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Peace and tranquility at the Aquila Elounda Village
A very tranquil and enjoyable stay. After reading the last 2 reports regarding noise and building works we arrived expecting the worst and found the best. The hotel is ideal for a quiet, relaxing get away and we were not affected at all by the building works. These are at the back of the building and are nearing completion and we did not notice any noise, dust or upset from the works etc. The hotel is ideal for couples but is not totally adults only. There were a very small number of children - hardly noticeable. There are plenty of sunbeds and pools, also the sea is lovely for swimming. I recommend the beach bar, unfortunately they do not do snacks for lunch time. The buffet breakfast was extensive and excellent and we found this lasted us through to dinner. Dinner in the main restaurant (buffet) had plenty of choice and you could eat in the a la carte restaurant (Symposium) for no or very little extra charge, also the Mirabello restaurant which was a full a la carte charge. Walking to Elounda takes approx. 40 mins (or taxi for 7 euros one way) but it is worth going to visit the bars, shops and restaurants. Also take a boat trip to Spinalonga - this is well worth doing. We will certainly return.
Sailing on the Mirabello Gulf and very beautiful views around to Elounda Village or Kolokhita Island. At Spinalonga situated the originally Venetian Castle built in 1579.
Chilled to perfection
What a pleasant surprise this was! Arriving at 5am might sound like a chore, but when the hotel staff suggest that you should resist going to bed, and stroll to the hotel's sea front to see the sunrise, it was all worthwhile. A beautiful setting to which the hotel does justice.
The resort is brilliant. The rooms are a little bit special with excellent air-con, the gardens are well landscaped and the sea is fantastic to swim in (very clear, clean and warm with rocks to explore and some good snorkelling), so much so that we didn't even bother will the hotel pools.
The food is deserving of a special mention. Whether its the buffet or a candlelight dinner, it was all beyond our expectations.
Reading some of the recent reviews, it's true that the walk to the local supermarket is a bit of an effort, but pleasant enough. Elounda is a 45 min walk - a realistic option in the evening - but there is a cheap and comfortable bus service directly from the hotel (which also serves Agos Nigios).
We found the travel agents excursions to be overpriced, so opted instead to use local buses and catch our own ferries. But we spent most of the time at the resort as we were looking to relax. And for this purpose, the Elounda Village resort is perfect.
Before leaving for Crete, we were concerned that the building work at the hotel would be disruptive, but thankfully, the new building was nearly finished and did not affect us in any way.
The Elounda village is a perfect spot to relax. The bungalow-style room we stayed in was large, bright and had a great sea view. There were plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas around the pools, and by the sea. It was quiet and peaceful, as most of the guests just wanted to relax and read and swim. Occasionally the 'animators' would try to get guests to join the aqua-aerobics class- which was a bit of a joke as they were pretty useless, but fortunately there was not much of that kind of thing.
There were a small number of well behaved children around, even though it was sold as an adult only hotel, but there were no babies or toddlers.
The staff were absolutely delightful - friendly and helpful.
The main restaurant served an ample varied buffet breakfast, and a very good buffet dinner. As non meat eaters, we were well catered for, as they served delicious salads, fish and vegetarian dishes. We ate in their a la carte restaurants, which made a nice change. They do charge a lot for drinks, but that is to be expected. The only thing they could improve on would be more choice for lunch. Only one restaurant served lunch, but it was a bit formal for everyday. The bar only served one snack. perhaps the new bar will give more choice.
There are two nice bars, and evening entertainment. A couple of the 'shows' were pretty good - the Cuban dance troupe was excellent, but the Elvis impersonator was dreadful!
I went Scuba Diving - which was great, and the instructors were excellent.
There are local buses to Elounda and Aghios Nicolas, both only 5 or 10 minutes away, and the taxis are quite reasonable.
They have just completed a big new building, which will give the place a lift, I am sure. We would go back, as we know it is such a good place to relax.
Shame about the building work
Have just returned from Elound Village Hotel. This is a truly lovely hotel, with attentive and kind staff in a wonderful location.
However I cannot recommend a visit at present due to the major building work taking place behind some of the rooms, the pool area and the restaurant.
We were not informed of this prior to departure by our tour operator First Choice and we overheard the Thompsons rep trying to play it down by referring to the building work as minor!!
Believe me having two large JCB excavators piling rubble into a lorry within a few yards of the main swimming pool is not minor although I should add that whilst this occurred on each of the 7 days we were there, it was only for an hour or two at a time. usually in the morning and after lunch at siesta time!!.
For anybody travelling who thinks this is a child free hotel - let me just put the record straight and advise that although there are very few facilities for children at this hotel it is not child free. I myself travelled with my 12 year old daughter and there were at least 5 other children at the hotel at the same time.
Overall I still loved this hotel and dont regret for a minute staying here as the staff are wonderful. I do however feel let down by the tour operator who should have have advised me of the building works prior to departure.
Too many diggers and workmen
We were told there would be some 'cosmetic' work going on at the entrance to the hotel... when we got there the place was a building site and the daily noise of mechanical diggers, workmen and continual drilling spoilt what promised to be a good holiday! The building work looks not to be finished for at least another month, so if you are looking for peace and quiet - forget it!! The hotel is a little off the beaten track and rather isolated, There was no mini-market in the hotel- as advertised - and the nearest mini-market was a longish walk along a narrow and rather dangerous road.
We have just returned from the hotel and found it somewhat disppointing. We arrived the first night at 10.30pm to find no food available - room service finishes at 10.30 so ended up taking a taxi @ Eur7 each way to the village itself to find food late at night after travelling from the UK. In addition we discovered it was impossible to get al a carte until half way through the week without paying approx £100 for a meal for 2. The hotel is completely isolated and no shop on site at all so one is left to pay extortionate prices for food and drink. The entertainment was random as were a lot of other things in the hotel. Initially it was difficult to find our way around the complex and staff were not over helpful. The building works were a surprise to us, First Choice, our tour operator had not informed us of this prior to travelling. the sunbeds were very uncomfortable and definitely need updating to complement the 5star status of the hotel. The room was wonderful although we were surprised to be asked to pay EUR1.50 for a sachet of nescafe coffee. For the size of the hotel the pool availability seemed limited. We would not recommend taking half board unless you want to eat buffet style for the majority of your stay. This hotel may improve once the building work is finished ....
Very friendly hotel
We heard about the building works a week before our departure and were really worried that it would ruin our holiday. Although there was work going on it did not affect us at all. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Food was good and the theme nights we saw were excellent, particularly the Cuban dancers. Lovely rooms with air conditioning and nice balconies so that we could sit outside in the evenings. Downside was the cost of wine, drinks in the mini bar and the fact that you had to pay £1.50 for a cup of tea or coffee in your room. Also the watersports were very expensive - 50 euros for a 15 minute ride on a jet-ski. The diving school looked very good and seemed to be in use every day. Very few children, mostly small and German or Danish. Taxi to Elounda was 7 Euros and to Ag Nik 12 euros. No minimarket, tennis or fresh water pool. Nearest minimarket was 400 yards away but very hot to walk there. Temp was 40 most days. Table tennis was in the garden so too hot to play! In all a lovely hotel which will be better when the building works completed.
We payed extra for a sea view and got a room with a partial view, the staff did all they could to put us into a better room. They were able to move us for our third night. The room was modern, spacious and the view was amazing. Lots of deck chairs to choose from the beach or the pool and no need to reserve them as there were always plenty free. Good snorkling and swimming. The staff were friendly and overall a very relaxed atmosphere. The buffet was good quality and lots of options. The Miraballo restaurant is definitely worth eating at, delicious food and a romtantic setting. An easy taxi into the village, walk or there are 4 buses per day. Worth going in for a visit and a boat ride out to Spinalonga island. There were no disruptions from any building works, we had been warned of this but we didnt notice any.
We have just returned from a 7 night stay and it was one of the best holidays we have enjoyed. Very relaxing and quiet even though there were a few children about. The food was very good with plenty of choice at both breakfast and dinner. The staff very helpfull at all times. We wanted a holiday to relax and do nothing and this is what we got. It is about 40mins walk into Elounda all up hill however there is a bus takes you there from the hotel reception and the taxi back very reasonable although we did walk back which was not too bad.
We stayed in a junior suite with a sea view and the room was excellent.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a relaxing and quite hotel.