Where to start....everything about our stay was amazing! Myself and my boyfriend both loved it!
We got a bit lost on the way to Eleonas and ended up going on a route which was much more difficult than it would have been if we had done it right, so I was a bit stressed upon arrival. That stress instantly dissipated because of all the luscious greenery and instant friendly greeting! This set the tone for our whole trip. The staff here are second to none, and that is everyone! We were given advice and suggested itinerary for our 7 day stay which was so helpful and we used it to plan all our days. The owner came around every evening at dinner to see how each guest had found their day, it was incredibly personal and sincere.
The days out that we did ranged from hiking to gorges and monasteries, to horse riding and finding beautiful beaches. I would definitely recommend hiring a car for the trip, it gives you so much freedom and despite a lot of other reviews, the roads were quite easy with stunning views (it might have helped its September)!
We ate at the taverna every night . My boyfriend did check out some other restaurants in the area but we decided that we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere here so much that actually we would rather stay there! Again the staff were brilliant and really made an effort to get to know us. The food was delicious, it had a real rustic home cooked feel but was utterly yum! We tried the house special each night and were not disappointed once. I would thoroughly recommend it, and in particular the lamb and the sea food!
We had one of the stone cottages and it was exactly how the pictures advertise them, which was a really pleasant surprise! We had beautiful views from a beautiful room. We didn't have a DVD player as we were told, this was offered to be fixed instantly but we were not too fussed about that. The wifi worked, the cottage was pristine and the bathroom was lovely. We did seem to have a lot of ants which got in the sugar, but that aside, I really was impressed.
The pool was again as the pictures displayed. It was lovely to lounge there and soak in the surrounding trees, flowers and mountains.
I really loved my week here and we will hopefully go back again. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food, good views and good people. I didn't want to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 20 rural lodges are situated on a peaceful and refreshing mountain slope, surrounded by olive trees and sweet-scented herbs, and are facing a magnificent view. This is the perfect getaway land. The beauty of the landscape makes it ideal for nature-lovers. Be it summer or winter, wild nature and its enchanting beauty will cast a spell on you. Experience moments of relaxation and tranquility, and admire nature in all its grandeur. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eleonas Hotel Zaros
- Eleonas Zaros, Crete, Greece