Elounda Mare is an absolute gem. Hidden in the Elounda hillside as if the hotel grew out of the landscape and with a sweeping view of a cerulean blue bay, this is a hotel to be reckoned with. The Chateau & Relais association is earned here as the level of service is truly 5 star. The concierge Margherita was extremely helpful with 'off campus' suggestions and the Hotel's Sommelier was charming and informative. This is a romantic, relaxing getaway. As noted in other reviews, the best food is to be found at The Old Mill on the hotel grounds. The buffet breakfast is amazing.
Traveller from Los Angeles
On this island where Zeus was born- sits the Elouanda Mare hotel and its bleached-white limestone cottages looking out onto …More
The photos on line, are not what you get, it said queen size bed in every room, I had 2 singles pushed together, very poor, also the toilet had a slated door, you could not help but hear ever noise your partner was making, very embarrassing, for both of us, has we have only been together for two months.
Also your information says 30mins from airport, on transfer I sat on the bus for 45mins then two hours, to get to hotel,,, all the above spoiled the holiday for us.
The food and resort was great
Traveller from Coventry
Seasonal hotel: Closes Oct 15, 2012 through April 20, 2013. Elounda Bay Palace is an idyllic Mediterranean escape, spanning …More
Overall we really enjoyed the resorts and thought the resort facilities and people were great. The room we booked, the most basic - Luxury Room, Sea View (Elounda Building) was quiet small and a bit out dated. Fortunately we weren't there at peak season and the wonderful staff were able to move us to a better room (Deluxe room in Imperial building) part way through our stay. My suggestions is that it is worth staying at a higher level room in this resort as the most basic level is quite small and a bit out dated. There are a few beaches to choose from, we were always able to get lounge chairs easily and the sea is lovely to swim in. We also loved the water aerobics class that was held daily in the sea at the sister resort Elounda Bay. The restaurants were lovely setting and delicious meals.
Seasonal hotel: Closes Oct 31, 2012 through April 20, 2013.The Elounda Beach resort is already world-renowned for being the …More
Spent 4 nights at this lovely resort, very family friendly. Caters to couples and families separately with separate pools which was good. Room and view was spectacular and the private pool in the balcony was the highlight.
Barbecue night at a restaurant on the beach was thoroughly enjoyable, with kids and adults joining in the performance.
Sea was good, beach was very pebbly and not much of a beach either. But once you got into the water it was lovely. Beach was lined with trees so enough shade for those seeking a hideout from the strong sun.
Couple of drawbacks - overall quality of food was just OK. Room service did not replenish stocks well. Buggy service was not as efficient as we would have liked.
This place is an absolute gem. The staff are excellent and very friendly, if you have any questions they are more than happy to assist. The location is great, just a few minutes away from the town centre and beach which means you get the convenience without the noise.
The rooms are cleaned each day and of a very good standard, we had one of the few family suites and had more than enough room for two! Those staying tend to vary between the pool and beach so the pool is never very busy. Breakfasts are excellent and there is food served all day.
I think this was offered as a 3 Star plus but it will not take long before it becomes at least four stars.
I would recommend a stay here before this place becomes more popular!
Christina and the hotel staff were very obliging and friendly. The hotel was in a great location, about a 10 minute walk to the centre of town by the sea. The only negative was the bathroom which was pretty small. We had a great stay and would return.
Crete’s most expensive resort, Elounda overlooks the calm blue Gulf of Mirabello and Spinalonga Island. Popular with the rich and famous, it offers discreet, low-profile luxury, with several large five-star hotel complexes built into the hills above the coast. Set in landscaped grounds, they offer facilities such as wellness centres, infinity pools, private beaches, sophisticated on-site dining and chic cocktail bars.
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