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“Simply the best place we found in Crete for less than 100€ for four beds” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Terra Minoika Villas

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Terra Minoika Villas
Annone di Brianza, Italy
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“Simply the best place we found in Crete for less than 100€ for four beds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

We made all Crete travel, from west to east mainly south coast. and stopped in about ten places, but this wonderful accomodation for 80€ including breakfast for a family of four was 'the' great surprise.

It is of course the best in the area. Unfortunately we had to stay only one night for rooms unavalability and then we went to the rooms above Akrogiali taverna. From heaven to hell, see my review on Akrogiali taverna.

The apartment are extremely nice decorated and furnished. The view on the bay it is awesome. The building are constructed in stones with a lot of small features demonstrating the passion Stella and her husband put in this place.

Stella and husband, based on the photo I saw, should be mountain climbers in origin, but it is clear they love their Kato Zakros. They also sponsored the preparation of the several hiking trails of the area.

So not to many words. Do not miss absolutely this accommodation if you want to come in Kato Zakros.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Our second visit here - Ilias has added some great new sculptures to the garden, and there is the bonus of daily cleaning from the wonderful Maria. The gardens have matured and look beautiful, everywhere is paved now. Yet again, we had a wonderful stay at the Terra Minoika, hosted by the brilliant Stella. It's so lovely to be met with a basket of bread, wine, olives, olive oil, marmalade, butter, honey and Greek coffee for your first breakfast. This is the best accommodation you will stay in on Crete. The last time we came the villa below had not been completed, however, when occupied we could not hear any noise, which is what you pay for in this premium accommodation. The views are tremendous and it is only a ten minute walk down to the tavernas. The gorge of the dead and the caves at Pelekita along the coast are manageable and lovely walks from the door. Totally idyllic - we have already booked our return trip! Thanks Stella, Ilias and Stratis.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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37 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

This was my second visit to the Terra Minoika villas in Kato Zakros - the last one in 2012. Stella and Ilias have worked hard over the Winter to improve the outside areas - with more shrubs and flowers, seating areas and a hammock. It all adds up to a very relaxing and beautiful environment, with uniterrupted views of the bay and not too far to walk to the local Tavernas beside the sea. Stella continues to be an excellent host, with hellpful knowledge and advice about the local hikes and beaches. Kato Zakros is about 3 - 4 hours drive from Heraklion, but worth it if you want to get away from it all. This a quiet and peaceful location, and definitely not for anyone who is looking for busy night life, music, entertainment and trips, swimming pools and organised beaches! Only come if you want to relax and enjoy the natural environment and to preserve this wonderful corner of Crete for those who will continue to respect it,. Well done Stella and Ilias on continuing to offer excelllent accommodation and great hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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UK
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

We stayed in Terra Minoika for a week in June and had a wonderful time.
The villas are a healthy walk away from the tavernas on the beach and the view from the terraces and garden is totally wonderful.

Stella and her husband Ilias were on hand continuously to make sure that our stay was problem free even though the villa was perfectly equiped with all mod cons stretching from the best shower we have ever had anywhere in 14 years of travel to Greece, a kitchen equipped with oven and to top it all a tv with satellite receiver. Not that you would need to use the latter, because the spectacle of watching the shepherd manage his sheep across the valley was far more interesting. Binoculars are recommended to see exactly what is going on.

From the villas the options for swimming are many. There are the beaches at Kato Zakros itself or further afield, a short drive away, is Xerokambos with multiple sandy beaches and coves.

For an away from it all holiday Terra Minoika ticks al the boxes for me. Totally recommended!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bad Honnef, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

Being a frequent traveller also to Greece since 40 years and having been at various places in Greece including Crete, I can say, this is the best you can find.
The 3 hours drive from Heraklion airport is really worth the effort and hopefully in not too fare future the airport of Sitea will be served more frequently.

Kato Zakros is a quiet and rural place with a few Taverna's ofering the local food at excellent value for money and a Cafenion serving drinks and snacks, all right at the beach, so you can enjoy your coffee right on your sunbed which is provided for free. :-)

The suroundings give a lot of opportunities for excursions, hiking and trekking as you wish.

Now 'Terra Minoika' is the perl amongst the acccomodation offered at that place.

Built up the hill - 10 minutes walk to the beach on paved road - it gives you a marvelous view.
The owners have fullfilled their personal dreams in creating a handful of villas build from local stone and wood.
All this placed in a garden with marvelous flowers and pieces of art created by the owner.

The villas themselves are equipped with all you need when being on vacation - and you often miss at other places - including all the little luxeries you are used to back home.
This includes a private veranda with each villa overlooking the bay.

The owners maintain a very warm and care-taking spirit being at your disposal almost 24/7 but not at your heels if you do not need them.

We are frequent visitors already and will continue visiting this paradise.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

We discovered Kato Zakros and Terra Minoika by chance, looking on TripAdvisor and on Booking.com for a quiet place, not touristic, but still looking genuinely like real Crete. As this was one of the most remote places, and given the reviews from previous visitors, we chose Terra Minoika. But at the end, the reality was even better than the pictures and descriptions: the place is wonderful, yes, but above all, the owners make the difference. Stella and her husband Ilias have the sense of welcoming the visitors and making them feeling like at home: nice house, welcome pack, their smile and warm welcome. We felt like in the family (but only with the good ones!), and really enjoyed our stay. One regret: it was too short and we hope to get back as soon as possible. At the end, we had only one doubt: should we advertise the place, or should we keep it for ourselves? As Stella and Ilias are really open-minded, and as they live from their business, we found that we should share this place with you, but please: boring and non respectful people should avoid the place, it is not for them...

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Terra Minoika Villas
Address: Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros, Crete 723 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Lasithi Prefecture > Kato Zakros
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Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Kato Zakros
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Hotel Class:3 star — Terra Minoika Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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