Cretan Malia Park 

A chic resort with a focus on wellbeing

Effortlessly cool without being contrived, this secluded beachside retreat exudes bohemian charm offering guests an authentic yet luxurious Cretan experience.

With a focus on slow-living and a holistic approach to wellbeing, you can’t help but change pace as you sink into the tranquility of Cretan Malia Park. Combining a traditional palette of natural materials from bamboo and stone to rattan and ceramics, the contemporary boutique design seamlessly connects with the Mediterranean landscape encouraging its guests to relax and rejuvenate. As the breeze meanders from the private beach up through the beautiful low-rise gardens of the resort and around the refreshed pool area, there’s a real sense of having pressed pause here.

Why we love Cretan Malia Park

  • From daily yoga sessions to healthy meal options straight from the organic garden, Cretan Malia Park is a sanctuary for mind, body and soul.

  • As well as a private beach there is a choice of three swimming pools, including the River Pool that meanders through the resort.

  • Family friendly with plenty of activities for children ranging from learning how to be a lifeguard to pyjamas parties.

  • Master classes with the mixologist, olive oil tasting sessions, Cretan cooking lessons on an open-fire and movies by moonlight are just some of the many activities on offer.

5 stars
May - Oct
4 hours
Just outside Malia on a private stretch of pristine sand
Approx. 30 minute’s transfer from Heraklion Airport
All Inclusive Option, Beach, Sustainability

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families

Offering a range of dining options from authentic Cretan dishes at Mouries to a taste of Italy at Almyra. You can share platters at MEZZE, enjoy the fresh produce at Mediterreaneo or stop for a coffee at Kafenio or an ice cream at Crush. Melissi and the Beach Shack are perfect venues for evening cocktails.

Experience authentic Cretan cuisine at Mouries, prepared in the traditional way. Meals are prepared over an open fire and served amongst the mulberry trees in the courtyard.

Using sustainably sourced produce, Almyra is a relaxed Italian restaurant where stone oven-baked pizzas and sweet treats such as praline and coconut crumble are served with sea views.

The hotel's newest restaurant serves sharing platters packed with local flavours.

The hotel's main restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. Take your pick from the Cretan table where much of the produce is freshly picked from the organic garden.

The popular bar lounge with retro décor and plenty of hand-crafted cocktails from the mixologist.

The Beach Shack
Serving light and healthy dishes by day and sunset views and cocktails in the evening.

Based on a Cretan coffee shop, this is the place for strong coffees, snacks and traditional Cretan Raki.

We love the concept of Mouries, a chance to taste home-style Cretan cuisine al fresco.

What's included

For Double Room, Bungalow Garden View and Bungalow Pool View guests: Breakfast at Mediterraneo
For guests in room categories Bunglaow Pool Front and above: Breakfast at Mouries or Mediterraneo.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast at Mediterraneao for Double Room, Bungalow Garden View and Bungalow Pool View guests • Breakfast at Mediterraneao or Mouries for guests in room categories Bunglaow Pool Front and above • Buffet dinner at Mediterraneao
All Inclusive • Breakfast at Mediterraneao or Mouries • Lunch at Mezze, The Beach Shack or Mediterraneo • Dinner at Mediterraneao, Almyra (reservation required), Mouries (reservation required), The Beach Shack and Mezze • Food available throughout the day at The Crush, The Beach Shack, Kafenio and Melissi (opening times vary) • Selected drinks at various bars and restaurants including a selection of international and local alcoholic drinks, cocktails, a selection of wines, Greek bottled & draft beer, soft drinks and coffee (premium brand drinks available at a supplement) • Selected watersports and landsports • Selected experiences such as cooking lessions and olive oil tasting sessions • Minibar refilled once a day with local drinks (premium brand drinks at a supplement) • Little Explorers kids' club (ope six days a week)

The Cute Spa is nestled amongst cacti and banana trees. Using products by Anne Semonin and treatments by KOS PARIS, therapies will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered.

Every morning there is a yoga session and at the pavilion you can join fitness classes, Pilates and stretching sessions.

Many of the activities have been created around the Cretan culture including olive oil and wine tasting, open fire cooking classes and live music evenings. There is also floodlit tennis court, a basketball half court and cycle trails.

The private beach is equipped with sun loungers and there is a Beach Bar providing welcome refreshments. The watersports centre has stand-up paddleboards, canoes and snorkelling equipment. There are three swimming pools, including the river pool that weaves through the resort.

For over 25 years, Cretan Malia Park has been committed to sustainability. The resort is run with a commitment to the certifications of ISO14001, ISO9001, Travelife and HACCP. They support the Phãea Farmers Program, have an organic garden that is bee friendly, compost food and manage waste and energy use. Preservation of the Cretan culture and heritage is an important part of their philosophy.

The Tiny Explorer's Club has been created for babies up to 3 years. The Little Explorer Kid's Club is a versatile play area where children can take part in baking activities, learn about the local environment and take part in dance and theatrical performances. The Place is the zone for teenagers, with table tennis, billiards and hammocks to chill out on.

Alongside the facilities there are a range of age-specific activities including open-air movies, learning about the myths and legends of Crete at the library, a Nipper programme for 11 to 15 years old to learn the skills of first aid and life guarding and a dedicated organic garden just for children. There are even organised pyjama parties.

The Deluxe Family Bungalow can accommodate two adults and up to three children with a king-size bed, bunk bed and sofa bed.

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