Hilton has announced plans to open a resort in Crete in Spring 2021.
The Royal Senses Resort will open as part of Hilton’s upscale Curio Collection. Curio is Hilton’s equivalent of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, allowing upmarket independent hotels to market themselves via Hilton in return for respecting Hilton Honors benefits.
The resort will be situated in northern Crete, close to Medlidoni Cave and Knossos Palace. It appears to be adjacent to the existing Royal Blue hotel, owned by the same family.
It promises 179 rooms with sea views, a private beach and marina, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a water park and tennis courts. It is a new build property and the existing independent website shows that many of the rooms come with private pools.
Bookings are currently being taken from the end of April via the current website, but it is not currently bookable via Hilton. This is the hilton.com website for Royal Senses.
Marriott has had substantial success with the two ‘Domes’ resorts in Crete, part of the Autograph Collection, so it will be interesting to see how Royal Senses competes.
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