Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites
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Heavenly Elounda Gulf Villas
Our family of 7 recently stayed at the Elounda Gulf Villas. This is one of the nicest places we have ever stayed at! The villa was beautifully decorated and maintained, the service was excellent, and the views were incredible! We hated to leave after our week-long stay!
Superb every time
Elounda Gulf Villas has become a favourite destination for us and we have stayed in three of the villas on a number of occasions over the last five years. They are all very high quality and have stupendous views of the bay from the mountainside. What brings us back is the service including a magnificent restaurant, but above all the friendliness of our hosts - Anna whose brainchild this complex is and whose eclectic choice of decor and furnishing make these villas unique - and all the staff who welcome us back each year. The few poor reviews on this site may relate to the times when there has been building work outside and/or in the complex, but even on those occasions we have had a really relaxing and enjoyable time. The little touches such as flowers and Greek cakes that are delivered to your villa, and the buggy which picks up one of our party who can't manage the steeper parts of the site and ferries her to and from from the restaurant at any time make this a special experience.
I whole-heartedly recommend this property for those looking for a gentle,luxurious and welcoming experience.
EeBUTTALuttal of the facts
I am writing this review for two reasons...one to protect a "villa" that I am currently sleeping in from being wrongly tagged with a bad review written by someone who obviously had a bad week...second to make it clear to other trip advisor writers just how unfair, traumatic and mean these reviews can seem
I am here at Elounda Gulf Villas having researched where to take my first leg of our honeymoon for weeks. I chose the Villas because I wanted a private villa with its own pool. I also wated the intimacy of a small resort and as i am not privy to the guest list while he was there it is altogether possible some rooms were being renovated and some may have been occupied by guests that chose to stay in their gorgeous rooms and avoid other guests. Well within their right.
I personally read the review that said all these terrible things and had put down a large deposit on the room and panicked that it would not be as great as I had hoped.
Upon arrival, we were picked up by chauffer at the airport within seconds of walking through the doors of the airport we were driven right to checkin where a very friendly deskclerk Eleni, showed us to our room. Our room might be one of the ones that the other review mentions as being renovated, lets be clear whatever they did this room is one of the best I have ever seen...This is in a class with the Chanler in Newport, AmanYara in Turks, and the bathroom is as nice as a mandarin oriental bathroom.....We chose the superior spa villa which yes I expected to be a little villa with a pool and an exercise bike or something. This is a two story duplex, enter by the pool into living room dining room, with full bath. Go downstairs past the motion sensor stairs lamp and u r in the gym,..brand new treadmill and recumbant exercise bike and room for yoga or stretching. From the gym u can go into the steam/shower complet with 8 jets, over head garbage can lid sized showered and completed from floor to ceiling in beautiful marble. Next to the shower/steam is the sauna, what hotel room would be without, followed by an enormous closet with iron, security, etc...Toilet and bidet are across the way from closet and the bath has two vanities a must for the honeymoon peace. and then on a raised platform a inside jacuzzi tube with mood lights in the floor. Then the bedroom a bit of an afterthought and my only points of complaint....1) bed is a queen, would have loved king 2) bed is realy hard and they have said they will change, and 3 typical american but a tv with dvd just to get through jet lag after wife falls asleep would have been wonderful.
Bottom Line: I got exactly what I wanted a room i will be talking about the rest of my days and trying to figure out how to do it justice. A feeling that the hotel is built into a cliff and if he wants to argue u leave your wallet and run back from breakfast to the top...steep.....
I have even attached some pictures, no I am not a pro photographer but I do know all subjects have issues...the ones on the water have smell issues ugly boats, noise etc. If you want high up with the most beautiful pools better check this out.
Elounda Gulf - Fantastic
We stayed at the Elounda gulf villas last May, and after visiting the resort for many years I can recommend the Gulf Villas over all other accommodation in the area. Private and personal attention from the staff, a resturant which is the best in the area, individually designed villas and pools and some of the best views in Elounda.
We found the Gulf Villas a must for a more exclusive, private and personal experience, a long way ahead of the all inclusive resort/hotels which are the local competition.
Lovely villa to stay
We booked to stay in one of the suite for 2 nights only but were nicely upgraded to an executive spa villa with private salt water pool, jacuzzi lift, 3 levels, nice size kitchen, gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi bathtubs, small hifi and tv in the living space below. We decided to pay extra to extend our stay for an additional 3 nights :)
This place is quite lovely, small and quiet. The restaurant's food is quite good and the fish soup is excellent. someone here wrote the bar being quiet but we like it.
Pool is not that intimate and hidden but very clean. Neighbours can peek in from their bedroom and the view to the sea is mostly block by another building in front :(
Room service is very quick but not 24hr. Reception staffs are very friendly. Gym facilities are ok but no barbell and the mat is very dirty.
Housekeeping service can be improved by a lot. It is rather poor cleaning and noisy chatting inside which we can hear while trying to relax by the pool.
Villa 5 *****
View 4 ****
Really Great Place to Chill
We stayed here for a week at the end of May 2005. We had a lovely time and would thoroughly recommend a week here. We stayed in a Suite and in a way I think it is a shame that there are only 10 suites as the main drawback is that there are not always enough people around to create an atmosphere. The bar is a really cool place to hang out before dinner but there was never really anyone around which is a real shame as the Manager is aware of this problem and obviously hopes that he will have a hip and happening bar some time.
The rooms are great, everything is of a high standard and just as it should be. Housekeeping is only once a day, 6 days a week which is a little strange for a hotel of this standard. A turn down service with dry towels for the late evening would be good.
The main infinity pool is lovely, only spoiled slightly by the view of the large hotel buildings in front down at beach level. The view is also spoiled by some very chunky telegraph wires and poles which I understand the owner is trying to get permission to sink them underground.
We had terrible weather during our week (the last week in May) but as the Manager said he is not in control of the weather - yet! Although a terrible storm on the 2nd night of our stay took most of the telephone lines down and therefore the communal internet connection, he made sure my husband could carry on working by making available the PC on reception.
It is worth noting that the beaches in the area are not beautiful and to be fair the surrounding hills are fairly barren. There are some pretty places to head off to in a hire car and it is worth going out for the odd drive but you go to the Elounda Gulf Villas to chill out and hang out in style. Go and enjoy it.
Wonderful small resort hotel
We spent 4 nights in this delightful intimate resort, on the hill overlooking Elounda and the Sea of Crete. Our apartment (an upgrade to a 2 bedroom family apartment that the two of us didn't really need) was beautifully decorated, all marble floors, great views of the ocean from two different terraces.
A large infinity pool long enough to swim laps adjoined their delightful Argos Restaurant, where we had some of the best meals of our trip to Greece.
Service was helpful and inobtrusive. When we asked about visiting the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, they lent us a guidebook to the Palace, and an illustrated book about Greek mythology. When we said we wanted to go hiking, they lent us a book about the hiking trails of Eastern Crete.
This really is the BEST place to stay in Elounda...maybe even all of Crete
My wife and I visited the Elounda Gulf Villas in October, 2003 as part of our honeymoon and we both agreed that it was a spectacular experience. Let me state that we have traveled quite a bit, always do a lot of research, and set our expectations very high, although prepared for a minor problem every now and again. This was our first visit to Greece. We had originally booked a suite through a tour operator at an extremely good rate for the week.
I had requested flowers and champagne (Greek sparkler - didn't want to blow the wad on a bottle) be waiting in the room upon arrival, and sure enough, there it was. However, the staff had also taken the time to lay out a heart design of candies on our bed - truly a nice touch. The suite itself was very nice. Large bedroom, well appointed bathroom and shower, spacious sitting area, small balcony and terrace, and all very clean. BUT, the suite had a strong odor of smoke - I mean overwhelming. We brought this to the attention of the staff, and they assured us that they would do whatever they could to alleviate the problem. While they attempted to air the place out, we went to dinner in the restaurant on premises.
DO NOT MISS THIS! The food is excellent and we thought reasonably priced - particularly once we tried eating elsewhere on the island. When the weather is nice (seems like all of the time), tables are set out among the olive trees and candle-lit lanterns on the terrace surrounding the main infinity swimming pool, while the Aegean moon reflects upon the Gulf. Just wonderful. We ended up eating here 5 of 7 nights. If you are accustomed to eating metropolitan cuisine (we're from the New York area of the US), this is where you'll find it.
Upon the conclusion of dinner, we returned to our smoky suite, which had been aired out, deodorized, etc., etc., to no avail. Unfortunately, the complex was completely full, so we had no alternative but to spend the night. YECHHH. The following morning, Iannis, the manager, moved us into one of the villas that had recently been vacated. Now this was an upgrade!
The villas are beautiful. If you can afford it, you must stay in them! Small private terrace and pool overlooking the Elounda Gulf, patio table under a trellis of bougainvillea, multi-level unit with full kitchen, and again, very well maintained and clean - and this time, no smoke! We spent the first few days just laying by our private pool, ordering in lunch on our patio table, and then wandering down to the restaurant for dinner. RELAXATION.
The grounds are impeccably maintained, with beautiful native (and I suspect non-native) flowers planted all around. As stated by another reviewer, the complex itself is artfully constructed into the hillside so that privacy is afforded, but the overall footprint of the complex is quite small. The main infinity pool is beautiful. The bar/lounge area opens onto the pool and terrace, and is eminently comfortable.
Best of all, the staff are some of the most gracious we have ever encountered. They made us feel like old friends from the moment we arrived. Iannis, the manager, was responsive to any and all requests, and we always looked forward to dinner, when we would see our friend Mikalis, the head waiter. I can't say enough about how wonderful they all made our honeymoon.
We looked at a few of the VERY expensive resorts in Elounda, and it appeared to us that none were the equal of the Elounda Gulf Villas. I have no reservations in highly recommending them - just be sure to let them know that you would like a non-smoking accomodation ahead of time.
Nice place to stay
Date visited October 2004
The suites consist of 3 rooms, Bathroom, bedroom and lounge area. The rooms are very clean and the quality of the furnishings are high. The lounge has a small table, with 4 chairs, and a settee. There is a small sink and microwave, hidden in a large cupboard in one corner of the room. Just enough to make up food for a baby, or heat up a snack. TV/Cd player. TV is via satellite, and is the usual poor mix of channels that you get in most Mediterranean hotels. The bed is about 5ft wide, and very comfortable. The bathroom is very impressive. There is a his and hers wash basin. All marble surfaces. A shower area, separate bath, with jacuzzi, and loo. The bath is very slippery, so if you are bathing a child, you will need a bath mat. Showers are powerful and hot. There is also storage for your case and some clothes. A little short on storage space. The bathroom entrance is in the bedroom. There is also a small balcony. A room on the first or second floor is the best choice, then you get a very good sea view.
There are only 10 suites, so you will not see many people at breakfast or by the main pool. They are very quiet. Feels 'exclusive'. This complex does not have access to a beach. You are up a hill side, near some other large, but quiet hotels. The gardens are maintained to a high standard. The main pool, has a small waterfall and kiddies section. Beautiful to look at. The restaurant is expensive compared to others in Elounda. The quality of the food and service is very high. In England it would deserve a star of some kind. You'll appreciate the restaurant better if you eat in Elounda for a few nights. They offer a baby sitting service, at 9 euros an hour. You won't need this if you eat in as the suites are very close. The staff are very friendly.
To get a good price here you will need to go through a tour operator, or perhaps, phone them up and negotiate, this won't work at all in August!
They are not villas, that is , they are not single houses in their own grounds as you would find in France or Spain. They are mostly cleverly designed and well fitted out multi room apartments. Each has its own small swimming pool (not heated) and courtyard area. This area is not completely private, but the design and clever placing of plants means its not overlooked. The rooms are furnished to the same high standard as the suites, with a few bits of extra furniture. The main double bed is larger. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. There are excellent view of the nearby island and sea.There is a small kitchen with oven, microwave and the usual cooking essentials. The 'executive' villas have their own small gym, with small sauna and steam room and various bits of fitness equipment, which are fun to play with. A/C throughout, adjustable in each room.The villas could be more child friendly than they are. A gate over the bottom of the stairs would be nice. Cots are available. There is a great feeling of space in these 'villas', however, if you planning to stay there , it would be a good idea to look around those 'villas' that are available and choose the one that best suits you, as they are all slightly different.
The area - Elounda is a small touristy town, with a small fishing / tourist port. There are NO beaches of any significance. Plenty of places to eat.
We have just spent a week at the Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites for our honeymoon (4-11 May 2004) and we definitely made the right choice. We were greeted by Angela with cold flannels and a cooling drink after our one hour self-drive from the airport (which was suprisingly easy) and swiftly shown to our suite and on-site facilities by the Manager. The accomodation was superb with TV, CD and DVD player, marble bathroom with separate shower and airbath, fridge, microwave, kettle and coffee machine, bathrobes and slippers. Although there are 10 suites we were only one of two couples who were around the poolside during the day so we felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves. The gardens are beautifully maintained and the finishing touches and attention to detail meticulous, the staff cannot do enough to make you feel welcome and your stay memorable. We ate most nights in the restaurant and were never disappointed. Elounda itself is 2.5 km away and although within walking distance, a car is recommended for that quick 'nip to the shops'. . We highly recommend early May for the weather, it was hot but not unbearable. If you want a peaceful relaxing holiday this is the place to go.
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