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Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dimokratias 10, Elounda, Crete GR-720 53, Greece   |  
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Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Elounda
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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“Amazing holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

So peaceful, salt water pool, private beach, lovely people, just amazing. I went with my brother, Mother and Father and it was definitely what you pay for.
The restaurants are a little on the expensive side, but you can eat out on a 10 minute trip to the little Elounda square - would recommend Paradosiako especially if you want quick, good quality service for alright prices.
Honeymoon, business, family, friends, on your own - you name it! A great escape to relax from stress, anything! Just amazing.

DEFINITELY DEFINITELY DEFINITELY recommend it!!!

Room Tip: Seaview room! Go for that! Otherwise, on the expensive side, a room with a private pool
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

After being extremely disappointed with the Blue Palace. I contacted the Elounda Mare for a room for my 3 night stay. I had stayed here in the past when I was 16 on a family trip to Greece. I asked for a bungalow with a private pool. I managed to book the last one they had and was given 300 EUROS off with tax and breakfast. I arrived to the front desk and was greeted by Eleni and Christana who were so kind and welcomed me back to the hotel. I was showed to my bungalow by Christana who was so gracious and warm. The pictures of this hotel did not lie about how private the bungalows are! When my brother and I stayed here in 2001 we had a similar room with a private pool overlooking the sea. The rooms and service haven't changed at all since then! The breakfast that was included with the room was also spectacular and delicious. The amount of activities this hotel has to offer is overwhelming and they will arrange it for you in a heartbeat! Another perk of this hotel is the onsite private beaches which are so wonderful. My favorite spot is right near the rocks on the other side of the main beach. It is quite and private! This hotel in my opinion is the place to stay if you are looking for a true Greek Island rustic hotel experience. There is no place like this in all of my travels and I will only stay here! This should be #1 on the list of hotels in Elounda Beach. Hats off to Elounda Mare and well done for being consistent.

Room Tip: any room! They all have great views and are extremely comfortable
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband, 5 year old daughter and I stayed at the hotel during the last week of July/first week in August. It was our second visit, having already stayed there the same time last year.

Many members of staff remembered us from last year. Reception staff made a special effort remembering our daughters name and kept asking her how she was during our stay.

We stayed in a bungalow with private pool near to the beach. Room was spacious and clean.
The sandy beach has clean waters and you could always find sunbeds whatever time of day you visited.

Views are absolutely amazing.

Staff were always friendly and helpful in all parts of the hotel.

Food in all restaurants is good, especially the Old Mill. It is a little on the expensive side but you get what you pay for especially in the Old Mill. The staff were always extremely accommodating when asking if they could make something special up for our daughter.

It is a quiet, relaxing type of hotel and can honestly say it is hard to fault.

Roll on next year when we will be back again !!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is the standard by which all hotels should be judged. We've stayed here 5 times over the past 18 years (I thought it was 4 times, but the hotel said it was 5 times), and each time it has been perfect. The staff are briefed in advance and know when a guest returns, they know what rooms you like and remember your favourite drinks. The rooms are great - the basic rooms are fine, but the junior suites are bigger and better value, if you are travelling as family then the small villas are perfect. The food is very good (but pretty expensive) but the location is amazing. The view from the bar is without doubt the best in the entire Mediterranean. But, without doubt the one thing that makes this hotel so different is the staff and their attention to deal. Outstanding.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Spent a wonderful week at Elounda Mare. Everything about the hotel was wonderful, food, suite, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. I would recommend this for couples looking for a relaxing break in beautiful settings.

Room Tip: Bungalow with a private pool really was wonderful and worth splashing out on.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was a repeat visit to Elounda and the Elounda Mare. There are several 5-star properties in Elounda, but this is la creme de la creme. The luxury is understated but ever-present. The real thing that sets this resort apart from the rest is the unparalleled service. From our greeting when we arrived, complete with a glass of champagne and a warm smile and can-do attitude, to the upgrade to a sea-view suite, to the parade of gifts, we never felt more welcome. The staff is absolutely fantastic - Dimitris at the bar, Babis the sommelier (one of the best in Greece we are told, and we wholeheartedly agree), Katerina and Natalia at the front desk. There was nothing they wouldn't do to make our stay more pleasurable. We had wonderful spa treatments - the spa at the sister property Porto Elounda is world-class, delectable dinners at several of the hotel restaurants (The Old Mill deserves special mention - fantastic), and lovely, lazy days at the small but pristine private beach. The beach is a "blue star" beach, which means it wins awards for cleanliness. The water was so clear you can see straight to the bottom Imagine my surprise when I was wading chest-deep, and looked down in time to see a large octopus on the bottom, hightailing it away to deeper waters!! We also booked a private wine-tasting with Babis, which is a treat not to be missed if you are a wine lover. He is knowledgeable, warm, funny and interesting - we had a lovely and very informative sesson tasting wines from throughout Greece. There is nothing about this place that struck a wrong note. We can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: We were in the main building rather than a bungalow - we loved it!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Elounda Mare is a great choice if you're staying in Crete. The rooms are lovely, the views terrific, and the service top notch. We also really enjoyed the included breakfast. It's clear that the staff really cares about the guests and will do whatever it takes to give you a great stay. It's also an easy walk to the nearby town of Elounda. It's not cheap, but it's not that much more expensive than nearby properties and well worth the price.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dimokratias 10, Elounda, Crete GR-720 53, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Lassithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Elounda
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#13 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Famed for its gracious and attentive service, this hotel is the embodiment of all-time-classic style and cultured luxury, where antique art and traditional architectural themes adorn all of its private-pool bungalows - each with its own terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. Three fine dining venues reflect the Relais & Chateaux tradition of excellence, their culinary delights ranging from enticing lunchtime snacks to five-course dinners, with flambe and fish specialties. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Elounda Mare Hotel And Bungalows
Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux Hotel Crete

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