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Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
Ranked #18 of 35 Hotels in Elounda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at Porto Elounda for 5 days in October. 4 adults and 2 children. We had a room with a private pool, very nice and spacious room, fun with kids. hard to use the pool in the afternoon because it is too cold. the view is amazing. The real treat is the private beach and pool area. the beach is so beautiful and quiet and the water totally clear.
the staff was very nice and polite. the food was very nice, good selection for adults and children.
we ate at the Italian restaurant one night, the food was excellent. Overall we had a wonderful vacation, very recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Part of a Hotel group in Elounda about an hour from Heraklion airport by taxi - 2 hours plus if you share a tourist bus! We chose a deluxe room with private plunge pool for our wedding anniversary trip. Lovely room and bathroom, clean and spacious - no complaints. Sound of running water in the room at night (pool above) and evidence of leaks in the past. Plunge pool fun but not used too much - terrace area quite small.

Hotel faces East built on hill with 9 hole golf course in front overlooking the bay so morning sunshine but gone by 4.30 pm - and no sunset! View of bay spoilt by sister hotel built in front of our hotel (Elounda Peninsular) and unfinished hotel to the right.

A little shocked to find so many children of all ages in the hotel - beach area quite noisy during the morning - and crowded. The situation became untenable when a Russian Conference began - 150 delegates with a limited conference timetable they spoilt several days by swamping the beach and the noise levels didn't make for a peaceful anniversary stay.

We were half board with all meals ‘buffet style’ in the Nafiska restaurant in our hotel. Generally good basic Mediterranean food but not too many traditional Greek dishes in the evening and a little disappointing variety. We did use the restaurants in the other sister hotels and received a Euro 20 per person voucher. However, the Al a Carte meals, though very good, were very expensive as indeed were all drinks in the hotel.

The staff were very good and helpful and overall we enjoyed our stay but could have done without the conference and the children – more care in planning in future!

Room Tip: Don't bother with private plunge pool unless for a special occassion
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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EloundaSA, General Manager at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Guest
Thank you very much for your good comments, on many aspects of our hotel during your recent stay.
Regarding your comments about children,meetings & incentives: Please note that we communicate in all our marketing material that porto elounda is a resort that sits on a plot of over 80,000 sqm, with facilities for all kinds of guests, from couples and families, to business travelers and that all these guests can coexist harmonically during their stay at our resort due to the large spaces available to all.Also please note that sunset in October is much earlier than during the summer.
Finally we thank you for taking the time to review our property and we look forward to welcoming you back at porto elounda in the near future.
Best Regards
Alex Glynos
General Manager

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed 25/09 - 2/10. Everything you need from a holiday. Wonderfully relaxing hotel and staff friendly and helpful. Rooms kept very clean. Huge bathrooms, Fantastic views over the golf course to the sea. Situation a little out of town very little shade to walk. Excellent pools, beach and with the convenience of a 9/18 hole golf course and wonderful Six Senses Spa . Beakfast buffet and evening meal good but drinks a little pricey - the only criticism.
All the Cretan people we met were friendly. Forget about the economy it will not effect your stay.Will be going back.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Just back from 5 days here and loved every minute. It's a hotel complex really but it's cleverly designed so that the areas feel cosy - for example the beach area is a lovely horseshoe shape with safe area for paddling and there's a bar for drinks and ices. There is also a very nice Italian/Greek restaurant by the sea too. We really enjoyed the great French restaurant at the Elounda Mare sister hotel which is 10 minutes walk away. I really liked this hotel - more boutique style but it doesn't have the incredible Six Senses spa which surely must be one of the main reasons to go to Porto Elounda Hotel! Wow - it's a proper destination spa - very stylish and with excellent therapists and you can spend the day there having treatments or just lazing in the pool or thelasso pools. We went with Wellbeing Escapes and they organised everything perfectly. I did a flexible fitness package so tried a new activity every day (great fun) and also had a spa treatment per day. I couldn't have done it cheaper myself so worth asking for a quote. The weather was hot and seemingly it stays that way until mid November or so. Go!

Room Tip: The rooms are a great size and tastefully decorated in blue and taupe. Try and get a sea view - wor...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Excellent staff-specialy at the reception ! (every question i had responded gladly and professionally )
Excellent private beach
Excellent food
The only thing that was bit disappointing was the old fashioned design of the room but still it's Negligible..
I recommend the place to anyone who wants a wonderful vacation

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This was an all inclusive resort. The beach and pool areas were spectacular. The service at the restaurant which served both breakfast and dinner was excellent. The food offered was varied and excellent. We very much enjoyed the whole complex. They had two other hotels also next to their property and we visited there also for drinks. The property is about an hour away from town but the hotel offers everything so no necessity to leave. We, however, shopped in the town of Elounda which was very enjoyable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to get away from it all. It was truly amazing.

Room Tip: Our room was very nice but if I were to return I would probably opt for a room with a private swimmi...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

This hotel has really great facilities.I tottaly agree with all previous reviewers that the spa is amazing and a place you must visit even if you are staying in a different hotel as we did.We also visited the Italian restaurant.The food was delicious and the prices very resonable.Our kids visited the Kids club of this and I must say it is one of the best in the Med.

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Additional Information about Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

Address: Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Elounda
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Elounda
#10 Spa Hotel in Elounda
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#13 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
Price Range: $235 - $1,322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only golf-and-spa resort on Crete is a whole world on its own, with the "World's Best Spa" according to the Sunday Times' "Travel" magazine 2007. Rooms and suites all have panoramic views of the bay of Elounda over the green expanse of the golf course's 9 holes. Children are particularly well catered for, with a dedicated facility offering indoor and outdoor play areas, a lawn-laid olive-grove, a water-park and a sports field. ... more   less 
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