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Hotels in Elounda

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Elounda Beach

Hotels in Elounda - in the north-east of Crete, Greece sits a beautiful bay surrounded by rocky peninsulas. The azure waters and hundreds of sunny days make this a perfect destination for a beach holiday.

Due to the sheer physical beauty of the location, many luxury resorts have sprung up, and the little sleepy village of Elounda has become one of the most cosmopolitan in Crete.

Just 70 km from the major Crete airport at Heraklion, this location can be reached in one and a half hours.

Located 11 km to the south is the region's capital, Agios Nikoloas, which is a vibrant and exciting town with galleries, great shopping and plenty of beauty of its own. Sitting overlooking the wide expanse of Mirabello Bay, its harbour and lakeside lend themselves to romantic tavernas and cafes, dotted by the shores.

To the north of Elounda is a small fishing village named Plaka, which is the departure point for many of the day trips to visit the island of Spinalonga. Now deserted, the island has an unusual history as a Venetian fortress and an isolation community for sufferers of leprosy, which continued as late as 1957. Nowadays the island welcomes day visitors interested in this unusual settlement and its story.

Elounda Bay Spinalonga IslandElounda Bay with Spinalonga Island

Luxury Accommodation

Hotels in Elounda – Blue Palace Resort & Spa - massage by the sea

Blue Palace Resort & Spa - near to Plaka  - a large world class resort offering a variety of types of accommodation all close to its beach.

With numerous dining options and a spa offering the very latest in beauty and relaxation indulgences, this is a place to relax and then relax again.

Thalassa meaning 'sea' in Greek, combined with 'therapia' for therapy, is a traditional therapy that became an alternative therapy, which is now becoming a welcome accepted therapy for stress reduction and wellbeing.

Blue Palace Resort & Spa room detail

Sea Therapy includes salt water and the natural elements such as seaweed, thermal clay and plankton. Soothing mud wraps, stone therapies and a wide variety of face and body masks are offered, for complete rejuvenation of body mind and spirit. This spa ensures this is one of the best hotels in Elounda.

Relaxing Accommodation

Elounda Palm Boutique Hotel - pool bar
Elounda Palm Boutique Hotel - interior

The Elounda Palm Hotel & Suites is a small hotel offering standard rooms, family rooms, suites and villas. The lush tropical gardens with large palms and salt-water swimming pool create a relaxing atmosphere.

Set a little back from the beach, with easy access to both Elounda Beach and surrounding beaches, the location offers lovely views over Elounda Bay to the mountains and peninsulas.

The elegant, simple architectural and decorative features of the hotel create a minimalist, stylish atmosphere. Elounda Palm is truly a distinctly unique hospitality experience, in one of the finest cosmopolitan villages of Crete.

In-room massage services are available, with soft and soothing pampering your visit will be complete.

Local highlights include daily guided tours to the Island of Spinalonga to see the Venetian ruins and hear the eerie stories of the island some say is haunted, and historic guided tours to the under water ruins of Ancient Olous, dated from 3000 BC.

Hotels in Elounda
Villa Venus

Villa Venus Elounda Crete
Villa Venus Elounda Crete

Villa Venus - perched above the bay with magnificent views to the island of Spinalonga, this modern villa welcomes 4 guests in 2 bedrooms. Enjoy free parking and your own pool. Just 17 km from Agios Nikolaos and 6 km from Elounda.

Relax in tavernas and cafes just 600 metres from this villa in the charming hamlet of Plaka, which became famous in the novel 'The Island'.

Bayside Hotels In Elounda

Elounda Akti Olous - view from restaurant
Elounda Akti Olous - view from taverna across the by with fishing boat
Akti Olous Hotel at Night, Elounda Crete

Elounda Akti Olous - is wonderfully close to the water of beautiful Elounda Bay. It is an affordable choice with a great location, being just 300 metres from Elounda Village. This hotel has a relaxed Mediterranean family atmosphere.

With its central location, private beach, rooftop pool and garden, this hotel is a wonderful choice to enjoy the beauty of Elounda with a reasonable price.

Named from the sunken ancient town of Olous which is nearby and provides great snorkelling in the protected bay, the Blue Sea a la carte restaurant, floating on the bay, provides fresh local seafood.

Hotels In Elounda

Sunrise Apartments - pool and bay view
Isthmus and Ancient Olous on the bay

Elounda Sunrise Apartments are an affordable option in a great location. Right on the water’s edge a few steps from sandy beaches, the apartments have a lovely pool and views over the bay.

Only a short stroll from the centre of Elounda village, the local restaurants and bars can be visited on foot. This accommodation is also only a short stroll from the isthmus joining the mainland and the Kolikithia Peninsula, very close to clear swimming bays and snorkelling spots, such as the sunken ancient Olous.

Find a Great Location in Elounda

We have partnered with and our visitors love it! Find details, location and reviews for hotels in Elounda below on the easy search. We suggest keeping close to the water near Elounda, and not too close to Agios Nikolaos. Stay on Elounda Bay north of the isthmus which leads across to Kalydon Island. Try not too far inland, as it gets steep very quickly, as you leave the seaside. Book ahead for Elounda as it gets reserved quite early in the season.

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Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

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