Best Elounda Hotels: Top Places to Stay in Eastern Crete!

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Did you know Elounda is one of the most exclusive and popular seaside resorts in Crete? Located in eastern Crete, near the town of Agios Nikolaos, Elounda is famous for its luxury resorts and unspoiled nature. It is an ideal destination for a relaxing seaside getaway. Sounds interesting? Keep reading to discover some of the best accommodation options and hotels in Elounda. And prepare to get spoiled!

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Where to Stay in Elounda, Crete

Elounda is best known for its dramatic landscape and spectacular beaches. Although most visitors prefer to spend their day relaxing on a sunbed, the nearby area is full of amazing sights.

For example, you can day trip to the picturesque Kolokitha beach or take a boat to the famous Spinalonga Island.

No matter what you want to do in Elounda, the choice of hotel can determine the quality of your holidays. That is why this guide.

The following list of best hotels in Elounda is based on relevant reviews from real visitors and aspires to help you make the right choice.

Remember that Elounda is full of luxury resorts. As a result, many accommodation options may exceed your budget.

However, if you consider all the amenities and services they offer, the price starts to make sense. 

At the same time, there are a few accommodation options that can help you stay within budget. This list starts with those budget-friendly and mid-range hotels.

Then, as you discover more about the luxury resorts in the area, you understand why Elounda is such a popular holiday destination in Crete and the whole of Greece.

Convenient Elounda Hotels

In no particular order, check these convenient places to stay in this exclusive seaside resort in East Crete

Budget hotels in Elounda

Naiades Village Elounda

Courtesy of the property.

Located 500 meters from Skisma beach, Naiades Village is a new budget-friendly hotel in Elounda. The beds are comfy, and the property is within walking distance from everything in Elounda.

In addition, the layout and decor are modern while the managers and the friendly staff make sure you have everything you need.

What you will love the most in Naiades village, however, is its roof terrace. You can enjoy a drink or relax on their sunbeds, all while having a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Mirabello bay.

And if that is not enough, feel free to spend some time on their modern and slick hot tub.

CHECK REVIEWS AND BOOK A STAY AT THE NAIADES VILLAGE HERE

Elounda Colour Apartments

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If you are looking for an inexpensive apartment in the center of Elounda, look no further than Elounda Colour Apartments. The property is brand new and has all the facilities you would ever want in a modern apartment.

From a fully equipped kitchen to sound-isolated rooms with their own air-conditioning system. There is even an espresso machine available!

Apart from the comforts of the apartment, you will also love the neighborhood. You will have a scenic city view from one corner and a sea view from another.

And when you feel a bit hungry, there are traditional taverns less than 50 meters away.

Most importantly, do not hesitate to ask for any recommendation or advice from the hostess. She is extremely friendly and more than eager to help. 

RATED ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Elounda Ocean View

Courtesy of the property.

Another low-cost accommodation option in the area is Elounda Ocean View. This hotel stands on the outskirts of the village and offers a panoramic view of the entire bay beneath.

Although it is a bit more than a kilometer away from the closest beach, the ocean views from here will reward even the most demanding guest. 

Lose your sense of time relaxing near the outdoor pool, take a drink or two from the pool bar, and embrace the surroundings.

This is a setting you cannot easily find elsewhere. And if you have your own car, Elounda and the nearby attractions are just around the corner.

Explore the area, visit a few beaches, and come back to Elounda Ocean View for a romantic night by the pool. 

RATED 8.9, CHECK THIS TOP HOTEL IN ELOUNDA AND BOOK IT HERE

Where to Stay in Elounda: Mid-Range Accommodation

Have a more elastic budget for your holiday? Then check these great places to stay in Elounda.

Mid-range hotels in Elounda

Elounda Water Park Residence Hotel

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For a mid-range hotel in Elounda, consider a visit to Elounda Water Park Residence Hotel. This resort is a lot more than a standard hotel.

Although you will enjoy their spacious apartments, you will remember this property for its enormous water park, where you can have free access as a hotel guest. Your kids will love it.

Apart from the water park, the resort features both a tennis court and a fitness center. There is no excuse to miss the gym here.

Finally, although the hotel is 1 kilometer from the village center, you can use a free shuttle bus service to visit Elounda during the day.

RATED 7.8 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK A STAY HERE

Selena Hotel Elounda

(Courtesy Selena Hotel).

Another value-for-money accommodation option in Elounda is Selena Hotel. This resort is amphitheatrically built on a smooth hillside just outside the main village. And the best thing: the retreat is right next to the water.

No matter which room you choose, you will have amazing views over Elounda bay, from Spinalonga in the north to the Kalydon peninsula in the south.

To better appreciate the spectacular views and surroundings, make sure to visit the recently innovated hotel bars and restaurants.

Take your time to relax in the resort, and when you feel like exploring, the nearby area is full of worthwhile sights. 

CHECK THE REVIEWS FOR SELENA HOTEL ELOUNDA AND BOOK HERE

Elounda Vista Villas

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Again on top of a hill overlooking Elounda bay, Vista Villas is another modest-cost hotel in Elounda. This time, however, the resort is located further inland, south of the main village.

As a result, it is one of the quietest hotels in the area, ideal for those seeking a peaceful holiday experience.

Upon entering the resort, you cannot but notice the lovely white marble walkways and pavements that lead you to the modern villas and the outdoor swimming pool.

Although you will be sharing the same resort with other guests, your stay here will feel like a very private holiday. 

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Luxury Hotels in Elounda, Crete

No place like Elounda to be spoiled and enjoy an unforgettable luxury stay, these down here are some of the best places you can pick.

Elounda Ilion Hotel

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As you already know, Elounda is famous for its luxury resorts. One such resort is the 4-star Ilion Hotel, located 2 kilometers south of Elounda.

Beautiful olive and citrus groves surround the retreat and create the perfect ambiance to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Apart from the beautiful surroundings, this modern resort has a large outdoor swimming pool where you can enjoy your drink overlooking Elounda bay.

And when you feel like exercising, remember there is a tennis court on the premises. In addition, you also have the option to do a water sport activity on the nearby beaches.

Just ask the receptionist, and they will arrange everything for you.

RATED 8.2 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Six Senses Spa

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Six Senses Spa

If 4-star hotels are not enough for you, worry not. Elounda has you covered. Porto Elounda Golf and Spa resort is one of the most luxurious beachfront retreats you can stay in Crete.

The rooms here are spacy, modern, and with enormous green sea-view verandas. You will want to remain on your balcony the entire time. And yet, the rooms are not even close to being the highlight of the retreat. 

There are so many amazing things to explore in the resort that you won’t know where to start. Will it be the heated freshwater pool, 9-hole golf field, sauna, spa, steam room, or all the other sports fields?

You will need more than a couple of days to see all this resort has to offer. After all, it spans 2,200 square meters. In sum, it’s the place to have one of the best holiday experiences in your life.

RATED 9.0 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa

Courtesy of Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, Six Senses Spa

A few kilometers north of Elounda village, right across the island of Spinalonga, Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa is another 5-star retreat that has everything you ever wanted.

The spacious rooms all have a classy aesthetic and decor. Wood, stone, and marble fit perfectly with the emerald colors of the private pool and the blue of the Aegean.

In sum, this is a place you want to go if you seek to get away from it all and disconnect. You won’t need to move outside the resort; after visiting some major sights nearby, you will want to stay in the retreat.

After all, you have everything here. A lot of credit goes to the helpful and kind staff of the resort.

RATED 9.5 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete
(One of my favorite places to stay in Crete!)

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The 5-star hotel list is never-ending in Elounda. Blue Palace is one such 5-star resort a few kilometers north of Elounda.

Its highlights include but are not limited to a state-of-the-art spa, award-winning cuisine, a water sports center, and two tennis courts. 

And when it comes to your accommodation, you get spoiled even more. You can choose between many suites and bungalows, all with magnificent views of the island of Spinalonga.

There are even some rooms that have private pools. What is more, a few accommodation options enjoy exclusive access to a section of the beach. You could never ask for more.

RATED 9.3 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel

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Again right in front of the beach, Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel is a sister hotel to its neighboring Porto Elounda Golf & Spa. As a result, luxury here is again the norm.

Top-quality restaurants, a large outdoor pool, a children’s entertainment center, and a shopping arcade are only some of the spectacular sights within the complex.

At the same time, the rooms are of similar quality and feature a serene atmosphere, ideal for those who want to relax and recharge their batteries.

Finally, the resort has access to a private sandy beach, marked with Blue Flag for its clean and blue waters.

Make sure you spend some time there; you won’t pay anything for sun-loungers and umbrellas as a visitor. 

RATED 9.2 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, a Member of the Leading Hotels of the World

Courtesy of the property.

The list of out-of-this-world luxury resorts in Elounda grows even further. This time, the suspect is Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, a Member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

No words are enough to describe the beauty and uniqueness of this beachfront resort. Its facilities include everything from hammam and steam baths to different restaurants and five tennis courts. 

What you will love the most, however, is no other than the private beach. There are four bars where you can take your drink and peacefully spend some time by the water.

This resort is one of the places on earth that you cannot recommend highly enough. 

RATED 9.2 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

Yes, you guessed right: here is one more beachfront 5-star resort in Elounda. This time, however, the retreat elicits a much more exclusive feeling.

Especially when it comes to private or luxury residences, you will have at your disposal lounge access with VIP services, sun lounges, as well as a dedicated villa manager ready to answer any of your questions. 

At the same time, the attending customer service comes together with incredible facilities. Be it for its luxury accommodation, spa bath overlooking Spinalonga island, or four different restaurants, Domes of Elounda is a place you want to come back. 

RATED 9.2 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Elounda Bay Palace, a Member of the Leading Hotels of the World

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Another member of the Leading Hotels of the World is Elounda Bay Palace, located in front of a private sandy beach just outside the main village. Again, you will have all the comforts you could ever imagine for a holiday resort in Crete.

From beauty treatment facilities and sports fields to waterfront restaurants and terraces with private pools. 

Of course, the premises highlight is its Blue Flag beach, which you can access within minutes from your room. And on the way to the crystal-clear water, you will enjoy a walk between the elegant garden and modern decor. You will love it all.

RATED 8.8 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK A SUITE HERE

Elounda Gulf Villas

Courtesy of the property

If you are looking for a more personal touch but still want to stay at a luxury resort, then Elounda Gulf Villas can be the ideal choice for you.

This family-led business remains as authentic and welcoming as it ever was, despite its major success and five stars. Just imagine that the owner still welcomes you personally in the resort.

And when it comes to amenities, the premises include two a-la-carte restaurants, a pool terrace, and access to a private sandy beach.

Most importantly, wherever you go in this resort, the staff members are always there to help and take care of you. Feel free to ask for anything you want.

RATED 8.7 ON BOOKING.COM – BOOK IT HERE

Elounda Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, Six Senses Spa

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Finally, the last accommodation on this list is the spectacular resort of Six Senses Spa, situated on a small peninsula outside Elounda. All the premises have a breathtaking view of Mirabello Bay and the Aegean Sea. 

And if you want to cool off from the summer heat, the private beach is right below your feet. After all, all suites are right on the seafront.

You only have to walk a few meters to reach the sand and enjoy your dive into the clear waters. After that, feel free to walk to the on-site multi-awarded restaurant to try their gourmet dishes.

All in all, this is an ideal place to relax, recharge your batteries and enjoy yourself.

BOOK YOUR STAY HERE

So here you have it, the list with some of the best-rated hotels in Elounda.

Decide your budget, do your research, and remember to book early enough so you can get a better price. No matter which hotel you choose, you will remember your time in Elounda for a long time.


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Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide: Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I use Booking.com. Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

Get in touch and let me know!

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Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.


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Are you planning to stay in Elounda any time soon?
Let me know in the comments below!


Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide: Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I use Booking.com. Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

Get in touch and let me know!

Pin it Now! Pin This Guide with the Best Hotels in Elounda for Your Next Crete Adventure!

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About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.


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