Kouremenos Suites

Palekastro & Far East Crete , Crete , Greece

Part of the Simply 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.
Simply Simpson

  • 2-4
  • 1
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  • Simply Simpson suites
  • Magical east coast setting
  • Ideal for walkers
  • Short stroll to beach and tavernas

2024 Holidays... 2023 Prices

Our 2024 holidays are now priced online and with our early bird promise, you can enjoy December 2022 prices when you book by 31 December 2023. View Price Freeze Terms & Conditions here.

The idyllic location of our simple yet comfortable Kouremenos Suites is the real draw, just a minute's stroll to the glorious sandy beach from which they take their name. They are the featured accommodation for our walking holidays in Eastern Crete, a hidden 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.

Though ideal for couples, the Junior Suites can sleep up to four 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, complete with cool beach shack for those more inclined to relax with a drink while 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 Kouremenos Suites offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience a taste of Grecian life as it used to be; simple, beautiful and irresistibly generous in spirit.

Good to know... Our Kouremenos Suites are currently only available during our Walking Holidays in Eastern Crete. If you're looking to enjoy this outstanding part of hidden Crete at other times, we recommend Breezes @ Glaros Beach.

Good to know... It goes without saying that the road less travelled sometimes takes a little longer. The Kouremenos 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.

Discover Eastern Crete with Jonathan Peat.

Walking holidays departing 8 May and 23 September 2023.


Studio Suites

  • Semi-detached suites (sleep 2)
  • Kitchenette with hob, fridge, toaster and kettle
  • Double bed
  • Shower room/WC
  • Terrace/balcony with table and chairs

1-bedroom Suites

  • Semi-detached suites (sleeps 2-4)
  • Separate living area with two single beds/daybeds (suitable for under 16s only)
  • Kitchenette with hob, fridge, toaster and kettle
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room/WC
  • Terrace with table and chairs


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, hairdryer, Simpson beach towels provided
  • Outside shaded dining area

Please note... Kouremenos Suites are only available to book through our walking holidays. For more information visit: Discover Eastern Crete


  • 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 holiday experience was very good because of your wonderful guide, Jonathan Peat, and his amazing wife, Myriam. What a team they are and how lucky you are to have them working with you. They always went the extra mile to make sure all of us - some of us not up to the walking abilities of others - could fully enjoy the wonders of Crete, its history, flora and fauna and wonderful bird life.

Mrs Harriet Andjel, September 2023

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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    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 & Far East Crete or take a look at our boutique Simpson Hotel.

Read more on our Crete region page

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