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- Simpson Hotel
- Adult Only
- A cluster of ten 1 and 2-bedroom cottages
- Views of the majestic White Mountains
- Beautiful tranquil gardens
- Shared swimming pool
- Village and tavernas 8-minute walk
Arosmari Village Hotel is a haven; a cluster of stone and cypress wood cottages with a beautiful garden at its heart, set in the timeless village of Vamos. Here, among roses, jasmine and lavender are many secret corners to read, meditate or sleep the afternoon away. Touches of the rural past: a shepherd's hut, a threshing circle and even a small chapel are spread among the olive trees and lawn. A leisurely day begins with breakfast served in the gardens, using local produce and later, light lunches can be served by the pool. There is a delightful reading room with an honesty bar with open views over the pool and garden plus a cosy sitting room with old photographs and memorabilia. An extra dimension is a small spa for guests including a Turkish hamam and treatment room for a combination of traditional massages and therapies with scented oils.
Arosmari is a small country hotel for adults and couples only. Our Simpson concierge service will advise on local walks, driving routes and cultural activities including cookery and wine-tasting. In addition, host and pianist Nikos arranges classic Greek music evenings throughout the summer in the small amphitheatre in the gardens of Arosmari, complete with local wines and a delicious traditional supper.
The village of Vamos is set against the spectacular backdrop of the White Mountains. Shepherds still herd their sheep along the flag-stoned lanes and russet-haired goats amble between the olives. Vamos is a small slice of old Crete infused with the values of traditional hospitality. The village is famous for its local crafts and organic produce: including thyme honey, pickles, jams, cheeses and olive oil soap. It also has a local bakery, a 19th-century kafenion and traditional tavernas where mouth-watering Cretan specialities, such as chicken in red wine, cuttlefish and fennel, artichokes or chickpea purée are cooked in stone ovens and served with some of the island's best wine. In low season, log fires create a wonderful evening atmosphere and in summer, large plane trees provide welcome shade. For those who want to explore authentic Cretan food a little further, local cookery courses are available. The village is also the starting point for walking tours of the surrounding countryside and historic Chania town is just a 30-minute drive.
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General accommodation details
- A cluster of 10 semi-detached or detached cottages with communal gardens
- Adult Only (18 years or older)
- Reception/concierge open 7 mornings and 5 evenings per week for advice on local walks, driving routes and cultural activities
- Tuition/classes available for painting, cookery and wine tasting
- Breakfast included and served daily
- Light lunches available by the pool
- Reading room/library, small sitting room, honesty pool bar
- Hammam and massage room (payable locally)
- Laundry service available (payable locally)
- Bluetooth speakers and safe in each cottage
- Korres bathroom products, slippers and bathrobes in each cottage
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
- Simpson Travel pool towels
- Complimentary WiFi in communal areas only
- Swimming pool 13.5m x 5m (depth 1.1m – 1.8m)
- June – September: Classical music supper evenings with local wines (payable locally)
- In Greece, a nominal visitor tax applies, known as the Overnight Stay Tax, which varies depending on the accommodation. During your stay at the Arosmari Village Hotel, €0.50 per night per cottage must be paid locally in cash and will be collected either by the property owner or our local representative on their behalf.
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Beach (Kalyves) 10min drive
- Tavernas/shops (Vamos) 8min walk
- Chania 30min drive
- Chania airport 1hr drive
- Heraklion airport 1hr 45min drive
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2-3 guests – 1 Group B, Fiat Panda or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 Group D – Peugeot 208 or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.
Group B – 1.0-1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
Group D – Peugeot 208 or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group C – Hyundai i20 or similar, 1.2-1.3 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group E – Citroën C-Elysee or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group F2 – Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 3 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group G – Fiat Doblo 6 seater or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, no suitcases with full occupancy*
Group G3 – Jumpy Multispace L2 9 seater or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 4 large and 4 small suitcases*
Group H – Automatic Hyundai I20 or similar, 1.3-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*
Group H2 – Automatic Toyota Auris or similar, 1.3-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group I – Cabrio Peugeot 207 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*
Group I2 – Cabrio Peugeot 308 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
A thoroughly relaxing fortnight back at Arosmari. All the stresses and strains of modern life eased away by this island of calm tranquillity. Thank you as ever to the wonderful team. This was our third visit to Fennel over four years and little has changed. Long may that continue.
Simon & Victoria – Fennel – August 2019
We are so happy to have experienced the delights of this beautiful spot. As soon as you enter Arosmari you feel a wonderful sense of calm. Many thanks to Susan for all her local knowledge and advice as well as Sotiris and Ruby for quality breakfasts every day. Thank you for making our stay so special.
Sue & John – August 2019
Thank you for a wonderful two weeks. It has been a real treat from beginning to end. The wonderful location, the pool and weather. Sotiris – thank you for all your care and devotion – you made it a real treat and we felt like celebrities. We really enjoyed making so many new friends over the fortnight. Thank you Susan for an amazing concert and a barbecue in the gardens – a real highlight – and for seamlessly looking after us. A wonderful holiday – one we will treasure.
Pete & Jo – August 2019
We had originally booked a week but fell so in love with Arosmari that we decided to stay on for a second week. This was organised by the incomparable Susan. Arosmari is a delighful and idyllic haven. Susan, Sotiris and Ruby have looked after us wonderfully and we would like to thank Simpson Travel for providing this quality of accommodation and exceptional staff.
Graham & Helen – July 2019
We felt so at home at Arosmari we could quite happily have stayed forever. I even cried in the taxi on the way back to the airport! A very special place in a very special village where, by the end of our three week stay, we felt part of the community such was the friendliness of the people and the general ambiance. We will return!
Fred & Katie Sjoblom – July 2019
From the moment we arrived at Arosmari we felt as if we were embraced in a warm, friendly hug. The stresses and strains of life at home melted away almost as soon as we settled in on the first day. The Simpsons concierge was superb – from providing detailed driving instructions to local attractions, including the best places to park, to arranging a wonderful Greek music concert in the grounds of the hotel, with food cooked by the owner's family and local wine flowing freely! Spending time at the hotel pool was a delight. The honesty bar, the company of other hotel guests and the accompaniment of cicadas in the olive trees which surround the pool made it an idyllic way to relax after a day spent sightseeing. The holiday was exactly what we needed – rest, relaxation, plenty to see and do (if we chose to) and a peaceful, comfortable location and accommodation with outstanding service from all the staff. This was our first trip with Simpson Travel – it will definitely not be the last!
Mrs L Herd – July 2019
A truly relaxing holiday. Calm, quiet, wonderful staff and delightful setting. We didn’t travel much but there is clearly a lot to do if the mood takes you. However, with no feelings of guilt at all, we just chilled.
Lyndsay & Alan – July 2019
This was our first experience booking with Simpson Travel and it definitely won't be our last! What a refreshing change to find a company that goes the extra mile in an age where customer service often comes second to profit and cost cutting efficiencies. Arosmari Village Hotel is an amazing place. An oasis of calm and relaxation and totally chilling out, helped by the wonderful therapies on offer. The staff are absolutely wonderful – thank you so much to Susan, Sotiris and Ruby for making us feel like we were part of a very special family and to Roberto for the amazing massages and treatments. The music evenings were delightful, we absolutely loved them! It was one of our favourite holidays and we feel very lucky to have had this experience.
Mr & Mrs Land – June/July 2019
We had a fantastic holiday with Simpson Travel again! We loved beautiful Arosmari and our cottage. We were so well looked after by Susan, Sotiris and Ruby. Nothing was too much for them, including the fantastic breakfast, the excellent advice on places to visit and the care and attention that was shown to every guest. The concert by Nikos and friends in the amphitheatre was a truly atmospheric and amazing experience, followed by the best food we had on the island! Last but not least, Roberto and Manuela gave absolutely exceptional spa treatments – adding to our lovely and relaxing holiday!
Maj-Lis & Laura – Rosemary – June 2019
Arosmari is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy lives, and totally relax in the gorgeous surroundings of the Greek countryside. It is a truly serene and calming location with wonderfully rustic stone cottages, delicious homemade breakfasts every morning, and pretty gardens to wander through, set against the stunning and dramatic backdrop of the Cretan mountains.
Joanne Capehorn – June 2019
Having experienced Simpson Travel many years ago we were confident to take my sister and her husband to Arosmari. From start to finish everything was perfection and the level of service didn’t disappoint. Arosmari is everything anyone would need for a relaxing authentic Cretan holiday. Beautiful surroundings, freshly prepared breakfasts and the attention of Susan for all other arrangements. My sister is already planning her holidays for next year with Simpson Travel, she just needs to decide where.
Simpson Traveller – June 2019
We did not use a rental car but that was not a problem as the hotel was well situated in Vamos. The pool area was beautifully situated in the hotel grounds and the staff became friends and nothing was too much trouble. The service was excellent. We would certainly recommend a stay at the hotel if you want an excellent holiday experience.
Malcom & Susan – June 2019
The village of Arosmari is wonderful. We loved our cottage, pool and the delightful gardens. Susan and Sotiris were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble including sourcing a birthday cake for my partner’s birthday. We loved the concert and thanks to Nikos and the talented Ruby. All in all we loved it and we will be back.
Jane & Andrew – June 2019
Another wonderful holiday by Simpson. Keep doing what you do best. Thank you for fantastic customer care.
Colette Walsh – June 2019
The most relaxing holiday my husband and I have ever experienced. The village was a beautiful green oasis, immaculately maintained and so peaceful. So glad we found it as I know it is a place we will be returning to again and again.
Veronica O’Connor – June 2019
We absolutely loved this place. It was so quiet and peaceful and the staff were wonderful. Although we have been to Crete many times there are so many more places to explore, which is why we hope to be back again next year. The venue of course will be the unique Arosmari village.
Judy & Terry Harris – June 2019
Friendliness, professionalism and knowledge was excellent from all staff. Susan, Sotiris and Ruby provided an extremely high level of service, combined with discretion that made us feel very welcome and at ease.
Mrs McMillan – June 2019
Loved our stay in Kefalonia. Great place for a family holiday. Fantastic location with two amazing tavernas down the road. Loved the beach bar. Thanks to John and Karen for all their help and suggestions. We will return.
Jo & Mark and family – June 2019
We’ve had a fantastic week – Kefalonia has exceeded our expectations. The island is beautiful and Avithos Beach is perfect. There is far more to do and see here than we expected and we wish we could have stayed longer. Listen to Karen and John – their tips and knowledge are always spot on. Thank you everyone – we have loved every minute.
Melanie & Perry – June 2019
We have had the most amazing week. We can’t thank Karen and John enough for all the extra special touches they did to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary. We came here to relax and unwind and we most definitely have achieved our goal! The team at Avithos keep the estate beautifully clean and tidy. We are sad to leave but take back wonderful memories and hope to return in the future.
Jacqui & Mike – June 2019
A very relaxing holiday in Oregano Cottage. Susan and Sotiris were very helpful and friendly. Arosmari is a beautiful spot with wonderful gardens. We will be back.
Lucy & John – June 2019
This has been home from home. A beautiful cottage with everything you need and in the most wonderful setting. We have had the very best time. Susan and Sotiris could not have been more attentive and helpful. Nikos and his mother’s cooking have added a lovely dimension to the holiday. We have felt very much part of the family. Thank you Ruby for our breakfasts and wonderful panecotta. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Mr & Mrs Nickolls – June 2019
Lovely, peaceful holiday. Thanks to all the staff for your wonderful, friendly service. We will return to this unique location.
Ian & Lee – Fennel – June 2019
This is just what we wanted. Peace. Thank you Susan, Sotiris, Ruby and all the staff for making our stay so memorable. We loved the peace and quiet – the wonderful scenery, the choice of going out to explore the area or just sit by the pool and relax. We swam in the sea at GK Beach (a Simpson Hotel) and it was wonderful. I am sure we will be back!
Trish & Derek – Rosemary – June 2019
We’ve had a wonderful week here. It’s one of the nicest places we’ve ever been to – quite unique. The view from the balcony is to die for. Many thanks to all the staff who have made us feel so welcome. We hope to be back as there are so many more places to explore. So sad to leave – the week has gone by far too quickly.
Judy, Roy & Terry – Arugula – June 2019
One word – perfect! This has been a most relaxing retreat from the crazy world we come from. From the freshly-produced breakfast, amazing treatments to the peace and tranquillity of the gardens and pool area – we have enjoyed everything. Thank you to Susan, Sotiris, Ruby, Manuela and Roberto for being so helpful, kind and welcoming. The food, wine and music at the concert was superb. Keep doing what you do, Simpson Travel.
Rob & Collette – Thyme – June 2019
More like a retreat than a holiday village! So peaceful, green and tranquil. We return feeling very refreshed and utterly spoiled by a superb staff, headed by Susan. Susan could not have done any more to make our stay here more enjoyable. She is so informed and helpful. We hope to return soon.
Veronica & Paul – Rosemary – June 2019
Spent a glorious week at Arosmari. It is the best of all worlds – a private villa with the benefits of Ruby’s wonderful breakfasts and the attentive service of Sotiris. Apart from the church bells, the noisiest things are the birds – how peaceful is that! We’ve enjoyed our first visit to Crete and Arosmari is the perfect introduction. Thank you to Susan for her help and advice and to Nicos for this lovely place.
Lynda & Jim – Rosemary – May 2019
We have absolutely loved our stay at Arosmari – the cottage and the gardens are a joy and the surrounding villages feel like the ‘real’ Crete. Walking from Vamos using the local guide book is highly recommended. Our thanks go to Susan, Sotiris, Ruby (for fab breakfasts) and the staff who keep the cottages spotlessly clean.
Lyn & Neil – Oregano – May 2019
This was our second visit to Arosmari Village Hotel. It was as excellent as before. We loved the garden, pool, and general ambiance of the place. It is a wonderful place to relax and wind down. The views from the property towards the mountains – still topped with snow in May! – are second to none.
Nicola Billows – May 2019
Arosmari is a so delightful and such a pleasant way to escape from the worries of poor old UK and Brexit. Thanks so much to Susan and Sotiris especially, though how Ruby retains her sanity after cooking endless scrambled, poached and fried eggs for us all defies all logic. This has been our second visit to Arosmari and it won’t be our last. Such a treat and a great place from which to explore this end of the island.
Robin & Rosie Lloyd – Arugula – May 2019
Another very pleasant week here. Everybody helpful. A big thanks to all the staff.
Sandra & Richard – Arugula – May 2019
This was our second week in Crete, but first time in this idyllic cottage! It most definitely won’t be our last though! What an absolutely gorgeous place to stay and to enjoy this quite stunning corner of Crete. We’ve loved everything about the Arosmari experience – the lovely cottage, the fabulous breakfasts that have set up for the day’s activities, the pool and superb treatments from the excellent Robert and Manuela (highly recommended) and best of all – Susan and Sotiris who have made our stay one we’ll remember forever. We can’t wait to visit again.
Sue & Tim – Thyme – May 2019
Our first holiday on the very beautiful island of Crete. What a magical place – so much to see and very different to the Rou Estate in Corfu where we’ve stayed twice before. Susan and her team looked after us wonderfully well and we were very happy. The breakfasts were always so brilliantly presented. We shall miss climbing done the stone stairs to collect the treats. So many happy memories.
Robert & Janny West – Rosemary – May 2019
What a great find – never been to Crete before but would highly recommend the island and Arosmari. Easy walking to a variety of tavernas. There is never enough time to do everything so we will have to return! Thanks to all the staff – Ruby, Sotiris, the cleaning fairies and especially Susan for her help, advice and directions.
Mags & Peter Milne – Rosemary – May 2019
This was our 31st wedding anniversary treat and what a treat it was! Such a lovely, quiet and peaceful setting. We went out and explored various places when we felt like it and stayed there to laze in the sun when we didn’t. We both felt very ‘looked after’ by Susan, Ruby and Sotiris, which just added to the ‘treaty’ feel. A holiday to remember!
Nicki & Robert – Mint – May 2019
Had a wonderful stay – lots to see and do and would love to return. Had a very happy week and extremely comfortable and well looked after. Thank you.
Mike & Lucy Muller – Arugula – May 2019
A beautiful relaxing place to stay in a great location. All the staff are friendly and helpful. The manager, Susan, has great local knowledge and can always give information on where to visit, walk and eat. Loved it. We will be back.
Mags – Rosemary – May 2019
Our second visit to Arosmari with Simpson Travel was as enjoyable as our first, with the added addition of the scent of orange blossom throughout. We plan to return next year.
Mrs Pearson – Thyme – May 2019
We were VERY WELL cared for by the staff at Arosmari, a charming collection of traditional yet well-equipped cottages with many delightful facilities, clustered on the edge of this typical Cretan hill village.
Mr Robinson – Bay – October 2018
Delightful accommodation and wonderful, the peace and quiet is most welcome as well as the village of Vamos – everyone is so friendly. It’s a perfect place to recharge your batteries.
Sara Lister – Oregano – September 2018
A relaxing couple of weeks in Arugula – loved the beautiful gardens and pool area and enjoyed Ruby’s breakfasts to start each day. Thank you to Susan for all her tips and advice and to Sotiris for seeming to know what we wanted before we did!
Ian & Laura –Arugula – October 2018
A big thank you to Susan and Sotiris for their help and kindness during our stay. Nothing was too much trouble; their time is much appreciated.
Jenny & Mike – Basil – October 2018
We’ve had a lovely week. Everything at Arosmari is beautifully run – the gardens, the pool, the bar, the breakfast. All designed to give the most relaxing holiday.
Tim & Clare – Bay – September 2018
This is our fifth holiday at Arosmari. Susan is a fantastic manager and looked after us so well we even got cream cakes on a rainy day!
Lindi & Elliot – Thyme – September 2018
Yet another wonderful Arosmari experience. The ambience and peace are just wonderful. The concert as always, truly unique and Ruby, as always, a perfect cook.
Jane and Tim – Thyme – September 2018
What a lovely place to stay. Arosmari Village Hotel is so unique and we were made to feel very welcome. We loved the cottage and we certainly want to visit again.
Richard & Sylvia – Oregano – September 2018
This was our second experience of a Simpson Travel holiday. We continue to be most impressed, not only with the choice of locations and holidays but with the extremely efficient and friendly way that the holidays are provided. This completely takes the stress out of travel at some busy airports (UK and abroad) and airport to destination.
Richard Hopes – Oregano – September 2018
Our holiday at Arosmari Village Hotel was just amazing, we simply could not have asked for more. It was like having our own private villa in Crete.
Lis & Phil Ash – Oregano – August 2018
Wow, what a wonderful week we had! Thyme Cottage is fabulous and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Ruby’s breakfasts are to die for – absolutely fantastic! The place is so clean and well maintained – we just enjoyed ‘being’ and left feeling very relaxed.
Vanessa – Thyme – July 2018
We enjoyed a fabulously relaxing week in Bay Cottage, helped effortlessly by Nikos, Susan and Sotiris. The Vamos Ensemble concert was a revelation – thank you Nikos. Thank you Sotiris for spot on guidance to the local beaches, and thank you Susan for excellent ideas for day trips. Crete is a very welcoming, easy going island.
Tim & Emmie – Bay – July 2018
We had a wonderful week at Arosmari Village Hotel. The team, particularly Susan and Sotiris, were very friendly and helpful and made sure we had the perfect week. Ruby’s amazing breakfasts were the perfect start to each day and then we spent most days relaxing by the pool or elsewhere in the beautiful gardens. Susan was always available for recommendations when we felt like exploring the area or for dinner suggestions. It was also our first Simpson Travel holiday and we found the whole experience seamless from beginning to end.
Mr & Mrs Banham – Mint – July 2018
Arosmari Village Hotel is a very special place. A cluster of individual cottages each with their own charm, a beautiful pool, manicured grounds and a host of thoughtful extras designed to make your stay a totally relaxing experience. Arosmari is also a sociable place and Sue, the Simpson Travel manager, is the perfect hostess. We loved the concert in the garden, the art exhibition and farewell drinks and watching the sun go down over the mountains with a glass of local wine on the terrace.
Claire & Andy – Rosemary – July 2018
Arosmari Village Hotel is a wonderful relaxing place. Our cottage was charming and spacious and the facilities were excellent. 10/10.
Mr O'Neill – Mint – July 2018
Arosmari Village Hotel is a beautiful hotel made up of individually renovated Cretan properties, each with their own charm. Arosmari is an oasis in the village of Vamos. Susan, the Simpson Travel concierge and her team provide an excellent service - nothing is too much trouble. Having lived in Crete for many years, Susan has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is able to recommend and guide residents.
Mrs Rennicks – Basil – June 2018
Arosmari Village Hotel is a perfect balance of beautiful, rural and tranquil location and just enough contact with others to be welcome and enjoyable. It gives the feel of self-catering, without too much effort, making for a very relaxing holiday.
Nicola Hipwell – Mint – June 2018
We had a really lovely week in Mint Cottage. Arosmari Village Hotel is an oasis of calm in the busy village of Vamos. There is lots to do and see, but equally, it’s a wonderful place to relax.
Vanessa Pearson – Mint – June 2018
We thought Arosmari Village Hotel was a wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity far away from the usual tourist destinations. Our villa was delightful and was kept immaculately clean. The breakfasts cooked by Ruby were wonderful and Susan, the Simpson Travel concierge was extremely helpful and informative. We experienced something of authentic Greece and felt part of village life. Altogether a wonderful experience.
Ann Crompton – Rosemary – June 2018
This was our third visit in a row to Arosmari so it shows how much we enjoy our stays there. It feels almost like a second home and provides a perfect and relaxing holiday environment in a wonderful setting.
John & Alison Parker – Oregano – June 2018
A wonderful, idyllic setting, with friendly and attentive staff.
Ms Billows – Basil – June 2018
Arosmari Village Hotel is a lovely mix of self-contained accommodation (like a villa) with superb communal breakfasts, swimming pool and terrace areas (like a hotel) that is all set within a lovely garden. The location in Vamos village adds to the unique feel of this place. We quickly relaxed from our hectic pace of life and enjoyed the Cretan warmth and culture. The Simpson Travel team were great – they truly enhanced our stay with their friendly and effective service. A great holiday.
Nigel Rennie – Bay – May 2018
We had an excellent week at the Arosmari Village Hotel. The setting is charming just outside the village of Vamos with magnificent views of the White Mountains. The garden, pool and eating area are extremely well maintained and the breakfast provided made up of mainly local produce was of superb quality. We particularly enjoyed the Friday night concert of Greek music held in the delightful little amphitheatre in the gardens followed by the excellent buffet dinner. I cannot commend highly enough Sue the Simpson Travel representative. She was friendly and a font of knowledge. Without her, our Cretan experience would not have been half as enjoyable.
Amy and John – Oregano – May 2018
It was a pleasure to find such a well-thought out and equipped village hotel in Crete. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff made our week there a real treat.
Robin Lloyd – Arugula – May 2018
My husband and I spent a week at Arosmari. If you want a truly Cretan living experience then this is the place to go. The village is beautiful, peaceful and most importantly relaxing. The gardens are an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and Susan and the team make you feel at home from the second you arrive. Thank you to Ruby for the wonderful breakfasts. Thanks to Simpson Travel for making the booking experience so easy – we will be back.
Barrows – Camomile – May 2018
This was our first experience of Crete (or anywhere in Greece) and we felt we could not have gone with a better company than Simpson Travel, or stayed in a better place than Arosmari Village Hotel. The mix of hotel facilities (B&B) and self-catering facilities (if preferred to dining out) was perfect. Breakfasts were an absolute delight, lunches the same, if required. There are plenty of great tavernas to choose from – we felt we actually had a real Cretan experience. You’re in a village, surrounded by local people (they are amazing) and local sights and sounds. So, if you’re looking for a crowded resort with English menu cafés and restaurants, this hotel is not for you. It’s a great location for exploring western Crete. We managed to cover more than 2,500 kilometres in our two weeks. Totally spectacular. Simpson Travel helped enormously to make this holiday one of the best we’ve ever had and we will definitely be using them in the future.
Mrs A McNulty – Mint – May 2018
Arosmari is an excellent hotel - comfortable accommodation in a fantastic location for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday, whilst retaining all the amenities of a truly quality hotel. The friendly catering staff (all locals) were very attentive and catered to our every need. The cleaning and pool staff were efficient and unobtrusive. Susan was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the local area as well as further afield and she was always around to attend to us and answer all our questions effectively. Another excellent holiday. Many thanks.
Jill & Neil Garlick – Thyme – April 2018
Wonderful hotel and gardens. Charming, helpful staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. Vamos village is authentic and friendly with some super tavernas.
Mrs Durbin – May 2018
The perfect place to unwind. In no time you slip into Cretan time where nothing is rushed. Arosmari Village Hotel is a little bit of paradise.
Mrs Kitchen – April 2018
A wonderful relaxing week in a beautiful part of Crete. So peaceful and with stunning views across the valley to the White Mountains. Arosmari Village Hotel is a little oasis. Delicious breakfasts served by Ruby and Yiannis. Nikos always there with a welcome smile and his generous invitation to join his family for their Easter Day celebration lunch was a highlight of our holiday. Susan and Sotiris so knowledgeable, helpful and fun. Easy local walks in the countryside without having to drive. Being Easter and early in the season the choice of tavernas for evening meals was somewhat limited but the ones that were open were excellent. If you want somewhere to unwind, this is your place.
Mrs. Chick – Arugula – April 2018
Arosmari is a very special place with the care from Nikos, Susan and Ruby making you feel like guests in their own home. The village is very real and authentic with excellent Cretan food at very reasonable prices. The village offers excellent walks and allows you to see into the lives of local shepherds, beekeepers, etc. Fabulous cooking courses too. Just go, you won't regret it.
Mr & Mrs Johnson – October 2017
This is the fourth year we have been to Arosmari in Vamos and absolutely love it. We get there and feel instantly relaxed, the atmosphere you have created is magical. Please don't change a thing!
Mrs Wood – October 2017
A last minute decision, so a brief visit. Our first time in Crete, weather mixed but some lovely days. Sue was lovely and really attentive giving us helpful tips, what to see, etc. Highlight of our stay was a trip over the mountain to the coast, all very dramatic and beautiful. Rosemary Cottage was really comfortable and suited us very well. Many thanks, we will be back!
Mr & Mrs Bell – October 2017
Such a delightful home that is hard to leave. We shall miss the gardens, the views, the delicious breakfasts (thank you Ruby) the great choices of tavernas, the air and tranquillity and of course the wonderful team who have made everything so easy.
Lesley & Derek – October 2017
We have just had the best week. The hotel was delightful. Beautiful gardens with the stunning backdrop of the White Mountains. Susan and Derek, the reps, at the hotel could not be more helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Delicious breakfasts provided by Ruby. We really did not want to leave and we are seriously considering a return visit which we rarely do. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
Mrs Murphy – October 2017
The Simpson Travel experience is far superior to other agents that we have used. Their attention to detail is second to none and most importantly the customer's satisfaction is always considered.
Mr Thacker – October 2017
Arosmari is a delightful and authentic Greek experience. The cottages are simple and very comfortable with beautiful views of the White Mountains. Breakfast was delicious and the local village tavernas served some very tasty traditional Greek food. A lovely place to holiday.
Mrs Knox – October 2017
We loved Mint Cottage; the pool was great for 'proper' swimming; Ruby's breakfast are superb with such a lovely variety of local produce and wonderful poached eggs! Without exception, all staff are fantastic! Sue and Derek are so knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Really appreciated the regular linen change and daily clean. Highly recommend the music evenings. Very pleased to have found Simpson Travel and we hope to be returning customers.
Ed & Liz – October 2017
Another visit to Paradise. Our second visit to Arosmari but first to Thyme Cottage – we just love it here, everything about it, especially about the staff. Susan, Derek, Kikos, Ruby and everybody – just delightful. We have done some magnificent walks in and around Vamos and Almyrida. We really love it all and will return next year. Thank you all so much, a wonderful week.
Jill & Tim – September 2017
Our second visit to Arosmari and just as enjoyable. The staff here are brilliant and Derek and Sue have been marvellous. We don't often go back to places we have been before but think this may be an exception.
Jeff & Dorothy – September 2017
We returned for another week of Paradise at Arosmari and it has all flown by far too quickly. We are so grateful for Sue and Derek; so welcome and hospitable throughout the week; for Ruby's magnificent breakfasts and the wonderful spread she put on for Costas and Nikos' marvellous concert; for the consummate musicianship, enjoyment and entertainment that the ensemble gave us and what a great venue – how many other places have an amphitheatre in their garden. For the pool, the staff and all the lovely guests who have made out stay so special.
Sarah & Perry – September 2017
Steve and I have had a really amazing week in Mint Cottage.We have loved everything about the beautiful area around Vamos and retrieved memories from 20 years ago when we were last here. Agree with previous comments about the wonderful restaurants on our doorstep. Thanks to Sue and Derek, Ruby, Nikos and all the team. Simpson Travel is a real favourite of ours.
Steve & Dee – September 2017
Exactly what we needed! Perfect location, lovely staff and delicious food...we'll be back!
Mrs Williams – August 2016
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time on the island of Crete! Wonderful beaches, friendly people, great food and a charming cottage with beautiful gardens. The peaceful and laid back tranquillity of Vamos really rubbed off on us and we returned home very relaxed.
Mr Swan – August 2016
Charmed by our first Cretan adventure at every turn.
Mr Thomas – August 2016
We have just had the most fabulous, relaxing week. Thank you Nikos, Sue, Mike and Ruby – the eggs are the best! We will be back there as there is so much more to do and see. The musical evening on Friday was one of the highlights of the week, the food, music and company was excellent.
Mrs Sims – August 2016
We have just enjoyed a fabulous fortnight here with wall to wall sunshine every day. Arosmari Village Hotel is a little paradise in Greece, and we have been looked after very well by Susan, Derek and Ruby. The breakfasts were phenomenal. The concerts held in our amphitheatre were truly memorable – as was Ruby's gastronomic treats served afterwards. We will be back!
Roger & Sue – September 2017
Once again an excellent service was provided from booking, representatives at the resort, car service. The accommodation was of a high standard as per the description on the website. The region, Vamos in Crete, was perfect for that quiet and relaxing getaway, which was much needed. Both my husband and I are very impressed with the service offered by Simpson Travel and would and have recommended them to friends and family.
Mr Hurst – September 2017
We've really enjoyed our stay at Arosmari. The location is an excellent base for excursions to surrounding beaches and the mountains. Derek and Susan have been so welcoming and willing to share their extensive knowledge of the island.
Mrs Davies – September 2017
There is one outstanding feature about Arosmari Village, and of course the delightful Fennel Cottage, and that is Nikos' dedication to creating a haven of natural beauty and tranquillity in his village, which has finally prised tourists off the coast. His dedication to music and the exceptional concert held in the amphitheatre where he and a friend performed, was further testimony to him ensuring his village thrives in difficult economic times. Fennel Cottage, the gardens and the entire Arosmari complex is a fantastic and welcome refuge. Thank you to the brilliant team – Sue,Derek, Ruby and Nikos for making it all possible.
The Shepherd Family – September 2017
We have had the most wonderful and relaxing holiday at Mint Cottage. Derek and Susan have been so helpful and knowledgeable as have the whole Arosmari team! Thank you to everyone!
Jen & Leighton – August 2017
Another lovely Simpson Travel holiday! Arosmari is a place of peace and tranquillity, great stress reliever! Crete has some beautiful places to visit. We have had some great music nights, if you get the chance the 'Vamos Ensemble' is an excellent performance as are the many local musical evenings. Our hosts, Susan and Derek, have been super – so much knowledge of the area.
Sam & Gary – August 2017
Arosmari is like taking a step back in time, a beautiful sleepy hillside village with other destinations close by should you feel the need to travel further afield. From the moment we arrived it was a lovely experience, beautiful location, character properties, super reps in Susan and Derek, combined with fabulous breakfasts and a lovely pool and garden area. We could not have asked for more. Another lovely Simpson Travel holiday, total rest and relaxation.
Mrs Dodwell – August 2017
Very satisfied with the holiday, due to the attention to detail one would expect from Simpson Travel.
Mrs Arnull – August 2017
Really super holiday, the location was excellent, facilities and staff top class! Susan and Derek were great.
Mr Skinner – August 2017
Relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. Susan and Derek couldn't have been more helpful.
Phil & Carol – July 2017
We were very grateful for all the comments made in this book and heartily agree with all the positive ones, of which there were so many. Susan and Derek made everyone feel welcome and special, Ruby prepares an excellent breakfast and Stelios is a wonderful masseuse. If you are lucky enough to be here when the Vamos Ensemble (orchestrated by Nikos) gives a concert, do go! Unbelievably high standard and a marvellous evening. As ever, with Simpson Travel it was a delightful holiday.
Joanna & Bruce – July 2017
Everything was great – accommodation; staff; Simpson Travel reps (Derek and Susan); access to local tavernas; proximity to local sites of interest. Shame that we could only stay a week.
Mrs Flynn – July 2017
Arosmari is a beautiful place to stay, with lovely gardens an excellent pool. Quiet, comfortable and it's all beautifully presented – we would stay there again.
Mr Clark – July 2017
Our holiday in Arosmari was a wonderful relaxing break. The reps and staff ensured we had everything we needed and we really appreciated the extra touches – home-baked biscuits, wine, flowers, candles, etc. I would recommend this holiday to anyone.
Mrs Crosby – July 2017
A restful, tranquil hotel but one that doesn't feel like a hotel. Beautiful grounds and buildings with a gorgeous swimming pool. Excellent breakfasts served in an informal and enchanting setting. Most of all, Sue and Derek could not be more welcoming, friendly and helpful – always making time to advise or just chat – yet never being intrusive. A great place for a relaxing break.
Mr Andrews – July 2017
Simpson Travel gave us a wonderful holiday to look forward to and look back on.
Mrs Carter – July 2017
This was my first Simpson Travel holiday with my two adult children but also a first visit to Crete. Vamos is a lovely town with great walks of varying lengths. Everyone was extremely welcoming and our rep, Susan, was a constant source of knowledge. Our house was very comfortable; the pool clean and inviting and the breakfasts never ending! There was a fantastic music night and buffet provided by the owner Nikos.
Caroline, James & Amy – July 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed the break – Susan was excellent in giving information. The concert on the last night was magical.
Mrs Elliot-Rodwell – July 2017
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The soaring White Mountains, known in Greek as the Lefka Ori, are at the heart of West Crete’s dramatically beautiful landscape and the villages in their foothills offer traditional Cretan fare in glorious abundance – that’s if Chania’s twinkling harbour lights and waterfront dining don’t entice you first. Spring brings an abundance of flowers, turning hiking trails and gorges into welcome destinations for walkers, and in summer, the many beaches offer sun worshippers a choice of scenic locations to spread their towels.
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Tucked away with Oregano and sharing an archway entrance, Basil is full of character yet intimate, making it a firm favourite with younger couples. With its cypress beams and mix of natural materials, the open-plan kitchen and living room offer a beguiling use of space over two levels, with an additional mezzanine for relaxing. The cottage has a lovely fireplace tucked into the corner for romantic early spring and autumn evenings. Upstairs there is a bedroom and shower room as well as a balcony with views that take in the White Mountains and the Akrotiri Peninsular. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
- Ground floor: split level open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with 2-ring hob, mini-oven, fridge
- Mezzanine floor: sitting area with TV/DVD
- First floor: air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed) with balcony, shower room
- Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane
At the heart of Arosmari Village Hotel set slightly back from its near neighbour, Bay enjoys a delightful vine-covered terrace within the courtyard garden it shares with Fennel. Although the smallest of the cottages, there is no shortage of comfort and period detail such as a welcoming sofa and full-size corner fireplace for romantic evenings during early spring and late autumn as well as a small kitchen area with everything you need to create simple meals. The shower room is tucked behind the stairwell on the ground floor, whilst the upstairs bedroom has a cypress beamed ceiling and a small balcony. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
- Ground floor: open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with 2-ring hob, fridge, TV/DVD; small shower room; living area leading to shaded terrace area
- First floor (accessed via narrow stairs): air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed) leading to balcony
- Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane
Fennel, set in the heart of Arosmari Village Hotel, has a delightful courtyard garden filled with roses and aromatic plants that it shares with Bay. With its stable door and a full-sized fireplace for romantic evenings during the early spring and autumn, this characterful cottage includes a cosy kitchen for those wishing to try their hand at simple Cretan cuisine. The bedroom terrace, with its cypress beams, offers wonderful views of the White Mountains whilst the swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
- Ground floor: open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with 2-ring hob, mini-oven, fridge, TV/DVD; leading to terrace
- First floor: air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed) leading to roof terrace, shower room
- Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane
Thoughtfully converted from a baker’s cottage with its own private courtyard, Mint’s surprisingly large ground floor living room is packed with Cretan features and details. These include a large, wood burning stove and a beautiful, traditional hearth or parasia, which was traditionally used for cooking and the niches used to store water. A couple of stone steps lead to the dressing room and adjoining shower room whilst the bedroom has been cleverly incorporated on a mezzanine floor above. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
- Ground floor: open plan living/dining/kitchen area with full cooker and fridge/freezer, TV/DVD, shower room; leads to large private dining terrace leading to further sunbathing terrace
- Mezzanine level: air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed)
- Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane
Tucked away with Basil and sharing an archway entrance, Oregano is surprisingly spacious and offers a wealth of traditional features. Entering the open-plan kitchen and dining room, the Cretan fireplace adds a welcoming touch and the hanging kitchen rack with its battery of equipment is an open invitation to try your hand at Cretan traditional recipes. Upstairs there is a comfortable and intimate sitting room area with an outside terrace as well as the bedroom with its cypress beams, polished wood floor and balcony. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2)
- Ground floor: open-plan dining/kitchen area with 2-ring hob, mini-oven, fridge
- First floor: air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed) leads to balcony, reading room with TV/DVD leads to balcony, shower room
- Pool and garden area accessed by crossing a small country lane
Peeping out from behind orange trees and olives, Rosemary is reached by a cobbled path from the lane. Shutters painted a subtle shade of green and mature planting give shade from the heat of the sun. The interior is both delightful and surprising as the cottage boasts a number of interesting features. The heart of the living room is the Cretan fireplace, perfect for curling up during early spring and autumn evenings. There is also a Venetian style archway dividing the room, making space for a traditional sleeping area whilst the kitchen is tucked neatly off the main sitting area. Upstairs, the master bedroom with its traditional, pitched cypress ceiling and balcony offers splendid views of the White Mountains, beautiful gardens and the village. Rosemary is set in the heart of the gardens and a short pathway leads to the pool, hamam and breakfast area.
- Detached cottage (sleeps 2-3)
- Ground floor: open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with full cooker and fridge, TV/DVD, separate WC; kitchen area leads to outside terrace/dining area; small open plan sleeping area for single person
- First floor: double air-conditioned bedroom (140cm x 190cm bed) leads to large terrace with mountain views, bathroom with ¾ bath
A traditional arched entrance leads you from the lane into a spacious courtyard. Camomile is a detached cottage set at a slightly lower level than Lavender with which it shares the courtyard. Thoughtfully restored using natural materials, the open-plan living room and kitchen also have a traditional wood burning stove. Camomile further benefits from a private terrace at the back of the cottage accessed through French doors from the living room where there are the remains of the original well used before the introduction of modern sources. Camomile not only has a master bedroom upstairs with shower room, hallway and balcony but also a ground floor single bedroom with its own small shower room. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Detached 2 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2-3)
- Ground floor: open plan living/dining/kitchen area with hob, oven, fridge/freezer, TV/DVD, leads to private dining terrace; single bedroom (90cm x 195cm bed) with small shower room
- First floor: hallway and balcony, double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed), shower room, private balcony
An arched entrance leads from the lane into a spacious courtyard containing the remains of a traditional wine press or patitiri. Lavender Cottage is tucked neatly into the corner of this courtyard, which it shares with Camomile, but enjoys its own terrace for relaxing and dining al fresco. The front door opens into a welcoming open-plan living room and a kitchen with a cast-iron wood-burning stove and where traditional materials have been used to create an interior that boasts both modern comfort and authentic detail. The upstairs master bedroom is spacious and airy with a pitched cypress wood ceiling and a balcony accessed from the landing. A third guest can use the smaller, second bedroom on the mezzanine level whilst the shower room is on the ground floor. The swimming pool and beautiful gardens along with other hotel facilities are just across the country lane.
- Semi-detached cottage (sleeps 2-3)
- Ground floor: open-plan air-conditioned living/dining/kitchen area with hob, oven, fridge/freezer, TV/DVD, shower room; living area leads to outside dining terrace
- Upper ground floor: single bedroom
- First floor: air-conditioned double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed) with balcony
With its pale blue shutters Thyme is a detached cottage with its own front gate, small garden and entrance from the lane. Stepping across the stone threshold, the interior offers both charm and comfort. An airy, open-plan kitchen and sitting room is separated by a traditional arch from a beautiful fireplace, which adds both warmth and character. French doors open onto a large terrace for relaxing and dining outside. Upstairs there is a bedroom furnished with antiques, a bathroom and a roomy terrace leading from the bedroom offering splendid views of the White Mountains, the gardens and swimming pool. As Thyme enjoys a garden location, a short pathway leads to the pool, hamam and breakfast area.
- Detached 1 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2-3)
- Ground floor: open-plan living/dining/ kitchen area with full cooker and fridge, TV/DVD; kitchen area leads to outside terrace/dining area; small open plan sleeping area for single person
- First floor: double air-conditioned (150cm x 190cm bed) bedroom leading to large terrace with mountain and pool views, bathroom with ¾ bath
Enjoying a prime location above the gardens and pool area and with stunning views of the White Mountains, Arugula is the largest of the Arosmari Village Hotel cottages. Nikos, the owner, has used his understanding of local architecture and access to traditional craftsmen and artisans to create a cottage that exudes charm and sits comfortably with its restored neighbours. The ground floor boasts a good-sized kitchen and a full dining room accessed through a traditional arch. Another clever feature is that the two bedrooms with en-suite facilities are on the ground floor, taking full advantage of the cooler location. Upstairs the spacious living area has a traditional wood beamed ceiling, open fireplace and access to a lovely terrace with plenty of space for dining and relaxing. The gardens, swimming pool and hotel facilities are accessed from Arugula by a series of steps.
- Detached 2 bedroom cottage (sleeps 2-4)
- Ground floor: open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with full cooker and fridge/freezer, shower room, air-conditioned double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room, twin air-conditioned bedroom (90cm x 195cm beds) with en-suite shower room
- First floor: air-conditioned living area with TV/DVD, leads to large terrace/dining area with mountain and pool views
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