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Domes of Elounda, Elounda, Crete
Great for families or couples who want a relaxing holiday within a resort big enough to entertain and surprise. A plethora of pools and adults-only areas, restaurants which delight in local produce and one that sits on the beach serving fresh fish and offering sparkling sea views. Traditional dance shows and a street food market add to the holiday experience. The option of booking accommodation including the 'Haute Living' concept means you'll have 24/7 access to their members-only lounge where light food and drinks - including alcoholic - are always on offer. Perfectly located in elegant Elounda, take a speedboat to famed Spinalonga Island, the inspiration for a novel, or stroll from the hotel to nearby villages to soak up local Cretan life.
A short speedboat ride away is the famed Spinalonga island - a former leper colony featured in Victoria Hislop's novel 'The Island' - historically fascinating and worth a visit.
Elounda is in the north of the island and has a colourful harbour. A 15-minute walk to Plaka Marina provides you with a traditional wooden boat trip to Spinalonga.
By plane: direct flights to Heraklion take around 4 hours from London. It's about an hour's drive to the hotel. Free parking available. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Ideal for families, as there is much to experience and see with children and parents in mind. Couples would also be happy in the adults-only zones. The Greek Monsters sculptures were large, colourful and quirky, enticing children to learn more about Greek mythology from the blurbs next to them.
Service & Facilities
A couple of times a week there is a Street Food Dining experience, so guests can dine on delicious local delicacies. You can leave your children supervised by staff of an Ofsted standard, whilst they enjoy a range of activities from puppet shows and film nights to cooking lessons.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room service
- Free parking
The Private Residence Villa is all you could ask for in terms of an elegant base, equipped with private pool and fun ceiling hanging chair. The garden, with its pretty carob tree, flowers, sunloungers and a decent sized pool made returning 'home' after a day enjoying the resort and exploring, a joy.
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Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, balcony or terrace, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, pillow menu, luxury linen
Food & Drink
A simple steak is sometimes all you need and the Josper charcoal-grilled Black Angus inside skirt, 150 days grain-fed, with skinny truffle fries was very tasty. The spicy mussels with white wine and spicy sauce vierge, served with grilled sourdough garlic bread, were sumptuous.
Thólos: main buffet restaurant, sea views. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Yaosai: Asian fusion restaurant and bar. Open daily for lunch (adults-only) and dinner.
Blend: trendy steakhouse restaurant. Poolside location. Open daily for lunch and dinner.