The elounda mare hotel was the first hotel entirely owned by the Family of Spyros and Eliana Kokotos, which opened in 1982, at a time when they already had three children: Fotis, Elias, and Marina. It was the first hotel in the Mediterranean that had private pools at each and every one of its numerous bungalows, a concept that soon became somewhat of a norm for top-class resorts. Maintaining its character of a traditional hospitality establishment of the most cultured kind, the elounda mare hotel encompasses all the distinctive elements that allowed it to become the first Greek hotel to enter the prestigious association of Relais & Chateaux in 1987: charm, calm, character, cuisine and courtesy - the now famous "5 Cs". Never resting for a moment on their laurels, Spyros and Eliana Kokotos continuously strived to improve and expand their hotel by acquiring land and building year after year new facilities, while at the same time always bringing the older parts of the hotel up to date with contemporary expectations by the hotel's demanding and cosmopolitan clientele. Nowadays, the elounda mare hotel comprises 92 units of the highest standards, mostly suites, while maintaining the traditional character that has attracted loyal guests from all over the world on repeat visits; often more than once a year.