The blue of the Libyan sea, the fascinating beach, the serenity of the landscape, the lush gardens, lots of smiles, friendly atmosphere abd excellent food combined with the famous Cretan hospitality will make your holiday unforgettable, special, relaxing.

Aroma Creta Hotel Apartments & Spa is a traditional with modern esthetics, elegant, relaxed, small family-run hotel in south Crete, nearby Ierapetra (10km). Located on a hill overlooking the sea, just 250m away from Koutsounari, one of the longest (5km) sandy beaches on Crete, makes it an ideal destination, not only for families and groups of friends, but also for couples, who wish to experience calm vacations in a family environment.

40 rooms (double and triple), suites and maisonettes, pool bar, Greek restaurant, swimming pool (14*22m), the small spa, and a well trimmed garden with trees, flowers and cobble stoned paths that give you the impression you are in a quaint little village in Crete.

Aroma Creta Hotel location is excellent for exploring the southern coast of Crete, with characterful towns such as Ierapetra and the beaches and seafront tavernas of Makriyialos just 20 minutes away by car. In addition, explore other fairly quiet beaches nearby like Agia Fotia, Galini, Achlia and Mavros Kolimbos or the interesting villages of Pefki and Agios Stefanos in the mountains above Makrigialos. Walk a small gorge in the area or visit the Kapsa Monastery nearby. Visit Ierapetra and take a boat trip to ChrissiIsland (Gaidouronisi), with the white sands and cedar trees.

Koutsounari is small seaside village with calm atmosphere, 8km south of the village Agios Ioannis (worth a visit), built in an area covered with pine trees and lush gree vegetation, quite an exception for dry landscape of Eastern Crete. In addition, there are several small bays here, the longest of which in the beach of Livadi with fine pebbles and crystal clear waters and impressive rock formations and steep cliffs. 

The Long Beach of Agios Ioannis or Koutsounari Beach, is one of the longest (5km) and widest in Crete and has the characteristic wonderful coarse grayish sand of southern East Crete. The beach is slightly organized in places (near hotels) and all around there are many hotels, restaurants, mini markets and a camping site. We higlhy recommend to swimm next to Psaropoula Tavern where there is soft sand and calm waters. If you come to the Koutsounari Beach in the autumn, you will see the rare white lilies of sand, which mark the end of the summer. The lilies are protected, so please admire them from afar, without touching or cutting them.

The closest town is Ierapetra (10km away), the southernmost town of Greece with 12.500 residents, who mainly deal with agriculture and of vegetables are mainly exported to Europe. Ierapetra is built in the location of the ancient city Ierapytna. In the past it was called with other names such as Kyrva, Kamiros, Pytna and Ierapytna. The most famous attraction of the city is the Venetian fortress Kalés, located at the entrance of the old harbor, built in the 13th century and is now used for various cultural events in summer. 

  • Hotel Name: Aroma Creta Hotel Apartments & Spa
  • Area: Lasithi, Koutsounari
  • Why Go: Lovely Views,Beautiful Terraces and Gardens,Family-Friendly,Friendly Environment,Quiet Location,Relaxed

Why we like it

  • The beautiful gardens, stunning sea views and swimming pool area, and the friendly, easy-going atmosphere make Aroma Creta Hotel unique. Also, at barely eight minutes’ walk, you have Koutsounari Beahc, one of the best beaches in Crete.
  • Enjoying the pool view or the sea view is no longer a dilemma in this beautiful property

What to know

  • The walk back from the beach is uphill, so that may take a little longer!
  • While the hotel is in a great location, a car will be needed in order to reach local amenities and fully explore the area.
  • Although there are amazing sea views, you are not directly on the beach front.
Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Mid-Size Hotels Beach/Seaside :
Rooms: 40 Cheap & Chic :
Pool: Yes Family hospitality :
Dining: Yes Marvelous view :
Children: Welcome Quality of Service :
Closed: November to March Nice atmosphere :

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