We stayed as a family of 4 in the Senior Villa with its own private pool. Having stayed at various villas over the years in several resorts, this was the nicest villa we have ever had. True, it's more expensive than our usual villa but, when compared to others in Elounda, it was actually good value.
The internal space was huge, 2 big bedrooms, large comfortable beds, massive marble tiled bathrooms and plenty of storage space. It also had the benefit of air con throughout. Plus, the pool area on the terrace was fantastic, plenty of space, lots of seating and sun loungers, shade when you needed and brilliant views all around. The infinity pool was lovely and fresh, easily big enough for 4 of us. Slightly annoying was a 'buzzing' sound from the pool filter room located just below the villa - mainly because the door didn't close properly (a very minor point in all truth).
The villa was well appointed, the kitchen was small but modern but, in truth, we never had to cook once. Part of the hotel offer was to include half board for free so we had a massive breakfast each day (loads of choice) plus the option to eat in the evening as well. This took a lot of the usual additional hassle of previous villa holidays away - the search for supermarkets and the effort of cooking. It also allowed our budget to stretch to trying some of the restaurants in town for some variety. The bar area near the pool and dining area was also a very pleasant place to recline to after a meal. A relaxed atmosphere for families and couples.
In fact this had all the benefits of a villa holiday but with the bonus of hotel facilities. Rooms and pool were cleaned daily. All the staff were very friendly and accommodating, they really helped make our stay one of the most enjoyable holidays we've had, and our first in Crete. They always went the extra mile. Unexpectedly they allowed us a late check out which was a really nice gesture as we had a late evening flight so we were given use of the villa until 7pm at night - which was in effect an extra day's holiday.
We would happily return and recommend this hotel very highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elounda Palm Hotel is a small family run hotel located in the most beautiful area of Lasithi, the Mirabello Gulf, in Crete. Just a few minutes from the quiet fishing village of Elounda and approx. 7km away from the lively town of Aghios Nikolaos. Set in attractive gardens the Elounda Palm Hotel offers lovely and spacious sea view rooms, bungalows and suites with sharing pool. New entry is the Mellow cocktail Bar by the main swimming pool and the open air lounge cinema. Enjoy your holiday! ... more less
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