Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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2018 Prices starting from €1465 Euros per Week.

1 double bedroom, 3 twin bedrooms.

Private infinity pool (52m2 & depths 1.00m -1.80m).

Games Room.

No Smoking in the Villa.    Sleeps a maximum of 10 Persons.

Free WIFI Internet Access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K10003057301

Villa Azure is an impressive modern villa with a large 52m2 infinity pool set on a hillside terrace in what we believe to be the most attractive and private location in the Chania area. As the name suggests, Villa Azure has outstanding views over the sparkling blue seas of Souda Bay to the north, and rich green valleys of olive trees and vineyards to the spectacular White Mountains in the south. Tucked away at the end of an unmade road, and hidden by olive, cypress and pine trees, Villa Azure is ideal for those seeking a luxurious hideaway that is nevertheless only a short distance from the sandy beaches, waterfront tavernas, and many amenities that the pretty seaside resorts of Almyrida and Kalives have to offer.

The thoughtful English and Dutch owners, Mike and Barbara, have carefully designed Villa Azure in order to incorporate modern facilities and comforts with traditional Cretan building materials such as local cypress wood for the high vaulted living room ceiling and outside pergolas, marble for the poolside bar, fireplace, and window ledges, and the beautiful creamy stone that comes from the nearby village of Gavalohori which has been used for the kitchen archway, columns, barbeque area, boundary walls, and flag stone paving. The villa’s main living area has a modern and attractive open plan layout that stays cool in the summer and takes full advantage of the sea breezes and wonderful sea and mountain views. The furnishings throughout are of a high standard and Villa Azure has the comfortable feel of a well-equipped and very spacious home. In order to ensure total peace and privacy for each guest, none of the bedrooms share adjoining walls but every bedroom does have its own fully tiled en-suite shower room and air-conditioning unit. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, the a/c units also double up as heaters and there is under floor heating and a fireplace.

The majority of the villa is set on one level with only the games room / 5th sleeping area on the lower level, Villa Azure is incredibly versatile and absolutely ideal for everyone, from the elderly and less abled, to romantic couples, and large families or groups of varying ages. Parents can enjoy some quiet time whilst children and teenagers amuse themselves in the games room and separate lounge area which has couches, a 42 inch flat screen TV, a satellite box, a DVD player, surround sound system, a CD player, a play station, a table football, a ping pong table, and a selection of DVD’s, play station games, card games and books. Two single beds are also located on the lower level for additional guests. Originally planned as a full-time home for the owners, the villa’s many modern comforts include free WIFI internet access, a fully fitted, very well equipped kitchen which includes stainless steel appliances such as: a gas hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher; a separate utility room with washing machine and an iron and ironing board; a hair dryer, ceiling fans, mosquito screens, white aluminium doors, window frames, and shutters. The water is heated either by solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.

Despite the light and airy interiors, Villa Azure’s guests will spend the majority of their holiday relaxing on the outdoor terraces, all of which enjoy gorgeous, uninterrupted views. Special emphasis has been has been paid to the pool terrace and dining terrace where you can chill out on a sun-lounger or dine al-fresco in total privacy, with a choice of sun or shade. The 12m x 5m pool has an infinity edge that looks down the valley of olive groves and vineyards to the White Mountains and Souda Bay. The pool also features an unusual swim-up marble counter top bar with in-pool stools and a sunken bar serving area with a sink – perfect for a long, cool drink at anytime! For those food lovers amongst you, close to the pool is the stone barbeque, and forno (traditional oven), and the pergola covered dining area which has been furnished with a beech wood table with a pretty cream and beige marble top and 12 comfortable dining chairs. Three sets of extra wide double sliding doors lead out to the dining terrace from the living area and kitchen. An outside staircase leads up to the roof terrace has sun at all hours of the day and which provides for sheltered sunbathing from the occasional early / end of season winds. It is also the perfect vantage point for watching the fantastic sunsets, the lights twinkling from the Akrotiri peninsula, and the evening ferry passing by on its way to Athens.

Set in private gardens which are romantically lit at night and bordered by grass, natural stone walls and olive trees. Flowerbeds around the property are planted with oleander, Washingtonian palms, bougainvillea, gardenia, birds of paradise and citrus trees. A hammock hangs in the shade between 2 olive trees and is the perfect place from which to relax whilst watching the children play on the adjacent grassy lawn. A gated driveway connects to green, hilly countryside with a network of small tracks that are idyllic for walkers. All in all, this enchanting villa is an impressive escape for those seeking privacy and seclusion, breathtaking views, and easy access to a wide choice of sites and amenities.

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1 step from the semi covered sea facing dining terrace, the pool and barbeque terrace, and the outdoor patios, and either 1 or 3 steps the private parking area). A front entrance lined with raised flowerbeds of oleander has double front doors that open into a hallway with a double wardrobe, and a cloak room which has contrasting cream and chocolate coloured tiles, a white washbasin and vanity unit, a mirror, shelf and spotlight, a toilet, a frosted window.

The hallway leads into the south east corner of the open plan living area. The expansive lounge area has high beamed ceilings, 2 chocolate coloured fabric couches with seating for 9-10 persons, a matching brown leather stool, a pine coffee table, a chrome lamp, a wenge sideboard with glass vases, 2 large prints of sailboats, a marble fireplace and an assortment of fire irons, and extra wide double doors on either side of the fireplace that lead out to the dining terrace. On the east side of the living room that is a dining table with 6 chrome and wood chairs, an overhead mother of pearl lampshade, an ornate wrought iron wall clock, 3 oblong windows that look out to the rear parking area, and steps to the lower level games room. A natural stone archway leads from the lounge into the kitchen and 2nd dining area where there is a long pine dining table that has a white and grey marble top, 8 white wood and chrome chairs. The modern kitchen is fully equipped and includes cream cabinets, a black wood effect work surface, a dishwasher, built in oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, and a central island with a gas hob and chrome cylinder lighting unit, which also doubles up as a breakfast bar with 4 black Perspex and chrome bar stools. The kitchen has double sliding doors which open out onto the dining terrace and pool terrace, a window that looks out to the mountains and bay, and a door that opens out to the north-west corner bedroom and a door to the utility room. The utility room has cabinets, a washing machine, iron and ironing board, a rotary clothes drier that is used in the garden, and cleaning equipment. There is a door to the back paved pathway, and the grass lawn.

The north-west corner bedroom has 2 single beds, 2 pine bedside cabinets, 2 reading lamps, an alarm clock, a chair, 2 white double wardrobes with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a ceiling fan, 2 slim windows that look out to the barbeque and pool area, and double sliding doors that open out onto the pool terrace. A door leads to the fully tiled en-suite shower room that has contrasting cream and chocolate coloured tiles, a shower stall with a frosted green glass screen, a white washbasin and vanity unit, a mirror, shelf and spotlight, a toilet, and a frosted window.

In the north east corner of the living area is the door to the north east corner bedroom. This bedroom has 2 single beds which can be combined to make a double bed, 2 pine bedside cabinets, 2 reading lamps, an alarm clock, a chair, a white double wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a ceiling fan, 2 windows that look out to the back natural stone wall and driveway, and extra wide double sliding doors that open out onto grass lawn at the rear of the pool terrace. As with all of the bedrooms a door leads to the fully tiled en-suite shower room as before.

A small hallway at the south west corner of the living area leads to the doors for 2 more bedrooms. The south east corner bedroom has 2 single beds, 1 pine bedside cabinet, 1 reading lamp, an alarm clock, a white double wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a ceiling fan, 2 windows that look out to the back natural stone wall, a bank covered in cactus and olive trees, the front porch and the driveway. As with all of the bedrooms, a door leads to the fully tiled en-suite shower room as before. The south-west bedroom is the master bedroom which has a double bed, 2 pine bedside cabinets, 2 reading lamps, an alarm clock, a chair, a white triple wardrobe with hanging space, drawers and shelves, a ceiling fan, a window that looks out to the front driveway and a thicket of pine and cypress trees, a door to the dining and pool terrace, and double sliding doors to a balcony that looks out over the entire are to the sea and mountains. The balcony has a natural stone wall on each side, ensuring total privacy and is furnished with a coffee table and 2 chairs. As with all of the bedrooms a door leads to an extra large fully tiled en-suite shower room as before.

Lower Level (17 steps down from the ground floor): a games room and extra sleeping area. The lower (basement) level has 2 small ceiling level windows for light and is currently one very spacious room with a column in the middle of it, but it may divided with a wall by next summer into 2 separate rooms. One end is set up with 2 single beds, a bedside cabinet and reading lamp, and 2 pine sideboards. The other half has 2 ochre couches (1 of which is a sofa bed); a white circular coffee table, a white entertainment unit with a 42” LG flat screen TV, a play station, a DVD player, and a cinema surround system.

Roof terrace (18.5 steps up from the ground floor).

Villa Location

The beach at Kera 1.85km on the main dirt road from the villa, but much less as the crow flies. It is a quiet cove like beach with a simple kantina for food and drinks but no sun-beds or umbrellas. The water is shallow and there is a choice of pebbles or sand. The lovely village of Almyrida is 2.8km from Villa Azure, and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 12 excellent tavernas, 1 pizzeria/pasta restaurant, 1 crêperie, 5 cafés, 2 bars, 3 bakeries/coffee shops, 1 Italian ice cream shop, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a ladies clothes shop, an off-license, a pharmacy, a butchers shop, a body wellness and nail spa, a hair dresser, 3 real estate offices,  and an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter.  Also in Almyrida there is a children's play/activity centre that offers babysitting, pedalo rentals, scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a space with pool tables and games machines, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, big game fishing, horse riding, private sight seeing flights in a light aircraft,  and guided walking and coach excursions.  The village of Kalives is 3km away and has long been a popular destination for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort that has many amenities but is far removed from brash tourism. Kalives stretches along 4 kilometres of sandy beaches, and the narrow main street is lined with old white washed houses. Two rivers run join the sea at Kalives, and there is a traditional fishing boat harbour at the eastern end of the village. There is an abundance of excellent tavernas and cafes lining the seafront, and there are shops of every description. A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio and lace makers in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 30 minutes away by car.

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Villa Amenities

Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Free WIFI Internet Access
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Iron and ironing board
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Number of bedrooms
1 Double, 3 twins
Number of bathrooms
4.5 – 4 en-suite shower rooms and 1 cloakroom
Pool depths
1.00m – 1.80m
Pool size
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Yes – 2 single beds and 1 sofa bed in the games room.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
2.8km : 35-40 minutes on foot, 6 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
1.85km : 25 minutes on foot, 5 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
2.1km : 30 minutes on foot, 6 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
2.8km : 35-40 minutes on foot, 6 minute by car
How far from airport
30 minutes
How far from nearest large town
30 minutes
Any steps? How many? 1 step from the rear parking area, outside dining and BBQ area, and the pool terrace, 3 steps from front driveway to the entrance hall, 17 steps to the lower floor , and 18.5 steps to the roof terrace. This villa is therefore suitable for the elderly or disabled.
How private? Very private. No other properties over look Villa Azure.
Nearest neighbour?

A tiny 1 room shepherd's house that is very occasionally used during the day is set 100m above and behind Villa Azure. There are no other neighbours in the immediate vicinity.

Car hire is necessary at this secluded villa.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euros for up to 4 persons at all times except July and August. There is a fee of 50 Euros per week per extra person, up to 10 persons, except July 01 - September 01.
Central heating is not included in these prices but is available at for an extra fee during the off season.

From :
To :
01.10.17 07.11.17        1395
Winter 2017/2018      
Long term lets only - please ask    
01.09.18 30.09.18 2065
01.10.18 07.11.18 1465
Winter 2018/19 31.03.19 Long term lets only - please ask

The above prices shown are in EUROS, per Week. These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all the sights from the guide book “Crete on the Road ” by Frankie Miles.

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