“A place for those who want space to themselves in a stunning location with great views” – Ben

“Nothing beats the tranquillity and breath taking views” – Daniel

“Every breakfast is an experience of its own” – Irina

“You can sleep as if you were outside” – Elwin

“Beautifully constructed and outstandingly equipped” – Valerie

Come to Panokosmos, for a relaxing holiday in Crete away from it all.   Spectacular views, peace and tranquillity, fine dining, and the uniquely personal service

Take  an eagle’s eye view with this stunning drone video

In these Covid times, you may be looking for a holiday where you can relax, unwind and experience the country while controlling how much contact you have with others.  At Panokosmos we only take a single party of guests at a time.  We, Yasmin and John, undertake all the services here, so there is no one else on the premises.  Our normal offer is for self catering, but we can provide breakfasts, cocktails and great Cretan wines, and many of the meals you might want at extra cost.  We can direct you to tavernas where the owners are conscientious and reliable in their Covid procedures, but also where the food is great and the atmosphere lovely!

And for this year we are offering some very special deals with 20% off our normal summer rates.

Experience this unique mountain location with spectacular panoramic views, warm personal and friendly attention, luxury and privacy in a special “away from it all” experience.   Its like having a hotel exclusively for yourselves!

See our rooms and room rates, check availability, and book.  For more details contact us or read on to find out more about Panokosmos.

the luxury of a first class hotel,
the privacy of a private villa,
the atmosphere of staying with friends.

Panokosmos is the realization of our dream and we try to make it special in every way.  We’ve always wanted to share the wonders of this place – the spectacular views, the clear mountain air, the crystal clear pool, the plants in our gardens which thrive in the wonderful Mediterranean climate.  Along with that we want to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as we can.

We have created an exclusive, luxurious, relaxing holiday experience for you set in the foothills of the White Mountains of Crete. Choose between our two room rooftop apartment with kitchenette or the elegant bedroom suite with luxurious ensuite bathroom.  You will be our sole guests, as we only book one party at a time.  Panokosmos – “on top of the world” in Greek – has spectacular panoramic views of mountains, gorges and the sea and offers peace and tranquillity, a personal and intimate “away from it all” experience.

We are passionate foodies, and love to use the local Cretan produce to make special dishes.   We do not try to emulate the local cooking, but rather recommend those special places where it is prepared and cooked with particular care and love.  Rather we fuse the local ideas with our own cuisine, drawing from ideas and recipes we have seen, tried and loved.

We delight in surprises, and you will never know what you are going to get, be it a breakfast, mezzes or a three course dinner.  That’s why we are very careful to find our before you arrive any dietary restrictions, preferences, and what you do and don’t like.   Then we serve it in different locations around our grounds, so that you never know what views are going to be in front of you nor the atmosphere and “feel” of the space.

Every meal is prepared especially for you, you will be the only guests, and you will be able to fully savour all the peace and tranquillity of Panokosmos without any distraction.  We like you to linger over your meals, to savour all the tastes and flavours, to enjoy the surroundings so there is no pressure and you can take your time.  But we can be quick if that’s what you want or need!

We go to great lengths to showcase Cretan wines to our guests.  Every year in the Spring we spend two days at the wine fair in Chania, where the 33 wineries in Crete exhibit their wines.  We recommend wines to accompany our meals, but are wine list offers you details to make your own choices.  We love our cocktails and offer a nightly special which we serve in all sorts of locations!  As an aperitif we serve Noilly Prat, the French vermouth, Campari and fresh orange or, as a reminder of the (all to rare) sunny English summer days, Pimms.

We like to keep in touch with your plans to help you with guides and maps, routes, suggestions, and generally have a chat around breakfast.  You might like to take a local walk, go on a drive, walk a gorge, experience Chania – see these and more in our blogs.

The luxury of a first class hotel, the privacy of a private villa,
the atmosphere of staying with friends.

Get in touch with us to find out more…


Don’t take our word for it, hear what our guests think.  These are a selection of the reviews from recent guests.  See more on TripAdvisor.

Eating & Drinking at Panokosmos

Breakfasts with home made rolls, orange blossom honey, local sheepsmilk yoghurt, hand crafted coffee – and that’s just to start the day…

Our Journey

A brief life story of an eccentric, colourful and unconventional couple.


View local potters at work, listen to traditional Cretan music, watch the eagles soar, experience the local market, taste fine Cretan wines – and much much more…

Relax & Contemplate

Relax with a massage by the pool, cook with the locals, capture the views in watercolours with help from our artist…


Relax in comfort and luxury in one of our two apartments, with spectacular views, comfortable furnishings and tasteful decoration.