High on a hill - and far from the crowds - these eight contemporary villas have one, two or three bedrooms apiece and are hewn from the very rock on which they stand. Sleek, open-plan living areas lead out to large terraces that soak up the ocean sunrise, all with infinity pools and alfresco dining areas. There’s a wonderful sense of privacy, though the resourceful and friendly concierge is on hand to dispense local tips, arrange diving and sailing trips, or organise relaxing massages in an on-site treatment room. With full kitchens and plenty of space, there's little reason to ever leave - but when you finally manage to wrest yourself from your lounger, you’ll discover stunning beaches, mountain villages and ancient Venetian towns just a short drive away. For beach lovers, two stunning beachfront villas are available in Kissamos bay.
- We loved the hilltop villas' peaceful setting, with sweeping views from inside and out
- Every villa has a private pool
- Flexible accommodation that works for couples, families and groups alike
- Excellent kitchens for self-catering; if you're feeling lazy, groceries and a visiting chef can be arranged
- Western Crete has some of the island's best beaches - we love Falasarna and wildly beautiful Balos
- 7-night minimum stay in July and August (3 nights at all other times except for Villas Symfonia which has a 7-night min stay year round)
- A car is essential for exploring the region, and there are no restaurants within walking distance if you fancy eating out
- Only select pools can be heated, and this involves an additional charge for your whole stay which must be booked and paid for in advance
- The villas are quite pricey by Greek standards
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- Boutique Villas
- 8 villas (sleeping 2-7)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car recommended
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Villa cleaning every day except Sundays
There are eight villas, each with 1-3 bedrooms, nestled in the hillside, with sweeping views across the coast. At the centre lies 3-bedroom Thalasa (2 doubles and a double/twin, each in a separate annexe), the largest villa with a sizeable outdoor space and a generous living area.
Most of the hillside two-bedroom villas share a similar 2-tier layout, with a first-floor master bedroom with ensuite (tub and shower) and a second bedroom (ensuite shower) below, or vice versa. One of Villa Carisma’s bedrooms is in a small annexe; the compact design of Villa Anasa and Villa Oniro means the smaller of their 2 bedrooms sit behind the kitchens, with no sea view.
One-bedroom Villa Avissos is a cute hideaway for couples, with living and sleeping areas in different buildings connected by a stone walkway.
All villas mix sleek white walls with splashes of colour. The airy, open-plan living rooms have fireplaces, large-screen TVs and well-equipped kitchens fronted by breakfast bars; some are double-height with banks of windows. Bedrooms are kingsize or twin. Most have glass doors leading to sea-view terraces or balconies with infinity pools.
- In room treatments available
- Safe box
Each villa has a swish modern kitchen with an oven, an electric hob, a fridge-freezer, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster and a dishwasher. Dine around the breakfast bar, or head to the shaded outdoor table, flanked by cushioned seats; there’s also a barbecue. You’ll find a bottle of local wine waiting for you on arrival, along with basics like olive oil, tea, biscuits, herbs and capsules for the Nespresso machine. For an additional cost, you can pre-order a hamper full of organic local produce.
Shops in nearby Kissamos include bakeries, a butcher, a fishmonger and a large supermarket. There’s a strip of bars and tavernas along the sleepy seafront, plus a few cafés in the centre. You’re less a short drive from some of the best restaurants on the island, too – Gramvousa (traditional Cretan) and Mama’s Dinner (modern Greek) are found in the small village of Kaliviani, along the road to Balos beach. Try both!
There'll be a concierge service (via Whatsapp) throughout your stay, so if you’re celebrating something special, you can request a private chef to come to your villa, or hire out a sea-view event space at the heart of the complex.
- Coffee maker
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Head to the rolling waves and broad, white expanse of Falasarna beach, just 15 minutes' drive away
- Take a cruise from Kissamos to Gramvousa island and the wildly beautiful Balos lagoon - or alternatively make the half-hour drive along a track and trek for 30 minutes down steep steps to reach Balos beach
- Ask the concierge to arrange scuba-diving or snorkelling trips
- Hike the legendary Samaria Gorge (May-October) in the White Mountains
- Spend a day in the region’s Venetian capital, Chania (45 minutes away), meandering along cobbled streets lined with boutiques and cafes
- Experience the magical pink sand and turquoise water of famed Elafonissi beach (1 hour and 15 minutes by car). Be warned: it gets very busy in high summer
- Explore the crumbling Venetian fortifications, Roman aqueducts and Byzantine chapels of hilltop Polyrinia, just 15 mins' drive inland and completely crowd-free
- If you're feeling energetic (and have a willing driver), hike from here up the Sirikari gorge to tiny Milia, lost in the folds of the White Mts
Children are welcome here, and will enjoy having their own pool and the nearby beaches. The villas have plenty of space, along with shaded outdoor areas, though the remote location may not appeal to teenagers.
The kitchens are fully equipped for family meals, and you can order groceries in advance. There are family-friendly tavernas and a large supermarket in Kissamos, a short drive away.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Most villas have 2 bedrooms (one of which can be made up as a twin), Thalasa has 3; there are also sofabeds. Villa Avissos could work for those with 1 child as it accommodates 3 people in 1 bedroom and a sofabed. Baby cots are also available to borrow.
Note that the bedroom and living area in Villa Avissos sit in different buildings connected by walkways, as do the smaller bedroom in Villa Carisma and all 3 bedrooms in Villa Thalasa. As a result, they may not be suitable for very young children.
The concierge can arrange babysitters on request.
- Baby cots
- High chairs
- Pool toys
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Safe, sandy beaches
- Boat trips
- Scuba diving
Families Should Know:
Parents of young children should be aware that the pools are unfenced, each pool has a shallow end of 1.1m and Roman steps leading into the water. The indoor dining areas have breakfast bars only. The pools for Villa Carisma, Anasa, Symfonia and Thalasa can be heated, but this involves a hefty additional charge. Those pools that cannot be heated might be too cold for children to enjoy. The hilltop villas have lots of stairs and no stairgates.
- Airport: 45 minutes (Chania) or 3 hours (Heraklion)
- Shops: 5 minutes (larger shops in Kissamos, 15 minutes away)
- Hospital: 30 minutes (Chania)
The villas sit on a hillside above the tiny village of Agios Georgios, a 15-minute drive from the town of Kissamos, on Crete’s northwest coast.
Chania (44km away) is the closest airport. It has daily flights from Athens, and charter flights from most European capitals in the summer. Heraklion airport is 182km to the east. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving both these airports.
From the Airport
Transfers from either airport can be arranged, though you really need a car to explore the area - see our car rental recommendations. All villas have parking spaces for 2 vehicles.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Greece and getting around
- Chania 44.0 km CHQ
- Chania 182.0 km HER
- Beach 3.0 km
- Shops 4.0 km
- Restaurant 4.0 km