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Pure relaxation in the calm of Amari Valley
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Pure relaxation in the calm of Amari Valley
Face to face with Mount Psiloritis. Natural tranquility
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Pure relaxation in the calm of Amari Valley
Face to face with Mount Psiloritis.
Natural tranquility
Living room
Kitchen and dining
Dining and kitchen
Entrance hall
Guest suite with handmade embroidery (double, ground floor)
Ground floor bathroom
Master suite (double, upper floor)
The Old Attic suite (quadruple, upper floor)
The little attic of the quadruple bedroom (1 double or 2 single beds)
Upper floor bathroom
Upper floor terrace
A detail in the living room
Dining in the dusk
Overlooking the rooftops of Amari.
Outside dining detail
The entrance terrace under the mulberry tree
The villa's entrance through the garden
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The unique landscape of Amari Valley, the village and the location of the property
The exact location of the property
The famous Amari bell tower
A typical byzantine temple on a hilltop
Step into history
Springfields
Olive groves
Ancient, monumental olive trees
Amari fields in full bloom
A Venetian gate in Amari Village
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

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Sheree H
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Wonderful villa in beautiful Cretan village setting”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Villa Idi was the perfect location for our vacation on Crete. The home is well kept, well equipped, very clean, and comfortable (it does look better in person than in the pictures).The location couldn't be better - the mountain views from all of the decks are just incredible, it is in a picturesque village full of locals, and it is so quiet that we would sit out by the pool and listen to the goats' bells tinkling on the mountain each evening.Just heavenly! My favorite meals were on the deck by the pool enjoying the sunset and solitude.

Amari is a good central location from which to explore the major tourist sites like Knossos and both the north and south beaches. It takes less than 45 min to get to either coast. However, keep in mind that all roads in Crete seem to be over mountains and they are as curvy as they can be! There are plenty of ancient churches, roman sites, and gorges to explore nearby and our party of five (from age 4 to 60) alternated between days playing in the pool or taking short trips nearby with days for the longer trips to Chania, the beaches, etc. This really worked well for us and, with 11 days at Villa Idi, we got to do most of what we had planned and still had plenty of relaxing time.

You definitely need a car and Manolis, the owner, arranged a rental for us that was delivered to the airport and was more than satisfactory. We also found material on local sites of interest, maps, and stores/tabernes that Manolis had prepared and left at the villa that was very helpful. He is really nice, speaks excellent English, and is committed to ensuring his guests have everything they need for a wonderful vacation. Manolis helped to settle us in when we arrived and dropped by once or twice during our stay, but Roumy, the caretaker, is onsite and always available if you need anything. She is delightful and she will also provide fully cooked cretean dinners on request. We took advantage on a number of evenings -the meals are both inexpensive and delicious! The one thing the village really needs is a restaurant, but thank goodness Roumy fills the void. And there was a huge gift basket that was filled to overflowing with goodies when we arrived! Do stop by the little grocery shop (very very limited) in the village- not much for sale, but the young man who runs it is pleasant and has some really nice jazz music playing.

All five of us (especially the four yr old who lived in the pool) thought Villa Idi was the perfect place for us and we are really glad that we didn't stay in the more 'touristy' coastal areas. While it was nice to visit some of those areas on a day trip, we were all a little relieved when the car was headed back to Villa Idi each evening. Some of our party are already planning a return trip in the next year or two...if you like to avoid the crowd and are looking for a well appointed villa run by two wonderful people- this is the place for you!

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Liked best: Dinner on the deck by the pool listening to the village settle in for the night
Liked least: Curvy, curvy one lane wide roads (occasionally jumping goat was fun though)
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Julia F
Devizes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Staying here was like finding hidden treasure”
Reviewed 6 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Amari and the Amari Valley are stunning and the most beautiful part of Crete we have seen so far - unspoilt and off the beaten track. A fantastic surprise. Villa Idi is gorgeous - a lovely balance of modern and traditional styles, spacious but cosy, really well equipped and with spectacular views of the mountains and valley below. Manolis and Ruomi couldn't have done more to make our stay perfect. The location of the villa is ideal for exploring the local countryside and villages but also as a central base for exploring much further afield across the island. We couldn't have asked for more for our week here and would definitely return here again.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Vicky A
Redhill, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Beautiful Cretan Hideaway”
Reviewed 7 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We have recently returned from an amazing two week holiday at Villa Idi. The Villa itself has been beautifully restored and has every comfort including a magnificent terrace with a pool that has outstanding views of the mountains. Amari is a tranquil and beautiful village and the villa's terrace looks down over the terracota roofs of the surrounding houses and the village square. Villa Idi is the perfect place to relax and unwind, breathe in the clean mountain air and forget all one's cares.
Manolis - the villa's owner and Roumy the wonderful housekeeper could not have been more helpful and kind throughout our stay. Roumy is a wonderful cook, and we enjoyed delicious meals on the terrace. Manolis' recommendations on places to go and places to eat were spot on.
I can not recommend Villa Idi highly enough - we absolutely loved it.

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Liked best: The warmth of Manolis and Roumy, and the views of the mountains.
Liked least: Nothing - it was perfect
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Sofie D
Leuven, Belgium
1 review
“Better than the pictures on the website”
Reviewed 20 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We booked Villa Idi via a website for our group, 4 adults and 4 children (9 to 16 years).
We were welcomed by the owner of the villa and the housekeeper, and we were nicely surprised by the house, the swimming pool and the surroundings. It looked really better than the pictures we saw on the website. The housekeeper Roumy, a very nice lady, cooks cretan meals on demand. The first evening we enjoyed one of her very nice meals. We felt "at home" from that first evening.
Being in the center of the Island, you can visit everything you want. With a rental car (was arranged perfectly for us by the owner) you can get anywhere, taking in consideration that you need about 45 min to cross the mountains.
We had a very nice experience and can advise this holiday villa to anyone who likes tranquility, get to know the local people, and prefers to avoid a bunch of tourists.

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JSW223
Rehovot, Israel
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3 reviews
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“Wonderful house in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed 22 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We loved our time at Villa Idi. The house is large, well furnished, and spotlessly clean. We are a family of five, but the place sleeps eight comfortably, so that each of our kids had their own bedroom. Set in an idyllic Cretian village in the middle of the mountains, the views from the windows and the patios were wonderful. This is a perfect place for those who are looking for quiet, clean, clear air, and the experience of a luxurious villa in an authentic rural setting. Manolis, the owner, is warm, friendly and was very helpful in advising us how to plan our day trips around Crete.

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Liked best: The beautiful views of the mountains, and the hospitality of the owner
Liked least: The drive to the sea takes about 40 minutes.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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