Elounda Peninsula – Crete, Greece
Standing sophisticatedly on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by the azure waters of Mirabello Bay and jaw-droppingly beautiful views, Elounda Peninsula is one of Crete’s best places to stay. We love the clever architecture that blends in with its dramatic setting, combined with plenty of Greek charm and authentic hospitality. There are only suites here, all of which are bountiful in size and look out over the sea towards the Sitia Mountains on the east of the island.
This is a place for relaxing and taking advantage of the wealth of activities on offer – water sports galore, golf, tennis, or for those after slightly less exertion, the Spa. The wonders of Crete are easily reached, with Spinalonga Island and Plaka a short drive away. So just pack your swimwear, suntan lotion and the books you’ve been meaning to read for ages and wind down Cretan style.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its beautiful location, stunning views & variety of suite options available.
Style:A waterside contemporary Greek village.
Location:Overlooking the stunning bay of Elounda it is set in a cove with direct access to the azure-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Rooms:52 suites & villas.
Swimming:Each suite & villa has its own saltwater plunge pool. There are also 2 swimming pools, a kids pool & private beach.
Children:Children are very welcome here. There are exceptional childcare facilities.
Accessibility:Sadly the hotel is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly price from €1,930 per person in a family room.
With cool, white-walled interiors, luxurious bathrooms, generous living space and all the mod-cons, all the suites and villas here are beautifully designed. Outside they all have private saltwater pools, terraces and views across the Aegean. Not many places have their Junior Suites as the entry-level accommodation!
One of the great things about staying at the Elounda Peninsula is the huge variety of restaurants. At Calypso, with its fabulous sea view, the emphasis is on fine dining, whilst Koh is based on the flavours of the Far East. The wine cellar can be booked for private dining and has a superb choice of Greek wines, as well as a comprehensive international list.
There are a further six restaurants in the sister hotels where guests can also eat on a dine-around service, including the Yacht Club with its beachfront location and Odysseas on the edge of the resort’s natural harbour serving delicious classic Greek dishes.
The Six Senses Spa is shared with Elounda Peninsula’s sister hotels, and the treatment list is extensive, including individually tailored wellness programmes. Not surprisingly, there are a number of water sports on offer from water skiing and wakeboarding to scuba diving and windsurfing, and guests can rent motor boats to explore further afield. Or you can go bigger and charter the resort’s private yacht. There’s a nine-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a private cinema too.
With their spacious suite-only accommodation, there are plenty of options for families. The resort has exceptional childcare facilities with their Kids Ark. It offers a crèche for children from aged between four months and four years and an activities centre for kids over the age of five. There’s a children’s pool with waterslides, trampolines, a basketball court, table-top games, as well as tennis, golf and water sports lessons for older children. The restaurants have kids’ menus and can prepare fresh food for babies.
Guests can even pre-order nappies and supplies that will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive. You can rest assured that children are treated like royalty here!
Elounda, Crete, Greece
Overlooking the stunning bay of Elounda it is set in a cove with direct access to the azure-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.