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“A retreat plucked right from the heart of my childhood fairytale world!”

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Milia Mountain Retreat
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Athens, Greece
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“A retreat plucked right from the heart of my childhood fairytale world!”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Fairytale beauty, created from the same stuff as my fairytale childhood world. Hidden in the wilderness, stone everywhere, fallen leaves, the smell of fireplaces, real candle-light dinners in complete darkness (save for the light and heat of the fireplace of course), food which defies saturation. Excellent quality sleep (not just the air and the warmth, but also the quality of the bedding itself and the linen), you wish you could stay in bed and look outside the window forever (but the temptation of breakfast is too great).
My fourth visit was as special as all the previous ones, as Milia becomes better and better, keeping all its magic intact.
Love it, just simply, really, honestly, love it!
PS. Bravo George, Iakovos and Team!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

I brought a small group tour to Milia for a little hiking and a lot of cooking. What a wonderful experience for everyone involved. You really get to know each other when you start cooking together. Our food was nowhere near as good as what came out of their kitchen. The rooms were all different and all stone. The owner, Tassos, was charming and very helpful with everything. The entire staff was excellent. A great visit and I will return.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Antwerp, Belgium
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We stayed at Milia expecting a healthy and enjoyable experience. The area is beautiful, the hikes were wonderful (even in November rains!), but the kitchen was the stand-out part of our stay. Every thing we ordered was 10/10 amazing. We ate 8 meals at Milia and were smiling and bouncing around after each one. We even were invited to help the chef prepare dinner (and got to learn the recipes). If you're in Crete, have a rental car, and love food, you would be remiss to not go here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Me and my family stayed at Milia the last week of October, and it was amazing. Except hiking in the nearby area, it was easy to do excursions to neighboring places for swimming or sightseeing. On top of all that, the restaurant is top-class, all is ecological produce and very good!

Stayed October 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

This is a difficult place to review.

Overall there were many things we enjoyed - the ambience, the architecture, the traditional feel, the local traditional food, the rustic feel, the history, the sustainable ethics and so on. The videos on the website were quite emblematic of the overall vibe here.

A few details marred our otherwise perfect vision of this place. The service was good, but not anything exceptional. My phone calls to the hotel seemed a bit uncomfortable, although the owner was very friendly/witty in person. We were never asked about our plans, or given any information (besides what was in the welcome booklet).

Also, because our rental car broke down, we were unable to make it back to the hotel on our second (and final) night. We called to inform them, but were never asked about it again when we arrived the next morning to check out and pick up our things. Nor were we offered breakfast, which we missed. These things weren't really to be expected, but it would have been a nice gesture.

The videos on the website give the impression that there were many activities to participate in and that the sustainable practices were very visible - but we didn't see much of it. Perhaps they make more of an effort in the high season, but the place was fully booked and it was a very laissez-faire approach.

It was also quite isolated - which was a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it makes everything more wild, tranquil and authentic (which is nice if you like that sort of thing, which we definitely do), but on the other hand, the drive is a bit of a pain if you have to do it twice every day (or more). Still, this was fully explicit on the website and we fully expected this so it did not negatively affect our opinion. Also, as others have mentioned, you're limited to the restaurant there for dinner unless you want to make a long drive and get back late from somewhere else. For what we paid, dinner should also be included (maybe exclude wine or something).

Anyways, we did enjoy our stay, but a few extra touches to better align with expectations from the website would have improved our review.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lon, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

This place is like a little paradise. We were there in mid-October and it was still hot and sunny although you needed warm layers in the morning and evening. The accommodation is fantastic and so is the food. The staff are supremely helpful. The best thing, having your own fireplace in your room and your own hammock just outside. You can drive to the coast in 40 minutes if you can drag yourself away fom the mountain air.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank C P
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Havanna
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013 via mobile

We came to eat at the restaurant and it was absolutely worth it. Coming with a car was a little adeventure but surely worth it (quite a high mountain road). The view from the restaurant is amazing and you can taste the passion with which the meal was prepared. Loved it!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Milia Mountain Retreat
Address: Milia | Milia -Kissamos - Hania - Crete, Milia, Crete 73012, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Milia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Milia
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Milia Mountain Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An abandoned Medieval Settlement has been transformed into a mountain Eco Retreat with 10 guest houses.A restaurant with local organic produce is working daily for residents or for day visitors. The operation is all year round. The Mountain Retreat keep all the farming activities as was in the past offering also very quiet and tranquil vacations and mountain hikes just on your door step. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Milia Hotel Chania Prefecture

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