With blissful views over the Gulf of Mirabello, these luxury villas and suites on Crete combine the facilities and services of a deluxe resort with the welcoming ambience of a select boutique hotel.
Elounda Gulf holiday guide
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. The Elounda Gulf Villas offer 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.
Things to do at the Elounda Gulf Resort
The Elounda Gulf Villas provide 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.
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.
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.
When to go to Elounda Gulf Villas
As the warmest of the Greek islands, a villa holiday in Crete can be enjoyed as early as March for an Easter break, filled with spring flowers. Peak season begins in July when you can expect warm sea water for swimming; the perfect time of year for a beach villa holiday. Shoulder season is also a great time to visit if you’re not tied to travelling in the school holidays. Speak to a villa specialist for further information; we can also book your flights.