Elounda Bay Palace
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Historical Traveler Reviews Elounda Bay Palace
My wife and I spent two weeks here in Sept/Oct 2005. In a nutshell this hotel is a real class act.
The grounds are fantastic with the gardens receiving not stop attention from the staff. The views of the complex and the bay are fantastic and a wonderful setting for lounging / eating at the pool bar or enjoying an evening meal at the seafood restaurant.
We used all of the hotels eating facilities from room service to pool side to top evening fish restaurant. All of them were simply superb, yes you pay a premium but each dish is lovingly prepared and tastes fantastic. The Greek salads by the poolside were the best I have ever tasted!
Elounda itself is a fairly small fishing village which has grown with restaurants and shops. It is still very un-spoilt and had a lovely charm and character to it.
I would recommend this 100%. My only gripe was the fact we booked through Thompson and I am sure if we had booked direct would have received a much better deal or better room. The villa's are something else and if I go back it will be to one of those.
Don't think - book it - you won't be sorry.
If you do take my advice and you like the hotel, book the 4 x 4 Jeep Safari - it's the best day out on the island.
Champagne for breakfast, stunning views and sweets on your pillow
We stayed at this hotel for one week at the end of September 2005.
On arrival to this hotel we were greeted by a guest relations officer, we were told to leave our luggage by the taxi and that a porter would take care of things (which he did, the luggage was in our room one minute after we had arrived in it!). This excellent service was just a taster of things to come. Check in was very efficient, we were then told about some of the key features of the hotel and shown to our room.
Upon arrival to the room I was slightly disappointed, after seeing all the pictures in various brochures I imagined the room to be quite luxurious with lots of mod cons, the room in fact was in a traditional cretan style with the white wash wall, with some aspects being quite basic i.e. TV and air conditioning unit but everything did work absolutely fine. In our room we were greeted with complimentary fruit and wine, and in the bathroom there was lots of free toiletries and bathrobes and slippers were provided.
Although the room didn't perhaps look as luxurious as we had hoped the cleanliness was impeccable with clean towels arriving in your room at least twice a day! and the chmabermaids coming in while you were out at night for the turn down service with sweeties often being left on your bed.
In terms of the hotel grounds these were excellent, the views out to sea were stunning. There were lots of garden areas and two beaches so when sunbathing you certainly didn't feel like you were on top of each other and didn't have to fight for a sunbed either!
Breakfast is fantastic the staff are very attentive, the choice of food is amazing (cakes, breads, fresh fruit, cereal, meats, cheeses, freshly cooked omelettes and pancakes to name just a few of the things on offer) they also have champagne available which I certainly missed when I returned home!
The hotel has a couple of restaurants but we chose not to eat in any of these as it seemed very expensive. This is the case with the Sail in Bar the hotels beach bar. We paid 12 euros for 2 large beers and cocktails were about 12 euros each but it was well worth spoiling yourself just to take in the views and at night the bar is also fantastic. The sea is lit up and you can see the stars, totally relaxing and if the moon is out you can see the mountains in the distance.
For 5 out of our 7 nights of our holiday we ventured into Elounda for our dinner which is a quiet and pretty resort. It takes about 15 minutes to walk in, there are a variety of restaurants by the waters edge. We would highly recommend the Olondi restaurant which is by the waterside and also Leonidas which is just off of the main square. In both the staff are very friendly the service is efficent and the food good.
I would steer clear of Poulis restaurant if you are in a hurry, we were in there over 2 hours and only had two courses we waited almost an hour between starter and main, and the food was below average. On the other 2 nights we took a taxi to the nearby village of Aghios Nikolaos (Ag Nik) (10 euros each way, journey takes about 10 mins) the hotel organised us a taxi for our journey there and getting back we just waited by a taxi point. This is a livelier resort with more restaurants and bars. It is also very pretty with lots of the restaurants and bars situated around an apparent bottomless lake. I would thoroughly recommend having a drink in any one of these for a glimpse of the kingfisher who flew along the surface of the lake which was stunning. Migomis cafe is great for views over the lake. We ate in a restaurant called La Strada where the food is excellent and has a huge choice.
All in all a fantastic relaxing resort two resorts within 10 mins of each other would thoroughly recommend this resort to anyone needing a complete break from day to day life, it is certainly a leading hotel of the world.
We were at the Elounda Bay Palace last July for the second time. This time we were in a Superior Bungalow Sharing Pool, the room needs renovation and the pool was not that private because we had to share it with the 2 other bungalows. But it is nice to walk out of your room and jump in to the pool.
What we like about this hotel is the beautiful surroundings, the friendly people and the excellent food. At this hotel we always have very romantic holidays, we can not find that elsewhere.
Elounda is special.
When the rooms are renovated we will be going back!!!
we arrived 3.00.am and were met at our taxi by the porter who directed us to reception and were very quickly taken to our room. first impression of the room was not too good definately not 5*. the following day after a good sleep the room was still not as expected exeptionally clean but very small and in need of an upgrade. the breakfasts are really good a great choice of food and the staff are very welcoming. my husband had made a list of what he thought could be improved in the room on the hotels notepad. he was due to make a dive the following day and took the note pad which he used for notes on his diving. whilst he was out on a dive a guest relations officer read his notes, unknown to him (he had left them on a table at the dive centre). when he returned from his dive the guest relations officer asked him about his notes and we were immediately given another room which was far superior.they also gave us a bottle of expensive wine too.
the setting of the hotel is wonderful. it is very expensive to eat and drink there but the ambience of the thalassa fish restaurant and the sail in bar is wonderful and to me that is worth paying for. you can eat much cheaper in elounda itself which is a 15minute walk, numerous restaurants right on the sea front, some are really good. it is the price of wine that bumps up the price of your meal wether eating at the hotel or in the local restaurants.
we did not feel that we had to tip all the time and infact did not tip at all until our last day when we gave to the people we thought had given us an extra attentive service. the bills all include a service charge anyway. there is a dress code for dinner, long trousers for gentlemen and they ask for no jeans,trainers or tee shirts although polo shirts are fine, which i think this is acceptable. if you go to a good restaurant at home they wouldnt be too keen if you turned up in jeans tee shirt and trainers. if you dont wish to dress up you wander into town where anything goes.
there is a bus stop 50 meters from the hotel gates to aghios nikolas and also elound/plaka. a ride on the 'happy train'for 6 euros is really good, takes you around elounda and into plaka. all in all we had a woderful two weeks and could have stayed longer. i would recommend this hotel to all ages.
Elounda Bay Palace- very expensive!!!!
I stayed at Elounda Bay Palace for my honeymoon in August 2005. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed, after looking through my Thomas Cook Select brochure I got my self all excited about going to this really nice exclusive resort. The pictures showed lovely rooms with nice furniture and equipment.
On our arrival at the hotel we were greeted and the porter collected our luggage. Every time some one does anything for you at this hotel you always feel like you HAVE TO give a tip!! This I did not like, as a tip would be like 10 euros a time!
My partner's mother in-law called the hotel prior to out arrival to pay for a bottle of Moet. Only to find out that all honeymooners get this free and they charged his mom, we will not be going back due to this disrespectful act.
The rooms are not to 5* standard, the room was quite basic, a bed, settee, TV with only 3 English channels which were all news! The air con worked but was not cool enough. The only 5* feature was having your room cleaned every day.
We complained about the stereo not working and no one ever came to fix it, we ordered ice on 3 occasions and no one ever brought it to our room. My only conclusion to this is that we never ate at the hotel because you could eat for 3 nights in Elounda for the price of 1 meal at the venue.
That is why they never gave us any attention? I don't know maybe we did not look rich enough.
There is a very snobbish feeling about the place, which I did not enjoy, I partner chose this venue but I would have preferred to go some where more chilled out.
The in room dining service was very good, food was very tasty, they come into your room and prepare a romantic meal on your balcony, they charge you for the meal + 20 % room service charge and still expect a tip!!
The drinks in the bar are very expensive you are looking at 12 euro for a nice cocktail!
The good points about the hotel:
Breakfast is superb! You can choose anything you like, from full English to continental. They have (cheap) champagne and cakes as well.
The pools- the pools are very nice and never busy so you can have a nice long swim.
The Gym- is small but well equipped for cardio but not many weights.
The Grounds- are very nice but loads of wasps.
The hotel also has a dress code, which I thought rather strange, you pay a bomb load to stay there then they tell you what you can and can't wear in the hotel. You are frowned upon if you where anything else.
My advice if you want a nice romantic break away and have 5k to waste then go here, but for 5K you could go some where a lot nicer and maybe even full board.
The airport in Crete is awful! So small and packed, I would never go to Crete again just because of the disgusting standards
We returned two days ago from a week's stay at this hotel. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at this luxurious, relaxing and friendly hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. On arrival we were met by a porter and a guest relations staff member on emerging from our taxi from the airport. Our luggage was whisked away by the porter and magically appeared in our room. We were checked in at reception and taken to our room by the guest relations staff - on our way to our room she pointed out various amenities in the hotel, directions to the two private beaches, pool and the hotel restaurants. On arrival in our room there was a complimentary bottle of wine and a bowl of fruit. The hotel restaurants are quite expensive - we had dinner one night in the seafood restaurant belonging to the hotel - it was a wonderful dinner, but very pricey! Walk into Elounda on an evening for reasonably priced restaurants with some of the freshest seafood available. It is a nice walk (about 15 minutes or so) on a warm evening and there are plenty of shops and restaurants open. We did go to Agios Nicholias and further afield, but personally I enjoyed the town of Elounda more.
Sitting in the Sail-In Bar on a balmy evening with the sea lapping at your feet with a long, cold drink is wonderful. Didn't want to come home.
We would definitely stay at the Elounda Bay Palace Hotel again - with a little luck maybe in September! Arrived home feeling relaxed and spoiled. Highly recommended.
2 adults(without their kids!)
Well,it was expensive.....ok,very expensive.It was worth every penny.
Service faultless and our room lovely.We booked a luxury seafront suite with shared pool and we were so pleased with it when we arrived late at night that we were chatting about how nice it was.We were rudely interuptted by a loud knock on the wall and "Please be quiet".
I asked to be moved immediately as I thought I wasnt going to whisper in my own room when spending that amount of money!
Luckily,as it was May they were able to move us.
Restaurants were madly expensive and not THAT good especially the Japanese at the Elounda Beach.Lovely decor but NO WAY was it worth the money.Im a chef so I should know!!
Anyway I hate to be negative because I loved it.Room service perfect and when my husbands birthday was overlooked the manager sent champagne,handmade chocolates,canapes and flowers!
Last but not least we were checked in on our flight by a hotel employee who pushed through the long queque of people so we didnt have to wait!
Perfect end to a perfect holiday-all that and sex as well|||
My husband and I stayed in the sea view bungalows which had a pool that only 6 other bungalows could use. It was most beautiful sight from the room looking out onto your private pool as well as the beach. This resort is really something special. The rooms are very clean and the staff are very approachable and friendly. The buffett breakfast is delicious with a huge variety ( I especially liked the nutella waffles) - :).
For dinner, we always went to the town nearby - Elounda and a little bit further- Agios Nikolias. Good night life and heaps of restaurants and shops.
This is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the views. Highly recommend. We relaxed during the day and for more variety, went to either of the 2 towns for dinner.
Enjoy- Renee; Melbourne, Australia
A Bay Palace Experience
We arrived ready to enjoy our honeymoon and as the taxi pulledup at the securitiy gate we knew this was not going to be a 'shabby"establishment. We were met by one of the guest relations staff along with ahotel porter, as our luggage went one way we walked though to check in. Aswe were escorted to our room, our lady explained the forthcoming events andother essential information, when she left, we felt 'looked after' evenmore so when we noticed the complimentary bottle of wine and overflowingfruit bowl, however our attention was taken by our superb view out to sea.(We'd gone for the Superior room with seaview, well worth it.)Theevening meal was made up of fancy starters, help yourself buffet, an easygoing main course (either fish, pork, beef, veal) followed by more helpyourself buffet of sweets and cheese. the standard was high but in allhonesty, highly priced, approx 80 euros, plus wine which was very, very expensive, nothing under 20 euros for a full bottle (unless you ordered ahalf bottle at 12 euros),for your information, the supermarkets wereselling the same full bottles at 5 euros, however this is probably to beexpected, as with most high class hotels across Europe.The rooms wereserviced twice a day, in the evening the bed clothes were turned back witha rose and sweet being placed on the bed. A nice touch.The hotel had twogood beaches along with extensive gardens, with an attendant bringingloungers and mattresses to wherever you wished. The drinks from the barwere reasonably priced, provided you stuck to the local beers, which werejust as good as the well know brands.Breakfast could not be faulted withagain, an eat as much as you can buffet, there were all sorts of juices,pastries, cheeses, cereals, eggs in all styles, bacon, crepes, fruit, evena glass of champagne, if you wished.All in all, we were pleased with thehotel, it's staff and location. Even if the meals were over priced, therewas always nearby Elounda to stroll to and pick an evening meal, at halfthe cost of the hotel.
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