In Crete, one of
the most beautiful islands of Greece and the entire Mediterranean Sea,
where the east meets west, the legend says that Zeus
was born, God of the skies and thunder, father of all gods and men.
According to mythology, after Zeus seized Europa
from Phoenicia, he crossed the seas and, accompanied by Tritons
and Sea nymphs, carried her to Crete. In the Dictaio
Andro cave of Psiloreitis mountain, Zeus
brought to Crete, along with Europa, the early roots of civilization…
Crete, an island
amidst different seas, filled with sunlight and authentic beauty, is a
journey by itself leading to the Cretan hospitality in the village of Loutra,
Rethymno Prefecture, which at the time of the Venetian rule was a fief
owned by Matthaios Kallergis.
The narrow picturesque alleys, the patios, the arches and the
monumental fountain with its inscription in Arabic travel visitors back
Eliá (the Greek word for olive tree) is a
symbol of peace, prosperity, fertility and well-being as well as a
symbol of victory for Olympic winners, whereas from its fruit comes the
blessed olive oil… It is a tree associated with ancestral tales and
legends, felt by all people to be a true blessing…
The village of Loutra
is situated in the midst of olive groves with an endless view to the
sea, full of Greek colors, narrow cobbled streets and never-ending
bougainvillea plants, Venetian buildings and the blazons of the Kallergoi
family – evidence of a monumental era.
In the best part of the village,
Villa Athena & Villa Nefeli await holidaymakers, offering a combination
of the traditional Cretan hospitality with modern luxury and comfort.
Both Elia suites and Elia villa are located
next to the village’s square where there is a
spacious parking area.
They are found at a distance of 8 km (5 miles) from Rethymnon,
2 km (1 1/4 miles) from the sea and 8 km (5 miles) from the historical
monastery of Arkadi.
Elia suites offer four spacious,
outdoor common areas at four different levels for the guests’ comfort.
At the first level, namely where the
entrance to the suites can be found, the vegetation is thick offering a
great opportunity for relaxation in the beautiful terrace and the small
At the second level, there is another
beautiful terrace with a large white table while indoors, on the white
marble flooring, there is the suites’ lounge with comfortable sofas in
simple design lines and a concert piano.
Right next to it, visitors can find the main kitchen
with wooden lining and fully equipped (a fridge, a range with an oven
and ceramic cooking zones and a dish washer).
A marble staircase leads to the first floor of the Elia suites
building where there is a nice veranda with olive
trees and picturesque blue coffee shop tables and chairs in perfect
alignment with the minimal design of the suites.
The veranda enjoys the refreshing shadow of a 200-year old
vine wrapped around a trellis. From there, one can enjoy the exquisite
view to the olive groves and the garden.
The entrances for the Pershephone,
Dimitra and Elia
suites are found in this veranda.
Old iron stairs lead to the final level where, in a terrace
surrounded with thick vegetation and offering a clear view to the olive
groves and the sea, guests can sunbathe all day long sitting on their
At a slightly higher level, there is a dining room with a
trellis, an ideal observation point of the stars and the night sky.
... the Poseidon Suite
- The Poseidon suite is on the ground floor, next to the
- It can host two persons and has a bathroom with a bathtub
and a toilet.
- It enjoys complete independence as in addition to the first
entrance there is also a second entrance from a traditional street
cobbled with various patterns of sea pebbles.
- This suite has the privilege of a view to the swimming pool
and the back street.
... the Pluto suite
- At the next level, next to the swimming pool, one can find
the Pluto suite with two rooms and a capacity of up to four persons.
- Guests can enter from the terrace right over the swimming
- In the room there is a double bed and a corridor leads us
to a second room with a bunk bed. The bathroom has a shower and a
... the Athena suite
- Going up a marble staircase next to the pool on the first
floor, one can find the Athena suite with its white marble flooring and
two iron single beds with a capacity of two persons.
- The suite has a private balcony overlooking the pool and
all other windows have a view to the village’s picturesque streets and
- Facilities offered: a fully built-in electric range with
cupboards, a fridge and a bathroom with a shower and a toilet.
... the Elia suite
- The Villa Nefeli is also located on the first floor.
- This dream of a suite is two-storied (a maisonette) and can
host two persons, being ideal for your honeymoon.
- On the upper floor, Elia has an absolutely beautiful white
double bed and two armchairs, while the windows offer a fantastic view
to the vast olive groves that virtually reach the seashore and
the village’s traditional alleys.
- On the lower floor, there is a traditional lounge in white
and a dining room with a view to the veranda and the olive groves.
- Facilities offered: a range, a fridge and a bathroom with a
bathtub and a toilet.
... the Persephone
- The Persephone suite is also situated on the first floor
with a capacity of two persons.
- It has a double bed, a bathroom with a bathtub and a
toilet, a range and a fridge.
- Entry from the veranda with the olive trees and the coffee
... the Dimitra suite
- In the same veranda and next to the Persephone suite, one
can find Dimitra suite with two separate spaces and a capacity of two
- When entering the suite, there is a living room with a sofa
bed, which provides the potential of hosting two more persons.
- It has a range, a fridge and a bathroom with shower and
- In the inner space of the suite there is a second room with
a double bed for two more persons.
- This room has a view to a picturesque village alley at the
one side and a view to the veranda and the olive groves at the other
- This suite can host a total of four persons.
Apart from the main entrance,
all three suites, ‘Elia’, ‘Pershephone’
and ‘Dimitra’, have a second entry point from the
village’s main street where the arched entrance of the old house used
Elia villa is a new villa with four two-bed rooms
extending on two floors and four levels with the capacity of eight
persons in total.
Elia villa has a large outdoor
space with a 33m² swimming pool surrounded by lush vegetation. Next to
the pool, guests can enjoy their meal under the refreshing shadow
provided by a trellis.
Inside Elia villa, on
the ground floor, there is a main lounge with deluxe oak flooring,
leather sofas, a wooden dining room and an old piano.
At the same level there is a fully equipped kitchen
with a fridge, range and dishwasher as well as a WC for common use.
In the beautiful winter garden with the marble table, guests
can enjoy their breakfast with a view to the pool...
On the ground floor
there is another bedroom with oak flooring and two iron single beds
with its own bathroom and toilet. This room has a balcony with a view
to the green garden.
At the highest level of the villa, guests can
sunbathe enjoying the spectacular and clear view to the olive groves
and the sea, whereas in the sunset, the barbeque grill located in the
same area will be the basis for unforgettable nights for our guests and
At the next level there
are three two-bed rooms and two bathrooms with a toilet.
All bedrooms have oak flooring and fairytale beds made of iron
with wooden details, with an endless view to the olive groves, the sea
and the green garden by the pool.
Two levels lower inside
the villa there are two more beds and a bath with a spacious Jacuzzi
for special relaxing moments.
At the same level, there is a gym with an exercise bike and an
abs workout instrument, a play and workout area and a ping-pong table.
In a separate common area,
the following facilities are provided: a washing machine, a dryer, an
ironing system and an electric iron.