The glorious island of Crete situated just off Greece 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.
The exclusive enclave of Elounda, Crete is extremely popular with our client’s 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 the delicious food, friendly hospitality that is built around family, and a peace and calm that can be felt throughout your stay. The facilities at Porto Elounda and Elounda Peninsula were transformed in summer 2019 with opening of the largest seafront pool on the island of Crete, including an indulgent hydro-massage area, comfortable loungers in the shallows, native trees and a separate children’s pool, this exciting new development is not to be missed.
ACTIVITIES AND GASTRONOMY
We have hand-picked some of our favourite things to do and places to eat from our extensive experience in Crete. Our client concierge team will be happy to make reservations and give additional recommendations for you. You’ll find our top picks below.
Located in the larger of the local towns, Pelagos offers beautiful fresh seafood dishes inside the elegantly rustic historic house or in the romantic, lantern-festooned garden. Stop for lunch on your day out in Agios Nikolaos or make an evening of it and let our team babysit for you. Join the locals at Pelagos for an authentic experience at this fabulous restaurant.
A stunning natural lagoon, Elounda Harbour is bordered by rocky peninsulas and characterised by its sparkling, crystal clear waters. A little further out of the harbour lie the underwater ruins of the ancient city of Olous which you can spot on a calm day.
Set on the waterfront, the Ferryman is a lovely taverna offering fantastic seafood, meat and mezze style dishes. With a stunning atmosphere and excellent service from Akis and his team, it’s an ideal place for a family night out or a romantic escape for two. We can even arrange for you to arrive by boat, direct from your hotel.
Overlooking the shimmering Aegean Sea is the award-winning Six Senses Spa at the Porto Elounda resort. Try a signature massage, Cleopatra bath or one of the extensive programmes available at this leading spa and enjoy a truly relaxing and revitalising experience. Contact our client concierge team before you travel, or speak to our team in-resort for reservations.
This relaxing and idyllic beach is well-maintained with its shallow waters making it perfect for children to splash around. There are bars and restaurants nearby, and beautiful views surrounding the beach. New for summer 2019 the stunning new pool development (the largest seafront pool on the island of Crete) blends seamlessly with the beach, offering the best of both worlds.
Our Children’s Programmes
FROM TOTS TO TEENS, WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
Our award-winning and fun-filled range of children’s programmes are in full swing in Elounda throughout the summer season.
At Powder Byrne we understand that travelling with young children can be a daunting prospect. As parents you want to ensure that your little ones are well cared for in a safe and fun environment, while all important routines are not disrupted. We have carefully designed our summer pb crèche programme to ensure that babies and toddlers will enjoy a unique crèche experience and parents will enjoy a relaxing and well earned rest.
Create lifelong holiday memories and make new friends when you discover all the fun that Scallywags has in store, with exciting activities such as tennis lessons, arts and crafts, swimming sessions, cookery classes and beach adventures.
Adrenaline fuelled, non-stop action awaits those looking for fun in TheZone. Your kids will be in their element in our structured daily programmes, which include water sports, sailing, swimming, tennis, football and golf sessions – not to mention wild inflatables and banana boats, theZone is the ultimate adventure.
Perfect for kids who are now a bit too old for TheZone but who are still in need of a structured programme supervised by our staff, the PB Adventure Academy will introduce them to all the sports, activities, and facilities the resort has to offer and encourage them to make friends, try new sports and build on the skills they already have. The Adventure Academy in Crete includes guided horse riding treks through the mountains, scuba diving, golfing, rock climbing and gorge walking through the beautiful Samaria Gorge.
Our Family Programmes
LEARN TOGETHER THIS SUMMER
We’ve selected sports and activities that you can learn together and enjoy as a family. All programmes are adjustable and flexible to your wants and needs, we’ll always ensure we create a holiday that works for you.
Learn to scuba dive together as a family this summer and choose between our three courses, ‘Holiday Diver’, ‘Scuba Diver’ and ‘Open Water Diver’. Sessions will take place in the morning from Monday to Friday with enough time in the afternoon for your kids to attend our children’s programmes or just spend time enjoying the resort as you please.
Our amazing new cycling programme allows you to spend time in Elounda but also see more of the island together as a family on your very own cycling adventure. Cycling will take place during three days of your holiday with bikes, equipment and cycling routes suitable for all levels of cyclists.
There are an incredible amount of watersports on offer in Elounda and you’re guaranteed to find something that you’ll all enjoy. From family favourites such as towable inflatable games, canoes, pedal boats and waverunners to the more technical and challenging watersports of windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding.
Golf and tennis are popular options for families looking for some sporting action away from the seafront. The 9 hole golf course at Porto Elounda has two playing options for each hole and boasts three excellent AstroTurf tennins courts.
OUR HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATION
Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
PERFECT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
On the northern coast of Crete lies Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, a beautiful seaside retreat in an extraordinary setting. Accommodation is available in both the main hotel and more secluded suites.
The Peninsula all-suite hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in Greece, offering a range of luxurious suites and additional facilities, whilst guests still enjoy all the benefits of the main hotel at Porto Elounda.
Overlooking the Mirabello Bay on the north coast of Crete in an area of outstanding natural beauty is the Elounda Mare. The hotel has an unparalleled reputation for its attentive and personalised service.
“We had a fantastic holiday, many thanks to the amazing hotel and all the PB staff.”
Crete – Summer 2019
“Utterly superb staff. Flexible programme. Attentive but not intrusive. Exceeded our expectations and our children’s. Seamless service – could not be faulted. PB delivers across the board from booking to the small details in resort.”
Crete – Summer 2020
“Everything very smooth from first enquiry to the end of the holiday. Can’t speak highly enough of everyone in the team with whom we interacted”
Crete – Summer 2020
“Considering the restrictions of Covid-19, the hotel facilities and service were excellent”
Crete – Summer 2020
“Hotel’s Covid controls are subtle but effective – all very well managed”
Crete – July 2023
You took most of the researching stress off my shoulders for the last minute holiday which was very very very much appreciated! Definitely recommend the location and your company to fellow travellers looking for some sun, relaxation and activities to occupy their slightly older kids 🙂
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