Sarah Weinknecht

Casa Cook Chania

  • Where:
  • Why:Press trip to check out the hotel opening.
  • When:June 2019
  • Who:Left solo and came back with two new friends.
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Casa Cook Chania Mid-Century vibes in Northern Crete – the entrance to Casa Chania.

Mid-Century vibes in Northern Crete – the entrance to Casa Chania.

Casa Cook Chania Remo Masala, Casa Cook’s CD teamed up with Berlin-based Design Agency Lambs & Lions to create the Insta-ready design vision of Casa Chania. Grab a seat (and a Joseph Dirand coffee-table book) while you wait for your lift on an electric golf cart to your room.

Remo Masala, Casa Cook’s CD teamed up with Berlin-based Design Agency Lambs & Lions to create the Insta-ready design vision of Casa Chania. Grab a seat (and a Joseph Dirand coffee-table book) while you wait for your lift on an electric golf cart to your room.

Casa Cook Chania More details from the lobby.

More details from the lobby.

Casa Cook Chania Color-coordinated eating at the breakfast buffet (don’ worry – there’s green stuff, too.)

Color-coordinated eating at the breakfast buffet (don’ worry – there’s green stuff, too.)

Casa Cook Chania Super nice restaurant space with a breeze.

Super nice restaurant space with a breeze.

Casa Cook Chania One of the reasons to eat inside - the leafy jungle table.

One of the reasons to eat inside - the leafy jungle table.

Casa Cook Chania High noon light on the terrace.

High noon light on the terrace.

Casa Cook Chania Swimming laps is actually possible in the big community pool if you make it out of bed in time.

Swimming laps is actually possible in the big community pool if you make it out of bed in time.

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The kids area is as pretty as the rest of the resort. No crude plastic toys or annoying music.

The kids area is as pretty as the rest of the resort. No crude plastic toys or annoying music.

Casa Cook Chania Yesss! Pleasantly surprised by my room… This is the Junior Suite with a shared pool and private terrace.

Yesss! Pleasantly surprised by my room… This is the Junior Suite with a shared pool and private terrace.

Casa Cook Chania Nice details in my room: pretty ceramics and a bluetooth box for your podcast and music needs under the shower.

Nice details in my room: pretty ceramics and a bluetooth box for your podcast and music needs under the shower.

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One of the nicest details at Casa Chania is the consideration of natural light in their architecture.

One of the nicest details at Casa Chania is the consideration of natural light in their architecture.

Casa Cook Chania Concrete, wood and natural light: the generously spacious bathrooms are equipped with Greek-sounding (but actually Danish) cosmetics brand Metaki. Definitely would have considered sliding a bottle into my luggage if I had the space…

Concrete, wood and natural light: the generously spacious bathrooms are equipped with Greek-sounding (but actually Danish) cosmetics brand Metaki. Definitely would have considered sliding a bottle into my luggage if I had the space…

Casa Cook Chania Nice views from the 2BR Suite pool area.

Nice views from the 2BR Suite pool area.

Casa Cook Chania I acclimated surprisingly well to the temperatures and considered 27°C in the evening too cold to take a dip in the pool… nice hangout tho!

I acclimated surprisingly well to the temperatures and considered 27°C in the evening too cold to take a dip in the pool… nice hangout tho!

Casa Cook Chania Salt or sweet water: The rustic little beach is only a short walk away from the pool area.

Salt or sweet water: The rustic little beach is only a short walk away from the pool area.

Highs & Lows

  • Beautifully designed space without feeling pretentious. I especially loved the consideration of natural light in the architecture throughout the resort.

  • The staff was super friendly and proud of their new work environment (the hotel only opened a month before our visit). Service was on point.

  • Loved the fact that you have three different choices of swimming locations (community pool, private pool and beach) within reach.

  • The restaurants menu is very international and well executed, although it could feature some bolder regional choices for the adventurous eater.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique beach resort

  • Vibe

    Insta-ready Palm Springs vibes meets fully equipped family resort (without letting this second part dominate the atmosphere).

  • Location

    Walking distance from Chania old town, but the location still feels private.

  • Rooms

    106

  • Music

    Discrete but pleasant (a.k.a. I forgot).

  • Year Opened

    2019

  • Designed By

    Creative Director Remo Masala and design studio Lambs&Lions.

  • Health & Wellness

    Pool time in abundance! Besides the main public pool, all rooms (except the Superior Double Room which features a little garden) have private pools. You can also join the morning Yoga session or book a personal trainer for 40€ (or 50€ for two people) – which is really fun and worth it.

  • Restaurant

    The à la carte menu features international favorites (spicy tuna poké bowl, beetroot carpaccio with pine nuts, kale salad with grilled halloumi) as well as local classics such as Apaki (a grilled & smoked pork delicacy with herbs) or zucchini Kourkouti (a Greek interpretation of zucchini tempura) or local feta cheese with thyme and honey.

  • Bar

    The bar features a mix of familiar favorites, a small juice bar selection and creative takes on local spirits (Chania Sour with Cretan raki instead of whiskey or Greek Mule with Metaxa). The wine list is simple but does the trick.

  • Minibar

    Besides the usual beer, wine, and water choices you can find Greek iced tea, local chocolate and yummy Cretan energy bars in there.

  • Children

    Definitely bring them! They get their own pool area, babysitters and activities. One of the only upscale boutique hotels I’ve seen where kid-friendliness is not at the expense of style, atmosphere, or other guests’ comfort…

  • Price

    Around $290 – $700.

  • Website

    http://www.casacook.com/casa-cook-chania/main

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