Having been on Crete almost a dozen time it is long since I decided that I prefer the traditional picturesque villages and mountain landscaped areas than the touristic overcrowded (and therefore cheap and usually disappointing) beaches. It is there where the "Cretan Spirit" is still alive.
During my last visit searching for accommodation in an area that I had never been to before I was lucky enough to choose (totally by incident) the Arcus Villas. Upon arriving I could imagine at first sight what it would like. A block of 5 stone traditional villas at a medium sized (for the cretan standards) village near Rethymnon, up to 350 height.
Each Villa has his own unique style of decoration and a lot of attention has been given to small details in order to create an amazing and relaxing atmosphere.
The village offers stunning views and the kindest people you could ever meet.
If you want a typical hotel holiday then do not come here. If you want a personnel and wonderful holiday then go no where else.
The owners will do any thing for you and the manager (Yannis) is one of the most helpful guys I have ever met. He arranged our hire car (cheaper than any Internet rate) and took care of our every wish.
Yannis will tell you where all the good beaches, temples, and sites are and give you typed out directions and maps etc. The local village is a pure time capsule and full of wonderful people. Do take the time to wonder around the back streets .
Arcus Villas is one of the most relaxing places we have stayed. It was authentic, lovely and personal. We even extended our stay for five days (and canceled our reservation in eastern Crete) just to enjoy the Arcus experience even more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seven kilometers away of the beautiful beach of Episkopi you will found Arcus Luxury Suites, a whole neighbourhood of old Venetian stone mansions of the 14th and 15th century, located in the neighborhood «Kintana» in the heart of Argyroupolis and Lappa in Rethimno. After efforts of owners, the entire complex of buildings was declared in 2005 by the Ministry of Culture as «Preservable archaeological monument». Since then the mansions and the environment space renovated with respect for the style and architecture and created 5 independent luxury suites. All the suites retain their architectural features and fascinating atmosphere of the Venetian people, their predecessors. Ambitious dome, stone arches, burrstones, axes, arches, stone fireplaces, wooden floors and ceilings, interior gardens, cobblestone courtyards emphasize and highlight the charm. The two level and one level (path) suites can accommodate, in comfort, from 2 to 6 persons each, in all seasons. The decoration in each one is unique and offers all modern comforts 5 stars. The interior garden of 400 sq.m. hostes pool, wood oven, BBQ and relaxation area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arcus Suites Crete/Argyroupolis, Greece