On the slopes of a hill with a view over the Mediterranean, in the middle of an olive grove and next to the oldest olive-tree in the world, there is a two hundred year old historical building, which we have converted into the traditional hotel "Elia". You can search and search for a word or phrase to describe Elia - but you won't find it.
You'll have to go there to discover its innate powers of natural serenity. You may want to ponder on your description as you silently sway in one of the hammocks which hang beneath the huge oak trees in the grounds, fed by the underground streams which make the whole of Elia particularly verdant.
Each of the nine suites has its own character and is decorated with antique furniture and objects d'art - all for harmony with a peerlessly placid environment.
Traditional wholesome food is served, using only local produce, and the entire operation is run by the gently people of Elia, who meets quests and explains how to benefit to the full from your stay at this unique heaven.
A walk around Elia is itself an experience. Wander around the ruins of a Venetian house, sit on the stone benches with their panoramic views or simply wandering through the olive groves and orchards which encircle the main building.
Upon your return you may have booked one of the many themed holistic treatments offered here, including use of the Sauna, an aromatherapy massage or a Jacuzzi with rose petals and jasmine oil, and relax of course by the gorgeous swimming pool with spectacular views of Kolimbari and the valley below.
A short walk from Elia is also the oldest living olive tree in the world, some 2,500 years old. The guests of Elia are advised on a series of walks which can be taken from here, some guided, which can lead to waterfalls, hilltop Byzantine churches- or simply to enjoy rural Crete at its finest.
Near to "Elia", are the beaches of Kolimbari, Falasarna and Balos or a drive through the mountains will take you to the south-coast, famed for its beaches and where you can also take a whale and dolphin-spotting cruise.
The guesthouse "OLIVE" is an estate of 150 acres and consists of 3 standard, 3 superior, 1 deluxe and 2 deluxe-maisonette rooms, different between them, and a swimming pool with magnificent views to the sea. Further around the hotel, you will find small trails that lead to hammocks under deep shade gardens with vegetables or fruit trees or in places with breathtaking views. Breakfast or meals offered in the communal area or in a specially constructed terrace with lovely views to the sea which is ideal for coffee or a drink.
Very close to the hostel "OLIVE" just fifty meters away, there is the "Villa Elanthi" which has three bedrooms, two terraces with stunning sea views as well as surrounded by a lush garden, with several flowers and many fruit trees. Also the villa has a barbecue and a traditional oven in the garden.
Also a bit longer (about 500 meters), is the "House Swallow" with two bedrooms, a garage, a large garden with flowers, trees and a barbecue as well as a balcony with beautiful views of the olive groves.
- The hotel restaurant serves throughout the day various appetizers or salads. Meals of lunch or dinner served after order to be fresh.
- Spa facilities for relaxation and rejuvenation: Expert beauticians and therapists are available to you to offer a variety of beauty and relaxation benefits. You can enjoy the Hammam or hot tub with therapeutic salts and various types of massage and energy therapies such as shiatsu, the Reiki or aromatherapy massage.
No 1. CHAMOMILE
Standard Room / Double stone bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens.
No 2. LΕΜΟΝ ΤRΕΕ
Standard Room / Double bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.
No 3. GRAPEVINE
Deluxe Room-Μaisonette / On two levels; downstairs large living room with single bed, large sofa bed and en suite bathroom. Stairs lead up to an open sleeping gallery with double stone bed and romantic mosquito net. Outside seating area under Grapevine.
No 4. POMEGRANΑTE ΤΡΕΕ
Standard Room / Twin bedded room with en suite shower room; opens out to side terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.
No 5. ΑLΜOND TREE (HONEYMOON ROOM)
On two levels; downstairs living room with single bed, large sofa bed and en suite bathroom. Stairs lead up to an open sleeping gallery with double bed and romantic mosquito net opening out to private terrace with view to 1500 year old Oak tree.
No 6. MARGARITA
Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed with en suite bathroom. Opens out to its own terrace
No 7. ELIA (HONEYMOON ROOM)
Deluxe Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed and en suite bathroom, opening out to a large balcony.
No 8. ROSE BAY
Superior Room / Romantic antique iron bed with en suite shower room opening out to a large balcony.
No 9. LITTLE LILLY
Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed and en suite bathroom. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.
Region: Platanias, Chania
relevant routes: Kolimbari-Kandanos-Paleochora
From Chania to Kisamos - take the New National Road (or continuing from Rethymno, continue past all Chania exits) for about 18 km until the exit for Paleochora and Tavronitis. Follow signs for Paleochora. After about 4 km you will reach Neratzia (a tiny village). Look for the sign to turn Right to Gavalomouri - Turn right, drive through Gavalomouri and after 1 km turn left towards Ano Vouves. After 150-200 metres on your right is the small driveway to ELIA. There is parking. It's useful to let us know the approximate time you plan to arrive. We can also reserve a car for you.
- phone: +302824083056, +306945776947, +306932 454464
- Fax: +302824083056
- Website: www.elia-crete.com.gr/