Located in the village of Kapsaliana, Kapsaliana Village Hotel, member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, is a unique and distinctive accommodation proposal in Crete and, without any exaggeration, in the entire Mediterranean.
The village of Kapsaliana was part of the Arkadi Monastery. The story of the settlement starts in 1600 when the Monastery built a church dedicated to Archangel Michael and an olive oil mill in 1763. More people then came to the area to work on the olive trees and land, and built houses around the olive oil mill. When the settlement had reached its heyday, it accommodated roughly 13 families and 50 people. This is how years came and went until the middle of the 20th century when the settlement was abandoned. In the end of the 20th century, the traditional village of Kapsaliana was characterized by Presidential Decree as of “High Cultural Value”. Nowadays, the settlement has been fully restored and converted with love and artistry into a profoundly different village-hotel, a characteristic example of Cretan architecture.
It was with the utmost care and diligent work that everything was gradually restored and renovated here; first, the church (currently operating), the olive oil mill (transformed into a museum) and then, the old houses and the utility rooms that were transformed into rooms, suites, restaurant and lounge. The final touch was given by the addition of a swimming pool.
The hotel is made of twelve one to two-storey stone structures, each with a different lounge. Even though you get the feeling of travelling back in time, all modern amenities (internet, cable TV, air-conditioning, heating, a fireplace in every house) are available here.
Gastronomy holds a prominent place in Kapsaliana Village Hotel. Many of the delicacies offered at the breakfast buffet fare and between main courses are made using vegetables grown on the vegetable gardens of the hotel and other produce from near-by family-run farms.
The courses served at the restaurant are in their majority a true gastronomic experience. Try the savoury creative cuisine dishes prepared here, such as chicken with yogurt, raisins and purslane or sautéed lamb.
Behind this endeavour is a Cretan architect, Myron Toupoyannis. He is the one who envisaged the revival of the village and worked passionately for its restoration. It took long and strenuous efforts, but he finally made his dream come true.
If you are looking to bring yourself closer to nature, find yourself immersed in history, enjoy a calm and elegant setting, Kapsaliana Village Hotel is your destination, an unrivaled accommodation option. If you choose to stay in Kapsaliana, you’ll also get to make the acquaintance of an excellent man, the man who created this paradise; marvelling life as it unfolds in the village, you’ll find him here day and night giving unparalleled lessons on the art of hospitality.
Kapsaliana Village Hotel is a member of the Yades Greek Historic Hotels
Official website: www.yadeshotels.gr/hotels/kapsaliana-village-hotel/