Stayed at Milia Mountain Retreat for a week late October 2013. Its a scary drive down to the village so we ate here every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the evening. (Yes, the drive really was a challenge in our rubbish old rental car and put us off from exploring further afield!)
The village is unique, all of the rooms are very different and have outside terraces and areas for you to sit and relax.The accommodation is clean and comfortable and has central heating radiators and some electric lighting. You can charge electrical devices in the restaurant. The beds are extremely comfortable (cocomat eco friendly).
The smell of the woodsmoke is wonderful (the burner heats the water for the showers and the heating in the rooms - we had cold water only for a few days because they forgot to add wood to the fire). The views are gorgeous out across the valley. There are plenty of places to walk and you don't see another person all day, just lots of goats, birds, even badgers! The maps provided are difficult to understand - our recommendation is to set off in the general direction then just keep your eyes peeled for a red or yellow painted arrow on a rock or a wall (or a blue one, sometimes they run out of paint ;) ....)
The food is local, traditional cretan fare, delicious. Breakfast was a bit disorganised - when something had run out they didn't always have more to put out (that's fine for the fresh things but not acceptable to run out of boxed breakfast cereals or eggs). The mountain tea was particularly appreciated.
We went for a week to de-stress in peace and quiet. Unfortunately there was a large group of several families who arrived together with a lot of children under 6 years old who were allowed to run amok without regard for other guests (I know that makes me sound like an old spoilsport but these kids were REALLY loud, largely unsupervised by the adults in their group and behaved like little brats - I love kids, I believe in them having fun and space to explore, play, be free but these lot were unruly and put us off our dinner in the restaurant some nights!)
Loved our visit but I wouldn't stay again for a whole week - three days was quite enough, mainly because there is enough to enjoy right there in the mountain for three days but it isn't a good base to explore the area. We visited Elafonissi which isn't far but took several hours to drive to because of the terrain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An abandoned Medieval Settlement has been transformed into a mountain Eco Retreat with 10 guest houses.A restaurant with local organic produce is working daily for residents or for day visitors. The operation is all year round. The Mountain Retreat keep all the farming activities as was in the past offering also very quiet and tranquil vacations and mountain hikes just on your door step. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Milia Hotel Chania Prefecture