I hesitate to write this review, as by promoting this idylic place I'm likely to contribute to its expansion and possible alteration. Ho hum. Pavlos, Costas, their sister and parents provide travellers with a simple, relaxed taverna where you can really unwind. Everyone is anxious to ensure you are happy, and will help plan walks, taxi boats to neighbouring bays, and onward travel etc.
The rooms are simple - our 25 Euro/night version had a (usually) hot shower, loo, bed & balcony. An extra 10 Euro gets A/C and slightly newer decor. Views over the unspoilt bay from our balcony were great - occasional ferries, taxi boats and a few lights from the few other places in the bay.
The food was simple but good. We ate 'in' every evening as walking to neighbouring places would be a bit hairy over the rocky path to Loutro or the 'Old Phoenix' in the next door bay. The menu is pretty basic but its worth asking for other things as they can cook whatever you want given a few hours notice.
We stayed a week and managed to entertain ourselves with the occasional walk to Loutro and a bigger yomp on one day. Otherwise chilling on the rocky beach, reading under the shade of the Tamarisk trees and being smug that we weren't one of the many people walking the entire E4 trail kept us entertained. In early October we had 25-30C every day and the sea was like a bath. Heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful location with direct access to sea. On E4 coastal path. All rooms have balcony with sea view. Home produced yoghurt, honey and cheese. Boat taxi service to and from Loutro and local beaches. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Taverna Akrogiali Loutro, Crete, Greece