“A place to relax…” | Sep 2017 | UK

The place is in a great location, overlooking the bay of Elounda. It’s around a 15 – 20 minute walk from civilization, along the shoreline and therefore making it perfect for that quiet getaway. The hosts, Costa and Lida were lovely; very warm and welcoming. They are on hand until 5pm every day to answer any questions you have, but live on site should you need help after this.

We happen to stay in two villas during our stay. Both were very pleasant, clean and had great views over the bay (as do most). The bed was particular large and comfy, although it could of done with new pillows perhaps? The kitchen was well equipped should you want to prepare light snacks etc.

The food served at breakfast/lunch (extra cost) was simple but amazing. Deliciously homemade, with fresh ingredients – the fruit, nut and yogurt mix being a particular favourite at breakfast, as well as the hot dish on offer daily. But saying this I can’t help but think the owners are missing a trick here – it would be a great spot for dinner and given the quality of the food on offer, a sure fire hit! I guess you can’t blame them for wanting the quiet life…

The nearest beach is a short 5 minute walk away. The waters in the surrounding areas are breathtakingly beautiful and clear, but the local beaches are disappointing in my opinion. Go for the snorkelling not for the sunbathing. On this note, it’s a shame that the underused tennis court isn’t converted in to a much needed swimming pool!

Taking everything in to account, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Elounda Island villas as a great place to stay, but perhaps hire a car and use it as a base to explore the surrounding area.

Kanali (5 mins walk), Lotus Eaters and Ferryman were by far the best restaurants in the area. But you’ll need to book to get the best tables most nights. The mountain goat at the Ferryman was amazing, while the salt baked fish at Kanali is a real spectacle.