Hotelchain: Helios Hotels & Resorts
Location: Elounda – Greece (Crete)
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: eloundabeach.gr
Rated as one of the best beach resorts on Crete, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas definitely deserves its good reputation. The hotel is located right on the stunning beach and offers five star facilities. As you would expect from a Leading Hotel of the World, we were greeted with a smile and the staff made us feel at home right from the first moment we stepped in. I immediately knew that this stay was going to be an amazing one … and it was … let me tell you why.
First of all, location location location… Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas is a beach resort with a prime location in Elounda. The area truly is mind blowing and is often described as the more exclusive part of Crete.
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas has been active in luxury hospitality for quite a time now. They definitely know how to treat their guests and service here is on a very high level. Most staff members remembered my name which made me feel like a VIP guest. Every time I met someone, they were all very warm and professional. This is Greek hospitality at its highest level!
The lobby area at Elounda Beach is an elegant place to hang out and gives an excellent first impression of the resort. Check-in took place in one of the comfortable couches. Staff did make us feel at home right from the beginning. Everything we needed to know about the resort was explained in a very professional and kind way.
We stayed in an Waterfront Suite and were very impressed. When we entered we couldn’t believe our eyes. The first thing we saw was the private infinity pool … it was like a dream coming true! The Waterfront Suite itself was ultra luxuriously appointed, had a great size and had all the amenities I would expect at a high level five star hotel. I appreciated the up to date design. The suite was completely renovated. The beds are among the best I have ever slept in. It was great to hang out in the suite and we didn’t need to leave the suite as we had our own pool and sea deck. The view we had was the best we could ask for, watching the ocean while enjoying the sun was a blast! We couldn’t have asked for a better suite, it was perfect and we actually felt at home.
The suite had 2 bathrooms, each luxuriously appointed and featured an oversized walk-in shower and separate (gorgeous) bath tub! The steam shower was a bonus! Fancy Bulgari toiletries were provided. Everything was very clean. They maintain their rooms in an excellent way.
There are a lot of fun things to do here at Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas! The pool area for example is just stunning. This is the perfect place for adults to relax and unwind. Palm trees, comfortable loungers, etc. it’s all there! Kids are welcome at Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas as well. There’s a separate kids pool and a children’s supervised animation program. By the way, tennis courts are available at no extra charge.
A very cool thing about this resort: the sport activities. From very well maintained tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a football pitch and even a minigolf course. It’s all there and we enjoyed it very much. It’s very relaxing to play a badminton game during your holidays and to relax at the pool afterwards. Even if you like watersports, you can do waterskiing, sailing or even rent a water ski. Very cool! Of course, a fitness center is available too with extensive range of cardiovascular machines, body sculpting equipment and free weights. Whether you want a serious work out or just a gentle stretch of the legs, the fitness center is the place to be. Another would be walking. Walking around the resort is like taking a walk in paradise. The surrounding areas are just gorgeous in this upscale resort!
As a guest of Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas you are treated as royalty. I also loved the fact that they organize several themed nights. Staff is there to make each guest feel at ease. It’s not a snobby service, you are treated in a very kind way. Each staff member I encountered was a professional.
Time to relax! The Espace Vitalité Chenot Crete is one of the nicest spa areas I have experienced. The place is just beautiful … It is like entering a world of pure relaxation. Fantastic, I loved it! Decorated with high quality materials, relaxing music and the most wonderful staff … This is how every spa area should be like! I thoroughly enjoyed my treatment. The therapist was a professional. Make sure to book a treatment here. For me the experience was like returning to balance… an escape from the everyday and reinvigorate my mental and physical wellbeing while being in Elounda Beach’s tranquil and welcoming surroundings.
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas has several dining options. Let me start with ‘White’. This is the buffet restaurant and is definitely an eye catcher! Decoration is fantastic, the way they combined the colors with all the decoration and furniture is lovely. We were both very impressed and not only by the decoration, also the food was just delicious. Each morning, they serve a delicious breakfast. It is one of the best breakfasts I have ever experienced. All the food items were of such a good quality. The à la carte menu will please anyone. I didn’t have lunch as the food from the breakfast was so good and I just had to try everything 😊
At night, I had dinner at Argonaut restaurant, their seaside restaurant and is known for its Mediterranean snacks during lunch hours and Italian cuisine at night. Meat, salads and seafood, it is all there and prepared in an excellent way. The Head Chef is a true professional and makes sure each guest will have a great time. We did wanted to try sushi as we have heard wonderful things about their sushi. Our request was dealed with a smile! We had a table with an amazing view over the sea. It was heavenly! Staff was very attentive and professional. We loved our evening.
As we were in Greece, we just had to book a table at Kafenion Greek Restaurant for the second night. The Cretan cuisine here is out of this world. Prepared to perfection, we tried several traditional and authentic dishes such as Greek salads, Mousakas, grilled lamb chops with thyme, virgin olive oil and lemon. Even the side dishes like a simple patato tasted heavenly! It was just delicious … The dessert – a Galaktoboureko custard filled pie – was to die for. Staff again was excellent and very knowledgeable about each dish.
A stay at the world known Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas is top notch. Of course, it’s a Leading Hotel of the World property after all! I can not say enough good things about this resort. Location is great, food is yummie, rooms are luxurious and the service level is unseen. Highly recommended for a luxurious Crete getaway!