We stayed here in early July for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The directions (in particular the photographs of key road junctions and signs) were really helpful so it was no problem to find Kapsaliana at all. The room was lovely, with the quietest air conditioning I've ever come across! The inside/outside setting of the restaurant was also quite magical in the evening (listening to the Scops owls gently hooting to each other was a treat) and we particularly enjoyed the special Cretan food and wine menu; it was the first time that the chef and his team had offered this special menu, and it was a great success.
Although we had a car, we took advantage of the offer of a lift up to the Arkadiou Monastery so that we could walk back through the gorge to the hotel. The monastery is really beautiful and the flowers in the courtyard were so colourful. It was also really nice to walk back through the surrounding countryside to the hotel.
We also loved the hotel cats!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, Kapsaliana Village Hotel in Crete offers accommodation profoundly different from any other in the Mediterranean. A holiday experience in a village which has been fully restored with high respect to the history and architecture of this land. Kapsaliana was part of the Arkadi Monastery. The story of the settlement starts in 1600 with the construction of the church, and continues with the creation of the olive oil mill in 1763. More people then came to the area to work on the olive trees and land, and built houses around the olive oil mill which, during the peak era, accommodated 13 families and 50 people. Nowadays, the settlement of Kapsaliana has been converted with love and artistry into a unique hotel. With particular care and diligent work the olive oil mill, the church and the utility rooms were gradually transformed into rooms and suites, restaurant, swimming pool and lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kapsaliana Village Hotel Greece/Adele, Crete