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Crete has inspired artists and poets throughout the ages with its breathtaking scenery, ancient culture and relaxed pace of life. A warm welcome awaits from the islanders who are renowned for their hospitality and joie de vivre.

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Crete is extremely popular with our clients thanks to its warm and exceptionally dry climate; a warmth matched in the friendly welcome of the local people. With a tradition that embraces the simple pleasures in life, you'll be delighted by delicious food, friendly hospitality that is built around family, and a peace and calm that can be felt throughout your stay.

Our properties are all exclusive enclaves where you'll really feel as if time is standing still thanks in part to the beautiful setting on the protected north eastern fringes of the island, and the seamless service that you'll enjoy from our in-resort team. With shuttles operating between our hotels and the town centre, heading into Elounda for shopping or dinner couldn't be easier.

Throughout the summer season, our team will be on hand to welcome you and provide you with all the support you need. They'll introduce you to the best experiences, recommend ideas and look after all the little details so you can focus on really enjoying your time away as a family.

Travelling with Powder Byrne ensures your children have an amazing time in our exclusive programmes, enjoying a host of sports, local activities and beach and pool based fun, all overseen by our experienced team - the perfect place for your luxury holiday to Crete.

To find out more, read our blog posts on Crete.

Activities and Indulgences for You

You'll be struck immediately by the beautiful light, the open space and the glorious views out over the pretty bay. The Elounda hotels offer the perfect place to retreat and relax, and with the kids kept busy in our exclusive programmes by day; you'll have no trouble finding a relaxing spot to while away the hours on the secluded beach, around the pool or on a lounger in your private garden. The sense of serenity is enhanced by the exceptional Six Senses Spa which offers extensive facilities and therapies to soothe even the most world-worn of travellers.

Whether you choose to take to the clear water on the hotel's private yacht or a spin around the bay on waterskis with the guys at the water sports centre, you'll be tempted by the wide range of sports available directly from the private beach. Our in-resort team are always on hand with transport around the island and they'll arrange activities and reservations for you throughout your stay to suit your needs.

Fun for the Kids

The exceptional kids space, the 'Ark', is a focal point for our programmes, where Scallywags will enjoy the two kids pools and excellent facilities for arts and crafts in the shade. Equally popular are local excursions to the private island of Spinalonga, and the fishing village of Elounda, as well as beach games, watersports and treasure hunts overseen by our fun-loving team. The kids will also love the dedicated children's pool, complete with waterslides.

Crete also brings a focus to junior diving both in our exclusive PB SCUBA Academy from 10 years, as well as an unique PADI course for younger children aged 8 to 9 years, the PADI Seal Team Programme. Both are overseen by qualified instructors from the hotel's beach. Young divers can learn the basics of diving in a very unique environment as most Seal Team Programmes are based in a pool, but here the children are taken into the sea with PADI trained professionals from the start, thanks to the very protected conditions in the bay and extremely clear waters.

Follow the links to our Powder Byrne kids programmes at the top of the page to find out more about our unique services or call our team on 020 8246 5300 to talk about the best options for your family. 

Map of Elounda

Getting There

Flights to Heraklion are just 4 hours. Elounda is then an hour drive from Heraklion, a drive which takes in some of the islands most beautiful scenery.

Sun Facts

Listed below are an average temperature and rainfall for selected months
May24°C 22mm
June28°C 3mm
July29°C 2mm
August29°C 2mm
September27°C 5mm
October25°C 51mm