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Joanna Villa
Crete, Chania, Maleme
out of 5 from 23  reviews


Lefteris home dates back to the 18th century. During the German Occupation the house was a hideout for the Cretan rebels. Today it has been restored with respect to tradition and transformed into two adjacent, yet independent villas; Lefteris Villa and Joanna Villa. Great care has been taken to keep the beauty and aura of its original architecture.

The villas are notable for their impressive stone archways and architectural elements of the time hidden in corners and unexpected areas. Each villa has its own high walled courtyard providing privacy. The villas are located in the area of Metochi, 1km away from the historic village Maleme and 10min walk away from the beach.

Joanna villa is 200sq.m, surrounded by a beautiful garden, of which a big part is covered with grass, where a private pool with an integral children’s area and a barbecue are found. The villa has two shaded entrances, both of them under stone arches, where you can relax away from the hot sun of the summer midday.

The villa has three floors. At the ground floor there are the living room with the stone walls and the fireplace, the kitchen and a wc. The first floor consists of a bathroom, a twin bedroom with a private balcony overlooking the pool, a double bedroom with a four-poster bed and an en suite bathroom with jacuzzi and a common bathroom. The entire second floor is a bedroom with a four-poster bed and a private balcony with sea view.


Floor area
  • 200 sq. m
  • ✓ 4 ring ceramic stove
  • ✓ oven
  • ✓ refrigerator
  • ✓ dishes & utensils
  • ✓ dishwasher
  • ✓ microwave
  • ✓ toaster
  • ✓ coffee maker
  • ✓ kettle
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6 persons
  • bedroom 1: second floor, 1 four-poster double bed, closet, AC, TV, veranda with sea view
  • bedroom 2: first floor, 1 four-poster double bed, closet, AC, ensuite bathroom, open terrace leading directly to the pool
  • bedroom 3: first floor, 2 single beds, closet, AC, private balcony overlooking the pool
  • 2 bathrooms, 1 wc
  • bathroom 1: first floor, toilet, shower room with hydro massage column
  • bathroom 2: first floor, toilet, hydro massage bathtub, ensuited to bedroom 2
  • wc: ground floor, toilet
  • ✓ satellite TV
  • ✓ DVD player
  • ✓ radio - cd
General Info
  • ✓ linens
  • ✓ bath towels
  • ✓ baby cot
  • ✓ high chair
  • ✓ washing machine
  • ✓ iron/ironing board
  • ✓ hair-dryer
  • ✓ safe box
  • ✓ wi-fi internet access
  • ✓ private parking
  • ✓ private garden
  • ✓ barbecue
  • ✓ outdoor dining set for 6
  • ✓ sun loungers
  • ✓ parasol
  • ✓ private
  • ✓ pool ladder & pool steps
  • ✓ pool towels
  • ✓ surface: 45 sq.m.
  • ✓ depth: 0.3 m - 1.9 m
  • ✓ children's area (0.6 m)
Cleaning service
  • every 3/4 days (twice per week)
At a glance
  • bedrooms: 3bedrooms: 3
  • sleeps: 6sleeps: 6
  • bathrooms: 3bathrooms: 3
  • internet: Wi-Fiinternet: Wi-Fi
  • swimming pool: PRIVATEswimming pool: PRIVATE
Staff Comments
  • A luxury villa

    Joanna Villa and Lefteris Villa are two adjacent, yet, independent luxury villas. The villa has its own pool and a yard with areas covered with grass. It is furnished with fine peaces and equipped with hydro massage.

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  • chania: 16 kmchania: 16 km
  • chania airport: 36 kmchania airport: 36 km
  • heraklion airport: 156 kmheraklion airport: 156 km
  • restaurant: 0.80 kmrestaurant: 0.80 km
  • shops: 0.60 kmshops: 0.60 km
  • beach: 1.10 km (Maleme beach)beach: 1.10 km (Maleme beach)
EOT License: 1102733
Weekly rates
  • 09 Nov 20 - 20 Mar 21
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  • 21 Mar 21 - 16 Apr 21
  • 17 Apr 21 - 14 May 21
  • 15 May 21 - 18 Jun 21
  • 19 Jun 21 - 16 Jul 21
  • 17 Jul 21 - 20 Aug 21
  • 21 Aug 21 - 03 Sep 21
  • 04 Sep 21 - 17 Sep 21
  • 18 Sep 21 - 07 Nov 21
900€ - 2000€
Booking conditions
  • 20% deposit is required to confirm the booking. The payment can be made either with credit card or by bank transfer.
  • The balance must be paid in cash upon check-in; credit cards are not accepted.
Cancellation Policy
  • If cancelled up to 90 days before check-in, no fee will be charged; we will refund you the deposit.
  • If cancelled 89 - 60 days before check-in, 20% of the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • If cancelled 59 - 30 days before check-in, 50% of the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged.
  • • Payments are accepted only in euros.
  • • The above prices include all taxes and VAT, cleaning service and linens change twice per week and all the described facilities; there are no additional charges.
  • • The guests are responsible for any loss or damage caused to the property or its contents. Guests are required to report any damages to the owner and to bear the cost of repair or replacement.

Covid-19 policy update

On Monday 13/04/2020, Greek Government Gazette published a new regulation (ΦΕΚ 84/Α/13-4-2020, Article 70) to help Greek tourism businesses (hotels and travel agencies) to avoid bankruptcy, due to the unprecedented number of cancellations caused by the pandemic.

The regulation allows these businesses to reimburse customers with 18-month vouchers instead of cash refunds, if these businesses are obliged, based on their policy, to refund any amount that the customers have paid in advanced. The regulation is valid for cancellations made between 25/02/2020 to 30/09/2020.

Holidaymakers will not lose their money and will have the chance to use their booking towards another holiday at a future date with the same business. If, for any reason, customers will not use the voucher within 18 months, businesses will be required to refund the initial amount of the bookings to the customers.

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5 out of 5 from 23 reviews
  • Like a dream

    Period of Stay: Jul 2021
    We spent our dream vaccation in Joanna Villa. An amazing house in calm and beatiful surroundings. The pool and garden completed the luxury feeling. The location is perfect, close to beach and the town. We will be back!
  • Amazing Villa and Family

    Period of Stay: Sep 2020
    We spent 11 nights at Villa Joanna and we had an absolutely amazing time. The villa itself has everything you could possibly need, it was clean and on our arrival we had a welcome basket with water, wines and lots and lots of fruits. Both the husband and wife who own the villa were fantastic- they were very warm and welcoming and we made friends with them. Lefteris (the husband) brought us fresh fruit and freshly caught fish all the time and they were always available to help with any query. The swimming pool and garden are private, spacious and well looked after. The area is rural and peaceful, even though you are a mere 5 minute drive from Platanias and so close to local shops. The nearest big supermarkets are 5 minutes away in either directions, otherwise there is a smaller local supermarket that is a short walk away also.

    Following the driving instructions was easy and we got to the villa in 20 minutes from Chania Airport. All in all, we had a lovely holiday; we felt very safe (both in the area and from the pandemic). We will definitely be returning soon and we recommend the villa to anyone looking for a great villa in a great location for a great price!
  • Great stay, great hosts

    Period of Stay: Sep 2020
    We stayed here in September 2020, we had an amazing stay. Both the hosts were extremely welcoming and were very responsive to questions we had during our visit, including arranging taxis on our behalf.

    The villa was spotlessly clean and clearly well maintained. Facilities were exactly what was needed, the outside space is great and feels very secure and safe, the villa is extremely well equipped.

    A few nice restaurants just a 10 minute walk from the villa on the beachfront, and supermarkets also walkable distance.

    Not sure about the previous comment one person had made about the main road, not once did we hear any traffic!

    Thanks for a great holiday
  • Beautiful Villa

    Period of Stay: Sep 2019
    We have Just returned from a lovely week at Joanna Villa. Lefteris and Alexandra were wonderful and welcomed us with a huge table of fruit and wine. The villa is just lovely, beautifully clean and well equipped and we had a great family holiday there.
  • Beautiful and relaxing villa

    Period of Stay: Sep 2019
    We spent a week at Villa Joanna. From there we visited different places with a rental car. We were heartily welcomed with a big basket of fruits and wine. Alexandra and Lefteris are very friendly, sympathetic and helpful people. We were in very good hands with them. They always gave us tips for our daily trips (stands, restaurants, bars, attractions).

    The villa corresponds to the photos. It is a beautiful place and was very clean. We liked the style and the decoration very much. We were 4 persons and had breakfast outside every morning. The area was very quiet and the pool very refreshing. The villa has enough space for 6 people. The rooms are beautifully decorated. There is a free parking place.

    We rellay enjoyed our vacation in this villa. Thank you. Next time we book more than 1 week!
  • Wonderful

    Period of Stay: Sep 2019
    Una villa bellissima sia dentro che fuori,dotata di ogni comodità! Non si può chiedere di più! I proprietari sono carinissimi e gentilissimi,spero di poterci tornare molto presto!! Super raccomandata!
  • Great tome in Great willa

    Period of Stay: May 2019
    We spend a Great week in old real Greek Willa with great history - all furniture are real wood ones with whole interior made with great taste , also great hosts very nice and helpful. We definitely would recommend this place for everyone. Wee were there with two kids :) once again thank you :)
  • A perfect retreat

    Period of Stay: Oct 2018
    From the moment Alexandra and Lefteris met us at the airport we knew we were in safe hands! They were so welcoming and we felt spoilt by the overflowing fruit mountain and local wines. The villa was beautifully prepared for our arrival and was spotlessly clean! We arrived in the dark and in the morning we were met with an idyllic view from our bedroom balcony!

    The villa has been sympathetically restored to ensure guests can enjoy modern facilities in a traditional Cretan property which has a wealth of history and heritage. The outside space is designed to ensure privacy and the 3 balconies ensure you don't miss the sun/shade depending on when your preference. The pool and garden offer an oasis of calm and tranquility.

    Finally the owners have mastered the perfect balance of being on hand if needed whilst respecting your privacy.
  • Period of Stay: Aug 2018
    What a glorious villa, one of the best we've ever stayed in. Spotlessly clean and authentically Greek. In a lovely quiet area (a little noise form the main road when the wind was in a certain direction but you get used to it very quickly), Maleme resort was perfect for us and gave us just the right amount of Tavernas and bars. The kids loved it too and Platanias was only a 10 minute drive away for a slightly wilder night out. The owners obviously love their villa as it's so well maintained and we had a wonderful welcome of fresh fruit, local wines and produce. All the reviews we read before we booked were spot on, not a single bad word to say, such a lovely thing nowadays as you never are too sure what you're going to get. Highly, highly recommended.

    Period of Stay: Oct 2017
    Wow, what a find! We stayed in this villa for two weeks at the beginning of October last year and had a brilliant time. We have holidayed in many villas abroad over the years but have to say that this is one of the best we have ever stayed in! The villa, garden and pool area is surrounded by a high stone wall so it is completely private. The villa itself is located in a very quiet and beautiful area, but still close to many good tavernas, bars and supermarket. The views from the bedroom balconies is spectacular and the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a G&T! The villa is spotlessly clean and has all the comforts of home and more. When we arrived the table was overflowing, quite literally, with fresh fruit and wine, a welcome gift from the owners which was a lovely touch.The barbecue area is great for those days/nights when you just want to stay and lounge by the pool and cook the fantastic fish etc that you can buy locally, also the large kitchen area is very well equipped. We met the owners, Lefteris and Alexandra, several times during our stay, they are lovely people, charming and friendly and they shared their local knowledge of the area and recommendations for places to eat out and visit. A car is essential if you wish to explore the area, there are many nice places to visit, but we also used a taxi for trips out at night and it was a very reasonable price. Nice beaches close by. We will definitely be booking another holiday here!
  • Delightful villa

    Period of Stay: Sep 2017
    We spent a wonderful 11 days at the end of September in Joanna Villa. The Villa is a delight. It is very clean and well appointed. We had everything we needed including lots of towels for the pool/sunloungers etc.It was cleaned several times whilst we were there. The Villa is full of character with lovely furniture. It was pleasantly cool in hot weather. The bedrooms all had balconies with lovely views and we enjoyed daily magnificent sunsets from the balconies.

    The owners are perfect hosts. They are very kind and intent that we had everything we needed. As with other reviews we also had a late arrival so Lefteris kindly took us on a late visit to the Supermarket for immediate supplies. We also had a wonderful supply of fresh fruit on arrival which was replenished during our stay.

    We found the situation of the Villa at Maleme very good. The Villa is situated in a quiet area in olive groves, but only a short walk down to the sea front with bars, tavernas,shops and the beach itself. The beach is pebbly but sandy underfoot once in the sea. Maleme is a pleasant town. There is regular public transport to Chania and along the coast road. We rented a car as we wanted to explore the area and found numerous places of interest including the Botanical Gardens of Crete, magnificent White mountains ,Acropolis at Polirrinia ,Amphitheatre/ruins at Aptera and a great bird-watching lake [ Agia lake]. There are plenty of beaches to visit within the area.

    Thank you very much to Lefteris, Alexandra and family for a lovely stay.
  • Lovely Villa

    Period of Stay: Jul 2017
    We stayed for 2 weeks in August. The villa is lovely and the owners are very nice too. Plenty of space and privacy. Nice beaches nearby and easy reach of Chania town.
  • A relaxing stay

    Period of Stay: Jul 2017
    A very relaxing one week stay with our three children. Beautiful villa in a quiet and peaceful location. The villa is very clean with three spacious bedrooms and each one has a terrace with the top terrace having sea views and an excellent spot to watch the sunset. Outside space has plenty of sunny and shady places with a clean pool and plenty of comfy sunbeds.

    The villa is within distance to the local supermarket and the shingle beach (about 15 mins) where you will find plenty of bars and tavernas. The area around Maleme is fairly quiet and even the beach wasn't too busy as there are only a few small resorts lining the beachfront.

    A car is recommended to explore the surrounding areas but as this was our first visit to Crete we were happy to relax and unwind at the villa with a few walks down to the beachfront.

    The hosts Alexandra and Lefteris were very friendly, welcoming and just a phone call away if needed. On our arrival we were provided with an array of fresh fruit including a huge watermelon as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. Lefteris took us to the local supermarket on our first day to stock up and showed as around the area. He even drove us to Chania on our departure as we were staying there for three nights. Only downside was that the AC broke down a couple of nights which made for uncomfortable sleeping but it didn't spoil our holiday.

    We all had a wonderful and unforgettable holiday in Crete. A perfect location for a laid back holiday away from the crowds.
  • Away from the mad crowds

    Period of Stay: Jun 2017
    Our booking was snag free and the villa was just as described. We arrived late evening and concerned about food and drink for the evening and next morning - Sunday. We need not have worried as Lefteris took us by car to the village, introduced us to the local taverna owner and arranged for him to keep back the chef until we'd eaten. Then he took us on a sortie of the local supermarket and took our shopping back to the villa while we ate! Now that's customer service!

    We were welcomed to the villa by a magnificent selection of local fruit that kept us going all week.

    The villa was perfect for us; traditional architecture with modern facilities and loads of space. The hamlet was peaceful but still only an easy walk to the local shop for supplies and sneaky beer (!) and a relaxed amble down to the beach, bars and tavernas.

    We had a late return flight and Lefteris and Alexandra arranged a day room and airport tack on our behalf.

    All in all an execellent week in a quiet spot with easy access to local sites.
  • Wonderful vacation

    Period of Stay: Jun 2017
    Villa Joanna is truly a beautiful place to stay. It's even more amazing than in pictures. Hosts were really friendly and welcoming. Our holiday in sunny Maleme was truly amazing. This villa is like a paradise with a refreshing pool and beautiful garden.
  • Beautiful villa, lovely peaceful location

    Period of Stay: Aug 2016
    The villa is beautifully appointed, immaculately clean, and the hosts are just amazing. Nothing was too much trouble, lifts to the supermarket before we got our hire car. Generous amount of fruit, olive oil and wine on arrival.

    I think that it is best suited for those who wish to totally relax. If you have teenagers who wish to wander off to night life, this is not the place for them as the restaurants are a 25 minute walk, and not much is going on.

    Chania well worth a visit, and touring round the top part of this lovely island was great. We would definitely visit again.

    Downsides, not many. Shower in ensuite was a bit odd, and although there is ample shade which we loved be careful to midge up as I think they may lurk in the beautiful overhanging greenery.
  • Heaven!

    Period of Stay: Sep 2015
    Well back to reality and a UK Autumn ( which actually is not too bad on the South Coast)!

    This stay was our 4th now and I am sure we will be back again next year (funds permitting)! This Villa (Joanna) is beautiful, its owners and the local people kind are friendly and caring, the area around Malame is lush and fairly quiet which is just what you need to recharge your batteries and just kick back.

    You are welcomed with freshly pressed orange juice and water in the fridge and huge peaches and bunches of local grapes on the kitchen table and if you want some basics (tea coffee sugar milk) there ready for your arrival just drop Alexandra and it will be there before you arrive! Lefteris and Alexandra cant do enough to make your stay trouble free and wanting for nothing.

    I get told off for writing these reviews because what you should do when you find a little gem is to keep it to yourself otherwise the word gets out, but it is that good and if you don't believe me try it for yourself ( or the sister Villa (Lefteris) next door I am really confident that you wont be disappointed!

  • Unforgettable experience

    Period of Stay: Jul 2014
    Can't find the words to describe how special the time in Crete, Chania, was for us, and the main reason is Joanna villa. We spent 3 weeks in the Villa. The house is absolutely perfect, excellent location, fully equipped, very clean and nice swimming pool, generaly: clean and welcoming atmosphere. We spent many times holiday in Greece, but this summer we will remember forever. Alexandra and Lefteris (the owners) were amazing... It felt like we were right at home. Unforgettable experience!!! Can't wait to come back:)
  • We can't wait to go back

    Period of Stay: Oct 2014

    A friend recommended this villa and when we saw the pictures on this website we were smitten. We’re pleased to say that in reality it is every bit as nice as it looks in the photographs, and is very clean throughout. The villa is full of character and has a terrace from each of the three bedrooms with the uppermost one having sea views and a swinging seat to enjoy them from. The added bonus was that our hosts were really lovely, and their marvellous hospitality made our stay even more special.

    Everyone on the island was very friendly and helpful with us, but Lefteris and his family went out of their way to make our stay the best that it could be and we had a wonderful holiday. It was our first visit to Crete but it won’t be our last; we’ve already booked Joanna villa for another visit next year and can’t wait to go back.
  • Outstanding! Again!

    Period of Stay: Sep 2014
    What can say. This is one of those jewels that you find once in a lifetime,stunning villa, beautiful surroundings and owners that treat you like special family. Doesn't matter where you stand and look with this Villa it's either the sea or the White Mountains,whether the top balcony or the the one above the front door every aspect is exquisite.
    Joanna's new addition to the garden (fresh herbs) by the BBQ is great for marinating chicken and pork ready for some homemade Souvalaki and treating yourself to some fresh Basil leaves from under the tree was great. Spotlessly clean as usual and we got three cleans and bed changes as we managed a 10 day stay this year.
    This has been year 4 on the trot and we are already arranging next years visit so if you have a high stress levels in your daily life and need to recharge this is the place, water babies or kids overflowing with bounce this is the place or if you just want to lay back and wait for a cloud to go by while eating the fresh fruit that Lefteris,Alexandra or Joanna had left, well you can do that too!
    Thanks! See you soon Yamas! Xxx
  • Fabulous hosts

    Period of Stay: Jun 2014
    We stayed for two weeks with our three year old and were joined for one of those by our brother and sister in-law with their seven year old, we had a fabulous holiday.
    We can't say enough good things about this villa and the hosts.
    The villa is impeccably clean, it’s also spacious and he bedrooms are nicely kept and comfortable.
    The outside space is fantastic, warm spotlessly clean pool, lovely garden and a large and well planted herb bed!
    The garden is great for relaxing in, some days we only ventured out to the local shop to get supplies, there’s shade for every part of the day, a big BBQ and lovely dining area that gets the later evening sun at dinner time, perfect!
    The villa is perfectly situated for getting to the beautiful beaches on the west coast, Elafonisi still takes a while to get to but is beautiful and Thalassana is another well worth a visit.
    Last but not least our hosts, we could not have asked for a more delightful and helpful couple. Lefteris and Alexandra couldn’t do enough for us they’re always on hand and so welcoming and charming to talk to. They showed us to a great supermarket, put us on to the local butcher, bought us produce from their own farm (and suggested how to cook it) and showed our little one around the farm on the tractor, he loved it, beautiful people!
    We rarely holiday in the same place but one day we hope to see Lefteris and Alexandra again (and grandma Joanna and baby Lefteris of course!).
  • Fantastic villa

    Period of Stay: Jun 2014
    We stayed for one week in this fabulous villa with our daughters and a friend (all teenagers). The owers were vey friendly and on call if we needed anything. The standard of the villa is very high, just as the photos show. Could do with a few utensils for the BBQ though! Lots of great places locally to eat, drink. The Greek night at Small Paradise was good fun, friendly staff, foods lovely and a reasonable price. The beach is a 5-10 minute walk, clean and quiet. We left a green inflatable crocodile there...he's called Colin look after him!!!
  • Perfect Holidays!

    Period of Stay: Apr 2014
    During our holidays in May we stayed in Joanna Villa for a week with our three children. We were welcomed by Lefteris en Alexandra, a lovely friendly young couple, who were waiting for us at the villa, even though we arrived much later in the evening because of car rental problems. The house is great! it's big, it's clean, it has got a nice pool and garden. Both sunny and shady places are provided. Halfway the house got cleaned, what a nice surprise!

    The house is situated in a small village but is near Platanias, a bigger town. Metohi is a good place to start exploring the east side of Crete. A car is recommendable. We really loved our stay and want to thank the owners for their hospitality and help with the dental problems we've experienced, the advise for a restaurant the first evening and picking oranges in their olive plantation.