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    Elounda Mare, Greece
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    Elounda Mare Hotel, Greece
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    Elounda Mare Resort Greece

Greece

Elounda Mare







Elounda Mare

Zeus was born on Crete, so its only natural to believe that everything else that followed would be just as stunning and impressive. Behold the Elounda Mare, a palace of bleached-white limestone cottages opening up to magnificent vistas of the turquoise Bay of Mirabello, where sunbeams dance playfully through this serene retreat and intoxicating scents infuse the air evoking a sense of magic.

Renowned for its genuine warmth and friendliness, the hotel proudly upholds a tradition spanning twenty years of excellence in courtesy and cuisine. Honoured in 1988 as the first member in Greece of the prestigious Relais & Chteaux, Elounda Mare, originally built as a Cretan mansion, is a jewel of traditional architecture and design, with gems of antique furniture and artwork adorning the halls and accommodations. Each lounge and open space reflects the integrity of style and originality of expression that make it such an appealing retreat..

Exuding sophistication and exclusivity, hotel has an unparalleled reputation in Greece for its attentive and personalised service.

Dining is equally as fabulous, with cuisine that spans the globe at a selection of multiple global eateries. Here you'll have difficulty choosing from a variety of gourmet options. Especially, fishl overs will be oversatisfied with The Yacht Club and its Fish Night, with live music and a big variety of top quality dishes.

Guests can also enjoy shopping at jewellery shop, news-stand, souvenirs, art gallery and have access to sister hotel Porto Eloundas lavish, multi-awarded Six Senses Spa.

Elevated excellence, the Elounda Mare.

theExplorateur Exclusive Offer

Complimentary welcome glass of sparkling wine plus use of gym, steam room and sauna.

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About Elounda

Elounda is a collection of three villages, Ano (upper) and Kato (lower) Elounda sitting above the port, Skisma, nestled at the head of the bay of Elounda with a view of the beautiful Venetian castle on the island of Kalydon, the famous Spinalonga. Since ancient times, this island was site to a fortress that protected the port of Olous from marauding pirates, while in the 20th century it was used for the exile of patients suffering from Hansens disease (leprosy). Nowadays, it is a remarkable site where little boats will take you to throughout the season. Opposite the island is Plaka, a fishing village with traditional seaside homes and openings that play stage every summer to the Plakiana traditional music festival, and whose tavernas serve the freshest fish throughout the year.

Passing Plaka and Spinalonga, the road heads up the mountain towards the most unspoilt region of Eastern Crete, the Upper Mirabello. Pass through the traditional village of Vrouhas with the amazing view of the entire Mirabello bay and of Spinalonga, and then walk to the cape of St.John with the beautiful stone-built lighthouse, a miracle of traditional architecture. After Vrouhas comes the small settlement of Selles, to the north of which starts a seaside route through virgin landscapes that ends at a small taverna. Before lunch, we suggest you take a short walk to the hidden beach of Vlihadia, for a dip into the azure waters.

On your return, drive up to the village of Skinias and the gorgeous Aretiou monastery before continuing through the mountainous landscape towards Ano Elounda and, finally, the port of Elounda, called Skisma. This corner of the Mirabello bay, with the Spinalonga peninsula and its myriad anchorages is a true yachting paradise. Within a few minutes from our hotels, one of our sailing or motor yachts will travel you to secluded seascapes and hidden coasts. From the beach on nearby Glaronisi (seagull-island) to the fishing village of Mohlos with the ancient Minoan ruins on its little islet, the cruises are magical. Starting any time of the day or night you require, with all the meals that you wish for, and even with spa treatments on board, this will be an unforgettable cruise.

For adventure lovers, we suggest a unique experience of life in the sea, a scuba dive down a steep incline, known as wall diving, where one descends through crystal clear waters down to a depth of 30 meters through the deep Mediterranean blue onto the sandy sea bed. At night, you should experience the dark beauty with a night dive with torches, where the colours will mesmerise you and the sleeping fish will idly float in front of your mask to be observed in total serenity.

The local capital is host to thousands of visitors every year. At its heart is the lake Vouliagmeni (sunken lake), a volcanic submersion where according to Greek myths the goddesses Athena and Artemis washed their hair. All explorations into it, including Jacque Cousteaus, have ended in a winding system of underwater caves without end. Red rocks and trees on its western slopes add peculiar magic to the scenery. Strolling through the many shops of the city and the many buzzing cafes and eateries will fill the day very pleasantly.

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