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... in the tiny town of Agia Pelaglia. The town has a few tiny beaches and surrounded by olive and grape plants on the hills. We were greeted in the morning with breakfast on the balcony including home made Greek yoghurt and honey, homemade bread with jams made by 'muma' and plenty of baklava, fruit and tomatoes. After breakfast we wondered down into town to the beaches, and after climbing a few rocks were rewarded with ...
... of everything, seemingly encapsulating all of Greece in a neat little package - beaches, excellent cuisine, mountains, and ruins ... almost anything you can find on the mainland, you can also find here. Originally, we were concerned that nearly three full days and nights here would be too much; today we were sad to be leaving, feeling that at least another two days in Crete would have been nice, to either explore the Western half ...
In Greek mythology, the Palace of Knossos was the seat of the Cretan king Minos. This is the place of the famed story of the labyrinth and the Minotaur, the half man, half bull son of King Minos. It also has a connection with the story of Icarus and Daedalus...so kind of a famous place!
This is the most significant Minoan palace complex in ...
Earliest start we've had in a while today and, due to my horrendous cold that I'm blaming Malia for, I've suffered another sleepless night. Potentially also a little bit to blame is the fact that we didn't get home until it was starting to go light outside... Due to a lack of funds all of us had a reasonably sober night ...
... Michaels phone is playing up and won't turn on or charge so he's a little annoyed I think, and mine has become the only fully functioning one - if anyone needs to get in touch with us I'd go through me! Another late start today (my body clock is already destroyed) and we're going to make the most of our apartment's pool before our last night out tonight. Lots of love Molly ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elounda Blu
I have just come back from a lovely two weeks at the Blue Bay. The hotel is situated up a steep drive and rooms are again up a steep path and depending on your room number several flights of stairs. The more infirm should be cautious and ask for rooms in the 100-200 numbers or avoid hotel. They would then depend on the good taxi service at 4 Euro each way.
We will be returning to the Blue Bay Hotel this May, which will be our fourth trip since discovering it when booked as a last minute holiday in October 2003. We love the area, it's so beautiful and the staff at the hotel are so helpful and friendly and really nothing seems to be too much trouble. I can whole heartedly reccomend this hotel for relaxing and recharging the batteries, a day by the pool felt like a week. It is a quiet hotel so not suitable for young people who want to make a lot of noise, it's more suited to couples who want to kick back and relax. We think it's paradise.
My girlfriend and I booked a last minute holiday to the Blue Bay and after reading previous reviews here, we thought we had made a good choice, but were still a touch apprehensive.
A perfect holiday
Our holiday in Elounda, Crete, was perfection in all aspects, thanks to The Blue Bay Hotel. The position and views are magnificent. The accomodation is first class, as is the staff and the food. thankyou Blue Bay Hotel, we are coming back!
G. M. Cross
Loved the Blue Bay
Looking for a last minute holiday 24th May I found the Blue bay Hotel>> What a bargain price for all inclusive.. Booked it online one week before departure. Then I came across this review site with bad and good coments...
Oh god what have I done>>Dreaded the holiday but was in for a great shock..Beach side location & even carpet in the bedroom.. Rooms do need some modernisation but clean.. Bed linen smells lovely and fresh and all pillows and mattresses are spotless. Food well, no bad comments here, not a vast variety but there was always something there and 1st class food.. Staff were again 1st class and I have stayed in 5* places but for the price I would stay there again. Rating out of 10 I would give it a good 8
Great price, great people and great views
Before going we conducted a vaste amount of research into the hotel and resort, as we were some what put off by previous reviews.
I am thoroughly glad we went. The staff were efficient and the rooms were always clean - even though very basic. They were very protective of their towels and changing them. The food was basic so be prepared to head to the many restaurants in Elounda.
Nevertheless, the views were breathtaking, the sea was clean, walm and sealife wasin abundance - ideal for snorkelling.
If one intends to visit, ask the receptionist to call 'petrus' at the watersports centre to pick you up in the speed boat, to Driros Beach.
Additionally don't go in August...unless you enjoy temperatures which are in the 40's (also very dry heat!)
We went to Greece in September. It was an all inclusive package. I was a bit worried at first, after reading bad review of this Hotel.. But after been there, I can reassure anybody, that it was brilliant. The food is gorgeous, you must be very difficult if you disagree with me..it changed everyday. they have theme nights too, everything is fresh.. and you have plenty to eat at lot of variety.. breakfast are brilliant...full english... gorgeous.. lunch are light but very good..
Tremendous food and views, but steep climb
Spotlessly clean accommodation . Breathtaking views from every window.Children and I loved the Greek style food at the half board buffet . Hotel's private beach lovely and clean .Lovely turquoise sea (beautiful going snorkling in,to see all the exotic fish).But the little steep hill that the hotel sits on is quite tiring to walk up .
We would definetly go again .
Nice hotel,shame about beds
sits on a steep hillside with stunning views across the bay at dawn. sorry to say that the beds are like concrete and very hard to sleep on, walls of the rooms are paper thin and you can hear every movement and use of the faucets, food at the hotel can be missed, a little too continental for our tastes. food in town can easily please any tastes, being cheap with very friendly taverns .staff at the hotel were extramely friendlly and nothing was too much trouble in their very modern hotel. main road into elounda is still under construction and can be hair raising at times with coach drivers crossing themselves when they meet. would go back to elounda but not to the blue bay
Relaxing resort, but make sure you know the price of the meal/drink you are purchasing downtown, we found one or two a little too sharp for our liking. As for the other 99% of shops/restaurants etc... very laid back and trusting. Great little eating place for lunch in "Ellies bar" opposite the harbour. As for the hotel: only one drawback that we noticed, that was the steep incline to reach reception and ultimately our room. Once in the room, the air-conditioning was superb, television, hair dryer, fridge, safety box, sea view etc... all as described and satisfactorily comfortable. Towels, bedding, cleaning all done regularly. (Sewage system as everywhere else in Crete/Greece)Half board food superb!! Good variation of food, but drinks prices grossly inflated; the two main waiters like you if you buy lots of these, if you don't they'll ignore you. We drank only bottled water, but the other waiters were superb and couldn't do enough for us. (We made sure we tipped only these when we left)If you hire a car/scooter the incline to the hotel isn't a problem. Swimming in sea at closest beach at foot of hotel is safe and we found it mostly calm. Lovely walk from hotel to main town; a long way but all next to the sea. A little shop high into the far part of the town is run by a charming English couple, and there you can even exchange holiday reading material for no charge! Try the oranges! The biggest have really thick peel, but they are the sweetest. There's a market once a week in the main town. We wanted a quiet holiday and got it!To sum up, we intend to visit again one day!