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... a town on the edge of Thira. We chose to ride the donkeys up the steep hill, many squeals and laughs later we made it to the top to watch the sunset. A huge day but great way to see this strange volcanic island. After a few days lazing by the pool in Santorini we finally boarded another typically late (3hours) ferry to the island of Crete. A fast taxi ride half an hour out of the main terminal we arrived just after midnight at ...
In many ways, Crete has been the Greece we traveled halfway around the World to experience - while our expectations for the Cyclades were high, they really didn't live up to the billing. Mykonos and Santorini may look pretty in tourist brochures designed to attract people to the islands, but they seemingly lacked character and soul, qualities which Crete has in abundance.
Being the largest of the Greek islands, it offers ...
... the area has been populated as far back as 7,000 B.C. The mostly crumbled palace includes loads of giant pottery, colorful frescoes, unique Minoan columns, and still has an intact alabaster throne room.
Basically, I arrived in the late morning, visited the complex, and then was off to the airport for a flight to Athens.
... but we met a famous DJ and the music was very good so still lots of fun! And it means no hangovers this morning. Bonus! Now just waiting for Michael and Hannah to wake up so we can pack and be away from our incredibly creepy hotel manager who we suspects hates us, though we don't really know why! Bring on Venice! Love Molly ...
So there's nothing to do in Crete except lie by the pool or get drunk at night, meaning the blogs are a little boring! Last night we were all trying to save money and catch up on sleep so we decided after a day in the sun that we'd stay in and left the girls to go out. It was actually really nice to have a night of peace and quiet and Hannah and mike bought tea so they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elounda Beach Hotel
There's a lot that's good about this hotel when it isn't too busy. There are 5 very good restaurants, the service is usually very good and if you stay in certain rooms they are really luxurious.
I died and went to heaven when I stayed here. It is worth paying the extra to stay in a bungalow away from the main building as you get complete tranquility and privacy. We had a Bungalow Room with direct access to the sea and benefitted from such a large terrace that we did not need to move from our room all day!
We selected Elounda Beach based on suggestions from friends who stayed there many years ago. All we heard was still true. We stayed in one of the newer buildings in a good size room with patio, pool, and a wonderful view of the sea. The pool was to be shared by three rooms, but because we were there so early in the season, we ended up having the pool to ourselves which gave wondrful opportunity for swimming any time of day or night. Help at the hotel is most attentive and responsive to all possible needs.... most of them are well anticipated and hence resolved seamlessly. We arrived to a room full of flowers, bottle of wine, bowl of fruit. During our week long stay, the flowers had been refreshed, bowl of fruit replaced with fresh, etc. Restaurants are wonderful, but very expensive... unless too tired from day's activities, you'd be much advised to spend the taxi fare for a trip to near by Elounda or Aguas Nicholas. Having said this , you MUST go to the Greek restaurant where the food and service are impeccable. You'll feel like you're at your friends private home!We most definitely will be back, but never this early in the season....too many things were still closed, no outdoor bars, limited outdoor dining, limited boat excursions. Go, but go after the Orthodox Easter... that's when things are in full swing.
Don't miss this one while in Crete
Elounda Beach Hotel in Elounda is the most fabulous hotel. Beautiful rooms jacuzzi in the floor of the bathroom. Beds comfortable. Great amenities. Wonderful staff. We stay in many hotels throughout the year. This is the best ever!
Very nice, but probably not worth the dough
My wife and I came here for our honeymoon in early June 2004 and had a great time. This is a wonderful property and everything was perfect, but why shouldn't it? You have to sell a kidney to stay here. Holy cow, is it expensive! And, it probably isn't worth it.
Hi there. I read with interest the pro and con reviews of the Elounda and would like to provide my inputs, having just stayed there this summer. (1) Avoid Elounda Beach Hotel at the end of July and first half of August, when it is full capacity. The service is still okay but the resort is just teeming with people so you don't get the privacy or attention or details you expect when you pay their summer prices; (2) There are indeed some very expensive and very shabby-looking bungalows.
We stayed at the Elounda Beach Hotel for three days this July and wished that we had stayed for several more days. The hotel staff met us at the airport in Heraklion and had us transported to the hotel. When we arrived, we were greeted by staff at the reception desk and given a room upgrade to a waterfront villa. While we didn't have a private pool, we did have a patio that adjoined the bay and included private chaises. Our room cost about $650 per night but was worth every penny of it. We had a large room with a sitting area, a plasma TV and a DVD player. We had a private balcony and a huge bathroom. I really don't know where the gentleman from Tokyo stayed but his description doesn't fit this hotel. The hotel sent us a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and fruit and provided us with a complimentary lunch. Breakfast was a buffet, but it was fine given the late hour of dinner in Greece. And the restaurants were excellent. We ate in the Italian and Polynesian restaurants that are near the water. Our best meal. however, was at the Greek restaurant. The service was very professional and the food was great. As for the gentleman's other complaints, the crowds were relatively light, the ambience and service were great and Crete was fascinating. We'll go back here.
Hi,I have just read an unfavourable review on this hotel and wonder if these people went to the same hotel as us. The Elounda Beach Hotel where we visited 2 years ago (and are returning again in September this year) was a fabulous place. The accommodation, the restaurants from the Greek; where we ate typical, freshly-made local dishes (washed down with local wine!) at lunch (in our beach-ware) and sometimes when we felt "casual" in the evening, to the gourmet restaurant which served fantastic food with a caberet act to follow. There is also an Italian,where I had a couple of lessons (and recipes to take home) The Italian restaurants sits out on a jetty overlooking the stunning Elounda Bay - some backdrop! The Polynesian Restaurant is very exotic, comfortable and if pampering is what does it for you - you've gone to the right place. I forgot to mention the ambience..typically Greek hospitality which is sometimes lacking in a hotel of this calibre.
Further to the report "biggest rip-off in Greece", I would like to offer a second opinion on the Elounda Beach Resort.My partner and I travelled to the resport in late May, when perhaps the resort did not suffer from being at near capacity as it appears may have been the case when my fellow contributor lodged there.We paid only £250 ($380) per night for 7 nights in a spacious double/king room in the new Imperial Building, albeit with a pretty "Garden", not Sea view.The room was very nice and furniture was of very good, if not exceptional quality. We had a 32" widescreen TV with DVD player and the room was well serviced. It was particularly nice to return to bed after dinner to a freshly cleaned room and made bed, with a lovely touch of two fresh red roses left on each pillow every evening.The bathroom was lovely with a Jucuzzi bath (albeit a single bath) and a steam room.The rooms in the older and slightly cheaper building may not have these facilities and it may be worth checking the facilities of your room before you book. We had absolutely no cause for complaint at all.Certainly in late May, Breakfast was far from crowded and very tasty, especially the made-to-order Omlettes, Crepes, and Waffles. Champagne was also offered as a final touch.Again, in the early season we had no cause for complaint on the beach or around the pool with plenty of room and good service on offer with towels and sun loungers, although the service from the pool bar was rather slow.Dinner is served in one of Five Restaurants and the Italian Restaurant, Polyneasian Restaurant, and especially the Gourmet Restaurant was very tasty and fairly priced.The Jetty bar, set 100 yards into the Ocean is a lovely way to enjoy the midday sun over a cool cocktail, and when lit up at night, offers a inviting, romantic ambiance.I originally withheld from offering the Elounda Beach five stars on the totally unfair basis that this Crete, and not The Seychelles or The Maldives, with the additional exotica such place or family holiday in the Mediteranian then Elounda Beach is a wonderful choice. Good rooms with all the modern features one could wish for, nice food, good staff and peace and quiet in private.D Hyde 6/6/2003
If you are planning a trip to Crete, you will almost certainly find dozens of sites and reviews on the Elounda Beach Hotel, which is so good at marketing that it has managed to become a member of the Luxury Hotels of the World, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and practically every other hotel association of repute. As a result, you will will probably be conned into believing that the $600 minimum you will pay for each room per night is worth the cost, steep as the price is.