Elounda, Crete

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Elounda is a beautiful area of Crete with tiny villages and of course Spinalonga made famous by the book called the Island by Victoria Hislop. This is not an “off the beaten track” experience as there are about 10 large deluxe hotels along this stretch of coast. Most clients love the family friendly ease of the place and there is accommodation to suit everyone. The local quiet villages remain quiet, as most people tend to stick to the hotels or two larger towns.

Unlike Santorini where it is all about the view out from the hotel, Elounda is all about choosing the right hotel. We stayed at the Blue Palace and I loved it. It is incredibly well managed by a lovely Greek gentleman who has worked his way up the ranks there over the last 20 years and the trick is they keep their staff. They have a huge breakfast room and you know what it can sometimes be like at peak times but this was well managed and all the staff knew what to do and were polite. This is in my opinion a sign of a well run place.

They have a funicular running between all the levels and the beach, which makes for a lazy stay but my top tip here is to make absolutely sure you get a quiet room away from this. We will ensure this is done for all our clients.

The two towns nearby of Agios Nikolios and Elounda are lively and have a huge selection of bars and restaurants for a change of scene. What I love about the Blue Palace is that you can walk into a little fishing village at the end of the busier stretch called Plaka and they have some incredible tavernas in a much more peaceful setting.

If you want to feel like Michael Palin discovering a region do not book Elounda but if you want some down time in a well run resort with a couple of livelier towns nearby the Blue Palace is a great option.