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“The perfect holiday in Crete!” 5 of 5 stars
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St. George's Retreat Village
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Kokkino Chorio, Crete 73008, Greece   |  
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“The perfect holiday in Crete!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We spend two wonderful weeks here....The first thing that captures your senses are the panorama views of the entire Souda Bay, the retreat is a village of 9 villas surrounded by fruit trees and flower gardens..Wow!!!
The villas are perfect size for a small family, with many commodities.
Pools, grills, full Kitchen,etc...
The Almyrida sandy beach is a short distance away, this area also has a variety of good restaurants.
Stefanos and Roula are there to make your holiday memorable and perfect!
Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your kindness, and your hospitality.
We will be back soon

Room Tip: Every villa is beautiful!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

These villas are just perfect. The fruit trees and herbs surrounding the villas make for an inspiring environment to cook your own food. The villas are clean and just perfect size with everything you need for a family. The trip is coming to an end and I wish I could come every year to this very special place. I recommend to anyone who reads this post you will not be disappointed. The views are fantastic and the drive there is challenging. You need a car for the week you spend there.
Enjoy this great find!
Thank you Stefanos and voula

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Faxe Ladeplads, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This little village of 9 independent units (houses) offers the most magnificent backbone to a honeymoon, a family vacation or a get-together vacation for friends. The experience from the very beginning was more than excellent - making the reservation and deposit payment was easy, when I requested a few preparations as this was our honeymoon, the reply was simply "consider it done"! And that is the basic attitude of the two very pleasant owners of this fantastic resort - consider it done from the get go. Such attention is paid to detail; flower arrangements, a room set up especially for our baby and necessary amenities available ready to use, locally produced marmelade in the fridge, wine, cretan Raki on the table and of course homemade oliveoil ready on the kitchen table. Nothing was missing, in fact we discovered little surprises everywhere in the wonderful house. The views from all houses are astonishing and automatically draws you to a life on your own terrasse or on one of the shared pool areAs. Everything is kept to a high standard and the atmosphere is very pleasant - in fact family-like. One of these rare places that you are sad to leave and definitely want to return to! Thank you fro the bottom of our hearts to Rula and Stefanos for making our honeymoon a dream to remember.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brittany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The name "Retreat" is very much appropriate!, that's the word that drew us into researching and finally booking this stay at Stefanos and Roula's villas. We were made most welcome by Katarina and the Stefanos came to see us and explained the area, where to go and eat etc and where to explore, nothing was too much bother. When we arrived the fridge was stocked with bread, milk, eggs, cheese, home made cake and marmalade, chocs and wine in our bedroom, it was such a lovely touch and leant that we didn't need to seek out a grocery shop immediately on arrival. We were invited to help ourselves to the fruit on the trees, we had pomegranite, grapes, plums and lemons. The villa is well stocked with kitchen equipment etc and we also had an outdoor BBQ which we used on 2 ocassions. There is also a swimming pool and another outside BBQ area by the swimming pool. We also discovered another swimming pool which you could have had use of too. Thank you Stefanos an Roula for a wonderful opportunity to rest and recharge out batteries, and thanks for having the weather so gorgeous too!. Perhaps one day we shall get back, we hope so, don't change, you have a great formula for taking great care of your clients!, many thanks!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had a wonderful two weeks at St George's Villa Retreat. It's been said many times before, but Stefanos and Roula really are amazing hosts. We arrived at 11pm and were welcomed with open arms. The fridge was stocked with a bottle of wine, beer, homemade dolmades, cake, cheese, ham, bread, eggs etc. And some lovely touches like a bottle of olive oil and raki/ouzo. We stayed in Villa Calliope and it was spotless and equipped with absolutely everything – the washing machine was just a godsend. Our 4-year-old Sam loved it here and fell in love with Fluffy the dog (also renamed Sausages by him!!) The pools were fabulous – Sam learnt to swim here – and the views stunning. Sam also enjoyed the playground. The grounds of St George's are stunning – beautiful flowers everywhere and loads of fresh fruit trees – figs, pomegranates, pears, peaches, lemons, oranges. Also lots of tomatoes – which Roula told us to just help ourself to – delicious. You definitely need a car. Stefanos gave us details of a local firm and they were wonderful – we dealt with them directly and they were half the price of the big rental names. Someone was waiting for us at arrivals at the airport and took us straight to the car – all very efficient and hassle free. They also gave us great directions for getting to St George's. Hania and Rethmynon are both beautiful towns and worth visiting. The water park near Hania was fun – perfect for little ones and not too overcrowded despite being July. We made it to Knossos and enjoyed wandering around the ruins. One highlight was a beautiful drive through the Theriso Gorge. As for beaches, we spent a lot of time at Kalives – again, idea for little ones and generally not too overcrowded. We cooked several times at the villa – the communal BBQ was fantastic – and the kitchen well equipped. Otherwise we ate out in Plaka, Almirida and Hania a few times. Thank you Stefanos and Roula for a fabulous time. We have travelled extensively and independently (backpacking until we had a child) and this trip was just brilliant, relaxing and stress free. We plan to hopefully come back.

Room Tip: We had villa Callipo – it was next to the playground so perfect for sitting on the balcony and being...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Stefanos, Roula, I have been meaning to write this review for quite some time as my husband, 1 year old daughter and father-in-law spent a week at St George's last summer. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, a private little house with breathtaking views, privacy and the kind of scenery you can't get enough of when you open those patio doors every morning, this is your escape! I remember just wandering the property and picking fresh fruit off the trees, then plunging into the refreshing pool and taking in the view of the sea on one side and the massive mountain on the other, the sound of goats wandering the mountains... This place is nothing short of magical.

The villas are beautifully appointed, cozy, spotless. Roula and Stefanos are such charismatic, genuine and attentive hosts. They would make fresh fruit puree for my daughter one morning, bring fresh eggs the next, succulent homemade jam the next...and the list goes on. I would return in a heartbeat.

On a side note, I couldn't help but think how perfect of a wedding destination this would be. There is a charming picturesque tiny white chapel right behind the complex and a restaurant with the most breathtaking views just a few steps up the hill. I couldn't imagine a more perfect place for a wedding for family and friend to stay in the villas all together.

Just go! You will not regret it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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40 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was more than a villa rental – it was a Cretan experience. The historical location is just outside of a small village and half way up a mountain in a mix of farming and residential properties. Quiet location, stunning sea and mountain views from each patio.

Our villa was super clean and well equipped with modern conveniences including a clothes washer. What sets the bar really high is that the owners have exceeded expectations by providing a very extensive, well planned, welcome pack. We did not have to immediately rush out for groceries. Later on, we chose to shop at the local markets for meat and produce to be cooked Greek style on the wood fired BBQs provided on site.

Stefanos provided local, cultural and historical information which lead us to a better understanding and appreciation of the area. We now comprehend the villa name “St. George’s Retreat”. We appreciated learning about the agriculture on this property and he even taught us how to prune grape vines!

To those wanting a peaceful base to explore the Chania area, this villa is worth the short drive. Yes – it is a bit out of the way and an interesting drive through a series of towns but - Oh what a ride!

Thank you Stefanos and Roula for your attention to even the smallest details and making the experience a truly memorable one. Of course - we loved your Dog! She checked up on all guests each day.

Room Tip: All views are scenic. Request if you want Pool view or near Children's playground.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about St. George's Retreat Village

Address: Kokkino Chorio, Crete 73008, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 570 Specialty Lodging in Chania Prefecture
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — St. George's Retreat Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
About the Retreat: The Retreat Village is situated just below the famous St. George's Retreat cave. The complex benefits from extensive cultivated gardens, olive trees, a vineyard with its own wine press, and a large number of fruit trees, which the guests are free to taste. They are ideal for families and friends who would like to holiday together, but still maintain their private space. There are discounts available for groups who wish to book 3 or more villas. Contact the owner for details. There are two shared pools and a large BBQ area containing both a BBQ spit and traditional baking oven, while the tavern situated high up above the villas will take care of any appetite desire. The village of Kokkino Chorio is 5 minutes drive away while Plaka and Almyrida villages are a further 5 minutes drive each. ... more   less 
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