Villa Oliva

Crete, Greek Islands

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Grecotel Creta Palace

Whitewashed tranquility at a boutique villa, just a short walk from Rethymnon’s sandy beach – includes breakfast, dinner, a family option and welcome extras

Rethmynon’s grand Venetian architecture cuts a dramatic shape on Crete’s northern coast, lapped by the sparkling azure waters of the Sea of Crete and overlooked by a hilltop citadel. History seeps from the blocky stone walls of the charming Old Town, cobwebbed by narrow streets leading to a harbour bobbing with fishing boats and surrounded by lively tavernas. A long strip of white sand runs almost the entire length of the town: it’s the perfect Greek island escape.

Just east of the centre in a quiet spot steps from the beach, you'll find Villa Oliva, a boutique-style hotel with just 21 chic, whitewashed rooms decorated in traditional Cretan style. Whip up fresh, flavoursome horiatiki – Greek salad – in the kitchen and eat on your little terrace overlooking the hibiscus-filled gardens and inviting swimming pool. Cool off with a dip or hop on the shuttle bus to sister hotel Creta Palace for a change of scenery and to use the expansive resort facilities.

From Rethymnon’s central position it’s easy to explore the island. Hire a car and head west along the national highway to the city of Chania, to explore the 14th-century harbour and beautiful beaches; head to the paradisiacal Balos Lagoon and imagine you’re on a remote island, or relax on the pink-tinged sands of Elafonisi. Alternatively, drive east to the capital Heraklion, explore the preserved Bronze Age site of Knossos and dine on fresh seafood in the glamorous town of Elounda.

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Staying at the hotel affords access to all the services and facilities at the Grecotel Creta Palace Resort, a five-minute complimentary shuttle ride away. You’ll have use of the pools, watersports, spa and restaurants, plus the reserved loungers on the beach.

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Beach Relaxing Scenery Sightseeing Family

We like

  • Relaxing in the beautifully tranquil gardens – hidden behind the hotel with a refreshing freshwater pool and blooming bougainvillea
  • Prepping fresh Greek salads in your own kitchen, using local produce bought from the market
  • Swimming in the sparkling Sea of Crete – just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel

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