Domes of Elounda, Crete

We stayed here in September 2012 for 8 nights in a premium one room with pool suite.  We booked via Destinology

The Domes of Elounda is located just outside the resort of Elounda, overlooking the island of Spinalonga.  The whole hotel is set on the side of a cliff with amazing views and there is a real air of tranquillity to the place.

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Domes of Elounda….from a boat

We stayed in a premium ‘one room with pool’ suite which gave us one bedroom and separate living space which was the perfect size for fitting Master ATWWAH’s cot.  There was a large bathroom and a big balcony as well as a separate sunbathing area next to the little pool.  Having the pool was a nice luxury as it meant that some mornings we could tire Master ATWWAH out in the pool and he’d nod off on one of the sunloungers before we transferred him to his cot and we could then sunbathe in our own space.

The one downside to our room was that it was quite high up a steep incline to get to and when juggling a baby and pram in heat as well as the obligatory bag full of stuff you feel you need to carry around with you when you have  a baby it was a bit of a pain.  Embarrassingly a member of the cleaning team heard me moaning about it one day and must have mentioned it to someone on reception as we were asked by the bar manager at the beach the next day if everything was ok and we were offered a room change.  The manager of the hotel even came to find us as we walked through reception to double check we didn’t want one.  I’ve never really experienced customer service like that before.

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Relaxing on the sunny balcony

Unsurprisingly for a five star hotel there was a spa which neither of us got the chance to try as well as a large outdoor pool and a smaller, kids pool.  But the best feature was the hotel’s very own cove on the beach which was perfect for kids.  The water was so calm and Master ATWWAH was so happy sat naked in the shallow sea in the late afternoon.  Older kids that were on holiday were loving making sandcastles and paddling.  There was tons of room with lots of loungers and a great beach side bar and a separate beach side restaurant specialising in Greek food.

The hotel ran a kids club at an extra charge.  Unfortunately Master ATWWAH wasn’t too keen on being left at the kids club but the facilities were good with indoor and outdoor play which was shaded for when the sun was too strong.

We stayed half-board and the breakfasts were amazing.  Just before we went Sara Cox, the DJ and presenter, tweeted from the hotel about how the breakfasts were dangerous, and she wasn’t wrong.  The staff who worked in the dining room were fabulous with kids too.  On our very last day the heavens opened on our way to breakfast and Master ATWWAH was treated like royalty as the staff fussed around him taking his wet tshirt off and wrapping towels around him.

The evening meals were served in the same dining room and although it was a buffet the standard of the food was really good and you could always find something tasty.  The sushi chef they had in a couple of nights a week went down very well.  The kids food offering was a bit predictable – pasta, fish fingers etc – but mixed with some of the adult options was fine.  The one downside was you couldn’t eat outside with children during the evening at all, it was reserved for adults only, no matter what time you went for your evening meal.

We spent most of our time at the hotel and you do tend to need a car to venture much further.  We used to order taxis into Elounda, it was about a 10 minute drive.  Walking wasn’t really an option with a pram on the roads.  There is also a very small village called Plaka that you can walk to, it’s about 5 minute walk, although again the road isn’t great.  But there are some nice seafood restaurants there.  We also took a cab to Agios Nikolaos one afternoon for a look around and there is a harbour, beach and lots of shops.  And, no stay in Elounda would be complete without a boat trip to Spinalonga, the former leper colony.

Getting to and from the airport was no problem as we’d booked a private airport transfer at the suggestion of Lee, the guy we booked with through Destinology.  It made everything a lot simpler and the smart, Mercedes taxi even arrived with a car seat.  From previous experience it’s a bit nerve wracking starting a holiday with a little one sat precariously on your knee in the back of a cab you found at the airport.

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The island of Spinalonga as seen from our balcony

Mrs ATWWAH’s Top Tips If Staying At Domes Of Elounda

  • If you have a pram request a room lower down rather than higher up.  Due to the location of the hotel on the cliff side any room will give you great views
  • Try some of the local restaurants in Elounda and Plaka for lunch or as a change to the evening meal at the hotel
  • If you want to explore the island hire a car, there is free parking at the hotel and the island’s roads seemed fine for driving
  • Despite being on a steep incline it is fairly easy to get around and golf buggies are available if you really can’t face the walk from the beach to the pool
  • Negotiate time to yourself with your other half so you get to enjoy the spa facilities

 

 

7 Comments
  1. what a coincidence! The post I linked on #mondayescapes is about my road trip in Crete this summer where I (re-visited) Agios Nikolaos and Plaka (had lunch there)! I spotted Domes of Elounda and wanted to see a bit of their architecture but the fence/vegetation is really high! Glad you got to enjoy your stay there!

  2. This sounds gorgeous – and having just read Anna’s post too, it’s as if the universe is trying to hint to me about Crete! #MondayEscapes

  3. I’ve often wondered what this resort was like – always looks divine. The customer service sounds spot on.
    #mondayescapes

  4. I’ve always seen quite a few hotels around Elounda and been very tempted. The Domes looks like a wonderful hotel – that is something for them to offer you another room when you were complaining to each other about the steep incline. The views are gorgeous. You’ve made me very tempted now! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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