The best vacations you can have is when you visit a friend

Chania-escapes is a specialist for innovative itineraries and bespoke off-the-beaten-track experiences in western crete.
Staying at our chania-escape’s favourite old town hideaways and boutique homes or beach front villas you'll be well looked after from start to finish, whether you're on a scenic self-drive tour or making memories on your honeymoon.
From the worlds best beaches of Falaserna and Balos to the white mountains; from the impressive Samaria George to the shimmering sand of Elafonisos Beach; from a stylish Chania old town home to the end-of-the-earth mountain resort- there’s enough history, culture and natural beauty to fill a lifetime of travels.

Stretching from the to east to the west coast, Crete is a vast and varied island offering hundreds of experiences waiting to be explored.
With so much to see, planning a trip can feel more than a little daunting; so if you're feeling in need of guidance and in-depth local expertise or you just want to find the perfect place to stay for your honeymoon in Chania please contact us.
With years of experience and impressive local knowledge, we ensure that you get the very best out of your holiday, taking care of all the logistics - from private transfers to a private romantic dinner on the beach, or a trekking adventure with English-speaking guides, whatever you have in mind we arrange it for you. We help you to create your own customised trip, taking into account your time, budget and special interests.

Some words about my person

I grew up and studied in Germany, United States and France. Being half german half greek I moved first to Athens and live now for the last 15 years in Chania working in the Marketing and Tourism sector.
My passion is good quality food and as Managing Editor of Anekorama Magazine from 2007-2017, I got to know well the local food and cretan gourmet scene, publishing food stories and city-guides.
Travelling is my hobby but my favorite place to live in Europe is Chania, which I believe is one of the best work and life balanced cities to live in Greece and Europe. Chania’s old town, the fascinating white mountains with its unspoiled nature make it possible to combine culture, beach and hiking vacations discovering the beauties of Western Crete.
During the last years I started organizing private guided tours and events for my friends. Animated by these experiences I founded my own concept label “ Private trips for friends “ in 2017.

The best vacations you can have is when you visit a friend and this is the philosphy of my private guided walks and trips. I believe that travelers must get the local inside from a friend in order to really get to know the local culture and find the best place to stay for their vacation. 

Chania-escape’s privately owned properties

  • Casa Minaretto is my first vacation home here in Chania that I am operating professionally since summer 2018.
  • Koum Kapi Boutique Apartments are two brand new renovated fully equipped apartments in the center of Chania that operate from summer 2019.
  • Folegandros- Cliffhouse, a 800 year old Castle House was my family property that I restored on the beautiful cycladic island of Folegandros and is operating since 2015

Irina Simos
Owner & Director Chania-Escapes