Crete: Luxury hotels and Greek hospitality at its best
The island of Crete is some 350 kms long and at its widest, only 55 kms from north to south. Scenically the island is a mixture of mountains, the ever present sea and fertile plains.
Resort areas are now quite commercialised with the notable exception of Elounda. However a short drive inland will take the visitor to a very different world where a timeless way of life still goes on. There is a wealth of history on the island, the most famous example being the Minoan Palace at Knossos.
Our chosen resorts
Elounda – a quiet fishing village with some excellent restaurants. Our hotels are between 1 - 4 kms away on a gorgeous bay with views across to the island of Spinalonga.
Aghios Nikolaos – a lively town with a picturesque port and, according to legend, a bottomless lake.
Rethymnon – Dominated by a huge fort, old Rethymnon is a picture perfect combination of Venetian and Turkish architecture. This is evident in the narrow cobbled streets lined with boutiques. But modern Rethymnon has a fabulous sandy beach and a bewildering choice of bars and restaurants.
Hotels – We have selected our hotels with great care. We show the official rating of the Greek authorities in each heading, but we can offer lots of advice about the suitability of each hotel to your needs.
The island boasts an 18 hole par 71 golf course at Hersonissos. It naturally offers a covered driving range, practice green and a golf academy. Many of our hotels offer reduced rates at this course and can pre-book tee times for you.
Crete is also highly recommended to walkers and hikers – we are happy to suggest Landscapes of Western or Eastern Crete published by Sunflower Books ) as a very helpful guide on the subject.
Private taxi transfers.
Welcome gift in rooms.
Fly from your local airport.
Things to do
Activities for visitors are many and varied, but the coastline and the wide range of watersports
offered by most hotels will be popular. Examples of the fascinating history of the island abound, whilst the Samaria Gorge is a truly beautiful walk, 11 miles long.
At 2700 feet above sea level lies the fertile Lassithi Plateau, known for its white sailed windmills. Try the one day mini cruise to Santorini, reputedly the lost city of Atlantis.
Whilst car hire is an added cost it does increase the pleasure of exploring this lovely island. As an example a three day rental of a Group B car would cost around £162.
Local best buys Include beautifully made jewellery, some based on designs found at Knossos, wine, leather goods and onyx.
Please note: Air-conditioning is under hotel management control.