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.

Read the full Article.

Prices in 2017 starting from 915 Euro per Week.

1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms.

Sleeps a maximum of 8 persons.

Private swimming pool (7m x 4m & depth 1.45m)

We consider Villa Thalassa to be one of the most impressive and stylish villas on Crete. Finished and furnished to a very high standard with a choice of terraces for either sun or shade, and gorgeous panoramic views of Souda Bay, The White Mountains, the beach and village of Almyrida, and the olive clad valley and surrounding hills, it is easy to see why this villa is already a very popular choice. Villa Thalassa and its larger sister, Villa Helios, are only 4 minutes walk from the sandy beaches, shops, and tavernas in Almyrida, set above a small, quiet access road on the top of a cliff with a few neighbouring villas. “Helios” and “Thalassa” mean “Sun” and “Sea” in Greek, and these villas definitely live up to their names.

Completed in December 2007, these very spacious villas have been beautifully designed to incorporate the highest building standards with luxurious modern comforts and facilities, and the traditional features of a classic island home. Local stone has been used for the wide stone staircase, the boundary walls, and for the flag stone paving on the front and pool terraces, local wood has been used for the open beamed ceilings, pergolas, doors, windows and shutters, terracotta tiles have been used for the balconies and upstairs terraces, and marble has been used for the window and balcony ledges. The villas easily stays cool during Crete’s long, hot summers thanks to thick walls, high vaulted white wood ceilings, tilt and turn windows which take advantage of the sea breezes, and air-conditioning units in the bedrooms. For the cooler nights at the start and end of the season, there is a glass-fronted Scandinavian wood burning stove, and the a/c units also double up as heaters. Another clever design feature is that none of the bedrooms share adjoining walls which gives total peace and privacy to each guest.

No expense has been spared by the artistic and creative owners who have endeavoured to ensure that your stay at Villa Thalassa is as relaxing and as comfortable as possible. Every piece of furniture and all of the appliances are of the highest quality including: a state-of-the-art Pioneer surround sound stereo system with a DVD player, satellite TV and the facility to listen to your MP3 player; stainless steel Aeg and Bosch appliances such as a washing machine, a dishwasher, a ceramic hob, built-in oven and extractor fan, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, and a coffee maker; matching cream wood built-in floor to ceiling wardrobes and interior doors; and the sumptuous Bo Concept couches. The fabulous modern bathrooms are in a class of their own with individual mosaic tiles, shaving points, and the single and double washbasins that are set in their tiled vanity shelves.

As you will probably want to spend a lot of time outdoors to enjoy the lovely views and great weather, there is an ample supply of garden furniture on the terraces and around the bamboo screened pool area including; dining tables and chairs, a BBQ, umbrellas and sun-beds. All around the property there are traditional clay pots and colourful flowerbeds that have been planted with an array of typical Mediterranean flowers, bushes and trees.

Villa Thalassa is ideal for the uncompromising holidaymaker who expects luxury and comfort within a short walk of sandy beaches and excellent tavernas.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K10000041000

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (1 very small step from the semi covered front patio, 9 steps from the parking, 3 steps from the pool area): 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 twin bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 large entrance hall, 1 utility cupboard. 1 step up from the front patio, through the double front doors, is the entrance hall, the wide open staircase, and the utility cupboard which houses the Bosch washing machine. The main bathroom has terracotta tiles, a vanity shelf with a washbasins, mirror and spotlight, a full bath with a shower attachment, and a toilet. The 1st twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables and reading lamps, floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes with hanging and drawer space, and double doors that open out onto the open front terrace. The double bedroom has furniture that includes a queen sized bed, 2 bed side tables and reading lamps, and built-in floor to ceiling wardrobes with hanging space and drawers. There is a window which looks south to the neighbouring villa that is completely covered in fuchsia bougainvillea, the pool terrace and the mountains, and double French doors which lead out onto the semi- covered pool terrace. The en-suite shower room has natural/khaki tiles, a vanity shelf with washbasin, mirror and spotlight, a shower unit with a glass door, and a toilet. The 2nd double bedroom is at the opposite end of the ground floor and has 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes with hanging and drawer space, and double doors which open out on to the front covered terrace.

First floor (17 steps up a very wide stone staircase with iron railings, from the ground floor): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area,  3 balconies/terraces. The wide stone staircase leads up to the open-plan living area which is on 2 sides of the staircase and has a 5 metre high white wood vaulted ceiling. The lounge/dining area is well equipped with among other things: a sumptuous couch, a dining table and chairs, a sideboard, a Scandinavian wood burning stove, a 5+1 surround sound stereo system, and a TV with a DVD and satellite TV. The living area has windows that look out to sea or a set of double doors which lead out onto a large terrace which is equipped with a dining table and chairs and looks out over the pool to the mountains or the sea. On the far side of the staircase is fully equipped modern kitchen that has cream wood cabinets, and walls and work surfaces that are tiled with natural coloured matte tiles. The stainless steel kitchen appliances include a ceramic hob and built-in oven, a cooker hood, a fridge/freezer, a coffee maker and a dishwasher. The kitchen has a window which looks out to Villa Helios and the sea, and double doors that lead to a sea-facing balcony.

Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 300m from Villa Thalassa, 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 13 excellent tavernas, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 1 Italian ice cream shop, a manicure and pedicure spa, a body and wellness spa, a hairdressers, a wonderful jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a pharmacy, a butchers shop, a fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off-license, a 24 hour kiosk, and 3 real estate agencies.  Also in Almyrida there is an area with pool tables and games machines, a children's play centre, a scuba diving centre, pedalo rentals, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, waterskiing, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided walking tours and coach excursions. A few minutes by car from Villa Thalassa, 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 making in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 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
Internet access (available for a small fee)
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Fireplace (wood is not included in the rental price)
Iron and ironing board
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Number of bedrooms
3 - 2 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms
1 – 1 main bathroom, 1 en-suite shower rooms
Pool depths
Pool size
7 x 4m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Yes, suitable for 2 persons, and a separate folding bed suitable for 1 person.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
300m : 5 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
250m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
200m : 4 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
350m : 6 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

9 steps to the front terrace from the parking, 1 very small step into the villa from the front terrace, 3 steps from the front terrace to the pool terrace, 4 steps from the double bedroom to the pool terrace, 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor.

How private?

Not particularly private as the villa is located in the village.

Nearest neighbour?

Villa Helios next door and The Dina Apartments across the street.

Almyrida beach and facilities are within easy walking distance, and there is a limited bus service into Chania, but we recommend car hire in order to explore the varied regions of the area.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euro. Not per person!

From :
To :
30.08.16 03.10.16 1690
Winter 2016/17   
Long term rentals only - please ask 
03.10.17 13.11.17 1015
Winter 2017/18 20.03.18 Long term rentals 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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