My fiance and I have just returned from a 10 day stay at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel. We flew in to LGW yesterday and can only wish we were still there!
We both had an amazing time from the point of arrival at the Hotel to our departure. We arrived at around 5am after a very 'good' taxi transfer arranged by our tour operator Sovereign. We were met at the car and taken to Reception where a kind Gentleman talked and walked us through all the details of the Hotel. We were understandably very tired so we were left fresh fruit and a bottle of champagne in our room rather than drinking upon arrival. All water is complimentary throughout the stay so we were able to cool down in the balmy summer evenings. Our bags were taken to the room for us.
We had a Peninsula Collection Suite facing the mountains rather than inland (Beach area). This is preferable as the view is breathtaking. You can see the sunrise every morning and the mountains make for a spectacular view. Our Suite was very spacious and clean (housekeeping was excellent and very thorough) and had 2 storeys. We had a balcony upstairs equipt with lounge furniture and downstairs patio doors with a patio and a private pool which was heated according to the weather. There was a hammock and more lounge furniture. All comfy and stylish. The room was cretan in style but comfortable and elegant. There was air conditioning upstairs and downstairs. A bathroom with shower downstairs and a large marble bathroom upstairs with twin basin, separate shower and jacuzzi tub which is fab! I agree about the lack of English speaking TV channels though, although one goes on holiday not expecting to watch much TV!
The restaurants at the Hotels (Porto Elounda and Elounda Mare) serve very good food (dinner and breakfast) and have commendable service. We had a very special night at the Calypso sitting outside by the infinity pool overlooking the sea. The food is Michelin starred and exceptional and the Restaurant Manager and Semelia named Chania is very attentive. He chose a perfect wine to accompany our meal and also recommended a good champagne as an apertif. The Serene Bar is set in a lovely setting also, right on the sea edge serving great cocktails. We often had our breakfast (we were bed&breakfast) on our patio by the our pool at an extra cost of just 5E.
We had fresh baked goods, wine and fruit brought to our rooms on several occasions as a gesture. We were even given a gift upon our departure by the Management and the General Manager of the Hotel came to wish us well whlist we were waiting for our return departure (whilst sipping cold mineral water)!
The Reception staff were exceptional throughout, always polite and willing to do whatever it took to help and advise throughout our stay. They are a credit to the Hotel and Owners of this amazing resort.
The Beach is also excellent and ideal to have the Private Peninsula Beach away from the Porto Elounda. It allows for a more relaxed and calm atmosphere. Again the helpful gentleman at the Beach secured and reserved our sunloungers for us each day so we had our favourite spot!
My fiance did his 15 minutes of jet skiing which he loved although 50E for this privilidge. Although expected at a 5* establishment. There are 3 boats/yachts moored at the Hotel which are used for events and boating trips. You can go to Spingalonga too which is not very far at all and worth a visit.
A taxi to Elounda is 7E and to Agios Nicolas is 12E. Very reasonable and pretty harbour villages with shops, supermarkets and restaurants a plenty.
We were always offered fresh towels each evening after house keeping had been which was not always necessary but appreciated nevertheless.
Overall the holiday was a relaxing, memorable and wonderful experience. The Peninisula is set in an amazing location with views to match. I would highly recommend a visit and cannot understand the 1* this Hotel was given by a previous guest - although we experienced a similar guest during out stay !!
Relax and Enjoy...!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Europe's top seafront luxury hotel", according to Conde Nast traveler, with 53 suites and villas. Private pools throughout and private sandy beach for hotel guests. Seafront presidential suites have exclusive access to the sea. Six Senses Spa (opened 2006), waterfront bar over the waves, wine cellar with hundreds of labels, and movie theatre for private screenings. 9-hole golf course within the resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Peninsula All Hotel Elounda
- Peninsula Elounda
- Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel Crete