A boutique hotel in a Venetian mansion
AVLI Lounge is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Crete, 80 kilometers away from Heraklion. Situated in the historical part of Réthymnon, an old Cretan city, its 7 spacious and enchanting suites are housed in two 15th century Cretan mansions with Venetian architectural influences.
Seven unique suites with Jacuzzis
Each suite in AVLI's Venetian mansions has a unique and stylish interior design. Colors and styles depict the local architectural tradition enhanced with modern comfort.
The Suites are classified in 3 categories:
Tempting Experience : a unique enoteca
More than 460 wines, from Greek producers, quietly lay in AVLI's cave, one of the biggest in Greece. Cretan lords used to stock their grapes 500 years ago in this same cave.
Services and activities
Crete is best known for its typical villages, its beaches and its cuisine. This makes AVLI ideal for a total Cretan immersion. Counting on its charming 15th century architecture, its cooking classes, its wine tastings, its engagement to organic and locally-sourced products. AVLI's philosophy is to immerse you into authentic Crete in the heart of a charming Cretan city and only a ten minute walk away from the sea!
Situated in an adjacent street, the AVLI gourmet restaurant serves creative Cretan cuisine, certified by CONCRED (the Greek Academy of Taste). Chefs Nicos Patsioras and Aristea Daphnomili also like to welcome you in their kitchen for a private cooking class. Make sure to enjoy your cooking creations after the class! The restaurant is situated in a private 15th century house with a patio and planted with trees. A meal here is a rare and special moment.
Breakfast is 100% Cretan and delicious of course!
A few steps away from the hotel is the AVLI Raw Materials, an organic store offering local products made by the local women associations and supported by AVLI. At the store you will find jams, wine, canned food, olive oil, sweets, cosmetics...and a few presents for friends back home.
The AVLI can organize excursions on demand. You can also, more originally, ask for a visit to the organic farm or the vinyard.
Relax in the Jacuzzi on the roof-terrace overhanging the city, a promise of absolute bliss. A stunning place, charming and quiet!
Réthymnon: a charming Cretan city with interlaced alleys
It is so easy to get lost in Réthymnon, but also so nice! Alleys unpredictably criss-cross each others, so much so that you will enjoy wandering along the ancient walls and the city's shops. The city centre is at the top of the peninsula where a soft breeze of fresh air blows. Everything blends to perfection for you to appreciate this antique city, undoubtedly the best preserved of Crete.
Awards and Press comments
AVLI suites are really wide but what strikes me is AVLI's world: warming ambiance, delicious Cretan food on the patio, organic Cretan products in the boutique...and all this from one Venetian house to another passing through charming Rethymnon alleys.