Heraklion – This stylish boutique hotel offers up lovely harbour views and creative gourmet restaurants. It’s an affordable option in one of Greece’s most exclusive cities. Service is personable and willing. Superior doubles have balconies and views, with African-safari hues and burgundy stripes. Throughout, beds are outstanding, with no synthetics in mattresses of ideal firmness, plus really comfy armchairs and sofas. Some suites have extra-large verandas overlooking the Venetian port, with pergolas and loungers. The Herb’s Garden roof restaurant also overlooks the port.
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Chania – The hotel is housed in a Venetian building built round a small interior courtyard. Its carefully renovated with lots of open stonework, wooden floors and high ceilings. There are seven rooms and suites decorated in light khaki, grey and cream colour schemes, with parquet floors, open stonework or exposed brick walls, high ceilings with dark wooden beams and minimal furniture. One spacious suite has its own terrace, with mountain views, and the hotel’s largest suite is on two levels with a downstairs lounge/living space, upstairs mezzanine-style bedroom and private terrace. A small restaurant, open in the summer, serves Cretan fusion cuisine and there is a small, but atmospheric wine bar serving a good selection of Greek vine juice
Castello Boutique Resort & Spa
Sissi – There’s a real sense of calm when you leave the bustling streets of Sissi and enter this small-scale property, surrounded by tall hedges and close to a church. A cool, dimly-lit reception area opens onto a long bar overlooking a good-sized pool and surrounded by carefully tended lawns. The focal point of the resort is the pool and there’s a spacious and well-watered lawn with plenty of sunbeds. The chic little Callista spa has a heated pool and a water-style bed. There are 48 rooms on three floors; some have a private pool and others have whirlpool baths. Décor is similar in each room: chunky wooden furnishings, tiled floors, full-sized mirrors and so on. Honeymooners should choose the penthouse suite with its outdoor hot tub.
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Avli Lounge Apartments
Rethymnon – This Venetian-style property has been sensitively restored with kitsch influence. There are five confectionery-themed suites – think striped cabinet knobs and coloured fabric ‘bon-bons’ sewn onto curtains. The top-storey ‘Candy’ suite is palatial, the walls being pointed stone, plaster, and brick plus original beams around the windows. Three more colour-coded, wood-floored ‘lounge apartments’ await nearby on Minöós, above Avli’s vaulted function/banquet hall. Décor, including antiques, is earth-toned. The most luxurious lounge-apartment quartet is on Arabatzóglou, where the plank-floored ‘Champagne’ suite has ornamental fireplace, antique sofa, and marble-clad bathroom with tub. The pièce de resistance is a roof terrace with whirlpool, open to all guests, allowing big eyefuls of Fortezza castle and the town.