Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
What We Love
- A five-star stay on the coast of Crete, with breakfast, dinner and sparkling sea viewsDrinking in views of the sea and the mountains while you relax in the heated outdoor thalassotherapy pool
- The daily wellness activities and watersports available, like yoga, yachting and scuba diving
- Vacationing in one of Europe's dreamiest jet-set beach destinations
What To Know
- Marble bathrooms have plush perks like heated towel racks and sound systems
- There are two restaurants and two bars on-site; head to Odysseus Restaurant for waterfront dining
- Home to the first Six Senses Spa in Europe, which has a Turkish Hamman, a Roman steam room and a Thalassotherapy pool
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Crete is a timelessly romantic destination with panoramas similar to those sought out by honeymooners in Santorini. Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort’s idyllic setting on the northeastern coast of this dreamy Greek island places it in good company among some of the most exclusive hotels in all of Greece.
With its EU blue flag private beach, wellness center and views of the sea and mountains, this five-star resort is centered around luxurious rest and relaxation. Fresh Mediterranean cuisine, beautiful rooms and exemplary facilities can be found here, including a heated pool, water sports, a golf course, two tennis courts and yacht rentals – in case you feel like living the high life on both land and sea.
Wake up each day to see the morning light gleam on the water, as each Porto Sea View room opens onto a dazzling sea scene from your furnished balcony. Rooms are bright and spacious, with air conditioning to keep you fresh and cool. Your decadent marble bathroom is fitted with heated towel racks and audio sound (so you can sing along in the shower). Up the relaxation stakes by opting for a Superior room, where you’ll enjoy extra space and a sitting area.
Nothing tastes better after a day of exercise than fresh, healthy Cretan cuisine. À la carte dining is available at Aglio & Olio Italian Restaurant, set among a picturesque olive grove, and you can nibble on fresh seafood for lunch right by the water’s edge at Odysseus Restaurant. For an evening cocktail, you can head to Kirki bar, and for light snacks, The Beach Bar is a great option.
The first Six Senses Spa in Europe, with a design that centers on the sea views and a jaw-dropping range of facilities, this spa is quite simply exceptional. No need to worry about tense, aching muscles after your work-out as there are more than enough treatments and therapies to see to that, like Oriental massage, Tai Chi, Reiki, a Turkish Hamman, a Roman steam room and a Thalassotherapy pool. The expert therapists use a natural Greek product range, leaving your skin soft and supple.
The fabulous fitness facilities are enough to keep you busy throughout your stay, but if you wanted to try something new in your free time, then you could take diving lessons at the PADI diving center, go waterskiing or wind-surfing, play tennis, use the gym, play a round of golf or even head out on a sailing excursion. If you feel like venturing outside the resort, Crete is full of beautiful beaches, ancient historic sites and charming villages to explore. You can request a guided tour of parts of the island or take a cooking or wine-tasting class.
How to Get There
We spent a week at the Porto Elounda Golf Hotel in October, celebrating our wedding anniversary. On arriving in our room, there was a bottle of ice-cold sparkling wine waiting for us, along with a hand-written card wishing us Happy Anniversary which got our holiday off to the best possible start. The room and bathroom were large, spacious and well furnished, the housekeeping staff kept everything spotlessly clean. We had our own swimming pool on the terrace outside the patio doors, it was unheated as you would expect, but lovely once you were in the water. We ate mainly in the Buffet restaurant and we were not disappointed in the variety and quality of the food on offer. We opted to go to the "Fish Night" on Friday which was at the sister hotel Elounda Mare just down the road, the hotel drove us there. We were eating late, at 21:00 and it was dark when we arrived, we found it a little difficult to find our way through the extensive grounds of the Elounda Mare to the restaurant but once there we found live music from a Jazz group and excellent food, particularly the Sushi. We were a little let down by the fact that as we were among the last guests to sit down, as the people around us finished their meal and left, the staff blew out the candles and stripped the tables.
During our stay we hired a car from a little car-hire place a couple of hundred yards down the road and visited Spinalonga Island and the Palace of Knossos which were great - a little tip, if you go to Knossos you can pay an extra one euro for a ticket to the museum in Heraklion which holds all the artefacts found at the Knossos site, it is stunning and well worth a visit.
On our last day we waited in reception with our bags to be picked up for the airport transfer, when it arrived I got up and left forgetting my jacket which was on the back of my chair. I didn't realise until we were half-way to the airport. I was delighted to find at the airport that I had received an email from the hotel saying that they had found my jacket and asking where they could send it to me. Now, a few days later the jacket has arrived and I am most grateful to the hotel staff for their excellent service.
When approached Porto Elunda, the view from the bus was stunning. The hotel is located on the slopes of the mountain, right on the beach. The staff that greeted us was most welcoming, the room was extremely comfortable, the view from the room to the sea was magical, the food is good and the dining room is beautiful. In short, certainly a place to come back to.
Whilst this hotel offers a great spa, with excellent staff, good food and a pretty nice location, it was let down by terrible service. We had an ANT infestation in our room - waking up on the first morning with Ants crawling on our skin! In spite of reporting it immediately to reception and housekeeping getting involved the problem was not solved until our last night! We were never offered an alternative room in spite of the hotel being half empty. The walls are as thin as paper - we thought someone had walked into our room one night because the noise was so loud! We asked for a room with mosquito netting and were given a room with a set of netted doors - however no one showed us how these worked and we only discovered them by accident several days in (not needed thank God - no mossies). The driver bringing us from the airport was fantastic - lots of local knowledge and keen to engage. The driver returning us spent most of his time on his mobile phone and even at one point (on a dual carriageway) was reading his paperwork! The man should be sacked for being so dangerous!
Their Spa is amazing, with incredible staff - masseurs were excellent and the Yoga instructress was just the best. Food was good for dinner with a great choice but limited at breakfast with few healthy options. Cappuccino was a chargeable extra which seems stingy! The beach is small but as the hotel was only half full this was fine. Weather in September was sunny but pretty strong winds everyday. The local shops on resort were good but the nearest village was a terrible walk along roads and pretty poor when we got there. The staff were generally excellent (restaurant, bars, spa) with some of the team on reception being quite poor. The hotel offered compensation for the Ant problem but it took them 6 weeks and the offer was pretty limited/poor. The travel agent we used, Health and Fitness Travel were excellent and tried their best throughout our problems (to be commended)