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Domes of Elounda - Luxury holidays to Crete

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  • About this holiday

    The five star Domes of Elounda on the north east coast of Crete offers a quiet, secluded alternative to more popular areas in Europe, with multiple gastronomic restaurants and relaxed bars, an indulgent spa, and several pools with incredible views. Cultural excursions across to the islands of Spinalonga and Kalydon can be finished off with authentic Cretan and Greek cuisine in one of the hotel restaurants and a fruity cocktail beside the pool.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Heraklion with British Airways, private transfers, and Dine Around.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two adults and two children under twelve sharing a One Bedroom Garden View Suite.
    Low season prices from £3,650 per person for 7 nights.
    High season prices from £5,180 per person for 7 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Special couples offers - selected dates
      Couples booking a holiday to Domes of Elounda for stays from 12 September until 31 October 2018, from 1 May to 24 May 2019 and from 1 Septemer to 15 October 2019 receive complimentary upgrade to dine around, chill-out morning inclusions by the adults only pool: a divine Adults Only a la carte brunch, unlimited sparkling wine, a vitality bar with fresh smoothies, a selection of newspapers and magazines, 30% discount off a couple's massage at Soma Spa, and access to Blend Prive, the brand new adults only area of Blend Restaurant for complimentary aperitfs and canapes. Valid for 5 night minimum stays for bookings made by 31 December 2018.

    Hotel code

    EXH986

    Our opinion

    The Domes of Elounda is a very luxurious resort that is the perfect destination for a week or two in the sun beside the coast.

    Hotel description

    The five star Domes of Elounda was voted Greece’s Leading All-Suite Hotel at the Times Travel Awards in 2015. Overlooking the Sea of Crete as it filters between the islands of Kalydon and Spinalonga, the resort climbs the rocks behind the seafront. Terraces, pools, and a secluded beach area capture the stunning, inspiring views at all levels and a range of water sports are on offer, allowing you to make the most of the ocean. This Autograph Collection hotel gets its mystical name from the gold and white domes that crown each of the suites. In some higher category rooms, these domes are hollowed out to add extra ceiling height, and have small arched windows that give the light in the rooms a more dynamic aspect. The rooms are so spacious and well-equipped that even the smallest room type, the Premium One Bedroom Suite, can sleep two adults and one child. A fresh, often nautical, colour scheme pervades, focusing on a theme palette of blue, gold, or lilac. Tiled floors keep the rooms cool throughout the day, as do large windows overlooking the rocky cliffs, the sea, and the islands opposite. Each room also has a large panoramic terrace, complete with shaded Jacuzzi or refreshing swimming pool. Marble and granite bathrooms with large cylindrical showers and Jacuzzis add a touch more luxury. All rooms are well-suited to families, couples, and groups alike, with three bedroom UltraLuxe Villas catering for up to 6 adults. Glittering with bronze and gold tiles on curved walls and ceilings, the Spa at the Domes of Elounda is a secluded and indulgent place to relax after a day in the sun. The services of a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, gym, Steam Bath, Laconium, Tapidarium, and Salon, are all accompanied by soothing music. The Domes of Elounda views dining in one of their four restaurants as an invitation into their home. The Blend Italian Fusion Restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine alongside specially-selected wines, to create a truly memorably dining experience. Topos 1910 Greek Seafood Restaurant is located right on the seafront under the branches of an olive grove. An a la carte menu here introduces guests to a wide range of fresh seafood, dished up in the soothing atmosphere of a terrace that looks across the sea to Spinalonga. The brand new Yaosai Asian Restaurant offers guests a menu of exotic delicacies. The main meeting point, however, is Tholos, a Greek & Multicultural Restaurant, in which breakfast is served in the mornings and a platter of varied flavours in the evenings. Guests can also choose to dine privately in the comfort of their own suite. On five weekends between the months of June and October, the Yasosai Restaurant is taken over by prestigious chefs from across the road, bringing you alternative, innovative flavour combinations; on top of this, various theme nights and cooking events are held throughout the year, which are always worth booking in advance. Four bars, all of which are pool or beach-side, are open for cocktails and snacks in the afternoon or evening. The Grand Domes Bar offers a relaxed lounge experience with sensational views, while the Breeze Bar allows guests to sip drinks with the sand between their toes. The Domes of Elounda in Crete is a bubble of paradise on a fairly undiscovered stretch of the Cretan coast, with idyllic beachfront, numerous tranquil pools, exhilarating water sports, stunning dining options, and a luxury spa, all within the walls of a picturesque complex.

    Location

    On the northeast coast of Crete, near Plaka and Elounda

    Official star rating

    5

    Annual opening

    28 march to 31 October.

    Distance from airport

    44 miles

    Closest airport

    Heraklion Airport

    Room types

    78 suites and 40 villas with furnished balcony or terrace, living room, air-conditioning, wifi, satellite television, telephone, private refrigerated bar, hairdryer, safe, and Jacuzzi bath.
    Premium One Bedroom Suite - Garden View with outdoor Jacuzzi
    Premium One Bedroom Suite - Sea View with outdoor Jacuzzi
    Premium One Bedroom Suite - Sea View with private pool
    Family Suite - Garden View with outdoor Jacuzzi
    Family Suite - Sea View with outdoor Jacuzzi
    Family Suite - Sea View with private pool
    Family Two-Bedroom Suite - with outdoor Jacuzzi
    Two Bedroom Private Residence - with private pool, kitchenette, and dining area
    Three Bedroom Private Residence - with private pool, kitchenette, and dining area
    Two Bedroom Luxury Residence - with private pool, kitchenette, and dining area
    Three Bedroom Luxury Residence - with private pool, kitchenette, and dining area.
    Four Bedroom Luxury Residence - with private pool, kitchenette, and dining area
    Two Bedroom Domes Luxury Villa - with private pool, kitchen, and dining area
    Three Bedroom Domes Luxury Villa - with private pool, kitchen, and dining area

    Hotel facilities and services

    Blend Italian Fusion Restaurant, Topos 1910 Restaurant, Yaosai Restaurant, Tholos Restaurant, Grand Domes Bar, Breeze Bar, Yaosai Pool Bar, Domes Plaza Pool Bar, Dine Around program, Spa, 3 swimming pools, private beach area, Meraki Boat Trips, aqua yoga, children’s activities, cinema, tennis courts, and Gourmet Festival.

    Water sports

    Boat trips.

    Land sports

    Tennis, cycling.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Through the hotel, guests can enjoy a tasting session of Crete’s most valuable product, olive oil, at the Vassilakis Estate. Biking and sailing trips can also be organised through the hotel, particularly a ride on the Meraki Boat over to Spinalonga. The Venetian Fortress on Spinalonga has been beautifully preserved; narrow streets lined with ochre stone walls are unfailingly captivating. Some of the original window panes and doors remain, though trees have begun to grow inside what used to be the houses, giving the abandoned fortress an even more picturesque aspect. If you have a hire car, we would recommend visiting Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete and centre of Minoan civilisation. The colours of the palace have been faithfully restored, allowing visitors to witness its halls and painted walls in all their former glory. Inside is also one of the most important museums in Europe. The ancient city of Olous can be seen from the canal of Poros. Olous was once an important European city which traded with the East and held its own currency. The town of Aghios Nikolaos on Apatos Lake is the perfect place to visit for a taste of a bustling Cretan town, with authentic tavernas, small, traditional shops, and an intriguing myth. Apatos Lake is believed to be bottomless and a favourite bathing place of Athena and Artemis.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports, cycling, walking.

    Children

    Domes of Elounda offers a range of sleeping arrangements for families with children, as well as activities such as tennis lessons, art lessons, biking excursions, swimming, and water sports. Baby equipment is also available. Domesland Kids Club is managed by Worldwide Kids Company and offers a creche, Kids Club, and Teenagers Club.

    Minimum stays

    5 nights minimum stay is required.

    Other information

    Children’s Club: At the resort, children can enjoy supervised activities such as tennis lessons, drawing lessons, biking excursions, swimming, and water sports. Domesland Kids Club and Creche is run by professionally trained experts, offering a large playroom for younger children complete with toys and craft stations, and an outdoor jungle gym/ playground. The extensive programme of activities at the children’s club means that spaces fill up fast; we highly recommend booking in advance.
    Teenagers’ Club: The Teenage Arcade Room provides space for older children to enjoy a range of electronic games, table games, and other activities with state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Tournaments are arranged weekly to encourage a team spirit and creativeness, with prizes for the winners.
    Children's activities: Youngsters can partake in the excellent Bubblemaker scuba diving course, which allows children to learn to dive through play. Boat hire, waterskiing, wakeboarding and canoeing are also available at a charge for the whole family to enjoy. Tennis, drawing classes, biking and swimming are also on offer to young guests. The sandy beach with shallow waters is especially safe for children to swim. Family excursions include mountain biking, sailing and a day trip to Spinalonga.
    Babysitting: A nanny can be booked in advance.
    Family dining: Children’s meal supplements are 50% of adults. Children can dine in any of the resort's restaurants and high chairs are available.
    Family rooms: All rooms can accommodate at least one child. Family Suites with garden and sea views are best-suited to family groups, particularly because of the addition of the private outdoor Jacuzzi or pool. These rooms can sleep up to 4 guests, with a maximum of 2 children. The Luxury Family Two-Bedroom Suite with sea views and outdoor Jacuzzi can sleep up to 5 people, with a maximum of 3 children. Private Residences at the Domes of Elounda come with two, three, or four bedrooms and private pools. Two-bedroom residences sleep up to 5 people, with a maximum of 3 children. Three-bedroom residence sleep up to 7 people, with a maximum of 5 children. Four-bedroom residence sleep up to 9 people, with a maximum of 7 children. In all cases, the maximum number of adults in a room with no children is 1 less than the maximum occupancy. Cots can be added at an extra charge, and count as 1 child. Two-bedroom Private Residences can interconnect on request.
    Children’s amenities: Cots, baby monitors, highchairs, sterilisers, kettles, baby tubs, changing mats, baby bouncer, bed guards, blenders, bottle warmer, potties, buggies, baby step, night light, non-slip mats, pool fence, stair gate, and baby cutlery are available on request. The Mini Market is available for buying disposable supplies. Children are also provided with their own bathrobe and slippers, and receive a welcome gift on arrival.

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