Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa

'A Luxurious Resort in a Scenic Corner of Crete'

CAYO Exclusive Resort and Spa is Elounda's most stylish design hotel, with 116 rooms and villas boasting private swimming pools and gorgeous ocean views over the legendary Spinalonga Island. With four restaurants and menus created by the famous Greek Michelin Chef, Lefteris LazarouCayo's delicious cuisines make it the perfect destination for foodies. The soul nourishing Armonia Spa offers a diverse menu of treatments, an indoor relaxing pool, steam room, and sauna. Enjoy slow days relaxing by Cayo's grand swimming pools or on sunbeds on the resort’s prime spot on Plaka Beach. The surrounding area is ideal for water sports and adventurous excursions in the culture-rich location. Customers of Destinology can also enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine from Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa. 

In Our Opinion

'The private outdoor spaces at this hotel are incredible, they really make best use of the beautiful location. All rooms have magnificent sea views and private pools that ensure you can wake up to mesmerising scenery each morning of your stay.' 


Main restaurant open for breakfast and dinner (buffet style). 

Sage & Thyme

Poolside Mediterranean restaurant open for daytime snacks and lunch a la carte. 


Gourmet restaurant open for dinner. 

Stone Beach by Cayo

Authentic Cretan meze. Open for daytime snacks and lunch. 

Emerald Lobby Bar

Beautifully decorated and located in the lobby, beside the spacious outdoor veranda. Serving signature cocktails, refreshing soft drinks and spirits. 

Enastron Pool Bar

Located by the outdoor swimming pools, serving a wide selection of soft drinks, cocktails and spirits throughout the day.


This is the latest addition to Cayo Resort's culinary offering, serving à la carte breakfasts and the occasional buffet to guests booked onto select accommodations. There are also theme nights and events, including Cretan Night every Sunday and Fish Night on Fridays. 


The resort's newest bar serves an extensive selection of drinks, including cocktails and fine wines, matched by incredibly friendly and dedicated service. 


  • 3 swimming pools
  • Open-air Amphitheatre
  • Private spot on Plaka pebble stone beach
  • Complimentary sunbeds, gazebos and umberellas
  • Brand new children's play area

Armonia SPA

  • Indoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Hammam
  • 3 massage suites
  • Hair salon
  • Fitness suite
  • Two-level fitness area and yoga studio


  • Boutique 
  • 2 cable railways (funiculars) to access areas of the hotel
  • Free shuttle service to the beach area
  • Conference centre
  • Free parking
  • Electric car charging
  • Baby sitting at extra cost
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Concierge desk
  • Car hire
  • Room service
  • Currency exchange

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa welcomes families with children of all ages. The following is offered to ensure they have an enjoyable stay.


  • Family Duplex rooms are available that offer plenty of space for families with young children
  • Interconnecting rooms and larger Duplex Suites are available
  • A baby cot is provided free of charge for infants under the age of 2 years old (only one crib per room, subject to room type occupancy)
  • Superior Family Room Sea View with Private Pool - designed for families
  • Family Retreat with Private Pool - designed for families
  • Grand Suite - designed for families


  • Highchairs are available at the restaurant


  • Available on request


  • Doctor available*


  • Brand new children's play area
  • Child car seat*
  • Prams, plastic baths, changing mats, bottle sterilisers*

*available on request 

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa is an idyllic destination to begin married life. Newlyweds can enjoy the following:

  • 15 minutes free massage per person, once per stay, in the Armonia Spa                                            
  • Cretan in-room welcome with local house wine and platter of seasonal fruits  
  • Sweet delicacies in room upon arrival
  • Welcome drink upon arrival to the Hotel
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)


  • A wedding certificate dated in the past 12 months must be presented.
Destinology Exclusive Benefits
1 complimentary dinner in main restaurant Ambrosia. If booked on breakfast basis once per stay. Excluding drinks for all accommodations stays with 6+ nights
15 minutes free massage per person, once per stay, in Armonia Spa
Cretan in-room welcome with 1 bottle of Cretan house wine and platter of seasonal fruits  
Sweet delicacies in the room upon arrival
Umbrellas and sunbeds on Cayo’s spot on the beach of Plaka
Applicable for bookings and travel in 2024


Situated on an uperhill level overlooking the Island of Spinalonga and Mirabello Bay, Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa is located approximately 1 hour from Heraklion International Airport.

Nearby Attractions Include:

  • Plaka Beach – 160 yards / 150 metres
  • Spinalonga Beach – 0.8 miles 
  • Spinalonga – 5 mins by boat trip
  • Agios Nikolaos – 5 miles 
  • Heraklion and the Palace of Knossos – 42 miles