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69 rooms from £344 per night
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“A luxury boutique hotel with quirky design and a private stretch of beach. Suites, bungalows, and villas are light and airy with large swathes of glass and a modern take on Cretian design. There's a gorgeous lagoon-style pool, a small spa, and a restaurant. A luxurious hideaway near Rethymnon.”

“A luxury boutique hotel with quirky design and a private stretch of beach. Suites, bungalows, and villas are light and airy with large swathes of glass and a modern take on Cretian design. There's a gorgeous lagoon-style pool, a small spa, and a restaurant. A luxurious hideaway near Rethymnon.”

Hotel Review

The Grecotel group has transformed this former three-star into the Rethymnon area's first true luxury boutique resort. It's a blinder – that's blinding as in 'fabulously stylish' and as in 'dazzlingly white', with blue accents. The sun glimmers off a lagoon-like, seawater relaxation pool, surrounded by palms, that is the hotel's focal point. Around it, suites and villas continue the colour scheme, even down to the specially commissioned floor tiles, bed linens and soft furnishings. Huge walk-in showers, Nespresso machines, wine coolers and hand-carved furniture are among the in-room trimmings. White canvas gazebos provide shade around the pool and on the semi-private sandy beach. Eating and drinking options include brasserie and a la carte restaurants, piano bar, poolside dining. 'Tasty Corner' provides free meals and snacks for kids all day and there are lots of activities for tots, teens and pre-teens.

 

Written by Robin Gauldie

Recommended For

  • Romantic Break
  • For romance pick the Caramel Luxury Suite Private, which has a good-sized terrace with sea views and an outdoor whirlpool bath
  • Families
  • With a spa for adults and a kids club complete with boundless activities for children, this is an ideal choice for families
  • Local exploring
  • The location feels secluded, however, the attractions of Rethymnon are just 7km away
  • Beach Life
  • Set directly on a stretch of sandy beach, this is the perfect beach destination
  • Other Activities
  • Visit traditional Agreco Farm, with its own organic taverna and petting zoo
  • Sights nearby
  • Just minutes from Rethymno's ancient Venetian Harbour
  • Museums
  • Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna
  • Diving
  • PADI Underwater Diving school
  • Watersports
  • including canoes and pedalos
  • Kayaking
  • Available at the hotel beach
  • Mountain biking
  • Bikes available at hotel
  • Windsurfing
  • Available nearby
  • Total relaxation
  • Whirlpool Bathtub
  • An outdoor whirlpool in the Caramel Luxury Suite Private
  • Restaurant
  • The à la carte Brasserie serves seafood and meat dishes
  • Gym
  • Join in with aerobics or aqua-aerobics
  • Spa
  • Elixir Spa and ayurvedic treaments
  • Child friendly
  • Children's play area
  • Views
  • Cretan sea views
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Opulent
  • On the beach
  • Disabled access
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Family Suites
  • Kids Club
  • Chic
  • Luxury
  • Contemporary

Facilities

  • Whirlpool Bathtub
  • An outdoor whirlpool in the Caramel Luxury Suite Private
  • Restaurant
  • The à la carte Brasserie serves seafood and meat dishes
  • Gym
  • Join in with aerobics or aqua-aerobics
  • Spa
  • Elixir Spa and ayurvedic treaments
  • Child friendly
  • Children's play area
  • Swimming Pool
  • Lagoon-style pool
  • Games room
  • Table tennis area
  • Views
  • Cretan sea views
  • Cots available
  • Massage
  • No pets
  • Bicycle hire
  • Private dining room
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Garden
  • Safe
  • Concierge
  • Suites
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Air conditioning
  • Sitting Room
  • Kids Club
  • Parking
  • Family Suites
  • Bar
  • Bicycles available
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Airport transfer
  • Outdoor dining

Activities

  • Other Activities
  • Visit traditional Agreco Farm, with its own organic taverna and petting zoo
  • Sights nearby
  • Just minutes from Rethymno's ancient Venetian Harbour
  • Museums
  • Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna
  • Diving
  • PADI Underwater Diving school
  • Watersports
  • including canoes and pedalos
  • Kayaking
  • Available at the hotel beach
  • Mountain biking
  • Bikes available at hotel
  • Windsurfing
  • Available nearby

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Originally published by The Times (view article)