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“I'd give it SIX stars if I could!”

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Samonas Traditional Villas
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milford, MA
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“I'd give it SIX stars if I could!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

So this was our fourth visit to Samonas, and as projected, we stayed over a week this time. It just keeps calling us back! Konstantinos is so helpful with everything and we really feel at home there now. Even the drive up the windy road just seems like part of the fun. We got to meet the other nice folks staying there at a barbeque hosted by Konstantinos. The food was all excellent, traditional Cretan food. He even prepared a special dessert - orange pie, that he had tracked down the recipe to from the local taverna where we had eaten it earlier in the week. He just goes the extra mile to please his guests. It's just such a great getaway - I'm sure there will be a fifth visit soon!

Room Tip: Check out the photos, but they are all excellent, with great verandas to relax and watch the mountai...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful oasis of calm away from the "all-inclusive" hotels near the beach. The place is tranquil and both the scenery and the villas are beautiful. The villas themselves contain everything a traveller or a holiday maker may desire and are specious, beautifully decorated and rustic. The breakfast is delicious and the owner, Konstantinos, does everything in his power to make the stay enjoyable and memorable. We have been in Samonas for 7 nights with our 2 little kids and they enjoyed the villas and the pool immensely. Chania and excellent beaches are not far away and most villages in the vicinity are worth a visit. Only cons are the winding road up the hill which have seen better days and is narrow in places. Another con is that the stairs inside the villas (at least in #3 where we stayed) have no railings so you have to look out for the kids. This is nitpicking though as Samonas is truly the place to stay if you are considering a vacation in western Crete. Highly recommended!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Kerkrade, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

This aparthotel is a true little paradise on earth, shaped by its kind and generous owner Konstantinos Giannoulakis. The rooms and buildings have very many interesting traditional details. Here you can enjoy all the luxury you are used to (and more), in a romantic setting you have never seen before. Simply stunning. Everything positive that has been written in earlier reviews about this idyllic place is true. This hotel is wonderful : 6 stars out of 5.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed here for two nights as we were looking for somewhere to chill out after a couple of days in Rethymnon.
The rooms and facilities are exactly as described on their website and the owner was extremely pleasant and helpful
Previous reviews of this hotel have said it all, this is a fantastic facility in a beautiful rural location.
As it is a rural location you should be prepared for the rural sounds, Roosters, Sheep and dogs etc. but these do not detract from overall quality of this hotel

Room Tip: The last 4 km of road is a little narrow and twisty but there is hardly any traffic so it should not...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bredene, Belgium
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

It is a fantastic place, back to nature. Everything is great. Lovely and friendly people ,peaceful

and very beautiful in springtime. The host is great ! The villa is superb and perfect
You feel .at home from the first day. We did a lot of walking and enjoy very much real nature.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Arriving at Samonac was like entering another world.This renovated Cretan settlement is set high in the hills with spectacular views. Konstantinos has done this careful restoration work with every attention to detail. Which in turn has created this unique holiday destination.

One can either relax in the very peaceful surroundings ( with the occasional dip in the heated pool / or the occasional thought of the gym or mountain bikes!!) gazing out over the valley and up to the snow capped mountain as the gentle sound of local life goes on around. Before exploring the gorges/ beaches and towns which are in easy striking distance

Numerous Cretan tavernas to tempt ones appetite along with Konstantinos culinary skills are not to be by passed which means the ever changing breakfast menu is a must. The size of the breakfast will feed you for the day!!

We were well looked after by the staff who were attentive but not intrusive. With a welcoming drink and a farewell drink with Konstantinos one just had a really good feel about Samonac.

We hope to return and that would be a first for us!

Room Tip: Our apartment was perfect as we could sit anywhere in the settlement at the time of year we visited...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Traditional villas in Samonas, Crete, is fantastic place for everyone. Lovely rooms with fabulous decorations, that were very comfortable, delicious breakfast, very friendly owner and staff who helped us in everything. Our children very much enjoyed the heated pool.
Everything in Samonas is so close to nature - mountains, sea, valleys, animals; cosy and calm. It is very worth to be there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Samonas Traditional Villas
Address: Samonas Apokoronas, Samonas, Apokoronas, Crete 730 03, Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Chania Prefecture > Apokoronas > Samonas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Samonas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Samonas Traditional Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The traditional settlement of Samonas is a complete renovated neighbourhood in the village of Samonas, in the district of Apokoronas Crete, at an altitude of 400 m and at a distance of 25 km from Chania. All our dwellings are two-storey (maisonettes) with unlimited view to the mountains, valley and the sea. They are exclusively built in stone and wood to match their surroundings. Each is built at a different level due to the ground's steep slope, with common courtyards as well as independent verandas or balconies and quiet corners. They are decorated with many small folklore objects and antiques. All incorporate the same comforts and luxury, although they differ in size and layout.Here you will experience unique moments of relaxation and complete tranquillity in an authentically traditional area, without missing any of the comforts of the modern way of living, which we have quietly incorporated in all our dwellings. ... more   less 
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