Flavours of Crete

Flavours of Crete


Our Flavours of Crete Week is a celebration of the senses as we take our single holiday guests on a journey through the authentic components of the island’s healthy Mediterranean diet. In a feast of the finest food and drink solo travellers get the opportunity to discover at first hand what gives the Cretan people their famous vitality and longevity. We’ll be providing important insight into how to boost your immune system and cook tasty dishes made of seasonal, organic ingredients, with delicious “foodie” twists and flavours at every step of the way.



Tuesday – arrival and enjoy your first dinner of our Mistral hospitality

Wednesday – Visit the ancient olive tree of Vouves, considered to be the oldest in the world, then head to a local Cretan olive press where you will learn about the olive oil production, sample taste and learn and how to recognise the authentic extra virgin olive oil. Lunch at a renowned local traditional restaurant

Thursday – morning forage in the hotel garden to pick fresh produce, followed by a hands-on cooking class where you will learn some of the basics of the Cretan cuisine. Lunch, meze style, including the dishes prepared by you, paired with local wine

Friday – visit the local farmers market followed by a trip to a local winery where you will taste a variety of awarded wines paired with local cheeses

Saturday – Tour the Botanical Gardens of Crete, where you will discover fruit-bearing trees, herbs, spices, medicinal and decorative plants thriving under the Cretan sun. You will sample local herbal teas, take a leisure walk among the citrus trees, tropical plants and aromatic herbs and attend an on-site cooking class followed by lunch

Sunday – Free day! Optional, you can visit a real Cretan apiary in the morning, experience a journey within the magic world of the Honeybee and taste honey raki and other apiary products. In the evening, visit the Venetian Harbor of Chania then dine and wine at one of the best waterfront restaurants overlooking the lighthouse

Monday – visit the famous Falassarna beach then head to a fishermen village on the western side of the island where you will learn how to prepare the famous Kakavia fish soup, considered a delicacy among Cretans, followed by a sumptuous fish lunch by the sea

Tuesday – Depart and take the memories and flavours of Crete with you



Overall we will be highlighting the provenance of the food and showing why the island’s wonderful culinary offering is considered the healthiest on earth. During the week we organise cooking classes where you will see how to prepare some Cretan specialities. We will also tell you all about olive oil production, its history, and its role in the Mediterranean cuisine.  We will meet artisan producers, visit the local farmers market, call in at a winery and taste amazing Cretan wines paired with cheese. Last but by no means least we will show you a little paradise of native and self-sown Cretan and Mediterranean herbs, trees, and plants at the Botanical Gardens of Crete.



Coupled with that, we will meet producers and restaurateurs who have, like the Mistral, been awarded the Cretan Quality Agreement mark as champions of the island’s cuisine and culinary traditions, sourcing local produceexclusive use of extra virgin olive oil and traditional Cretan cooking. In addition, each evening that we dine in the Mistral hotel restaurant the emphasis will be on “homegrown, home-made,” Cretan dishes.


A highlight of the week sees guests enjoy an excursion to one of the fabulous beaches for a refreshing swim before enjoying a sumptuous fish lunch centred on the famed Kakavia fish soup, which we will learn how to cook.


There will be gifts to take away with you at the end of your stay with a bottle of our finest extra virgin olive oil and a recipe book of our favourite dishes so you can recreate them once you get home. Flavours of Crete is a mouth-watering opportunity to sample, savour and learn more about Cretan food and drink and, perhaps, kick start a healthy, savoury and immune boosting diet to follow for life.

Our Flavours of Crete weeks runs in May and October but rest assured – as well as enjoying the best of Cretan cuisine and learning how to cook some of our dishes, there will also be plenty of time to relax by the pools, enjoy our spa facility or visit the Venetian harbour town of Chania.


Flavours of Crete Week Dates and Prices
  Standard room
7 nights
Deluxe room
7 nights
 7-14 May 2024 €1104 + €375 €1285 + €375
8-15 October 2024 €1104 + €375 €1285 + €375

All Club Mistral* members are entitled to a 5% discount on accommodation. The price includes Chania airport transfer, single accommodation in double or twin rooms, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners (with wine and coffee), four lunches, one wine tasting with snacks and all transportation. The price does not include flights or travel insurance.

*Club Mistral membership is free and open for all guests to join here.


Read our blog post about Flavours of Crete here