Situated on the hillside overlooking the village of Elounda (only a few minutes' walk away), Elounda Heights is both quiet and picturesque. Walking up the hill is not so easy as walking down, but it is only a short distance and should be no trouble for the average person. Taxis will bring you (and suitcases) to the door. The hill is one of the assets of Elounda Heights, as without it, there would not be such a great view or peace & tranquillity. We spent 10days relaxing - sometimes by the pool, occasionally at one of the (many) beautiful beaches within walking distance. The island of Spinalonga (famous for its history and as the subject of a best-selling book) can be seen from the studios and is just a short boat ride away. Elounda Heights is owned and run by Ann and Vangelis (excellent English speaker and source of all local knowledge) who are always on site. Vangelis can be found tending to his garden in the early morning, and later at the poolside bar - being available to cook your breakfast should you wish it. (Some people to prefer to self-cater in the privacy of their apartment/studio, others would rather indulge in Vangelis's superb cooking - either way, it's your choice). Lunch and evening meals are also available on site (superb menu, with a different Greek special dish each day). More organised (optional) get-togethers occur once weekly with a meze evening or BBQ - and these offer an opportunity to meet other guests if you wish to join in. There is also a weekly boat trip organised by Vangelis for those who wish to venture further afield for the day. Local beaches are plentiful and the sea beautiful and clear - excellent for swimming and snorkling. Local supermarkets and other shops (e.g. chemist, newsagent, souvenir shops, hairdressers) as well as restaurants/tavernas in nearby village only a few minutes' walk away. Elounda is situated in a stunningly beautiful area of Crete and historically was a fairly sleepy fishing village. There has been development recently (municipal beach and services) to improve services to tourists without attracting too many crowds. Generally the hotels in Elounda are at the upper end of the price range compared to other areas. Elounda Heights is therefore a 'gem' in a delightful part of Crete. It has very reasonable prices, offers flexible arrangments for your stay (self-cater or enjoy Vangelis' cooking or a mixture of both) and will offer you a tremendously warm welcome. You can relax and enjoy yourself without moving an inch - or you can explore the local villages and beaches on foot or hire a care and explore further afield. It has to be said that many of Vangelis's guests return year after year - for very good reason - he is a most charming and accommodating host with great attention to detail for your comfort. There is an evening bar available in the main reception area, internet access (small charge), a (small) library of books, pool table, boules and other games. The swimming pool is of perfect dimensions for the size of the property and offers an oasis where you can cool-off after a few hours relaxing under the intensely blue sky. The gardens are mature and beautifully maintained - with delightful aromatic herbs dotted about amongst the flowers. In previous years we have holidayed here with our children and we found this a very pleasant and child friendly place to stay - one very fussy eater was accommodated wonderfully by Vangelis modifying the more usual menu for him. Our children were between 5 - 11. You might find some difficulty with younger infants as pushing a pram or buggy up the hill would be tiring, although this could be managed by hiring a car or using a taxi (plentiful in the local village). The studios are adequate rather than luxurious and housekeeping occured 3x weekly - but this was perfectly acceptable when cost and uninterrupted privacy were taken into account. Regular buses (air conditioned 'coaches') go from the village in both directions to Plaka (lovely beach opposite Spinalonga) or Agios Nicholaos (regional capital where there are more shops and generally more lively night-life). Altogether this is a superb place to stay and will offer you probably the best holiday ever when everything, including cost and ease of booking, is taken into consideration. To book, simply email Ann at Elounda heights, then book your flight with easyjet or one of the tour companies. Simple! To arrange transfer from the airport, simply ring or email Ann or Vangelis the day before and they will organise a taxi for you at reduced rates. I thoroughly recommend Elounda Heights for your summer holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elounda Heights, owned by Vangelis and his English wife Ann, is a small boutique aparthotel with beautiful gardens complimented by Greek statues as this is the theme of the complex. All the apartments and studios are named after Greek gods and goddesses. It is truly an oasis and if you want to relax then this is the place for you. Great for honeymooners and couples just wanting a quiet restful holiday. Ideal for families wanting to unwind by the people while enjoying a fantastic view over the bay of Elounda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elounda Heights Apartments And Studios Hotel Elounda
- Elounda Heights Crete