Here at the Inspiring Travel Company, we invest heavily in ensuring our team has the best knowledge in the luxury holiday business, so we can offer first-hand insight and expert recommendations to our valued clients. Recently we sent Alice Tetlow to see three of Crete’s finest for herself, and asked her to report back on what makes the Elounda S.A. Resort collection on the Greek island so very special…
The beauty of an Elounda S.A. Resort comes in its diversity of style, culture and living. Every hotel exudes a real sense of individualism and place, recognisable from the moment you step into each property. However, there is one similarity that flows between these three Cretan hotels: the breathtaking views of the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea that beautifully surround each resort.
Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel
From the moment you step into the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, you are greeted with a friendly smile, along with a refreshing welcome drink and beautifully fragrant cold flannel. The sun beams through the floor-to-ceiling windows, which lead onto a terrace overlooking a true highlight of all three properties: the stunning sea view.
Peninsula is the most modern of the trio; from its design to its décor, a tasteful, contemporary theme becomes apparent. Boasting an exclusive “all suite” feature, Peninsula’s suites and villas are artfully tiered on a cliff, while plants and flowers intertwine the pathways and hidden steps lead you to secluded sea viewing points. Imagine rolling out of bed, down your suite’s steps and feeling your feet touch the sand of Peninsula’s private beach.
Are you a wine fanatic? Peninsula’s hidden gem, its world-class wine cellar, is one of the only hotel spots without a sea view. Wine is at the heart of the resort and the knowledge and expertise of your connoisseur is bound to impress, as they perfectly marry a bottle of wine with the intricate flavours of each dish.
Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
We all like being pampered, don’t we? Escape to the Six Senses Spa at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort and spoil yourself with personalised treatments and wellness programmes, whether it’s a traditional hammam or Tai-Chi on the terrace. Sit back and relax in the infinity thalassotherapy pool, stretching from the inside of the spa to the out. Let your mind unwind as you admire those inimitable sea views, while golf fanatics must be sure to check out the resort’s private 9-hole par-3 golf course.
Elounda Mare Relais & Chateaux Hotel
If it’s the culture of Crete that you would like to experience, then Elounda Mare is the resort for you. It boasts a strong Cretan character throughout, from its brightly coloured ceramics to its embroidered needlecrafts. This, combined with a traditional village setting in which you genuinely feel at home, really makes your Cretan stay come to life.
With the Relais & Chateaux value in mind, the standard of the cuisine and hospitality at Mare is truly unrivalled. Why not have dinner at the Old Mill, a fine dining restaurant, nestled in the manicured gardens over the waters? Or, perched on a theatrical cliff edge overlooking the lagoon and beach below, enjoy local seafood at The Yacht Club with a specially selected white wine. Afterwards, wander through the secret garden, complete with a boutique, jewellery shop, art gallery and church, backed by the dramatic Cretan landscape.
Elounda, Plaka & Spinalonga
If you are a traveller that likes to explore, why not take a trip to Elounda Village, still a charming local fishing spot; Plaka Village, known for its quaint streets and boutique shops; or Spinalonga, home to a Venetian fort and renowned as the former leper colony of Victoria Hislop’s The Island fame? Each of these fascinating spots are between a 10-20-minute drive away.
To book a luxury Cretan escape of your own, take a closer look at our glorious Greece portfolio or call a Destination Expert on 01244 355 600 for a bespoke quote.