Review Submitted: 18/10/2012
Two wonderful, peaceful weeks spent at this lovely and relaxing villa. Our hosts Despina & Partner could not have been more helpful but also discreet and considerate. Just 45 mins from the airport - really simple drive, great directions with pictures! The main highway has very little traffic and links the whole of the north coast - very stress free for those who don't relish the thought of driving in abroad. We loved this villa - mix of old (stone walls & quirky little touches inside) and contemporary - decor. Very clean, fresh. The pool and view were fabe and we spent most mornings swimming 50 lengths (10 metres long) and longing by the pool - views of the mountains , sea and small town were great. You are in an elevated position can see villa infront but does not in anyway interfere with the views - the villa below only has one small window that faced our villa and the blind was always closed respecting our privacy. The outside area is simple and lovely - pool and loungers and pool towels changed twice while we were there - flowers, lawns and great outdoor kitchen with oven BBQ etc. We never cooked on it - we used the inside kitchen as there were only 2 of us. Three sides of the house are surrounded by Olive trees as is much of the area. We saw the farmer now and again, probably due to time of year we stayed.
Inside is lovely but think part of a holiday is enjoying discovering that for yourself!
Waether was great 29 or 30 most days only one day of rain in 2 wks which we were not expecting as it was so late. Due to this time of year there were people around but not at all busy. It is about 5 mins drive from villa to main road which runs along coast. So you can go right to Tavronitis, Maleme, Platanias, Chania or left to Kolymbari, Kissimos etc. Also you can get onto the highway left or right and get to these locations a bit quicker as the road is faster but parallel.
There are no real sandy beaches near locally but you can reach them 15mins either way.
We loved Kolymbari - fishing village, lovely local restaurants all next to each other along sea front, great cafe / cocktail bar on waters edge. We also loved Chania - like a cross between Venice and Morocco! Great atmosphere in old town, fab restaurants, lots of quirky shops, market , port etc.
Beaches - for an amazing drive in mountains and past a Gorge which we stopped to look down into Elafonisi - we only wish we had set off earlier - it takes about 1 hour 15 mins. Hard to describe - lagoon, waters a bit like the Caribbean - you cann walk through lagoon to the island just fantastic!
Falasarna - not on Sundays though as all the locals go there and so busy - about 30 drive from villa huge huge sand beach - we went past the 'Big Beach' further on there is sand and snorkling.
The best of all was Balor - we saw the sign on the road on way back from Falasarna - though you could only get there by boat from Kissimos but there is a road - well not quite a road! It\'s an adventure - you need to be brave - mountain edges, you're on a rocky track and nothing on the edges - best hire a jeep for the day - we had a small compact car and drove in first gear the whole 25 mins. But fantastic, spectacular! When you get to the top you park and then walk 2 k down the mountain to the amazing lagoon. There is a taverna where you park the car and some quirky surpirses!! If you\'re not brave take the boat from Kissimos for the day - the views and the beach just out of this world literally!!!
This villa is fab location for mountains and beaches and local places - if you want nightlife you need to drive 15 - 20 mins to the more lively Platanias or Kissimos - if you like bars and food then they are just 5 - 10 mins away.
Can't praise our hosts enough - even when we locked ourselves out - they sorted it out while we were at the beach - all stree free!