Where We Stayed In Crete

Oh how I have missed writing travel content.

I absolutely love reading about where people have stayed on holiday as it is the perfect inspiration for your next trip.

So with that in mind, I really wanted to produce something different, a piece of travel content which I’ve never actually done before – a hotel review.

We booked our trip to Crete in March, not knowing anything about the area and so, I actually left it up to the Mr to find somewhere that we would both enjoy and be able to relax. Oh boy, he came through. Hello little Instagram worthy hotel, nice to see you.



Hara Ilios Village Hotel is located in located in Kato Gouves, Heraklion which is a 14 minute drive to/from the airport which is just the dream as sitting in a taxi for over an hour is a big fat no-no from the both of us.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by reception with a refreshing drink and within minutes, we were given the keys to our home and then we were left to our own devices.


The colour scheme is everything you would expect from a Greek hotel: white and blue. The room itself is spacious, with twin beds (pushed together to make a double), a dressing table, a spare bed, a wardrobe, a separate bathroom and a lovely balcony.

We did order a room with a sea view, but all we got was the view of another string of hotel rooms which in reality, wasn’t that bad as we barely spent any time out on the balcony.

The rooms are clean, kept tidy courtesy of the hotel cleaners but there was a slight hiccup in the lack of plugs. Even though there was two of us, having two plug sockets proved very difficult with straighteners as well as phone charging but we somehow made it work.

The bathroom was simple: bath/shower, sink, toilet, plenty of towels, a hairdryer and a dodgy curtain rail (we had a nightmare with it!)


Hara Ilios Village is a very quiet hotel which is perfect for a relaxing holiday which was exactly what we had in mind.

The pool area is spacious, with plenty of sunbeds (you don’t need to wake up at daft o’clock to claim one with your towel) and there is even comfortable couches to sit on if you want to hide from the heat.

We couldn’t find fault with the outside of the hotel – it was beautiful, white, blue and the staff were just beyond lovely. One of the girls behind the bar was from Brighton so she was the ideal person to talk to about which bus to get, which shops are the best etc.


The food.


It was absolutely incredible and the choice was just fantastic – pasta, rice, meat, fruit, salad, bread, chips, stews, burgers, cake, yoghurt.

We decided to go half board for this holiday and I’m so glad that we did because the breakfast and dinner was fantastic. I honestly don’t think I could have eaten any more melon for breakfast even if I tried.

On Monday, we had a complete day by the pool and so, we decided to eat courtesy of the hotel bar. The chicken burger came highly recommended and oh my, it was absolutely delicious. Imagine this: chicken coated in breadcrumbs, a fried egg, crispy bacon and mushed avocado on a bagel with a side of fries.


Ice cream was something that wasn’t available in the restaurant as a dessert but thankfully, the hotel bar catered to that and so on our last afternoon, I treated myself to a delicious mango gelato which was the icing on the cake for the last few hours by the pool.

If you’re heading to Crete for the first time, have Hara Ilios Village Hotel in mind as it is perfect for first time visitors to the island. The shops are ten minutes down the road with plenty of bars, supermarkets and a picture perfect church.

EL xx
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