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Elounda Heights Apartments and Studios
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Elounda
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks at Elounda Heights in May this year. As I was planning on holidaying by myself I did plenty of research in trying to find somewhere that was right for me (single girl mid thirties!) Elounda Heights ticked ALL the boxes!

I opted for a one bedroom apartment because of the length of time I was staying, however I did manage to get a wee look at the studios and they would have been fine for a single person or a couple if you wanted to save a few Euros but not compromise on standards. Both studios and apartments are very clean, comfortable (beds are very cosy!) and all have a balcony or terrace. The only comment that I would make is that the kitchen areas could have done with some more utensils to cook with. The apartments are cleaned (linen and towels changed) I think once a week but it seemed like every other day they were given a quick clean (bins emptied, floors swept, etc) so very happy with that.

My favorite area is the garden, pool and pool bar - for the first week I pretty much spent the entire day here. The view is amazing, the gardens are colourful and fragrant and the pool - very fresh! But perfect for cooling down in - and ahh the pool bar. Vangelis is there from morning until teatime preparing specials for dinner, making breakfast, lunch and snacks. The Cretian wine is looovely and it was a great spot to chat to other guests if you wanted a wee bit of company but also if you didn't you could relax by the pool reading and nobody would disturb you.

Every week there is a BBQ or mezes night and also a day trip, the boat trip was great fun and the food is AMAZING! Elounda town itself is very pretty and has lots of shops, restaurants and bars - nothing too wild or rowdy though which suited me just fine.

All in all I can't fault it and I don't think my review even comes close to describing how pretty much perfect my time at Elounda Heights was. Ann and Vangelis are perfect hosts, helpful, friendly, nothing was too much trouble. I dealt with Ann when making my booking, she was always very quick to respond to any queries I had and Vengelis is the most fabulous chef and charming barman!!

Go and stay at Elounda Heights - you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

Beautiful views, pretty clean rooms, lovely surroundings, good food, and very fine hosts....Its everything everyone has said before and more.
Having stayed in Crete (not Elounda) in a five star Hotel we thought we wouldnt be able to better that, but mainly due to the people (including Vangelis and Ann) and the location, and food...we did!
We most definitely recommend it, once you go, you most probably wont want to go anywhere else in Crete.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

Situated on the hillside overlooking the village of Elounda (only a few minutes' walk away), Elounda Heights is both quiet and picturesque. Walking up the hill is not so easy as walking down, but it is only a short distance and should be no trouble for the average person. Taxis will bring you (and suitcases) to the door. The hill is one of the assets of Elounda Heights, as without it, there would not be such a great view or peace & tranquillity. We spent 10days relaxing - sometimes by the pool, occasionally at one of the (many) beautiful beaches within walking distance. The island of Spinalonga (famous for its history and as the subject of a best-selling book) can be seen from the studios and is just a short boat ride away. Elounda Heights is owned and run by Ann and Vangelis (excellent English speaker and source of all local knowledge) who are always on site. Vangelis can be found tending to his garden in the early morning, and later at the poolside bar - being available to cook your breakfast should you wish it. (Some people to prefer to self-cater in the privacy of their apartment/studio, others would rather indulge in Vangelis's superb cooking - either way, it's your choice). Lunch and evening meals are also available on site (superb menu, with a different Greek special dish each day). More organised (optional) get-togethers occur once weekly with a meze evening or BBQ - and these offer an opportunity to meet other guests if you wish to join in. There is also a weekly boat trip organised by Vangelis for those who wish to venture further afield for the day. Local beaches are plentiful and the sea beautiful and clear - excellent for swimming and snorkling. Local supermarkets and other shops (e.g. chemist, newsagent, souvenir shops, hairdressers) as well as restaurants/tavernas in nearby village only a few minutes' walk away. Elounda is situated in a stunningly beautiful area of Crete and historically was a fairly sleepy fishing village. There has been development recently (municipal beach and services) to improve services to tourists without attracting too many crowds. Generally the hotels in Elounda are at the upper end of the price range compared to other areas. Elounda Heights is therefore a 'gem' in a delightful part of Crete. It has very reasonable prices, offers flexible arrangments for your stay (self-cater or enjoy Vangelis' cooking or a mixture of both) and will offer you a tremendously warm welcome. You can relax and enjoy yourself without moving an inch - or you can explore the local villages and beaches on foot or hire a care and explore further afield. It has to be said that many of Vangelis's guests return year after year - for very good reason - he is a most charming and accommodating host with great attention to detail for your comfort. There is an evening bar available in the main reception area, internet access (small charge), a (small) library of books, pool table, boules and other games. The swimming pool is of perfect dimensions for the size of the property and offers an oasis where you can cool-off after a few hours relaxing under the intensely blue sky. The gardens are mature and beautifully maintained - with delightful aromatic herbs dotted about amongst the flowers. In previous years we have holidayed here with our children and we found this a very pleasant and child friendly place to stay - one very fussy eater was accommodated wonderfully by Vangelis modifying the more usual menu for him. Our children were between 5 - 11. You might find some difficulty with younger infants as pushing a pram or buggy up the hill would be tiring, although this could be managed by hiring a car or using a taxi (plentiful in the local village). The studios are adequate rather than luxurious and housekeeping occured 3x weekly - but this was perfectly acceptable when cost and uninterrupted privacy were taken into account. Regular buses (air conditioned 'coaches') go from the village in both directions to Plaka (lovely beach opposite Spinalonga) or Agios Nicholaos (regional capital where there are more shops and generally more lively night-life). Altogether this is a superb place to stay and will offer you probably the best holiday ever when everything, including cost and ease of booking, is taken into consideration. To book, simply email Ann at Elounda heights, then book your flight with easyjet or one of the tour companies. Simple! To arrange transfer from the airport, simply ring or email Ann or Vangelis the day before and they will organise a taxi for you at reduced rates. I thoroughly recommend Elounda Heights for your summer holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2010

Clean spacious studios, beautiful pool, breath taking 360 degree views, a welcome gentle cooling breeze. Vangelis does amazing meze nights, not to be missed, food outstanding. Really quiet and romantic place, still remember sitting on the swing seat and counting the stars! Thoughtful touches such as milk and orange juice in the fridge when you arrive. Would love to return.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

We were just passing by on a round trip of eastern Crete and saw the sign just by chance. The view was amazing, the studios looked so comfortable, the pool was so inviting and when we met Vangelis (the charming owner of the apartments) we knew at first sight, that it is not just profession but passion what makes him offer this littele paradise for his guests! We simply had to stay there! Allthough we had only 2 nights left we felt very much like being friends, enjoyed also the cooking of Vangelis and the very individual Service of him and his wife Ann. We will come back soon!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

This is a very special place run by really special people, Ann and Vangelis, who make their guests extremely welcome. We arrived to be offered a delicious lunch of barbecued chicken, greek salad and wine, from Vangelis whose cooking skills are divine. Each day he's up early tending his garden, then running the pool bar and entertaining guests with anecdotes and information, while making breakfasts and lunches and preparing the evening 'special' (which also was exactly that). Many of their guests are, not surprisingly, frequent returners, and among those who, like us, were first timers the general consensus is what a really fab find. Our apartment windows gave great views of the sea, the charming village of Elounda and Spinalonga island (made famous in Victoria Hislop's novel The Island), and our only negative comment would be that the furniture and furnishings are a little tired and need updating. However, the rooms are kept clean and there are twice weekly bed linen and towel changes. Ann is often around for a chat, although she is very busy with her dog rescue work helping abandoned or abused animals to be relocated in loving homes, often by sending them to another country. The couple also have their own adorable dogs and a cat with the biggest attitude of any feline I have ever met! The hotel is up a steep track road, just a few minutes from the village, and we would recommend a car although some brave souls toiled up and down in the heat. Elounda village is full of bars and restaurants and some pleasant shops, plus supermarkets, and across the causeway is wild land with interesting remains of an early Christian basilica. There's so much to do in this part of Crete with a visit to Knossos top of the list. However, you might just be tempted to stay propped at the bar listening to Vangelis, or Ann, and you'd learn a lot by doing so.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

We stayed at Elounda Heights for a week to take away the stresses and strains of modern living and to get away from the rat race - and thank goodness we found this gem of a place. Nestled on the side of a (quite large!) hill, it is a truly fabulous accommodation. The views are amazing, the rooms spotless, the pool area tranquil, the gardens a joy to look at and that was just the beginning. Ann and Vangelis pride themselves on making your holiday as relaxing as possible, and ensure you don't want for anything. You can even get your water from them instead of lugging it up the hill. Vangelis is a little gem all by himself - his food is outstanding, he always serves with a smile and he even gives you cookery tips. We stayed for 7 nights and only ventured out twice! Didn't need to go anywhere else as it was all there at Elounda Heights. The trip to Spinalopnga and Plaka was a great day out and very moving. Can't wait for the next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Elounda Heights Apartments and Studios

Address: Emmanouil Pouli, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Elounda
#1 Best Value Hotel in Elounda
#3 Family Hotel in Elounda
Price Range: £43 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Elounda Heights Apartments and Studios 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elounda Heights, owned by Vangelis and his English wife Ann, is a small boutique aparthotel with beautiful gardens complimented by Greek statues as this is the theme of the complex. All the apartments and studios are named after Greek gods and goddesses. It is truly an oasis and if you want to relax then this is the place for you. Great for honeymooners and couples just wanting a quiet restful holiday. Ideal for families wanting to unwind by the people while enjoying a fantastic view over the bay of Elounda. ... more   less 
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