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“Wonderful welcome, service, setting and atmosphere- not to be missed”
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Kreta Natur
Ranked #55 of 171 Hotels in Hersonissos
Certificate of Excellence
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Wonderful welcome, service, setting and atmosphere- not to be missed”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We arrived in the middle of the day and were quickly made welcome by owners George and Maria, and Michael, their barman and general Man-Friday - What a stunning place, and so well-run with real passion by George and Maria - who are very engaging hosts. The setting has been hand-crafted from the original hillside scrubland by George over the last 30 years, and the trees, pool, apartments, barbeque and outside ovens, and settings to eat and relax are just perfect.
We were immediately made to feel part of their family for whom nothing is too much trouble - Above all George and Maria love you to appreciate the Cretan food and culture - Marias evening dinners are superb and eaten on the rooftop watching the setting sun. The barbeques are a perfect opportunity to let your hair down and dance after some masterful food.
The beach is close, but we never went - as the pool side was quiet and like having a private villa and pool for most of the time!. Taxis are available only 100 m away, as the local tavernas are fairly uninspiring, and all the other local hotels and resorts are the dreaded 'all-inclusive'.
We will certainly return and wouldn't change any part of our two weeks there with George, Maria, Michael and our fellow guests of all nationalities. Result.

Room Tip: Although George planned all rooms to face the sea, of course the upstairs apartments have a balcony...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I traveled with my husband, and 2 daughters (with 1 boyfriend) aged 19-21. Kreta Natur is just how it looks in the pictures. The gardens are beautiful and the pool area immaculately kept. We hired a car for one week and went out and about, but the kids spent quite a bit of time lying around the pool, and at times were the only ones there. Everybody is very friendly and George and Maria keen to ensure you have a good holiday.

The apartments are in two blocks, and are spacious, with tv, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, as usual single ring and pots and pans. There is air con, but the rooms are tall, and keep cool.

It is about a 25 minute walk into town, mainly down hill on the way, but uphill back which is a bit of a struggle in the heat. We would walk in, stop at the SPAR shop in town, and then get a taxi back for 7 euros, when we didn't have the car. When we had the car, we would go to the local Lidl, as that did not involve driving into the centre of town, which can be quite busy.

There is a long beach on the front where the all inclusives are, but if you venture, up the hill (passed the taxi rank) towards the shops and restaurants, there is a small cliff (with steps carved out) which takes you down to a small sandy beach with loungers for hire. The other main beach walking down the hill, is a lot rockier, but cooler on hot days with a nice sea breeze.

I would highly recommend hiring a car and going up to the Plateau, the views are amazing, and there are some lovely traditional villages to have something to drink or eat. We went to all the local restaurants over the 2 weeks, and all good. I also agree the barbeque night is excellent and there is loads of food. Maria's potatoes were particularly good.

Overall, I would highly recommend Kreta Natur to someone wanting a more laid back Greek holiday, in a relaxing environment, with good access to shops and restaurants.

Room Tip: Stayed in Room 15, a ground floor triple apartment, with a good size patio area.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Adelaide
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

All the reviews we read on trip advisor were true ! Beautiful grounds and pool and the most welcoming of hosts,Maria,George and lets not forger Michael! From the moment we arrived everyone was on first name terms.food was fantastic and the BBQ night was a highlight on the last day of our holiday.
Things to know- make sure you haveThe right directions to the town!!
We went the wrong way in 30 + heat ?The walk back was not easy so a 7 euro taxi trip was required.
Car hire is plentiful but you need a good map and must not be of a nervous disposition when driving in the towns.we felt 3 days of car hire was enough to see historical sites and the like.
All in all it felt like we were in a big house visiting favourite relatives.
We would love to return but as we live in Oz we may not have the opportunity as we have so many other places we want to visit.
Thanks to all the other guests for welcoming us and imparting all their local knowledge.
Anne,Alan and grace

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Just spent 1week staying at George and Maria's small, friendly apartment complex. Couldn't ask for nicer hosts, they made us feel incredibly welcome and on a first name basis, couldn't do enough for us. We arrived early hours of the morning (4:00am). We were a little worried about reception being manned at that time, but George welcomed us upon arrival and let us into our room- no problems.

Our room was a double, with a small kitchen area. A simple electric cooking ring, kettle, toaster,fridge with freezer compartment, plates, cups & utensils were supplied. Our bed linen and towels were changed everyday. Room was clean and had aircon, hair dryer and ironing board. Perfect for what we needed.

Upon request (give a days notice) Maria cooked us a romantic meal consisting of chicken and potatoes (her own recipe), Greek salad, bread, homemade banana bread and ice cream and fruit, which was delicious!! It was served to us on the top terrace, where we could watch the sunset. Perfect.

We were lucky enough to sample George and Maria's BBQ night. Again, all beautifully home cooked. Had an amazing night, learning their traditional dance, smashing plates and sampling the famous Raki (be careful, it's strong!!)

Met some really wonderful people this week, there is very much a 'family' atmosphere. Peaceful, friendly, and relaxed,The pool area was kept clean, with outside showers and toilet block (all spotless).

The local area has a few supermarkets where we bought our supplies, and some little restaurants (All within walking distance). We hired a moped for €45 for 2 days, went exploring!
Lots to see & do on the island, even a Lidl couple of miles down the road for some cheap grub.

All in all a fantastic holiday, wouldn't hesitate to come back and/or recommend to friends.

Stayed July 2014
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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Kreta Natur is a place that needs to be visited, the pictures you see are exactly what it is like absolutely beautiful ! more often than not, the pictures you see of places are hardly recognisable once you get there but not Kreta Natur, in fact it s even better. George and Maria are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. It is the ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday, but if you want the nightlife, Hersonissis is only 20-30 min walk and a 7 euro taxi ride back. We are sun worshippers and the pool area is spectacular, unlike the large all inclusive hotels around and about Hersonissis, where sunbeds are set out row after row, at Kreta Natur you never feel overwhelmed by loads of people, as there are only 14 apartments there is plenty of room for everyone. The BBQ is a great night as you have a chance to get to know everyone better and the food is lovely. I have lost count of the number of times we have now been but for sure we will be returning.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

A fantastic place to relax amongst strangers who soon become friends. Like most we have returned because you can't resist the charms of George and Maria. It is not an act and soon realise you are part of their everyday life. Because Kreta is small you feel like you are in a large villa with friends and family, you naturally want to return to enjoy the relaxed Cretan way of life. 5 holidays later at Kreta and we are returning again in September. June was spent with 9 friends/family, four on their second trip and our two sons who after day one recognised instantly why we keep going back, next year they wish to take their girlfriends. Maria's food is the best and George always makes sure there is never a cloud to be seen. Michales, your cocktails are the best :) Many kisses.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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rotherham
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

We have now visited Kreta natur 6 times and I find a previous review astounding !!! George and Maria are amazing hosts and you could not wish to meet a more friendly and helpful couple who will go above and beyond to ensure you are totally satisfied with every aspect of your holiday. We are very proud to now call them our good friends. The apartments are spotless, the pool area is gorgeous and has to be the cleanest in all Greece. Maria is an amazing cook which you will find out at the weekly bbq,( although George is in charge of the meat done in his immaculate self built BBQ )which you cannot miss, it is the ideal time to meet everyone and have a fun night with fantastic food and of course plenty of raki !! we are still in contact with a number of friends we have met at Kreta natur. The amount of people that return year after year tells its own story .

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kreta Natur
Address: Anissaras | Chersonisos, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Hersonissos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hersonissos
#9 Family Hotel in Hersonissos
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Hersonissos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle of pines and palm trees, among birds and butterflies, under the glowing Cretan sun and in perfect balance with nature, you can find Kreta Natur, a dollish complex of 14 studios. Relax, rejuvenate get drifted in memories and fall in love... while overlooking the Cretan sea from the comfortable seats of the pool or from the verandas of the studios. Wander around the traditional Mediterranean gardens surrounding the studios and admire the impressive stones and flowers from the Cretan earth while feeling again how it is to be.. in perfect balance with nature. ... more   less 
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