A lovely, tranquil setting combined with stylish luxury interiors makes for a fantastic four-bedroom hideaway.
On the sparkling north coast of Crete, this villa is close to the lovely city of Rethymno. Not only does the villa have a fully-stocked gym, a tranquil spa-like Jacuzzi, and a private outdoor infinity pool, but it also has floor-to-ceiling windows, bedroom balconies, and an outside terrace with breathtaking sea views.
This contemporary two-story villa's main entrance opens to a spacious living, kitchen, and dining space where you can unwind with plush sofas, a fireplace, and all the latest comforts including a television and internet.
Whitewashed walls and natural-colored furnishings add to the minimalist décor's airy and spacious appearance.
There is easy access to the main veranda, parking area, pool, and garden from the living room.
There are many spots for you to put your feet up, including a shaded café and a number of sun loungers lining the pool.
There is also a second, shorter pool for kids to splash around in, grassy areas for playing, and an inside playroom with a pool table, a wall-mounted television, and other games that is ideal for a family vacation.
Using fresh Cretan herbs from the garden, you can create an outside supper at the villa's barbecue station.
All of the bedrooms are elegant and welcoming, with windows exhibiting the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
For a restful night's sleep, mattresses are manufactured from cosy organic cotton, and you can select your pillow from a menu.
The master bedroom and the downstairs bedroom have private bathrooms, while the other two bedrooms share a bathroom. Not to mention the hydro-massage showers, the Jacuzzi, and the fully-stocked gym.
It is the perfect spot to unwind from the pressures of daily life, perched peacefully on a hillside in Kastellakia, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Rethymno.
You may easily explore more of this stunning region of Crete because the city centre and the beach are both only a three-minute drive away.
It is in a quiet and peaceful spot in rural Kastellakia on the outskirts of Rethymno, between Chania and Heraklion on Crete’s north coast. This idyllic part of the Greek island doesn’t just serve up plenty of golden sandy beaches, there’s also a well-preserved Venetian old town, top-notch waterfront restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. A short three-minute drive – or 2.6km walk – will take you into the historic and commercial centre of the town with plenty of amenities.
Thanks to the Ottomans and Venetians, Rethymno’s old town is an eclectic mix of mosques and Renaissance buildings, and there’s an impressive fortress, too. Seafood tavernas and lively bars line the boat-dotted harbour. Spend the afternoons browsing the boutique shops and markets or wander through the narrow streets and alleyways to find arched doorways and stone staircases. Stop off for an iced coffee at one of the cafés by the pretty Rimondi Fountain. You can also visit the hilltop Fortezza – a star-shaped, 16th-century citadel and another stunning example of ancient architecture. There are also magical waterfalls and the cave church of Saint Anthony Gorge.
For afternoons spend at the beach, you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to walk far – there’s one in the middle of the town. It’s a 12km-long stretch of golden sand and has calm waters for swimming and snorkelling. It’s also just across the road from shops, cafés and restaurants so you can enjoy a Cretan meze, like fresh feta drizzled with olive oil, when you get peckish. There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in water sports like sea kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving.
For fun day trip, about a thirty-minute drive (18km southeast of Rethymno) will take you to the Sacred Monastery of Arkadi – golden stone buildings and flower-filled courtyards. From there you can walk through fields and meadows to the village of Pikris for lunch at a traditional taverna.