Elounda Gulf Villas
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Bright, warm sunny day. Finally hit the fitness center. It's huge. Leisurely day on Crete. Walked along the waterfront, climbed a boatload of stairs, then headed towards Lake Voulismeni. It's small but very deep. The Nazis dumped tanks into it at the end of the war. Now it's surrounded by cafés. Legend ...
... who said their goodbyes to their families on the mainland never to see them again. Plaka is totally visible from the island, the inhabitants who once lived here would have had a magnificent view across the sea to both Elonda and Plaka. It must have been dreadful looking across the sea knowing your family was that close. Walking from the jetty, through the gated archway and tunnel into the Spinalonga village was very moving. The ...
... and most road signs have both the Greek and English translation. * DO get either a car GPS or an app - it was invaluable (even if the "boys" deserted us a few times" * DONT take the names on maps, road signs and streets literally. For example, Iraklion is also spelt Iraklio and Heklion. * DO engage with people. The Greeks are very friendly and on more than one occasion we were told that not all tourists are. You will get more from your adventure if you ...
... The drive was on a mountain top goat path and we were not sure we were going to make it without destroying the car. When we arrived at Plaka we explored this seaside town and followed it with lunch in a beachfront taverna. Tomorrow night we leave Greece for Paris as we start on our way ...
After our 5:00 am arrival we managed to sleep late in the morning and then take a day to "veg" around the resort. We had an amazing omelette in the poolside restaurant followed by an afternoon on the beach lounges. Dinner was at the main restaurant which had one of the best buffet we have ever seen.This is the nicest resort we ...
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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!
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 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
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.