Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WE JUST BEEN TO CRETE, part 5, Elounda Gulf Villas





Like our own Mediterranean home. In our villa we had total privacy, stunning sea views, own infinity pool, chic open plan kitchen,and even our own spa area with sauna and Jacuzzi. At the same time Elounda Gulf Villas offers service of a rare kind. The owner Anna and her staff make you feel like friends and not just guests.

The small boutique resort is picturesquely landscaped down the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Mirabello and distant mountains of Eastern Crete. There are 18 villas with private pools and 10 suites built closer to the main infinity pool – a quiet and beautiful area. We stayed in one of the Spa Villas – the Presidential, and also had some nights in a three-bedroom Aegean Villa.

The Presidential villas and the Royal Spa villa are the top category – recently enjoyed by Jodie Foster, who left a happy message in their guest book.

This is definitely a hideaway. The resort is half an hour walk or 7 euro taxi ride from the wide choice of tavernas and restaurants in Elounda village, but you do not actually need to leave the premises. The resort restaurant is excellent though the choice is not vast. Breakfast is included. Bread, cheese, marmalade and cold cuts are placed on your table and you order hot items a la carte (extra charge). If you are very oriented to your own diet and private eating, the open plan kitchen is a joy and a blessing, fringing a stylish lounge and dining area. And of course there is also ample dining space on the terrace with its mesmerizing views. Each accommodation is individually decorated, very tasteful and homely.

A small beach lies some 500 metres down the hill – but with a private pool area of such class, we had no longing for the beach. In fact we could hardly bear to leave the resort…

More snapshots of our Presidential villa below:








HOW TO GET TO ELOUNDA GULF VILLAS

1 hour by car from Heraklion International Airport.



Private pool area of our Aegean 3-bedroom villa

NOTE: These are our own informal snapshots taken during our visit. See also our web page at www.selectcollection.com on Elounda Gulf Villas.

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