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Crete hotel where Dominic Raab stayed as Taliban took over Afghanistan

‘Off-guard’ Foreign Secretary’s Greek idyll: The luxury Crete hotel where Dominic Raab ‘was staying as Taliban went on the rampage in Afghanistan’

  • Dominic Raab was spotted at the five-star Amirandes Hotel in Crete, just before he jetted back to Britain to help deal with ongoing events in Afghanistan 
  • The Foreign Secretary admitted that he had been ‘caught off guard’ by events 
  • He said he took part in meetings in the hotel while his family were outside 

It styles itself as a ‘sparkling boutique resort for the privileged and perceptive’.

But after Dominic Raab admitted being ‘caught off-guard’ by the Taliban rampage, the luxury Crete hotel where he apparently stayed last week may wish to rethink the final word of its boast.

Mr Raab was spotted on Sunday at the five-star Amirandes Hotel, just before he jetted back into Britain to help deal with what has been described as the biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez. 

The Foreign Secretary yesterday conceded he would not have left the UK had he known what would unfold in Afghanistan.

Mr Raab (pictured) was spotted on Sunday at the five-star Amirandes Hotel in Crete 

But he insisted that he did not spend ‘all day lounging on the beach’ as militants swept through Kabul. 

He said that he took part in a series of meetings from his hotel and only went outside to see his family ‘episodically’.

The Amirandes, which is situated on its own private beach, says it has ‘a first-class dining scene and one of the biggest pools you’ll ever see’ – and is said to be ‘inspired by the palaces of Minoan kings’.

The Amirandes is situated on its own private beach in Crete 

The hotel claims it has ‘a first-class dining scene and one of the biggest pools you’ll ever see’

Mr Raab told Sky News that he returned ‘as soon as the situation deteriorated and demanded it’, adding: ‘Everyone was caught off-guard by the pace, scale of the Taliban takeover.’

The Mail revealed yesterday that he only got a flight back late on Sunday, arriving at Gatwick ‘looking stressed’ at 1.40am on Monday. 

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