“Three beautiful self-catering villas sleeping 4-6, with stunning sea views, private pools, and a peaceful location near Almirida”
Each villa is based on the same ground plan, and consists of 3 levels. Up top there are 2 bedrooms - the kingsize master bedroom with its enormous balcony and jacuzzi tub in the ensuite bathroom, plus a double/twin room with an ensuite shower. The ground floor is an open-plan lounge and kitchen, and its floor-to-ceiling windows give stunning sea views. At basement level, there's another double/twin bedroom plus a steam shower, sauna (or Turkish bath in Almyra) and mini-gym. The upper-floor bedrooms have fantastic views; the lower level bedroom has no view but is very private, with a small patio leading from its French doors. All beds are top-of-the-range Swedish ‘Dux’ make, and bathrooms are filled with tealight candles, piles of towels and Korres toiletries.
What makes each villa different is its theme, which is carried right through from the building materials to the interior design. Almyra is Modernist, with stone walls, chic Italian furniture and a minimalist feel. We loved the light-and-airy atmosphere created by its pale wooden floors, and the crisp whites and smooth greys with stainless steel detail in the kitchen. Outside, the large pool is backed by a wooden sun deck with loungers and parasols and there's a wooden lounge deck with a pergola, comfy seating area and sea views; perfect for alfresco dinners. This would be our top choice for younger couples and friends.
Ammos is ‘Nisiotiko’ (inspired by the Greek islands), and this villa would be well suited to family rentals. The interior is a calming blend of white, cream and blues, with a stone tile floor, unvarnished wooden tables and chairs, big beige sofas with a funky trestle table, an open fireplace, and whitewashed wooden stairs. There’s a pool and lounge deck in its mature, fragrant garden, plus 2 outdoor eating areas.
Anemos is Cretan, with a rustic flavour inspired by traditional interiors: polished dark-wood floors (a little heavy for our taste), wooden doors and window frames, rich warm fabrics, several pieces of antique furniture and marble bathrooms. Although it doesn’t have a fireplace, there’s a built-in barbecue in the lemon-tree filled garden, and a wooden deck giving onto a stunning infinity pool.
Upon arrival, you will find a slick, modern kitchen stocked - if you book through i-escape - with fresh fruit, wine, tea, coffee, honey and biscuits, plus basics such as washing up liquid, bin bags, mineral water and milk.
Each kitchen has a cooker (oven and 4 hotplates), fridge and small freezer, kettle, filter coffee maker, toaster and dishwasher. Ammos also has a microwave. You can dine at a long table seating 6 indoors, or at a big wooden table outdoors, by the pool. There are also pleasant seating areas in shaded corners of the garden with lounge sofas and a low-level coffee table for drinks.
There are small general stores in Almirida plus a bakery (spoilingly, the baker calls by the villas each morning at 10am with fresh bread). In Kalives (3km) you’ll find a large INKA supermarket, a butcher and a greengrocer.
If you want a break from cooking, Katerina can arrange for a chef to come and cook for you - perhaps prawn and lobster salad with citrus sauce, veal medallions, then ice cream profiteroles. Or, you're within walking distance of some nice restaurants. Giving onto the beach in Almirida, Thalami is a sound choice for traditional Greek taverna fare, while Psaros is the best place for fresh seafood. Both will also deliver meals to the villas on request. For dining out further afield, each villa has an ‘SK Place’ guide, listing recommended eateries across the island.
Families are welcome - Almyra is suitable for children aged 10+ but the other villas will suit kids of any age, and they will love the pools and nearby beaches (they will need supervision in the pools). In each villa there are 2 bedrooms, which can be set up as twins, and there's space for 2 baby cots, too. Babysitting can be arranged upon request, and highchairs can be provided. But this is not an out-and-out family place (it appeals equally to discerning groups of friends and couples travelling together) so you might want to ask, at the time of enquiring, if the other villas are let to families or not.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All villas have the same layout but Villa Ammos is probably the most child-friendly in terms of its furniture and fittings.
Babysitting is available