Kapsaliana Village Hotel, Crete
Kapsaliana 741 00, Greece
Photo courtesy of Kapsaliana Village Hotel, Crete
Kapsaliana Village Hotel, CreteIn the low light of the evening, warmly lit sconces lead down a pathway framed with pink bougainvillea and gnarled olive trees into a complex of dwellings that is the Kapsaliana Village Hotel. Once an 18th-century village tucked quietly in the hills above Rethymno, it was eventually abandoned and left to crumble. In 2008, however, it was carefully renovated into a hotel with 19 guesthouses. The hotel is surrounded by one of the largest olive groves on the island, and in the middle of the property sits a magnificent turquoise pool that stretches toward the Aegean. Nearby, couples gather on the restaurant terrace over a glass of rosé or licorice-scented raki. Pitharia, or large clay storage vessels, are nearby, as well as other historic elements that are interspersed throughout the property. It's the best of two worlds: an ideal place to disconnect and travel back in time, but with plenty of modern comforts.