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Anna Boutique Villas
Manchester
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Stunning, modern hideaway”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

After reading some of the other reviews posted here we initially had our doubts about their authenticity (we have had bad experiences elsewhere after trusting bogus reviews on this site), we needn’t have worried however - the villa(s) are amazing.

We went for peace and quiet, away from everyone and everything. They really are a retreat.

Hopefully the following points will be of use to you....

There are 2 detached villas.

We stayed in villa 2.

Villa 2 is more private with bigger grounds, great BBQ area and a more private pool area than Villa 1 which is slightly overlooked by Villa 2.

The pool is not heated, which in July was a blessing!

The gardens are gorgeous.

Being on the side of a hill it can be exposed to the wind and a bit chilly in the evening, so long trousers / cardigan may be an idea.

There are plenty of terraces and balconies, for various parts of the day

They are in the middle of nowhere and a good 5 min drive to the local store.

The closest town with a good choice of restaurants is Spili. There is also a supermarket and a handful of other food shops.

It's about 1.5 hrs drive from Heraklion.

There are around 30 steps from the road to the villa. It's not possible to drive up right up to the villas as the drive is so steep.

The road is very quiet and single track.

There is shade by each pool with sun loungers.

Air con can be purchased locally for 7 euro per day.

Other people have left some local hints and tips in the guest book.

There is maid service everyday (exc Sunday) by Maria. She left us some eggs, cake, and various fruit and vegetables.

There is a washing machine on site.

The free wifi is great. Password is inside the guest book.

We called into Lidl just outside Rethmynon on route to the villas.
The local petrol stations are closed on Sunday, only a few open.

The cheapest place for fuel we found was either around Rethmynon on the way to/from Agia Galini

There is no dishwasher on site. The water is very hot, so rubber gloves are an idea for washing up.

There is a microwave, cooker, hob, oven, kettle, huge fridge freezer, toaster machine (sandwich style).

For the size of the villa, I would say that the kitchen is basic in equipment. Great if there are 2 of you... Maybe different if there is 4.

We found in the wind, that the shutters in the bedrooms (to keep it cool) can rattle.

We paid a deposit via bank transfer and then cash on arrival (Greece is mainly a cash society so leave the plastic at home!)

The villas are really excellent.

Very, very modern, and on trend. If you want to be secluded...go for it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yiannis_Pol, Owner at Anna Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 7 October 2012
many thanks for your nice words!
we hope to cu back soon!

regards, Yiannis
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Wonderful modern very well equiped Villa in the centre of crete near Spili. Everything was very well kept and tidy. We were looked after from the family and maria, who changed bed sheets and brought us rural things as a surprise. We enjoyed spectacular views over the mountains at this very private spot. It was great to explore several wonderful beaches and sights from there. Rethimnon is a nice town only 20 min from the location. We can highly recommend the villa. The owner did a great job with the concept of the house.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Yiannis_Pol, Owner at Anna Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 7 October 2012
many thanks!!
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Karlsruhe
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We stayed there for 2 weeks in May/June 2012 and had an exciting time. As already mentioned by other reviews, the location is up on a hill, just outside a small village providing you with a spectacular view into the surrounding landscape. On one side you can see the ocean, on the other side you can overlook the valley.
The pool is a great place to cool down after a day of excursions to the nearby attractions.
The location is ideally suited to visit North as well as South of Crete. Even Chania is within less than 2 hours by car. The car is one thing that you must have in order to be able to travel around.
The villa has everythig you need, so you would not even need to travel around if you just want to relax, but with all the great places to go this is probably a bit unlikely.
Yannis and his family as well as Maria, who is taking care of the day to day maintenance and housekeeping, have been fantastic and made our stay a wonderful experience.
We also had our dog travel with us and unless stated elsewhere, it was very welcome by most of the Crete people.
Bottom line, if you look for an individual vacation, Anna Villas is a great place to go.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2012

we (family with two kids, age 9 and 11) spent two perfect weeks in this beautifully architectured house. very nice place with openfire, BBQ, pool and about 6 terraces for the best choice of sitting in the sun. Easter time was good, not too hot outside, but often quite windy. the house is beautifully located with views in all directions (over Easter snowy mountains in the East an the West), from the top terrace even a view of the Libyan sea. there are nice walks and good running into the adjacent valley. for getting around you need a car. the house is located well to drive to the southern beaches, the mountains and the town of Rethimnon (and the north coast). very nice landlord who cares for everything and a housemaid wo looks after things

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Yiannis_Pol, Owner at Anna Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
many thanks for your nice words! hope to cu back soon! Yiannis
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2012

It would be had to imagine staying in more unique accommodation in a more stunning spot. For lovers of Crete or newcomers to the Island Anna Boutique Villas has the lot - stunning architect designed accommodation furnished in immaculate taste, superb location with views down to the south coast, glorious individual pools, choice of private patios and last, but certainly not least the warmest of welcomes from the owners Anna & Stavros Polychronakis and their son Yiannis. The location is hard to beat, very secluded and private yet just 10 mins from the bustling town of Spili, 10-15 minutes from some of the best beaches on the south coast and literally on the doorstep some great walking opportunities. For more adventurous walkers the Island's highest peak, Psiloritis can be reached via the beautiful Amari Valley whilst the more distant White Mountains mountains can also be seen from the Villas, when were stayed in April both mountain ranges were topped with snow. The location encourages visitors to sample the many family owned tavernas in the nearby villages so eating out is always an enjoyable experience, later, when the evenings are warmer, guests will probably prefer to use the excellent barbecue facilities. Visitors will soon find a favourite beach and a previous contributor has mentioned the splendid Skinaria. There is so much to do and see in this area but a walk to Old Mixourrouma is thoroughly recommended, although largely abandoned some of the old houses are being restored and there are great walks beside the river. A stay at Anna Boutique Villas is a holiday you wont forget and a reminder of the beauty and hospitality that has made Crete such a popular holiday destination

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Doorn, the Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2011

We wanted a nice house with a pool and a view.
What a treat we found: a villa that is designed beautifully with an eye for detail, stunning views all around, with several terraces around the house and a pool.
One view to the south-east where you can see the sea, is at night pitch black! No villages, no houses, no cars to be seen.

Everything you need is there and in the village nearby are several supermarkets for daily shopping.

We stayed 'at home' to relax and went for sightseeing even up to Phaistos and Chania. One week is simply not enough to explore all there is, so we have to come back.
The island is so beautiful and the people are very friendly.

This villa is excellent value for money

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2011

Me and my girlfirend enjoyed a full week of nice Cretan atmosphere surrounded by beautiful rural country. Excellent base for exploring the west and mid parts of Crete with nice beaches in Plakias and Ag. Gallini nearby. Also Chania and Rethymnon are nice to visit. A car is required due to it's remote and quiet location. However a nice bakery for fresh bread is closeby (500m). Also a lot of tavernes with simple but nice food are within 5km.

The house is built with very nicely with a high-end finishing. 3 decks/terraces outside will ensure you can enjoy the sun throughout the day. Excellent value for money!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Anna Boutique Villas
Address: Agia Pelagia | Mixorrouma, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Crete > Rethymnon Prefecture > Rethymnon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Rethymnon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Anna Boutique Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
luxurious residence designed to allow its guests to enjoy the unique Cretan nature in complete relaxation and privacy. Situated on the central part of Crete, near the Kourtaliotiko gorge, guests are immersed in the tranquility of the villa with its swimming pool, garden and lemon groves, overlooking an extensive view of the mountains and sea. Carefully designed to operate over the whole year for those looking for an escape to the countryside and enjoy the stillness of the Cretan mountains and the Mediterranean blue waters. ... more   less 
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