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CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa, Elounda, Crete
An idyllic hotel for couples and families alike, set within a mountain looking out over the sea. Expect Michelin-quality food, friendly staff and a pristine beach and bar belonging to the hotel minutes away.
Rooms available from £213.01 per night
In Elounda, you'll find picturesque houses, hiking trails, crystal clear waters to swim in and historic monuments to explore. We recommend visiting the tranquil Cretan village of Plaka - with its taverners and cafés to tempt you.
The hotel is secluded in a romantic mountain façade in Elounda - traditionally a fishing village.
By plane: London or Manchester to Heraklion takes around 4 hours from London, after which, a taxi takes an hour. Free parking available. Book flights to Heraklion.
CHARACTER & STYLE
In typical Cretan style, the hotel has whitewashed walls and overall, the décor is minimalist, with neutral tones and natural materials. The lobby area is light and breezy, with a marble desk, modern glass ceiling lights and a feature wall covered with traditional terracotta Minoan storage jars - setting the tone for the rest of the resort.
Staff are efficient and eager to please. There are two long infinity pools which offer oustanding views of Mirabello Bay - the same view can be seen from the rooms and most have their own pool and loungers, if you prefer more privacy. The funicular up the mountain transports guests between levels.
- Swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Rooms have neutral décor of white and soft grey with minimalist and modern furniture. Marble-clad bathrooms create a clean, fresh space. Most rooms have their own pool, sea views and even an outdoor shower.
Room types: Superior, Executive, Premium, Family Duplex, Villa
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, pillow menu, tea and coffee-making facilities, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
There are plenty of options, with two bars and four restaurants. The breakfast buffet features local honey, olives and eggs. Gourmet restaurant Kelari serves creative combinations - the oxtail beef pasticcio was melt-worthy.
Ambrosia: buffet restaurant, open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Sage & Thyme: terrace restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily, 11am-7pm.
Kelari: Greek cuisine, all day dining, open daily.