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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 ...
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On the last Sunday of each month there is a book fair in a small French village named Gabian near to our French village. I got talking to an interesting, well read, English woman who was selling secondhand books. I mentioned we were heading off to the Greek Isles and Turkey. She suggested I read the book "The Island" by a UK author, Victoria Hislop. The story is about the Petrakis ...
So, today was our last day in Crete. Our flight leaves at 17:40 for Athens for our last night then we all head in different directions. Susie and Sharon return to the US via Frankfurt and I continue on to Rome and Sicily. As our flights leave just after 6:00am and we need to be at the airport 2 hours before takeoff, it's going to be an early start. Today we visited the ancient Palace of Knossos. Unlike a lot of the other "rubble" we have seen, this site is very ...
... 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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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.
We stayed at this hotel for one week at the end of September 2005.
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.
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.
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.
Well,it was expensive.....ok,very expensive.It was worth every penny.
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) - :).
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.