Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
A sun-drenched sanctuary hidden in the hills, Kapsaliana sits amongst the island’s largest olive grove, and spectacular views abound over the rolling mountains and azure ocean.
A former olive press that served a peaceful monastery, Kapsaliana Village still retains its 18th-century press and antique clay oil vessels. Lovingly - and painstakingly - restored by owner and architect Myron Toupoyannis, the assortment of buildings have been returned to their former glory, replacing their wooden beam ceilings and adding cosy stone fireplaces.
The restaurant is styled around a traditional Cretan kitchen, giving a distinct homely feel. The chefs will consult with you on your dietary preferences and produce a menu catered specifically to you, using organic, local ingredients and recipes, authentically and artistically presented. Breakfast is a casual affair, served daily in the rustic restaurant.
The pool bar serves up coffee, juice and cocktails throughout the day, as well as traditional tipple raki, alongside a bowl of the all important, freshly picked olives.
Kapsaliana is comprised of 17 apartments dotted around the site, giving a truly village-like feel. A blend of single, double and family suites, each room is decorated in simple, farmhouse-chic of bare stone floors, robust arches and adorned with antique features recovered from the buildings’ former ruins.
The names of each room herald characters from Greek mythology, which in turn lend their names to the constellations, easy to spot on a clear night.
Crete’s rugged interior contains a bounty of activities. Ideally located between hiking and cycling trails that offer stunning landscape vistas, Kapsaliana’s concierge will show you the best routes, or book you onto canyon trekking or sea kayaking tours.
For a more leisurely break, indulge in the hotel’s massage facilities or take up yoga by the pool.
The beaches of Stavromenos and Geropotamos are just a 15 minute drive away, both hosting sun loungers and various traditional tavernas. Take the time to explore the nearby town of Rethymnon, known for its textile and ceramics heritage, or the historic town of Chania (just an hour away) with its Venetian architecture and beautiful, buzzing harbourfront.
How to get there
We would recommend having a car to best reach the hotel and get around the island. Car rentals are available at Chania and Heraklion airports, or at the Ports of Souda, Heraklion and Rethymnon if arriving by ferry.
Heraklion airport is a 1 hour 15-minute drive from the hotel (79 km)
Chania airport is a 1 hour 25-minute drive from the hotel (85 km)