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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 1800 Euro per week.

2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom.

Private swimming pool (10 x 5 meters plus steps and depths ranging from 0.80m – 1.50m).

Pool Heating is available for a fee as an optional extra.

Free WIFI Internet Access

Sleeps a maximum of 8 persons

No Smoking inside the villa.

From its magnificent position on a cliff top immediately above the sea Villa Aqua Vista can lay claim to the most spectacular, panoramic views on this, or any shoreline.  With an outlook that takes in a 200º sweeping stretch of coastline and countryside that includes Souda Bay in its entirety, Karga Island, The Akrotiri Peninsula, an 18th Century Turkish Fort, and the impressive White Mountains, seaside locations do not come any finer than this. As if the superlative views were not enough, Villa Aqua Vista is easily one of the most private, stylish and comfortable homes that we have in our portfolio of beautiful properties, and is just a stone’s throw from the beach at Kera, or a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the tavernas, shops, sandy beaches, and excellent amenities in the delightful family friendly village of Almyrida.

Villa Aqua Vista boasts many much sought after features because the owners have sympathetically planned the layout of the villa and pool terrace over 3 levels in order to follow the lie of the land and take advantage of the mature pine trees that flank the plot, thus giving the guests a high degree of privacy and some peaceful areas with natural shade. In addition, the coastal location means that the entire property often benefits from the welcome cooling breezes that come off the sea in the long, hot, summer months. The villa naturally takes its name from the adjacent crystal clear, resplendent waters of Souda Bay that range in colour from bright turquoise, to deep teal, to an almost luminous aquamarine, and that provide the breathtaking backdrop for this gorgeous property.

The carefully designed living accommodation is arranged over two independently accessed, terrace skirted floors, which may appeal to families with teenagers or grandparents, and/or friends who like to holiday together whilst having their own separate spaces. Bright, welcoming, spacious, and meticulously kitted out with particularly comfortable contemporary furnishings, the emphasis has been placed on ease of living whilst showcasing the remarkable sea views. Every modern amenity has been provided for including free WIFI, beautiful, fully equipped kitchens, fully tiled shower rooms, air conditioning, a washing machine, dishwashers, satellite TV’s, DVD players, and stereos with I-pod/I-phone inputs, as well as many thoughtful extras such as hairdryers, pool towels, a selection of DVD’s, books, playing cards, board games, and binoculars.

Both floors of Villa Aqua Vista have large open plan living room/kitchen/dining rooms with huge picture windows and double French doors that open out onto covered and open wrap-around terraces that have a choice of sun or shade. Equipped with dining tables and chairs, and comfy armchairs and coffee tables, these sea and mountain-view terraces are the ideal spot for parents to keep a watchful eye on the swimming activity in the shimmering pool below, whilst chilling out and admiring the incredible vista.

The light and airy interiors melt seamlessly into the outside areas where our guests tend to spend most of their holiday time relaxing. Fully enclosed with fences and low, natural stone walls, the 4000m2 plot is set just below an occasionally used rural track that conveniently leads through olive groves to the beaches, shops, and tavernas in Almyrida – just 700m away. Only the gated driveway, the private parking area, part of the dining terrace, and the rear of the top floor of the villa are visible from the track, but front terraces and the pool area all hidden from view. The vast array of different seating areas dotted around the pretty and shady garden make moments of quiet solitude away from the rest of the family easy to achieve if needed. Cleverly landscaped, lush bougainvillea, oleanders, Date and Washingtonian palms have been planted close to the villa, whilst the outskirts of the large plot of land have been left in their natural state. A ramp and a few steps take you down to a tree-ringed, stone-paved patio (immediately outside the middle level kitchen door) that features a Weber gas barbeque, and a long dining table and 8 chairs which are sure to be the venue for many a congenial al-fresco meal. Two other outside dining areas can be found on the wrap-around terraces, but whichever one you choose to eat at, you are sure to enjoy not only the delicious, fresh local produce but also the incomparable scenery and dramatic, incandescent sunsets, thanks to the villas south and westerly aspect.

The inviting, mosaic-tiled pool takes centre stage on the lower terrace which is a private suntrap bordered by olive trees and flower beds planted with leylandii, geraniums, hibiscus, birds of paradise bushes, purple flowered polygala shrubs, and other typically Mediterranean flora. Very unusually for Crete, for the times at the start and end of the season when the pools can be decidedly chilly, the pool at Villa Aqua Vista can be heated for an extra fee to a minimum of 26 degrees centigrade, except first thing in the morning and at night when the temperature cannot be guaranteed. Furnished with a table and 4 chairs, sun-beds, and sun-umbrellas for shade if wanted, it is easy to understand why so many guests find it hard to drag themselves away from the 50m2 pool which is the ideal place from which to survey the ever-changing panorama to which the accompanying photos cannot possibly do justice.

With Almyrida, and Kera Cove Beach (a little gem that rarely features on maps) so close at hand, yet unobtrusive, and all of the vital facilities that make a luxurious home-away-from-home holiday retreat, Villa Aqua Vista offers you a wealth of options for a fantastic and truly unforgettable holiday.

Villa Accommodation

Top Floor on the upper terrace (1 small step from the parking area, a ramp and 4 steps to the middle terrace, plus a further ramp and 11 steps to the pool terrace):

Open plan living room/kitchen/dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 shower room, and a wrap around terrace. The main door opens from the rear terrace and parking area into the kitchen and open plan living room/dining area. The kitchen has white and dark grey/black cabinets, dark grey work surfaces, a double sink, built in microwave oven, a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, an island/breakfast bar with polished granite top, 2 stools, a ceramic hob, built-in oven, Inox cooker hood, and there is a black refrigerator freezer and a wall clock. A window looks out onto the rear upper terrace, date palms, and a flower bed. The dining area has a white dining table and 6 chairs, a white side board which houses DVD’s, board games, etc. and has a stereo and a lamp. The lounge area has a dark grey couch that folds out into a double bed, a grey armchair, a black glass and chrome coffee table, a black, grey, and turquoise floor rug, a white entertainment unit with a white flat screen TV, DVD player, and a satellite receiver. There are 2 windows overlooking either side of the villa, and two large picture windows look out over the wrap-around terrace to the sea and double French doors open out onto the wrap-around terrace. The terrace can be accessed via the lounge or from the parking area, has views over the pool to the bay, beach, coastline, and mountains, and is furnished with brown rattan arm chairs with beige cushions, a matching coffee table, a glass topped dining table and 4 brown rattan chairs. Leading off the living room are 2 doors – 1 for a double bedroom and 1 for a shower room. The bedroom has a king size bed, 2 white bedside cabinets with lamps, a white and pale wood dressing table and mirror, a chair, a full length mirror, and built-in wall to ceiling pale wood wardrobes. There are 3 tilt and turn windows that look out over the wrap-around terrace to the side garden, pine trees, and sea. The shower room has pale blue and light grey tiles, a shower, a toilet, a basin, a large wall mirror with a glass shelf and lights, glass and marble shelves with a selection of wicker storage baskets, a wicker laundry basket, a set of scales, and a frosted window.

Lower Floor on the middle terrace (1 ramp and 4 steps up from the upper level and parking area, 1 ramp and 11 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan living room/kitchen/dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, a wrap-around terrace:

A ramp and 4 steps lead from the upper level to the middle level barbeque and dining terrace which is equipped with a dining table, 8 chairs, a sun umbrella and a Weber gas barbeque. The lower floor accommodation main door opens from this dining terrace into the open plan kitchen/dining/living room. The kitchen has white and dark grey/black cabinets, dark grey work surfaces, a double sink, ceramic hob, built-in oven, cooker hood, microwave oven, a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, black refrigerator freezer, and a wall clock. The adjacent dining / lounge area has a white oval dining table and 6 chairs, a white side board which has a stereo and a lamp, a dark grey couch that folds out into a double bed, a grey armchair, a black glass and chrome coffee table, a black, grey, and turquoise floor rug, a white entertainment unit with a white flat screen TV, DVD player, and a satellite receiver. There is a window looking out to the north side of the plot and Karga Island, two large picture windows look out over the wrap-around terrace to the bay, and double French doors open out onto the wrap-around terrace. The terrace can be accessed from the garden and has views over the pool to the bay, beach, coastline, and mountains, and is furnished with brown rattan arm chairs with beige cushions, a matching coffee table, a white dining table and 6 white wicker chairs. Leading off the living room are 3 doors – 1 for a double bedroom, 1 for the twin bedroom, and 1 for a shower room. The double bedroom has a king size bed, 2 white bedside cabinets with lamps, a white and pale wood dressing table and mirror, a chair, a full length mirror, and built-in wall to ceiling pale wood wardrobes. There are 3 tilt and turn windows that look out to the side garden, pine trees, the sea, and Karga Island/ The shower room has pale yellow tiles, a shower, a toilet, a basin, a large wall mirror with a glass shelf and lights, marble shelves with a selection of wicker storage baskets, a wicker laundry basket, a set of scales, a washing machine, and a frosted window.

Pool area on the lower terrace (1 ramp and 11 steps from the middle terrace):

The 50 square meter swimming pool has 5 steps into the pool. There are numerous sun beds and umbrellas plus a round table and 4 chairs. Sea and mountains views beckon. Pool heating is available for an extra fee upon request.

Villa Location

The beach at Kera is only 500 metres from the Villa Aqua Vista. It is a quieter beach with just a small kantina for food. The water is shallow and there is a choice of pebbles or sand.  The lovely village of Almyrida is only a 700m walk down a dirt track from the villa, 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,  1 jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, an off-license, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher, a nail spa, a body and wellness spa, a hair dresser, 1 kiosk, a children’s nursery and play area, and 3 real estate offices. Also in Almyrida there is a space with pool tables and a variety of games machines, a scuba diving centre, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, private boat rental, boat trips, horse riding, private sightseeing flights in a light airplane, big game fishing, and guided walking or coach tours. 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

Views?

Souda Bay / The Akrotiri Peninsula / Aptera Castle / Kera Beach /
Kalives / and the White Mountains / Sea / Mountains / Olive Groves / Village.

Washing machine
Dishwasher  x2
Microwave Oven
 x2
Fridge / Freezer
 x2
TV
 x2
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge  on the upper level, NO on the lower level
CD player 
 x2
Telephone
Free WIFI 
DVD Player
 x2
BBQ
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating  but fuel is not included in the rental price
Fireplace or Wood burning Stove
Hairdryer
 x2
Iron and ironing board
Pool Towels
Safety Deposit Box
Welcome Grocery Pack

Number of bedrooms 3  -  2 Twin, 1 Double
Number of bathrooms 2 - 1 upstairs shower room, 1 downstairs shower room
Bath/shower/both Showers
   
Pool depths 0.80m, 1.10m, 1.50m
Pool size 10m x 5m 
Type of shade by the pool? Umbrellas.
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult? Yes x 2 - with extra thick mattresses.
Maid service 2 times a week
   
Distance to nearest taverna? 700m      By foot.  10 - 15 minutes    By car  2 minutes
Distance to the nearest beach? 500m  By foot   10 mins      By car  2 mins
   
Distance to nearest mini market? 700m  By foot  10 - 15 mins        By car   2 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine? 700m  By foot   10 - 15 mins  By car  2 mins
How far from Chania airport? 30 minutes
How far from nearest large town? 30 minutes

 

Any steps? How many?

1 small step from the parking area to the upper floor, 4 steps and a ramp from the parking area and upper level to the lower floor on the middle terrace, 11 steps and a ramp from the middle terrace to the pool terrace.

How private?

Very private - the wrap around terraces can only be seen from a distance. The back / kitchen door on the upper level, part of the side dining terrace, and the parking area can be seen from the quiet track that the villa is located next to.

Nearest neighbour?

100m – at the start of the track that leads to the villa.

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

Villa Rental Prices

The following prices shown EURO are for the Villa with a maximum of 8 persons.

These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all of the sites from the essential guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles.

Pool Heating is available for an extra 125.00 Euro per week if required.

From :                   To :               Price:              
01.09.16 30.09.16 E 1850
01.10.16 07.11.16 E 1700
Winter 2016/17    

N/A

01.05.17 31.05.17 E 1800
01.06.17 30.06.16 E 1950
01.07.17 31.08.17 E 2500
01.09.17 30.09.17
E 1950
01.10.17 07.11.17 E 1800

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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