We’ve long suspected it, but now the experts at Cornell university have confirmed it – experiences, rather than possessions, make us truly happy. With that in mind, this summer we’ll be avoiding the shops and investing in making memories instead. And it seems to us that there’s few better places to do that than at Crete’s newest luxury hotel, Domes Noruz Chania. Located on the outskirts of the town, the adults-only beachfront boutique is contemporary and cool; it boasts two pools, a relaxing spa, buzzing bars and an impeccable restaurant with al fresco tables and sea views. For guests seeking something out of the ordinary, the hotel’s curated selection of ‘Enrich Your Experience’ offerings has been designed to celebrate the art of making memories. From treks of the Samaria gorge and tailor-made fitness and spa packages, to insider walking tours of Chania’s Venetian harbour and culinary discovery experiences, there’s something to suit everybody, making for truly happy holidays all around.
Prices for experiences vary, rooms start from €461 per night for an ‘Upbeat Retreat’, pool view room with plunge pool in July and August (marriott.com/herdo)