LIFE AT CRETAN MALIA PARK
Cretan Malia Park’s concept was born as an expression of our love for Crete and the desire to see the richness of our history and way of living flourish and inspire others. Crete is the root of all what we create so you will find
yourself surrounded by its history, memories and a hint of tradition in a passionate display of life and culture.
The resort offers soulful experiences and curated events with a distinct Cretan identity, bringing together the best of local
culture and nature. Explore a blend of traditional and eclectic modern elements; uncover the island’s heritage and indulge
in delicious specialties, tasting heavenly flavors seasoned with locally produced olive oil.
Our special Open Fire Cooking experience curated by our Creative Consultant Chef, Athinagoras Kostakos, along with visiting chefs is fusing real culinary experiences with genuine Cretan hospitality. While they prepare traditional Cretan delicacies over an open flame, these culinary professionals will take diners on a flavorful journey. A delectable meal will be served to visitors in a stunning outdoor setting while they learn about the regional cuisine, cooking methods, and ingredients as part of a tailored and hand-on experience.
Jordan Tseneklidis – 24th of August
Ioannis Beastalis – 5th of September
Chef Lefteris Iliadis switches up the typical farm-to-table dinner by bringing the table to the farm. We will take you on a journey to a comprehensive culinary experience this summer. The pavilion of our Organic Kitchen Garden, Bostani, will host a series of private chef-led dinners serving a nourishing vegetarian dinner made out of the seasonal bounty of our land.
From June to September | Every Wednesday at 19:00
Ready, set, shake! Guest Bartender Events take place twice a month from June to September, bringing world-acclaimed tastemakers to Cretan Malia Park for cocktail crafting sessions. Curated by the award-winning mixologist Aristotelis Papadopoulos, this series mines the rich vein of local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create innovative cocktails and updated versions of classic drinks in tandem with lively evenings with music sets by guest DJs.
At Cretan Malia Park, we will be hosting 3 exclusive events throughout June, July & September featuring acclaimed bartenders of the likes of David Rios and Achilleas Plakidas. Dates will be announced soon.
Inspiring your senses with immersive experiences, local wines and culinary wonders, steeped in Cretan tradition. This is your chance to enjoy hands-on Cretan cooking lessons while staying in Cretan Malia Park. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to discover the secrets of Cretan cooking in true traditional style and have fun doing it.
As he introduces our sustainable agricultural practices, our Executive Chef, Lefteris Iliadis, serves guests traditional Cretan meze and raki on a spacious wooden table specially made for the garden. Following that, you will be invited to hand-pick the seasonal vegetables and herbs that will be utilized in our in-depth cooking workshop at Mouries.
From June to October | Every Thursday at 12:30
We’ll bring new essence to your evenings with our live music events.
Spirits are lifted by the tune of live violin,
jazz performances & guest DJ sessions.
Tuesday: Live DJ Session
Wednesday: Live Music Duet Performance
Thursday: Live Music Jazz Performance
Friday: Live Violin Performance
Sunday: Lounge Duet Performance by Loopia Band
Starting at 8:45pm
Meeting point: Melissi Bar
Wine tasting in Crete is just a sip away. Come taste the local wines inspired by the bounty of the island that capture the playful spirit of this Cretan paradise. Special wine appreciation events are organized in order to showcase and promote Crete’s indigenous grape varieties. In doing so, we also support local wine producers who practice sustainable cultivation, as part of the Futouris project for Sustainable Viticulture. Come and join us on one of these occasions and get acquainted with Crete’s most iconic varieties, Plyto, Dafni, Vilana, Mandilari and Kotsifali. Savor them with delicious local cheeses pairings, including Tirozouli, Anthotiros, Xynomizithra, Mizithra, and Gruyere – a gourmet immersion into the flavors and aromas of Crete.
From May to September | Every Tuesday at 17:00
Said to be the liquid gold and key ingredient of the Cretan Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is a significant source of energy and nutrients that plays an important role for our health. With an ever-growing popularity amongst food lovers, a good quality olive oil can be enjoyed as much as a glass of expensive wine. All you need is the perfect place to have a taste! Indulge in the richness and complexity of olive oil produced in Crete with a unique Cretan Olive Oil Experience. Cretan Malia Park has been organizing olive oil tastings in cooperation with olive-oil producers from the Agricultural Cooperative of Kritsa village.
From May to September | Every Monday at 13:00
The beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete entices visitors with its laidback charm and enviable climate. The island offers something for everybody, with its celebrated wine and food heritage, renowned hospitality, rich history and fascinating culture. Guests love exploring the local towns and villages, not to mention partaking in Crete’s many festivals and traditional events, such as Cretan Lyra Evenings, Grape Stomping, Raki Spirit Distillation and Klidonas. These events and festivities stay true to the local customs and heritage of the island and enrich the present day experience. Go beneath the surface of the destination and approach it through the view point of its local residents. So, come and experience true Crete for yourself and be immersed into the authentic Cretan culture!
Experience the traditional food and tastes of Cretan cuisine and discover its secrets by taking part at our cooking classes with our Executive Chef. Indulge in a truly unique garden-to-plate dining experience. And ceate delicious, seasonal dishes using garden-fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce.
Three times per week, after dark, The Place invites you to its enchanting open-air theater. By the light of the moon, classic and modern movies like Mamma Mia and Harry Potter can be rediscovered.