Arosmari Village Hotel

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

  • 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.


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, pool and bath towels provided
  • 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

Car hire

Car options

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.

Car specification

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.

Customer feedback

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, Vamos, 45 minutes’ drive from Chania … and even in October, the weather was delightfully warm at 24 degrees.
Mr Robinson – Bay Cottage – October 2018

Excellent in every way. Will definitely use them again. Five stars all the way!
Mr & Mrs Mews – Basil Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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! We have done lots of local walking – Gavalochori and Plaka were favourite little villages. Many good taverna meals – Parasia our favourite in Vamos (an easy walk) and Salis for stand out fine dining on the harbour front in Chania.
Ian & Laura –Arugula Cottage – 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. We have enjoyed meals at local tavernas – fennel pie at Parasula, a local speciality plus delicious food in attractive surroundings.
Jenny & Mike – Basil Cottage – October 2018

We’ve had a lovely week despite rather iffy weather. Everything at Arosmari is beautifully run – the gardens, the pool, the bar, the breakfast. All designed to give the most relaxing holiday. Thank you, Nikos, Susan, Sotiris and Ruby. We loved the village with all the different bars and eateries, all authentically Greece.
Tim & Clare – Bay Cottage – September 2018

This is our fifth holiday at Arosmari – our first in Thyme and we really loved it. Susan is a fantastic manager and looked after us so well we even got cream cakes on a rainy day! Thank you to all the staff – Ruby and Sotiris in particular – always joyful and fun. We’ll be back no doubt.
Lindi & Elliot – Thyme Cottage – September 2018

This is our fifth holiday at Arosmari – our first in Thyme and we really loved it. Susan is a fantastic manager and looked after us so well we even got cream cakes on a rainy day! Thank you to all the staff – Ruby and Sotiris in particular – always joyful and fun. We’ll be back no doubt.
Lindi & Elliot – Thyme Cottage – September 2018

Yet another wonderful Arosmari experience. Gorgeous weather, the ambience and peace are just wonderful. Thank you, Susan, Nikos and Sotiris. The concert as always, truly unique and Ruby, as always, a perfect cook. Thank you for all our wonderful memories for another year.
Jane and Tim – Thyme Cottage – 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. Our thanks to Simpson Travel and all the staff at Arosmari.
Richard & Sylvia – Oregano Cottage – September 2018

Yet another wonderful Arosmari experience. Gorgeous weather, the ambience and peace were just wonderful. Thank you, Susan, Nikos and Sotiris – amazing! The concert as always was truly unique and Ruby as always, a perfect cook. Thank you for our wonderful memories for another year.
Jane & Tim – Thyme Cottage – September 2018

This was our second experience of a Simpson Travel holiday, this year at Arosmari Village Hotel. 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 Cottage – 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. Thank you Simpson Travel, we will be staying with you again!
Lis & Phil Ash – Oregano Cottage – 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. Hope to return one day. Thank you Susan for this unique experience.
Vanessa – Thyme Cottage – 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 – The Maravel Herb gardens were amazing. Crete is a very welcoming, easy going island.
Tim & Emmie – Bay Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – June 2018

We thought Arosmari Village Hotel was a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility 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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – June 2018

A wonderful, idyllic setting, with friendly and attentive staff.
Ms Billows – Basil Cottage – 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

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

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 Cottage – 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 Cottage – 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. We must thank yourselves and the owners for enabling us to embrace the local Easter celebrations to the fullest and for providing an exceptional lunch enjoyed by all the guests - made extra special by being included in Nikos, the owner and his family’s celebrations. The friendly catering staff (all locals) were very attentive and catered to our every need. The cleaning & 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. As frequent Simpson Travel travellers we found Arosmari to meet with their exacting requirements and leading to us having 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. Thank you. We will return!
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. Thank you.
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

An excellent site with access to both historical and relaxing environments.
Mr Parmley – 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. We had some fantastic meals at Parasia restaurant, a short walk away. There are plenty of places to visit but the heatwave did restrict us so we shall have to return in the future!
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

My friend and I have truly loved our time at Arosmari. This entire property and the facilities are such a charming combination of ancient and newly built. If we ever have the opportunity, we will come back again.
Dr Carson – September 2016

This is what I call a retreat! Away from it all and very relaxing. The weather has been superb and everybody has been so helpful, i.e. Susan, Mike and Nikos. We recommend a visit to Kalives which is not far and is quite unspoiled; also to Chania. We have not missed televisions, but we have watched quite a few DVDs which we never have time for at home. We will go home refreshed, relaxed and with some lovely memories.
Mr Jones – September 2016

Relaxing week in rustic surroundings. Excellent food and company. We were part of the first ‘Stretch in the Sun’ programme, which was challenging, entertaining and useful. Taverna Chasomari is not only the nearest, but best for food and entertainment. Perhaps next time we would be more adventurous, could explore surrounding region, but it’s very easy just to laze by the pool! Tip: We did not realise until our penultimate day that we had a terrace/balcony (steps up from courtyard) with spectacular views of the mountains. Thanks to Susan, Mike, Ruby and staff – they were all helpful, available and cheerful. The breakfast was excellent!
Mr Syers – September 2016

Our second visit to Arosmari, this time staying at the beautiful Rosemary Cottage, felt less like an organised trip and more like a visit to see old friends. Nikos, Susan, Mike, Ruby, Kostas (if you can get over his opinions of the English football team!) and Clairi are just all such lovely people, so welcoming, friendly and were totally attentive to our needs – nothing was ever too much trouble. Arosmari itself is just so magical – the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, the beautiful candlelight that greeted us when we returned each evening, already mellow, from another night out in one of the lovely local tavernas, the musical concert provided in the little amphitheatre by Nikos and his band under the fading sunset, all were just incomparable and make this a very special place. It would have been so easy to linger for another week...and another..! Thanks, too, to all the Simpson Travel team in London who provided faultless service and organisation – you really are a very special company.
Mr Shaw – September 2016

The most idyllic place we have ever encountered. The staff, Susan and Mike, Ruby and all the team including Nikos made it such a memorable stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert on Friday and the food organised by Ruby was superb! Altogether, what a fabulous place to stay! We will definitely be back! Thank you all so much!
Mr Thacker – September 2016

If you are looking for a perfect relaxing retreat with great staff, great food, clean beautiful cottages look no further!
Mrs Neigel – September 2016

Yet again a super time at Arosmari. Gorgeous weather for the whole two weeks. We recommend a trip to Kissamos – not so much to see the town, but the museum is a must. Aptera on the way back. Be warned that it closes at 3pm. We are going home refreshed and relaxed. Thanks to Nikos, Mike and Susan, and Ruby for her yummy food. You are a great team!
Mrs Wood – September 2016

If you are looking for personal service, with accommodation that has been well tried and tested and is off the beaten track then Simpson Travel can certainly meet your needs.
Mrs Perkins – August 2016

We were delighted when we arrived at Arosmari and Fennel Cottages – a wonderful setting and well cared for. Vamos is a very friendly, welcoming village. Our thanks to all those involved in making this a special holiday destination. Booked on a whim when UK was grey and cold in late June. Not a bad choice!
Mr Milam – August 2016

We spent a lovely relaxing week at Arosmari. Just what we needed. Plenty to do when we wanted, otherwise an oasis of calm to relax and read in the sun. Thanks to Sue and Mike and the lovely team for making us feel so welcome. I'm sure we'll return.
Ms Griffiths – August 2016

A big thank you to Susan, Mike, Ruby and the rest of the hotel staff for a lovely week in Vamos. The hotel is enchanting and exceeded our expectations for being the perfect place for rest and relaxation.
Mr Jordan – August 2016

Location, property, reps, owner and staff are brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble, so friendly and welcoming which extends to the people of Vamos. Such a relaxing holiday, such an ideal setting for couples who want to get away from it all but if you wish to explore, either by walking locally or driving to places of interest, the seaside or Rethymnon and Chania, it is your choice. The highlight of the holiday was a delicious Cretan buffet prepared by the owner's mother and Ruby, a member of staff, and then whisked away to Lake Kournas to witness an open-air concert performed by an exceptional orchestra and singer on the night of the full moon, sitting centrally in the second row, all organised by the owner of the properties for his several guests. We shall definitely travel with Simpson Travel in the future. Thank you for making our holiday one to remember.
Ms Page – August 2016

What a fabulous little bolthole retreat! We've had a bit of a tough year and needed the peace and serenity provided by Basil Cottage at Arosmari. We loved it. Special thanks has to go to all of the Simpson Travel team here at Arosmari. The biggest thank you!
Mr Reardon – August 2016

Sshhhh – everything had been considered. Simply relaxed on our holiday.
Mr Thomas – August 2016

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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Property Grading Key:

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  • Location


    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort


    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*


    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*


    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

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.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas and boutique hotels in Chania and West Crete to complete your luxury holiday in West Crete. 


Read more on our Crete region page

Basil Cottage

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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

Bay Cottage

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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 Cottage

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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

Mint Cottage

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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

Oregano Cottage

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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

Rosemary Cottage

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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

Camomile Cottage

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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

Lavender Cottage

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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

Thyme Cottage

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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
  • First floor: double air-conditioned (150cm x 190cm bed) bedroom leading to large terrace with mountain and pool views, bathroom with ¾ bath
  • Small open plan sleeping area for single person

Arugula Cottage

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Full details

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, 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: Living area with TV/DVD, leads to large terrace/dining area with mountain and pool views

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