos).

We were treated like VIP’s and eventually crashed down in our two bed villa as the sun was starting to come up.

I could drone on and on for hours about Daios Cove, but I feel the pictures might better tell the story.

We had a two bed Villa with private saltwater pool. It was wasted on us at that time in the morning, but I do remember sinking into the comfiest bed I”ve ever slept in and waking up to this…

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Mandatory mode of transport around the resort. Be prepared for funny looks and raised brows if you opt to go a pied.

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First morning exploration.

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Not one for the pool, but who could resist this?

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A child free afternoon, so drinks in the bar overlooking the med. The kids spent an inordinate amount of time in the fabulous FREE kids club, including dinner and evenings. It was their choice though and on a couple of occasions we had to beg them to spend some time with us.

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Caviar for breakfast don’t you know! This was my eldest daughters breakfast. I swear she hated it, but insisted on having it every morning just because she knew it was ‘adult food’.

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Pool bar. Claimed my two week old phone.

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Does he look like a pro? No, I don’t think so either. We did yoga and pilates almost every morning to this view.

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When I started to look for photos for this blog, I found over a hundred had been taken by my little photographer May. This one is hers, I really quite like it.

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Private, secluded beach. No need for towels. The lovely guys that work there lay them all out for you, including a mattress, bottles of chilled water and a fruit platter….every time you go.

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With everything we could possibly want in the resort, we only ventured into the town of Agios Nikolaos once. It’s absolutely beautiful, quaint, rustic and swelteringly hot. If we ever came back to Crete, I would definitely opt for this area again and I think the kids would love the mix of tourist shops, architecture and old style tavernas. As for me, it was the diamond shops that did it. Sparkles on every corner.

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All set for our afternoon on the catamaran. This was the highlight of the holiday for me. We had our own private catamaran, complete with fully stocked bar for the afternoon on the second to last day of the holiday.

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So proud of the girls for braving the big wide open sea. They had a ball jumping off the boat and we even went for a swim with no land for miles around. The shadows of the deep even spooked me.

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Alas, all good things have to come to an end. And ten days, was no where near enough. I could happily go back year after year, but unfortunately, last time I checked, I was no millionaire.

(The sun setting on the holiday of a lifetime)

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Hope you enjoyed the brag show. I feel quite justified in doing this because, incase you’re wondering, we won this awesome holiday courtesy of Daios Cove and This Morning(!) and didn’t part with a penny. Ok. we did rack up a pretty substantial bar bill, but everything else was gratis. Thank you Daios Cove for having us. Thank you This Morning for picking us. Thank you wonderful husband to carry on entering these comps even in the face of my berating and full on negativity!

Next up….No one actually wins those things, do they?

 

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