If, like me, you have never been to Crete before or are looking for a hotel with some soul and authentic Greek feel then PLEASE book a room at this resort.
I had to book this resort fairly late in the day after having to cancel a previous trip to Kos - and I'm so glad for it now!
Firstly, the resort is beautiful. Each "room" is like a mini-villa and they only differ based on the number of rooms you need with the larger ones having a private plunge pool. This shared experience really makes you feel as if everyone is in a little community. Secondly, the 'gardens' are almost like a botanical attraction, they are well maintained with huge variety and very fruitful with lemons, pomegranates, olives and herbs - they are not like the sculpted segments of vegetation you get at most hotels. Being the only resort on the hills in the area, every villa can see the sea from their windows flanked by the mountains and hills and enveloped in the gardens - everyday it was beautiful even when cloudy.
The staff are exceptional, very friendly and welcoming and happy to help with anything. The Greeks are a lovely people and this is reflected perfectly by the staff - a particular shout out to Georgios and Marianna in the restaurant for their conversation