Being the largest of all Greek islands, it is safe to say that Crete flawlessly ticks all the boxes for the ultimate holiday. Blending hectares of mountainous slopes, turquoise waters, secret coves and seemingly endless coastline, visitors to this exquisite Greek paradise will definitely find it hard to leave. It’s unlike the beautiful private tours in Athens, but even more breathtaking. With villas set near quiet coves, secluded beaches and mountain villages, the charms of Crete might be second to none. Dotted sporadically across Crete are gorgeous and world class villas that serve as haven to couples, families, group of friends and even for solo travellers. Crete basically gratifies to every style, taste and penchant. And, here are my top 5 picks of ritzy villas in Crete for your next holiday.
Elysso Spa Villa | Domes of Elounda, Crete
This fabulous villa takes full advantage of its phenomenal backdrop with jaw-dropping perspective athwart the bay of Elounda and the islands further away. Basking in the seclusion of a private home yet with the heedful service and full range of amenities provided by the Domes of Elounda resort, this is an exceptional accommodation for a small family or couples.
Guests are welcomed with complimentary candlelit dinner at The Pier 1910 restaurant plus a poolside Champagne and caviar. This ultraluxe villa comes with a personal chambermaid service and photo session on complimentary basis.
Villa Artemis | Asteri, Crete
Located within the confines of a charming old village, this revamped property is perched in the most beatiful side of the village. Tastefully decorated overall, Villa Artemis boasts generous space with one-of-a-kind interiors that unique from other villas. Alfresco dining is a fabulous feature of this villa with its built in barbeque facility.
Villa Melina | Plaka, Crete
This formidable, magnificent villa is perfectly situated on the coastal cliffs looking over the gorgeous Souda Bay. Bragging mind blowing scenery, this well appointed villa tenders enchanting gardens and palatial terraces. The villa prides open, airy rooms with the main rooms outfitted with large windows or patios that overlooks the bay. Melina is only a short ten-minute stroll to the picturesque village of Plaka and a five-minute drive to Almiryda for a great selection of bars, shops and tavernas.
Executive Spa Villa | Elounda, Crete
The simply outstanding view of the Mirabello Bay is for guests to savour while dipping in the private infinity pool. There is a lovely sun terrace with a roofed dining area perfect for dinners while enjoying an enchanting panorama. The quaint fishing village of Elounda is only less than 2 kilometers away that offers tons of watersport activities such as scuba diving, sailing and boat trips. And, the beautiful lakeside town of Agios Nikolaos is only 5 kilometers away if you are in the mood for socializing in bars or a lovely dinner in a restaurant.
White Oak Tree Villa | Prines, Crete
Nestled amongst the peaceful countryside, White Oak Tree Villa is beautifully furnished with highly quality decors with chic palettes. Markets, local bars and tavernas are within a few minutes drive to the small village of Prines from White Oak. The buzzing historic town of Rethymno is only a 10-minute drive, where you can explore the winding streets, the lovely Forteza and the beautiful beach of the old town.