We were looking for somewhere to stay on Crete for our first visit to the island that would be in a quiet location, allow us to relax completely and give access to a swimming pool. St George's Retreat Village was the perfect setting. The villa was luxuriously furnished and had a fabulous view over Souda Bay. The design of the individual villas and the layout of the Village has been thought through with great care and attention to detail. Fruit trees, vines and flowering plants around the villas make it a delight to wander round. From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome by the owners, Stefanos and Roula. The fridge was well stocked with ham, milk, bread, eggs, wine, juice, honey and fruit. Stefanos and Roula kindly gave us a delicious homemade meal for our first evening and throughout our stay provided little homemade food treats and Cretan delicacies. They were very attentive but not intrusive, hosts, providing great recommendations for tavernas, restaurants and places to visit. The pool was absolutely essential to cool down in the fierce Cretan sun (and this was in the first half of September). The village is in a good location to explore the west of Crete: Elafonisi, the wild mountain countryside and the crystal clear waters of Chora Sfakion and Frangokastello on the south coast. Our son even learnt to dive at a school in Almyrida. Crete is a beautiful island and this was one of the best holidays we have ever had, and this in no small part due to the facilities at St George's Village and the kindness and attention of Stefanos and Roula. We intend to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About the Retreat: The Retreat Village is situated just below the famous St. George's Retreat cave. The complex benefits from extensive cultivated gardens, olive trees, a vineyard with its own wine press, and a large number of fruit trees, which the guests are free to taste. They are ideal for families and friends who would like to holiday together, but still maintain their private space. There are discounts available for groups who wish to book 3 or more villas. Contact the owner for details. There are two shared pools and a large BBQ area containing both a BBQ spit and traditional baking oven, while the tavern situated high up above the villas will take care of any appetite desire. The village of Kokkino Chorio is 5 minutes drive away while Plaka and Almyrida villages are a further 5 minutes drive each. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. George's Retreat Village Crete/Chania