Alexander Hotel Gerakari
Amari Valley, Rethymnon, Crete
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The Alexander Hotel in Gerakari in the Amari valley, Rethymno region, is a modern hotel offering hospitality services of
high level in an untouched and one of the most privileged areas of Crete.
Constructed with respect to the unique beauty of the mountainous scenery, the hotel is a real jewel for the area, thanks to its gentle architecture as well as its exceptional sense of luxury and comfort.
The Alexander Hotel has got 33 double rooms, each with its own balcony overlooking the garden or the mountain. All rooms are decorated and furnished with objects and pieces of fine classical taste. They are spacious, bright and cozy, offering the sense of security, peace and comfort.
The communal spaces of classical design and decoration, will soon become a meeting point and a place of relaxation for visitors. In the hotel lounge visitors can play table games, while in a specially arranged recreation room there are machine toys and electronic games units. Needless to say that there is always access to the Internet and Wi-Fi in all communal spaces (at some charge).
The Alexander Hotel restaurant offers dishes of rare and fine taste, enjoyments based on local products, cooked according to world famous Cretan diet.
The design of the Alexander Hotel is aimed at those who wish and long to experience a close contact with nature. Therefore special care has been given to leafy surroundings, the lawns, the gardens, the play–grounds and to the small farm with domestic animals which will definitely become an attraction to young and old.
The hotel’s staff, apart from their services, are always willing to offer you any possible information about the Gerakari area and local activities you may want to take up or some routes you may wish to hike.
The Amari Region
Behind the various bright and attractive seaside spots of Crete, there lies the genuine, rough but amazing face of the island.
The unexplored mountainous landscape of the Amari valley appeals to those who wish to look straight into the Cretan soul.
Just 35 kilometres south of the city of Rethymno, there lies Gerakari, a proud mountainous village, famous for its cherry trees, built on the cool slopes of Mt. Kedros; you will find countless springs, rare wild flowers and birds. To the East, there rises the breathtaking mountain Psiloritis, with its high peaks (2500m) covered in snow during the winter.
Here, history meets tradition and mythology. Crete reveals its proud soul.
It's a nature lovers' paradise, promising people of any age deep emotion. Hiking, climbing, bird-waching, excursions along European paths (E4), taking part in everyday traditional activities together with locals, enjoying the Cretan dishes or just having a rest in an untouched environment of wild beauty, studded with historical monuments from the Minoan Era to Byzantine times, are just a few of the activities the whole area can treat you with, whatever the weather may be.
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Springtime is very special as the fields are full of flashy red and blue anemones (Anemone coronaria). Also, between Spili and Gerakari,
in the Gious plateau there are more than 40 kinds of orchids, many of them endemic to Crete.
The most impressive sight, though, is displayed by carpets of thousands of tulips (Tulipa doerfleri).
Those who prefer social and fashionable life can visit Rethymno to feel the heartbeat and mood of one of the nicest cities of Crete, or can take the road to the South to get to know the famous exotic beaches of the Libyan Sea.
If you have never been to Gerakari, make it happen now and live the experience of the authentic Cretan hospitality!