This was a first holiday in August since I was a child and now that my eldest is in full time school we took the plunge in peek season, something I have avoided for various reasons. Having left it late to book, rendering much accommodation fully booked, I soldiered on and eventually came across the Carme Villas. The vibrant colours, lush setting and facilities immediately stood out. Holidays these days are a case of finding something that suits all, adults and children alike. The Carme Villas seemed just right for the first week of our trip.
After exchanging a few emails with the very helpful Katerina we had made a reservation. Katerina also recommended a car hire company that I eventually booked with. The drive from Heraklion was fairly straight forward and after about an hour of easy driving we arrived mid afternoon. We were welcomed by Katerina and her husband who kindly escorted us to our Villa. We were very lucky to have Villa Taygete. This was perfect in respect that the pool area had sun all day yet the patio was shaded, perfect with a 5 and 2 year old. When entering the villas you find a modern, clean environment with all the facilities you will need for your stay. The downstairs had a fully functional kitchen, dining area and seating areas too. There was also a downstairs toilet with shower that saved going upstairs all the time. There was a Satellite TV but I found this poor as you either had no signal or poor reception. Not a massive issue but with kids it is sometimes nice to keep them occupied.
The upstairs was perfect for our needs. The main bedroom leads on to the balcony with stunning views. The second room was excellent for our children as it was secure (only a window) and had interconnecting sliding doors that we could use if needed. The main bathroom with toiletries provided was also on this floor.
The pool area was excellent; self contained, clean, private and perfect for my kids who loved jumping in straight from breakfast! This was the most appealing aspect for me when booking as I like peace and quiet with minimum crowds. I was really surprised by how peaceful the villas were, even in the height of the school holidays. They really were tranquil and with stunning views across the olive groves and towards the sea this was the perfect balance. The grounds of the villa are well kept and again offered something different. The seating area was nice to have a drink at and watch the children having fun in the playground. You can buy drinks from the reception bar but the outside seating area, that some images make it look like a cafe area, is not functional. Alternatively just take drinks from you villa and enjoy the view.
The location of the villa was great, only a few minutes drive to the centre of Adelianos Kampos. I guess you could walk to the centre but it is not the easiest and with buggies, bags and with the sun beaming down a car would be better. We tended to drive down, park up and enjoy the beach, bars, restaurants and play areas. There are plenty of eateries and places to drink, all good quality and reasonably priced. The beach is nice, sandy and lots of room to enjoy. The beach bars where you could rent loungers and umbrellas were quite cheap at 5 Euros in total with the added advantage of being able to order food and drinks straight to you from the friendly staff. Rethymnon was only a short drive away and if you didn’t want to take the car then the buses were frequent and really cheap. We had a taxi back one night and it only cost us 10 Euros. Well worth a trip too.
We had a lovely stay at the Carme Villas and thank Katerina and her team for the warmest of welcomes. The Villas are a perfect mix for family dynamics, plenty on offer for children with the open grounds, play area and pool, and a peaceful setting for adults to relax and enjoy the beautiful Greek sea and countryside views. It is a good location from either of the main airports and a good pivot to explore other parts of the island. Our next part of the trip was staying in Plakias and was another easy trip from here. I definitely recommend the villas and if I were to return I would certainly stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5 Star ***** recently constructed villas Carme are built in a verdurous and particularly quiet environment in an olive grove of 12.000 Sq.Metres at the village Adele. They are situated 800m from the sea and they are only in a distance of 10 min. By car from the centre of the town of Rethymno. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carme Villas Crete/Adelianos Kampos