We had a wonderful two weeks at St George's Villa Retreat. It's been said many times before, but Stefanos and Roula really are amazing hosts. We arrived at 11pm and were welcomed with open arms. The fridge was stocked with a bottle of wine, beer, homemade dolmades, cake, cheese, ham, bread, eggs etc. And some lovely touches like a bottle of olive oil and raki/ouzo. We stayed in Villa Calliope and it was spotless and equipped with absolutely everything – the washing machine was just a godsend. Our 4-year-old Sam loved it here and fell in love with Fluffy the dog (also renamed Sausages by him!!) The pools were fabulous – Sam learnt to swim here – and the views stunning. Sam also enjoyed the playground. The grounds of St George's are stunning – beautiful flowers everywhere and loads of fresh fruit trees – figs, pomegranates, pears, peaches, lemons, oranges. Also lots of tomatoes – which Roula told us to just help ourself to – delicious. You definitely need a car. Stefanos gave us details of a local firm and they were wonderful – we dealt with them directly and they were half the price of the big rental names. Someone was waiting for us at arrivals at the airport and took us straight to the car – all very efficient and hassle free. They also gave us great directions for getting to St George's. Hania and Rethmynon are both beautiful towns and worth visiting. The water park near Hania was fun – perfect for little ones and not too overcrowded despite being July. We made it to Knossos and enjoyed wandering around the ruins. One highlight was a beautiful drive through the Theriso Gorge. As for beaches, we spent a lot of time at Kalives – again, idea for little ones and generally not too overcrowded. We cooked several times at the villa – the communal BBQ was fantastic – and the kitchen well equipped. Otherwise we ate out in Plaka, Almirida and Hania a few times. Thank you Stefanos and Roula for a fabulous time. We have travelled extensively and independently (backpacking until we had a child) and this trip was just brilliant, relaxing and stress free. We plan to hopefully 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