Beautiful Elounda…….

image
Print Friendly

Elounda on the island of Crete is a really beautiful destination with some fabulous hotels. While they are quite expensive they are well worth the cost especially one of them, The Elounda Mare Hotel, part of the Relais & Chateau group,  which we stayed in. See the website for more details →The Elounda Mare Hotel

 

It is built on the side of a small hill leading down to a tiny private rocky cove for the hotel and on the other side is a small beach with a wonderful restaurant, The Yacht Club which serves both lunch and dinner with amazing views over the bay of Elounda. The hotel is actually quite small with lots of interesting nooks and crannies and it has our favourite restaurant The Old Mill. This is a lovely intimate restaurant which is half in and outdoors with a stunning array of flowers surrounding it. If you prefer there are also other hotels adjacent to the Elounda Mare and it’s possible to dine in the restaurants there as well if you would like some variety. We dined one night at the Elounda Bay Palace in the Talassa restaurant which served a lovely selection of local seafood. See  http://www.elounda.com for details about the other affiliated hotels and restaurants in Elounda

The dining in the Elounda Mare is exceptional with the hotel having won awards for its cuisine. Breakfast is served in a restaurant in the actual hotel with stunning views over the beautiful bay.

There is large salt water swimming pool and watersports with sea canoes down by the beach and water skiing can be arranged.

Locally it’s well worth taking a day’s trip to the Island of Spinalonga which was a leper colony until 1957 and is a beautiful place with a fascinating history.   

Boats go from the small port of Elounda which itself is a lovely place with many small restaurants and coffee shops. Perfect for just sitting and watching all the activity and small boats coming and going out of the bay.

To get you into the spirit of Island of Spinalonga read the book The Island, by Victoria Hislop. It is a bestseller, and the plot is based in Crete … The Sunday Times said

‘Adding depth and colour to the story is the description of Cretan life… in particular, the vividly detailed account of life on Spinalonga… It is one of the achievements of this thoughtful novel that it presents the lives of the island’s inhabitants with such empathy. The result is a fascinating work that combines a moving love story witha plea for more understanding about this most cruel of diseases’

In most shops, you can’t but help notice that The Island  is for sale, so if you hadn’t managed to read it before you venture off, there are ample opportunities to read it whilst you are away.

To get to Elounda fly to Heraklion in Crete and then it’s about a two hour transfer. To get the best deals see if you can build your own itinerary with flights, hotel and transfers or go through a tour operator such as Sovereign  or Travel Republic

Happy Holidays!

 

 

For more Travel features click HERE ←

The following two tabs change content below.
Martin Lock has a wealth of experience both in the Airline and Travel Industries

Latest posts by Martin (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Destination Features

Why you should choose Dubai as your next holiday DubiaQ4_CampaignImage
Extraordinary cityscapes, unbelievable attractions and a fascinating culture… for a really...
Discover the secret paradise of the Maldives welcome-on-beach
If your idea of holiday heaven is discovering new places, meeting local people and learning more...
Barefoot luxury in the heart of the Makasutu Forest in The Gambia Floating lodges 37097_41442549_Serenity_&_3rd_Party (1)
Deep in the forest of Makasutu, by a tributary of the River Gambia, you’ll find a unique and...
Beach breaks in Goa 37594_11437295_Serenity Use Only
Located on India’s western coast, travellers who visit Goa are met with an eclectic culture...
The best dishes to sample in The Gambia Header
Gambian cuisine may not be one of the world’s most renowned culinary scenes, but a holiday to...
5 Tours & Excursions to take in Goa Main image
Goa is one of the most diverse and beautiful destinations in India, perfect for a winter sun...
5 destinations to see the autumn leaves change beautiful autumn trees and colors in the forest
One of the best things about the changing of the seasons is that the leaves turn with them – the...
The Gambia – A wealth of wildlife on your doorstep Canoes along a tributary of the River Gambia
When dreaming of a wildlife adventure in Africa The Gambia is off many people’s radar, but this...
An introduction to The Gambia, West Africa’s ‘smiling coast’ 1054_4709571_Serenity_&_3rd_Party
An ideal location to soak up some well-needed winter (or summer) sunshine, this small country...
Winter 2016: 6 Breathtaking Destinations You Need To Visit Sri Lanka
It’s no surprise that more and more of us are keen to escape the grey skies during the winter...
Discover Shearings new Autumn/Winter programme Image-1B--1
Shearings Holidays has launched its 2016/17 Autumn Winter programme, promoting a full range of...
Seychelles – nature and paradise in perfect harmony Grande Soeur
Whether for an annual holiday, a special anniversary, or that ‘once in a lifetime’ trip...