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OVERVIEW

A gorgeous hotel that calls a mountain face home, with sparkling sea views and a room with a balcony and private pool, you'll want to stay put. If you do fancy a swim in the sea after a delicious dining experience at one of the restaurants, take the transfer bus a few minutes to their pristine beach and bar.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is secluded in a romantic mountain façade, located in Elounda, traditionally a fishing town. Although fishing boats can be seen dotted by the coast, it's become more of a tourist attraction whilst retaining its Cretan charm. With picturesque houses, mountains for hiking, a crystal clear sea to swim in and historic monuments to explore, it's certainly a destination. Plaka is a tranquil Cretan village worth having a stroll around, there are a handful of taverners and cafés to tempt you too.

By plane: direct flights to Heraklion take around 4 hours from London. It's an hour's drive to the hotel. Free parking available. Book flights to Heraklion.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

As you walk into the large, breezy reception with whitewashed walls, a marble desk, modern glass ceiling lights and a feature wall covered with traditional terracotta Minoan storage jars, the theme is set for the rest of the property: minimalist, neutral tones and natural materials with touches of Cretan culture.

THE FACILITIES

The two incredibly long infinity pools offer outstanding views of magical Mirabello Bay, but if that's not enough, most rooms have their own pool plus sun loungers sharing the same view but with privacy. Staff are eager to please and we didn't wait long for anything to arrive. We loved the funicular sweeping up the mountain to transport guests between levels.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Beachfront
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Spa/wellness
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Most rooms have their own pool which is a big attraction, the uninterrupted view of the sea is another, and outdoor showers next to your pool are very handy. Inside, expect a neutral palette with white and soft greys, minimalist modern furniture creating a clean, fresh space and white marble-clad bathrooms.

Room types: Superior Room, Executive Room, Premium Room, Family Duplex, Villas

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, TV, pillow menu, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

With two bars and four restaurants to choose from, there are plenty of options. The breakfast buffet features fragrant local honey, olives and eggs and a huge array of fruit, whilst their gourmet restaurant Kelari is a real treat of creative combinations such as grilled squid, fish roe, grilled lettuce and pickled mustard seeds.

Ambrosia: main restaurant, buffet style. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Sage & Thyme: elegant terrace restaurant. Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily, 11am-7pm.

Kelari: al fresco dining. Traditional Greek cuisine, à la carte. Open daily, 7:30-10:30pm.

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