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

A cluster of beautifully renovated Venetian dwellings in Rethymno’s old town, Avli comprises a world renowned restaurant, ten luxurious suites, an enticing wine cellar and traditional products shop.
Avli was established in 1987 by Katerina Xekalou, a pioneer of the Cretan hospitality industry, whose vision was to create a fine restaurant and hotel immersed in Rethymno’s history, inspired by her memories of childhood, and infused with the essence of Cretan life.
And at the heart of the concept was a Cretan courtyard, an Avli.

The AVLI Experience


Imagine a sublime boutique hotel in the heart of one of the most intact medieval ‘old towns’ in the Mediterranean.

Imagine waking up in a delightful suite overlooking ancient alleyways, before enjoying a health-enhancing breakfast. Designed to match their surroundings, each of Avli’s suites have been lovingly created to combine luxurious boutique comfort with bespoke design. Sophisticated, colourful and romantic, our Lounge Apartments make the perfect tranquil retreat and base for exploring Rethymno.

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

Explore the flavours and fragrances of Crete by sampling our world-famous gastronomic offerings - inspired by the island’s legendary natural produce and unique local delicacies. Avli is proud to offer traditional dishes with a history and identity shaped by Crete’s rich gastronomic culture, and new and exciting interpretations of Cretan cuisine.

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Sharing is Caring.

Flavor-infused food, exquisite rare wines and even better company! A hands-on, intimate cooking masterclass and multi-course dinner with our resident local chef, a private unforgetable wine tasting and an ultimate olive oil tasting.
We love everything about good food, wine and great ingredients. There’s a special place in our hearts for cooking together, drinking together and selecting the best produce at the local market together. So we’re opening the doors to our kitchen and garden, to share a 5 senses Cretan experience with you.

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The elegance of the past through a modern perspective

With years of combined experience and dynamic skills, we have the resources recommend the very best that Crete has to offer. Your dreams, combined with our refined sense of aesthetics, creative vision and impeccably high standards, guarantee that your wedding or special event
will be nothing less than perfect!

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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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