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 2017 starting from 1015 Euro per Week.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.

Sleeps a maximum of 10 persons.

Private swimming pool (6m x 4m & depth 1.45m)

We consider Villa Helios 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 a very popular choice. Villa Helios and its slightly smaller sister, Villa Thalassa, 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 Helios 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 Helios 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 step from the semi covered front patio, 11 steps from the parking, 4 steps from the pool area): 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, 1 double bedroom, 1 full bathroom, 1 large entrance hall, 1 utility cupboard. 1 step up from the pergola covered front patio, through the double front doors, is the very large entrance hall which has couches, the wide open staircase, and the utility cupboard which houses the Bosch washing machine. To the right of the entrance hall is the door which leads to the spacious double bedroom suite. This bedroom 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 traditional inset shelf built in above the bed, and double French doors which lead out onto the covered front patio with 2 charming arches. The en-suite shower room has natural/khaki tiles, a vanity shelf with washbasin, mirror and spotlight, a large shower unit, and the toilet. A long hallway leads from the left side of the entrance hall to the 2nd double bedroom, main bathroom and twin bedroom suite. The 2nd double bedroom has a double bed (from which you have a view to the sea), 2 bedside tables and reading lamps, floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes with hanging and drawer space, and double doors which lead out onto the pergola covered front patio. The main bathroom has terracotta tiles, a vanity shelf with 2 washbasins, mirror and spotlight, a full bath with a shower attachment, a toilet, and a frosted window. The twin bedroom suite has 2 single beds, 2bedside tables with reading lamps, floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes with hanging and drawer space, double doors which open out on to the front patio, and a window looking out onto the pool terrace. The en-suite bathroom has sandy coloured mosaic tiles which have bronze detailing, a shower unit with a glass door, a vanity shelf with a washbasin, mirror and spotlight, a toilet, and a frosted window.

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, 1 twin bedroom, 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 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 The White Mountains, and double doors that lead to a sea-facing balcony. White double doors lead from the kitchen into the upstairs twin bedroom. This bedroom has 2 single beds, 2 bedside tables and reading lamps, an inset wall shelf, a window that looks south to Villa Thalassa and The White Mountains, and double doors out onto a sea and mountain facing balcony.

Villa Location

The heart of the village of Almyrida is only 300m from Villa Helios, 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, a pizza and pasta restaurant, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, 1 Italian ice cream shop, a wonderful jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, a manicure and pedicure spa, a body and wellness spa, a hairdressers, 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, 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 Helios, 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
Welcome Grocery Pack

Number of bedrooms
4 - 2 Twin, 2 Double
Number of bathrooms
3 – 1 main bathroom, 2 en-suite shower rooms
Pool depths
Pool size
6 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? 11 steps to the front terrace from the parking, 1 step into the villa from the front terrace, 4 steps from the front terrace to the pool terrace, 17 steps to the first floor.
How private? Not particularly private as the villa is located in the village, but on a very small and queit road.
Nearest neighbour?

Villa Thalassa 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 :
01.09.16 03.10.16 1895
14.11.16 1355
Winter 2016/17     
21.03.17      Long term rentals only - please ask
02.10.17 13.11.17 1320
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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