I have just spent a luxury family holiday in Crete, staying at the amazing Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites. Having absolutely loved our stay there, I knew as soon as I got back I had to share my experience of this fantastic resort with you all!
Working at the Inspiring Travel Company, I've been lucky enough to visit many 5-star resorts all over the world, but there's still nothing like your own family summer holiday; a week or two in the sunshine with your nearest and dearest is hard to beat. Our experience started with a short-haul flight from Manchester, touching down at Heraklion International Airport just four hours later.
The drive from the airport to our resort took just under an hour, with some beautiful scenery along the way. Arriving at the very private and beautiful Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites, the first thing that we saw was the extremely well-kept lush green gardens that surround the resort.
We received such a warm welcome from the reception staff, who offered us fresh juices and a cold towel; just what we needed in the 27ºC heat! Once we were all checked in, Maria - one of the friendly staff - showed us to our accommodation, which is available at the resort in a range of options from one-bedroom suites to four-bedroom villas.
We stayed in an Executive Pool Villa, which is spread over three floors and compromised of two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large pool and Jacuzzi, lift, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living area, gym, and sauna room. To say it was a spacious base for a family holiday would be an understatement! The interiors are beautifully decorated in whites and turquoise blues, making the rooms feel even more light and airy, whilst furniture is simple and classic in design. Add to this the breathtaking views out to sea and it was clear that we had arrived in paradise!
Outside the amazing accommodation, Elounda Gulf offers plenty of facilities and activities for guests of all ages. There is a fab kids' club and crèche, which opened in April 2015 and is operated by the UK company, Worldwide Kids; the perfect place for little ones to play while you enjoy the Elixir Spa treatments either in your villa or the massage room. A private sandy beach is located just ten minutes away from the hotel, with a complimentary shuttle service available.
At the two onsite restaurants, The Argo and The Daphni, the food choice and quality is absolutely superb. At The Argo, the resort's principal restaurant, you will be sure to find the very best Greek dishes such as moussaka, gyros, semolina and fresh fish dishes as well as mouth-watering international options. Children are also catered for brilliantly; with their own menu, placemat, cup and cutlery even the most fussiest of eaters will be spoilt for choice! The Daphni is a gourmet restaurant with a sea view, offering more fantastic Greek fare as well Italian dishes. This would be my pick for a romantic meal for two.
As well as the two fantastic restaurants, there is also the option of in-villa dining, which we took advantage of on a couple of occasions. Friendly staff come and set the table in your own living space and serve the food, which is still beautifully presented. A private, family meal of restaurant quality and no washing up? Bliss.
For those looking to venture out, nearby is the local fishing village of Elounda, where you will find charming shops and tavernas nestled around the harbour and sand-fringed bay. Just a ten minute drive in the opposite direction is Agios Nikolaos, a town perfect for those looking to do a spot of shopping, as you can pick up some fantastic bargains. Plenty of bars and restaurants make this a great place to visit by day or night.
I can't recommend a Crete luxury holiday at Elounda Gulf highly enough. The location, accommodation and service were all perfect. The staff have an extremely friendly and positive attitude; nothing is too much for them and they really do offer a personal service. A stay here would definitely suit those looking for a private villa experience whilst still having all the benefits of a resort, where you can do as much or as little as you like!
If this sounds like your kind of holiday then you can call one of our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 600, it might even be me you speak to! Alternatively you could start a webchat right now. Either way, you can begin planning your bespoke luxury holiday today.