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 1550.00 Euro per week for the villa with 3 bedrooms, and 1750.00 Euro per week for the villa with 4 bedrooms.

3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom -  all with en-suite shower rooms

Sleeps a maximum of 10 persons

Private swimming pool (13m x 3m & depths 0.80m - 1.80m)

Ping Pong Table (from July 2017 onward).

Free WIFI Internet

(The accompanying photographs were taken before one of the double bedrooms was converted into a Twin bedroom, and before the ping pong table was bought for the villa). 


Clifftop Villa is one of the more bohemian villas on Crete and commands a breathtaking position directly above the sea. Set on the outskirts of Plaka, the property is a hidden corner of peace and tranquility, just a short drive from the excellent amenities and sandy beaches in the coastal villages that line Souda Bay. Unique avant-garde design seamlessly brings the living area outdoors by way of vast expanses of floor to ceiling glass, in the living room and all of the bedrooms, that perfectly frame the picture postcard views of the crystal clear turquoise sea. Benefiting from an owner with an unstinting dedication to beauty, you can be assured that you will have the best holiday possible at Clifftop Villa.

We cannot praise highly enough this villa of distinction which is superbly appointed and tastefully decorated. The interiors of the villa are impressive and spacious to say the least. Spread over 3 floors, every bedroom, and the living room/kitchen have incredible sea views and sliding doors that lead out to a multitude of different balconies and terraces, with a choice of sun or shade, affording peace and privacy to individual guests from groups and large families who like to holiday together whilst still enjoying some alone time. All of the balconies and terraces are adorned with an array of outdoor furniture including a dining table and chairs, couches, coffee tables, sun-loungers, and deck chairs which beckon you to do nothing more strenuous than sitting back with a chilled drink whilst taking in the incredible views. These views can also be fully appreciated from the living room and all of the bedrooms. One of our guests said that "when you are in bed at Clifftop Villa the water is so close that it feels like you are actually lying on a boat on the ocean". Each of the bedrooms has its own sink set on a vanity unit, separate toilet room, and wet room with a rain shower and floor embedded with smooth pebbles that incorporates the seaside theme of the villa.

No expense has been spared by the artistic and stylish Norwegian owner who travels regularly to the Far East for her job. Whilst in India and China she handpicked works of art, interesting pieces of furniture, and luxurious and colourful fabrics, and sent them back to Clifftop Villa to create a superb home of special character. The villa owner is an excellent cook so it did not surprise us at all to find a fantastic kitchen with a large inventory. All of the appliances are modern and of excellent quality including: a washing machine, a dishwasher, a ceramic hob, built-in oven and extractor fan, a large American style fridge/freezer complete with water filter and ice maker, a microwave oven, a toaster, a kettle and a coffee maker. Other modern comforts include free WIFI internet access (though top-up cards for air-time will need to be purchased locally), a 32" flat screen TV, a DVD player, satellite receiver box with foreign channels in English and other languages, hairdryers, aluminium doors and windows, electric shutters, mosquito screens, and air conditioning units throughout. The A/C units also double up as heaters, and for the cooler nights early and late season, and there is solar powered hot water or a back-up immersion heater. From July 2017 onward there will be a ping pong table on the terrace outside the ground floor bedrooms which will be fun for family members of all ages. 

Equal attention has been paid to the outside area which has a main gate, a driveway, a private parking area and a staircase to the pool. Following the natural contours of the land, and stepping down the hillside, the pool and barbeque terrace is set on a lower level, dramatically perched on a cliff over the sea. A comfortable poolside lounging area is shaded by a cypress wood pergola topped with sail material, and furnished with elegant couches and plump cushions that offer the perfect setting in which to read a good book or sit back and enjoy the breathtaking vistas. Vying for attention with the inviting, longer than average swimming pool and relaxing lounging area are the long marble topped dining table and the built-in barbeque, sink and work surfaces where many fun and delicious al-fresco family meals will be grilled against the backdrop of the azure Mediterranean sea and sky. Poolside relaxation on sun-loungers under brilliant sunshine and sun umbrellas during the day transforms easily into night time romanticism thanks to enchanting lighting and a crystal clear star-filled night sky.

The majority of the plot has been left natural and is a mass of vibrant colour in the Spring when the wild flowers are in full bloom. However, the bank leading from the ground floor of the villa to the pool terrace has been planted with oleander, African daisies and a mass of "Hottentot fig", and the rear terrace of the villa has a natural dry stone wall and a multitude of pots planted with greenery. With only one immediate neighbour (Hermes House which we also handle and which has it's pool terrace to the rear of the property), Clifftop Villa is pleasingly rural whilst still being surprisingly near to a host of amenities and the sandy beach in Almyrida. A 20 minute stroll along a quiet track through olive groves and with mountain and sea views brings you to Plaka village square where you can enjoy a mouth watering meal at one of 6 tavernas or the Italian restaurant, or buy all of the essentials from one of the 2 very well stocked mini markets. A few minutes in the opposite direction along the track brings you to the some fascinating rock formations which have been shaped over time by the sea, the salt flats where rock salt dries out naturally in the sun, and a small rocky cove where you can swim from the rocks.

Clifftop Villa is undoubtedly a wonderful retreat for the uncompromising traveller who is seeking a relaxing coastal holiday with uninterrupted views of the sea within easy reach of excellent tavernas and amenities.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number:  MHTE 1042K91003048801

Villa Accommodation


Top floor (16 steps from the middle floor): 2 double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and sliding doors to a sea view sun terrace.

Middle floor (16 steps up a staircase from the main floor): a large open-plan living room and kitchen with sliding doors to a dining and lounge terrace with sea views).

Ground floor. (16 steps down an internal staircase from the middle floor, or 4 external steps from the parking area): 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room, 1 twin bedroom with 2 single beds and an en-suite shower room, a hallway with a single bed and a cloak room/toilet. Sliding doors from each bedroom out onto a covered terrace with sea views.


Villa Location

Plaka village square is only 1.1km from Clifftop Villa and is a 15-20 minute walk along a quiet country track. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets just off the mulberry tree lined square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 7 excellent tavernas, 1 wonderful Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, a shop selling local produce including wine and olive oil, a hardware shop and 7 cafes. Clifftop Villa is just 5 minutes by car to the lovely village of Almyrida which is built around a crescent shaped sandy beach. 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 many excellent tavernas, cafes and shops. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a children's play/activity centre with babysitting, pedalo rentals, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, an area with pool tables and games machines, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, horse riding, boat trips, private boat hire, water skiing, big game fishing charters, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, and guided coach or walking tours. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.


Villa Amenities

Views? Sea / Mountains / Olive groves / Coastline / Village
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
DVD Player
Free WiFi Internet Access
Private gated parking
Ping Pong Table From July 2017 onward.
Mosquito screens to windows
Mosquito nets above all beds
Central heating
but fuel is not included in the rental price
Fireplace / Wood burning stove
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms

3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom,  plus there is a single bed in the downstairs hallway

Number of bathrooms

4 en-suite shower rooms, 1 cloakroom

Pool depths 0.80m – 1.80m
Pool size

13m x 3m

Type of shade by pool Sun umbrellas and a pergola
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult?

Yes. Fold out z-beds can be put into the living rooms or downstairs bedrooms.

Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna 1.1km      By foot.  15 - 20 minutes    By car  3 minutes
Distance to nearest beach 2.3km      By foot  40 minutes        By car  5 mins
Distance to nearest mini market

1.1km By foot 15-20 mins By car 3 mins

Distance to nearest cash machine 2.3km  By foot   40 mins   By car  5 mins
How far from airport
40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
40 minutes

Any steps? How many?

5 steps from the parking into the ground floor of the villa, 11 steps from the parking into the first floor of the villa, 24 steps from the parking and ground floor to the pool and barbeque terrace. 18 internal stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, and 18 stairs from the first floor to the top floor.

How private?

There is only one immediately adjacent villa that we also handle (Hermes House). The balconies of Hermes House do overlook the pool terrace of Clifftop Villa but the residents of Hermes House spend most of their time on the rear pool terrrace of that villa which doesn't overlook Clifftop Villa. 


Nearest neighbour?

20m to one side of Clifftop Villa

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are in Euros, per villa, per week, for up to 8 persons. Up to 2 extra persons can be accommodated for the extra fee of 50.00 Euros per person, per week. 

From :
To :

3 bedrooms (6 Guests max)  


 4 bedrooms
(8 Guests max)       

Winter 2016/17 31.03.17



Not available


31.05.17  1550.00  



30.06.17  N/A


01.07.17 31.08.17  N/A   2995.00
01.09.17 30.09.17  N/A   2300.00
01.10.17 07.11.17  1550.00   1750.00
Winter 2017/18 31.03.18     Not available

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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