TUI BLUE Elounda Breeze Hotel
The Elounda Breeze Hotel has a private beach, a handful of quality restaurants and its own splash park in the pools. It has a secluded location on the outskirts of Elounda, so you can look forward to peace and quiet. It’s a short drive to the town centre, while the hotel’s private beach is a five-minute walk. The hotel has something for everyone including two kids’ clubs, a crèche and a chill-out spot for teenagers. The rooms are comfortable and offer a balcony or terrace, as well as garden or sea views. For food, choose from an authentic a la carte or an international buffet. There are two big pools outside, as well as two smaller pools for children – one of which has its own splash pool. The hotel’s private beach boasts sun loungers, a bar and a perfect horseshoe-shaped lagoon.
Overview of Elounda, Crete
As with all holidays to Crete, Elounda has traditional Greek tavernas, cosy pubs on the waterfront, golden-sand beaches and ancient monuments. Crete’s most visited sight, Spinalonga Island, is close to the lively seaside town too. Elounda sits on the northeast coast of Crete, and town life revolves around its picturesque harbour and main square. The Elounda Breeze Hotel is only a short taxi drive from the harbour too. There’s a buzz to the town but it isn’t party central – for that, you can head to Agios Nikolaos, 20 minutes away. The main beach in Elounda is a 200m stretch of soft sands with a Blue Flag for cleanliness – as does Driros Beach, a 15-minute walk down the coastal path. Walking in this direction will take you to the causeway connecting the town to the Spinalonga Peninsula. This is home to the submerged ancient city, Olous.
Things to do in Elounda, Crete
If you’re not taking advantage of the private beach at the Elounda Beach Hotel, then head into the town and spend the day on the main beach. The shallow waters and lifeguards make it an enjoyable place to swim for the whole family, while there are plenty of loungers and parasols to relax under. For food, seek out the harbour. The restaurants here have held onto their traditional village charm and lay out a feast of local dishes. From slow-cooked lamb kleftiko to souvlaki, there are plenty of dishes to try. All visitors to Elounda should explore Spinalonga Island, a 15-minute boat ride away. It takes two hours to walk around the island, and you’ll see the abandoned leper colony, as well as the ruins of a submerged city. There’s even a huge Venetian fortress from the 16th-century. Elounda is a bustling seaside town that has charm by the bucket-load. Experience true Cretan dishes at the gorgeous restaurants and get a glimpse into the island’s long history. If you’re simply after some sun, sea and sand, the Elounda Breeze Hotel is a modern resort with everything you could ask for.