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Grecotel’s Mykonos Blu
So Greece’s new Prime Minister doesn’t want you to stay in all-inclusive hotels. And although his new Syriza government came swiftly out and reassured us that they won’t take any action against them, he still has a point. All-inclusives do nothing for the local communities they’re based in, and they do nothing for broadening the minds of their guests.
Greece, of course, is chock full of delightful independent hotels. But if you’re an all-inclusive type who’s keen to step out of your comfort zone, but not to the extent of booking a one-off place, here’s a halfway house – some of our favorite Greek hotel chains.
Caramel: It’s not normally the color we’d like for our sand, but we’ll let that slide, since the Caramel Boutique Resort, which opened yesterday in Rethymno, Crete, looks like the kind of place to make all our vocabulary neuroses disappear.
Rethymno is, thankfully, the least boisterous resort in Crete (for anything approaching mamading exploits, try Chania), and the Caramel is Grecotel’s latest addition to the scene, sitting on an eight-mile beach (the longest in Crete).
First interesting thing about Caramel: its 71 ‘rooms’ are made up of suites and villas, some of which sleep up to 10 people, which should give an interesting feel to the place. Second interesting thing: the food in the restaurant is all locally sourced, and there’s a farm nearby, also owned by Grecotel, where you can pretend to be a farmer for the day. Third, and most importantly, the toilets come with self-heating seats and self-flushing mechanisms.
The vibe is very Greek island – all bright, white walls and gauze curtains – yet they’ve done a good job in giving it a boutique, rather than a resort, feel – think handpainted tiles on the floor. The palm-fringed pool looks spectacular, but we’re rather more excited about the beach, complete with gazebos and fruit-serving staff. Warning: at night, they’re planning parties on the beach.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Have you ever wanted to have a young-celeb-lady freakout? Trash a room, tip off the paps to your crisis, storm the hotel suite of an ex-lover, hotbox yourself in a bathroom and take some scandalous photos that may or may not leak in Star magazine? Maybe engage in a little head-shaving and eyebrow-raising trysts with bodyguards and things?
No? Never wanted that? Okay, let's ask the question a different way: have you ever felt so stressed that you were absolutely certain you were going to have a meltdown of Lohan proportions pretty soon? Okay. Yes.
We ask because we want to help and because we're pretty sure gazing out the windows of a hotel room at the Petra Mare Hotel in Crete may help soothe your troubled soul.
This shot comes to us from mfoord, and it's a view of the balcony of a room and, according to the website, most of the 227 "spicy" (hehe) rooms have sea views like this. Nice.