First thing that impressed us was the welcome from Maria and her family. The apartment was a good size for the three of us . The first night we ate at their restaurant and Maria told us that we should treat the place as our own. The breakfast which was included in the the price of the apartment was huge and to be honest I felt a little bit ashamed because the price of the apartment was not not very expensive , it also included air conditioning , a pool in a small private garden , a small kitchen ( which we didn't use as we ate in their restaurant most nights) and a stunning veiw of Rethymon on one side and of the mountains on the other side. Thankyou so much Maria and family you made a great holiday truly fantastic. See you again one day .
Trip advisor reviews can be misleading but in this case ithey proved to be accurate and more. The roads out of Rethymno can be confusing with the motorway and old road running parallel with Thavma well signed off the old road. If travelling on old road you exit at Rathmyno/Amari and go under the motorway and follow sign for monastery passing Lidl which we used for stay. Stay includes breakfast and appartment has limited cooking facilities but the convenience, quality and price of Taverna means we ate there every evening. Taverna is a family affair run by young Maria and others and we were adopted into Maria's family for a week enjoying Cretan specialities and also banter. The appartment is compact but well finished with a main double bedroom and showeroom leading off the kitchen/sofa bed (2) area which leads out to a private area with cold tub/pool overlooking the gorge. Nothing can prepare you for the final directional sign of "up the hill" which is 1st gear followed by topping out at the edge of the gorge. Whilst 4th to 11th weather was still in low 20's with some wind funnelling down gorge. Distances in Crete are longer than you expect due to twist mountainous roads when going N to S. Recommend Amari Valley, Chania, Axos but be aware museums and sites typically shut at 3pm. Sunsets, starry nights are spectacular views are guaranteed.
We found this secret retreat last year whilst enjoying the perfect sundowner at the Thavma taverna.
Tucked to the rear of the taverna but with panoramic views of the snow capped mountains the facility's are modern, very clean and well equipped.
The mini kitchen we did not use as the taverna produces some of the best traditional food in the area.
Also breakfast can be served outside your room which is a non stop supply of fresh fruit, eggs, meats and breads topped off with local honey on toast.
This family really care about your needs and cannot do enough for you !
The only negative was the journey to the beach to cool down in the sea but I believe this problem is now sorted with a 16m2 pool which has just been installed.
Looking forward to returning this season and enjoying a night cap in the pool whilst stargazing the shooting stars in this light pollution free hillside.
Perfect place for couple/family getaway. If you like noise, dirty swimming pools and hostile service...well its not place for you. But if you like peace and silence, you enjoy great views REAL Crete food, you want to feel like a part of the family where every day Maria or her Mom welcomes you with smile and you feel like at home...well you have to stay there
We stayed 10 days, had rental car so all good stuff located in Chania or Heraklion are only like 1-1,5h away so not bad....we will be back...We miss you
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It's been a year since I was here ..I just never want to leave !!
Delicious food..lovely room so comfortable and welcoming ..and above all the most beautiful family I've ever met in all my 36 years in Greece ..it's just for me like coming home!!!
Breathtaking scenery ..stunning sunsets ..in all the years traveling in Greece and that's over 65 Islands,I've never experienced such a warm welcome and stayed in a more beautiful place.
It's a must if your in Crete !!!.....your thank me so much and for sure feel as I do..
I had to take time to write another review this year again, because I feel anyone coming to Crete needs to know about Thavma !!!.....tomorrow I leave to continue my travels a but only to return for sure next year,..