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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Prices in 2018 starting from €975 Euro per Week.

1 Double bedroom,

1 Twin bedroom.

Sleeps a maximum of 6 persons.

Private Swimming Pool with a separate children’s area (10m x 6m & depths 0.60m - 1.70m)

Free WIFI Internet Access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: MHTE  1042K 10000048400

The fastidious English owner of Villa Kali Zoe spent a very long time searching for the perfect plot of land on which to build a villa, and much to our delight he definitely succeeded. With breathtaking uninterrupted views past a small cove, across Souda Bay in its entirety, sweeping along the coastline past the 17th Century hilltop Turkish fort at Aptera, to the majestic White Mountains in the south, there could not be a more beautiful location. The exceptionally large pool, the main terrace that wraps around the front and side of the villa, and the living area and double bedroom all take in these amazing views, as well as the dramatic sunsets. Kali Zoe means “good life” in Greek, and that would definitely be an understatement for the time that you would spend here on your holiday.

This unique villa was designed with great precision and is a gorgeous combination of charming traditional features and complementary modern comforts. The villa is set on one floor that is 14 steps up from the parking area. Local stone has been used for the fireplace and to surround all of the doors and windows, local cypress wood has been used for the high vaulted open beamed ceilings, the kitchen cabinets, the doors, windows, shutters, and the railings around the terraces, local marble was used for the window ledges and dining and coffee table tops, and the elegant dark wood furniture was handmade at the workshop of a local craftsman. As with the rest of the villa, the bathrooms have been finished to a very high standard with pretty white and pale terracotta tiles. To ensure that you have a relaxing holiday Villa Kali Zoe has been very well equipped with every modern comfort including; Free WIFI internet access, satellite TV, a DVD player, a CD player and stereo, a washing machine, a dishwasher, a microwave, pool towels, a BBQ, and air conditioning units in the bedrooms and living area. For those cooler nights at the start and end of the season there is a fireplace and the A/C units double up as heaters. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater, and there are large storage tanks for those times in the summer when the water is limited.

The outside areas at Villa Kali Zoe are not only special because of the stunning views, but also because of the large pool and the beautifully planted colourful garden. The pool terrace is paved with non-slip natural stone and has built-in wood and bamboo umbrellas, as well as sun-beds and a table and chairs. The main terrace is also equipped with a table and chairs. Adjacent to the pool is a large rockery area which has numerous mature plants and trees including; cape honeysuckle, lantana, purple polygala, South African daisies, and many weeping fig trees. There is also a small herb garden which contains rosemary, basil, chilli peppers and a number of other herbs. The front garden has been gravelled and planted with cacti and a number fruit trees including nectarine, peach pomegranate, mulberry and fig. There are 2 fuchsia bougainvilleas growing up the wall of the villa around the kitchen window. Set behind a natural stone wall is a section of the garden that has been left completely natural with olive trees, almond bushes and rocks. The BBQ is in this area and has a wonderful wooden table and chairs carved from a large tree trunk, and set beneath a shady olive tree.

We are absolutely sure that it will be hard to drag yourselves away from this lovely villa, but if you do want to go out for a delicious meal, the Kokkino Horio village taverna and general store are only 700m away, and the beach at Almyrida is only 7 minutes away by car. Kali Zoe has return visitors year after year and it is easy to see why as it is a private romantic retreat with incredible views, that suits not only couples but also small families.

Villa Accommodation

First floor (14 steps from the private parking area, 4 steps from the pool terrace): Open plan split level living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 shower room, 1 twin bedroom, and 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The steps from the parking area lead up to the front door and the large wrap around main terrace. The front door opens out into the living room/kitchen/dining area which has high vaulted cypress wood ceilings. The living area has an elegant wood sofa with bordeaux coloured fabric, 2 matching armchairs, a rocking chair, a bookcase/cabinet with books, DVD’s, and CD’s, a spotter-scope that you can use for watching the local birds or the ships in the bay, a coffee table with a marble top, a TV stand with the TV, DVD player and satellite box, a round side table, a fireplace, a wall clock, and 2 large terracotta clay pots. Double French doors open out onto the main terrace, and there is a window which faces south west to The White Mountains. 2 steps up from the living room is the kitchen/dining area which is partitioned by a low wall with a cypress wood top. There are many cabinets, an electric cooker, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, a large fridge/freezer, a dining table with a marble top and 4 chairs, and a window to the rear of the property and one to the south west. Just off the living room is the shower room which has a shower unit with a sliding door, a washbasin and mirrored cabinet, a toilet, a bamboo chair, a washing machine, and a frosted window. Just along the hall from the shower room is the twin bedroom which has 2 single beds, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a wardrobe, a dressing table mirror and chair, a window to the rear of the property and double doors that lead out onto a private back terrace. This terrace is next to the colourful flowerbed/rockery area that is next to the pool. It cannot be overlooked and has a ramp to the pool terrace. The double bedroom has a carved double bed, 2 bedside cabinets with reading lamps, a dressing table, stool and wall mirror, a wardrobe, a window which looks out to the flowerbeds and the pool area, and double doors which open out onto the completely private main terrace which faces the sea, has a pergola for shade, and is equipped with a table and chairs. The en-suite bathroom has a bath with a shower attachment, a washbasin with mirrored cabinet, a toilet and a frosted window.

Villa Location

Kokkino Horio main taverna and mini market are only 700m from Villa Kali Zoe. The family-run taverna is shaded by weeping willow trees, has good food, and during the summer months there are occasional live Cretan music nights at the taverna, which are a lot of fun. Kokkino Horio (“red village” in Greek) was the main village set for the film “Zorba the Greek”. There are little whitewashed houses and narrow streets that wind around the village centre. At the village kafenion you can find older locals who were used as extras in the film, and who will happily show you photos of themselves with Anthony Quinn. Also in Kokkino Horio is the famous glass blowing workshop which has it's own organic taverna. Here you can watch recycled glass being blown in the traditional manner into amazingly beautiful products including lampshades, ornaments, decanters, plates and bowls. In 2012 The Retreat Taverna opened on the outskirts of the village and has great food and panoramic views.

The coastline below Villa Kali Zoe is famous for its sea caves, and it has Koutalas cove, which is a rocky inlet with a small stony/sandy beach. Plaka Square is just 1.6km away and has 7 excellent tavernas, 2 well stocked mini markets, an Italian restaurant, a shop selling local products, and 7 cafes. 7 minutes away by car is 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 centre, pedalo rentals, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, an area with pool tables and games machines, a children's play centre with baby sitting, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, horse riding, water-skiing, private sightseeing flights in a light aircraft, big game fishing, and guided walking or coach excursions. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 45 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
Pool Towels
Welcome Grocery Pack

Number of bedrooms
2 - 1 Double, 1 Twin
Number of bathrooms
Pool depths
0.60m - 1.70m
Pool size
10m x 6m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
700m : 15 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
1.6km : 30 minutes on foot, 4 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
600m : 12 minutes on foot, 3 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
3km : 60 minutes on foot, 8 minute by car
How far from airport
40-45 minutes
How far from nearest large town
40-45 minutes
Any steps? How many? 14 steps from the private parking to the front door and the wrap around main terrace, 4 steps from the villa and main terrace to the pool terrace, 2 steps from the living room to the kitchen/dining area.
How private? This is a private villa. The pool terrace can only just be partially overlooked by the top floors of 3 villas, and the villa and main terrace are totally private.
Nearest neighbour? 2 villas situated 40m behind Villa Kali Zoe.


Villa Rental Prices

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

From :
To :
Winter 2017/2018   
Long term rentals only - please ask
Winter 2018/19 31.03.19 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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