“A trio of classy, hillside villas with Jacuzzis overlooking one of Greece’s loveliest island towns (self catering)”
The villas are split-level and adjoining, with large, breezy bedrooms and light living spaces. Bianca (sleeping 4-6) sits in the middle, Ble and Verde (sleeping 2-4) are either side . On the top floor are the master bedrooms, which open onto a sea-view balcony. Ble and Verde's heated Jacuzzi is on this balcony; Bianca has a second bedroom upstairs, too, and its Jacuzzi is on the downstairs terrace. The other 'bedroom' in each villa is in the open-plan living area on the ground floor; a platform bed, strewn with cushions - better suited to daytime naps, perhaps.
Each villa has 2 shower bathrooms (one on each level), dressed in natural textures - pebble floors, stone walls, beaten marble sinks. Greek Apivita bath products are a treat and various essentials are provided at cost price (toothbrushes, make-up remover etc). Huge wooden wardrobes and dressing tables come with shoe boxes, proper hairdryers, even straighteners. There are fluffy bathrobes and slippers (though brushed concrete floors are lovely for padding about barefoot), and snazzy flat-screen TVs. The only downside is that sunlight filters through to the bedrooms.
Downstairs are sofas, the sleeping platform, a dining table and a home-style kitchen. Glass doors lead onto a terrace, where you'll find a dining and seating area, with great views.
Breakfast is included in your stay; pre-choose from a menu, decide what time you want it delivered, and get set for a relaxing morning. An unlimited supply of free Nespresso pods is a perfect accompaniment, as is the sea view from your terrace dining area.
For other meals, fully-equipped kitchens are designed for cooks, with real ovens and proper hardware. There are grocery shops in Chora or you can request a shopping service in advance of your stay. But if you're feeling lazy, there's a whole menu of meals that can be delivered or cooked in-house for you. The lobster spaghetti, an expensive local delicacy, is well worth it. There are also various snacks, drinks and local treats like thyme honey in the Smeg for very reasonable prices - better than your average hotel minibar!
It’s a 15-minute walk to the cafes, tavernas and bars up in Chora or down at the harbour at Pera Yialos. By the windmills, Meltemi does delicious breakfasts (especially omelettes), and Ilias and Irene, on the waterfront at Maltzena, is an old-time taverna with the freshest fish and a friendly family vibe. Be sure to taste traditional wild saffron and goat’s cheese rusks during your stay, at Iliana or Maroulio bakery in Chora.
The owners are extremely welcoming and accommodating to families. The villas are best suited to babes in arms, or older children who can enjoy the Jacuzzis (under supervision), giant day beds, and ample space to spread out. Not ideal for toddlers due to all the steep steps
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Villas Ble and Verde each have a master bedroom with space for a baby cot, and a sleeping platform in their living room which older kids will love. Villa Bianca has 2 upstairs double bedrooms and a sleeping platform in the living room
Travel cots, high chairs, and car seats available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Special foods for babies and fussy eaters can be pre-ordered
Not suitable for toddlers due to steep steps and high sleeping platforms. No baths.