28 February 2021
Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete
Family-run by a mother-and-daughters team and oozing genuine hospitality, this award-winning boutique property – a member of the ultra-prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group – comprises airy suites and villas sleeping 2–6, making it perfect for couples, families, friends and multigenerational groups alike. All suites and villas have jaw-dropping Gulf of Mirabello views, many have private pools, and some even come complete with their very own spa facilities for a pampering experience second to none. All are individually designed; expect luxury features including marble, antiques and gorgeous trompe l’oeil ceilings.
Local dining is a big focus here; don’t miss the chance to sample local delicacies such as kalitsounia and Cretan cheeses, and dishes made using the freshest herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s own garden. You can also treat yourself to a private barbecue prepared for you in your suite or villa, and take part in sumptuous wine- or olive-tastings. The likes of Greek dancing and jazz nights keep things lively well into those long, balmy Mediterranean evenings.
Crete On Your Doorstep
Outside the cosseting surrounds of the hotel, Crete with its intoxicating myths and marvels can be explored under your own steam or in the company of the Elounda’s expert guides. Particularly bewitching is a boat trip to the deserted island of Spinalonga, a one-time leper colony where you can picnic amidst ancient and medieval ruins and take a dip in secluded coves. The hotel concierge can also tailor a yachting escape to your needs, providing a personalised itinerary taking in off-the-beaten spot gems such as the uninhabited islet of Kolokytha.
Other unforgettable outings include tours of vineyards and olive farms, ancient sites and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion with its Minoan treasures. Even the international-standard 18-hole Crete Golf Club has a very Cretan flavour, with a desert-style layout and holes that have been individually sculpted to blend into the distinctive mountainous landscape and hence preserve local nature.
Family sorties are a breeze too, with the concierge happy to book both excursions and reservations at the best local tavernas for a family feast you’ll never forget. But there’s also a babysitting service, a crèche (ages 4 months to 4 years), a kids’ club (4-12 years) and children’s activities including riding, swimming and tennis to help parents make the most of their time exploring or relaxing – or both.
The Exclusivity of a Private Beach Club
For those lazy days by the sea that form an essential part of any Greek-island holiday, Elounda Gulf Villas' own Beach Club is just a 10-minute ride away by private shuttle service. Think plush loungers, fluffy beach towels and Spinalonga views accompanied, perhaps, by a Greek salad and an ice bucket of white wine courtesy of the waiter service. Fancy getting more active with a spot of water sports? – the genial staff will set you up with a quick phone call.
The Beach Club is also the perfect spot for weddings, vow renewals and private parties, or for intimate candlelit dinners with a loved one. You can even stay at the Beach Club if you elect to book an Elounda Seafront Villa in its grounds – what better way to wake up than to the sound of the waves?!
The EGV Sustain program embraces both the hotel’s eco-friendly policies and its efforts towards supporting local communities, while its We Care Health & Safety Plan follows all the latest protocols advised by the World Health Organization and the Centre for Disease Control.
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