We are looking forward to our yearly visit to this hotel. We began visiting about ten years ago and now it has become a non-negotiable part of our year. We visit hotels around the world but none offers the wonderful environment or service we experience at Elounda Beach.
So much is good. Where shall I start? The amazing location, its beauty and tranquillity, the wonderfully kept gardens with flowers of stunning colour and scent among extensive walkways, the lovely accommodation and the impeccable housekeeping - new linens, new flowers....
Our days are spent on a gloriously quiet platform with views the mountains, a good book and a ladder into the warm, clear, Mediterranean sea. Some days we explore the fascinating villages around or the historic sites. Other days we walk into Elounda or visit the splendid variety of shops in Aghios Nikolaos by hotel boat.
Every evening is a delight with a choice of wonderful, entirely different, hotel restaurants to select for dinner. Shall we choose Italian? Shall we choose a relaxed Greek evening at the Kafenion where the warmth and friendliness is second to none? Shall we go to our favourite Polynesian restaurant - The Blue Lagoon - where we can sit in the warmth of the evening around the boat lagoon enjoying wonderful oriental flavours or sushi or to our other favourite, the Dionyssos where we enjoy a French menu among the trees in a courtyard listening to a great singer. Or shall we visit the stunningly situated, Thalassa seafood restaurant and choose the day’s catch or lobster, again with entertainment from a great pianist and singer. So many hard choices!
Our only disappointment is the fifteen euro service charge now added to every room service order. This does not happen in other hotels where we stay. It may seem a small issue, but each accommodation is so attractive that to have the pleasure of afternoon tea or lunch delivered is a great delight. A ‘niggle,’ as another reviewer said, but an unnecessary one as it curbs full enjoyment of the hotel facilities.
I have left this hotel's greatest asset to last: it's amazing staff. Every member of staff is dedicated to giving you the best holiday ever. Their professionalism is second to none and they will do all that is possible to ensure that your holiday surpasses your expectations.
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