My husband, 15 year old son and I have just returned from two weeks at the Elounda Village. We were greeted with Champagne on arrival and an upgrade to a lovely room with a terrace and wonderful views. We had booked full board via Thomas Cook and so had breakfast and dinner at the Buffet, which we did think was certainly one of the best we have been to. Lunch whilst we were there was served at the Mirobello Restaurant, but as we tend to have a late breakfast whilst on holiday, we only had lunch a few times. As full board customers we were given a menu with buffet salads, then a choice of two main dishes, followed by a desert. Which was fine, so long as you liked whatever was on offer for the 2 mains. Our son preferred to have his lunch at the beach bar, which we paid for, as this was not included in the full board option. We did have dinner once at the Mirobello, which was very nice, and made a change from the Buffet. The hotel does do Lobster evenings, Greek evenings and there is the second a la carte restaurant, the Symposium, but all are over and above what you have already paid for. They do offer discounts, but you cannot swap a full board buffet dinner for anything else. We had a bottle of wine on our second night at the hotel, but otherwise stuck to glasses of wine, water/coke or Mythos beer (husband). I know that everyone comments on the cost of drinks at the hotel. Well, to be honest, we didn't think it was anymore expensive than what we pay at some hotels/restaurants here in the UK. We were not shocked when we settled up at the end! If anything, we were pleasantly surprised!
The hotel has a lovely salt water infinity pool, with the best views! We never had a problem with sun loungers, either by the pool or the beach. The hotel does not allow people to pre book loungers in the morning which also helps. We would wander down after breakfast and then decide where we wanted to be. We enjoyed snorkelling and there is a very good dive club, which was consistently busy. The beach is small, but immaculate. On days when the tide was bringing in all sorts of rubbish, the staff worked really hard keeping the water clean. The staff are wonderful, always smiling and pleasant. Nothing is too much trouble. One small thing, the loungers are really not quite up to sctach for a five star hotel, longer mattresses should be available.
Whilst we were there, the taxi drivers were on strike. It is not an easy walk into Elounda from the hotel. There is a bus service up on the main road, (up a very steep hill), and one once a day from the hotel in the morning, but we thought that the hotel, which has a mini-bus, should have a shuttle service into Elounda, and thought it odd that they didn't offer this service. The Thomas cook brochure had the hotel as no children under 12. Well, we saw a few toddlers whilst there. It didn't bother us, but if you had booked under the impression that there would be no young children present, you might feel short changed. There were quite a few older youngsters, mine included, but they were all well behaved. The hotel has a good mix of nationalities, French, English, Italian, which was nice.
We did two trips, Spinalonga and the jeep safari. If you want, you can do Spinalonga from Elounda without going through the rep, but we liked having our guide,Rita, who was brilliant. The jeep safari was great. Geoff, our driver, is fantastic, and we really enjoyed our trip. I think it was one of the highlights!
We enjoyed our holiday at Elounda village, and would go back, but there are other places we want to go to first!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The TUI SENSIMAR Elounda Village Resort & SPA by Aquila is an exclusive couples and adults only Hotel, for those who seek privacy as long as luxury, set amongst beautiful gardens and magnificent view of the Mirabello bay. A heavenly paradise overlooking the pristine Mirabello bay, the Elounda Village resort, offers romantic getaways and superb accommodation suitable for couples in a genuinely stone built style. Elegant bungalows, suites and maisonettes mostly facing the glistening blue waters of the bay provide a complete seclusion and exclusivity. The resort is located on the eastern coastline of the island, 3km from the fishing village of Elounda, 7km from the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos and 65km from Heraklion city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquila Hotel Elounda
- Tui Sensimar Elounda Village Resort & Spa By Aquila Crete