In the heart of Crete’s Elounda Bay along the azure coastline of Europe’s south rests a collection of family-owned resorts characterised by discrete luxury and sophisticated Greek charm. With remarkable service, endless facilities and unimaginable serenity, we’re certain both couples and families will find their seaside paradise at Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts.
Rosaria, one of our travel experts whose extensive knowledge transcends beyond the laid-back coastal towns of Europe into the Middle East and Indian Ocean. Her stay at the three award-winning Elounda resorts was made particularly special by the outstanding staff whose attentive and friendly nature was faultless.
Overlooking the dazzling Bay of Elounda on the pristine sands of Greece’s largest island, Crete. You’ll also have Mirabello Bay’s crystalline waters and the historically significant Spinalonga Island to admire, while the bustling yet sleepy seaside town Agios Nikolaos is just a short drive away.
Porto Elounda Golf Resort & Spa is our top pick for families. The exceptional kids club will have younger travellers occupied for hours on end – shallow pools and waterslides, beach Olympics, Pyjama Parties, Cinema Nights at Elounda’s home theatre and trampolining is just the beginning. Adults will love the nine-hole golf course, all-pampering Six Senses Spa and dedicated swimming pool where cocktails can be sipped from overwater hammocks. And for time spent together, the brand new beachfront swimming pool is the place to be.
We recommend Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel for couples for – you guessed it – the absolutely incredible suites. The resort itself feels boutique and intimate while all the white-washed suites are impressively spacious with panoramic sea views and almost all come with private salt water swimming pools. Last but certainly not least, Elounda Mare Hotel’s serene and authentic Greek village ambience and super spacious bungalows makes it another great choice for couples and well-deserving of its title as the only Relais & Châteaux in Crete.
What To Do & Where To Eat
From rounds of golf and endless activities for younger guests to private Blue Flag crystal clear beaches and days spent out on the Aegean waters, there’s plenty for everyone at Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts. While days could easily be spent within your heavenly accommodation – Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron are with us on that one – we couldn’t recommend the massages at the iconic Six Senses Spa enough where experts are on hand to give bespoke wellness advice and assist the mind, body and soul on its journey to complete relaxation.
When it comes to the dining all the restaurants are phenomenal, but the two standouts are Koh and Old Mill. Koh served Rosaria the ‘best sushi of my life’ while the waterfront setting lit by candlelit with the lapping waves below illuminated by the moon gives evenings an intimate feel. Set around an ancient millstone, the Old Mill is a fine-dining restaurant perfect for enjoying lunch overlooking the sea. The Cretan infused dishes, timeless character and astounding wine list make this a guest favourite.
Our Favourite Room
While all the rooms at Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel have a sea view, the Presidential Villa is a clear winner. We love the enormous living room with tailor-made furniture and spacious marble bathrooms with more than enough space for walk-in showers and separate bathtubs. Guests are greeted with a glass of champagne during VIP check-in and treated to their own generously spaced swimming pool with an overwater day bed, direct access to the hotel’s private sandy beach and lounge areas boasting spectacular sea views.
For a more traditional stay, the Bungalows at Elounda Mare Hotel – each with their own private pool – have an alluring soul and character to them. Their perfect balance between traditional and classic makes them a close second.
Good To Know
If you’re looking to have a romantic dinner at Koh Restaurant (and we recommend that you do!) you need to book far in advance as this restaurant is extremely popular.