“Tranquil holiday in paradise! A real Cretan experience in rustic accommodation next to clear blue sea.” | Aug 2015 | Cornwall

A special family holiday for six adults looking for the real Crete. This place is truly rustic, including the option to eat Cretan homemade food at the Taverna or cook your own meals in the apartments. We could see the lively village of Elounda from our apartments, especially at night but experienced the peace of Elounda Island except of the sounds of nature (cicadas, fish jumping!!) and the sea gently lapping at the shore, which was right in front of our windows! Perfect! The youngsters in our party walked to the village every night for a choice of restaurants, bars and shops, it only took them about 15 mins (us older ones a wee bit longer) to get there. The walk is very pleasant and we chose to walk but taxis are always available at €5 one way. We hired a small minivan during the week to travel up to Knossas and also back to the airport (a Heraklion taxi company let us down on arrival so we sorted own transport for return journey). Don’t worry about booking hire vehicles before the trip because the two companies in Elounda are very competitive and will source whatever you need at a price that you are happy with. We also booked scuba diving from the Aquilla Hotel. We can’t praise them enough. They are PADI registered, super safety conscious and first priority is customer service. It’s best to phone them direct and numbers are on their website. Commission is about 10% if you book through an agent if savings pennies is a priority for you. The restaurants all down on the front are fabulous and I think we tried most of them. There is a fish restaurant on the island which has got to be a special treat before you leave your resort. Food fresh and delicious, waiter service impressive and entertaining when they fillet the cooked fish at the table. Take your camera there! You can easily get a bus to Ag Nik, the nearest big port and I think it was about €3 return. It’s not far and the buses are clean, spacious and on time. I had an accident on the boat that does the evening cruises around the bay. They are not particularly safety conscious and I would advise that you make sure you wear sturdy shoes for the slippery deck, make sure you note where the open gangways are (so you don’t slide out when the boat rocks) and check the depth of the water yourself before jumping off the top deck for a swim. I think the hostess got mixed up between feet and metres. Many swimmers landed on the ocean bed thinking it was deep and jarred their legs and backs. The General Hospital in Ag Nik is brilliant, use your EHIC card if you need assistance there. No need to use your travel ins if they can sort you out. The travel ins assistance was nowhere near as good, so disorganised and you have to go to Heraklion for help. The owners and staff at the apartments were wonderful when they realised I was injured and found a way to get me back in the sea which really made the holiday for me. The rest of the family had a fantastic time but agree that it was far too short. We all think longingly for our seaside villas. We may just return one day.

Room Tip: The two bedroom accommodation is suited to families with children as rooms are open-plan. The two be…
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“A cozy and charming place for a wonderful vacation in Crete!” | Aug 2015 | Spain

We were looking for a quiet place in Crete and we found some place really special.
The location is amazing! the views from the bedroom, the restaurant…just great! Calm and very cozy! The owner and people working there are so nice! We got many recomendations from them of things to do, places to visit, restaurants to go…everything to make our stay very comfortable and get the best from Crete…thank you! We would love to come back

  • Stayed August 2015, travelled with family
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“A magical place” | Sept 2015 | New Zealand

The Elounda Island Villas where everything we were looking for and more. A quiet rustic Greek experience on paradise. All our expectations were exceeded. Lida and her staff were so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble.
The little beach across the road is the best kept secret! The accomodation units were simple, very traditional and rustic but perfect in every way. The food in the taverna was delicious. We highly recommend this place – we will be back!

Room Tip: The cooking facilities are limited.
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“Peace and Quiet – A perfect place to stay in Elounda” | Sept 2015 | Canada

Elounda Island Villas was absolutely beautiful. We had a 3 story villa with a huge balcony overlooking the water, which was only steps away for a quick swim right in front of the hotel. Within walking distance is another great spot for swimming (not a sandy beach but crystal clear water).
The villa was fully equipped and we had many meals there becuase nobody wanted to leave the balcony with it’s spectacular view. The grounds and villas are very clean and well maintained, and the owner, Leda goes above and beyond to make sure her guests are happy and well taken care of. The fish taverna just steps down the road from the hotel was incredible – fish could not be any fresher.
Do not be afraid of the fact that there is no A/C – the location right on the water means there was always a nce breeze, and there are ceiling fans in the bedrooms if needed.
I would highly recommend Elounda Island Villas to everyone and cannot wait to return – it is indeed a very unique and special place.

Stayed August 2015
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“Beautiful, romantic place!” | Sept 2015 | EU

We can absolutely recommend this little paradise, if you are looking for a nice, authentic, romantic, peaceful and relaxing place with breathtaking views where to spend your holidays!

Perfectly located directly by the sea and run by the very friendly host Lida & her parents, this is the perfect spot from where to explore the beautiful beaches nearby or any other interesting attractions, that the island of crete has to offer.

Stayed September 2015, traveled with family

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“Serene place, breathtaking views” | Oct 2015 | UK

The views from our balcony here were the most stunning of our whole stay in Crete – I frequently found myself on the balcony just staring at the sky and the water. Very simple, basic accommodation and the unique setting adds to the sense of ‘escape’. Owners/managers were extremely nice, as were other guests, some of whom had been coming for years, and the art cafe and book exchange was a lovely place to spend some time, with delicious food (especially the smoothies with real Greek yoghurt ice cream – heavenly!) We also loved our massages (book in advance, approx 50 euros), which were extremely professional and experienced. Kolokytha beach nearby (5 min drive/10 min walk) is small but beautiful, great for snorkelling first thing or late afternoon (midday boats drop off there so too busy).

As a note, the villas are totally solar powered, which I think is great but just be aware it’s better to use electricity 9am-6pm (I felt a bit guilty if I had to charge phone or dry hair outside these times!) The shower worked more through gravity than pressure and only the bare necessities are provided (towels and soap) which is totally fine, but having stayed in other hotels prior to this we’d got used to free refreshments, water, breakfast, toiletries, robes and slippers etc. and we had to go out to stock up and the local supermarket when we just wanted to relax and settle in. If visiting again (which we hope to!) we will bring a few bits with us.


Room Tip: We were in room 7 which had a great view from the balcony.
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“Fantastic honeymoon!” | Feb 2016 | UK

We returned here for our honeymoon and we have never returned to a holiday destination, however much we enjoyed it, which speak volumes about this spot of beauty and its owners. This time we had villa number 10 (I think), an apartment with different levels and a big rooftop balcony with sun loungers, a table and chairs. The view from the balcony never tires; you see the see, mountains and Elounda. Stunning! We were out snorkelling in the sea on most days on the beaches around the islet. On other days we explored the beauty of the island in different ways. This part of the island is full of historic sites and Minoan churches and ruins. If you wish to rest you can, if you wish to be more active, there are a plentiful of opportunities to hike, see gorges, caves, cycle, hire a moped…. the locals are very friendly and welcoming. If you are thinking of planning a trip to this part of the island, I can recommend reading ‘The Island’, written by Victoria Hislop.

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“Wonderful, peaceful place”, June 2015 by Marianna

‘This was the perfect place to spend a wonderful vacation. It was calm and quiet and the hospitality was great! Our room was simple but very comfortable and we had a wonderful view from our veranda. Lida and her family are very welcoming and the meals they served were delicious, and we were given great recommendations for places to visit and eat. You feel like you’re far away from everything in the middle of the sea, yet you are only a 10 minute walk away from a bustling village. The perfect place if you want the best of both worlds.’


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“Elounda Island Villas was perfect for a restful vacation”, May 2015 by Megan

I was looking for a relaxing retreat that was safe for me as a solo female traveler and Elounda Island Villas was exactly what I was looking for. Leda arranged for a cab to be waiting for me, all I had to do was step off the plane and I was taken to paradise. The Villa’s location was perfect because it was in it’s own quiet area of the island but easily walkable to town for supplies. Having clear, aqua beaches a short walk away made it so I had maximum amount of beach time. The apartment was perfect, beautiful bathrooms, great bed and the best views from every window. I loved staying here and will definitely be back.’


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“Bliss”, June 2014

‘What joy to arrive here from our home in Boston, Massachusetts via England and Athens hot and dusty and to be handed a banana smoothie. It really was bliss, and our villa no. 2 was a very happy home for 10 days. We walked miles every day, swam, hired a boat and explored, and ate hugely at many different restaurants all within walking distance. So romantic, so friendly, I can’t wait to come back again.’

Ginny and John Rosamond

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