I won't repeat the superlatives of the previous reviews as they are all correct. Instead, I hope to draw attention to other superb aspects of this property, its location and the service provided.
The villa is a little off the beaten track and a car is essential though the road that seems daunting to begin with is one that you will actually come to miss when your holiday ends! It is about 10 minutes 'off the hill' to the nearest village with tavernas and a shop and about 20 to a good town and beach.
The location is great for exploring the lesser known reaches of Crete and particularly the White Mountains and the Apokoronas. The cities of Chania and Rethymno, both stunning, cultured places are about 40 minutes away and worth every minute of the drive.
The real jewel is Panokosmos itself and the marvellous hosts, John and Yasmin, for whom nothing is too much trouble, whether it be providing directions and recommendations to places of interest or places to eat. However, do not miss out on their cooking which was some of the best we experienced in this part of the island over the two weeks we stayed.
We will be coming back to Panokosmos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panokosmos - "on top of the world" in Greek - is an exclusive, luxurious, one of a kind bed & breakfast in Crete. Its unique location, with spectacular panoramic views of mountains, gorges and the sea offers an "away from it all" experience. You'll feel among friends as we look after you. For breakfast we'll create tasty offerings with home-made rolls, local orange blossom honey, sheeps milk yoghurt & handcrafted fresh ground coffee! We know the most interesting out of the way tavernas & restaurants. Refresh yourself with a swim in the huge private pool, laze out on loungers amongst the mountains or wander in the lush Mediterranean gardens. There are wonderful walks to experience peace and tranquillity in the bracing mountain air. We can take and collect you, and offer you a splendid packed lunch. We have a rooftop apartment with a kitchenette and two rooms, or a spacious bedroom suite with luxurious ensuite bathroom all equipped to the highest bed & breakfast standards. We are an unconventional couple in our 50-60s, who want to share our good fortune in finding this wonderful place. Why don't you come and experience the magic of our bed & breakfast for yourself? Because it is, after all, just such a special place. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Panokosmos Holidays Kalyves, Crete - Chania