Cook’s Club focuses on things that matter the most to a new generation of travellers: great design, delicious food and fantastic cocktails, alongside the perfect playlist that builds from day to night. The vibe is created by a line-up of handpicked soundtracks, cocktails flow from a mixologist-created menu and plenty of food in the Cantina.
I was lucky enough to explore Cook’s Club in Hersonissos, Crete, to bring you the lowdown on its laid back, urban atmosphere. Cook’s Club is a game changer, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it…
When it comes to holidays, it’s hard to find something for me. The best I can usually hope for is a clean, bright hotel in a central location, either near a buzzing town or a reasonable taxi ride from the big clubs. The first thing I look for when I get to my hotel is a cool pool area. There are two pools at Cook’s Club Hersonissos, dozens of comfy sunbeds (both in the shade and in the sun) and resident inflatables in all different shapes and sizes, so you don’t even need to pack your own. I opted for the toucan ring!
Just a few steps from all the action, you’ll find the Captain Cook Bar, serving everything from milkshakes to mojitos throughout the day and into the night. My drink of choice: the Freddo. It’s the perfect way to start your morning, with two shots of espresso over ice. And, trust me; it’s enough to blow off the cobwebs from the night before.
The poolside playlists sound exactly how summer should, with chilled, ambient House tracks and remixed club classics. And, when you start getting peckish, head to the Cantina for a range of delights, from salads and dim sum too big juicy burgers. The menu’s surprisingly affordable, around seven or eight euros at most for a meal, and there’s a huge focus on sustainability. All the food is made-to-order, meaning minimum waste and maximum freshness.
There’s also very often an event on; Latin nights, RnB parties and BBQ cookouts to name just a few. They also have movie nights which are projected on the huge outside wall by the pool, featuring cult classics like Pulp Fiction, so everyone can enjoy a bit of downtime in the warm evenings.
The music here carries on until midnight, but the early hours of the morning are all yours to explore Hersonissos’ nightlife and chill at the beach clubs down the road. Why not let off some steam in the self-professed Fun Lab, from dancing the night away in your own private disco to smashing up some stuff in the Rage Room? You and your friends will never be stuck for things to do at Cook’s Club.
You’re probably wondering where you’ll be resting your head at the end of the night. Well, the rooms are spacious and spotless, all cloaked in muted grey, colourful fabrics and warm lighting. It’s laidback cool in all its glory; from the rainfall shower head to the plasma TV, providing the perfect sanctuary before starting all over again the next day.
Are you joining us on board for your next adventure? What’s your favourite way to spend your holiday with friends? Let me know in the comments below.
This post was sponsored by Thomas Cook Cook’s Club