Elounda Beach Hotel Review, Greece
If you are after luxurious accommodation on the island of Crete, in a child friendly resort that offers high quality service, a variety of restaurants and pristine beaches as well as easy access to the airport, then you should look no further than the sea side village of Elounda and the port of Agios Nikolaos, in the north east of the island. The location regularly attracts people in the public domain - pop stars, footballers and actors - and the reason is actually quite simple: the weather is great, the hospitality second to none and there is plenty to do if you don't like staying around your resort much.
Today's review is focusing on Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, one of the Leading Hotels of the World. Having returned to Elounda Beach three times in the last 5 years - in press trips and as a paying guest - I am always filling excited to see what the team have come up with, what has changed and how the resort evolves.
Elounda Beach is not a completely new resort. Everything started with its sister hotel Elounda Bay, which you can walk to as both occupy a large bay area just before the Schisma of Elounda. You can walk to Elounda village from the hotel, but rest assured that you cannot walk to the hotel beach from somewhere else; there is also security at the entrance to both Elounda Beach and Elounda Bay.
It is recommended that you rent a car throughout your holidays if you want to visit nearby Agios Nikolaos, Plaka and the village of Kritsa in the mountains. Alternatively, you can book a taxi from the hotel to take you to Agios Nikolaos (10 min drive) or Plaka (5 min drive) where you can take the ferry to the island of Spinalonga. The resort is just over an hour's drive from Heraklion airport.