Crete, Greece

Villa Acrothea

About 40min drive from Chania airport.

Recommend: peaceful vacation a little more secluded and don’t mind driving to sightsee and the beach. (3 bedroom villa)

  • Our favorite place. 
  • outdoor kitchen
  • Close to a lot of history (there’s a tour business just walking distance from the house). 
  • On a hillside with a view of the ocean and a private pool and beautiful sunrises. 
  • The town is about 10min drive but feels more like 5 min. Has restaurants, rentals, and longest beach on the island with restaurants all along it
  • There’s also a taverna about a minute walk away. 
  • People in this town were VERY nice and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. 
  • fresh water lake with paddle boats about 10min drive 

Bali Beach, Nostos Hotel

 About 2 hr drive from Chania airport. 

Recommend: full vacation mode

  • very affordable
  • Newly renovated (very cute, clean design)
  • Slightly off grid but still touristy
  • Hotel is right on the beach 
  • meals are all inclusive except for fancy drinks
  • 90% Russian guests
  • Paid tours, boats, jet ski, tubes, paddle boats with slide
  • Beach chairs already on the beach and waiters regularly stop by for orders (you have to pay for anything you order from the beach itself)
  • 2 pools
  • Several restaurants, grocery store, mini mart, all within walking distance.

CHANIA

Several minutes from airport.

Recommend: being active and being where all the people are

  • Right in the hub of a tourist area
  • nice restaurants and shops all within walking distance (including Starbucks, if that matters)
  • tour boats right outside the inn
  • It’s right above a fancy restaurant which they give you a discount for. (Really good quality and great food!)
  • I would recommend getting a view with the balcony because you can relax and people watch if you don’t want to buy anything and just enjoy the view and relax.
  • unfortunate part is no place to swim unless it’s by car
  • yacht rentals available