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Hotel Elounda Peninsula Hotel 5 star
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ELOUNDA 72053, CRETE, GREECE Elounda, Greece -
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The very exclusive Elounda Peninsula stands above the bay and overlooks the sea and the surrounding hotels, offering a personalised service, privacy and peaceful surroundings, with 'luxury' and 'elegance' being the key words to describe the hotel and the service it provides. A clearly beautiful establishment, it is particularly ideal for couples and those who like fine dining, as the hotel also boasts the finest restaurant in Crete.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Located in the same area as the Elounda Mare, Elounda Village and Porto Elounda, the Elounda Peninsula is one of the first hotels to be visible on the road between Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. The hotel stands facing the famous Mirabello Bay, in an area which has thus far managed to escape a concrete invasion, unlike the surrounding area of Heraklion. Kazantzakis International Airport is more than 43 mi away.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    Accommodation at the hotel consists of 54 suites, each bearing the name of a Greek island. Three types of room are available, with the Junior suite being the most basic. Most of the spacious yet cosy suites are split-level, with a dining area and a small blue and white lounge area with wooden furniture downstairs, opening on to a small private pool with two lovely deckchairs. They all have small marble-clad bathrooms with a shower, and a wooden staircase leads to the upper floor and the warm and welcoming bedroom with its comfortable bedding and high-quality wooden furniture, including attractive storage units with drawers and parquet flooring. The second, larger bathroom has both a (plastic!) hydromassage bathtub and a small separate shower, a toilet concealed behind a flower-box, scales, a heated towel rail, a magnifying mirror, various 'Apivita' hospitality products, dressing-gowns and slippers, etc. The rooms, which also have a balcony and terrace offering superb sea views, are decorated in the same style, and have an average floor area of around 646 sq ft, though the Presidential suites are, of course, bigger still. All of the hotel's luxury rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioning, a cathodic or plasma-screen television, an electronic safe (free of charge), a direct international telephone line and a minibar, and many of them are adjoining, some even have two entrances, whilst all the bungalows have access to the sea. Room service is available 24 hours a day and a butler service is available on request.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Elounda Peninsula, which was opened in 2001 and renovated in 2005, consists of a building overlooking the sea and sloping grounds where a series of maisonettes and bungalow suites with swimming pools have been built. The small reception at the top of the complex is open on three sides, offering superb panoramic views which are all the more impressive from the breezy terraces. The comfortable blue velvet sofas arranged on the parquet flooring reflect the sapphire blue of the sky and the sea, whilst the modern decor perfectly complements the beautiful traditional materials and objects on show, from the finely worked wooden ceiling to the beautiful white stone fireplace, and everything in between. Just next door, the cosy and elegant lobby bar features a large piano and makes for a rather special setting, though space is a little lacking here. As you head down the superb wooden spiral staircase (or you could, of course, take the lift!), you will come across the other indoor communal areas that the hotel offers.These include a small but impeccable spa with an indoor swimming-pool surrounded by picture windows, a sauna and a gym with 5 machines and parquet flooring, though many people shun this in favour of the superb Six Senses Spa at the neighbouring Porto Elounda hotel. The Porto Elounda and the Elounda Peninsula share the same gardens, which join together at a large swimming pool that overlooks the sea just a few feet away, whilst small pathways made of local stone and adorned with bougainvilleas and other flowers criss-cross the sloping grounds, leading down to the various bungalows. There is also a trampoline for children on the lawned area, as well as a large pool.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    The floor between the reception and the spa is devoted to the hotel's restaurant services and is divided into two separate parts; the first of these serves up an American-style breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00am where a selection of warm dishes are available as well as the traditional buffet, whilst a second room opens for dinner from 19:30pm to 11:00pm but can only accommodate up to 50 guests. All meals are served a la carte in this special setting, where relatively few tables and chairs are laid out on the parquet flooring. Its superb bay windows offer magnificent panoramic views. Even the finely-worked wooden ceiling is not to be missed! Warm dishes are all served plated up, but there are also accompaniment bars for guests to help themselves to. For the past 3 years, the restaurant has been run by award-winning chef Jacques Le Divellec and his disciple, Jean-Charles Metayer. The cuisine served here is Mediterranean with Greek influences, all created with a French touch of je ne sais quoi. Needless to say, the fish dishes are a real treat for the taste buds, with red mullet, lobster and catfish on the menu, to name but a few, and new flavours for this year primarily include salt-crusted and cigar-style sea bass. The awards won by this ever-popular restaurant are displayed at the entrance and notably include the Golden Chef's Hat award in 2009, when it received the best rating of all the restaurants in Crete. Downstairs, in a room which, unlike the others, is totally devoid of any windows, lies the restaurant's treasure trove of over 3,000 bottles consisting of at least 500 controlled denominations of origin, kept under the watchful eye of a French-trained Greek wine waiter. Private meals in the wine cellar can be organised for a maximum of 8 people, as can wine-tasting sessions (over a 3-day period). At lunchtime, guests at the Elounda Peninsula naturally tend to head to the Elies restaurant at the Porto Elounda, which serves Cretan specialities on its three charming little outdoor terraces between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. This is the perfect setting for relaxing under the olive trees to the pleasant sound of music emanating from the beach bar. The varied menu changes in the evening and dishes here range from ?15 to ?120 for grilled lobster.

    Beach 8.70 /10

    The beaches in this region are generally well-protected from the wind, thanks to the round shape of Mirabello Bay. Guests at the hotel will like Porto Elounda beach, which is rather long but relatively narrowly. The latter could be the reason why there are no facilities on the beach itself, but deckchairs, parasols and beach towels are provided on the nearby lawn. The sand here is fairly fine, the view magnificent, and the water both crystal clear and blue, with not a stone or pebble in sight. A section of the beach, in the form of a small artificial bay built of stone and a tiny sandy area, exclusively reserved for guests at the Elounda Peninsula can be found just alongside the pleasant beach shared by both hotels. Very comfortable wooden deckchairs are spaciously laid out on the two jetties in the bay as well as on the lawn above it, so guests can enjoy guaranteed peace and quiet. There is also a water sports centre and a small marina nearby, with two superb yachts belonging to the owner of the hotel complementing the idyllic setting. These can also be hired for cruising.

    To know

    The hotel is open from the end of April to the beginning of October. Reservations are always based on an overnight stay, plus breakfast. The Elounda Mare, the Porto Elounda and the Elounda Peninsula all belong to the same chain, meaning that guests from each hotel may use the facilities at all three establishments, and there is even a shuttle service which operates between them. Whilst the Elounda Peninsula and the Porto Elounda are built on the same, vast estate, the Elounda Mare is only accessible by road, unfortunately.

    The Noah's Ark-style children's club is located between the Porto Elounda and the Elounda Peninsula and is open to children between 6 months and 10 years from 10:00am to 6:00pm, 6 days a week. It consists of various colourful areas with many different games, several swimming pools, a good-sized relaxation room, toilets and showers, small kitchens where different menus are prepared every day, welcoming areas which open on to each other, and outdoor facilities such as an acrobatic playground, swings, a sand pit, etc., all supervised by friendly and attentive staff. You can be sure that your little ones are in good hands here!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, beach volley, golf, jet ski, sailing, paddle boats, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A beautiful, peaceful and elegant property
    • The restaurant services
    • The wine cellar
    • The very spacious rooms
    • The guaranteed privacy

    disadvantages

    • The beach is too small

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