This newly-opened hotel in Crete is a great find. Located in the north of the island, it’s well located for making the most of the island, but far from the world of traditional resort tourism. It’s also a great space – a combination of elegant white Cycladic style with eclectic world decor. It has five different rooms, four of which function as fully autonomous apartments. A great luxury villa in Crete for sampling traditional village life.
Cyclades Villa Hotel Heraklion, Crete, Greece
This small hotel in Crete was opened in 2016 by a globe-trotting couple who fell in love with the island’s blue skies and relaxed lifestyle. A few years ago, on a work visit, they stumbled upon a little village 2km inland from the sea. They found a plot of land on a hillside, on which were two derelict Cyclades-style cottages that had previously been used as a hotel.
They renovated the buildings, creating an authentic Greek hotel with a modern twist. They gave it a cool color palette and filled it with eclectic objects found in their travels, giving the space a relaxed but very personal feel.
Travellers wanting to get away from the crowds and experience the small village lifestyle will find its location very appealing. The hotel is located in Koutouloufari, which has charming tavernas and shops. It’s the best of both worlds, a relaxed hillside location with stunning views of the ocean and easy access to the coast, with all of its well-known tourist spots and entertainment.
The hotel is made up of four apartments and one room, all of which have either a balcony or a terrace leading into the garden. Each has a bathroom, and the apartments all have small kitchens.
If you’re looking for a luxury villa in Crete that can accommodate up to 12 guests (or just two), this a great find.
All rooms have modern, masonry bathrooms in Greek patité, open closets, air conditioning and heaters, as well as a wireless network. There are no TVs in the rooms, but they can be requested.
The hotel is self-catering, but a Cretan breakfast is available on request with fresh orange juice, coffee or tea, Cretan bread, local honey, Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts, fresh Greek cheese like feta and graviera, olives and small tomatoes. The price is €25 per room (for two guests). There is also a bar that serves drinks, coffee and sundowners during the day.
The hotel is located a few minutes on foot from the village of Koutouloufari in northern Crete, 20 minutes by car from Heraklion and 30 minutes from Agios Nikolaos. It’s a charming village with shops and taverns, great food and, say the owners, the atmosphere of the movie Mamma Mia. The owners recommend a car for exploring the island.
Koutouloufari, Crete, Greece. Nearest airport: Heraklion (30km).
BEST TIME TO VISIT
May to September, but the climate is excellent all year round. The summer months in Crete are busy, but the beaches are largely deserted in May and October, making them very pleasant months for visiting the island. Easter and the weeks leading up to Christmas are great times to visit.
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Cyclades Villa Hotelfrom €100/ nt
|$260 x 4||$1,040|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|TOTAL (with Deposit)||$1,780|
100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.