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Elounda Island Villas

Elounda, Crete

Simple, secluded apartments (for 2-6) with a seasonal taverna and tiny beach, on a rugged island off the coast near Elounda

The Gulf of Mirabello is one of the most picturesque stretches of coast on northern Crete, and one of the busiest. Elounda is hotel central, bustling with 5-star resorts and all manner of watersports within its enclosed lagoon. But just offshore, connected to the town by a causeway and an old stone bridge, is a little island which feels a world away. In Minoan times, this was a wealthy port: you can still see traces of the stonework beneath the surface of the clear blue sea. Now there's hardly any traffic at all: just 3 ruined windmills and an open-air taverna where, over delicious courgette cakes and tzatziki, you can watch fishing boats chug home through the canal.

On this islet there is just one proper building - and there probably won't ever be more, given the strict planning laws that are now in place. It's a cluster of 10 cubist Greek-style apartments: whitewashed and boxy, with paved patios, fragrant gardens, and olive and carob trees for shade. Not only is it family-friendly, it’s also family-run: you're warmly welcomed by artistic Lida and her parents Kiki and Ilias, who run the place with a laid-back, English-speaking ease. This spot makes a delightful, friendly base for an undemanding family or couple wanting to relax by the sea and explore some of eastern Crete, without spending the kind of money demanded by other Elounda hotels.

Guest Ratings

Room:
89%
Food:
94%
Service:
100%
Value:
100%
Overall:
96%

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Highs

  • Fantastic swimming and snorkelling on your doorstep, and a sandy beach nearby with crystal clear waters
  • Great views from your breezy balcony over the sparkling sea
  • You share the island with just a handful of other guests, yet nearby Elounda offers bars, shops and boat trips to Spinalonga island
  • Kiki's home cooking is superb - not much choice, but authentic and better quality than most of Elounda's flashy restaurants
  • Excellent value for money

Lows

  • We felt the furnishings were basic and rather dated, but the rooms have since been renovated and feedback is good
  • The on-site taverna only serves light meals, and usually closes in the evening, but evening room service is available on request
  • You really need a hire car to explore the area; Elounda itself is 15-20 minutes' walk away
  • The tennis court is neglected and in need of maintenance
  • Some of the local beaches get crowded in summer - but Lida can point you in the direction of hidden gems

Simple apartments on a tiny island just off Elounda...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailElounda Island VillasThe Gulf of Mirabello is one of the most picturesque stretches of coast on northern Crete, and one of the busiest. Elounda is hotel central, bustling with 5-star resorts and all manner of watersports within its enclosed lagoon. But just offshore, connected to the town by a causeway and an old stone bridge, is a little island which feels a world away. In Minoan times, this was a wealthy port: you can still see traces of the stonework beneath the surface of the clear blue sea. Now there's hardly any traffic at all: just 3 ruined windmills and an open-air taverna where, over delicious courgette cakes and tzatziki, you can watch fishing boats chug home through the canal. On this islet there is just one proper building - and there probably won't ever be more, given the strict planning laws that are now in place. It's a cluster of [rooms:GR039:10 cubist Greek-style apartments]: whitewashed and boxy, with paved patios, fragrant gardens, and olive and carob trees for shade. Not only is it family-friendly, itís also family-run: you're warmly welcomed by artistic Lida and her parents Kiki and Ilias, who run the place with a laid-back, English-speaking ease. This spot makes a delightful, friendly base for an undemanding family or couple wanting to relax by the sea and explore some of eastern Crete, without spending the kind of money demanded by other Elounda hotels.

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