All ten of the cottages look absolutely charming and are in very close proximity of the main 'hotel' area which comprises of an open sided reading/relaxing room and open sided and sheltered breakfast terrace/room. Also comfortable outside seating areas. The gardens are meticulously maintained as is the pool area. Mint cottage is a bit of a hidden gem and would be the ideal choice for anyone who welcomes privacy. Set just off the very quiet country lane adjacent to the hotel entrance it is approached through an archway into a courtyard area where there are steps to the right leading to Fennel and Bay, neither of these properties use these steps as they both have more direct entrances. A further arch leads to an enclosed dining courtyard and the entrance to Mint, a single story stone built cottage with both a front and side door which in turn leads to another smaller terrace with a side view over a field and countryside beyond (field is a bit tatty). Inside the cottage is surprisingly large with lovely original features and exposed stonework. The dressing area is spacious with large wardrobe and there is even a single bed behind a screen. Shower room is small but perfectly adequate.
Bedroom which is on a raised, part open plan level was larger than expected with two high up windows and again ample storage. The cottage is dark but this is a blessing as beautifully cool when hot outside, equally when the weather turned cold it was warm, so the best of both worlds. However what we were not expecting was the private roof terrace, reached via steps from the courtyard. This terrace is spectacular, sun loungers (not the most comfortable I have ever relaxed on), table, chairs and umbrella but the icing on the cake is the breathtaking view of the white mountains and the garden of the hotel. For sun and scenery lovers this is the ideal relaxing/sunbathing area. We never felt the need to lie by the pool. All those who work at Arosmari are delightful and extremely good at their jobs and nothing seems to be too much trouble.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arosmari Village Hotel is a haven; a cluster of stone and cypress wood cottages with a beautiful garden at its heart, set in the timeless village of Vamos. Here, among roses, jasmine and lavender are many secret corners to read, meditate or sleep the afternoon away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Arosmari Village Retreat Hotel Vamos
- Arosmari Village Retreat Vamos, Crete, Greece