Mistral Hotel and Spa

Crete is an island blessed with stunning beaches, turquoise blue seas and a wonderful climate.

In the west, rugged mountains reach down into the Aegean in an area of fertile plateaus, mythological caves, and deep gorges, including the famous Samaria Gorge, which is the longest in Europe.

It is amid this landscape that the renowned Mistral Hotel is located, in the village of Maleme 10 miles west of the Venetian harbour town of Chania, basking in the sun of Europe’s most southerly point and catering exclusively for independent solo travellers.

Open from April to October, the family-run hotel has 35 stylish rooms with free wi-fi, two good sized swimming pools and an outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by spacious terraces and mature gardens. There is also a discreet spa facility with a selection of specialty treatments utilising Crete’s extensive natural ingredients.

With fabulous beaches within easy reach, and interesting excursions on offer, the Mistral is a perfect retreat for those who want to go on holiday alone but don’t want to be on their own when they get there.

Guests enjoy great food, a sociable atmosphere and a warm, natural environment, and soon become friends.

It has been offering unique singles holiday concept for more than 25 years with authentic Greek hospitality and serving the finest – and healthiest – Mediterranean cuisine in our restaurant.

Breakfast is a Continental-style buffet served from 8-10am with a selection of fruits, cereals, breads, yoghurt, cheeses and jams, freshly-prepared lunches are available from 12:30pm each day, while dinner is served communally at 8pm.

Run by the Gialamarakis family, the Mistral is recognised as a leading specialist in providing holidays for independent single travellers and was named winner in the coveted Packaged Trips section in the inaugural awards organised by the ‘Solo Traveler’ website in 2017.

The Mistral also offers a range of special interest weeks from Greek Easter, where guests can celebrate in true Cretan style, and Spring Flowers, through to walking weeks in May and October amid the mountainous coastal scenery.

Crete is famed as an island that has something for everyone and the Mistral offers a wide range of trips and excursions; popular trips head to the wonderful sandy beach at Falasarna, followed by a sumptuous fish lunch at Sfinari, or to Elafonisis and a boat trip to Gramvousa Island with its Venetian Fortress.

There are Greek evenings with wine and dancing, cookery demonstrations, and if guests want to go Scuba diving, hire bikes or enjoy horse-riding, that can also be arranged.

But you may also wish to simply enjoy the gorgeous Cretan sunshine beside one of our two pools. Rest, relax, revive…the choice is yours.

*Prices have been frozen for the 2018 season and start from 874 euros for a week, half board, not including flights. Discounts of 15% are available for stays of 14 nights or more. For more information telephone on 0030 28210 62062 or 0203 318 3532 (Crete direct at UK national rates), visit www.singlesincrete.com or email info@singlesincrete.com