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Domes of Elounda


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Part of the Domes Resorts family and a member of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, ours is a suites and villas only hotel situated at a spot of truly outstanding natural beauty and intriguing history – Elounda in Mirabello Bay, Crete, Greece. We offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the UNESCO-protected islet of Spinalonga as well as the only natural sandy beach in the region. With a wide range of options in restaurants, bars and activities, including the purpose-built multifunctional space we call CORE with its myriad opportunities for entertainment and relaxation, we cater to families, groups and couples.

Simply put, Domes of Elounda combine luxurious surroundings with signature hospitality that marries Cretan tradition, 21st-century traveller expectations, and granular attention to detail.

The Autograph Collection is Marriott International’s ever-evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hospitality properties. Domes of Elounda joined this prestigious constellation of superb hotels and resorts as one of just four Greek hotels (at the time of writing), two of which are part of the Domes Resorts group – Domes of Elounda and Domes Noruz Chania.

Our guests can rest assured that being part of the Autograph Collection means that we are held to the highest internationally-recognised hospitality standards in the industry while retaining our autonomy and authentic local flair.

Yes, you can use the Marriot Bonvoy loyalty benefits scheme for your stay at our hotel.

However, you also have the option of joining the Domes Resorts loyalty programme. It’s up to you which of the two you will make use of during your stay – but please keep in mind that you can only use one at a time.

Exclusive to Domes Resorts properties, Haute Living Selection is linked to our finest accommodation options, which deliver bespoke service and a multitude of premium extras to our most exacting guests.

Spanning from 200m2 to 450m2, these suites and villas include the most lavish we have on offer, paired with a range of benefits reserved for veritable VVIPs, including a dedicated Haute Living lounge and comprehensive perks. Please visit our Haute Living Selection page for more details.

Domes of Elounda is open from April to late October of each year, for seven months of guaranteed good weather. Even in April and October, it’s dry and warm, with average temperatures during those two colder months at 18-21C – and much more nearer to the summer. As for rainfall, expect just 1mm of rain each August and July, with slightly more in June and May.

Sun-kissed and almost tropical, Elounda has the most desirable climate in Greece, with seven months of perfect temperatures, gentle summer breezes and dazzling sunshine guaranteed. Beyond that, with its concave ceilings, Domes of Elounda’s curved, dome-focused architecture provides an natural cooling element – it’s not just an aesthetic consideration.

In fact, Elounda boasts its own microclimate, with dry summers thanks to the gentle breeze that rolls off the sea – so it’s never too hot or too cold. Specifically, the average temperature in the summer is 26C, and there are only 1.6 rainy days per month on average. No wonder Elounda, sitting on the north Cretan coastline, is considered such a coveted destination to catch the sun.

You can see the full temperature breakdown and rainfall per month for Elounda, Crete, here.

When it comes to food and drink, we take pride in celebrating Crete’s unique culinary heritage, which gave birth to the world-famous Mediterranean diet, but also set our sights on the most innovative and creative developments in cooking from around the world. To make this happen, we source ingredients of outstanding quality.

In short, this means that our four on-site restaurants, a wealth of food, dessert and drink outlets at CORE, and our four bars offer something for everyone, from those who enjoy high dining to foodie travellers to children and toddlers looking for a tasty snack.

What’s more, we frequently organise culinary events and activities, including Minoan cooking experiences and intriguing themed menus.

Our hand-picked team of talented chefs and servers will make sure your dietary needs are well catered to, no matter if you’re looking for gluten-free, vegetarian, low-calorie or other types of special meals. You just need to let us know. If your dietary requirements are even more niche, please contact the hotel before your arrival so we can prepare for your visit and make sure everything is seamless.

As for the little ones, menus throughout the hotel include ample choice of healthy dishes tailor-made for children and toddlers that will excite their palates and introduce them to great food.

When visiting one of our restaurants and bars in the evening, guests are kindly requested to dress in smart casual attire.

If you’re looking for advice on what to pack, we recommend light, airy resortwear – but don’t worry: if you forget to pack your swimsuit or are just looking to update your summertime look, our on-site shops carry an exquisite selection of Greek and international brands.

Please check in by 14:30 and check out by 11:30.

We can accommodate early check-in and late check-out requests too, subject to availability. Please reach out to us so we can make arrangements.

Domes of Elounda’s suites and villas offer excellent privacy. If this is a key concern for you, consider choosing one of our Luxury Residences or Luxury Villas, which boast private pools and terraces with secluded gardens. With our 24-hour room service, in-room spa treatments and a direct line of communication to the HLS manager, you won’t have to leave your residence unless you want to.

Crete has a wealth of must-visit spots.

Here are just a few:

  • Nikos Kazantzakis Heraklion Airport (HER): 75km
  • Agios Nikolaos town: 13km
  • Elounda village: 4km
  • Plaka village: 1.5km
  • Ierapetra town: 44km
  • Spinalonga island: 10 minutes by boat
  • Knossos archaeological site: 71km
  • Amazonas wildlife park: 18km
  • Crete golf club: 59km
  • Makrigialos: 72km

Yes, there are plenty of luxury transfer options to get you to Domes of Elounda, and we can make those arrangements for you.

For the most luxe, stylish option, reach our hotel in a helicopter, landing right on our private helipad. Alternatively, your chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrivals lounge of Heraklion Airport. Just speak to us about your plans and we’ll make sure you arrive at your holiday haven in the luxury you deserve.

At our suites and villas-only hotel, there’s more to do that you could ever wish for, no matter how old you are. In addition to the only sandy beach in the area and five different on-site swimming pools, we have excellent choices for lovers of sport, extraordinary local experiences spanning from adventure to wine tastings, themed nights, festivals and much more.

The fascinating multifunctional entertainment space CORE offers endless opportunities to enjoy art, cinema, music, shopping, culture, food and drink and much more, including performances, festivals, masterclasses and workshops.

In addition to all this on site, we can also arrange for your visit to any place of interest in the general area that has piqued your interest, including the UNESCO-protected island of Spinalonga and the emblematic ancient palace of Knossos.

Catering to families is at the heart of the Domes of Elounda offering. That’s why we haven’t just provided services and amenities but also special facilities that were designed and built for children.

The Ofsted-registered crèche and Kids’ Club at Domes of Elounda extend to the outdoor eco-playground, where skate and BMX ramps, bowls and rails, murals and graffiti walls, and even a climbing wall capture the imagination and encourage children to be active.

At the same time, a wealth of programmes combine education with entertainment and play, all under the watchful gaze of specialised staff trained in Montessori approaches and Ofsted standards. There is a relaxing parents’ area and a shaded kids’ plunge pool too, while most of the CORE entertainment events and activities as well as our curated experiences are family friendly.

We have a total of six communal pools: five outdoor pools and one indoor pool at the spa, in addition to our private pools and jacuzzis, one of which is attached to each and every residence.

At 68.5m x 11m, the main freshwater pool is the place to be, while there are also two additional freshwater pools (one for children), and two saltwater pools, one of which part of an adults-only zone. Two of our pools are heated in April and October, while the Soma Spa offers an indoor pool, too.

Domes of Elounda boasts the only sandy beach in the area, which is safe for children and simply stunning in beauty.

Known by the name Driros Beach to locals, our private beach offers gratis sunbeds, umbrellas, parasols and mattresses for guests. There are water sports as well as quiet zones to cover everyone’s preferences, while our beach bar, Breeze All Day Beach Lounge, has you covered when it comes to drinks, beverages and snacks all day long – even perfectly chilled champagne to enjoy as you gaze at the horizon.

You certainly can, and you’ll find a diverse range of options to do so. Our fitness centre and outdoor fitness zone are fully equipped.

You can choose to work out under the dome of the bright blue sky by attending a course or one-on-one with our personal trainers. But you can also head indoors for a more immersive, high-tech experience.

Yoga, Pilates, functional training, kids’ sports and more are available on the Weekly Fitness Schedule, which you can download here.

Moreover, we have several team sport courts, including tennis, football and cricket, as well as flying fox, water sports, snorkelling, diving and more available at Domes of Elounda, so you’ll find plenty to satisfy your cravings for adrenaline.

We certainly do have free parking at Domes of Elounda – in fact, we also have a guard on duty there 24/7.

From the airport, follow the national road east to Agios Nikolaos – it is approximately 65km. Once there, turn left at the traffic lights and right at the next set, following the signs to Elounda village. 1.5km after the second traffic lights, you will see a sign to Elounda on your left. Turn left. Once you pass the harbour of Elounda, follow the signs towards Plaka. Just before Plaka and approximately 1.5km after the Elounda Blu Hotel, you will see our sign, indicating the way to Domes of Elounda and its private parking.

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