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“Great villa with pool near Makry Gialos”
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Ready for another day in paradise. Shade and relaxation - but really waiting for sundowners!
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27 reviews
Peace!!!
Ready for another day in paradise.
Shade and relaxation - but really waiting for sundowners!
Waiting for the sun.
Breakfast in the warmth and shade.
Sun up - umbrellas waiting to be used.
Large enough kitchen? Also has every amenity.
Dining and kitchen - must get some wine!
Living and relaxing.
Looking out over the pool. Children in the pool can clearly be seen from the living room.
Sofa-bed area - also looks out over the pool.
Sofa-bed with privacy screens in place.
Master bedroom and balcony.
Master bedroom en-suite
Second bedroom - balcony has mountain views.
Second bedroom en-suite
Twin bedded room.
Twin room balcony.
Front of Villa - looks away from the sea towards the mountains.
Let the men cook supper tonight on the big big BBQ!
Front of House decoration.
Nearby Diaskiri Beach Taverna which also has shaded sunbeds for hire and is only five minutes away.
Makrigialos Beach - Nicely shelved and Blue Flag Bathing - perfect for children
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Makry-Gialos, Lasithi Prefecture, Crete

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silvergir...
Edinburgh Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Great villa with pool near Makry Gialos”
Reviewed 26 June 2018 for a stay in June 2018

We loved our week at this very well-appointed semi-rural villa in the south-east of Crete.
A short drive to multiple small shops and restaurants along the coast road, and a small cafe/snack bar at the bottom of the track at the small apartment complex where the very efficient management team look after this and a couple of other villas.

All the bedrooms were very comfortable, with balconies and excellent bathrooms, and the villa had really good insect screens on all the external doors.

The outside space was great, with several well-equipped seating areas and loads of extra chairs to move into your preferred spot in the sun/shade/breeze.

We did drive our rental car very slowly up and down the unmade access road as it's quite stony, but had no problems.

Very much hope to be back, to explore the region properly rather than (mostly) lying in the sun!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2018
Hello Anne,
Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
It is always nice to hear from our guests when they mention the positives of our Management Team. Thanks again - we will pass on your comments to Areti and her staff.
We would welcome you back any time. Just get in touch when you are ready. We can not, however, guarantee the sun not shining!
MARTIN & SUE
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Jennifer...
Heidelberg, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect villa in a wonderful location”
Reviewed 8 April 2018 for a stay in March 2018

We have just spent 2 weeks in Villa Estia and had a wonderful time. The house is immaculate and has everything you could possibly need. The team who manage the property in Crete were extremely friendly and helpful when we had any questions or problems (2 flat tyres). The house is very private and the pool was a great hit. We were a party of four but the house is large enough for twice as many people with plenty of room for everyone. I would thoroughly recommend a holiday here and we would be more than happy to go again.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Apr 2018
Dear Jennifer,
Many thanks for your fabulous review.
Sue and I were a little concerned that your stay was a bit early to be able to use the swimming pool but it sounds like you made the most of it! any future guests wishing to take an early break will be heartened by this information.
As a guest you were also first class.
Thanks again. Hopefully we will see you again sometime - perhaps holidaying with another family?
MARTIN & SUE
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Annelies...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
“Great luxurious villa in quiet place”
Reviewed 30 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017

We enjoyed a great week in this villa. It's well equipped to ensure great dinners and breakfasts in a group of up to 10. The outside dining table and lounge set, sunbeds and pool were enjoyed the whole week, even near end of october. The near village is a rustic seaview boulevard full of terraces and lovely food.
Upstairs 2 spacious master bedrooms with own spacious bathrooms, room with very solid bunks and a twin bedroom and for their use another smaller bathroom. The other 2 guests sleep on the sofabed, which honestly lacks a little comfort and some privacy (even with rotan roomdeviders available), wardrobespace and bathroom. We used this sofabed 6 nights and that was a little too long...rather to be used for the kids. ..the villa is located in a quiet area, the last part leading from the mainroad to the villa is no asphalt road and a little steep, not lit at nighttime.
The villa is very well equipped with towels, bathtowels and even large sunbed towels, glassware and plastics for use outside and around the pool. Lots of cupboard space in the kitchen, microwave, oven etc etc. Even 2 dishwashers and a washingmachine. Owners ask users to make sure stock of washing tabs, dishwashertabs and handsoap are restocked, therefore first needs are in the villa. Communication was very friendly, prompt and thorough.
All together we surely recommend this villa!!!

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Management Response
7 Nov 2017
Hello Annelies,
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback - and especially regarding the sofa-bed. This was always intended for larger groups staying at the villa and people are therefore aware of the limitations of such a bed. It was not a cheap purchase - costing well over £1000 in 2010 - and we nearly did not go ahead with it. That said, we have not had any other comments regarding this and you have to agree that it does fulfill a function - albeit not one that you liked too much.
The main thing is that you all had a great holiday and the weather was kind to you.
We hope to see you again some time in the future.
Kindest regards,
MARTIN & SUE
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cookie042...
Reading
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“A wonderful family luxury villa”
Reviewed 5 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017

What an amazing villa. Comfortably fitted 10 with lots of sun beds, umbrellas, chairs etc... The pool was perfect for the children and little touches like inflatables and noodles made all the difference. The spacious and well appointed kitchen with a sizeable outside BBQ made meal times easy to manage and the downstairs terraces worked as good stages for the younger children 'shows!'
Very quiet location on a hillside and so we were glad to have cars to zip to the supermarket or the nearby beaches. Wide choice of good quality local restaurants and we found everyone very friendly and helpful. Would fully recommend.

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Management Response
7 Sep 2017
Thank you Caroline,
We are delighted that you and your family group of ten enjoyed your holiday at villa Estia. Come back soon?
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Lisaloulo...
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A fantastic home away from home”
Reviewed 14 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

We have just returned from a weeks visit to Villa Estia. Holidaying as a family of 8. Ranging in ages from late teens to late 70's. I can not recommend this property highly enough. Its rural location provides a peaceful get away for all the family but you will find ample bars & restaurants less than a ten min drive away, also here you can find water sports, banana boats etc that the teenagers want. We even found a restaurant to deliver us take away if you don't feel like leaving the pool surround or cooking!
The out door space is fantastic - with plenty of seating for both day time & evening socializing. And if you want some quite time away from the group! There is even a roof terrace which is perfect for star gazing. Look out for shooting stars.....
The inside of the villa is so well equipped, ample comfy sofas (although in August we hardly used this space as nice to be outside in the warm evenings), the kitchen has everything (& more) your kitchen at home has.
The beds were comfy, the rooms all lovely with air conditioning throughout the property. 2 bonuses (if you are used to holidaying in Greece) the toilet paper can go down the loo & the shower heads are attached to the wall! :)
The approach road is a little uneven but take it slowly its fine. The drive from Heraklion airport takes 2 hours and is a good road and a straight forward journey.
Not forgetting the lovely pool, spent a lot of time floating on a lilo (provided) to keep cool!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Sep 2017
Dear Lisa,
What a fabulous review. Many thanks indeed. We are so pleased that you and your family had a great time. Hope you able to come back some time.
Many thanks again,
MARTIN & SUE
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Nicola R
2 reviews
“Fabulous!”
Reviewed 29 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Just returned from a two week stay at this superb villa! The most comfortable beds we have ever slept in! There is not a single item missing from the kitchen and lots of cook books to make fabulous meals. Totally private but only a short walk to a lovely cafe/bar, and 10 minute walk to a beautiful empty beach! Who could ask for more? Many authentic Tavernas all within a 5 min drive. Didn't have one bad meal. Cannot recommend enough!

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Management Response
7 Jul 2017
Dear Nicola,
Thank you for your great review. Cooking is one of Sue's passions - hence the kitchen utensils and cookbooks.
Privacy we also like - plus of course we also love a comfortable bed!
Hopefully we will see you again.
Many thanks,
MARTIN & SUE
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scotswhah...
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Luxurious leisure”
Reviewed 4 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Everything in this accommodation is of the highest quality. For those who want to cook, the kitchen is beautifully equipped - my mother in law, who is a chef, was delighted with the knives! The bedrooms provide a good range of sleeping arrangements - we stayed in the master bedroom - complete with own balcony! The pool area is exceptional and so much space - even with seven people, there was always a quiet spot away from everyone else if you needed it! The barbecue was also put to good use. Any problems we had (such as broken kettle) were dealt with swiftly. As other reviews have mentioned, a car is an absolute necessity as the nearest town is a good ten minutes drive away (not something you would attempt to walk in the height of summer). Be prepared for a bumpy ride on the approach road which is not yet properly surfaced. It can be quite punishing on the suspension of your car.

As you can see, I am struggling to mention anything negative. This really was the trip of a lifetime and we all enjoyed our stay very much.

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Liked best: The sheer quality of everything within the accommodation.
Liked least: Long journey from Heraklion airport.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Aug 2016
Sorry about the kettle. There is a spare one in the cupboard but we will get another new one.
Thankyou for this great review.
S & M Pearce
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