A fabulous traditional experience ...
Samonas village is a tiny village of the Apokoronas region, a hamlet, with a handful of houses. The village reveals the historic heart of Crete, not just in appearance, but because it has the atmosphere of a "village in the hills" - the best of places to experience the warmth and uniqueness of Crete. The history, the hospitality, the mountain fragrances, the cool mornings, the sounds of local life and the spirit.
This is also a wondrous place for walking and hiking with trails leading to attractive mountain villages.
Samonas Inn is a group of craftsmen-finished and appealingly designed maisonette houses, each with one bedroom, a living room with fully equipped kitchen and dining area. These stone buildings - old hewn stone with flower-decorated pathways in between, suggest a village in their own right. Each one provides spacious and stylish comfort, ideal for 2 people.
Samonas Inn has high quality and discreet decor, with a sprinkling of good antique furniture. The bird-shaped door stops, enormous antique keys, vases with displays, glass cabinets with relics even in the bathrooms - all add to the flair and pleasure of the place.
Your holiday home is designed on two floors. Traditional style of exposed timbers, stone walls. Living areas have stone floors, bedrooms wood floors. These buildings solid as they are, remain cool even on hot days, but air conditioning is ready to polish away a hot day's sizzle.
You can stay in touch by telephone. Internet connection can be made from your laptop in some of the houses or the kafeneio. Mood can be changed in the living areas using the light dimmer switches. The dining area has large table and 4 chairs.
The swimming pool and its terrace provide ample lounging and room for sun-worshippers, or those who wish to alternate reading or chatting with a cooling dip. Near the pool, there is a traditional wood oven and barbecue which you are free to use - your host will show you how. A steam room is available for your use (no extra charge).
You will have views across the hills and the valley (even the sea beyond) that fans out from the White Mountains and houses villages such as Armeni, Maheri and the toe-paddling doorway to the sea that is Kalyves.
But will you really want to go anywhere further than for a mountain walk? There is after all a pool to swim in and to relax. Perhaps get some exercise. A small gym with regular workout equipment is at your disposal. Or, if you prefer, you can rent a bicycle and explore the area on two wheels.
Fancy a quick snack? The mews on the hillside, the tiny 4-house cluster that is Samonas the place to stay and just be, has its own authentic kafeneio for guests ... help yourself to coffee and snacks, soft drinks and basics and just leave the money in the jar - trusted, yes you are!
The one and only taverna in the village offers home made Cretan cooking with fresh and local ingredients. What is cooking today is what is on offer today. Unless you ask the owner and cook that morning for something in particular, for the evening's feast. But if the main theme of the day does not please, then the potato omelettes are as good as such a simple dish can be, the salads fresh and crisp, local wine and that fine view blends in your senses with the aroma of herbs and the sounds of well, the Cretan countryside.
Another taverna is a few minutes, on the drive down to the village of Provarma - and in another minute's drive you can be seated outdoors by the water springs at Stylos.
- Hotel Name: Samonas Inn
- Area: Chania, Samonas
- Why Go: Art & Culture, Countryside, Friendly Environment, Peaceful Rural Setting in Village, Quiet Location, Village Atmosphere
Why we like it
- This is a wondrous place for walking and hiking with trails leading to attractive mountain villages.
- Samonas make people feel the authentic escence of this land.
- Konstantinos the owner makes you feel like home, He is helpful, welcome and informative.
- Highly recommended for all parents who would like to give their kids the chance to sample real, traditional Cretan life - with modern day comfort.
What to know
- Samonas Inn can be tiring and aggrevating for children under 12 years old.
- We recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent (you cannot reach Samonas Inn by public transport).
|Hotel Information||Recommended For|
|Type:||Small Hotels & Inns||Architecture & style :|
|Rooms:||5||Village Atmosphere :|
|Dining:||Yes - On Request||Rural :|
|Children:||Yes ( Best for over 12s)||Marvelous view :|
|Closed:||Never||Young Couples :|