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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Chania Town, Chania Prefecture, Crete

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kittyhous...
Canberra, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fabulous views, fabulous villa, fabulous hosts”
Reviewed 26 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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We cannot rate this villa highly enough. The views are spectacular (not just of the ocean but also the beautiful white mountains), great location (a short walk to a beautiful beach with 3 eateries and just a couple of km to Marathai), very comfortable and well equipped villa and lovely hosts (who brought us fresh eggs, a custard tart and other goodies). We found everything here easy to organise. We were able to book a chef to cook at the villa on 2 occasions (these were 2 of our best meals on Crete) and also arranged for rental cars and bicycles to be dropped at the villa on the day we arrived. The villa itself is lovely and beds comfortable. It comfortably housed our family of 10. It is a bit of a drive (1/2 hour) to any city (Chania) but there are great local shops only a short distance - a bakery in the local town about 4km away and lovely little shops with local procuce further along the road. The swimming pool was a highlight for the kids in the family overlooking the beautiful bay. It wasn't heated but sufficiently warm in July. And to top it all off we had a lovely house keeper included in the price who cleaned daily and changed bed linen, so we could regally relax with 4 children present.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Cassian F
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“Incredible location, perfect house”
Reviewed 17 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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The villa has the most beautiful scenic view of the Mediterranean with a walkway held up by stilts to bring you right over the sea for the most wonderful pictures. It is extremely well-equipped with an easy to use kitchen and a picturesque outdoor dining room. There is excellent WiFi throughout the house but that becomes the least of your concerns with the relaxing nature the house offers.

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Liked best: the view
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 13-17
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Nicolas B
Paris, France
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“Another magic vacation in Olea Prime!”
Reviewed 15 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Another 2 weeks perfect vacation in Olea Prime, even better than our first stay in August 2015!
Alex, his wife and father, have a unique sense of hospitality, and welcomed us in their villa like friends, allways generous, discrete, at reach, kind and helping all allong our stay.
They really offered the best service for us to relax and enjoy.
Since 2015, they brought many improvements in the villa: 2 additional bathrooms, Netflix programs on the living room TV, a kitchen garden with plenty of cooking herbs...
Their villa offers this gorgeous view on the bay from everywhere you stand: rooms, living room, terrace, pool..., sunny from sunrise on the sea, till almost 8pm around the pool.
The daily cleaning keeps the villa, pool and garden allways ready and simple to enjoy.
Loutraki beach is only a few minutes walk down the hill, with a tavern, a restaurant, paddle rental...
Marathi beach is quite close too, with even more restaurants and activities.
You should also try a diner in the villa with the Chef Stefanos, great cuisine!
If you dive, call Chania Diving club, Nikos ans his team, professional and friendly, can collect you and drive you back to the villa. Great diving places (caves, tunnels...)
And from Chania Venitian harbour, plenty of boat excursions (we did half day sailing to Thodorou island, and full day to Menies private beaches with Cigala Bertineti speedboat).
In short, Olea Prime is the perfect place to enjoy great vacations in Creta.
The 8 of us, 2 families from 11 to 76, loved it and can't wait returning again!

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Alistair...
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Villa”
Reviewed 1 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We arrived late at night to this wonderful villa but it was not until the morning that we truly appreciated the beauty of the location and design. Alex had thought of everything to make the stay a home from home - although I wish my home was as beautiful! The facilities were fantastic and the location stunning. Alex and his wife were so kind and helpful organising a welcoming meal, day boat excursion, paddle boarding and paddle yoga. Thank you so much I am not surprised this property was voted one of the 50 best in the world and is currently competing for the top spot in Greece.

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Liked best: The view from the deck.
Travelling group: Large Group
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Eleonor F
London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A dream”
Reviewed 1 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Truly one of the best holidays ever, the villa is gorgeous and so well designed it is a pleasure to wake up and walk around. The pool is lovely overlooking the sea and the kitchen and eating areas have a wonderful view as well. 5mins from a lovely beach used by locals, 15mins walk to the busier Marathi beach with lovely restaurants along the waterfront. Highly recommend to anyone looking to be blown away. We didn't want to leave the house during our stay and after as well. Thank you Alex for a wonderfully attentive and helpful service, we hope to see you again soon.

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Diane F
London
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A unique villa in an unspoilt part of Crete”
Reviewed 31 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We invited friends and family to join us for a two weeks holiday and everyone had the most amazing time. The villa is just beautiful and set on a unique cliff side position with a 180 degree view over the sea. Wonderfully clean and peaceful beaches within walking distance, a great taverna beach side, attentive and discreet staff, delightful garden with rock garden and herb garden sides, an infinity pool worthy of a movie set... It was the holiday of a lifetime and a very difficult place to leave...

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Raffster5...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Heaven on earth....”
Reviewed 18 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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So many positives, it's hard to list them all but I will try.
1. Location, location, location.
2. Hosts. George and Alex and family embraced us like their own and looked after every need. Their hospitality was unbelievable,
3. Views to die for. 270 degree views. Look in any direction and its jaw dropping beautiful.
4. 5 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms, and plenty of space to bring a big group.
5. Serenity. Their were times, with no one within 500 meters of the property, you could listen to the birds, the sea and the wind. Heaven, for those that want to chill.
6. Resources. Great kitchen with everything one needs to prepare a great meal. We did a couple of times and dined under the stars with magnificent views.
7. Chef. We hired stefanos to come in and cook a seafood extravaganza for 4, and it blew us away. Setefanos who is a world class chef and he prepared the freshest seafood. Value for money, our hosts can arrange a special dining experience without blowing the budget.
8. Effi our cleaner who was so much more. She came in every day, spoiled us with bread, baked in wood ovens and delivered every morning. Eggs so fresh from her garden. She is a godsend.
9. Great beaches wishing 20 minutes walk such as Marathi and Loutraki .

There is so much more but my advice for anyone contemplating staying in this heavenly place, hire a car or motor bike. The closest supermarket is ten kms away. Chania is 16 kms away. Not even a small mini mart close, so if you need anything, it's a drive. But in exchange for that isolation is the most magnificent and peaceful place on earth.

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