Kapsaliana Village Hotel
- Style Verdant village
- Setting Amid the olive groves
Kapsaliana Village Hotel’s history-steeped settlement, set in the island’s largest olive grove, has an 18th-century olive press and its own museum. The original press and pitharia (clay storage vessels) can still be admired and there’s a homely restaurant and a flower-flanked outdoor pool. Rooms are soothingly simple: stone interiors and arches.
Need to know
- Rooms 17, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $168.62 (€123), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include traditional breakfast.
- Facilities Gardens, mountain bikes, CD/DVD library and free WiFi in reception, the restaurant, the lounge area and by the pool. In-rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar and free bottled water.
- Poolside The rectangular pool is set amid the olive groves, on a pretty white stone patio. Vivid flowering shrubs, sunloungers and parasols are dotted around the turquoise water.
- Check–out 12pm (flexible subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 12pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots and beds for 14 year olds and under (€20 a day, high season; €15, low season).
- Eco‐friendly Food is locally sourced and organic; everything that can be is recycled and the village’s restoration relied on natural, local materials.
- Also Give the owners advance warning, and pets can come too for free. Smoking is allowed in all communal areas apart from the restaurant.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All rooms share the same distinctive decor: stone walls, floors and arches, wooden beamed ceilings, chunky wooden furniture including carved benches beside the beds; with private terraces and bathrooms boasting turquoise and jade tiled showers. What distinguishes the living quarters are the views; Orion has seductive seascapes, as does Pegasus. If you’re a fan of the characteristic stone arches that separate the bedrooms and living areas, book Perseus or Lyra.
- Packing tips Cool cotton, bikinis and beach shorts, a paperback copy of Homer’s Odyssey.
- Also The rather important-sounding Ministry of Planning and Public Works has pronounced the hotel a site of ‘significant cultural importance’, and no wonder: the lounge is built around the original olive press and there’s even a little museum, stocked with artifacts.
Food and drink at Kapsaliana Village Hotel
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant is styled around a typical Cretan kitchen, with wooden tables and chairs, white arched walls and bright tapestries. Chef Maria finds out guests’ culinary leanings, and cooks a simple set menu based on their preferences. Food is organic, locally sourced and simply delicious (literally), with dishes such as lamb with artichokes, chicken with lemon and olives, meat pie with wild herbs and delicate sugared pastries. A relaxed breakfast is served here daily.
- Dress code Relaxed rustic: loose linen, soft shirts and heel-free shoes for the uneven floors.
- Top table Sit out on the terrace and feel the sun on your skin.
- Last orders Breakfast from 8.30am–11am; lunch between 1pm–3.30pm; dine between 7pm and 10pm.
- Room service Drinks can be ordered from 9am and 7pm. There are no in-room snacks but you can stock up on nibbles from the pool bar.
- Hotel bar During the restaurant’s opening hours, drinks are served in the lounge area. The zingy home-made lemonade is worth being teetotal for. There's an honesty bar of sorts by the pool, stocked with drinks and ice-creams. You can also use the pool bar's telephone to have food brought to you.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details