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EXPLORE SENTIDO HOTELS & RESORTS IN GREECE

Between the sea and the sky, saturated with sunshine and salty spray, Greece is born of water and sun.  Experience the beauty of legends and monuments interwoven with the past. Discover the white villages, steep cobbled streets, windmills and countless churches.

Read on to explore SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts in Crete Rhodes.

SENTIDO Aegean Pearl, Crete - Stroll To Your Seaside Oasis

Leave all your worries behind and simply spend some time together. And after a tough day at the beach or pool, you can step out and take an evening stroll down the beach promenade to the picturesque town of Rethymnon. Here on the largest of the Greek islands, we have a beautifully designed hotel that’s not too big but very comfortable, and not too remote but private enough to give you those quiet moments you’ll cherish long after your return! Relaxing comes easily here in this modern ambience and if you’re in the mood, you can get to know the Cretan countryside on a guided walk. By nightfall you can be back at our stylish restaurant or having a drink at the poolside bar and waiting for the stars to come out.

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View of SENTIDO Aegean Pearl, Crete
View of SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach, Greece

SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach, Crete - All Life Comes From The Water

A holiday here is all about revitalising water. The sloping sandy beach on your doorstep, the inviting pools and the promenade that seduces you to take romantic strolls. Younger visitors have their own pool and Mini Club at their disposal, but everyone can enjoy the water sports on the beach. A visit to the Aquaworld Aquarium rounds off the trip for water lovers, though that is not all that Crete has to offer!

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SENTIDO Pearl Beach, Crete - Archeological Jewels And This Pearl

The island of Crete is a veritable treasure chest of Greek culture, filled with archeaeological ‘jewels’ like the site of Knossos or the finds displayed at the archaeological museum in Rethymnon just a stone’s throw away from the SENTIDO Pearl Beach. The hotel is not only a short walk from a lively town centre but also close to an expansive sandy beach which slopes gently into the sea, a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. And after an active day on the beach or an interesting excursion into the island’s past, there is nothing like a cool drink by the pool watching the sun slowly setting in the west.

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View of SENTIDO Pearl Beach, Greece
View of SENTIDO Apollo Blue, Greece

SENTIDO Apollo Blue, Rhodes - Float Like A Butterfly

Every summer, thousands of colourful butterflies gather in the Valley of the Butterflies, near Kalamonas. This spectacular sight is just one of the attractions waiting for you on the island of Rhodes. Be amazed by the beautiful landscape around the SENTIDO Apollo Blue near Faliraki which itself is a stunning feat of architecture, where modernity meets ancient Minoan culture. This hotel is proud of its outstanding water sports facilities – there you can be as active as you please – and its spa where you can treat your body to a nice massage. After that a cool drink at the SENTIDO Blue Bar tastes even better when body and soul are in perfect harmony – as they should be.  

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View of SENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa, Greece

SENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa, Rhodes - Between The Mountains And The Sea 

As soon as you arrive you will feel yourself unwind in this perfect combination of discrete luxury and authentic quality. Relax in our award-winning spa area, choose your culinary delights and then enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the magical evening pool illumination. Allow your senses to roam on the beach and discover well-kept Greek secrets in our livecooking experience. Or why not take a boat trip to Symi? From yoga to live music, the choice of how you recharge your batteries is yours. We think we can ensure that you will. 

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The Ancient Story Of Greece’s Oldest Soap Factory

A LOST ART

Traditional, handmade and based on natural oils: The success story of Patounis Soap, a family business in Corfu, dates back to 1850. Today, it’s not only one of the few soap manufactures which still use traditional techniques and local olive products, but also a company that has also been named ‘a monument of industrial heritage’. As the oldest soap factory in Greece, Patounis’ original recipe has been passed down through five generations. After driving into the city, we meet owner Apostolos Patounis, who shares with us the story of soapmaking based on heritage – and nature’s abundant offerings.

WHAT MAKES PATOUNIS SOAP SO SPECIAL?

What is most important to us is that we still operate like we did in the old days. We still use the same ingredients, the same method to manufacture with the same recipes. Today, the operation is listed as ‘intangible cultural heritage’. For our ancestral recipes, we only use natural oil that is friendly to the skin and the final product contains no additives, no perfume, no colour or any other chemicals.

WHAT KINDS OF SOAP DO YOU PRODUCE?

We make three kinds of soap and the difference between them is the oil with which they are made. Each one has its own distinct characteristics. We make olive oil soap: a very mild soap, good for people with sensitive skin. The olive oil that we use is exclusively from producers in the area. Then we make a soap from a combination of two oils: 80% olive oil and 20% palm kernel oil. It’s also a mild soap, but it produces more foam, so it’s more pleasant to use. Finally, we have our most practical one, the green olive soap. It’s made of olive pomace oil. It contains the chlorophyll of the oil, which is dark green. This soap is the most cleansing, most anti-septic one and known for its wound-healing properties. There’s also the ‘green laundry’ soap. The difference between them is the PH balance. It’s more alkaline, which makes it more effective for removing stains from clothes. In the early days, it was a necessity and it accounted for more than 90% of the production in this industry. When detergents and the washing machine were introduced, this industry disappeared in a very short time. Not just here, but around the world. Today, our green olive soap is our most popular.

COULD YOU PLEASE WALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS OF SOAP MAKING, FROM LIQUID MIXTURE TO SOLID BAR?

We start by putting the oil inside a kettle, depending on which kind of soap we’re going to make. First, we process the oil in a solution of natrium hydroxide to instigate the saponification, the cooking process which takes ten days. Once all the oil has turned into soap, we take it out of the kettle and balance the PH value using solutions of sea salt. That’s all we use: oil, soda, sea salt and water. Next we put the soap into a large mould. At this stage, the soap is hot but not fluid anymore, more like yoghurt. After sliding across the surface and compressing the soap to get the bubbles out, we put hot water on top to give it a shiny finish. It’s pretty much like ironing clothes. Finally, we wait for the soap to solidify before the stamping and cutting. In summer, it can take up to a month for the soap to be ready, in winter it’s faster.

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TRADITION OF SOAP MAKING IN GREECE?

We were among the first, if not the first to start making soap in the whole of Greece. Soap making started from the Ionian islands and then it spread to the Aegean. As far as I know, we learnt from the French. Originally, my family imported soap from France. Then we started to make our own soap. Soap making was very popular in the early days. There were more than half a dozen of soap factories on the island. Nowadays, this is the last one in all of Greece and one of the very few productions around the world still making soap the way it used to be made.

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