11 kilometers from Rethymno right on the coast is a nice and cozy village of Skaleta. It is not considered the center of resort life. There is a quiet and measured life, so tourists who are looking for a quiet place to spend their holidays like to come here. The infrastructure of the village includes hotels of different categories of comfort, several authentic taverns, shops, car rental offices, real estate office (for those who want to rent a villa). Most resort complexes offer service on the system “All inclusive”. Some of them develop for their guests an entertainment program for the whole season.
Residents of the village are very welcoming travelers. Several hiking routes have been developed for them, and there is really something to see in Skaleta. Several churches are perfectly preserved here:
- Virgin Mary;
- the Holy Spirit;
- Saint Irene.
Temples are active, except for the evangelical church. It has preserved ancient frescoes, and against its background you can create unique photographs. The route to the Mili Gorge and the Melidoni Cave is popular. Activities in the surrounding area include horse riding.
Particular attention should be paid to the beach areas. The most suitable for recreation is the sandy beach of Skalet. Pebble Spilies is not suitable for bathing children, as the depth increases sharply just a few meters from the shore. Missiria beach is even worse in this regard. For the convenience of entering the sea, a large concrete slab is adapted here. Children are not recommended to swim unaccompanied. Geropotamos is a good place to relax, besides a river flows nearby, on the banks of which ducks are found, and trout splash in the water. You can stay in Skaleta in one of the complexes that entered the TOP-10 of the best hotels in the resort.
The exquisite 5-star hotel,designed only for adults, has its own 400-meter beach. The fund includes 120 rooms of Standard and Royal Suite categories. The main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, a dress code is entered when visiting (you can not come in beach clothes and shoes). Guests can enjoy all-inclusive or half-board. From 18.00 the bar starts working. Until one o’clock in the morning, it offers spirits, cocktails and light snacks, which caring waiters will bring to the rooms or serve a table on the luxurious terrace. The pool bar is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hotel has a modern SPA center (reservation is required). The procedures are based on the medicinal properties of local herbs.
“A lot of German tourists are staying here. Apparently, this has been established since the construction of the complex in the 80s. Today, many conditions are morally outdated, but their own traditions have appeared. Nice beach, sun loungers and umbrellas installed. Between him and the hotel there is a green lawn for those who like to sunbathe on the grass” Joana, Switzerland
The 5-star hotel complex belongs to the Bomo Hotelschain. This is a Greek holding that offers tourists a resort holiday of comfort level from 3 to 5 stars. Rethymno Mare & Water Park offers accommodation in 60 luxurious rooms (superior, junior suite, suite) with views of the Cretan Sea, Lefka Ori, luxurious tiered gardens and a swimming pool. Meals are organized in the format of half board or “Ultra – All inclusive”. For children there is a separate swimming pool, there is a group of animators (in English), there is a mini-club, babysitting services are available on request. The main restaurant offers a children’s menu. In the evenings, entertainment parties for adults are held. Guests of the hotel are provided with unlimited opportunities to practice their favorite sports, games, trips on excursions. The beach is awarded the Blue Flag, located 100 meters from the buildings. It is accessed by an elevator and an underground passage.
“Nice hotel, old but sturdy. Friendly staff welcomes tourists like family. Beautiful swimming pool, comfortable beach, nice restaurant. The price is quite consistent with the quality» Michal, Israel
This comfortable 5-star hotel is located a few meters from the beach. The complex is in demand due to the presence of its own water park and completely renovated in 2014. Now it harmoniously combines luxurious aesthetics and comfortable living conditions. Restaurant«Dionyssos» offers meals in the format of “All inclusive”. From 19.00 opens the restaurant “Jasmine” with national Greek cuisine on the menu. Snacks and drinks can be enjoyed at the pool bars, on the beach and in the lobby. For leisure in the hotel there are sports grounds, a tennis court, a billiard room, several swimming pools. In the evening, guests can enjoy themed concert programs with the participation of musicians.
“I recommend choosing this option if you are looking for a good level of service in Rethymno. the pools are always clean, the water park has enough slides and water attractions to have fun with the children. Good food and entertainment in the evenings» Marija, Croatia
Popular hotels in Skaleta are for adults. One of them is the 4-star “Creta Star Hotel”. It works on the system “All inclusive”. The complex has 324 rooms located on 6 floors, with comfortable and modern furniture and all the amenities of a modern type. Rooms have a balcony or terrace with sea/Cretan mountain views. In the main restaurant, breakfast and dinner are served as a rich buffet with international and Greek cuisine. Various themed cooking evenings such as Greek, seafood and Italian are held. In the open kitchen, the chef will prepare a variety of international dishes live. The main restaurant has three covered halls and two terraces overlooking the gardens and the sea. It’s fully air-conditioned. There are 3 bars on site – on the terrace, by the pool and in the garden. Through the garden along the alley you can access a private beach.
“Very well organized food. The chef creates culinary masterpieces. On the territory there is where to walk, drink, swim. Silence disposes to complete relaxation” Galateia, Greece
The small 4-star hotel offers accommodation in 82 rooms of normal and family standard categories. The sea and the beach are 50 meters from the residential building. Meal type – all inclusive. For recreation, the hotel provides sports grounds, a children’s play area, adult and children’s pools, a garden with alleys for walking. The reception is not only open around the clock, but also provides car rental services. Parking is free. Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby bar, there is no need to pay for it.
“Nice rooms, beautiful hotel, very kind staff. Only the way managers treat employees, such as yelling at them in front of guests, is a disgrace. Actually the staff is working very well” Kick Mens, Austria
A family-run beach hotel with swimming pool, children’s playground, sea and car excursions, as well as many other amenities/services for an unforgettable holiday in Crete. The residential building is located opposite the central beach of Skalet. In the number of rooms there are categories Economy, Standard, Family and Quadruple Room. The latter consists of a bedroom with a double bed, a bunk bed and a bathroom. Realistically, four adults and three children can be accommodated. It offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a TV. Bath amenities are also provided. The beach is equipped with sun loungers and parasols. On the territory of the hotel there is a swimming pool, convenient for bathing children.
“The beach is certainly not for kids. Stones, boulders, current. But it is so close to the hotel that it was not a problem to run to swim in the pool, and sunbathe near the sea water. The food is good, the staff is wonderful. Prices are lower than other hotels offer» Dmytro, Ukraine
Compact boutique hotel consists of 12 double rooms of deluxe category. Within walking distance is the beach. The price includes breakfast “Buffet”. Lunch and dinner are taken care of by guests on their own. On the territory of the restaurant “THALASSA”. In 100 meters from the hotel there are ILIOS tavern, café Pasithea. The owners have provided for guests the opportunity to play sports, sunbathe on the outdoor terrace, swim in the outdoor pool.
“We wanted to book a room in this hotel, but we had a baby with us and baby cots are not installed in the room. Accommodation is strictly for 2 people. And so, outwardly, I liked the location, and comfort, and the fact that few people live” Oksana
For supporters of a secluded holiday or a vacation with friends, a complex of 3 villasis offered, located a kilometer from the center of the village of Skaleta. Each house can accommodate up to 10 people, although the owners recommend no more than 8. It offers free parking, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a jacuzzi. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms are equipped with the necessary appliances. Sun loungers are equipped on the terrace for sunbathing. The villas are surrounded by olive groves. Guests take care of the organization of food on their own. Taverns, restaurants and bars can be found within a 10-minute drive of the hotel. The hostess treats her guests to homemade cakes at the dining table. It is better to come here by car, a parking space is provided.
“Great service and facilities. There is an atmosphere of goodwill and hospitality. The owners created excellent conditions for living. In addition to the kitchen there is a barbecue area with all the facilities» Jacqueline, Germany
The 3-star Oasis Hotel is 350 metres from the beach. The fund has 31 rooms of Standard and Superior Standard categories. Breakfast is included in the payment for accommodation, lunch and dinner are served à la carte. On the territory there is a swimming pool with a shallow children’s department. The main entertainment is located on the main beach of the resort. The sandy strip stretches along the coast for a kilometer. There are landscaped and wild areas. In some places there are few taverns and eateries. The entrance to the sea is uneven. There are places where the depth increases dramatically, so they are not very suitable for bathing children. This beach is liked by tourists because of its not crowded even during the high season. Skaleta Beach is just 150 metres away.
“I like to relax in hotels with a small number of rooms. Quietly, calmly, even other people’s children do not interfere with relaxation. In the morning a good breakfast is served, you can dine in any tavern. The room has a refrigerator, so there are no problems with food» Stefania, Italy
The complex of 2 comfortable villas is located half a kilometer from the sandy beach. In the yard of each house there is a swimming pool, a recreation area and a barbecue. Free parking is available. It offers two bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen, a terrace with outdoor furniture. The premises on the ground floor are fully suitable for a comfortable stay of people with disabilities. The owners offer hiking and horse riding trails. You can come here with pets, payment for their accommodation is not charged.
“The villas are owned by superhoses. They are ready to do everything for their guests to return to them again. We are going to do so in the future” Στράτος, Greece
Not all hotels in the village of Skaleta are suitable for a parent with children. This category of holidaymakers is best to stay in Corali Beach or Rethymno Mare Royal & Water Park, on the territory of which a water park is built. You also need to remember that not all the coast is suitable for bathing children. The main beach of the village, next to which there are all the above resort hotels, is the most acceptable option for relaxing with kids.