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Country Hotel Velani

46 Velani, Avdou, Crete 700 05 Greece
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Luxury hotel located on a stunning hillside, over viewing the Avdou valley. Relaxing in the middle of untouched nature. 12 Hotel rooms located in bungalows.Infinity pool with separate children’s pool.Professional equestrian center on site, offering horse riding for all levels. Paragliding take off located above the hotel, and free available walking and hiking routes. Velani’s restaurant serves homemade cooking with fresh Cretan ingredients. A Family atmosphere with the very best in Greek hospitality.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Infinity pool
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Languages Spoken
English, Dutch
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Rererenata wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed for 1 week, end of Aug. We did a horse riding track. We adored our stay! Great facilities & service, amazing food, anc ofc great horses & horse riding teachers. The landscapes are outsanding. Better to rent a car if you would like to go to the beach
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Robert M wrote a review Oct 2019
North Olmsted, Ohio, United States6 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent a week here primarily for the horseback riding. The hotel rooms are comfortable and the views are terrific. The staff was very helpful and made sure we had everything we wanted. The food is the high point. One of us in the group tried almost everything on the menus and had a hard time deciding which meals were our favorites. I was raised on middle eastern food and this was some of the best I have eaten any where. My only "complaint" was that the portions were much larger than I could eat. As for the riding, the horses and staff were great. The scenery is both interesting beautiful. Of special interest was riding up to a cave which had been used (and is still being used) as a church during the Turkish occupation. The hotel helped us to arrange to go para-gliding. Ever want to soar with the eagles?, OK so they were vultures, still an amazing experience. In short, a wonderful combination of great riding with a terrific hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: Every room has a beautiful view down on the valley below.
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rlweishaar wrote a review Sep 2019
milford, MA41 contributions12 helpful votes
After traveling 14 hours from Boston, Country Hotel Velani is a great place to relax and unwind. It is about 45 minutes from the Heraklion airport, and has a great view of the area. Manolis is an excellent chef and whips up some terrific Cretan meals. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Our room was a little on the small side, but was very comfortable. We can’t wait to go back, even though we do not utilize the riding facility.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Bethh772019 wrote a review Sep 2019
Sheridan, Wyoming9 contributions
I traveled to Crete with four girlfriends for a week of riding through the lovely hills and villages nearby. The food was fresh, always delicious and very plentiful. I am gluten free, dairy free and mostly vegan, they took awesome care of my special dietary needs. We dined outside on a beautiful veranda with the most breathtaking view. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable, stepping outside the room was a patio overlooking another beautiful view of the lake below. We relaxed by a beautiful pool each afternoon, practiced yoga, enjoyed awesome massage therapy and loved hiking the beautiful hills. We had a very capable trail boss named Vladimir, who was patient and attentive to each of our individual needs. The horses are well cared for and as safe as any I have ever ridden. Manolis and Sabine Fragkakis run a first rate resort, concentrating on the cleanliness and comfort of each and every guest. Their dedication to details and putting the clients needs first was overwhelming and heartwarming as this is so often not the case. We all ended feeling like part of the family!!! I rarely travel overseas, but hope to visit Hotel Velani again.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
William W wrote a review Jun 2019
Guilsborough, United Kingdom64 contributions19 helpful votes
I don’t know quite what we expected but we went for a week riding horses and we aren’t as young as we used to be. The hotel was so comfortable, the food was Greek but terrific (just too much) and the surroundings were staggeringingly beautiful. The service was impeccable thanks to Nikos and May and it was just so hard to fault. For those interested in riding the horses were magnificent and the terrain demanding. But what a hols, what a week. And the owners, Manolis and Sabine, were simpatico and lovely. I’d go again.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$88 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Avdou Pediados
GreeceCreteHeraklion PrefectureAvdou
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Frequently Asked Questions about Country Hotel Velani
Which popular attractions are close to Country Hotel Velani?
Nearby attractions include Lassithi Plateau (4.0 miles), Kera Kardiotissa Monastery (2.3 miles), and Family Pitarokilis (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Country Hotel Velani?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Country Hotel Velani?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Country Hotel Velani?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Country Hotel Velani?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Country Hotel Velani?
Conveniently located restaurants include Portego, Lithos Taverna, and Taverna Krassopsychia.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Country Hotel Velani?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Country Hotel Velani?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Country Hotel Velani?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Country Hotel Velani?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Diktaio Andro (4.0 miles) and Megali Vrisi (Great Fountain) (2.9 miles).
Does Country Hotel Velani have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.