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Reviewed 18 September 2020

Kreta Natur is possibly the greatest accommodation that Crete has to offer, for its value, amenities and location and, most importantly, the hospitality.

The accommodation was, for its price, exceptional value and really a slice of transquility and relaxation: an amazing pool and poolside bar / seating and dining area; panoramic views from the roof terrace; and stunning balcony views. The beach is a short walk down the hill and the new and old towns are a 5 minute taxi ride away, although if you don't want a complete 'fly and flop' holiday a rental care would be advisable so you can see more of Crete has to offer - as my partner and I did. Either way, the location and local amenities means that Kreta Natur is perfectly placed.

However, the absolute highlight were the hosts, George and Maria. Getting to Kreta Natur shortly before midnight due to a late flight, George was on hand with complimentary refreshments and to show us around. Both George and Maria - and their excellent bartender Albert - were always on hand and about to help you, from cooking you exquisite food, making brilliant cocktails, or advising on what to do / how to get there. They foster a familial, close-knit vibe amongst the guests, joining you for drinks at the poolside bar and helping you get to know other guests. In fact, on our last night as a goodbye, they threw us a farewell complimentary BBQ where all guests were invited, complete with dancing and entertainment. We even received a bottle of their homemade wine as a farewell gift.

The other couples and guests of course made this experience all the more enjoyable, with a mix of ages present, all chatty and friendly. Neverhtheless, George and Maria not only completed, but entirely made, the experience so memorable.

We have gone from a couple who have said we don't know how couples go to the same place, we are now total converts and will be going back to Kreta for many years to come.

George, Maria, and Albert, thanks for such a unforgettable and fantastic stay!

Date of stay: September 2020
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Thank LloydMRo
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Reviewed 17 September 2020

My boyfriend and I have just returned from an absolutely fantastic two weeks' stay at Kreta Natur (from 2nd September through to 16th September 2020), and we both cannot recommend this lovely place enough.

We arrived on the late flight from Gatwick, and got to Kreta Natur shortly before midnight. We were welcomed by George (one of the owners) and Albert (the expert bar-tender) on our arrival, and immediately given a free beer each to settle us in. Because of current COVID-19 restrictions in Greece, all bars and restaurants have to close at midnight, so we were extremely grateful for the refreshments after our journey.

We were shown to our room by George, and we were very impressed. Typical "Mediterranean holiday" style apartment, with a very comfy bed, adjoining kitchenette, and a very well apportioned bathroom. We both thought the bathroom in particular was absolutely fantastic - a powerful and proper shower (as opposed to the "wetroom" approach we've had on other stays in Greece), and the room was perfectly suitable for our needs for the fortnight. Extremely comfortable place to stay, with a wonderful balcony looking out onto the surrounding area, with the sea in the background. We spent an hour or two each evening, after the bar closed, playing cards and having beers up on the balcony, and the surroundings were lovely. The room was cleaned every 2-3/3-4 days, or as and when we wanted it done, and was always left in a fabulous state. In short, the room was fantastic.

The swimming pool (two - one larger for adults, and a smaller one for younger kids) was bliss; perfect temperature, caught the sun all day round, and with plenty of comfortable and high-quality sun-loungers around the pool. Just next to the pool is the bar, run by the ever-friendly Albert, with a wide-range of drinks and some very good local food prepared by the owners, George and Maria. The best part is that they allow you to keep a tab, so no need for money by the pool, and you can pay it off every few days or so. Extremely good value for money, and manned throughout the day and evening. The apartments are set in beautiful gardens, well worth poking around, with small little "hideaways" where you can sit and read in peace, or share a space with friends, and there are plenty of places to eat your own food should you wish to prepare in your apartment. There is a lovely little roof terrace as well with great views across to the sea.

Set slightly away from the coastline, you benefit from all-day round sunshine without the winds that can blow in from the sea. We had no complaints about the weather the entire two weeks we were there. The sea is a short walk away (about 15 minutes), and you have the option of sandy stretches with sun-loungers, adjacent to tavernas and bars for food and drink, or smaller coves with little pebbles. Either are great for swimming, and the sea doesn't shelve too deeply, meaning that you never feel out of your depth. There are also watersports in the area for those who are interested. We spent a mixture of time between the pool and the beaches. There are also some fantastic restaurants nearby - "Big Blue" is a few minutes walk and does a wide-range of very tasty foods, and slightly further you have "Saradari" which is a specialist fish restaurant; both are competitively priced and very reasonable. Slightly further away you have the new town of "Port Hersonissos" which is slightly livelier, with many different restaurants and bars to choose from (we recommend Kahlua and Med as two of our favourites), but the whole new town is popular with younger and older folks alike. Nearby is the old original village of "Old Hersonissos", set in the hills and with 8-10 restaurants ringed around a quaint village square. Either option gives you lots of choices of fantastic Greek food, and very friendly.

We did rent a car for the two weeks (from the airport, although there are also lots of car rental places locally), and we think it was worth it - as it allowed us to explore Knossos, go to Rethymno, and head to some spectacular beaches slightly further afield (Matala and Vai are recommended). However, a car isn't necessary at all, and Albert or George will happily arrange a taxi for you should you wish to head into Hersonissos, and the taxis (from what other guests told us) are very reasonably priced.

However, what made the holiday for us was the team at Kreta Natur. I have never stayed anywhere where I have felt more relaxed, and more welcomed, than with owners George and Maria at Kreta Natur, with Albert looking after us as well throughout the day. George and Maria go out of their way to make sure that everyone knows everyone else (it's a largely British crowd who go, but we met Germans, Austrians, and Ukranians whilst we were there), and people tend to stay for several hours in the evening drinking by the pool, chatting with each other and with George, Maria and Albert. George is an expert Backgammon player, and will happily play with anyone who wishes to, or will teach you how to play if you are unsure. Maria will have you crying with laughter each night, and her Raki - offered complementary every evening - is absolutely fantastic - "Yamas!".

We were originally only due to stay for one week, but because of how much we loved Kreta Natur, Hersonissos, and most of all George and Maria, we pushed our flights back by a week and George was most happy to allow us to stay in the same apartment for seven more nights. The price was extremely reasonable, and George very kindly allowed us to have the use of our room for the entire day when we checked out (we left Kreta Natur late in the evening, having showered and used the rooms up until that point).

In our second week, partly as a goodbye to us, George and Maria organised a full barbecue (food extravaganza!) and dancing evening, complete with traditional Greek music and the smashing of the plates! George and Albert worked all day on cooking the most tender and tasty lamb in a fire pit, and the food was simply endless. All the guests got involved, with Maria having spent the preceding couple of evenings teaching us all the traditional Greek dancing moves - even me with two left feet was able to pull it off! Several evenings we stayed up drinking with other guests in the bar area (although closed, it was allowed for us to have our own drinks there after-hours), chatting and playing cards until the early hours.

We made some excellent friends at Kreta Natur in the fortnight, and have already arranged to meet up with some of them when they return to the UK. Maria herself has family in London, and we are very much looking forward to seeing her when she comes over in a couple of months to visit - our turn to look after her! Many people we spoke with when we were at Kreta Natur said that this was their fifth, sixth, seventh (etc.) visit back to the place, and they simply love coming and staying there. We are the latest to add ourselves to that list, and have already asked George and Maria if we can have the same room again when we return next September.

On an LGBT point, as a gay couple, we felt entirely welcomed by everyone, and would have absolutely zero concerns for any other LGBT couples considering Kreta Natur. There was also a very good mix of ages of people - although a slightly older crowd on the whole, there were several couples in their early-twenties to mid-thirties, and we made friends with everyone there.

We would give Kreta Natur 100/100 for the enjoyment we had over the two weeks, and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Crete and stay somewhere special. Thank you so much to George, Maria, and Albert for making our stay so wonderful!! <3

Marvellous! Opa!

Date of stay: September 2020
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Thank tommygilc
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Reviewed 30 September 2019

Such a wonderful place! So much effort has clearly gone into the grounds and apartments making it the perfect destination for our ‘extend the summer’ holiday. Very relaxed, very friendly, great holiday!

We were welcomed on arrival by George & Maria, and the other guests at the pool bar/reception area. The next night was a much talked about Greek BBQ night; full of amazing home cooked food, dancing and laughter.

We spent the next two weeks utterly relaxing by the pool, cooling off under the shade of the bar and generally having a lovely time. All guests there during our time were so friendly...many of them return visitors to this wonderful place. I’m sure we will add ourselves to this list!

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank ZoeHerman
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Reviewed 21 August 2019

We stayed at Kreta Natur as a family for a week and we wished that we had booked for longer.
The day we arrived we was greeted by Erina who was just lovely and made us feel relaxed straight away.
The owners George & Maria welcome you like a family member. Both are welcoming and just want you to have the most relaxing time.
I can’t express how relaxing and calming this place is. No rush for loungers in a morning, very chilled throughout the day around the pool area.
The apartments cater for all your needs and is kept very clean throughout your stay.
As other guests have expressed there is not much around the hotel but it depends what you want from your holiday.
Local supermarkets are a 5 minute walk away !
If you want to go into the old town or new town somebody is always on hand to phone you a taxi.
The BBQ is not to be missed. We had a fantastic evening with all the other guests lots of Greek dancing/ Karaoke/ Eating and of course drinking.
George worked very hard all afternoon in preparation for the evening and the food was amazing!
This was our first time at Kreta Natur and certainly will not be our last.
Big thanks to George, Maria, Erina, Albert for a wonderful holiday.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Tour487531
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Reviewed 14 August 2019

From the moment we arrived Maria, George, Albert and Irena treated us like members of the family rather than paying guests. The setting is perfect for those looking for a bit of seclusion and a place to just relax and chill. At the same time the nearest big town Hersonissos (new town) is walkable withing 30 mins - or just take a taxi for around 8E - and there you can find loads of great bars, restaurants (try Mythos for authentic Greek food) and nightlife if that's your thing. The 15 rooms have everything you could ask for and are spacious and cleaned daily. Best place for breakfast is on the roof terrace with fabulous views out to sea. The pool is clean with plenty of sunbeds and has a bar manned from 9am until late. If you fancy the beach avoid the private hotel ones and head for the secluded cove just down from the fish restaurant - where they bring you cocktails and food on demand !! The BBQ - just go its fab !! We can see why this place has so many repeat visits - you really do go home relaxed and refreshed.

Room tip: Only 15 rooms and all seem of a similar standard
Date of stay: July 2019
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Thank Alistair S
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