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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.

*** Early Bird Special Offer.  All bookings for 2018 taken before December 31, 2017 will be at the lower 2017 prices. 

 

Prices in 2018 start from 1760.00 Euro per week for the use of the villa with 3 bedrooms (the pool house bedroom/s will be closed off), and 2065.00 Euro per week for the use of the villa and pool house with 4+ bedrooms.

2 king size double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms - both convertible into king size doubles,  a 5th sleeping area with a fold out sofa bed.

4 en suite Bathrooms, 1 en suite Shower room, 1 cloak room.

Sleeps a maximum of 8 persons.

Private Solar Heated Infinity Pool (10m x 4.5m) and depth 1.50m.

Free WIFI Internet Access.

Set within 4000m2 of gated grounds, Villa Alexandria is a rare jewel that has a privileged and peaceful hillside location, flanked by silver and green olive groves and with exquisite sweeping views across scenic Souda Bay to the majestic White Mountains in the South. You will not find a finer location on this coastline, and despite the countrified setting above the sea, a 12 minute stroll brings you to the tavernas and cafes on the quaint village square in Plaka where you can pick up your groceries at the well stocked mini markets, while away the hours sipping Greek coffee, cocktails or cold beer, or enjoy a mouth-watering meal at one of the excellent tavernas or the Italian restaurant. A short 4 minute drive will take you down to Almyrida which has a good selection of shops, cafes and tavernas which line the family friendly sandy beach that shelves gently into the crystal clear turquoise sea.

As befits such a splendid location Villa Alexandra's owners have created a gorgeous home that is modern, bright and airy, incredibly spacious and ideal for relaxed summer and off-season living. The layout of the property incorporates a main villa with 3 bedrooms and an independently accessed pool house with a 4th bedroom and a 5th sleeping area, making it ideal for large families or groups who like to holiday whilst still having the option of privacy. Our low and mid season prices, when the villa can be rented without the pool house (which would be locked) but with full access to all of the facilities, also make this gorgeous property accessible to couples and small families who want to treat themselves to a very special holiday.

The design of the both the villa and pool house has been carefully considered in order to bring your living area into the outdoors. Wall to wall glass sliding doors that showcase the magnificent sea views, and tasteful furnishings and fabrics in the traditional Greek colours of blue and white and complementary earth tones, combine together to create such a calming ambience that you unwind as soon as you walk through the front door.

Your comfort is assured with every possible modern convenience having been provided for at Villa Alexandria, which is truly the recipe for a very lazy holiday!  The villa is equipped with a high definition TV, satellite TV, a DVD player, Free WIFI internet connection, a fully fitted kitchen which includes a ceramic hob, a built-in oven, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, and kettle. There is also  a washing machine, iron and ironing board, white aluminium doors, windows and electric shutters, electric gates and private parking. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater. Every room in the villa has under floor cooling, the bedrooms and the living room in the villa and both rooms in the pool house and villa have independent air-conditioning.  The A/C units double up as heaters, and for the cooler nights early and late season there is also under floor heating and a feature fireplace in the villa. For entertainment purposes and for “children” both young and old there is a games room in the lower level with table tennis, and table football.

The sleeping accommodation has been equally well thought-out. All of the bedrooms have en suite facilities and direct access onto the outside terraces, and from 4 of the bedrooms you can lie in bed and gaze out to the sparkling azure sea. Romantic couples will particularly appreciate the principal bedroom and en-suite bathroom which take up the entire top floor of the main villa and even have their own sun terrace with expansive views over the entire area. The 4th bedroom and en-suite bathroom are in the pool house, and the 5th sleeping area/kitchenette (also in the pool house) comprises of a living/sleeping area with a fold-out couch, a z-bed, a kitchenette (which can be screened off by sliding wooden screen doors) and an en suite shower room. The pool house is currently open-plan with a screen in the wide doorway between the 4th bedroom and 5th sleeping area/kitchenette. The pool house may be particularly suited to teenagers who like to be part of the family holiday whist being able to retain their independence and come and go without disturbing their parents.

The attractive grounds and many outside terraces take full advantage of the commanding views and are often blessed by a cooling offshore breeze. Dominating this little oasis is the 10m infinity pool with its cooling waters that sparkle invitingly and appear to merge seamlessly into the aquamarine sea in the foreground of the view. With a choice of sun on the pool terrace or shade under the olive trees, there are many perfect spots where you can lie back and read a good book or simply enjoy the captivating views with a glass of something chilled from a local winery. In the early evening when your appetite has been stimulated by the hot sun and sea air, adults can grill a delicious meal of freshly caught fish on the barbeque. There could perhaps be nothing more idyllic than eating al-fresco as the sun goes down and the picturesque bay, coastline and mountains are bathed with pink, crimson and gold hues.

It is very rare to find a pool on Crete that has any form of heating which is a huge plus at the start and end of the season when the pools can be chilly. Fortunately the swimming pool at Villa Alexandria has a heating source from environmentally friendly solar panels and is therefore  suited for swimming later and earlier in the season (although the actual temperature is dependent upon the amount of sun each day). There is a shower on the pool terrace, and excellent underwater lighting that is programmed to come on and off automatically, that lights the pool up beautifully at night.

With such good facilities and views for as far as the eye can see, you could be forgiven for never wanting to leave Villa Alexandria, but for those who like to walk there is a choice of interesting trails through the surrounding olive groves. For example the village and tavernas can be easily reached whilst a 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 small rocky coves.

In summation it has to be said that Villa Alexandria is a completely enchanting villa that is ideal for the uncompromising holidaymaker who expects luxury, comfort and outstanding views, just a short distance on foot or by car to a variety of tavernas, shops, sandy beaches and water sports.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Licence Number: MHTE 1042K133K3076701

Villa Accommodation

Villa Ground floor (21 steps or a ramp + 3 steps up from the private parking area and pool terrace, 2 steps from sunken living room to the rest of the ground floor accommodation): Large open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, hallway, 1 double bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom, 1 convertible twin/double bedroom with en suite bathroom, a cloak room. The front door opens out onto the upper level of the spacious open plan living room/kitchen/dining area. The hallway/upper area of the open plan living area has the staircase to the first floor, a doorway to a long corridor with 2 bedrooms and the cloakroom. The upper area also has a dining table and chairs (to be added) and the open plan kitchen area and breakfast bar. The kitchen has white built-in cupboards and wine racks, black marble work surfaces with silver specks, Inox appliances including a refrigerator/freezer, a built-in oven and ceramic hob, a dishwasher, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster, and a coffee maker. The kitchen and dining area have a window and double sliding doors that open out onto the paved path that wraps around the villa and that look out to olive groves and a side view to the sea. 2 steps lead down from the kitchen and dining areas to the sunken living room. The sunken living room currently has a large white corner unit couch with blue covers that seats 7 persons, a coffee table, a wall mounted 42" flat screen TV, satellite TV, a DVD player, a fireplace, spotlights, and extra wide double sliding doors that open out onto the sea and mountain facing lounging terrace. The lounging terrace is furnished with white wicker work couches and armchairs with white cushions, and a coffee table. The door that leads off the upper hallway takes you down a long hallway with 4 doors - 2 to bedrooms, 1 to the cloak room, and 1 to the staircase that leads down to the lower level. The 2nd bedroom (the master bedroom or bedroom 1 is on the first floor) has a double bedroom with a 180cm king size bed and an overhead up lighter lamp, white built-in wardrobes with hanging space, drawers, and shelves, brown cotton blinds, and a window and sliding doors that open out onto the wrap around path, and look out to the olive groves and a side view to the sea. Bedroom 2 has an en suite bathroom with cream tiles with brown mosaic detail tiles, a bath with shower attachment and a glass screen, a separate shower cubicle with glass screens, a marble basin and vanity unit, a toilet, and a window to the olive groves. Bedroom 3 has 2 x 90cm single beds that can be converted into a king size bed, white built-in wardrobes with hanging space, drawers, and shelves, a chair, ochre brown cotton blinds, and sliding doors that open out onto the wrap around path, and look out to the olive groves with a side view to the pool terrace and sea. Bedroom 3 has an en suite bathroom with cream tiles with brown mosaic detail tiles, a bath with shower attachment, a marble basin and vanity unit, a toilet, and a window to the olive groves. The cloak room has a basin, a mirror and wall lamp, a toilet, and a window to the olive groves.

Villa First floor (18 steps up from the ground floor): 1 double bedroom with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom, and a large open wrap-around sun terrace/balcony. The first floor hallway has doors that lead out to the rear of the wrap-around sun-terrace/balcony and to the master bedroom suite. The master bedroom has a 180cm king size bed, white built-in wardrobes with hanging space, drawers, and shelves, a built-in dressing table with a mirror and chair, blue diaphanous curtains, and an en suite bathroom. The en suite bathroom has light and dark brown wall tiles with gold flecks, a bath with a shower attachment, a separate shower cubicle, a basin with a mirror and lamp, a toilet, blinds, and a window to the olive groves and a corner window that overlooks the pool terrace to the mountains and sea. The master bedroom has extra wide sliding doors which open out onto the wrap-around sun terrace/balcony. The sun terrace has sun loungers, an umbrella and wonderful views to the sea and mountains. The sun terrace wraps around one side of the villa to the rear of the villa where there is extra shade in the afternoon caused by the shadow of the villa itself.

Villa Lower Level (18 steps from the ground floor): Games Room and utility area. The games room and utility area have a table tennis table, a table football and a washing machine.

The Pool House (half a step from the pool terrace or parking area): 1 convertible twin/double bedroom with en suite bathroom, 1 living room/sleeping area with kitchenette and en suite shower room. An outside covered terrace with a dining area. The pool house has 2 main rooms which are separated by a wall and a wide screened doorway, each with their own en suite facilities and air conditioning units. 1 room is a 4th bedroom with a 2 x 90cm single beds that can be converted into a king size 180cm bed, a chair, a wardrobe, blue diaphanous curtains, a window that looks out to the bank to the main villa and the sea, and double sliding doors to the dining and pool terraces and which overlook the sea. A door leads to an en suite bathroom which has cream and coffee coloured tiles, a bath with a shower attachment and a glass screen, a sink and mirror with lights and a frosted window to the olive trees at the rear of the property. A door leads through to the second main room in the pool house. This room is a convertible living area/5th sleeping area with a kitchenette and en suite shower room. The 5th sleeping area/living area has a couch/fold out double bed, a single z-bed, a sliding door to a wardrobe/cupboard with shelf space, a kitchenette (which can be screened by sliding wooden screen doors) with built-in white cupboards, a sink, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a microwave oven, and a kettle. This room has windows facing south and east towards the rear olive groves and driveway, and double doors that open out onto the covered dining terrace. There is an en suite shower room with cream and coffee tiles, a shower, a basin, mirror and lights, a toilet, and a frosted window to the rear olive groves. The covered dining terrace overlooks the pool and sea, and has a barbeque, a teak dining table and 10 chairs.

Villa Location

The main square in Plaka is only 700m from Villa Alexandria and is still very much the focal point of village life. There are lovely shady mulberry trees under which the locals sit to watch the world go by whilst enjoying a delicious meal or even just an ice cold frappe. Plaka was one of the original village sets for the film “Zorba the Greek” and it still has quaint whitewashed houses and narrow streets leading off from the square. The modern outskirts of the village have expanded recently as have the facilities, which now include 6 tavernas, an excellent Italian restaurant, 2 well stocked mini markets, a hair dressers, and 6 cafes. The lovely village of Almyrida is only 1.8km from Villa Alexandria, 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, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 8 gift shops, a pharmacy, a butcher's shop, a wonderful fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, an off-license,a body wellness and nail spa, 1 Italian ice cream shop, 3 real estate offices, and a 24 hour kiosk. Also in Almyrida there is a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, a scuba diving office, a cafe/arcade with game machines, a children's activity centre, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, waterskiing, horse riding, private sight seeting flights in a light aircraft,  and guided walking tours and coach excursions.  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, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. 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

Views? Sea/ Island/Mountains
Washing machine
Dishwasher
x 2
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
x 2
TV
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
Free WiFi Internet access
 
Safety Deposit box
DVD Player
BBQ
x 2
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating

ƒYES - under floor heating in the villa provided by a geo-thermal heat pump

Fireplace
YES (but wood is not included in the rental price)
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms

4 + a 5th sleeping area  (2 king-size, 2 twin which can convert to king-size, a 5th sleeping area with a double fold out sofa bed)

Number of bathrooms

ƒ5.5 (4 en-suite bathrooms, 1 en-suite shower room, plus 1 cloak room)

Bath/shower/both
Both
   
Pool depths
1.50m
Pool size
10m x 4.5m
Type of shade by pool
Sun umbrellas.
   
Sofa bed? Suitable for child or adult?
In the 5th sleeping area.
Maid service
2 times a week.
   
Distance to nearest taverna
700m      By foot.  12 minutes By car  2 minutes
Distance to nearest beach
1.8km      By foot  25-30 mins By car  4 mins
Distance to nearest mini market
700m     By foot  12 mins By car 2 mins
Distance to nearest cash machine
1.8km  By foot   25-30 mins   By car  4 mins
How far from airport
35 - 40 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

The Main Villa: 18 steps or a ramp + 3 steps from the parking area, pool terrace, and pool house; 18 steps from the ground floor to the master bedroom suite and upper floor; 20 external or internal steps to the lower level games room. The Pool House: only half a step from the pool house to the pool terrace or parking area.

How private?

Fairly Private. 

Nearest neighbour?

120m.

CAR HIRE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WITH THIS VILLA.

Villa Rental Prices

The following prices shown EURO are for either the Villa only – up to 6 persons, or the Villa and Pool House – for 7 – 8 persons. 

*** Early Bird Special Offer - all bookings for 2018 taken before December 31, 2017 will be at the lower 2017 Prices. 

From :                  
To :
Price ( Up to 6 pax (Villa Only):     
Price (7 - 8 pax (Villa and Annexe Apartment):
01.09.17 30.09.17 2135 2595
01.10.17 07.11.17 1675 1965
Winter 2017/18    31.03.18       Not Available Not Available
01.04.18 18.05.18 1760 2065
19.05.18 30.06.18 2245 2725
01.07.18 31.08.18 3625 3625
01.09.18 30.09.18 2245 2725
01.10.18 07.11.18 1760 2065
Winter 2018/19 31.03.18 Not Available 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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