Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences from Greece, was awarded a special distinction by TripAdvisor, the world’s biggest travel site. The prize, the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, is of particular importance, as it is the result of voting among the users of the popular site.
The Certificate of Excellence, an institution that completes seven years of life this year, rewards hotels and restaurants that consistently get the best travelers’ reviews. It takes into account both the quality, quantity and reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.
In order to qualify, a business must have a total rating of at least four in five, have a minimum of reviews and be registered with TripAdvisor for at least one year.
The award-winning Scalani Hills offers a holistic wine tourism experience, combining a stay in a magical vineyard and a visit to the Boutari Winery. It is located in the Estate of the Boutari Winery in Crete, outside the village of Scalani, 8 km from the city center of Heraklion and 5 km from the archaeological site of Knossos. The visitor stays in the old “metochi”, which has been completely renovated and consists of luxurious high-aesthetics residences with all the modern comforts and with absolute respect to the surrounding property, in an area of 70 acres of vineyard.
Visitors have the opportunity to be inducted in the art of wine tasting and taste the wines of limited circulation, produced in the Estate. The tasting includes the dry wines of Fantaxometocho (White Wine) and Skalani (Red Wine) as well as the sweet wines Moscato Spinas and Iouliatiko.
In addition to the wine tasting, guests enjoy a rich homemade breakfast with special flavors of local Cretan products that have won the heart of the travelers, as these are reflected in their TripAdvisor reviews. At the same time, they have the opportunity to be introduced into the art of the Cretan gastronomy, with cooking lessons, delving into the delicious secrets of the famous Cretan cuisine.
The high aesthetics and services of Scalani Hills Boutari Winery and Residences are part of the philosophy of the Aria Hotels Group, to which it belongs, promoting Authentic Greek Hospitality.
Aria Hotels (ariahotels.gr) is a small, family-owned company that offers a collection of boutique hotels, holiday homes, beach houses & villas in ten exceptional destinations around Greece, namely Crete, the Cyclades and Epirus.