We stayed at the Aquila Elounda last September. I would like to start my review by pointing out a few facts that I found out about the hotel and the area in general. The entrance and the reception area is truly majestic bringing in mind the ancient Minoan era. The architecture of the reception resembles the Knossos palace. The views to the sea are just breathtaking. The roof of the lobby bar is actually the copy of the inside of an ancient vessel turned upwards.
The Elounda area and specifically the gulf of elounda or gulf of mirabello is home to five of the top hotels in Greece. This is one of them. However this one is absolutely top value for money.
Dutch television crew was filming in the hotel and the director said to us that from all the gulf of Mirabello the best views are to be found from this hotel due to its orientation. Mirabello means beautiful view. Mira – Bello. Spinalonga island, home of the best selling book “the island” is very close to the hotel. A must see.
The hotel itself is bright and airy and very clean. The rooms are big and well appointed, nicely furnished, and most have fantastic sea-views. Big part of the hotel has sharing pools and a few private ones. The hotel pool itself is an infinity pool with dramatic views.
The food in the restaurants is really good and staff is very professional and friendly. There are three restaurants and a beach club – bar. The mirabello restaurant (that’s how I know the meaning) is the No.1 a la carte restaurant. The symposium is the other one and it resembles a Greek Plataea with the little church.
The beach area is actually small but there is plenty of sun beds in the pier.
The water sports area offers jet skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing and inflatable rings (if you're feeling brave). The sea is bustling with fish activity and it is a must to go snorkelling.
The hotel also has a very nice spa. As the hotel is a couples only hotel, you and your friend can experience spa therapies simultaneously. Or individually, if you prefer so.
Overall this is a very nice hotel, on a luxurious location directly in a sheltered bay, with a small beach and the warm crystal waters of the med to swim in and play about on.
To conclude, If you are like the reviewer that writes that “it’s ok if you get a good deal but won’t pay the full price”, do yourself a favour and go somewhere else as this hotel is a true bargain for those who can appreciate a top hotel.
To put a little icing on the cake, Maria Shriver with her older children (yes that’s Arnie’s Schwarzenegger’s wife) was swimming next to us at Elounda, as she took a vacation following the closing of the Special Olympics that were held in Athens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aquila Elounda Village ELOUNDA in Elounda, 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
- Sensimar Elounda Village Resort & Spa By Aquila Crete