Rustic Cretan living

The Katalagari Country Suites is a real celebration of rural Cretan living. From its countryside setting to its locally sourced food, it’s a proper retreat that combines all the hallmarks of the island. You’ll find the hotel nestled in the hills in Kefala, some 11 miles from buzzing Heraklion and providing views of the surrounding mountains. It’s pin-drop peaceful here, with an outdoor pool fringed by greenery and blooms, so lazy days in the sunshine are a big part of the set-up.

The property’s classic good looks are a big draw. Expect lots of terracotta and exposed stone, with artisan rugs and handcrafted ornaments giving the insides a welcoming, nana’s house-feel. It’s a similar story in the hotel suites, with muslin bed canopies and traditional fireplaces pairing to create a rustic-romantic space. Some come with kitchens and dining areas, and all feature luxuries like bathrobes and slippers.

When you’re not chilling out poolside, the hotel lays on some lovely activities, such as sessions schooling you on the production of wine and olive oil, and herb collecting in the gardens. Naturally, the restaurant deals in authentic Cretan cooking. Breakfast is a buffet affair, with tasty croissants, pastries and fresh fruit, while dinner is a la carte-style.

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