From its origins as a sleepy fishing village, Elounda has transformed into the de rigueur destination for luxury resorts. The shores of the Gulf of Korfos are thronged with villas and hotels offering the last word in indulgence. Spectacular views across to Spinalonga, broodily guarding the harbor, are a constant, as are a jet-set clientele. The beaches tend to be narrow and pebbly, but the water is crystal clear, and, in truth, many guests venture no farther than their private pool. Don't come here in search of authentic Greece: expect to meet fellow international travelers. As an escape from the rigors of everyday life, though, there are few better-placed competitors.


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