Villas vs Hotels in Crete

The varied terrain of Crete offers an equally varied selection of accommodation across its sun-drenched shores.

Kick back in a luxury hotel in Elounda, one of Crete’s best kept secrets, grab yourself a last minute bargain and head to the party town of Malia or opt for a traditional stone villa on the outskirts of Hersonissos.

Each come with their own set of advantages, depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for so we’ve created a quick and easy guide to help you choose your dream holiday.

Value for money

There are some fantastic cheap holidays to be had staying at a range of accomodations from 5* luxury resorts to Self Catering apartments in fully-equipped resorts across Crete.

For a couple or small family, an All Inclusive break may be just the ticket with no hidden extras and meals and transfers included in the cost of the holiday. However for larger families or a group of friends holidaying together, a villa may be more cost effective rather than a collection of hotel rooms.

Many villa packages include car hire too enabling you to explore the surrounding area at your leisure and if you choose to book independently, low cost airlines can make a villa break an affordable alternative.

Space and privacy

Hotel resorts across the entire island range from peaceful retreats to action packed, luxurious affairs like the Sensatori Resort Crete in Lyttos Beach. While a family room with one bathroom might feel quite overwhelming after a week on top of each other, a larger suite or Self Catering apartment with separate living area will provide you with all the space you need.

On the flip side, a villa offers guests that little extra in terms of privacy. Relax by your own private pool with breathtaking mountain or sea views and take advantage of all the home comforts provided without the noise of fellow guests and hotel staff.


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