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Elia Traditional Hotel

Hotel, 4 stars
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast.
Depending on the room type and season, one or more of these can be available. Please check each available room, for detailed info.

There is no more tranquil a place than the beautiful setting of the Elia Traditional Hotel and Spa; immersed in the most stunning scenery and fringed by an array of colourful plants, fruit trees and lush shrubs, you would be forbidden for thinking you were somewhere in the tropics, instead of hidden away in the far west of Crete.

Just a 5 minute drive from the coast, this 200 year old farmhouse was historically a hideout when it was infamously used during the Cretan Wars to hide from the islands invaders. George, the owner, was the fortunate choice of fifteen Grandchildren to inherit the home of his famous Grandfather of the same name; an important player in the historical history of the island and its freedom, ‘George Digridis’.

A trusted friend of Venizelos himself, he fought against the Turks all over Greece, finally defending his island against the invasion during the war leading the Cretan resistance for the Kissamos, the very region that the Battle of Crete actually took place.

It seems fate had chosen the youngest grandson, George to continue the history of this beautiful house; a plastic surgeon in his day job, his eye for detail and passion for aesthetics helped him to create and restore the beautiful, though slightly derelict house. The gardens, though always stunning, have now taken on a magical atmosphere with the hundreds of tropical, colourful plants and fruit trees that George has planted, all centred around the old Mulberry tree that provides the much needed shade to the terrace, and the 1500 year old oak tree that welcomes guests at the entrance.

The once store rooms and stables have been now converted in nine individual and characteristic rooms, each with their own style embracing the original artefacts of the farmhouse. Divided into four categories of accommodation ranging from the simpler standard rooms to the elegant Elia Suite (the original bedroom of George’s Grandfather where the gun hole for protecting the house at night is still evident). Each room is fitted out with comfortable wooden beds with luxurious mattresses, many of them four poster with romantic canopies above them. They all enjoy the same room facilities and share in the simple but delightful breakfast buffet, complete with homemade cakes, pies and treats.

Rooms, suites and maisonettes are beautifully furnished using traditional wood, four-poster beds or iron beds draped with soft, light fabrics, and various antiques. All rooms have modern comforts such as en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, Tv and mini bar; and the independent Villa Elanthi with its wonderful sea views is perfect for large families or groups of friends with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and self catering facilities. Villa helidoni a house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, a full equipped kitchen, garage and a beautiful courtyard. An ideal place for families and friends (up to 6 persons) just 1000 m away from the hotel.

Room Descriptions


Standard Room / Double stone bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens.

Lεμον Τrεε

Standard Room / Double bed with romantic draping mosquito net and en suite shower room; opens out to main terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.

Pomegranαte Τree

Standard Room / Twin bedded room with en suite shower room; opens out to side terrace and gardens. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.


Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed with en suite bathroom. Opens out to its own terrace

Rose Bay

Superior Room / Romantic antique iron bed with en suite shower room opening out to a large balcony.

Little Lilly

Superior Room / Four-poster bed with romantic draping mosquito net and small living area with a single bed and en suite bathroom. Stone seating area in gardens opposite.


The sheer natural beauty of the environment of the traditional Hotel Elia enables you to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. The lush gardens are rich in tropical plants, vibrant bouganvilleas, plum, lemon and fig trees; sweet smelling jasmine and all surrounded by a sea of olive trees; the source of all oil used at the hotel. Hidden throughout the gardens are little seating areas, footpaths ideal for walking, and little nooks where you can enjoy the tranquillity and calmness, with just the sound of the cicades to disturb the incredible peace and quiet. If this is not enough for you to forget the modern world, our therapists can fortify your mental and physical balance with specialized programs and relaxing massages.

Start the day with our lush buffet breakfast rich with home made pies and cakes, variety of healty breads and paximadia, delicious biscuits and cereals, fresh fruits (many from our gardens) and all washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice. Guest are free to take their breakfast anywhere they wish in the gorgeous grounds, and for those who like their sleep, we will serve you when you wake up - whatever the time!

The Sauna, the Jacuzzi, the sea therapy and the baths with beneficial essential-oils as well as the healing qualities of the seaweed and the mud stimulate your senses and in combination with stimulating drinks, aromatherapy and different types of massage offer total relaxation and beauty.

After your relaxing massage or walk around the grounds, you can dine in the traditional little restaurant, or on the raised terrace looking out to the bay of Kolimbari. Our local Chef is renowned for his hearty dishes - many secrets recipies of his grandmother - and he uses only the finest ingredients available to us - everything cooked fresh every day.



Kolymbari, Crete, Greece - P.O. Code 73006

  • Airport: 40km
  • Beach: 8km
  • Historical Centre / old town: 25km
  • Port: 33km


Hotel Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning Free
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Mini bar
  • TV
  • Wifi Free
Hotel Facilities / Services
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Parking Free
  • Restaurant
  • Spa & Wellness Center
  • Swimming Pool
Facilities Operating Hours
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Swimming Pool

Area Surronded by olive trees, tropical plants,plum,lemon and fig trees, foot paths ideal for walking, therapists ,specialized programs and relaxing massages.Buffet Breakfast,Sauna,Jacuzzi,aromatherapy,traditional restaurant,terrace,swimming pool 
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