Elounda Mare Hotel, Crete

The blue of the sky is a clear sapphire over your head, you notice as you laze in your recliner on the whiteness of Elounda Mare’s beach. But imperceptibly fading to the palest tint of forget-me-knot towards the horizon. In the distance, the mountains are ranging from dusty cyan to purple whilst the sea is the purest azure. Behind you is an inviting swimming pool the colour of lapis lazuli.

Like the island of Crete itself, the Elounda Mare Hotel is quite a colourful place to stay. It has carefully tended flower gardens leading to a beautiful beach. Its décor is reminiscent of a traditional Cretan mansion, built in the local manner with great stonework, adorned inside with antique furniture and fascinating artworks.

Elounda Mare, at a glance

  • Beautiful setting above the port of Skisma
  • Overlooking Kalydon Island’s Venetian castle, in the bay of Elounda
  • 40 minute flight from Athens
  • Choice of twin bed rooms and one and two bedroom suites overlooking the sea
  • Selection of bungalows and Royalty suites with their own private pools
  • Old Mill gourmet restaurant, plus a range of excellent local restaurants and bar

For leisure and pleasure

  • Wonderful swimming pool and private sandy beach
  • Six Senses spa with a variety of pampering, wellness and beauty treatments
  • Private gym
  • 18 hole Championship and nine hole golf course nearby
  • Water sports including scuba diving and yachting
  • Three all weather tennis courts
  • Indoor games include pool and table tennis
  • It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.

    AM, India, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7