“Travellers looking for somewhere to practice mindfulness in a peaceful Cretan setting need look no further. Tranquillity rules here. Most of the time, as you sit gazing out over olive-covered foothills to the sparkling Aegean, there's little noise except for birdsong, cicadas and the distant clank of goat-bells.
Elia Traditional Hotel stands in 10 acres of gardens shaded by lemon and olive trees, brightened by clumps of bougainvillea and perfumed by flowering jasmine. Footpaths connect hidden nooks, perfect for an hour with a book. Breakfast features home-grown fruit, fresh baked bread and cheese and spinach pies and fresh orange juice, served wherever (and whenever) you want. Lunch and dinner are served on the pool terrace or in the hotel's own taverna. Bedrooms are in restored stone cottages and outbuildings surrounding a former farmouse that has been in the family since the 19th century. Colours are cream and pink, with exposed beams and stonework. Some rooms are split-level, with mezzanine sleeping areas, and all are decorated with antique wooden furniture, traditional fabrics and Cretan pottery. Villa sleeping 6 is also available.”
Written by Robin Gauldie