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Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Greece

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Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

Tucked away in a little corner of the beautiful island of Crete - the birthplace of Zeus and Europe's first civilization with its azure waters and breathtaking scenery, you'll find this lovely luxury resort hotel offering stunning restaurant settings, a huge range of facilities and brimming with the authentic, friendly local ambiance for which Greece's most southern island is famous.

  • rooms

    The stunning rooms all offer gorgeous sea views along with opulent marble bathrooms, a welcome gift – for both adults and children – and a lovely turn down service just completes the luxury at the end of the day. Choose from standard rooms with their lovely private plant filled balconies, or a shared pool room with a sparkling sea water pool to wallow in or choose the superior pool rooms with their own private pools, just a step down from the furnished sun drenched terrace.

    For a little more space choose one of the fabulous suites. All have private furnished flower filled balconies, a shared or private pool and all offer separate living space, walk in showers and great sized bedrooms.

  • facilities & activities

    With Crete boasting nearly 365 days of warm sunshine a year, there's plenty to do here. The hotel is renowned for its destination golf course and academy, not to mention the stunning pool and sea side restaurants that are perfectly located for a quick refresher in-between play. Alternatively the exclusive 18 hole golf course is 30 minutes away and offers special rates for guests. Pop into the Pro shop found within the hotel and really look the part.

    The spa is also renowned for its extensive holistic therapies, private thalassotherapy suites and is a haven of tranquility and space. Once you've finished being pampered then it will be time to flop beside one of the salt water pools or head to the pristine and private blue flag beach, complete with parasols and loungers that can be personally reserved. Order a drink and enjoy the stunning views before paddling in the azure waters of the Aegean sea.

    For the more energetic there are activities galore. A huge range of water sports are available including world-record tow boats for wake boarding or water skiing along with canoes, pedal boats, wave runners and a host of instructors ready to teach you the ropes. Windsurf, sail or explore the beautiful bay on a private motor boat and take a guided tour on one of the hotel's sailing yachts. Or follow in Jacques Cousteau's footsteps and explore under water with one of the scuba tours and enjoy the crystal clear views.

    Activities off the water include tennis courts, tennis lessons for all levels, private gym with inspirational views or a spot of shopping at the lovely boutiques found within the hotel.

    The local area is well worth exploring too. Attractive Elounda harbour village is a few minutes away with its delightful village square and tavernas. Take a boat trip from here to the now famous Island of Spinalonga, brought to life by Victoria Hislop's novel 'The Island' or explore ancient Minoan architecture, see the incredible Knossos and bring the minotaur to life.

  • dining

    There's a myriad of choice for dining here thanks to the Resort sharing option with sister hotels. Most of the restaurants offer spectacular waterfront settings alongside delectable local and international cuisine. Choose from Nafsika with its waterside buffet breakfast or dinner and views over the sea and mountains beyond. Or Odysseus; this stunning restaurant offers unique over-water dining so you can watch the fish swimming under your feet or the boats bobbing in the harbour while you savour your lunch. Gourmet Calypso at Elounda peninsula offers French delicacies alongside a private wine cellar for small parties. The Yacht Club at Elounda Mare sits perched on the edge overlooking the beach and serves up local Cretan specialities. Enjoy one of the weekly Fisherman's evenings at Elounda Mare where the catch of the day is served up as part of an extensive buffet. If you are seeking a fine dining experience then we recommending booking The Old Mill at Elounda Mare, where you can enjoy the beautiful garden setting whilst being serenaded by a tinkling piano and the sea.

    For an aperitif or night cap, choose from Peninsula Lounge, which recreates the bridge of a sumptuous yacht overlooking the sea, or the vibrant beach bar with its selection of light bites and cocktails, or buzzing pool-side bar, Kirki, with piano music and incredible views. However, do please note that due to the lovely waterside settings of these restaurants and lounges, they are weather dependent and some can be closed during low season.

    If you'd like to explore off- resort then the other Elounda hotels close by offer pre-bookable packages for dinner.

  • family

    It's pretty safe to say that this is a family paradise. Everything has been considered, from the welcome packs, to the baby sitting service, to the child menus and restaurant, to the shop selling all you might need for little ones, along with all the usual baby and tot equpment on request. There are interconnecting rooms or spacious suites that can house a family with ease. Children will love the pools and the soft sandy beach with its calm waters. There are all kinds of activities to keep them entertained and even DVD players in each room for down-time or nightime wind-down.

    The formal childcare options are fantastic too. The crèche for ages 4 months-4 years offers outdoor and indoor playgrounds, a vegetable garden and two supervised shallow pools. They'll draw, create, play, learn and have fun all day within the fun animal park design and it is open from 10am until 6pm every day apart from Sundays (additional charges apply and pre-booking is recommended).

    Kid's Ark for ages 5-11 has everything and anything to keep children busy and entertained (open 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday). They'll find a variety of play areas and amusement corners along with a water park and two swimming pools complete with water slides. There's also an extensive playground fashioned out of an olive grove and housing swings, trampolines, slides and ramps. Evenings are covered too with mini discos, cinema nights and treasure hunts. Oh, and unless they have lunch – it's all free!

    Teens can enjoy golf, sailing, diving, watersports and tennis lessons - plenty to lure them outside and for the evening the dedicated teenage space is full of table, board and online games.

    If that still isn't enough then there are specialised sports courses, available in high season. First off is the Valencia CF Soccer School Camp for ages 3-6. A specific coaching camp (regardless of your team preference) with the main emphasis being fun, fun, fun. 

    For the non-footballers? Dance enthusiasts will be delighted to hear private and group lessons are available mid-June to end of September with an acclaimed choregographer and his dance school. Enjoy dance fitness with Zumba or try your hand at hip-hop.

    Finally, this is the ideal time to introduce your children to the concept of wellness - the hotel has introduced a unique wellness programme for younger guests which aims to engage them in healthy activities, even after they return home.

  • location

    This Greek paradise is found an easy 50-minute drive from the main airport of Heraklion, on the north-eastern tip of Crete. Enjoy the views of olive groves and pretty bougainvillea as you wind your way through the island and then the jaw dropping scenery out over the Bay of Mirabello as you arrive at the hotel. Parking is free and transfers to and from the airport can be organised on request.

  • rates & specials

    Make the summer last longer with a late getaway to Greece! Up to 15% off stays at this fabulous family-friendly resort in Crete.

    15% off for stays 7 Oct-28 Oct 19.

    10% off for stays 22 Sep-6 Oct 19

    Book by 30 Sep, valid for all room and suite categories.

     

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