Set back from the sea on a herb-scented hillside, this resort enjoys an enviable reputation for its elegant accommodation and excellent facilities; and achieves that rare pairing of a sense of exclusivity, and service with a personal touch. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this family-owned resort has just twenty eight villas and suites, in a range of styles and sizes from romantic retreat to family get-together. Elounda Gulf Villas offers a selection of individually designed deluxe one bedroom suites and one, two, three and four bedroom luxury villas. All villas boast a private pool and Jacuzzi, and many also feature a private gym with sauna.
Elounda Gulf Villas provides all the facilities necessary for a relaxing holiday, for both couples and families. There is a large communal infinity pool and Jacuzzi, the perfect place to lie back with a cool drink and soak up the Cretan sun. The Elixir Spa offers a range of massages and beauty treatments which can be taken in the spa rooms or in the comfort of your own accommodation for total relaxation. While parents are unwinding, the Cool Kids Club and crèche, designed to meet Ofsted standards, is complimentary and on hand to keep children from 4 to 12 years old entertained. There is also an on-site gym for those that like to keep fit when on holiday
Eating and drinking
There are two excellent restaurants in the resort. The Argo Restaurant, which offers a Greek and international buffet breakfast and dinner, as well as snacks throughout the day, has the option of indoor and outdoor seating, as well as lunch and snacks served by the pool. The Daphni Restaurant is an award-winning gourmet restaurant with stunning sea views, serving up exquisite Greek, Mediterranean and international cuisine. There are also regular theme nights with entertainment, or for something more special or relaxed private in villa dining is available. The Argo Bar offers a relaxing space that is perfect for an aperitif or after dinner cocktail.
Elounda Gulf Villas’ private beach club is just a 5 minute drive from the resort, and a daily private shuttle bus provides easy access. The beach club is well-equipped with comfortable sunbeds, parasols and beach towels, and is exclusive to guests of the resort. Service is available throughout the day, and snacks and refreshments can be ordered from your sunbed. Elounda village is just 1.5km away, where you can find a supermarket and a selection of tavernas, while the larger, more cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos is only 5km from the resort. The uninhabited island of Spinalonga, the setting of Victoria Hislop’s novel “The Island” is a short boat trip from Elounda or Agios Nikolaos. The most famous authentic mountain village of Crete Kritsa and Panagia Kera church with excellently preserved frescoes is 19km from Elounda Gulf Villas. The Dikteon Cave, birthplace of the mythical Greek God Zeus is 53km from the resort, through some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery in Crete.