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Plakias Bay Hotel

600 meters from the village of Plakias at the end of the long sandy beach is the Plakias Bay Hotel in its peaceful surroundings with a mountain behind it and a view of the sea at the front. The beautiful turquoise water and golden sand 50 meters in front of the hotel invite you into their embrace.

Around us are footpaths in between thyme bushes or through olive groves taking you to caves and other small beaches or to surrounding villages.

10 minutes on foot , the village of Plakias offers a doctor, chemists, shops, supermarket, hairdressers, a laundry, taverns and restaurants, bars, coffee houses, bus service, rent car offices and money exchanges, taxi offices and tour offices offering excursions and boat trips.

You will want for nothing.

Family Atmosphere

Waiting for you is the turquoise sea and days full of "What you want to do" instead of "What you have to do"..

That's what holidays are all about!! Isn't it?

At dusk before the evening meal, in the shaded garden, Aris and Natasa serve cool drinks or homemade wine (Aris has a passion for his vineyard) and an assortment of traditional Greek culinary delights to be sampled. It is the time to wind down and watch the sun redden and sink slowly into the sea. Twinkling lights appear on the mountains as the surrounding villages prepare for nightime. In the distance you can hear the far off sounds of children not wanting to leave the beach. Overhead high in the sky, a plane passes by. Listen to the sound of the tinkling bells of the goats returning hame from the mountains behind, and birds twittering in their evening nests. Peace descends around you.

At night nothing moves around (except for the sea and bouzuki, the dog, who does his duty guarding us from imaginary enemies!!) No passers by, no cars, no bars, NOTHING.

Children go to sleep and parents sit quietly drinking a beer or some wine and talk amongst themselves. Some play cards or backgammon.

The days pass by so quickly.


The small hotel with 28 rooms (a few of which are joined wih internal door, suitable for families) is built with simplicity and colours that are traditionally found around the island.

All rooms have:

  • a view
  • veranda or balcony
  • ensuite bathroom
  • air-condition
  • telephone
  • fridge
  • large double bed
  • single bed

and seperate entrances.


From 8:00-10:00 in the morning a buffet with local produce awaits you. Choose what you want and go out onto the cool veranda or sit in the garden under the shade of the mulberry trees and enjoy your breakfast.

Young or old couples or singles, quite families with happy children, each can find their own corner to enjoy their breakfast and wonderful view with smiles and good days ahead, work and cities are forgotten.

Natasa makes her homemade food or cooks fresh fish caught by Aris, and the tavernas in Plakias are full of people. The bars have opened and the night awaits you.


At night in the lounge some watch football on TV.

Other nights guests may play the guitar or piano found in the music corner.

Occasionally, Aris will play the guitar and Natasa will sing old songs.

Everybody sits around listening and enjoying a glass of raki made by Aris.

  • Activities
  • Sports
  • Explore


The Phoenix perfecture offers a big range of activities for both sport lovers, nature friends and relaxing visitors.

The sport activities are endless varing between Water sports to Horse riding, Cycling, Clibing and Scuba Diving. All facilities are within Plakias village in very close distance from the Plakias Bay Hotel.

Nature lovers will appreciate the gorges, rivers, walks and day trips to magestic natural places. Discover Crete with a Jeep Safari or just get the Boat from Plakias to some of the best beaches and pulm forests in the Mediterranean. All activities could be arranged by the hotel and booked from agents in the village.

Plakias Bay Hotel is made for relaxation. Teracces with endless views to sit and relax with your dring, coffee or meal. But if this is not enough you will appreciate the nearby rivers, churched and archeological sites.


The area provides quality climbing sets for the lovers of height.

Water Sports

Enjoy water sports and take advantage of our summer breazes for windsurfing and sailing.

Scuba Diving

Register with our local diving schools and discover the magestic beauty of our deep waters.


Cyclists follow the routes and feel FREE within the unlimited nature.


Walkers follow the routes and feel FREE within the unlimited nature.

Jeep Safari

Meet the wild nature of South Crete with an organized Jeep Safari!

Gorge Exploration

Pass in many different ways all of the astonishing gorges of the Area.

  • Location
  • Geography
  • Attractions
  • Diet

Welcome to to Crete and Plakias.

  • The island of the first European civilization (Minoans).
  • The southest part of Europe.
  • The place where visitors are being protected by Gods.
  • The area where the princess Europe fell in love with Zeus.

Welcome to the Phoinix perfecture. Leave behind all these that stress you and leave your myth, be part of the history.

Conquer the area or leave yourself to be conquered by it.

Discover the many aspects of our area, meet all the different view of nature in every corner. Find out about the secrets of the Cretans for long living, the olive oil, cheeses, fruits but also the smile and the joy of life.

The medditeranen climate will fill you with positive energy through the wide light from the sun during the day. You may admire the colours of the horizon during the sun set.. and when the night comes, filled with stars, the shine Cretan sky is magestic. The endless stars from the sky seem to be jellous and try to dive to the crystal waters of the bay.

Natural Geography

The south cast of the county of Rethymno is named "Gialia". Along with the inland is the center of South Crete. Continuous beaches surrounded by high hills and in between, green valleys filled with flowers and aroma.

Between the high mountains the gorges Kourtaliotis, Kotsifou and Mesa gorge allow the access between the north and the south compiling a special landscape.

Getting down from the mountains you meet, olive farms, small hills, streams, rare flowers and herbs. All these changes in the landscape end in magnificent beaches with cristal clear waters.

Environment Climate

The area of Gialia has a special dry and warm climate (mediterannean). In the winter sot winds from Africa heat the atmosphere living the sun to reach the freely Plakias and the nearby villages. The sun in this area is 92%.

In the summer the north winds from the mountains bring cool breezes. The cleanliness and brightness ofthe atmosphere is very tense and control the human feelings.

Area of Natural Beauty

Within the geographical region of Gialia you may find some areas with special Natural Beauty like the Preveli Gorge where the Megalos Potamos river is flowing through a pulm forest to a wonderfull beach.

Short Trips in the Traditional countryside

Local maps and guides along with useful information from the locals will offer you much more wonderfull trips.

Enjoy Music and Dance

The concerts of National Music are filling your body with extasy

Cretan Diet

Olive oil, weet, milk, cheese, meat, vegetables, fruit: everything in Cretan cuisine is simple, clear, organic and natural.

The gastronomy of the Cretans was based on local grown products. These provide a full diet which today is proven to provide good health and long living.

The secret is not based on complicated recipes but in fresh and organic materials. This is truth in the whole of the island with small variations depending the area.

Everywhere in Crete we consume raw vegetables in the form of a salad or boiled served with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

The healthy and low fat diet along with the amazing taste of the food of Cretan cuisine is internationally recognised.

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About Us

Aris and Natassa are the founder of Plakias Bay Hotel.

The hotel, located in Plakias, open for the public in 1984.

Since quality accomodation and hospitality services is something usual for the area, Plakias Bay offered a new type of tourism surrounding the possible activities and action someone could perform in the area.

This approach was something new and paid back quickly as many visitors encouraged to visit the surroundings and perform natural activities.

Plakias Bay is more than a hotel. It encloses the whole southern Crete. Its tradition, its natural resources and of course its attitude.

Owner Activities

Aris and Natassa are very active people with a happy family.

They love the life in Plakias and Crete, although non origin is Cretan.

Aris has a large, active wine yard where he practices local teqnicues to master wive making.

He has also a fishing boat where he uses through out the year for fishing.

You will notice what Natasa likes the moment you will visit the hotel.

A smell of fresh fish will come from the kitchen and Cretan recipes will break you nose before you taste true family food.

  • Contact Us


  • Plakias Bay Hotel
    Plakias, Phoinix
    Rethymnon, P.C.74060
    Crete Greece


  • +30 28320 31215
  • +30 28320 31315
  • +30 28320 31951 (FAX)