We had the pleasure of staying at the Aquilla for 2 weeks at the beginning of September.
We had a lovely sea view " bungalow" with our own swimming pool. I would recommend this type of room if the budget allows.
We could not fault the genuine room at all and it was kept in perfect condition at all times by the lovely cleaner called Maria.
The food is lovely and is cooked to a high standard, however we felt that it would get a bit repetitive at times. We would advise to go into Elounda itself for a meal as we did this a couple of times if only to get a good Greek meal. The village itself is very pretty and has a numerous range of restaurants and bars.
The supermarket on the square in Elounda has a large range of necessities and the best ( and most reasonable ) variety of beverages. At this point we have to say the YES the drinks in the hotel ARE very expensive i.e 9.50 euros for a cocktail an 5.00 euros for a mythos. We were buying a decent bottle of wine from the supermarket at 2.85 euros, the cheapest bottle of wine that we could see on the menu in the hotel was around 19 euros!! Because of the cost of the drinks the hotel does lack atmosphere in the evening as most people retire to their rooms most likely to drink whatever they have bought from the supermarket up the road!!
I would not really recommend this hotel for families with children who like lots to do as there is not a lot of facilities on offer at the hotel and the entertainment only stretches to the occasional folklore evening and that is only offered twice a week.
We hired a car and went out and about as this seems to be the easiest way to get around the island, please take a trip to "AK NIK " this is a lovely area to explore and is lovely to sit by the bottomless lake having a bite to eat in one of the restaurant. Also Plaka is an idyllic spot and easy to get across to Spinalonga Island it is so close you could almost touch it and is very sad to think of all the people who were sent there with family so close.
Overall we enjoyed Crete very much, We would more than likely return to the hotel but would have the same standard of room. The holiday did everything a holiday should, we felt very relaxed and at home there. The fact that the hotel is a bit out of the way and the drinks are unreasonably expensive would be the only real negatives.
Give it a go you will have a lovely welcome and a pleasant stay. Yammas!!
- 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