Other reviews of this place are generally accurate. It is very discreet, beautifully appointed and the staff around the main pool and restaurant are outstanding. It is also true that it is extremely quiet, so there is little atmosphere, and that the sea view from the suites and the pool area is partially obscured by power lines and the back of a large hotel, unlike the brochure images which are taken from higher up the hill.
On the whole the people in the villas stay put and are rarely seen so with only 10 suites there is no chance of the place ever getting busy.
The restaurant, only ever catering for 20 or so people in any evening, is superb but priced accordingly, on a level with a top London Michelin star restaurant for price.
The bar area is most pleasant but nearly always deserted.
The main pool is excellent but seawater.
Unfortunately our visit got off to a very bad start when we were given a ground floor suite without sea view, when we had specified and paid for a first floor sea view. We were told by the Manager that our reserved suite was out of action because of a plumbing problem, which appears not to be true as we were able to discover that the suite was actually occupied. They seem to have had a booking problem and did not want to admit it, hoping that perhaps we would not complain. This subterfuge was quite unnecessary and spoilt the first part of the holiday.
Otherwise this is a fine place to stay and the area is most interesting. There are good local restaurants and many superb beaches. Generally some of the best meals we had during the week were also the cheapest, in small tavernas away from the busy spots.
A car is essential to explore the area and to reach the best beaches and even the most popular places are not crowded early or late in the day.
We would certainly go back to the Elounda area, possibly to the same hotel, although they have some apologising to do first.
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Gulf Villas Hotel Elounda
- Elounda Gulf Hotel
- Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites Crete