This is a lovely hotel without doubt , we have had a nice week , no real gripes just a few things to be aware of .
We had half board , breakfast and evening meal , plenty of food , which is ok , pretty much the same most days , having said that there is pleanty of choice at dinner , breakfast is again plentyful but the same same same .
The all inclusive here is not "ALL" inclusive , yes plenty of free options but its not ALL , some food and drink is 35% discounted I feel Thompson should state that all inclusive is not what it says !!!!! .
As other reviews say its expensive to drink in the hotel 9.5Euros for a cocktail is steep , especially when you have to add 23% tax (23% on all alcohal 13% on non ), which we found out after . A litre of water at dinner was 3.4Euro plus 13% tax , wine is 20Euros upwards for a local wine , which you can only take t your room if you don't finish it , you cant tale it into the evening entertainments .
We found it quite expensive in some tavernas too , so have a look first .
The watersports is expensive compared to others I have used .
Worst thing for me was there are no nice walks , a stroll into town after dinner would have been nice but it wasn't there to be had , yes we could have walked the 45mins into town but it is not a pretty walk , not coatsal and mostly road walking . So we felt a little trapped of an evening . Not the hotels fault just a location thing to be aware of
Travelled with Thompson , trips on the expensive side , 27E to Spinalonga when you can do it for quite a lot less from Elounda or cheaper still for Plaka .
Plaka is a lovely little place , nice tavernas , best food we had all week was there .
Again its a Lovely hotel , clean and the staff are so nice , so nice .
I found Crete a little worn , I usually choose the smaller Islands , I really missed "the real Greece " that I find on the Islands . Thassos for me next time for sure .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The TUI SENSIMAR Elounda Village Resort & SPA by Aquila is 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
- Tui Sensimar Elounda Village Resort & Spa By Aquila Crete