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Last updated: 18 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

Rustic yet refined, Kapsaliana is agrotourism for the modern epicurean. Decades in the making, the hotel was once a stone farming settlement built around an old olive mill (now a museum).

It’s a brilliant revival project that feels as though it has always been there (although the swimming pool and excellent organic restaurant are welcome new additions).

The buildings once belonged to the Arkadi monastery, a magical place to visit, just 5km away. A half-hour drive from Rethymno, this mountain hamlet is surrounded by glorious orchards, olive groves, and great hiking trails. You’ll definitely need a car.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Crete’s best food & drink

Crete, Greek Islands, Greece

Seasonal, local, and traditional, Cretan food is phenomenally fresh and tasty. Don’t miss home-grown produce, especially olive oil, honey, wine, and cheese.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Monastery of Arkadi

Monastery of Arkadi

Crete, Greek Islands, Greece[3.3 miles]

More than a religious landmark, this 16th-century monastery is a symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence from Ottoman rule. In 1866, hundreds of locals took refuge inside the monastery, but were besieged by Turkish troops; rather than surrendering, they blew themselves (and their enemies) up. The fortress-like compound is still inhabited by a handful of monks.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Greek Islands, Greece

Greece’s largest island has something for everyone: ramblers and epicureans, history buffs and beach bums. From jaw-dropping gorges to ravishing beaches, Crete is so much more than world-famous Knossos.

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