Galini Breeze

Agia Galini Crete, Greece Book from Book from £122 per night

Set on a hill above Agia Galini in southern Crete, this adult-only haven has 4 chic studios for two with a shared sea-facing pool; or book the whole place for a group of 10-14
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, as well as a villa for 6 that can be used in conjunction with the studios when renting the whole property.

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.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

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 kitchenettes are basic
  • The villa can only be booked if you're renting out the entire property, and breakfast items are not provided
  • 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
Romantic
  • Boutique Resort
  • 4 studios for 2; 1 villa for 4-6
  • Self-catering; restaurants a walk away
  • Adults only (unless booking whole property)
  • 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
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.

It's possible to book out the whole property, with exclusive use of all 4 studios plus a villa for 6 (2 double bedrooms, 1 sofabed) located above the studio quartet; an ideal set up for weddings or big family parties (10-14 people, children over 12 are permitted).

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, but no breakfast items are provided when booking out the whole property.

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

The studios at Galini Breeze are adults only (21+), but over 12s are permitted if you're booking out the entire property.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Galini Breeze is just outside the small fishing town and resort of Agia Galini on Crete's south coast.

By Air:
Fly to Heraklion (1 hour away) or Chania (2 hours).

From the Airport (or Port):
Galini Breeze can arrange transfers, or there are regular buses, but you'll probably want to hire a car. Each studio has a parking space; the villa has 2.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis 68.0 km HER
  • Chania Souda 115.0 km CHQ

Other:

  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Beautiful rooms just a short walk from the village. Marc & Monique are superb hosts who really could not have made us feel more welcome. We've already recommended Galini Breeze to our friends and family!

10/10,

Lovely room and pool, both with great views. The whole set up is very well designed and relaxing. Marcus and Monique could not have been nicer or more helpful. Thank you!

10/10,

We loved everything about Galini Breeze. We were warmly welcomed by Marc and Monique who have created a beautiful yet simple place to stay, in which all our needs for a relaxing holiday were met. We loved being just s few minutes walk away from and above the village, so that we could have our privacy, take in the stunning views, lounge around in our outside living room or enjoy the lovely pool, and then, when we wanted to be more sociable, saunter down into the busy little resort with its abundance of restaurants and shops . Everyone was very friendly and we especially enjoyed a couple of live music evenings in 2 different bars. There are many different walks in the area, beaches to explore, villages, mountains and valleys. For us it was just perfect, especially as a place to get away and relax. Highly recommended.

10/10,

It was a real pleasure to stay at Gallini Breeze - the location is perfect.
Monique and Marc are really adorable. They want all their guests to have a good stay. They are really involved in what can make your stay amazing. Really friendly, good advice for a day trip, or if you just want to chill out at the pool it's ok also. I really liked my stay at Gallini Breeze. I recommend this place if you want to rest and reload the batteries. What a peaceful place with people whom want your good.

Thanks again Monique and Marc.
Kind regards,
Julien and Gilles

10/10,

We rate our room, food and service and overall stay at Galini Breeze 5. We really liked the layout and design of the apartment, terrace and the roof terrace was a nice surprise and great for stargazing. We appreciated the coffee machine in the room and at the pool and having our coffee and water topped up every day. Having our fridge filled with fresh fruit and veg and other basics was a pleasant surprise.
Marc and Monique were great hosts, the sundowner around the pool each week was a nice opportunity to chat with the hosts and other guests. The apartment was cleaned every day and this was great service. The booking process was simple and the hosts contacted us before arrival with useful info and also directed us to an app they had created that promoted local things to do around the area and further afield. Every evening we walked into the centre of Agia Galini and tried different restaurants, we enjoyed each one, and I found plenty of choice of being vegetarian.
Having a car was useful to explore, however, one day we didn't use it and we walked through the countryside for one hour to Agios Georgios and spent the day at the small beach and ate and at the taverna there and returned by boat taxi.

We would love to stay there again someday.

10/10,

We loved our stay at Galini Breeze. The hospitality we received from Marcus and Monique was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble, they respected our own space and privacy whilst also offering; welcome drinks, knowledge of the local area etc. It was our wedding anniversary while we were there, they picked up on this and left us a lovely note with a bottle of Prosecco, a lovely personal touch.
The pool is glorious and the entire place was very well maintained and spotlessly clean with modern facilities and touches.
Ideal for couples looking for a relaxing and peaceful environment, no kids and a short walk from the hubbub of the village centre.

10/10,

Stylish, contemporary accommodation in a beautiful spot with stunning views. Monique and Marc were good hosts and the local village had decent restaurants.

10/10,

At Galini Breeze, Marc and Monique - surely two of i-escape's loveliest and best hosts - have created an idyllic, elegant and relaxing environment. Whether guests want to lounge by the good-sized pool, with free soft drinks and honesty bar, or explore the surrounding area, they will provide expert advice - plus beach towels and snorkels.
Warm and welcoming, never intrusive but delightful company at the twice-weekly drinks evenings at the pool bar, they have thought of everything guests might desire in their stylish suites - from appealing art and lovely linen to bountiful breakfast baskets, enough for two days... there's even an efficient egg-boiler! And each suite has a romantic roof terrace as well its private patio.
Agia Galini is a charming little town with lively restaurants and good nearby beaches and Galini Breeze's location (a healthy walk uphill after dinner!), design and, especially, its exquisite ambience make it a sophisticated and seductive seaside escape.

10/10,

Loved the location, the owners were lovely and attentive without being at all in your face, already planning to return!

10/10,

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

10/10,

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