We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Helia. The big plus is the large pool with beautiful views over the olive groves to Almyrida. The villa is well equipped with everything you may need and the welcome pack left in the fridge was very much appreciated, especially when arriving late. On several mornings we ran on the mountain paths to Gavlochori and Doulina which are both pretty villages. Days were spent swimming at Kalyves and we also drove to Frankocastello, which was about 1.5 hours away on the Libyan sea, which had crystal clear waters and great snorkelling.
We will miss listening to the gentle sheep bells,the smell of the herbs and the swallows dipping at dusk. The sunsets here are stunning and the white moutains turn pink.
Thank you Graham for all the information provided and for our late check-out, which was very handy for our late flight. We hope to return one day.
Four of us stayed at Villa Helia and had a marvellous week. Perched up on the hill above the village it's near enough to be handy (and only 10 minutes from the main road) while still feeling very private. The Villa is well equipped and lovely to stay in, but the really big plus is the marvellous pool, which is ideal for both swimming and play. The pool and the house (and one of the two balconies) look out over Souda Bay. Soak in the sun, jump in the pool, swim and play with the kids, get out and take in the view; and repeat. At the end of a hard day, jump in the car and pop to one of the local villages for dinner and sunset over the bay.
Only minor point for us was no WiFi but we picked it up every evening in the Tavernas and the owner tells me it's going in for next year anyway.
Big plus point was towels for pool and beach, and also bath and hand towels, all provided, saving loads of room and weight.
Excellent info from the owner who I'm sure would have done more for us if we'd asked.
It is a really lovely place. We've rented several villas in the past, but this one was the nicest so far. Great views and really big pool, perfect for a family!
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