Early this year we decided we wanted to go to a Greek island for our summer family holiday. We were undecided on which island until we found the website for St George’s Retreat – it looked so lovely and the two Trip Advisor reviews were glowing, this coupled with the guest testimonials on their website convinced us!
We were planning to holiday alone with our 7 year old, so wanted somewhere where he might make friends but not somewhere with kids clubs and loads of children, therefore St George’s Retreat looked ideal for us. So we picked the island of Crete on the strength of what St George’s Retreat promised!
Having just returned from our two week holiday, we were not disappointed with our choice in any way at all, in fact it exceeded our expectations in every way. Friends with their two boys decided to join us for our second week and they too were delighted.
The whole site is beautifully set on a mountain side, with gorgeous views of Souda Bay. There are two swimming pools, a children’s playground, communal BBQ and baking oven. The site is full of fruit trees and vines; while we were there we have had figs, plums and grapes from the trees each day. It is all extremely well maintained both the villas and the grounds.
The villa we had (Villa Clio) was really lovely, it was two storey with 4 verandas, three of which have fabulous views, it is one of the highest villas on the site and the sunsets you get from two of the verandas are really something else!
Everything was lovely and clean, with treats on the bed for both adults and children and fresh supplies in the fridge, eggs, cheese, ham, butter, juice, milk plus fresh bread and wine! What a really lovely surprise.
It is a 5 minute drive to the nearest taverna, 8 minutes to the nearest small supermarket and 10 minutes to the nearest beach in Almyrida (with a fabulous sandy beach – great for sandcastles!), lovely sea for swimming and easy parking right next to the beach even in the height of the season, tavernas all along the sea front, so you can eat dinner while the children play on the beach right next to you!
We had a great morning out on a speed boat, visiting caves, swimming and snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters http://villascreteholidays.com/content/view/293/77/ and also a fun afternoon at a local waterpark. Chania old town and harbour is very pretty and definitely worth a visit. Apart from that we simply visited the beach and sat by the pool, the children all entertained themselves and played, while we chatted and read books. Perfect!
We met some great fun people at St George’s Retreat and enjoyed their company enormously, both round the pool and dining out in an evening, and having BBQs at the communal BBQ.
However, the jewel in the crown has to be the owners of St George’s Retreat; Stefanos and Roula, the two most genuine, hospitable, hardworking and lovely people we have ever met. Without in any way being intrusive, they just wanted to ensure our stay was as enjoyable as it possibly could be. Stefanos’s command of the English language would put a lot of English people to shame! Nothing was ever too much trouble and they were both great company too. We had two BBQs with them while we were there and these were the two most memorable nights of the holiday.
We have had many holidays, Cape Cod, Outer Banks NC, Andalucía, Morzine, San Francisco, Tuscany and many other places, however this holiday has been our best family holiday and this has been principally because St George’s Retreat is such a very lovely and special place.
We really couldn’t recommend it enough – we will return!
Thank you Stefanos and Roula!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- St. George's Retreat Village Crete, Greece - Chania