Recommended accommodation website: i-escape
Greece’s largest island has a bit of everything: glorious sandy beaches, idyllic villages perched among olive groves, bustling coastal towns with Venetian harbours, immense snow-capped mountains with deep gorges, riots of spring flowers and 300+ days of sunshine per year.
Add to that the famous Cretan hospitality which starts with a raki on the house and ends with an evening of impromptu folk music under the stars. But, if we’re honest (and that’s our style), it also has some pretty grim resorts – making it vital to choose your accommodation carefully.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve cherry-picked our very favourite boutique hotels and stylish houses for rent, visiting each one in person and writing the most detailed, trustworthy reviews you’ll find on the web.
Our range includes a gorgeous rural hideaway with 19 boutique rooms and suites and stunning sea views; a charming adults-only haven with four chic studios and a villa for six, all with sea-facing pools; a trio of gorgeous family-sized houses, each with their own pool, tucked away on the north coast; and these eight spectacular villas set on a panoramic hilltop above beautiful beaches (plus three seafront villas near Kissamos).
For affordable tranquility, it’s hard to beat this five-room villa rental above the Chania coast which offers relaxing spa treatments, stupendous horizons and superb value for money.
With lots of direct flights into Chania and Heraklion from various UK airports, it’s a doddle to arrange – just make a no-obligation enquiry at your chosen property on i-escape (you can hold rooms for five+ days), then book your flight and hire car independently, and away you go.
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