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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.
There are 80 suites and 40 villas at Domes of Elounda, all extremely 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, two of which (Tholos and Topos 1910) are headed up by the two Michelin-starred chef, Philippe Geneletti. Tholos is a buffet style restaurant in the main dining room, whereas Topos 1910 is the hotel's fine dining option with spectacular views over the sea. The newest additions are the Yaosai Asian restaurant, and Blend, steak & lobster restaurant.
The Soma Spa is particularly noteworthy, with its glistening mosaics and 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.
Why we love it
Foodies will love Domes of Elounda - not only are two of the five restaurants headed up by the country's two Michelin-starred chef, there is also a gastronomy festival throughout July and August.