We visited the Kavos Bay Apartments for two weeks in July it's taken me a while to get round to writing this as I really want to do Kavos Bay Apartments and Elounda justice.
The apartments are lovely, functional and immaculately clean. The complex itself is made up of small apartments laid out in lovely grounds which are well kept and looked after. The main reception area provides snacks, drinks and basic food and drinks. Firstly we noticed unlike most places the cost of items in the shop are only a few cents more than in the main supermarkets which is really refreshing. Anna who manages the morning/early afternoon shift is incredibly knowledgeable about the local area and can advise you on pretty much anything.
The swimming pool is small (filled daily with water pumped up from the sea) but the pool area has a shaded seating area and plenty of sunbeds. There is also free wifi in the reception area which extends up as far as the pool.
The only slight criticism I would have is cooking for four in the apartments is nigh on impossible with one saucepan and one frying pan. Creativity is a must however the fridge is large and storing food for breakfast/lunch is really not a problem. Buy your water in the reception its 2 euros for six one litre bottles and never worth dragging it from town or up the slope to the apartments.
The complex was wonderfully quiet in the evenings and sleeping may only be a slight problem due to heat, the odd mosquito (we had a few bites but nothing major though I would advise taking repellent especially if you are prone to being bitten) and change over day when new guests arrive (Tuesday and Friday) can be a little more noisy than usual owing to late arrivals and also the noise carries around mostly because its just so quiet.
Every room has a sea view of Elounda Bay and up to Spinalonga Island, I wont repeat what's previously been written about the trips to Spinalonga other than to note there is very little shade here and nowhere to buy a drink it looks like there used to be a small cafe on the Island but its now closed, take plenty of water.
Elounda itself is relatively small, its a fifteen to twenty minute walk along the bay its a beautiful walk day or night although we were there for two weeks we were beginning to tire of it by the end. There are a few supermarkets in Elounda but the best one we found was a couple of doors up from The Eden bar where Manos will delight you with beers, cocktails and on weekends Thai food cooked by his wife. During the day his sister runs the bar and nothing is too much trouble for her.
Food is really reasonably priced pretty much everywhere Despinos the first restaurant you will come to on walking from the apartments towards Elounda is probably the best value for money with the best food. Into town Ellies Place does amazing "Gyros" chicken or pork in a pitta bread with salad and chips for 2.50 euros, if you so desire a full english breakfast with a large orange juice for 4 euros and Ellie is lovely nothing too much trouble.
The Porto Rino Taverna has amazing pizzas and pasta with the biggest portions incredibly good value. Ashamedly I have forgotten the name of the restaurant we found to be the best however if you are walking to town its the place immediately before the Mexican restaurant on your right. The mixed grill for 12 euros feeds two people easily, its great Greek food cooked simply and well. A litre of house wine for 5 euros certainly helps the walk home! At the beginning and end of nearly every meal we were given complimentary appetisers, fruit, cakes and Raki (the local drink). The Ferryman is absolutely amazing a modern twist on traditional Greek food, but it gets very busy here so you need to book.
Top tip do your shopping after your evening meal the supermarkets stay open really late then get a taxi from the main square back to the apartments it will cost you 5 euros but worth it to have all your shopping transported back for you.
We hired a car from Olus travel in the main square, we didnt want anything fancy and three days hire was £115 euros. It was a very basic car that had seen much better days BUT we weren't worried about any little scratches (you may well be forced into hedges). Also we booked at the same time for the water park and had a free ticket ( if you buy three the fourth is free) which was great.
The water park is a great day out (beware of mosquitoes here) they say you cant take your own food in but everyone seemed to be enjoying picnics however the food is pretty reasonably priced in their own cafe/restaurant. Queueing for rides wasn't too bad but we did visit in slightly off peak season. Also be aware that Health and Safety isn't quite up to UK standards nevertheless its a great day out.
If you are visiting for two weeks I'd say the car is a must you can just head off in any direction and find beautiful tavernas, monasteries, churches and all manner of wonderful historic sights which are all marked clearly on the roads.
The beach in Elounda tends to be stony and gritty rather than sandy but travel a few miles towards Agios Nikolaos and you will find sandy beaches aplenty. Be prepared to pay 2.50 euros for a sunbed and 2 euros for an umbrella wherever you go. Agios Nikolaos is a bigger town with more tourist type shops and again bars/restaurants/cafes. Also slightly bigger supermarkets offering a wider choice.
Its useful to note also there are only two cash points in Elounda they tend to get emptied by a Friday and may not be refilled until Monday, the nearest cashpoint then is Agios Nikolaos. Most places however do take cards and on the one evening we visited a cash only restaurant they were happy for us to come back and pay the next day!
Plaka turn left out of the apartment drive is completely different to Elounda, there are many smart hotels as you walk up the coast, its a good hours walk from Kavos Bay here, we never really managed to get to grips with the buses as they seem to come as and when they feel like turning up. Plaka is geared more towards the top end of the holiday market and eating here is lovely but will add extra euros to your bill. There are some incredible shops here selling local gifts and all manner of things, jewellery and beautiful pottery. Its worth a visit but after the simplicity of Kavos Bay and Elounda I have to say we found it a little pretentious, worth seeing from here is Spinalonga illuminated at night. Also all of the watersports seem to be coordinated from the beaches here, expect to pay 15 euros per head for ten minutes of being dragged round the bay on sofa's or rings, or waterski if you prefer for 20 euros.
Crete is beautiful, its people warm friendly and welcoming stay away from Malia - the Greek people take their children there to show them what will become of them if they dont do well in school or drink too much that speaks volumes to me. This had to have been one of my most memorable holidays in exquisite surroundings. I'd recommend anyone with a family or couples to go here for pure relaxation.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Kavos Bay Apartments reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Kavos Bay Apartments Hotel Elounda
- Kavos Bay Apartments Elounda, Crete