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.
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.
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.
Patrick Leigh Fermor and other Adventurers in Wartime Crete
14 May 2024
The courage shown by the Cretans during WW2 and the German occupation of 1941 to 1945 is well documented, and nowhere more evocatively than in Patrick Leigh Fermor’s epic memoir Abducting a General. Walk in his footsteps with expert guide Jonathan Peat and learn more about the activities, landscapes and characters that shaped the famous Cretan Resistance.
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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.
Yoga at Arosmari
09 July 2024
Come and recharge body and mind, with a week of Yoga hosted by Sarah Jane Minter at our Arosmari Village Hotel. With sessions held outside in the beautiful gardens, this tranquil oasis offers a chance to develop your practice in the most hospitable surroundings and plenty of relaxation along the way.
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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.
Music at Arosmari
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If you have a love of music, this is the perfect week to visit Arosmari Village Hotel and indulge your passion alongside a week of pure relaxation. Our delightful programme offers guests an opportunity to enjoy a rich variety of musical styles and sounds in and around the hotel.