Sputnik — The Anemos Luxury Grand Resort, a new resort in Georgioupolis, Apokoronas, welcomed Yuri Malenchenko, one of Russia’s most famous cosmonauts last week. Malenchenko, who gained fame for being the first person to get married in space, is on Crete for the launch of a program of physical rehabilitation for Russian cosmonauts.
Previously, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov took part in a similar program of physical rehabilitation after the six-month stay on the International Space Station last year. Doctors in charge say the long term course of recovery efforts is perfectly suited to the climate and culture of Crete, where family oriented hospitality is world famous. According to organizers, a new program of excursions and visits to local attractions and important points of the history and culture of Crete will balance out Malenchenko’s experience. Michail Potapov, veteran doctor and candidate cosmonaut had this to add:
“Crete and hospitality, was a familiar theme for our cosmonauts since last year, but we’ve added a new connotation. Crete offers very high quality standards for the physical rehabilitation of cosmonauts utilizing the exceptional nature, the seaside and the wonderful Cretan diet. However, above all, there’s the wonderful human contact, and the atmosphere of sympathy and interest from our friends and partners aimed at Russian guests. This is an extremely important parameter.”
Opened last year, the Anemos Luxury Grand Resort is situated on the longest coastline of northern Crete and close to the picturesque fishing village of Georgioupolis. With the crystal blue Cretan Sea fronting, and the picturesque White Moutains behind, the luxury resort offers a rare combination of pristine nature, alongside 5 star luxury amenities.
Just days after an International Space Station crew including American Tim Kopra, Britain’s Tim Peake, and Malenchenko touched down in Kazakhstan, and the Russian cosmonaut is joining thousands of Russian’s recouping on Crete, the paradise famous for philoxenia, of love for strangers or visitors.