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Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel
Ranked #15 of 37 Hotels in Elounda
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Location: on quiet road, discrete entrance, set in green well tended grounds, cleverly landscaped with pretty paved pathways and romantically lit arches, running down to a small quaint private chapel sat in a square with a few boutiques and onwards down to a small beach, gently sloping into the sea to one side of the hotel. To the other side access to the water is down steps straight off paved rocky terraces into the sea. Bungalows with private pools are discreetly dotted about in the gardens or form staggered lines looking straight out to sea. This is one of a number of 5 star hotels along a strip in Elounda. It has two neighbouring sister hotels. We visited 5 other hotels - Elounda Mare was the best.

Clientele: generally older couples or couples with very young children. Its a quiet traditional hotel, discreetly elegant. Evening entertainment is limited to cocktails, a piano player and dinner; or a small lounge with a selection of books; or a TV room.

Cost: a glass of wine starts at 8€; a flute of champagne 19€; a half bottle of wine starts at 20€; a bottle starts at 30€; bottled water starts at 4.60€ (we never saw saw tap water served); two cups of tea served in your room 13€; cocktails start at 11.50€.

Food: Half board means a 5 course meal of a decent standard in the main hotel (the Deck) or else you receive a 30€ credit per person to use in one of the other restaurants in the hotel or one of the sister hotels for dinner (or lunch). The main course alone at dinner in the other restaurants start at 33€. The food is varied and of a good standard but the Old Mill is easily the best being set in the grounds and very romantic. The restaurant in the main hotel is fine but lacking in much of an atmosphere. The Fish Night at the Yacht Club by the beach was 80€ per person - all buffet, no waiter service - and frankly not worth the money. The Greek Night at a sister hotel was 70€ per person but we didn't try that. The alternative is a 7€ one way taxi trip to Elounda (or 20 min walk) or 13€ one way taxi trip to Agios Nikolaos, either way the food is less than half the price.

Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Peninsula All Suite Hotel are the sister hotels: the best part is the Six Senses Spa adjacent to the Porto Elounda, voted the Best Spa by the Times. An experience, treat yourself. A decent massage is 90€ and you then can use the rest of the spa facilities on a complimentary basis. or just pay to use the facilities. Otherwise just ask to be shown around - completely free and worth it. There is a free shuttle service whenever you want it, that will take you between the hotels, otherwise if you prefer to walk it takes 15 mins along a hot, dusty but flat and otherwise reasonably pleasant walk on a road - there are few pavements in Crete!

Freebies: the 6 complimentary freebies in your room are replenished as often as you like as are the two complimentary bottles of still water daily; 260 mins in room internet access (but connection poor) lounge better; fresh fruit in room on arrival; space in the fridge to put your purchases (small supermarket nearby).

Room: we stayed on the third floor in the main hotel. Plenty of room. Decent sized balcony. Large marble bathroom. Double basins. Jacuzzi bath. Separate walk in shower (bit small and cheap sliding door). Dressing gowns and slippers.Towels could do with being softer but ok. Large comfortable double bed. Range of pillows.View straight out to sea through floor to ceiling sliding doors. Fantastic. Noisy air conditioning/kitchen ventilation that services one of the restaurants which disturbs sleep on occasion. Sunrise is 7am. Use the wooden external slates to cover the windows if you want to sleep in. Breakfast closes 10.30ish.

Staff: excellent; polite; helpful; accomodating. Its one of the things that sets this hotel apart.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

This was our second visit to this haven on Crete, which is testament alone to it's glory. Set in the magnificence of the Elounda Peninsula the hotel offers peace and tranquility second to none. There is everything that the more 'mature' traveller might desire in terms of privacy and choice of type of stay. Private Villas with their own pools for the optimum privacy against the very comfortable hotel rooms that have use of the stunning (and often very quiet) pool. The hotel has its' own beach and, as an added wonder, the rock area in their own private little bay where bed chairs are set out and you can lay listening to the gentle roar of the sea. Beautiful.
The staff are probably the most wonderful this reviewer has ever encountered in all her travels. Nothing is too much. They make a holiday perfect.
There are, however, improvements to be considered.
The sun loungers are as uncomfortable as they could ever be (not acceptable at this level).
A rather lovely young lady visited the pool and rock area every 30 minutes to see what refreshments are required. They are subsequently brought to you. However there are insufficient choices especially the snack suggestions for light lunchers. Very inadequate and wholly expensive for the content.
We were very disappointed with all the restaurants on offer in the adjoining properties (owned by the same people). Other than the magnificent OLD MILL within Elounda Mare itself - reviewed separately - we were utterly disappointed with the bad food and service offered in the new fusion restaurant at the adjoining Peninsula Hotel and the Italian Restaurant in the adjoining Porto Elounda Hotel was simply dreadful. Bad food and badly cooked.
The Yacht Club, within the Elounda Mare, is the main stay restaurant where half board meals are offered and where most will have lunch in any event. We found the food really bad. We dined only once for dinner and vowed not to return. It was poor to say the lease. We lunched twice during our 21 day visit and found it ridiculously expensive for what was on offer. The least one expects is a decent Greek salad. It was not.

Other than that it's a gorgeous, relaxing and wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

It was just one night in this hotel but I can affirm that staff is very well experienced & friendly, the rooms are spacious and well equiped. There is every thing to have unforgettable rest at the sea.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

There is lots to like about this hotel but it will not be everyones choice. If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet traditional summer holiday by the seaside then this will be hard to beat. However, if you prefer the full service American Resort style hotels or the opulance and service of the Far East then you may be disappointed.

Overall the hotel is immaculate and very clean but as it is furnished in a simple cretan style (all quality) it has a more "eighties" feel to it. There is nothing wrong with that but as the world has moved on it feels more like a 4 star property rather than the graded 5 star (In my experience this is quite common in Greece).

The overall feel for the property will probably suit older couples and young families who want to spend time with the children rather than rely upon kids clubs.

The hotel's strength is its position and it is extremely peaceful with nice grounds that meander down to the sea with beautiful views across Mirabello Bay and is perfect for an early evening gin and tonic. The little sandy beach is ideal for swimming safely. It is all too easy to spend the entire day by the beach and do nothing. If you want to be more active there are a full range of water sports available (water skiing, sailing etc) and the team that run it are very helpful. The sun loungers are relatively well spread out so you are not sitting on top of one another! We were there in early September so getting one was not a problem but I would wonder about that in peak season. I would highlight that in September the sun disappears behind a hill shortly after 6pm and they close down the bar at the beach at 6pm.

When we were there the pool (near main building and short walk from beach) was hardly used and there was plenty of space there. The fitness gym is very small and not tempting to use at all.

As regards rooms, my wife and I had a sea view suite in the main building and our children had a standard sea view room on the third floor. Both were simply furnished and they felt a little bit too simple and eighties in their style. However, they did the job given we only used them to sleep and change in. They both had excellent views. One point I would highlight is that the shower cubicle is a tad on the small side. The suite did have a better layout but didn't offer much more than the standard room.

We found the food for dinner at both the Yacht Club and Old Mill to be very good and worth going to (note they do not open every night). The main "Deck" restaurant is, in my view, nothing special and whilst fine for breakfast did not draw me for dinner. This though is not a problem as the majority will want to go to Elounda village (20 mins walk or short taxi ride) or go to Agios Nikolaos (15 mins taxi ride) for dinner at various points. Others have mentioned the high cost of food and drinks, however, I would question that as I think they are standard quality hotel prices. In comparison you can eat out very cheaply in the local restaurants.

Overall I am a bit in two minds, there is a lot to like but I feel it is missing a little in opulance and facilities to be a true five star property. However, for a peaceful week by the beach in the sun it is hard to beat and as finding these sorts of hotels is difficult I think we may well come back.

Room Tip: All appear to have great views but to be sure I would go for the 3rd floor and above if staying in t...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a terrific 10 day stay at the Elounda Mare. The elements which we found outstanding included it's location, a genuine desire to make us feel welcome by all staff, all round service, accommodation (room 601) with it's spectacular views, cleanliness, food, grounds, swimming pool.......what more does anyone want or need? Yes, it's not cheap but it's definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We just loved our room (601). Fantastic views. Two bathrooms with separate sitting area.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

We have visited the Elounda Mare on several occasions now and have never been disappointed. The staff, the accommodation, the beach all faultless. As always the only issue was that we couldn't stay longer!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We chose here to get married/honeymoon due to the gorgeous grounds and amazing views. We were not disappointed, even better than all the pictures! Julie the wedding coordinator was brilliant and made everything so easy for us, took all the hard work and stress out of it so I never got nervous or worried at all! All the staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Housekeeping ladies are lovely and friendly and very good. Came twice a day to supply fresh towels and pick up after us. Reception staff and porters were wonderful and so helpful. We got a free room upgrade after a couple of days to a villa with pool which was wonderful but the main hotel suites are fine and the fact you are up higher means you get the best views. Could have just sat on the balcony for the whole 2 weeks.
The childrens ark is great and our 2 year old loved spending some time in here, only so much sun they can handle at that age! Jenny in particular was a god send and babysat for us several nights, she even came to our rescue at the last moment after the wedding dinner when we had a very tired and grumpy toddler to contend with.
The only negative I could find was during the day there wasn't many staff around so if you were sunbathing on rocky area by the sea, pool or sitting in the gorgeous old mill restaurant it was pretty hard to get service as it was one lady serving all areas. Not that big a deal really when your on holiday but if you are paying 7 Euros for a coke you don't want to be waiting for 20 minutes. The Beach bar and Room service on the other hand are very good.
Elounda village is gorgeous and so many places to eat and drink by the sea that we ending up going in most days as wanted to try them all. It is a half hour walk but wouldn't want to try it with buggy as they are not keen on pavements and roads are narrow. Taxi only 6 euros and they are there within minutes of calling. Prices in the village are very reasonable.
We are already planning next years visit here and have fallen in love with Elounda Mare!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel
Address: Dimokratias 10, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Elounda
#5 Family Hotel in Elounda
#8 Spa Hotel in Elounda
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Elounda
#11 Luxury Hotel in Elounda
#13 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Famed for its gracious and attentive service, this hotel is the embodiment of all-time-classic style and cultured luxury, where antique art and traditional architectural themes adorn all of its private-pool bungalows - each with its own terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. Three fine dining venues reflect the Relais & Chateaux tradition of excellence, their culinary delights ranging from enticing lunchtime snacks to five-course dinners, with flambe and fish specialties. ... more   less 
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