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Embark on an enchanting journey in the heart of Rethymno in a magnificent 16th century Venetian 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 a 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 courtyard...

The AVLI Experience


Imagine a serene 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, Avli’s suites have been lovingly created to combine luxurious boutique comfort with bespoke design. Sophisticated, colourful and romantic, Avli Suites make the perfect tranquil retreat and base for exploring Rethymno.

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Indulge your senses in the flavours of Crete

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.


For same day requests, or last minutes reservations, please call us at +30 2831058250

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Avli's philosophy is to share our passion for great ingredients, the creative process of our cooking, and inspiring tastes. Sharing is at the heart of what we do. Join us - in the market, in our kitchen and at our table - to create, to cook, to eat and to celebrate nature's harvest in Crete. As part of our offerings join us for a hands-on cooking masterclass with our executive chef, a five-course dinner, coupled with an unforgettable wine and olive oil tasting experience .

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Plan your perfect party at Avli where timeless elegance meets contemporary creativity

With many years experience in creating celebratory events - from intimate dinners to large-scale weddings - Avli's unique spaces matched with our dedication to excellence make for the perfect celebration. Dreams become reality at Avli.

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Amazing food and great wine in a gorgeous courtyard setting. Friendly staff who provide excellent service...

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.

Well located and has a lot of charm. The restaurants, especially the garden restaurant, are amazing. Check out their shop Avli Raw Materials. They have some cool, quality products.


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