Galini Breeze

Agia Galini, Crete, Greece Book from Book from £113 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 (21+) 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, cleverly designed with sleeping/living areas and abstract artwork dotting white-washed walls. Smart outdoor sofas are shaded by slatted roofs; stairs lead up to private roof terraces with striking views to the ocean. There's a shared swimming pool that looks like a swanky beach club, while the villa for 6 at the top of the hill has its own private pool.

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 quaint Agia Galini and its abundant restaurants; nights end with stargazing and sipping homemade raki - your gift for booking through i-escape. Divine.

Highs

  • Marc and Monique are hands-on, heartfelt owners with an obvious love for Crete
  • It's great value, and the views are astounding
  • Everything is within walking distance: the beach, bars, restaurants and shops, yet the location is wonderfully peaceful
  • Each studio has 2 private terrace spaces; the patio is perfect for breakfast, while the roof terrace is ideal for a pre- or post-dinner drink
  • A thoughtful assortment of breakfast items are provided for your first morning, so there's no need to rush to the shops

Lows

  • The walk back from Agia Galini is mostly uphill and could be a struggle for some - though you could easily walk down and taxi back
  • No restaurant on site and the studio kitchenettes are basic - though the villa has a full kitchen and BBQ
  • The villa has a 7-night minimum stay
  • Though the pool is heated, it's not particularly warm
  • Crete's south coast is further from the airports (1.5-2 hrs' drive), but wilder and more spectacular than the north

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). The hotel is 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...

Beach
Eco
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Resort
  • 4 studios for 2; 1 villa for 4-6
  • Self-catering; restaurants a walk away
  • Adults only (21+)
  • Closed: 6 Nov 2018 - 13 Apr 2019
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

The 4 romantic studios are styled after their surroundings: sea, trees, hills and sky. Each has a living area, a double bed, a well-equipped kitchenette, and 2 outdoor sitting areas: a roof terrace with amazing views and a pergola-covered patio. The furniture was specially imported from Holland because Marc and Monique wanted top-quality products, which they struggled to find on Crete. Bathrooms are modern with polished concrete; all have large walk-in showers and separate toilets. Everything feels very high-end.

The blue room, Coast, has the smallest patio and is closest to the communal pool. Further up is the green room, Forest, and beside it, with the largest patio, is slate-coloured Mountain. We stayed in whitewashed Sky, which is the furthest studio up the hill and felt the most private of the 4.

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

Eating

In the morning, guests can rustle up breakfast in their kitchenettes - a welcome pack of fresh fruit, juice, eggs and bread is provided for your first 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 an 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; outside these times there is an honesty bar by the pool to keep you refreshed.

The village has plenty of cheerful tavernas, where barbecued lamb and grilled fish are the specialities. Marc and Monique have lots of great recommendations; we recommend the souvlaki at friendly Taverna Kosmas.

Features include:

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

Activities

  • 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 20-40 minutes' drive away: Agia Georgios: a hidden gem with a great café for Greek Salads; Triopetra, with its dramatic rocks; the sheltered bay of Agios Pavlos; and the old hippy hangout of Preveli, where naturists are welcome. Mark and Monique have parasols, wind breaks and snorkelling gear to borrow
  • Hire a bike and cycle around the rugged countryside - trips can be arranged to a neighbouring goat or olive oil farm

    Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

Galini Breeze welcomes adults only.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

The hosts were fantastic. Very welcoming and thorough. It's a beautiful location as well.

10/10,

The attention to detail by Marc and Monique is lovely; the towels by the pool, the replenishing of tea and coffee and bottles of water and toiletries were very much appreciated. The rooms and the poolside were extremely clean. A lovely treat of a holiday.

10/10,

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!

10/10,

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