Domes of Elounda
- Style Perfectly rounded resort
- Setting Peaceful Mirabello Bay
A high-flying hideaway of intimate suites in blissful Crete, Domes of Elounda hotel is all about smooth-edged architecture with Moorish touches, first-class dining from the country’s only Michelin-starred chef, and the sun-soaked sand of the hotel’s private beach. A sparkling spa will have you feeling brand-new, like Aphrodite fresh from the sea.
Need to know
- Rooms 90, including 78 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $266.07 (€194), excluding tax at 23 per cent.
- More details Rates include an American buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, small gym, library, free WiFi and tennis courts. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Xbox (on request), minibar, free bottled water, Coco-Mat mattresses, bathrobes, slippers and Korres or Pascal Morabito bath products.
- Poolside There are two saltwater pools, one indoors, one out, and a beach. The main pool is just below reception, with views over to Spinalonga and the bay. The strip of beach is lined with olive trees and wooden decking.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Exceedingly welcome. There’s room for cots and extra beds in all rooms. The hotel has a crèche and a kids' club, or a local nanny can be drafted in with a day’s notice for €12 an hour. Baby monitors are provided and older kids can request an Xbox.
- Hotel closed The hotel closes for winter at the beginning of November each year and re-opens towards the end of April.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For the most private of stays, opt for the multi-roomed Domes Private Residence, which has a whirlpool bath tub, fireplace-, X-Box- and PlayStation-toting living room and use of the club car.
- Packing tips All the glitters might not be gold but anything Midas-pleasing will look a treat with your Cretan tan.
- Also The sumptuous spa is decked out with metallic mosaics, lavish treatment rooms and a hair salon. Be sure to book ahead for the weekly Cretan wine-tasting evenings (Sundays at 6pm for €22 per person). However, you needn't limit yourself to just wine; many food and cocktail festivals take place throughout the summer months.
Food and drink at Domes of Elounda
- Hotel restaurant There are three to pick from. Tholos is a buffet restaurant in the main dining room. Topos 1910 is a decked promontory leading out to sea for fine-dining under a twinkling sky. Anthos, helmed by Michelin-starred chef, Philippe Geneletti, is by the beach; an open-air space with shady trees and crisp linens. It attracts Crete’s high-flyers with an exclusive supper-club feel, and offers one-off tasting menus on selected nights. Dishes on offer vary but lobster blinis, crab tartare, milk-fed veal and absinthe sorbet are just some of the star turns in previous menus.
- Dress code Grecian god and goddess: loose, luxurious, linen-based outfits with a glint of gold.
- Top table As far out to sea as you can get at Topos 1910; up on the terrace rather than the beach at Anthos for the best breezes.
- Last orders Grand Domes serves drinks until midnight, the bell rings for last orders at 7pm at the pool bar and Spina. Breakfast is served 7.30am-10.30am, lunch from 12pm-5pm and dinner from 6.30pm onwards.
- Room service An abridged selection is available at any time of day or night.
- Hotel bar There are three bars where you can kick back and leisurely sip a glass of chilled Cretan white. The Anthos Pool Bar on the edge of the main pool, and Spina by the beach, are both open for daytime drinking from 10am to 7pm, with views of glimmering water and day-beds to recline on. The Grand Domes Bar extends from reception with huge windows showcasing Spinalonga and the sea, and low white sofas, glimmering chandeliers, gleaming marble and stylish neutrals, which make it glamorously relaxed. At sunset, the bar comes alive, offering inventive cocktails on the terrace, views of the Island and live music (mainly chill-out or jazz) on selected nights.