We booked the Aquilla Elounda Village through Thomson 4 days before we arrived in May this year as a last minuite holiday.
From the moment we arrived this hotel exceeded our expectations. Welcome drinks in reception, the fantastic service, our luggage was taken straight to our room for us and we were then taken to our room - WOW! We had a bungalow room with shared pool and see view, it was beautiful we had a lovely vase of roses in our room, fruit, raki, wine and champagne on arrival.
We had booked half board but due to the room we had picked we were part of a Mythica package which is well worth the extra money as this entitles us to eat in not only the buffet but both of the a la carte restaurants for free in the evening as many times as you like. Both the Mirambello and Symposium were excellent, Mirambello was my favourite. The food was amazing and view of the bay beautiful. We had to pay extra for drinks but we didnt mind this as all of the food was included. Drinks were priced as you would expect for a 5 star hotel with a bottle of house wine around 20 euros but they had happy hour 5-9pm on cocktails which was good and they were lovely!
The hotel itself is set on the rocks with lovely gardens, lots of water around and very peaceful (no children screaming in the pools was a bonus for us) the beach was small and had hardly any sand but there were a number steps directly off the rocks were you could swim in the crystal clear sea. You could also rent a boat or canoe if you liked.
You could quite happily stay in the hotel all of your holiday, as it's so relaxing (don't miss the spa which is downstairs very good massage!) but don't miss the beautiful surroundings you are in, Elounda is a short walk away and is a beautiful fishing harbour where you can take a lovely old boat over to Spinolonga. There are also some fantastic tavernas i'd recommend the Ferryman for really great Greek food at reasonable prices. You can try the Happy train or go on one of Thomsons excursions - the 4x4 safari trip was great fun and takes you into the real Crete!
The hotel is based on a new Couples concept which was ok, we did expect there to be a few more younger couples there as my boyfriend and I are in late twenties / early thirties but in the main there seems to be a lot more older couples. Although what I would say is not everyone was in a couple so if you were taking your mum or best friend away you wouldn't feel out of place.
Fantastic holiday, loved every minute - would definitely recommend to all!
- 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