The other reviews have said it all. We've travelled the world and not even the best 5+ star comes close to SK Place. But what no one has mentioned is the fabulous walking and hiking. Katerina provided us with great advice on where to find the best hikes. Trust her, she knows from experience. We stayed in the Almyra villa from May 5 to June 15 and in those 6 weeks walked / hiked approximately 400 km. Every day we walked at least 8 km and some days up to 20 km. Katerina provided us with easy to follow guide/map books. The routes took us off the main roads and followed dirt paths, donkey trails and gravel roads. We met locals along the way and enjoyed eating at tavernas in small villages. Most of the routes were loops that took approximately 3 hours. We'd start in the morning and finish up just after lunch. Some of the hikes were more challenging (the Imbros Gorge, recommended by Katerina was incredible, we used our hiking poles for this one). We rarely encountered any other tourists along these routes (which we view as a positive), and got exposed to the real Crete. This experience was beyond our highest expectations. Also, if you stay at the SK Place Villas, you have to eat at The Emerald Hotel. The Emerald Hotel is in Plaka (a short 20 minute walk from the villa). One of our favourite walks was the "Water Cave" route through Plaka (9 km with 250m vertical along easy land roads). If you time it right, you finish up at The Emerald for lunch.
Stay at SK Place Villas and eat at The Emerald. Life is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SK PLACE is a luxury development of three very spacious independent Villas overlooking the sea on the edge of the pretty fishing village of Almyrida with breathtaking views across the Aegean towards Souda Bay and magnificent panoramic views of the White Mountains. Each villa reflects a different architectural approach with either modern (Almyra), island style (Ammos) or traditional Cretan (Anemos) characteristics. The stylish interior décor combines simple elegance with subtle accents of comfort and luxury. Enjoy the most wonderful restful sleep in superior quality Swedish beds from “Dux,” relax on sumptuous sofas or dine out under the stars and have peace of mind with easy to use electronic control systems for satellite TV, music and air conditioning. The interior spaces flow seamlessly to the outdoor areas through the extensive use of glass, allowing the spectacular scenery to be embraced from inside or out. Whilst the lush colourful gardens of bougainvillea, citrus trees, laurels, jasmine and herbs diffuse their irresistible perfumes, be transported into the abyss of endless blue from your swimming pool overlooking the sea and beyond to where the horizon meets the sky. From the intimate atmosphere to the luxurious surroundings brimming with character and charm, we have thought of everything to make your stay unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- SK Place Almyrida, Crete