The trip to bountiful… Discovering nature’s culinary gifts in Crete!
A visit here to Rimondi, on the glorious island of Crete, is simply the pathway to discovering a world of nature’s bounty that Crete has been providing Greece and the world since ancient times. Set out with us on this gastronomic journey, with Mother Nature as our guide, to all the wondrous products of the earth we have enjoyed and shared since the beginning of time.READ MORE
Welcoming Spring and Easter here in Crete!
It has been yet another magical Easter week here in Crete! A good time was had by all, and now we have the pleasure of time to take a deep breath, relax and reflect on a wonderful time spent with family and friends, new and old, near and far...READ MORE
Start Your Adventure in Rethymnon and discover a whole range of activities!
Are you ready for adventure? Then a stay at Rimondi puts you right in the middle of the action, because Rethymnon is the ultimate adventure destination for you!READ MORE
CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE: THE HIDDEN HONEYMOON DESTINATION
Did you know Rethymnon is the third largest town on the island of Crete, and also it's loveliest?READ MORE
Make Rethymno your holiday destination for 2015!
Happy New Year 2015! May every day of the fresh year glow with happiness for you and your loved ones! In the heart of winter is probably the best time ever to start some wishful thinking about our next summer vacations…READ MORE
Saying farewell to the summer season 2014!
The closing date for the season is fast approaching for Rimondi Boutique Hotels... It is actually planned for the last days of November. Indeed the island of Crete is a blessed corner of earth with what is known as the longest summer in Greece! The trends had shown that this summer was going to be an outstanding one. For us at Rimondi Boutique Hotels, it would suffice to say that this summer rolled in a very happy and festive atmosphere!READ MORE
Four alternative walks that will make you fall in love with late-summer Rethymno…
The calendar has entered the month of September with great determination and most people believe that summer has reached to an end. But, in Crete summer never ends…It just acquires a cooler temperature, an even more laid back and relaxed tempo and a much interesting eagerness - from the part of the tourists - towards walking! The main reason being that of the cooler temperatures, of course. The first clouds make their appearance at the Cretan sky but they really love to be playful with the sun rays.READ MORE
Rethymno Cultural Summer II: must-see spectacles for August & September 2014.
Time literally flies and we are already going through the last part of the month of August! Some say that from now onwards and until the end of September, is indeed the best period in the year to take a holiday in Greece… A country with still excellent weather and freed from the peak summer crowds, thus, more able to share with us its tranquil side in full extend, awaits.READ MORE
Cretan specialty with delicious snails!
The island of Crete is distinguished for many things when compared to other Greek islands... One of those is its heavenly gastronomy. Its locally sourced products, its recipes and its wines are universally recognized and the island is a leading representative of the Mediterranean diet which has been scientifically proven as ideal for achieving longevity and wellness. Mediterranean diet, photo credits: www.thehmt.com Counting many days of sunshine throughout the year, Crete is self-sufficient in producing the best products of high nutritional value that yield to very tasty recipes and unique dishes. One of those unique dishes, considered to be a true specialty for the Cretans, is the cooking of snails in many variations according to one’s preference. Cooked snails, photo credits: cookinginsens.wordpress.com Snails have been consumed in Greek nutrition since the antiquity. In Crete, several snail varieties are harvested at different periods during the year and yield to countless recipes, mostly casseroles. The Cretans combine snails with fresh vegetables, ample fresh tomato and thinly sliced onion, they make them with artichokes, beans, greens, zucchini or even in soups. Don’t be surprised if you see Greek moussaka with snails in a menu! And do not miss the opportunity to order the delicacy! Also worthy to taste are the snail stews containing whole onions and plenty of sweet tomato sauce and the stir-fried snails with garlic and rosemary. Stir fried snails, photo credits: eatgood.gr No matter which form we decide to enjoy them in, snails are a fabulous source of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium as well as a plethora of useful amino acids, vitamins and calcium. Just as beautiful as they look, snails when consumed give amazing health benefits! There are only around 7 calories in one snail but they are surprisingly nutritious and delicious. We are in the heart of the summer and nothing compares to a fast and easy preparation of a finger-licking delicious snail dish upon return home after a full day at the beach! Snails risotto, photo credits: recipes.cook13.com Recipe for snails risotto Time of preparation: 40 minutes / Cooking: 20 minutes / Recipe below: 6 servings Ingredients: Snails: 1kg Olive oil 1/3 tea cup Chopped onion: 1 medium Chopped garlic: 1 clove Peeled and chopped tomatoes: 4 large ones 2 cups of rice for risotto Salt and pepper: according to your liking Sugar: 1/2 teaspoon photo credits: www.gastroteca.cat Cooking instructions Clean the snails yourself or ask your grocer to have them readily cleaned on your behalf in the morning before you leave for the beach! Heat a large pan with the olive oil and wilt the onion. Add the garlic and wilt for just one more mere minute. Chop the tomatoes and add them in the pan plus 1.5 liter of water. When the mixture starts to boil, add the rice, the snails, plenty of seasoning according to your tastes and the pinch of sugar. Let it simmer by stirring occasionally until the rice is ready. It shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately while the risotto is sizzling hot! Bon Appétit!
Superb Cretan nights to remember!
The people of Crete are known for their intense localism and the love they have towards their traditions. First, they like to introduce themselves as Cretans and then as Greeks! What fascinates tourists and guests of the island the most is, certainly, the Cretan musical culture, the folk dancing and the much loved Cretan instruments.READ MORE
Your wedding at Rimondi with an aura of Renaissance…
The island of Crete is vigorously becoming a new destination for couples wishing to host their wedding with a background of beautiful Greek landscapes. Things clearly show to be very positive in a new trend of tourism for Greece and the Greek islands…that of Wedding Tourism!READ MORE
Cretan ‘mantinades’. The island’s inhabitants most common way of expressing themselves…
“I’m glad to be Cretan, my word I do keep.READ MORE
Rethymno Cultural Summer: must-see spectacles for July & August 2014
With the summer season at its very peak, Crete and Rethymno Town flourish with inspirational cultural and artistic events that are of great interest to both the native and the foreign visitors. Each summer, the Office of Culture of the Municipality of Rethymno collects piece by piece each cultural proposal in order to enrich the holiday of its guests in the most enlightening way...READ MORE
The Wine Festival of Rethymno… Let’s drink and be jolly!
During your holidays in Rethymno of Crete, you will have ample opportunities to enjoy yourselves while at the same time discovering the culture and traditions, the history, the sports, the gastronomy of the county and the Cretan, cordial hospitality. A town as beautiful as Rethymno which has always been the cultural heart of the island of Crete awaits to enchant you even further than with a mere sea and sun holiday!READ MORE
Rethymno is the third largest county in Crete and one of the most beautiful holiday heavens of the Mediterranean basin, boasting a varied tourist infrastructure, plenty of paradise-like beaches and diverse off-road trails cherishing nature’s panorama, as well as, high mountains with breathtaking views…READ MORE
The making of an amazingly refreshing Cretan dish for a hot summer day!
Crete enjoys worldwide fame as an island producing extra virgin ingredients, as well as, a plethora of delightful recipes. The island is one of the most self-sufficient areas in Greece and a blessed land where absolutely anything can be successfully cultivated or produced due to the glorious climate. Ranging from fresh vegetables and extra virgin olive oil, to delicious meat of all sorts and the freshest fish possible, get ready to feast in magnificent cuisine during your stay in Crete!READ MORE
The month of May is slowly drawing to an end and, June, the first month of Summer is just a few days away now. Rimondi Hotels have been open since the beginning of April and have been cordially welcoming their exquisite guests from around the world who have come to cherish the joys of the beautiful Renaissance Town of Rethymno and to acquire a magnificent sun& sea holiday in Crete.READ MORE
Enjoy Rethymno even more via a string of interesting summer cultural events.
Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete and, without the merest doubt, it constitutes a holiday heaven of the Mediterranean basin boasting a varied tourist infrastructure, numerous attractions and plentiful sandy beaches. It is right here that you will experience the long Greek summer, counting the most days of sunshine in comparison to other parts of Greece. The plethora of cultures that have been coexisting here for centuries, endow it with unique elements of the Renaissance, the Venetian era and the Ottoman rule which altogether render it with colors and scents bound to enchant you and make you fall in love with it at first sight!READ MORE
Cretan habits and traditions worth experiencing!
The people of Crete are known for their intense localism and their independent idiosyncrasy. First, they like to introduce themselves as Cretans and then as Greeks! What fascinates the tourists and guests of the island, is their daily habits that surely manage to put a smile on the face.READ MORE
Easter in Rethymno is synonymous to Easter at Rimondi Boutique Hotels!
The Summer season has officially begun and the island of Crete is ready to welcome visitors from around the world. As a guest, the only thing you have to do in return is to cherish its beauties, indulge in its beaches, taste its delightful gastronomy and get acquainted with its hospitable people and the numerous interesting customs and festivals.READ MORE
We cordially welcome the new Summer Season 2014
Tourism is very significant for the largest island of Greece, Crete…and this year’s trends show that it is going to be an outstanding season! It has only been a few days since Rimondi Boutique Hotels opened their precious microcosm to their guests for the 2014 Summer season. And what better start to a vivid season than the celebration of Easter on the 20th of April...
If you are in search of a fabulous way to escape in time, then staying with us in the fascinating Renaissance town of Rethymno on the island of Crete will ensure the perfect sun & sea vacation you are longing for, with the extra benefit of the direct contact to the rich local history in combination with hundreds of experiences to engage to! And all of the above…amidst cosmopolitanism in abundance.
At Rimondi Boutique Hotels we wholeheartedly aim at making your stay a highly experiential one.
To this end, we further portray your stay with a variety of indoor events organised within the premises and carried out by our specialised staff, such as the cooking lessons, for example, which aim at teaching you to cook like a Greek and impress everyone back home! In addition, we bring you the freshest news concerning the outdoor events in Rethymno, such as food and wine festivals, the Cretan Diet Festival, the Cretan Renaissance Festival and so much more.
The medieval quarter of Rethymno within which Rimondi Boutique Hotels are located, constitutes a romantic and picturesque setting full of alleyways, countless monuments and formidable architecture manifesting upon century-old buildings. At Rimondi we also organize special guided tours that will fill your eyes with beautiful images and your hearts with unforgettable sentiments.
In the evenings, you may also like to indulge in our thematic music nights or indeed let us create and set-up a unique private dinner with sumptuous tastes and exuberant wine.
Let your senses be allured by opting for luxurious accommodation spaces according to your tastes and needs. Whether you choose one of the 20 superb rooms and maisonettes of Palazzo Rimondi or one of the 13 luxurious suites of the Rimondi Estate, we promise you an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Rethymno Town adjacent to significant monuments, such as the Fortezza Venetian Fort, the Loggia, the Rimondi Fountain and the impressive Church of St. Francisco, to mention just a few.
We are open for summer and eager to welcome you for a memorable vacation that will linger in your minds long after your departure.
The only certainty is…that we will be equally delighted to welcome you next summer too!
Glorious food which you must taste while in Crete!
Counting the most days of sunshine throughout the year in comparison to other parts of Greece, Crete is a large, self-sufficient and autonomous island amidst the blue of the Mediterranean Sea producing the best in delicious foods which are widelyREAD MORE
Top 10 “must-see” in Crete!
Crete…a glorious land of contradictions yet to be discovered. You have selected to spend your holiday on the 5th largest island of the Mediterranean basin and one which is absolutely self-sufficient as far as beauty, nature, sunshine, beaches and gastronomy are concerned!READ MORE
Renovating is a matter of going “green” !
Nothing compares to the process of renovating as a way of beautifying something which you passionately love...Especially when through this process you show your love towards the environment too, then you are guaranteed with double the pleasure!READ MORE
Rethymno Carnival…a fun and memorable experience!
Rethymno Carnival…a fun and memorable experience!READ MORE
The cherished history of the Rimondi Fountain of Rethymno
A magical town emitting an aura of Renaissance becomes a melting pot ofREAD MORE