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This Crete hippie haven is our new top tip for a summer Boho break

The Syntopia Hotel in Crete has re-opened for business, tempting the gypset eager for a slice of bohemian island living – and believe us, we’re tempted.

Greece has given the green light for direct flights from Britain to resume on July 15.

Located east of Rethymnon, the Syntopia offers 119 guestrooms. and prides itself on a unique carefree vibe.

First opened in 2019, the atmosphere is pointedly relaxed, its Aegean architecture complemented by a soundtrack of tribal sounds. Drinks served at the Nomad Cocktail Bar are best enjoyed within the shaded cabanas dotted around two landscaped pools. The place is tailor made for Instagram.

Drinks served at the Nomad Cocktail Bar are best enjoyed within the shaded cabanas dotted around two landscaped pools…

Cocktails anyone?

The Syntopia offers a contemporary take on all-inclusive, offering all you can eat from 07:30–23:00; alcoholic beverages are served between 10:30–23:00. At the main restaurant, there’s a buffet.  For travellers not looking to go all-inclusive, the Syntopia has just introduced a new bed and breakfast board option. Diversions include weekly DJ sets with resident artists and live instruments played over fresh house music, as well as raki, wine and cheese making sessions.

Surfs up at the Syntopia

Beach bars within easy reach and Rethymnon city is a ten minute drive away. The Venetian Harbour, with fishing boats and dotted with tavernas, is a popular destination for foodies eager to experience fine local dining.

A jaunt around the 16th century Ottoman fortress of Fortezza offers panoramic views of the city, while the nearby Kotsifou gorge is on hand if you want to hike back to nature.

All inclusive or Bed & Breakfast? The choice is yours

We’re told the Syntopia has health and safety measures in place, aligned with government advice. For more, visit the Syntopia Hotel here.

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