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“This small, rustic spa retreat offers peace and quiet in the Cretan hills. With a pool and a good traditional restaurant, it's the kind of cosy cocoon that some guests won't want to leave, but for those who do the bright lights of Chania are a short drive away.”

“This small, rustic spa retreat offers peace and quiet in the Cretan hills. With a pool and a good traditional restaurant, it's the kind of cosy cocoon that some guests won't want to leave, but for those who do the bright lights of Chania are a short drive away.”

Hotel Review

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.
Recommended for
  • Spa breaks
  • Sauna and hammam
  • Country Escape
  • Set amid olive groves and reputely located next to the oldest olive tree in the world
  • Total relaxation
  • Families
  • Groups
 

Written by Robin Gauldie

Recommended For

  • Spa breaks
  • Sauna and hammam
  • Sights nearby
  • Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa. Ancient Olive Tree Museum and world's oldest olive tree a short walk away
  • Country Escape
  • Set amid olive groves and reputely located next to the oldest olive tree in the world
  • Great walks
  • Easy-going walks on the doorstep, challenging treks nearby
  • Riding
  • Zefiros horse-riding club at Akrotir.
  • Yoga
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Total relaxation
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Watersports
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments including mud massage and aromatherapy
  • Beach nearby
  • Secluded beaches on Rodopos peninsula
  • Antiques
  • Antique furniture in all the bedrooms
  • Airport
  • Chania airport 45 minute drive
  • Eco
  • Remote
  • Quiet
  • Romantic
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Organic food
  • Charming
  • Restaurant
  • Child friendly
  • On an island
  • Disabled access
  • Wellbeing
  • Traditional

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Spa treatments including mud massage and aromatherapy
  • Garden
  • Lush gardens filled with tropical plants
  • Private villas
  • 1 villa to rent sleeps 6.
  • Fireplace
  • Cots available
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Massage
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Child friendly
  • Sitting Room
  • Disabled access
  • Air conditioning
  • Hot Tub
  • Satellite / Cable TV

Activities

  • Sights nearby
  • Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa. Ancient Olive Tree Museum and world's oldest olive tree a short walk away
  • Great walks
  • Easy-going walks on the doorstep, challenging treks nearby
  • Riding
  • Zefiros horse-riding club at Akrotir.
  • Yoga
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Watersports

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