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Elounda Island Villas
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Secret, stunning and serene”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

What a wonderful place - your own private island paradise. Lida is a wonderful host who makes it feel very quickly as if its your own residence. The nearby beaches at the back of the island are the best we experienced in the whole of Crete and probably Greece. The views across the bay at sunset are magical and the whole setting including the causeway and nearby 'Canale' restaurant made Elounda and Spinalonga the favourite part of our holiday. Thank you Lida!! xx

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Rustic and authentic confortable Cretan houses on the very nice Kolokytha peninsula.
Lida is a very nice woman who welcome you very friendly and cook very well Cretan food at lunch
For the dinner she knows very good restaurants in the surrounding and give adresses
We spend 10 wonderful days and will come back as soon as possible

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

This secluded group of holiday villas on the peninsula of Spinalonga is a real find. You approach via a causeway, sea lapping on either side, leaving the touristy but pleasant town of Elounda behind you. There you find this family-run self catering accommodation and small cafe which is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. If you wish, once you stock up on supplies from the small super market in Elounda, you need never stray further than the cafe serving breakfast and lunch (simple but excellent food, the best Greek salad I've eaten anywhere, and delicious daily specials) and the small dock in front of the villas for a dip in the clear sea. If you feel more adventurous, it is a great base from which to explore a myriad of archeological sites, villages and churches in and around the area. The beautiful bay of Kolokytha is nearby and the island of Spinalonga is a short boat trip away. There are many options if you wish to eat out in the evening, but by far my favourite was the fish taverna on the causeway, the only other building nearby, just a five minute stroll by foot. The family (Lida and her parents) are very welcoming and helpful, and strike just the right balance of being available and discrete. It is clear many guests return to stay here time and time again and I am sure this is as much due to their hospitality as it is to the beautiful location. A word on the villas themselves - many describe them as 'rustic' and 'simple but comfortable' - this is true, but the rooms and the cafe have been furnished with care and style and the overall vibe is sort of honest chic. The villas are architect designed, built in the seventies, and are like a clever puzzle where no one villa is overlooked by another and you feel as though the place is smaller than it really is. I really loved it here and can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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london
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The rooms may be basic but the setting for this gorgeous rustic group of holiday houses is absolutely stunning. Being able to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mirabillo is awesome. This is the only building on the promontory of Spinalonga, opposite Elounda, and it was amazing to leave the rather touristy town for the oasis of the villas. The breakfasts were delicious, and the special lunches cooked by the owners were definitely the best food in that part of Crete. The welcome was warm, with lots of friendly advice on days out (do go to the island of Spinalonga), which made up for the rather hard beds and dated bathrooms. Even though this is an eco resort and run on solar power, there is wifi available in the dining area, which was an unexpected bonus. There is no aircon but we did not need it, even in July. There are lots of hidden beaches nearby which are really beautiful with clear, warm sea.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, France
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Rustic but confortable solar houses on the Kolokytha peninsula which garantee quiet and cool days and nights close to animated Elounda. Very good place to relax with your family and enjoy the cristal clear Egean sea all around the villas. If you're interested in discovering nature, rich historical sites and authentic tavernas in Eastern Crete, Lida is the perfect adviser ! With her family she makes you feel like at home in this lovely and exciting part of Crete. Lassithi plateau and his windmills, Spinalonga island, Mochlos, Kritsa, Gournia, Vaï, Zakros...are wonderful locations we enjoyed during our 8 days with 3 children (2 teenagers and one 8 years old girl).
Friendly charming atmosphere and diversified library at disposal in the 'taverna', we highly recommend Elounda villas especially for tired big cities' citizens !
Lucas family July 2013

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

This place is in the most perfect beautiful setting, fantastic views and peace and quiet. Yet only 15 minutes walk along the seafront to the lively town with a great choice of restaurants. The villas are very simple but clean, and they are run by a delightful, kind family. The snack bar has delicious home cooked Cretan food.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

I think i found a very paradise for my experience! The apartment very pretty,nice and with all the comfortable things you need to spend holidays. So quite and nice the place and,last but not least wonderful women who cooked spectacular dishes for their goodness.
The owner is known for her beautiful availability and simpathy.
I recommend this place for those who want to eat simple meals and delicious traditional Greek and want a place to sleep peacefully at night and enjoy the sea during the day.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Elounda Island Villas
Address: Kolokytha Island, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Elounda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Elounda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Elounda Island Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elounda Island Villas is located only meters from the sea, in one of the most cosmopolitan places, the famous village of Elounda, situated on the Spinalonga Peninsula. Offering a beautiful view to the bay of Elounda, Elounda Island Villas is a cluster of 10 interconnected apartments with verandas with a direct view to the sea.All of the neatly furnished villas, with plain pine furniture and built-in beds, consist of a living room, a well equipped kitchen and one or two bathrooms. ... more   less 
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