Have just returned from our first trip to Elounda Village Hotel Elounda Crete from 1 to 8 September 2013. Can recommend it for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and would definitely return there.
.FLIGHTS Travelled with Thomson on 787 Dreamliner from Gatwick . Upgraded to Premium cabin on way out and extra leg room seats on way back. Very comfortable plane.
HOTEL Had some trepidation about hotel having read some reviews, But was so pleased we chose this hotel, It was perfect for what we wanted..relaxing, peaceful holiday.No under 16s, no noisy infants.
FOOD The food in all 3 restaurants was excellent, So much choice, such kind and attentive staff. Greek Evening at Symposium was brilliant.
BEACH We always had the sunbeds we wanted by the private beach and we were impressed that the beach attendant patrolled to stop beds being "reserved" by people putting towels on them at breakfast. There was a complimentary bag and beach towels provided.
ALL INCLUSIVE We were glad we had booked the "all inclusive" package and that we knew to choose the items with the "House" sign against them on the food and drinks menu shown as included in the all inclusive price. We have had Caribbean "all inclusive" holidays in the past and found this European "all inclusive" was more restricted than them,so be careful to stick to the items marked with the "House" included sign.
VIP CHECK IN We paid for the VIP check in /airport lounge at Heraklion through Luke, the Thomson rep. It was worth it. What a fast service, we were through check in and passport control in minutes. The VIP lounge was tiny but adequate.
SUMMARY A relaxing, peaceful, break with excellent food, lovely staff,
ANY NEGATIVES ? There are steps down to the private beach which might deter less mobile visitors; the swimming pool is small by comparison to many hotels; there are limited English channels on the TV (news channels mainly)compared to the Russian, French, Italian, German, Greek etc choices.But these were such minor points for us when compared to the beautiful gardens outside and the view of the ocean from our room. Who wants to watch TV when you can sit outside in the beautiful weather and gaze at the ocean.
- 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