Delina Mountain Resort
We were looking for a few days of relaxation and a base for visiting the Ideon cave (Cave of Zeus), the Nida plateau and just generally an opportunity to exploring another part of Crete. We wanted a comfortable room with a fireplace (we visited during winter!) and some amenities…just something nice. Delina Mountain Resort seemed to fit the bill, so we booked ourselves in for a few days.
Delina Mountain Resort is pretty much located in the center of Crete. It is less than an hour by car from Heraklion and about 75 minutes from Rethymno. A drive from Chania would take 2 hours, but hey, it is for an overnight stay or two anyway!
Anogia is the closest town to the resort just 1km (less than a mile) away. A great place for walking, visiting some churches and get a sense of mountain town life. Anogia also has some good restaurants with food local to this region of Crete.
Premises, rooms and food
The grounds of the resort are extensive and, besides a spa and pool, feature a large restaurant, a small, cozy Cafe and a lake with ducks and herb plantings. Delina also has its own church, a nice observation platform and a sheep/goat farm. In addition to this, the vast outdoor area sports a little playground for kids and a few spots where live events can be held.
Rooms are spacious enough, with a decent size bed, sitting area, work desk and a fireplace. Central heating and air-conditioning is provided, but the fireplace adds a nice touch during a visit to Delina in the winter. We liked the bathrooms with a Jacuzzi tub, ideal for relaxing after a day of hiking in the mountains. The included breakfast is hearty and will get you fed for the day – no need for lunch after such a yummy power breakfast. You can have dinner on the premises and if you do make sure to try the lamb chops – simply delicious.
If you are looking for a getaway from the beach crowds, a base to start exploring the White mountains or just want to relax (even with kids or pets!) in a beautiful mountain setting, Delina Mountain Resort could be the ticket. Excellent for experiencing a different side of Crete with amenities to make it a great vacation. Be aware that despite the size of the property, they do not have that many rooms – you can check pricing and availability right here.