Accommodation in Crete
To match its array of landscapes, beaches and holiday styles, Crete has a
super portfolio of places to stay and to suit all budgets. Ranging from
large hotel complexes that offer inclusive entertainment, hotels or
apartments that also offer language, cooking, sporting, walking, pony
trekking and other activities, luxury villas with their own personal spa, to
small self-catering studios or rooms, and everything in between. It could be
a beachside haven or a village paradise surrounded by fruit trees and
mountain views, Crete offers it all.
Because of the size of the island there are still large tracts of Crete that are peaceful and almost empty, and its quite superb during mid to low season. Look around the Elounda peninsula, a 45 minute drive from Iraklion airport, for gorgeous resorts that can match anything in the Mediterranean. If you are willing to book independently and early, a number of Greek accommodations booking sites offer some real bargains, with hoteliers seemingly unloading extra capacity on the quiet.
Crete does not have to be expensive. In the old Venetian quarter of Rethymnon some very good bargains can be found whereas at the other end of the scale, Crete has plenty of
away from it all accommodation in the wild western hills.
Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites is family owned in the cosmopolitan Elounda resort in Crete. A member of the
Small Luxury Hotels of the World there are just 14 deluxe villas with private pools and Jacuzzi, plus some magnificent suites. Pamper yourself with day-long water therapy, take in the fine cobalt-blue sea views, and dine at the superb a la carte restaurant on site.
Mythos Suites are a collection of studios and suites in a 16th century building with prices at very reasonable rates. The hotel has a tiny pool and a pretty inner courtyard.
Wild Western hills
Milia Village is a complex of 13 rooms and cottages in restored stone houses heated by wood burning stoves. There is no pool, but it does boast great views from the terraces and balconies, and a fine traditional taverna on site. This is fortuitous as it is miles from anywhere.
South east coast. Makrygialos.
White River Cottages is just one kilometre north of the cheerful, low-key resort of Makrygialos. This flock of shepherd cottages with stone floors, low wooden ceilings and fireplace nooks stands amid olive and carob groves. There is a tiny swimming pool and the big beach that gives Makrygialos its name is only a 20 minute walk away. .