Elounda Gulf Villas
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After connecting flights from Berlin we flew over amazing views and were excited to arrive in Mykonos island, met with a cold beer from Lucy and her friend Tori. We stayed in a peaceful pension owned by 'Maria' who spoke very little English but made life easy for us providing free transfers - such a luxury! We enjoyed our first Greek meal, and happily tucked into a delicious Greek salad and moussaka, yum! After good catch up Max and ...
... things off by getting a little bit sloshed before boarding a flight out of here? Too bad that today was a Sunday, which we found out is the day that all the wineries are closed!
Still, we managed to find a way to enjoy a bit of Heraklion's wine country by having the customary Cretan experience of a lazy and drawn out Sunday lunch at Elia & Diosmos, the prototypical type of modern restaurant you would expect to find in ...
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 Gulf Villas
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.