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Away from the humdrum picture of tourism ,sun - sea, every place has another world - which lasts more than just the few months of the tourist season - whose roots are well embedded in tradition. Tradition is still alive but well hidden, like a precious jewel, from the eyes of the ephemeral visitor. Andreas Metaxas, General Manager of the Maris Hotels, with his love and respect for Cretan tradition had a dream and dared to experiment. Thus, Villa Arhanes is a proposition for a different type of holiday, which combines tradition and a return to nature, rural tourism and frugal luxury, entertainment and communication with the locals and time for contemplation.

The 4-star Traditional Apartment lie on a hillside overlooking Arhanes & Youhtas Sacred Mountain. This original Cretan mansion was built in 1890 and was renovated during the period from spring to winter of 2000. The foundations of this old house, its stone walls ,60-80 cm thick, its frame and woodwork have remained intact.The Hotel has tried to respect and preserve the architectural arrangement of the apartments and all other spaces using old building materials to obtain all the amenities that are necessary for a comfortable and decent accommodation, attractively restored in just 6 exclusive apartments. It is a new type of vacation, for people showing sensitivity and particular sympathy for: nature, relaxation, exercise, nutrition with pure ecological products, taste and delight, entertainment and communication with the locals, and time for recollection.


From prehistoric years to this date it has been an important financial centre of the surrounding area. It is speculated that in Arhanes lay the summer palace of King Minos. The area boasts a particular natural environment (gorges, hills, mountains, cultivable plain expanses, rare flora and fauna, but the buildings also encapsulate the neo-classical tradition with Venetian architecture.

Check-in / Check-out Policy

Check-in: from 14:00 h
Check-out: until 12:00 h


Medical Services Shopping Car Parking Cafeteria / Snack Bar Internet Access No Smoking Rooms Massage BBQ Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Fully equipped kitchen Air-conditioning Restaurants Swimming Pool Fitness Room Laundry & Dry Cleaning VIP Services


Free WiFi


  • TV Corner
  • First Aid
  • Parking
  • Quick Check-in Service
  • Photographer – Florist
  • Mailbox
  • In Room Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Baby Cots
  • 1 Outdoor Swimming Pool with Hydro massage

In-Hotel Health & Recreation

  • Free Sun chairs
  • Free Towels

Food & Beverages

  • 1 Restaurant with Traditional Food
  • Cretan Traditional Breakfast
  • 1 Bar


  • 2 One-Bedroom Apart. & a Loft “Ondas” up to 3 pax
  • 4 Two Bedrooms Apart. & a Loft “Ondas” up to 6 pax
  • Total Number of Rooms:6
  • Total Number of Beds:25

Rooms’ Surface  m2

  • One-Bedroom Apartment: 24-40
  • Two-Bedroom Apartment :47-57

In-Room Standard Amenities

  • WC / Bath or Shower
  • Air-Conditioning – Heating
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio or Music TV Channel
  • Direct-Dial Telephone
  • Mini Fridge
  • Oven with Grill and Hotplates
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry / Dry-Cleaning Service
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Cooker hood, kettle,Percolator
  • Fireplace

Room Amenities

Internet Access Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Kitchenette Air-conditioning Fridge


Arhanes, a beautiful little town in the Temenos prefecture, at an altitude of 380m and just 15 km from Heraklion -with a continuous habitation of 5.000 years- is one of the most important archaeological sites of Crete and has been characterized for its historical and traditional heritage.

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