A Cretan holiday idyll nestled amongst olive groves: Niriida House is situated on a hillside above the picturesque village of Kamilari. Four minimalist white cubes are lined up along the slope. The first features a fully equipped and spacious kitchen as well as a living room on the upper floor. The other three serve as bedrooms. They all have their own bathroom with a separate toilet and showers both inside and outside. All rooms are stylishly furnished with great attention to detail. The terraces of the buidlings offer glorious views to the sea, the village of Kamilari, the mountains and the endless olive groves. A dip in the large, olive-shaded pool is the perfect refreshment on hot summer days. Pictures: Elke Selzle, www.yashoda.info
What to do
Swimming, hiking, mountaineering and canyoning, archaeological explorations, snorkeling and diving, cooking, horse riding, beach volleyball
Back in 2008, Berlin architect Dietmar Reinhold and Dutch hotelier Dennis Bijl decided to explore the island where Dennis was born and instantly fell in love with it. They found the landscape, the light and the inexhaustible hospitality of the Cretans to be utterly inspiring. Barely a year later, they discovered the olive grove on which they would realise their dream, and built Niriida House in 2010. Surrounded by olive trees, the house is a refuge for the two hosts, inviting guests to rest and relax, far from the bustle of big city life.