The only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Crete – a five-star hideaway with a private beachThe hotel's distinction as Crete's only Relais & Chateaux hotel
Stretching out on the private sandy beach
Choosing from a wide range of dining and drinking options
Staying well away from the center of Elounda for utter peace and serenity
What To Know
The hotel has its own a private beach
Hotel reception includes a glass of champagne
Free WiFi is slow, but that is typical in Crete
Guests are welcome to book treatments at Porto Elounda's Six Senses Spa – the hotel's sister property
Parking on site
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A luxurious stay at an upscale beachfront hotel in Crete, with breakfast, a dinner for longer stays and the option to stay in a private-pool bungalow
Elounda Mare Hotel is every inch a five-star. This luxe seafront hideaway bears the distinction of being the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Crete, and it's not hard to conclude that it stands out in plenty of other ways as well. For one, the hotel boasts its own sandy beach, with spectacular views over Mirabello Bay. Offering sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as a range of watersports, the property leaves it up to you to decide how to make the most of this postcard-perfect stretch of shore.
But it's not all sea, sunshine and sumptuousness here (although, of course, you'll have those in ample doses). There are also the incredible accommodations, which include bungalows featuring their own private plunge pools – in case the hotel's secluded location, tucked away from the city of Elounda, isn't private enough. Topping it all off, there's also a sensational spa, a slew of first-rate dining options, a smattering of chic bars and an incredible golf club. Who says you can't have it all?
Rooms and bungalows
The Main Building Sea View Twin room measures in at a spacious 323 square feet and includes a sitting area, but the star of the show is the glorious sea view, which you can enjoy from a private balcony or terrace. Luxurious marble bathrooms feature a tub, shower and audio sound. To really up the luxe factor, stay in a Deluxe bungalow with a private pool. Slightly larger than the Main Building rooms, these dreamy spaces offer a comfortable sitting area and a spectacular sea view from the furnished private garden.
With seven superb restaurants and five unique bars, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to wining and dining options. Don't worry about choosing between dining under the shade of olive trees or with breathtaking views of Mirabello, or choosing between traditional Cretan dishes or cuisine from further afield – you have plenty of time to try everything. However, we imagine that you'll spend your evenings in the same way regardless: signature cocktails served at the water's edge, with an incredible view of the rising moon.
The sward-winning Six Senses Spa is located at the resort's sister property, Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Retreat, and reachable via a complimentary shuttle service. This world-class facility provides a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience, through many forms of holistic healing to balance the senses. Its unrivaled range of signature treatments focuses on health, beauty, pampering, stress reduction and recuperation using pure, natural and environmentally friendly products. The luxuriously appointed spa overlooks a spectacular expanse of the Aegean Sea, adding a very real and natural sense of relaxation.
Secluded on Mirabello Bay on the coast of Crete, the resort is tucked peacefully away from the buzzing town of Elounda. The hotel boasts a private sandy beach, where you can make use of the hotel's sun loungers and umbrellas, while the Sea Sports Center offers water-skiing and scuba-diving lessons. Other watersports, such as wind-surfing, canoeing and wake-boarding, are available.