Hideaways in Crete
The Big Six: From beautiful stone farmhouses to pastel-coloured cottages
Saturday 03 August 2013
Paradise Island Villas, Anissaras
This family-run cluster of villas is on the north coast near Anissaras. It offers 12 spacious villas with chic rattan sofas, muslin-draped beds, private gardens and plunge pools. Hotel-style facilities include a communal pool, surrounded by olive groves, hammocks, sunbeds and a cocktail bar. Guests can enjoy traditionally prepared Greek meats at the weekly barbecue evening or sample refined Cretan fare at the à la carte Ambrosia Restaurant.
Paradise Island Villas, Anissaras (00 30 28 9702 2893; luxuryvillascrete.com). Nightly from €248, self catering. Villas sleep two to six.
Kapsaliana Village, Arkadi
This boutique hotel is built around the bones of an 18th-century Cretan settlement. Seventeen of the original houses have now been restored, with four newer additions that echo the traditional feel. Each suite has bare stone interiors, wooden beams, a wood-burning fire and rustic farmhouse furniture. Outside, the pool overlooks stunning rural landscape. Set on the island's largest olive grove, the estate also features an ancient olive press that guests are free to explore.
Kapsaliana Village, Arkadi (00 30 28 3108 3400; kapsalianavillage.gr). Nightly from €130, including breakfast. Suites sleep two to four.
Bleverde comprises two luxury villas, Elia and Levanda, that both offer idyllic rural views midway between Chania and Rethymnon. Surrounded by orchards, both have a full kitchen, luxurious living room, several balconies and a private pool, ensuring the sun's rays will never be missed. Inside, clean and elegant interiors contrast perfectly with the vibrant colours of the landscape around. For an extra charge, the hotel can also arrange a private chef or yoga instructor for guests.
Bleverde, Gavalohori (00 30 698 5875 903; bleverde.com). Weekly rental of Elia from €1,190; Levanda from €1,680. Each sleeps six.
Metohi Kindelis, Chania
This beautiful stone farmhouse dates back to the late-Venetian period. This, and a neighbouring building have now been restored into three independent apartments, each with a private pool, patio and garden. Fridges inside are stocked with fresh produce, grown in the surrounding estate, with provisions for breakfast, as well as wine, coffee and other delicacies, all included. Regular cooking sessions provide guests with a hands-on insight into local cuisine.
Metohi Kindelis, Chania (00 30 28 2104 1321; metohi-kindelis.gr). Nightly from €220, including breakfast. Each sleeps two to four.
Villa Ippocampi, Koutouloufari
Built in classic Greek-island style, this resort offers 11 simple apartments and two larger suites. Laid-back and peaceful, each is set in a leafy walled garden lined with olive, lemon and orange trees. Most also have a private terrace and pergola with views of the blue Aegean waters and the old fishing port of Chersonissos. The town of Koutouloufari itself is a traditional tangle of winding lanes and tavernas, within easy reach of a range of sandy beaches.
Villa Ippocampi, Koutouloufari (00 30 28 9702 2316; ippocampi.gr). Nightly from €100, self catering. Villas sleep two to five.
Eleonas offers 20 pastel-coloured cottages on a sloping mountainside in southern Crete, with a lovely pool and taverna. The estate grows its own vegatables and has a handful of goats, chickens and horses, which guests are invited to help feed. The mountainous scenery is perfect for activity enthusiasts too, with boat rides, bird-watching, mountain biking and horse-riding on hand at nearby Lake Zaros and the Agios Nikolaos canyon.
Eleonas, Zaros (00 30 28 9403 1238; eleonas.gr). Nightly from €70, including breakfast. Cottages sleep two to four.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
The 50 Best spas
Luton airport voted worst in Britain for second time running
Mystery as 'lake' appears in middle of Tunisian desert and becomes overnight tourist attraction
August Bank Holiday 2014: Five ways to make the most of it
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
£6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...
£17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...
£23,000: Sauce Recruitment: A global leader in sports and entertainment is now...