My wife and I have just spent 2 weeks at the Elounda Village and we were very happy with the experience, albeit a couple of issues.
This was our second visit to the beautiful village of Elounda and would come back again and again. Unspoilt beauty around the harbour with jaw dropping views of the coastline and Spinalonga. It is a 35 minute walk to Elounda from the hotel but be warned, if you struggle with hills - this is not the place for you. The drinks in the hotel are expensive, nearly 6 euros for a pint of Mythos and cocktails nearly 10 euro a go.
The hotel is very clean and rooms are of a good standard. Some sockets are loose and the TV is a bit ropey, but apart from that, very good. The staff all seemed pleasant and had no sign of this bottle-blonde dragon as I have read in previous reviews. Service is very good but wouldn't rate it as 5 star. All seems very rushed. The odd chipped drinking glass in restaurant etc.
There are many central Europeans and granted, some British in the hotel who feel that they have the ignorant right to leave their towels on the sunbeds to claim the best positions, even though you are clearly told that this is not allowed. Everyone knows this is a common trait by such a rude and obnoxious race but I was very surprised to see a few Brits following suit. With woefully limited sunbed space at the Aquila, it is even more annoying than usual.
The fabulous beach host/barman, Kostos, had to square up to a gaggle of uncouth idiots moaning that they should be allowed to leave their towels on sunbeds before going for breakfast. Kostos took a lot of heat from these prats but I'm glad to say he dealt with it impeccably and management should continue to enforce the 'we will ditch your towels in the sea if you dare reserve sunbeds at 7am' policy. Thank you Kostos for making our time by the sea so wonderful. You patrol the area perfectly and should be rewarded.
The food is superb in the hotel but please ensure that you sample Elounda's gorgeous tavernas. Three of the best restaurants we have ever been to are situated by the harbour; Ferryman's, Lotus Eaters and Okeanis - brilliant, traditional Greek food that needs to be sampled to be believed and the service in the tavernas are impeccable.
The Thomson reps all seemed very pleasant, noticed a few negative reviews made about Sam in previous posts but we found her very nice. People who slate reps so viciously on TripAdvisor clearly haven't the balls to discuss their gripes face to face. A shame, really.
In summary, a very good hotel and we have enjoyed our stay, however we would not come again but would definitely return to Elounda for a third time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aquila Elounda Village ELOUNDA in Elounda, 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
- Sensimar Elounda Village Resort & Spa By Aquila Crete