The Mistral Hotel, Crete’s best-known hotel for solo travellers is open to welcome guests as the Mediterranean island opens up after lock-down.

The award-winning Mistral Hotel at Maleme, close to the Venetian harbour town of Chania in western Crete is open now until October.

Whilst social distancing protocols will be in place, the famous social ambience of the Mistral will be retained with guests able to relax by the pool, enjoy drinks in the outdoor bar area, and dine communally in the hotel’s restaurant, which continues to feature the very best of traditional Cretan cuisine and wine.

In addition, there will be excursions to secluded beaches, tavernas and historic sites.

Hotel owner Vassilis Gialamarakis explained: “Our start to the 2020 season has obviously been delayed because of the coronavirus restrictions, but we are now ready to welcome back our guests into a safe, relaxed and comfortable environment, where they can unwind in the summer sunshine.”

The season will also include themed weeks, such as the popular Walking Week to explore the countryside of Western Crete, and a Photography Week which includes tuition and visits to stunning locations.

“As we open, the health and wellbeing of all guests and staff is of the upmost importance to us and remains our highest priority,” added Vassilis.

“As a result, we have introduced new procedures to make sure that the Mistral team has everything they need to keep everyone, including themselves, safe as guests enjoy their holidays with us once again.”

To reassure guests that their holiday will be secured, the Mistral has introduced a flexible no-risk bookings and cancellation policy, with full refund if flights are cancelled due to Covid-related issues.

Offering sociable holidays for the independent solo traveller, the hotel features 35 stylish double rooms, each for single occupancy but with no single supplement

Alongside the established Mistral Hotel, now in its 28th year, the Gialamarakis family also run 11 luxury villas overlooking nearby Kissamos Bay – eight on the hillside and three beachfront residences.

Over the past few years, the Mistral Hotel has carved a reputation for high levels of customer service and repeat bookings. It is renowned as a destination where solo travellers can enjoy a relaxing vacation with like-minded people who want to go on holiday on their own for a variety of reasons, but don’t want to be alone.

Prices start from £835 for a week, half board with single occupancy in double rooms (not including flights). The seven-night autumn walking in Crete (October 6-13) is from £1047 half board with all walks included, while the Photography Week (September 29-October 5) is from £1200 with trips and tuition included.

The Mistral Hotel has 35 rooms with free wi-fi, a spa, two pools and a restaurant serving traditional Cretan cuisine. Located at Maleme near Chania in western Crete, it is run by the Gialamarakis family. Open until mid-October, it offers excursions, themed weeks and is within easy reach of fabulous beaches such as Falasarna and Elafonisi, and the Samaria Gorge.