We just got back from 5 blissful days at the Kapsaliana Village hotel.
It is not easy to find and you definitely need a car but the instructions the hotel sent us were perfect.
There is a resident architect who found the abandoned cottages years ago and had the idea to restore them and make the whole into a hotel.
He is a charming man and worth listening to!
The surroundings are quiet and peaceful ,the view is stunning and there is a large swimming pool with a terrace and sun beds.
There are cottages for families, with children but I think I would not take very small children there.
It is 25 minutes by car to the closest beach in Rethymno.It is 1 hour by car from Heraklion and 1
1/2 hour by car from Chania airport.
The staff are helpful and kind and the food in the restaurant is local and very good.
On cold evenings they made a fire in the dining room and on hot days we ate outside.
Our room was perfect,very clean, with a good shower and a little terrace.
There are good walks in the area,monasteries to visit and small quaint villages,and the beach in rethymno is large with lots of small restaurants on or near to the beach.
All in all a wonderful place to recharge your batteries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, Kapsaliana Village Hotel in Crete offers accommodation profoundly different from any other in the Mediterranean. A holiday experience in a village which has been fully restored with high respect to the history and architecture of this land. Kapsaliana was part of the Arkadi Monastery. The story of the settlement starts in 1600 with the construction of the church, and continues with the creation of the olive oil mill in 1763. More people then came to the area to work on the olive trees and land, and built houses around the olive oil mill which, during the peak era, accommodated 13 families and 50 people. Nowadays, the settlement of Kapsaliana has been converted with love and artistry into a unique hotel. With particular care and diligent work the olive oil mill, the church and the utility rooms were gradually transformed into rooms and suites, restaurant, swimming pool and lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kapsaliana Village Hotel Crete/Adele