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Overlooking Mirabello Bay and just a short hop from the infamous Spinalonga Bay – the setting for Victoria Hislop’s book The Island - Domes of Elounda is in a simply stunning setting, with bags of history to boot.
Following extensive renovations in 2020, the 80 suites and 40 villas at Domes of Elounda are stylish and spacious. From the one or two bedroom suites with large balconies and outdoor Jacuzzis to those with private pools, all are typically Cretan in design with white washed walls with splashes of vibrant colour and lots of light. The villas have private pools and acres of space making them perfect for families, and the Residences are bigger still with fully equipped kitchens, giving them the feel of a private villa.
The most luxurious option at Domes of Elounda is the Domes Haute Living Selection, which consists of Luxury Residences and Ultraluxe Villas, offering privacy and a host of exclusive benefits including private check-in, 24/7 concierge services, dedicated villa manager, daily cocktails and canapes, and even pre-booked sun loungers in the VIP area of the beach.
Food is key at Domes of Elounda and there are four restaurants to choose from, including Tholos - a buffet-style restaurant in the main dining room and Topos 1910, the hotel's fine dining option with spectacular views over the sea. The newest additions are the Yaosai Asian restaurant and Blend a steak & lobster restaurant.
The Soma Spa is particularly noteworthy, with its glistening mosaics and an endless list of treatments. There are also two saltwater pools, one outside with views over the UNESCO protected Spinalonga islet, tennis courts and a private beach lined with olive trees. Away from the hotel, Spinalonga Islet - an ancient fortress and former home of a leper colony - is a short hop across the bay and well worth the visit.
Guests can also enjoy the hotel's new 'pop-up' area, The Core. A curated collection of shops, guests can wander through a showcase of the best art, fashion, leisure and food. Innovative deli and street food-trucks can also be found here.
Foodies will love Domes of Elounda - there are five restaurants to choose from and there is also a gastronomy festival throughout July and August.
Harriet, Original Traveller