While the world throngs to Athens for the summer Olympics, play your own games on Crete. The Greek island’s inviting new Blue Palace Resort & Spa sprawls along a seaside cliff, with views of the medieval fortress of Spinalonga across the channel. Private plunge pools, marble-by-the-yard bathrooms, and indoor/outdoor living spaces distinguish most of the 206 rooms. Altogether now, “Oopa!” Rooms from $275 in low season; $500-plus in high season, which is now, of course. But just think of the euros you won’t be spending on those sporting tickets. (800) 325-3589
— Elaine Glusac