Notes on... Abaton Island Resort & Spa


Booking into a completely new hotel is the sort of gamble we lose all the sleep over. Pick well and this will be the only year you can afford the vistas, the thread counts and the in-pool sofas (yep), but pick poorly and you've ruined a holiday.

Abaton Island Resort & Spa opened in April. Spread along the cobalt Med (and its own beach), all the rooms have 180°C panoramic views of the sea or private pools, and blinds you can totally open automatically, with a button reachable from your super king bed.

Breakfast is taken on a dual aspect, sea-facing balcony (pictured, left), and absolutely ask for the egg menu if it's not on your table when you sit down. Though fine for a salad at lunch, probably venture out of the resort rather than hitting the a la carte restaurants on site. Med Cafe is the best bet in nearby Hersonissos, though probably don't go to the "resort centre" for any other reason. For authenticness, it's all about Dixalo in a little village called Agrianá.

There are rocking chairs, sofas and loungers across the site for you to snuggle into, or maybe sip a piña colada or 12. There's a 24-hour gym which we totally didn't use, a full Elemis spa, daily yoga (would recommend), private tennis lessons (would recommend but maybe not at midday), oh and there's a pool. A perfect pool. A wide, glistening perfect pool which makes you feel like you're basically on a beach, minus any sand, plus an all-day cocktail service.

Go and sleep and relax and laugh and be kind to yourself at the Abaton — this year if you possibly can — because it'll cost many more Euros a night come 2019.

Fly direct to Heraklion from BHX with Jet 2. A taxi to Abaton will take about twenty minutes from the airport.