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A Luxury Crete Retreat: Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel

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Amy Henderson

A warm welcome to paradise...

"My husband Spyros and I started creating Elounda Mare back in 1982 with the concept of a 'home away from home'. This was not just an idea on a paper, it was our vision, our dream. We wanted our guests to feel the safety and warmth of a summer house, with the highest level of service and hospitality. This is the reason we chose to create a boutique hotel, with less people but many facilities for our guests." - Eliana Kokotos, owner of Elounda Mare and awardee of 'woman of the year' by Relais & Châteaux.
Now more than ever before, we're looking for safety, space and privacy on our luxury holidays, making Eliana's vision (and execution) of Elounda Mare spot on. Exuding a sense of calm and peace, the property is spread out, spacious and serene, with service personal and attentive without ever being intrusive. As well as the gorgeous hotel rooms and suites, there are exclusive bungalows dotted on the hillside, each with a private saltwater swimming pool. The style channels an authentic and idyllic Greek village with antique furniture and embroidered wall hangings, joined by fresh flowers, extra special welcome treats and the lovely luxurious amenities in each room.
Deluxe Bungalow
Minaon Royalty Living Room
King Minos
Minaon Royalty Bathroom
For the ultimate relaxing retreat and even more exclusivity on your luxury Crete holiday, Elounda Mare is also home to a collection of aptly named Royalty Villas, offering one or two bedrooms, loads of living space, private swimming pools and amazing Aegean Sea views. Fab for families, the utterly unique and dream-like Minoan Palace offers absolute privacy across its four beautiful bedrooms, alfresco and indoor living spaces, work-out room and glorious garden with a huge seawater swimming pool and direct access to the hotel's picturesque private beach - heaven.
Minoan Palace Pool
Minoan Palace Dining Room
Minoan Palace Master Bedroom
Minoan Palace Living Room
Perfectly balancing the boutique brilliance of Elounda Mare, you can also access all the fabulous facilities of the sister hotel Porto Elounda - easily accessed via by scenic stroll or golf buggy ride. If you're after relaxation, the world-class Six Senses Spa here offers various pioneering treatments and rituals - some of which use Cretan sea salt and the country's famed olive oil - again with all the suitable protocols in place to ensure your utter safety and serenity.
Golf lovers need not worry as the resort also happens to boast a private 9-hole par-3 golf course with seriously stunning views over the Sea of Crete, while private instruction can be arranged with the resident PGA professional. Other adventures on offer include sailing the seas by luxury yacht and scuba diving from the PADI-certified centre, while the treasures of Crete await outside the hotel.
Private Beach
Ancient Relics in the Hotel Grounds
As a member of Relais & Châteaux, it may come as no surprise that the dining here is out of this world. Set around an ancient millstone, the fine dining and multi award winning Old Mill combines a timeless character with innovative Cretan fusion menus, served alongside a wonderful wine list. Enjoy international favourites at The Deck, or for super fresh seafood backed by beautiful sea views, head to The Yacht Club. The Dine Around programme invites you to discover more dreamy restaurants at the sister properties Porto Elounda and Elounda Peninsula - whether vibrant sushi or traditional Greek fare.
The culinary experiences don't end with just dining in the restaurants though. Get stuck into creating gorgeous Greek recipes on a cooking lesson, taste wine with an expert, enjoy a private beach barbecue, or feast on a five-course menu aboard a luxury sailing boat.
The Old Mill
The Yacht Club
Karavia Bar

Amy Henderson

Content Team Leader

From driving along the sun-kissed California coast and whale watching in Canada, to swimming with turtles in Barbados, cookery classes in Oman and touring temples in Thailand, I've enjoyed some amazing experiences around the world. With a genuine love for all things travel, I can't think of anything I'd rather do than research, experience and share incredible destinations, luxury hotels and bespoke adventures.

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