My husband and I have just returned from a 10th anniversary indulgence at the Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites. We may never recover from the sheer beauty of the hotel and the efficiency of service. We would go back in a flash. We had initially booked a suite, hoping for a sea view. When we arrived close to twilight, we were taken to an upgraded suite, a lovely two-bedroom unit, beautifully furnished with 2 large bathrooms, tasteful details, and a welome tray of wine and fresh fruit. We were happy, but somewhat concerned about the less than efficient air conditioning that didn't seem to offset the punishing Greek sun. We discovered the next day that we had set the air conditioning incorrectly. Our first morning at the communal pool--well designed, set in front of the bar and restaurant at the end of a large patio--the manager approached to greet us. Asking if we were happy we eagerly said yes, and then inquired where the best beaches in the area might be. He then offered to upgrade us yet again, this time to one of their superior spa villas, with its own private pool. His point was that once ensconced we would never desire to leave for a beach. He was right. Staggered by this gesture of hospitality, we moved up the hill. Our two-story villa included a steam room, gym, large open bathroom, jacuzzi, sauna, lovely furnishings, and so on. The pool area itself was nothing short of spectacular--overlooking the gulf and the Elounda coastline, with the sun and sea spread out before us as if we were the gods themselves. Service was impeccable. We ate our breakfast outdoors every morning on a beautifully prepared table by our pool--white linens, fresh roses, lovely stemware, baskets of fresh pastries, juices, a newspaper delivered daily... every conceivable need was met with grace and courtesy. We felt pampered, lucky, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to celebrate our happiness in such surrounds. We dined at the poolside restaurant three times, each time being treated with superb food and gracious service by the charming wait staff. We travel a fair bit and like to pamper ourselves, but this Cretan visit was by far the most luxurious and wonderful of all our experiences to date. One visitor on this site has complained about the view from the communal pool. Although the view is somewhat marred by a relatively unattractive hotel below, as well as by telephone poles, the setting is still wonderful, and the sea quite in evidence. Best of all is that everywhere on the grounds you can feel a quiet, elegant dignity that calms you right down. Thanks to all the staff and especially to Aris Moustakis, the hotel manager, for overseeing our visit with such generosity. You are running a great destination and we hope to return sometime soon.
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- Elounda Gulf Villas Hotel Elounda
- Elounda Gulf Hotel
- Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites Crete