There’s Something Magical About Staying in a 150-Year-Old Windmill on a Greek Island (and 4 Other Unique Properties)


Need a weekend getaway during your vacationing Greece this year? Need a unique place to stay, and simultaneously live history? Check out these unique hotels that not only offer a rich history and unique experiences in some of our favorite locations throughout Greece— including a unique, restored windmill on Kimonos that was restored from its 1850s original. We’re sure you’ll agree, there’s something enchanting about staying in an old windmill, not to mention walking the hallways of Eleftherios Venizelos’ private office. (*Note, these are all hand-selected. No money was exchanged for this placement.)


scalaniScalani Hills in Heraklion, Crete

Scalani Hills Residences is a collection of three accommodation suites within the Boutari Winery, situated close to the picturesque village of Skalani in Crete. The three luxurious residences have been sensitively renovated to harmonize with the surrounding area. They all enjoy beautiful views of the Fantaxometocho Estate featuring seven hectares of vineyards and olive trees.

Set in the Archanes wine region with the important archaeological site of Knossos under 5km away, Scalani Hills Residences offers a unique experience amid classical antiquity and viticulture for a truly exclusive getaway or celebration.

Scalani Hills Residences at the Boutari Winery combine the experience of a majestic vineyard with tranquil relaxation and hospitality. Located on the way to Myrtia (birthplace of famous Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis), and a short distance from the ancient city of Heraklion, the Boutari Winery is an amazing centre of regional wine-making with a number of native and foreign grape varieties in evidence.

The vineyard includes the red varieties Kotsifali, Mantilari, Syrah and the white varieties Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica and Moschato Spinas, among others. All wine tastings give the opportunity to indulge in the art of wine tasting with experts on hand to guide you through our limited edition wines produced only on the estate. The tasting includes the dry wines Fantaxometocho (white) and Skalani (red) and the sweet wines Moschato Spinas and Iouliatiko.

kimolosWindmill on the island of Kimolos

The Windmill Hotel, on the tiny volcanic island of Kimolos in Cyclades, dates from 1852 and remains one of the few traditionally restored windmills in Greece today. It has been recently renovated to create an elegant boutique-style hotel with modern amenities and facilities.

The exceptional location, classic design and intimate scale, all combine to create a rare blend of exclusive, attentive service, against the stunning Aegean Sea backdrop.

Located between the port of Kimolos and “Chorio”, the only village of the island, this perfect getaway invites you to experience the charm and authenticity of Greek hospitality, taking in the relaxing atmosphere and exploring this unspoiled destination, formerly known as ‘Argentiera’, the so-called ‘pirates’ island’.

We think you’ll agree— there’s something enchanting about staying in an old, restored windmill.

alcaneaAlcanea Boutique Hotel in Hania, Crete

The building that now forms Alcanea Boutique Hotel dates from the Venetian period and was the office of the Greek revolutionary and statesman, Eleftherios Venizelos for 24 years. It was fully restored during spring 2011 with great sensitivity to the preservation and conservation of the building’s architectural heritage and history.

The enchanting complex of terraces and patios, the well-preserved hand-carved stone facades, the colorful ceramics, the elaborate woodwork and decorative elements all maintain a perfect balance between tradition and modern comforts.

The location of this boutique hotel couldn’t be more perfect, as it occupies a spot on the Venetian harbor of Hania, with stunning views of the entire port and is walking distance to the town’s beaches, as well as unique markets and shops.

critamoCritamo Cottage in Hania, Crete

Critamo Cottage is a 200-year old Cretan house, located in the remote Gavalochori village of Agios Pavlos, near the historic town of Chania. This fully-serviced cottage can accommodate up to five people and consists of two bedrooms, a seating area, kitchen with stove and oven, and bathroom with shower.

Built at the beginning of the Ottoman conquest in 1724, Critamo Cottage (previously known as ‘Amvrosios House’) passed from father to son. Centuries of history have added to its distinct charm which has now been lovingly brought back through Aria’s careful restoration. It is fully in keeping with the traditional village setting and its many features of local and historical interest.

The historic village, named after the Gavalas family who lived here during the Venetian period, holds a fascinating past which is explored in the local museum. Featuring many shops, old Greek tavernas and cafes, it also abounds in local culture with shops selling traditional pastries and handicrafts, numerous Greek Orthodox churches, and many architectural features of interest such as Venetian arches and wells, Roman tombs and an ancient olive oil press.

katogiKatogi Averoff in Metsovo

The Katogi Averoff Hotel and Winery is located in the mountain village of Metsovo in the Epirus region of Northern Greece, situated in a magical natural landscape.

The hotel’s fifteen luxuriously appointed rooms enjoy views of the winery and of Metsovo’s magnificent scenery. The architecture and interior design exudes discreet luxury and a contemporary aesthetic which nonetheless captures many traditional local features.

Visitors can enjoy atmospheric audio-visual-enhanced tours of the wine cellars, learning about the history of the winery and the wine-making process. Of course there is ample opportunity for wine tasting. Other attractions include walks around the vineyards, forest or surrounding hills; the sights, sounds and traditions of Metsovo, or excursions farther afield.

A stay at the hotel is a unique experience: Relax in the spacious rooms or retreat to the open fire or in the charming courtyard with its trees and herb gardens. Sample the hotel restaurant with its traditional dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Katogi Averoff Hotel has been awarded in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveller magazine, at the category Traditional Hotels-Audience Award.


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