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St. George's Retreat Village
Reviewed 8 October 2012

We stayed at St Georges Retreat for a last minute weeks holiday in September after a very stressful few months in London. It was absolute heaven, the photo's on their website are stunning and still don't do it justice. Stephanos and Roula go out of their way to make you feel welcome while giving you lots of space, every little detail is thought of. The Villa was stunning with a panoramic view from nearly every window that took our breathy away. Each villa is nestle amongst olive, fig, lime and various other fruit tree's and vines. It was the perfect escape high up in the hills away from the package holiday trail. We came away feeling refreshed, relaxed and very happy.

We can not recommend St Georges enough and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at this accommodation and it was fantastic on both occasions. The villas ate modern and very comfortable, the setting is beautiful, you are made to feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble - I can't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

We would echo all of the enthusiastic comments on here. We have just come back from two weeks at St George’s Retreat and found it one of the most welcoming and relaxing places we’ve been lucky enough to stay in with our twin boys. There’s two things that we think made this a really special place:
The first is the setting itself. The villas are comfortable and welcoming with a great view over the beautiful bay, (really amazing sunsets), and the pools are great for the little ones to enjoy. There are lovely fruit trees across the estate which the guests can help themselves to (fresh figs, warm off the tree with honey and greek yoghurt for breakfast!)
The second thing is that we found Stephanos and Roulla really to be the perfect hosts. They could not have been more helpful and are full of interesting information together with a real passion for this part of Crete. Talking to them gave us a great insight into Greek food, history and hospitality. We would like to come again and genuinely found it hard to leave.
I would recommend without hesitation.!

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

We have recently spent 2 weeks at the Retreat Village during the end July/beginning August in Villa Calliope. As nearly all reviewers have mentioned, the real success of the Retreat Village is down to Stefanos and Roula. They make you feel so welcome and are very helpful!

The villas have been fitted out to a high standard, set in a beautiful location with fantastic views. All villas share two swimming pools (one with a children's splash pool) which was ideal for our 6 year old daughter, who learnt to swim whilst there. Plenty of sunbeds/umbrellas are situated at each pool.

As the villas are in the hills, they are so peaceful, however, only a short drive from the local villages/towns/beaches.

We stayed in Villa Calliope which had a playground next to it, equipped also with loads of childrens toys and a playhouse.

The grounds have various trees/vines bearing fruit - figs, pomegranate, plums, grapes - all of which you are allowed to pick and eat at your leisure.

For dining out, there are plenty of tavernas in Plaka (8 - 10 minute drive) and Almyrida (10 - 15 minute drive). There is also a newly opened Taverna (actually opened whilst we were there), situated at the top of the hill, just above the villas, which has steps directly from the Retreat Village to it's hilltop terrace - a short 2 minute walk. It has the most amazing views and fantastic sunsets. The setting, again, is beautiful and the taverna has been fitted out very tastefully.

In terms of sightseeing, we would recommend Aptera, an ancient city a few miles on from Kalives in the direction of Chania, Lake Kournas, Chania City and if you have children, perhaps Limnoupolis Water Park, about a 45 - 50 minute drive, just on the other side of Chania.

In summary, a great holiday and whether you're travelling as a couple or a family, the layout of the village is that that you can have as much privacy as you like, or choose to interact with other guests in the villas. We made friends with some other couples whilst there who also had children, so was great for them to play.

Thanks Stefanos and Roula for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

We just returned from a wonderful stay at the retreat. The hosts , the views the location and the local taverna coupled with a very comfortable suite made it a memorable experience.

The location in the north west district of Crete is great for a veriety ao beaches towns and mountain vilages.

In short highly recommended (probably even better in fall or spring)

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We just got back from a relaxing vacation at St. George's Retreat during school Easter break. All the earlier reviews reflect the same feeling we had during our stay - simply fantastic hosts and comfortable villas in a gorgeous setting. The graciousness of our hosts, Stefanos and Roula is what made the stay particularly memorable. In preparation for our arrival, the villa had been thoughtfully set up with every convenience we could need and the attention put into all the little details (toys for kids, items stocked in the kitchen and fridge, extra blankets, heater, bountiful welcome package etc) was evident. Roula also shared with us some of the most delicious Greek food we had during our stay in Crete. We stayed at Villa Urania, which is right beside the children's playground, has a wood burning fireplace and an incredible view. The kids loved romping around the playground and we could watch them from the kitchen - they also became great fans of the owner's pet dog Fluffy. There were various comfortable spots to sit back and enjoy the incredible views, while listening to the gentle bells of the mountain sheep and goats as they grazed the nearby hills and soaking in the smells and scenery of the flowering plants and trees. The supermarket, beaches and tavernas were a short drive away and it felt like we were at the perfect location - in terms of being close enough to everything and yet in a peaceful setting. A big thank you to Stefanos and Roula for their kind hospitality and making our stay a memorable one!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

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!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about St. George's Retreat Village

Address: Kokkino Chorio, Crete 73008, Greece
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Region: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #57 of 688 Speciality Lodging in Chania Prefecture
Price Range: £73 - £202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — St. George's Retreat Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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