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Anna Boutique Villas
Manchester
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33 reviews
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“Second visit to a wonderful villa”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We first visited the villa in July 2012 and returned for our second visit in September 2013.

The villa has been well kept and maintained with a fantastic pool. Excellent gardens and grounds and friendly maid service from Eleni. There are 3 cats that live in the grounds as well - very cute but very keen on attention at times!

Hope to return again soon.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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York, England
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed in Villa 2 for two weeks in the middle of August and can honestly say that it was one of the best villas we have ever stayed in. The views from anywhere in the villa are simply stunning and because we were high up there was often a very welcoming gentle breeze. The villa is incredibly well designed and every room and/or outdoor space is great. All rooms (including bedrooms) were attached to at least one terrace so there were a lot of 'outdoor rooms' that could be enjoyed. The downstairs open plan living/dining kitchen area was also very spacious and comfortable. It's nice to have such a spectacular view from the kitchen window when you're washing up! We actually spent a quite a bit of our time in Crete at the villa as it was so comfortable and peaceful. Because of the number of terraces there was always a spot we could choose depending on the sun/shade/breeze etc so we did eat in a lot on an evening - and the views of the surrounding countryside and mountains from the villa are super both during the day and in the evening, particulary towards the south west (back of the property) through the gorge and towards the Libyan sea. The pool is also great - not massive, but enough to have a small swim - and very clean and well maintained. Sun loungers were very comfortable and plenty of shady areas if we wanted to keep out of the sun. The property is away from it all a little (which is great!) but the nearest hamlet is only a 2-5 minute drive away, and Spilli, the nearest town only 10 mins drive away, so you never feel too far away from the shops etc. Your neighbours are actually the goats and sheep in the hills and occasionally you can hear their bells as they make their passage from one hill to the next.

Yiannis and family were lovely - very kind, friendly and you could tell that they genuinely wanted us to have a good time. Any questions or queries were addressed immediately and with willingness. Anna even baked us a cake to welcome us, which was delicious (in fact she baked us a second as we loved it so much!). Eleni came in to clean every day (apart from Sunday) and every three days she changed our sheets and towels - Eleni was also lovely (I know it's easy to say these things, but everybody genuinely was!) and gave us tomatoes from her garden, figs and homemade peach jam.

We found the people of Crete so cheery and polite. There was no 'mad' driving that you sometimes experience in hot countries. Everybody was very friendly and easy going. Because the immediate area was so beautiful we didn't really explore the whole island, instead we stuck mainly to the south coast where the beaches are lovely. A particular favourite for us was Schinaria beach (15 min drive from villa and probably one of the nearest ones, a beautiful drive too through the Kourtaliotiko gorge). The view (this holiday was all about the views!) from this beach was pure countryside and hills and its water crystal clear. Investing in a snorkel and mask is a must. We saw dolphins, a sea turtle, needle fish, sea urchins to name but a few. We would also arrive at the beach at about 10.30am and were nearly the first ones there. It would fill up a bit later in the day but not to a point where you thought it was too busy - and this is in the middle of August!

Overall, I cannot fault this villa. If you are after a stress free holiday in a beautiful part of Crete then I could not recommend this villa enough. We would love to go back again - the only thing I wish we'd done was find a bit more about some local walks as it looked a beautiful area to explore on foot.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We had a wonderful stay at this fantastic villa in June 2013. The position is superb, wonderful views and lovely accommodation. Yiannis and his family were great hosts, any requests for help or recommendations was eagerly dealt with - will definitely be back.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

great views, away from it all location within easy reach of wonderful beaches , local food was superb, modern villas are excellent internally. Very comfortable with a nice breeze always at the top of the hill. First time in greece and crete and definitely will return. The service was exceptional which you can only get from a family run business.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

Absolute chill out villas, peaceful and so relaxing. The views are outstanding, ELeni the cleaner is great, really looks after you and the villa. Recommend this place to any 1 who wishes to get away from the touristy parts of crete.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Yiannis_Pol, Owner at Anna Boutique Villas, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Paul, so many thanks for your nice words! we are happy you enjoyed your stay at ours and we are even more happy that we will see you again next year! thanks for booking with us for 2014 too! looking forward to welcome you! until then, take care! cheers! Yiannis
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Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We had a wonderful stay in this house at the end of May-beginning of June 2013. The house is beautifully designed, the inside decoration is very modern, all the furniture and amenities are in excellent condition (basically everything is new, as the house was built only 18 months ago). The views from the house (on the Cretan country side) are very spectacular. We also enjoyed very much the time we spent at the private swimming pool. The owners are really very nice people who will do everything to make your stay enjoyable and an unforgettable one.
We definitely had a high-quality experience in this beautiful house so we can only recommend it to anybody who would like to spend special moments during their holiday with this extra "luxury" touch which we enjoyed so much.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2013

This was our first stay In Crete and we will definitely come back. The villa is very functional, extremely well designed and set in beautiful scenery. It is away from crowded areas and yet close to beaches, Minoan sites, local fruit growers, etc.
Yannis was extrememly helpful in organizing our holiday, as well as assisting during and after our stay (we forgot the camera battery at the villa and Yannis shipped it back to our home in Luxembourg).
We very much appreciated the welcome cake and wine (and the daily cleaning).

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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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 #12 of 106 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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