Agios Pavlos is a location on Crete's southern coast, located in the Rethymnon prefecture, comprising little more than the Agios Pavlos Hotel and a small yoga retreat or two. It's completely unlike the heavily developed northern coast. Here, you can look east and west and see hardly any other signs of habitation.
The location is ruggedly, stunningly beautiful, and has a whole series of largely empty beaches running down the coast to choose from, though you may have to clamber over some hills and cliffs to reach them all. Likewise, driving to Agios Pavlos is something of an experience, though the road is now paved. The hotel is about 45 minutes' drive from Spili, a bit less from Agia Galini.
We stayed for several nights in May 2008. The Agios Pavlos hotel has two sections: one older, near the water, and one newer, the Kavos Melissa section, set farther back, with a steep but not arduous walk to the water. We chose the newer section, and for shockingly little money received a huge suite, with a balcony, kitchenette, and oddly enough small two bathrooms (though one large bathroom would have been preferable). It was clean and comfortable.
Breakfast is not included, but you can visit the competent (though not stellar) restaurant/bar near the beach and older hotel for reasonable meals and basic supplies. The hotel seems geared mainly for those making longer stays and who will be preparing or importing some of their own food. The water was still cool in May, but very swim-able, and crystal clear.
I'm surprised that the hotel has received as little attention as it has on TripAdvisor, given its seclusion, natural beauty, and low cost. Obviously it's not for those looking for the high-energy all-inclusive resort, but if you want a calm, quiet, relaxing break on Crete, you should be pleased.
If you're looking for more information, the hotel's website can be easily found by googling for "Agios Pavlos".
- Also Known As:
- Agios Pavlos Hotel Rethymnon, Crete