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Embark on an enchanting journey in the heart of Rethymno, in a magnificent 1530’s Cretan villa.

Avli is a combination of all-suites hotel with a rustic fine dining restaurant, wine cellar, a shop with traditional products and a family style all day meze place.
Created 32 years ago, in 1987, in an effort to optimize and upgrade the historic center of Rethymnon.
Avli is housed in a cluster of beautiful Venetian buildings of the 16th century offering the visitor a real acquaintance with the life of Crete, a unique blend of traditional Cretan architecture, modern luxury and aesthetic.

The AVLI Experience


Imagine a hotel located in the centre of old town. Imagine waking up in a room with a spectacular vibe and experiencing the most genuine hospitality.

In the old city of Rethymno on the historical island of Crete, the biggest Greek island, talented architect Kostas Iliakis renovated a beautiful mansion dating back to 1660. Designed to match our surroundings, each room is luxurious and peaceful. Bold colour combinations have been brought to life by rich top quality fabrics and retro furnishings striking a sophisticated note to our three bespoke and lovingly restored 16th century properties. Complemented by indulgent modern bathrooms and little added touches, we hope you will enjoy and appreciate our rooms as you retreat to them following an exciting day exploring the centre of Rethymnon town.

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Indulge in the flavours and aromas of the Cretan land & sea...

... by sampling our exquisite recipes and experiencing cooking methods that will make your senses sharp and will inspire you to discover gastronomic artisan and local delicacies unique to the region of Crete.We are so proud to offer you traditional dishes with a history and an identity shaped by our local gastronomic culture and we invite you to take a pilgrimage of Crete’s best artisanal food and drink.

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The Cretan food is the pinnacle of Mediterranean cooking.

Our nutrition has become internationally recognized in recent years as a distinctive dietary regime with great enduring gustatory and nutrition value. Scientific studies have shown that the Cretan dietary model - fundamentally based on the consumption of pure, natural products shields the human organism against diseases and leads to longevity.

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The elegance of the past
through a modern perspective

Celebrate your special moments in the heart of Old Town Rethymno, Crete! Whether you’re planning a romantic proposal dinner for two by candlelight or a wedding reception for 300 guests, our garden, restaurant and enoteca make a setting for all to remember

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Where fantastic food, a magical atmosphere and our signature service come together for your big occasion! Whether you’re planning a private dinner for two or a meal for your closest friends and family, you can hire our restaurant just for you.

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Amazing Food and great wine in a gorgeous courtyard setting. Friendly staff who provided excellent services

We ended up here by accident and hadn’t heard of the place before.Service was so good and friendly. The food was truly amazing.

Wonderful setting in pretty garden. Innovative menu, using local ingredients to create a sophisticated, modern take on Cretan cuisine. Attentive staff.

The Avli is really well located and has a lot of charm. The restaurants, especially the garden restaurant, are amazing. Check out their shop called "Raw Materials" they have some cool, quality products there.


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