Helen tries out Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts in Crete
Posted on 02nd Jul 2014
Helen visits the Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts in April 2014 and reports back here…
“Departing London on a grey wet April day it was truly uplifting to land at Heraklion airport to glorious sunshine and temperatures of 25˚C.
The sun had arrived early in Crete and with some recent rainfall too, the spring flowers were in bloom and wild thyme bushes covered the hillsides with shades of purple. The one hour’s drive to the Elounda Mare Hotel passed swiftly.
The Elounda Mare hotel was our home for the next two days and we were warmly received by the hotel team. I stayed in a deluxe bungalow which was a delightful hideaway with its own small garden and heated pool and a warm cosy interior with all the luxuries and conveniences you would expect from a luxury property. During the course of our stay, I also saw a range of one and two bedroom bungalows, rooms and suites which offered a range of flexible accommodation for singles, couples and families alike. The hotel is designed to resemble a Cretan village with lots of local stone, winding pathways, little nooks with Cretan artefacts and attractive gardens with olive trees and flowers. It really is the perfect place for a peaceful luxury break.
A range of indoor/outdoor restaurants offer delicious food with the emphasis on local products, fresh fish, vegetables and meat and plenty of scrumptious Cretan Olive Oil which is reputed to be the best in the world.
The gardens wind their way down to the beachfront where there are a couple of small sandy beaches with comfortable loungers and plenty of terraced sunbathing area right on the waterfront, many of them quite secluded and private.
The hotel forms part of a complex of three hotels with Porto Elounda Golf and Spa resort and the Elounda Peninsula ALL SUITE HOTEL the two sister properties. I was treated to a relaxing massage in the Porto Elounda Six Senses Spa. This is a stunning spa with indoor/outdoor jet pools, numerous treatment rooms including couples’ treatment rooms and a great choice of relaxing pampering treatments.
For the more active, there is golf and a range of watersports. If you care to venture out of the hotel as we did, the Island of Spinalonga is just a short boat trip from the Marina in Elounda. This is a trip I would recommend for adults and older children. For those who have read ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop, Spinalonga is the former leper colony featured in the book. Ruins of the town evoke the isolation and sadness experienced by these people. There is also the former Venetian fortress to explore.
Porto Elounda is a fabulous choice for families. The connecting rooms and suites are nicely appointed and all have stunning sea views. The hotel was expanding the main restaurant Nafsika to have a large outdoor seating area since most clients love to dine out in the glorious sunshine. Pathways lead down to the beach area and the main pool and children’s pool conveniently sits alongside this.
Between the Porto Elounda and the Elounda Peninsula ALL SUITE hotel sits the Kids Ark which is the dedicated children’s club styled like ‘Noahs Ark’. This well designed building has a large indoor area with kid’s dining/play/creative and sleeping area. Outside is a shaded playground and two shallow splash pools. Children aged 5 and over attend the children’s Park next door which offers a range of activities suitable for this age group. The Kids Park included a lovely waterslide.
Elounda Peninsula offers a more boutique style ‘all suite’ choice. Every room enjoys a private pool and the emphasis here is on luxury and privacy. Presidential suites sit on the waterfront with their own garden, pool and direct access to the beach or sea. The Calypso restaurant offers fine dining with a modern take on Cretan cuisine.
The three hotels of the Elounda SA group offer something for everyone with a wealth of facilities and a wide choice of accommodation. Crete is a beautiful island which is a great choice for any time of year, including the early and late season.”« Back to blog home