"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side…"
HOMER, The Odyssey
Our Eco hotel is a sociable Eco-retreat of 4 independent villas and 3 cottages with a communal dining room and a swimming pool (one for adults and one for children), set in the mountains near Achlada rural, traditional Cretan village - dating back to the medieval era, but only 10 minutes from the beach of Agia Pelagia area (popular seaside holiday resort area on the island of Crete Greece).
The main appeal of Mourtzanakis Residence is its rustic setting. As you reconnect with the beauty and tranquility of nature, it is easy to detox from urban stress. And you don’t need to worry about being too isolated - Agia Pelagia beach is a 10-minute drive away, while Crete’s capital Heraklion lies 18km up the coast, making Achlada a good base for visiting attractions on Crete and an infinity of ecotourism activities offered on this great island of the Mediterranean Sea.
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TV5 Monde report
AGROTOURISM on CRETE - the documentary was filmed at our property Mourtzanakis Ecotourism Hotel and aimed to touch the world of ecotourism on Crete and how our family, with our vision, implements and provides the specific services / activities in our agrotourism hotel.
TV5 Monde has commissioned Ocean TV to create documentaries about ecotourism in 13 destinations worldwide - one of them was about agrotourism / ecotourism on the island of Crete in Greece in coordination with our Eco Hotel, Mourtzanakis Residence.
Kretaurlaub für Menschen die das Besondere suchen!
Die Mourtzanakis Residence ist der ideale Ort für alle, die Ruhe und tolle Gastgeber suchen. Die Villas sind sehr geräumig und gut ausgestattet. Der Duft nach frischen Kräutern, die wunderbare Luft und das sanfte Läuten der Schafsglocken verleiht diesem Ort eine meditative Ausstrahlung, die unvergleichlich ist. Der Blick von den Bergen in Richtung Meer, sowie die schönen Sonnenunter- und Sonnenaufgänge tun ihr übriges um sich hier ausgiebig zu erholen. Zentral gelegen bietet der Standort hervorragende Möglichkeiten die gesamte Insel zu erkunden. Und hat man mal keine Lust ins Auto zu steigen, ist ein Tag am Hotel eigenen Pool eine sehr erholsame Alternative. Marcos und Smaro (die Besitzer) sind ganz wunderbare Menschen, von denen man in ausgiebigen Gesprächen viel über die Insel und deren Geschichte erfahren kann. Oder man redet über Gott und die Welt, genießt dies in freundschaftlicher Atmosphäre, vielleicht auch bei einem Glas Raki.
Unser Tipp: Hinfahren!!!
La résidence est idéalement située à 10 minutes de la mer, au calme au milieu des oliviers et centrale par rapport au reste de l'île. Vue magnifique depuis les deux terrasses de la maison. Ne manquez surtout pas les couchers de soleil à couper le souffle.Le cadre est très reposant avec sa piscine et ses transats. La maison est grande, propre et bien agencée. Les services hôteliers sont très appréciés (changement de drap, nettoyage et vidage des poubelles).
Marcos et Smaro sont très accueillant et parle très bien français. Merci pour leur disponibilité et leurs précieux conseils!
Pour ce qui veulent, la voiture est indispensable pour découvrir la région. Bien choisir la compagnie de location de voiture!!
Again, again, again and again amazing...
"It is strange when you check my Tripadvisor, I am always reviewing only Mourtzanakis Residence. During these 5 years we visit with my wife and 6 years old son some places in the Europe, we met nice people and owners of small hotels, restaurants or apartments, but there was always something.... For us became Achlada our summer house, we find there everything what we need for great vacation, nice and clean house, quiet neighborhood, delicious dinners served on the terrace with stunning views and great owners which will try always help you with your requirements. When we came back home, many people asked me about crisis on Greece, Crete etc., they are influenced by the media, but from my point of view I must say that I found Greek people the same as always, living and enjoying their lives. So, our next will be Crete again."
Hard to describe, you have to experience it !!!!!
We have been coming to Achlada since 2013, almost every year, visiting our friends Marcos and Valerianos. This place is so nice to stay, calm olive garden around, breathtaking sun sets every evening and beautiful sea views from each villa and terraces. The villa is clean and well designed, also pool is clean and refreshing. You can order tradition Cretan dinner for very good price, all done from local ingredients and really delicious. From this place you can travel to lots of other great beaches every day, just short drive away. Very close to Heraklion to visit museums, to do shopping and visit good restaurants too. This year is first year of Ellie and George taking care of apartments and they are doing they job really well with big enthusiasm, we were very happy to met them and drink wine together. It is really our love place, with great spirit, for sure we come next years again.
Best place we have ever been to
Coming to Crete at least once a year we have stayed in many places during all the years. This one was by far the best we have ever been to. We had a wonderful time there! Its location is perfect… high on a Mountain with the view of the sea on the one side and Heraklion on the other. Watching the sunset In the evening feels like being in paradise. The apartments are very clean and equipped with everything you need! Travelling with children, the pool is the best thing to entertain them..You should definitely not miss the fantastic food served there! We were warmly welcomed by Elli and Giorgos who are the most friendly, open-minded and helpful hosts we have ever met!!! We are looking forward so much to swing them again next year
Perfect family vacay!!
Scenery is breathtaking! Wonderful relaxation. Perfect for families wanting some time out of hectic schedules. Simple & spacious accommodation. Great base for travelling around Crete. Lots of beautiful beaches to visit. Tips: - Bring hairdryer/iron if dependent on it. - You will need a car to get out and about. - If you arrive at night like we did, phone Costas (phone number on sign).
Thank you to Costas for all your help & hospitality! I would highly recommend these villas & we would love to return!
Agia pelagia is a mostly sandy beach and a bustling seashore & village where you can have a marvelous swim at its tropical green waters, while admiring the natural Mediterranean beauty of the greater region. A cocktail would probably come out handy!
Lygaria beach is a quiet, but vivid coast, mostly rocky. It is a very convenient place to swim and have a lunch, drink some wine and Cretan raki with your desert and gaze at the natural beauty of the beach and the hills surrounding it
Fodele is an idylic and large sandy beach. When in place, you no longer know if you’re in Crete or the north African shores. Its a wonderful coastline that seems mysterious, but feels like the authentic Crete
Fylakes beach (prasina nera) is something else! The most convenient way to reach it, is via a pedalo. It’s absolutely worth it. This small sandy cove reminds more of a Caribbean one. The water is perfectly green. The palm trees and pines next to it, makes it paradise on earth
How to find us:
We are a small Eco-friendly, family friendly, apart hotel offering since 2008 ecotourism holidays on Crete (an eco resort for amazing agrotourism holidays in 4 cottages and villas) located right at the center of Crete, in the village of Achlada, near the airport and ferry port and the capital city of Crete, Heraklion, at a distance of just 23 km from Heraklion Airport, 18 km from the Ferry Port, 6 km from the sandy beach of Agia Pelagia, 4 km from the nearest coach – stop on the E75 roadway, and 18km from the center of Heraklion, 45 km from a Golf Course, 59 km from the Old Town of Rethymnon, 7 km from tennis courts, 160 km from Samaria Gorge, 30km from Knossos Palace the center of the ancient Minoan civilisation.
We offer a romantic eco retreat for nature lovers, Crete lovers, in a small luxurious eco hotel at the ideal location - our aim is to provide all the means for a great ecotourism vacation on Crete, we are sure you will appreciate and be fully satisfied by your holiday by us!
Achlada village, GR-71500
(Agia Pelagia Crete)
CRETE ISLAND - GREECE
Our Ecotourism Lodge is a member of and follows the green policies for alternative tourism, according to the Greek and International sets of rules for offering Eco friendly Rural Tourism holidays / Alternative Tourism / Sustainable Tourism
member of ECOTOURISM GREECE
green policies for Eco friendly alternative tourism
member of AGROXENIA NET - Ecotourism Union of Crete
member of Agrotourism Union of CRETE
Ecotourism is catering for tourists wishing to experience the natural environment without damaging it or disturbing its habitats. It is a form of tourism involving responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people (SOURCE: Ecotourism - Wikipedia)
Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015)