Domes Aulūs Elounda, Curio Collection by Hilton 

Fuss free grown up retreat

An adults-only hideaway on the outskirts of upmarket Elounda with unbeatable island views.

One of the latest additions to the glorious Elounda coastline is Domes Aulūs, a grown-up’s retreat with a private beach that’s unpretentious and causally chic. Its hillside setting means that there are some epic views to go alongside the enviable slow-living vibe: the Gulf of Mirabello and world-renowned and UNESCO-protected island of Spinalonga are a perfect ever-present backdrop. The style and architecture have been influenced by the now crumbling Venetian city made famous by Victoria Hislop’s story in mind – the tones here are muted and natural – but with definitive 21st Century elements such as clean lines and modern facilities and a real focus on wellness.

Why we love Domes Aulūs Elounda, Curio Collection by Hilton

  • The attention to detail and the VIP feeling, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, is second to none.

  • The outdoor Amphiteatro for dinner is a must — just be sure to make reservations. And look out for starlit cinema nights afterwards.

  • The Cool Living Selection concept gives you access to all areas and a generous all-inclusive offer, making a holiday utterly effortless and extra-indulgent.

  • Join daily sunrise yoga classes and indulge in spa treatments inspired by the ancient Greeks.

5 stars
May - Oct
Crete
4 hours
On the coastal road between the resort of Elounda and the charming village of Plaka, and opposite Spinalonga
Approx. 1 hour’s transfer from the airport
All Inclusive, Adults Only, Honeymoon

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Rooms

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families

There’s a real focus on island-sourced and sustainable produce at all the resort’s dining venues from catch-of-the-day seafood to vegetable and seasonings grown in botanic gardens. Start the day with some sunrise, sea view yoga before breakfast, a meal packed with local and international delights: there’s nothing quite like Greek yoghurt and honey and locally sourced fruit to fuel your morning. Following a full day of adventures or rejuvenation, we love heading up to the rooftop Greco Levante The Grilia, the resort’s marketplace where street food-style dishes from around the world are served al fresco. Sink into the comfy bean bags and fill up on full-of-flavour Greek, Asian and Italian cuisine.

The Island
Domes Aulūs’s main restaurant is open for a continental or American breakfast as well as a Greek and Mediterranean buffet-style lunch and dinner.

Amphiteatro Tesoro Mio & PITA Canteen
Comprising two open-air dining venues, one Greek, one Italian. Both are utterly irresistible and have views of the Aegean Sea.

Meze Means to Share
A Greek Taverna based on a food market concept with a large selection of sharing platters to choose from. Lunch is served here on a first come, first serve basis.

Greco Levante The Grilia
Exclusive to Cool Living Selection guests, Greco Levante is a poolside buffet and bar with barbeque evenings.

Bars
There are three bars dotted around the resort: Ammos Beach Canteen, which is located on the beach; Blu Bar which can be found next to the resort’s lobby; and the fresh Agora Bar, which has jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the sea, mountains, and islands.

What's included

• Breakfast at The Island (continental from 7am-7.30am, American buffet between 7.30am and 11am) • Buffet lunch at The Island or a la carte lunch at Meze • Buffet dinner at The Island • 1 x à la carte dinner at Amphiteátro Tesoro Mia Trattoria or Amphiteátro Pitta Canteen (minimum 7-night stay; pre-booking required) • Snacks at selected bars and during selected hours • Selected international and local alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks served at different bars and restaurants from 10am to midnight • Access to the exclusive Greco Levante venue offering: • a swimming pool • an exclusive breakfast experience • Grab & Go light lunch buffet • À la carte Mediterranean dinner & four-days-a-week barbecue • All-day buffet snacks, soft drinks, branded wine and beer • Selected premium alcoholic drinks during evening hours.

Premium labeled alcoholic drinks and fine wines (such as black labels and reserves), some à la carte food items (such as lobster and premium cuts) and other premium goods are not part of the All Inclusive packages and are available for an extra charge. Pre-booking is required for all à la carte venues & MEZE for lunch.

The award-winning Soma Spa draws inspiration from the spa treatments of the ancient Greeks, complemented with modern healing techniques and products. Try Minoan Strength: The Mythology Spa Massage Ceremony which used local botanical herbs and a body scrub sourced from the region’s Carob trees. There’s also a sauna, steam bath, heated indoor pool and a jacuzzi.

For fitness, there’s a fully equipped gym and a full programme of classes including daily sunrise yoga, Pilates, and functional training for a full body workout.

Make the most of the clifftop pools (one that’s exclusive to Cool Living Section guests), the private beach that’s located just across the road, or the signature experiences on offer. These include boat trips, mountain biking, hiking, olive oil tasting and cooking classes.

Domes Aulūs Elounda has a private sandy/pebble beach – perfect for paddling. There’s a water sports centre (at an extra charge) beside Ammos Beach Canteen with a range of activities available, including water skiing, sailing, and canoeing. For a loftier view, head to the large saltwater pool where there’s sunbed service for drinks and snacks.

Guests are invited to get hands on with the resort’s sustainability initiatives and learn about the conservation of the local habitat.

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