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Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collectioncrete

Monday December 17
INSIDE SCOOP DHIREN SAYS Take a boat trip and delve into the fascinating history of Spinalonga Island. scoop image

About The Hotel

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection overlooks the Mediterranean sea in the Cretan resort of Elounda, a popular destination since the international 1970s jet set marked it out as their holiday hideaway of choice. With breath-taking views of the Aegean sea and the UNESCO protected Spinalonga islet, the setting for Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel “The Island”, Domes is a luxury boutique style hotel offering families comfort and world-class service with an extra dash of sophistication. Consisting solely of suites and villas, the resort’s domed structures blend in with the natural environment, creating a Mediterranean settlement of flower gardens, winding pathways and olive groves.

The Domes Plaza Pool and Private Residences boast saltwater pools and the Adults Only pool, Apa, Suites and Luxury Residences all offer freshwater swimming opportunities. Between 15 April and 15 May, and 1 October and 31 October, pool heating at the Private Residences and Luxury Residences is complimentary. The Domes Spa has a sauna, hammam, plunge pools and a wide range of treatments using Elemis products and a variety of Elemis signature treatments. Water sports are available from the private sandy beach in front of the resort. There’s also a gym, floodlit tennis court and Personal Training classes.

Accommodation comprises of the Suite Collection (Premium Suites and Family Suites) and the Haute Living Selection (Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas) all constructed to maximise the light with over-sized windows, spacious balconies or terraces, private swimming pool or Jacuzzi and twice-daily maid service.  The two bedroom suites are ideal for families with a living area of approximately 150 square metres and a welcome pack for kids including lunch on any day during their stay, ice cream happy hour, superhero bedding and more. The Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas offer extra privacy and luxury, set amongst secluded gardens with a private spa, Moroccan swimming pool and Turkish baths.

Families staying in the Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas benefit from the exclusive Haute Living Selection package which includes access to the Haute Living Room,  a private gym, light snacks and canapes every day, branded spirits and cocktails for the duration of your stay, daily afternoon tea, dedicated concierge staff and complimentary in-room mini-bar on the first day of your stay.

There are four restaurants to choose from, including Topos 1910, an award-winning Greek seafood restaurant with stunning views over the sea to Spinalonga Island and Yaosai’s Japanese-Perusian restaurant, located by the adults only pool and offering an exotic tasting menu. Tholos is the main buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner and the four bars (including a pool bar and seafront bar) offer cool drinks, ice creams and snacks. Blend Italian Fusion completes Domes’ gastronomic collection and is located by the main pool. Minoan Cooking and The annual Gastronomy Festival outline Domes’ dedication to culture gastronomy.

The OFSTED approved kids club (in association with Worldwide Kids Club) is complimentary for children aged 4 – 12 and offers a wide range of activities with a great location on the beach. There is a crèche available for babies at an extra charge and we offer our exclusive Nanny Too service, providing a dedicated nanny for part or all of your stay – please ask us for details. There is a separate children’s pool with cooling fountains found at the Domes Family Plaza, as well as kids menus and extra touches make Domes an excellent choice for families with young children.

Domes of Elounda has the balance of sophistication and family comfort just right – it offers luxurious elegance alongside excellent service and first-class facilities for adults and kids alike.

Try their new Babies Travel Light package which contains everything from baby food and nappies, to kids toothbrushes and sun cream, to pushchairs and baby gates, allowing you and your family to travel light.

Tots Too families benefit from an exclusive complimentary picnic to enjoy on the beach during their stay.

Launching in 2019, the Core is a new arrival that blends leisure and art with urban culture. The complex will host activities such as concerts and other public events. The Core is a junction of art, design, fashion, tech, wellness, culture, gastronomy, music and entertainment, including programs, workshops and courses run for children, teenagers and families. The Agora concept covers all your gastronomy, shopping, art and culture interests, offering unique souvenirs and handmade crafts. The children’s eco-playground is the perfect place to let the children run free, with a climbing wall for children and teenagers, murals and graffiti walls for urban art workshops and skate and BMX ramps, bowls and rails. The wellness element of The Core provides both indoor and outdoor facilities for exercise and meditation, such as the ‘urban beach’, as well as a running route through a natural pine and olive forest.

Watch our 3-minute film showing 10 things parents need to know about Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection here:

Family Facts

Cots are available on request.

Nanny service available as part of our exclusive Nanny Too arrangement, from £10 per hour. Please contact us for details.

Creche available from 4 months - 4 years and open from 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 6pm.

Domes Kids Club complimentary for children aged 4- 11years. Kids playground and outdoor theatre.

The area is quite hilly but the resort offers complimentary golf buggies.

Heraklion airport is approximately 80 minutes' drive.

Separate children's pool.

Bottle warmers and sterilisers are available.

Child and infant car seats are available for airport transfers.

A variety of water sports is available as well as tennis courts. Teenagers' games room with billiards and more.


  • V.I 18 April 2018 Really relaxing and child friendly! Many thanks for all your help!

  • MC, travelled October 2016 10 October 2016 We're back from holiday now and just wanted to say thank you so very much.
    Crete, the hotel and their staff were all amazing, very supportive to us with our 2 year old.
    The resort and our Luxury Residence were absolutely beautiful, our private pool was stunning.
    The Kids Club and the babysitter were wonderful and professional, very reassuring.
    Just to mention, the flight to Crete is actually 3 and a half hours and the return is 4 hours, so more than the 3 hours maximum that we specified.
    Also, unfortunately there are no toys in the hotel rooms/residences.
    But these were minor points and we'd highly recommend Domes of Elounda.
    Thanks again for organising our trip, everything went like clockwork and we felt very special.

  • JM, travelled October 2015 05 November 2015 We had a wonderful time at Domes of Elounda. I would definitely recommend it to families. Our daughter loved the kids club & the nightly kids buffets made it easy to deal with her fussy eating habits. The food, staff service & accommodation were all excellent. The only down side was the cool weather - not something within the resort's control, alas!

  • RB, travelled July 2015 01 August 2015 We had a wonderful time. The accommodation was absolutely excellent and worked really well with the little kitchen and also having the washing machine. The hotel had made a big effort to child proof the villa. i.e. the pool fence was great, they had put corner protectors on the furniture and had removed any items that the boys could potentially knock over and break.

    The overall service on the whole was good - sometimes excellent but other times abit hit and miss depending on what we were asking for and who we approached. That said, the half board worked out really well and the food was amazing despite it being a buffet type arrangement and the staff in the restaurants were extremely tolerant and helpful particularly in view of the fact that we had three boys 5 and under. The spa treatments were also excellent and the Spa manager went out of her way to arrange massages in the evening for us in our villa so we didn't have to get a baby sitter. The general feel of the hotel was of a type of place that you would want to go without children (it was low rise, modern, new, quiet with nice furniture, not crowded, but then it was really child friendly). We only used the kids club on one morning and that seemed fine. We used the baby sitting service twice and that was excellent.

    I was a bit nervous that I would be disappointed having been a Four Seasons customer for many years but it was really fabulous and we would definitely go back.

  • SB, travelled May 2015 22 May 2015 We've recently returned from a week at Domes of Elounda in Crete and I can honestly say we had a fantastic trip.
    The advice and service we received from Amanda at Tots Too before we left and again upon our return has been faultless. She offered some valuable insight into the resort and took all of the stress out of the booking process. Her recommendation that we opt for one of the Luxury Residences was spot on - the two inter-connecting villas we had were stunning and the choice of 2 private pools delighted our toddler!
    The staff at Domes are very helpful and extremely kind to the kids. The food in the restaurants was good - breakfast in particular was fantastic. There were a few teething problems with service in the restaurants in the evenings but it was the first week of the season and I anticipate that will be resolved quickly.
    I will recommend Tots Too and Domes to friends with children. I'd also recommend that anyone visiting Domes takes the time to go to Plaka (a village 10 mins walk away) and try out one of the beautiful local tavernas by the waterfront and also take the boat over to Spinalonga (the former leper colony) - both were memories we'll never forget.

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Early Booking Offer

Enjoy a 25% Early Booking Discount on your stay

Valid during: 17 April 2019 - 24 May 2019

Also valid during: 23 September 2019 - 31 October 2019

Book by: 31 December 2018

Early Booking Offer

Enjoy a 20% Early Booking Discount on your stay

Valid during: 25 May 2019 - 14 July 2019

Also valid during: 21 August 2019 - 22 September 2019

Book by: 31 December 2018

Early Booking Offer

Enjoy a 15% Early Booking Discount on your stay

Valid during: 16 July 2019 - 20 August 2019

Book by: 31 December 2018

Couples Offer

Enjoy a
Special Couples Offer - Complimentary Upgrade to Dine Around

Chill-out morning inclusions by the Adults Only Pool (daily from 9:30 until 12:30):
A divine Adults Only a la carte brunch inspired by Crete’s delicacies
Unlimited sparkling wine
A vitality bar with fresh smoothies
Selection of magazines and newspapers
30% discount for a couple’s massage at Soma Spa (a step away from the adults only pool);

Special gift with award winning ELEMIS® luxury skin care products;

Access to Blend Privé, the brand new adults-only area of Blend Restaurant for complimentary aperitivos and canapes (daily from 18:30 until 19:30);

Valid during: 12 September 2018 - 31 October 2018

Also valid during: 01 May 2019 - 24 May 2019

Also valid during: 15 September 2019 - 15 October 2018

Room type: 5 nights

Credit Offer

One complimentary Domes Spa Thermae Experience per adult and €50 Food and Beverage Credit

Valid during: 28 November 2018 - 31 October 2019

Room type: All Accommodation Types

Book by: 31 December 2018