Glaros Beach Suites

Palekastro & Far East Crete, Crete, Greece

Part of theSimply Simpson collection

The simple things in life often give the greatest pleasure and we believe our Simply Simpson Collection offers the chance to experience a more authentic taste of local living in some of the most idyllic locations in the Mediterranean. Take time to discover our comfortable, no-frills accommodation and join us on the road less travelled.
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  • 3 beautiful sea view suites
  • Magical east coast setting
  • Stylish interiors
  • large terraces
  • Short stroll to beach and tavernas

Eastern Crete is an unspoilt gem in the Mediterranean and nowhere more so than the beautiful area around Kouremenos Beach. Outside the peak summer weeks, this wonderful stretch of coastline remains blissfully untouched by mainstream tourism with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a gentler pace of life.

This idyllic location is home to our Glaros Beach Suites, designed with the utmost care to take full advantage of their glorious seaside position and offer some of the most stylish and comfortable accommodation in this part of Crete. Inside, contemporary furnishings and a palette of soft neutrals create an elegant, informal atmosphere whilst outside, the spacious terraces are well-equipped for relaxed alfresco dining and carefree lounging overlooking the wide expanse of beach.

Though ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat by the water, the suites are equally well suited for families seeking the perfect beachfront base in the school holidays. A stretch of lawn is all that separates you from the sand and sea on your doorstep and the versatile accommodation, complete with kitchenette, makes the question of dining in or out an enviable dilemma. When you’re not in the mood for cooking, the owner’s beach bar is just a stone’s throw away, offering delicious breakfasts and a tempting choice of snacks and smoothies throughout the day, whilst a couple of tavernas within easy walking distance serve excellent local fare in charmingly authentic surroundings.

Kouremenos beach is blessed with a gentle breeze during the hottest months of the year but the sea remains effortlessly calm, ideal for paddling and snorkelling. Yet if you’re feeling a little more active, one of the best windsurfing schools on the island is just a 10-minute walk away. Join in the fun or relax and enjoy a little of what you fancy at the very cool beach shack and let the experts show you how it’s done.

A short drive away, charming Palekastro follows the tune of the seasons and remains a traditional agricultural town, with all amenities and a selection of traditional tavernas hugging the attractive square. Further inland, the whole of East Crete beckons – a land of wild beauty, rugged gorges, relics from ancient civilisations and mystical lunar landscapes. A stay at the Glaros Beach Suites offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience a taste of Grecian life as it used to be; simple, beautiful and irresistibly generous in spirit.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.

Good to know... It goes without saying that the road less travelled sometimes takes a little longer. The Glaros Beach Suites are a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Heraklion. However, if you fancy a night or two in Athens on route, you can fly to Sitia and the suites are just a half-hour drive away. For more information, please visit our Short Stays in Athens page.



  • 3 ground floor suites (sleeps 2-4)

Chiona Suite

  • Detached open-plan suite (sleeps 2-3)
  • Living/dining area with sofabed armchair (suitable for under 16s only)
  • Kitchenette with hob, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer
  • Double bed (160cm bed) with shower room

Vai Suite

  • Semi-detached suite (sleeps 2-4)
  • Separate living area with sofabed armchairs (suitable for under 16s only)
  • Kitchenette with hob, fridge-freezer
  • Double bedroom (180cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Vai and Itanos are connected by a balcony (ideal for families)

Itanos Suite

  • Semi-detached open-plan suite (sleeps 2-3)
  • Living/dining area with sofabed armchair (suitable for under 16s only)
  • Kitchenette with hob, fridge-freezer
  • Double bed (160cm bed) with shower room
  • Vai and Itanos are connected by a balcony (ideal for families)


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, hairdryer, Simpson beach towels provided
  • Outside shaded dining area
  • Our Covid-19 pledge means your holiday is fully protected. However, there may be special conditions surrounding flexible booking at this property. For further details, please visit: /covid-pledge-flexible-booking.


  • 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 in front
  • Taverna next door
  • Shops/tavernas (Palekastro) 5min drive
  • Chiona Beach and taverna 8min drive
  • Vai 20min drive
  • Sitia 25min drive
  • Heraklion airport 2hr 20min drive or transfer
  • Sitia airport 30min drive or transfer

Car hire

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 C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 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 C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D2 – 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 CA – Automatic Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group DA3 – Automatic Seat Toledo or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*

Group L2 – Skoda Yeti or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large 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.

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themelves, 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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    Position, view, serenity, privacy

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    Space, style, overall furnishings

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    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.

A destination where tourism is not the local raison d’être, this is a place to relax unreservedly into a life by the sea. The landscape is rugged – mountains, gorges and rocky hillsides scattered with tiny villages and ancient ruins – but some of Crete’s finest beaches belong here too. Among them are spectacular Xerokambos and palm-fringed Vai, whilst Palekastro is one of Europe’s favourite windsurfing spots. And there are plenty of excellent waterfront tavernas where the passing of time is best marked by the waves rolling in nearby.  

To base yourself in this idyllic destination, visit our collection of handpicked villas in and around Palekastro and the far east of Crete.

Read more on our Crete region page

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