Galini Breeze

Agia Galini, Crete, Greece Book from Book from £110 per night

Perched on a hill above Agia Galini in southern Crete, this adults-only haven has 4 chic studios and a villa for 6, with sea-facing pools
It’s wonderful to see someone’s dream come true. Dutch owners Marc and Monique had always wanted to create a cool but comfortable adults-only retreat in Greece - and Galini Breeze is just that. Set 10 minutes' walk above a pretty fishing town and beach, their contemporary Cycladic buildings slope up the hill like giant sugar-cube steps. Each detached studio for 2 is minimalist and chic, with a sleeping/living area and abstract artwork dotting white-washed walls. Smart outdoor sofas are shaded by slatted roofs; stairs lead up to striking views over eucalyptus trees to the ocean. There's a shared swimming pool for studio guests and the villa for 6 at the top of the hill has its own.

Galini Breeze is just for grown-ups: those who like escaping the crowds, relaxing by the pool, taking boat trips to offshore islands or hiking through gorges to spectacular beaches. Supper is a stroll down to Agia Galini and its abundant restaurants; nights end with a glass of raki, stargazing from your private roof terrace. We can’t wait to meet the team behind the dream and to stay in this stylish gem.


  • Marc and Monique are hands-on, heartfelt owners with an obvious love for Crete
  • It's great value
  • Everything is within walking distance: the beach, bars, restaurants and shops
  • Free sundowners on Monday and Thursday evenings at the bar, where guests can mingle and chat about local activities
  • Yoga lessons, mani/pedis, massages, and champagne on your roof terrace - all can be arranged (extra cost)


  • No restaurant on-site and the studio kitchenettes are basic - though the villa has a full kitchen and BBQ
  • A 4-night minimum stay in the studios, and 7-night minimum in the villa
  • No umbrellas or shade on the roof terraces
  • Crete's south coast is further from the airports (1.5-2 hrs' drive), but wilder and more spectacular than the north
  • Over 21s only

Best time to go

Southern Crete is perfectly warm in spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October); it’s very hot in high season (June, July and August). Closed from early October to mid-April.

Our top tips

Friendly Agia Galini has a cultural association that organises summer festivals - foodies may want to check out the Fishermen’s Feast in June; for music-lovers, there's a folk dancing festival in July and loads of traditional Greek music concerts in the second week of August.

Great for...

  • Boutique Resort
  • 4 studios for 2; 1 villa for 4-6
  • Self-catering; restaurants a walk away
  • Adults only (21+)
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • English-speaking caretaker


The 4 romantic studios are styled after their surroundings: sea, trees, hills and sky. Each has a living area with double bed and kitchenette, and 2 outdoor sitting areas: a roof terrace with amazing views and a pergola-covered patio. The blue-themed Coast has the smallest patio and is closest to the communal pool. Further up is the green Forest and beside it, with the largest patio, the slate Mountain. At the top, with a patio the same size as Forest, is the white Sky.

Above the studio quartet is the Villa for 6, with sweeping views from its private pool. There are 3 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 double/twin), 2 shower bathrooms, and a kitchen, dining table and sofa indoors; outdoors, spacious terraces with sleek furniture. Perfect for a group of friends.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchenette
  • Mosquito net
  • Pool and beach towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


In the morning, guests can rustle up breakfast in their kitchenette - a welcome pack of fresh fruit, juice, eggs and bread is provided for your 1st day. There's a hob (but no oven), fridge, sink, kettle and toaster if you fancy cooking simple meals. The villa has a full kitchen in addition to its kitchenette, with oven and microwave, plus a BBQ on the terrace.

For lunch or snack provisions, there are supermarkets in the nearby village of Agia Galini, 10 minutes' walk away. The on-site bar is staffed for morning coffee or evening beers; any other time, it’s an honesty bar.

The village has plenty of cheerful tavernas, where barbecued lamb and grilled fish are the specialities.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome hamper


  • Unwind and rejuvenate. Swim in the heated pool, snooze on a sunlounger, read on your shaded terrace in the heat of the day and sunbathe on your roof terrace
  • Wander around the traffic-free streets of Agia Galini, a charming cliff-climbing village perched over a pretty harbour with a sandy beach
  • Board a boat cruise to the Paximadia Islands - snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and picnic on barbecued fish by the beach caves
  • Visit the fascinating ruins of Phaistos, an ancient Minoan city and palace complex that dates from the Bronze Age
  • Hike through the beautiful Patsos Gorge: the 2-hour walk through plane trees and spring water ends at the cavern church of St Anthony's
  • There are gorgeous beaches 30-40 minutes' drive away: Triopetra with its dramatic rocks, the sheltered bay of Agios Pavlos and the palm trees of Preveli, an old hippy hangout, where naturists are welcome
  • Hire a bike and cycle around the rugged countryside - Mark and Monique can arrange a trip to a neighbouring goat or olive oil farm

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming


Galini Breeze welcomes adults only

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests


We stayed at Galini Breeze for seven nights of relaxation. From the moment you step onto the property and Marc and Monique meet you with a delicious welcome drink, every detail is thought of. The property aesthetic and design is crisp and clean, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cretan landscape, all from the comfort of your patio (from your room or rooftop!) or the pool deck. The service provided by Marc and Monique is discrete and considerate, always within reach if you have questions or need recommendations, but otherwise you feel as if you have the place to yourself. From the sun-downers by the pool on Monday and Thursday evenings, to the stocked fridge upon arrival. If you are looking for a quiet, stylish vacation, away from the touristy crowds but within walking and driving distance to some of the most beautiful beaches in the south, and within walking distance to a restaurant, definitely look no further! Also, the shower in your room is to die for, an absolute must have after a day at the beach!


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