Special Interest Holidays

Indulge your passion...

Our special interest holidays are designed for anyone seeking a week away that transcends the everyday. Immerse yourself in the distinctive culture and landscape of Crete with one of our carefully chosen itineraries; whether you love walking or wine, painting or bridge, we're here to help you indulge your passion. 


Walking holidays
in Greece
Selected weeks in 2024


Known as ‘The Great Island’, Crete is famed for its unique character, astonishing landscapes and dramatic history. Led by expert guide Jonathan Peat, our walking holidays, based in the east, south and west of the island, bring these rich cultural elements together affording our guests a real chance to scratch beneath the surface and discover its hidden treasures.

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Painting at Arosmari
09 April 2024



Hone your painting skills under the expert guidance of our artist in residence, Francesca Harrison. We are delighted she will be joining us at Arosmari Village Hotel to conduct this exciting programme of painting workshops, ideal for beginners, or for more experienced artists to develop their skills whilst enjoying a week of blissful relaxation.

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Cretan Easter
30 April 2024


Easter is the most important religious festival in the Greek calendar and they certainly know how to celebrate it in Crete. Based at Arosmari Village Hotel, our programme of optional activities allows guests to dip in and out of the fun alongside the local community, step out for a guided walk with Jonathan Peat and enjoy a traditional Easter lunch at Arosmari.

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Flavours of Crete

7 May 2024


Discover the unique flavours of Crete with our delightful programme of culinary activities at Arosmari Village Hotel. Visit a local vineyard, bake bread in an ancient wood-fired oven, sample the island's outstanding olive oil and learn how to celebrate Cretan style, with a traditional dinner in the grounds of our idyllic hotel at the heart of Vamos.

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Bridge at Arosmari
18 June 2024


Bridge is the world’s most fun, addictive, intellectually stimulating and sociable card game. It’s for anyone to enjoy, whatever their age or ability. Our Bridge Week at Arosmari Village Hotel is for people who are relatively new to the game with a grasp of the basics and rusty players looking to refresh or deepen their understanding. Led by experienced bridge teacher Debbie Winterbourne, the course is designed to be enjoyable and fun, combining a week of blissful relaxation with bridge played in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

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Creative Writing at Arosmari
06 August 2024


Join Greg and Kate Mosse at Arosmari Village Hotel for a week of creative writing and some fascinating insights into the world of bestselling fiction. Workshops will offer expert guidance on the art of engaging storytelling, with one-to-one tutorials designed to allow writers to explore areas of individual interest or develop an existing work in progress.

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