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We set off in 2014, after thinking back and forth a couple of times, to book a stay at Vritomartis for our second honeymoon during July 2015. Coming from Finland you would expect us to be easy-going skipping around in the buff but it took some mental preparation especially for the male part even being the initiator to the idea. The inner Hercules was fighting the idea of showing the outer Hercule Poirot without the usual suit to cover up all the good life that had been collected over the last 20 odd years.
It was our first time in Crete and we really enjoyed this beautiful island and although we have a pool at our garden in The Netherlands the weather is not always cooperative.
When we arrived at Vritomartis we were very pleasantly surprised by the very warm welcome that made us feel at home. As I am handicapped there is always a need to make some adjustments and understanding by the accommodation and also this was easily done by the employees. I brought with me an electric fold scooter to get around and it was no problem to use my scooter at the hotel, to the pool, to the bungalows and the other surroundings.
We will tell you about our first visit to Crete and hotel Vritomartis. It happened at the end of June in the summer of 2013. Μe and my girlfriend Eli left for the dream island of Crete. Due to the long road we chose to travel by bus to Athens and then by ferry to the second largest city of Crete – Chania. After a long journey on motorways we arrived at Athens and we got on the ferry. After a romantic night on the ship “Eliros” we landed at the port of Souda in Chania town in the early morning. We got on the bus that takes us to the small town of Chora Sfakion. Road passing through a passage of the majestic mountain Lefka Ori. The moment we stepped on Crete we were fascinated by the grandeur and beauty of the largest island in the Mediterranean. Continue reading →
From the first moment we drove down the mountain on the beautiful and scenic road to Sfakia, Crete, we became aware of the unique romantic atmosphere of this southern coast line. After discovering the excellence of Vritomartis and its people we started to explore all the unique and secluded beaches of the area. Like many other couples, we were in need of some quality romantic time as a couple. We had to refill our love cup with quality time and intimate connection. This beautiful coastline became a memorable experience and place to restore our intimacy as a couple.
This is a story from our first visit to Vritomartis many years ago. We had flown from the United States, changed planes in Athens for our flight to Chania, and then driven the little French rental car that we named “Gigi” over the mountains to Vritomartis. After unpacking and having dinner, we skipped the orientation talk and went straight to bed.
The next morning, we decided to go to the beach, but having skipped the orientation talk we were unsure how to get there. We missed the road to Filaki Beach and instead found ourselves driving down an unpaved road toward a secluded cove. We knew this must be the wrong place, but it looked pretty, so we parked Gigi and got out our towels and snorkeling gear.
After numerous autumn holidays in the Canary Islands we decided on a complete change for 2015 and booked a two-week break at Vritomartis, our first visit to the beautiful island of Crete.
After a scenic trip over the cloud shrouded mountains from Chania we glimpsed our destination far below – Vritomartis, an oasis in the beige barren landscape. The friendly welcome and thirst quenching orange juice gave us an early taster of the kindness of the Sfakian people that we would experience over the next two weeks.
Our bungalow was beautifully located with stunning views from the balcony of the sparkling Libyan Sea and the island of Gavdos is the distance.