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What Oliver loves…
- Villa Armenoi is tucked atop the hill-side, promising guests unforgettable views over the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains and the countryside of northern Crete!
- The perfect evening has to be sundowners at sunset, barbecue supper under the star-studded skies with the scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme while enjoying the cooling breeze.
- With alfresco dining, rows of sun-loungers, a magnificent 50m2 infinity pool and even a superb roof-terrace, you can spend many an hour out in your fantastic private garden enjoying the views!
- This traditional architecture, including vaulted ceilings and exposed stone walls, creates a perfect rustic twist on the luxurious contemporary interiors!
- Tavernas in Kalives and Douliana can be reached by foot, a 30 min walk away. Best to pack substantial footwear if you plan to do this. It's downhill going in, therefore uphill on the way back so best to get a taxi back!
*EARLY BIRD 2023*
Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:
- A welcome hamper on arrival
- Up to £100 private chef voucher
- Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay
Nestled on the hilltop overlooking the Souda Bay and the spectacular mountains, three-bedroomed Villa Armenoi is an unmissable delight both inside and out, awaiting up to six fortunate guests!
Your journey through this thriving natural landscape upon arrival, at the heart of which this sublime villa is tucked, and will set you up for the unforgettable holiday which awaits you as you pull up outside this dazzling exterior! The interiors are every bit as bright and stunning as this welcoming sight, with immense open-plan designs and magnificent modern appliances. The lounge features a large L-shape sofa by a vast patio doors, in the same superb style surrounding the entire floor. A modern Siemens kitchen invites the whole group to cook up a storm before dining in this deluxe environment filled with natural light under stylish lamps and a majestic vaulted ceiling.
There are three exquisite bedrooms, including two double rooms and a twin room - which may be made up as a double on request- they all are as contemporary and sophisticated as the shared living spaces. Each enjoys a private terrace or balcony, so you can retire to your stunning room each day and enjoy these breath-taking views in your own space! The two double rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with spa jets in an equally elegant style. Underfloor heating and cooling will keep you at the perfect temperature, whatever time of year you choose to stay with us, so you’ll be comfortable, and content all stay long!
Head out to this breath-taking garden and dive into your immense infinity pool, which seems to stretch endlessly into the verdant surroundings for the most refreshing cool-off. A child-safe section promises peace of mind, and the glamorous steps down into it are the perfect entrance!
Throughout your garden, extensive terraces are enveloped in landscaped gardens of flower beds and lawns and paths which wind their way this way and that way among the oak, carob and olive trees. Set up on the lawn for a little fun and games for all ages, including football, badminton and boules, or else take a perch on one of the sun loungers on the immediate outer terrace. The veranda space will ensure you can enjoy the fabulous warmth in the shade; with and an array of top-class garden furniture allows you to enjoy these panoramic views. Just about every spot in the garden, including this majestic roof-terrace are perfect for a sunset cocktail or admiring the fabulously clear night skies.
What you should know…
- In this idyllic location, we recommend hiring a car throughout your stay to more easily access the local wonders, including the beach!
- A 7th person (child) can be accommodated on a z-bed.
Villa Armenoi is a contemporary-styled villa in the area of Chania. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, it accommodates up to 6 guests.
Lower Ground Floor
- Twin bedroom (can be made double on request)
- Family bathroom
- Utility room
- Open-plan living and dining area
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and balcony access
- Swimming pool (10x5m) with wading pool
- Sun loungers and parasols
- Seating area
- Shaded dining area
- Built-in barbecue
- Large garden
- Private parking
- 65''Smart TV and docking station
- Iron and board
- Washing Machine
- Fan-coil conditioning
- Water back-up
- Underfloor cooling/heating
- Wood burning stove
- Welcome Hamper
Offering stunning views over the Souda Bay and the twinkling sea, Villa Armenoi is a luxurious villa in the heart of Crete, just 1km from the village of Tsivaras, near Chania, in an ideal location for a calm break in the heart of nature!
Just a 6-minute drive away are the beaches and bars of Kera, Almyrida and Kalives, where you can relax, work on your tan and enjoy the beauty of the north coast of Crete! Take the scenic route through winding country roads and olive groves and head out to the traditional coffee houses of Douliana.
Just 25km away is Chania, the capital of Crete and one of the most famous towns of the Greek islands, particularly for its authentic culture and character and historic structures, including its beautiful Venetian Harbour. It is an incredibly well-preserved Venetian town with all kinds of Medieval architecture, framing a bustling metropolis of museums, churches, narrow shopping streets, waterfront restaurants and crafts shops. Alongside the stunning coastal areas and mountainous landscapes are an array of outstanding remains and glorious buildings of an ancient era, including a picturesque harbourfront and impressive Venetian lighthouse.
Chania is also the perfect location to try all kinds of local cuisine, wine and traditional feasts. For educational and historical adventures, you can visit the Maritime Museum and the Archaeological Museum or take a trip to one of the many surrounding monasteries or historical sites including the Samaria Gorge, Venizelos Graves or the unique architectural complex of Tabakaria.
To the north of the island, very nearby the villa, are some of the larger beaches, and to the south are the more secluded and traditional beaches, punctuated by small seaside villages, and of course, there are thousands of deserted coves and isolated bays for private enjoyment, if you look hard enough! For a perfect day trip across the island, the West Coast beaches of soft sand and coloured pebbles, such as Falasarna, are around 70km away from Villa Aeolus, and the South Coast beaches with beautiful crystal-clear waters, including Sougia, are about 80km away.
|Nearest Ferry Port||
Head to the West side of Crete to find some of the best beaches and most charming villages in the island. Indulge yourself by visiting the unique Balos lagoon and jumping into its turquoise waters, or have a truly Cretan dining experience in one of the many tavernas by the sea and taste the delicious seafood on offer.
Find more about Chania and the rest of the Southernmost island in Greece with our travel guide below.
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How to reach Chania
There are two ways to reach Chania: either by flight or by ferry.
By plane: Chania Airport (CHQ) is only a 20 minutes ride away from central Chania. During the summer months, frequents overseas and domestic flights are performed. In most of the cases, there are available buses that connect Chania city and most of the villas. You can also hire a car from one of the many rental companies at the airport, or alternatively get a taxi to bring you right to your doorstep.
By ferry: If you choose to do an island-hopping trip and use the ferry as a method of transportation, then the closest port is in Souda, only 8km from the centre of Chania. Only ferries from Piraeus in Athens or Heraklion in Crete. Heraklion port has a wider choice: you can also take a ferry from other Greek islands like Santorini, Mykonos or Paros, but you will have to take a longer bus ride to reach your villa. You can easily book your ferry tickets using the link below or the booking engine.
With luscious landscaped gardens, spacious interiors and a huge private pool, Villa Armenoi is the perfect home for families of all ages!
There are also tons of activities to enjoy in the local towns and the vibrant and unspoilt natural landscape of northern Crete. For a relaxing afternoon, retire to the wonderful private pool where the kids can enjoy some harmless fun, and you can keep an eye on them from the comfort of a sun lounger.
In the surrounding landscape you will find endless opportunities for an active day out with all the family: cycle through the quaint villages and along the rugged coast or enjoy a range of water-sports along the sublime coastline. You can even experience the fantastic scenery on a hike – be sure to take a picnic; there are endless perfect spots to sit, relax, and take in the breath-taking views across the Mediterranean Sea!
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Village
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Child-Safe Pool
- Outdoor Games
- Breakfast Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
- Transfers Available
- Breakfast Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Welcome Hamper Included
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, and a midweek clean. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Linen & towels included?||Bed linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price. Changed midweek.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in rental price.|
|Internet access?||The property has complimentary Wi-fi connection. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed|
|Smoking Allowed?||Not permitted|
|Pool heating charge?||For those who require pool heating, there will be an additional charge of €300/weekly. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures. Please request in advance.|
|Tax||Included in rental price|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
|Other Ts and Cs||EOT 1127278|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023||£3,090|
|Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||£2,829|
|Apr 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023||£3,056|
|May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||£3,622|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||£4,414|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||£5,206|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||£4,187|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023||£3,169|
|Nov 1st 2023 - Feb 28th 2024||£2,829|
|Feb 28th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||£2,829|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 29th 2024||£3,056|
|Apr 29th 2024 - May 30th 2024||£3,622|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||£4,414|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||£5,206|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023||€3,235|
|Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||€2,962|
|Apr 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023||€3,199|
|May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||€3,791|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||€4,621|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||€5,450|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||€4,384|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023||€3,318|
|Nov 1st 2023 - Feb 28th 2024||€2,962|
|Feb 28th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||€2,962|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 29th 2024||€3,199|
|Apr 29th 2024 - May 30th 2024||€3,791|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||€4,621|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||€5,450|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023||$3,497|
|Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||$3,203|
|Apr 1st 2023 - May 1st 2023||$3,459|
|May 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023||$4,099|
|Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||$4,996|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023||$5,892|
|Sep 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||$4,739|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023||$3,587|
|Nov 1st 2023 - Feb 28th 2024||$3,203|
|Feb 28th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||$3,203|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 29th 2024||$3,459|
|Apr 29th 2024 - May 30th 2024||$4,099|
|May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||$4,996|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||$5,892|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
I bought the land in 2015 and completed the build in 2019.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It was the land and location that I first fell in love with. I had spent years looking for the perfect spot, but everything seemed to be a compromise and come up short. I knew within 30 seconds of standing on the land that this was it. Elevated location, 360 views of the sea and mountains, totally private yet only six minutes to the beaches, greenery all around interrupted in places by the terracotta rooftops of sleepy villages. And the smell…the wild thyme, oregano and rosemary was almost overpowering.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The land around Villa Armenoi is known locally as “the land of the oaks”, due to its density of oak trees. Local lore tells of the land being a favoured hide out for Cretan resistance fighters during the Ottoman occupation, given its natural camouflage and excellent views of the surrounding area.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
All our guest are famous…
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
A jeep safari into the high White Mountains (snow covered into June) followed by a walk down the Samaria Gorge (Europe’s longest gorge), takes you from peaks over 2500 meters down to the shores of the azure blue Libyan Sea.
If you are here for a couple of weeks, consider joining an entry level scuba diving course in Almyrida, which culminates in a boat trip to the astonishing Elephant Cave - an underwater cave discovered in 1999 containing the remains of Europe’s only indigenous elephant.
Follow in the footsteps of Gordon Ramsay and experience the exquisite bougatsa from Iordanis in Chania. Generations of the same family have been serving this Cretan delicacy in the same shop since 1922.
Tucked away in Kalives you will find Mythos Taverna ran by three brothers; one the shepherd, one the butcher and one the chef - amazing locally sourced food at ridiculously affordable prices.
Loutro; a uniquely characterful village on the south coast, which can only be accessed by boat.
Chania Old Town; a maze of cobbled side streets, lined by old stone Venetian and Ottoman houses now sympathetically converted in to eateries of every kind, built around the old harbour complete with its ancient lighthouse.
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Views from the main roof terrace are simply breathtaking. Make a point of being there to experience the incredible Cretan sunrise and again after dark to see the most stunning star-studded sky.
Beautifully presented and surrounded by fantastic views of the sea to the north and the mountains in the south, Villa Armenoi was the perfect location for a much needed break. The property is immaculate and cleverly furnished; allowing you to relax in comfort at any hour of the day or night. The pool area is great for daytime lounging and in the late afternoon the roof terrace allows you to continue enjoying the sun as it begins to dip behind the hills to the West. We really enjoyed our stay and Ian and Annie could not have been more helpful and kind throughout.
Would Love To Return
If you want complete peace of mind in a luxurious villa among lavender and olive trees than this is the place for you! We stayed here with our two grown-up daughters who loved the roof terrace, the infinity pool, the state-of the-art kitchen and the widescreen TV. The views over Souda Bay were simply stunning as were the surrounding villages. We particularly enjoyed Almyrida with its fish tavernas and lively beach.
The owners went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our holiday, while we were given a warm welcome by the housekeeper who made sure we familiarised ourselves with the villa on arrival.
You will definitely need a car to reach this hilltop villa but its remoteness is part of its charm ... and your neighbours are some very friendly sheep!
Would love to return! Can't recommend highly enough.
Fantastic Villa, Great Family Break
Thanks to the A and I for building such a beautiful villa in the Chania district, not far from Kalyves. The villa had everything we could have wished for, lovely bedrooms, great kitchen and dining area, and even better a " cool" outdoor area. Amenities were great. The pool was a good size, and the kids almost lived in there. The villa is very modern, chic and still makes you feel at home. We loved the different outdoor areas, including the roof terrace , the sun lounges and the pétanque court. The villa manager was great and the maintenance of the garden and pool were done regularly. We enjoyed the gym equipment. One of the best part of the villa was the amazing views of the mountains, the sea and the greenery. The sunrise and sunsets were perfect, and we also got a lovely breeze. You cannot see any other villas from the property ,which makes it feel very private and relaxed. The road to get to the villa are pretty bumpy and we were glad we had hired an old car ) Also, you are dependent on using the car everywhere, particularly in the summer. We had some great outings to Chania, Elafonissi, Loutro, some local villages and Almyrida. Warmly recommended !
Paradise found! We stopped at Villa Armenoi for a glorious week at the beginning of June 2019. Set in private, gated grounds on the crest of a hill, the villa offers breathtaking 360 views to the sea, the mountains and the Apokoronas villages. Location-wise, we were a 6 min drive to Almyrida beach and a bit less to the beaches at Kera and Kalives. Airport was around 30 mins. Lovely 15 min evening walk to the tavernas in Douliana. 33 degrees by the large pool, but the villa was wonderfully cool with its vaulted, cedar ceilings, underfloor and fan-coil cooling (a very pleasant and noticeably different atmosphere from the irritating dryness of air-conditioning). Magical evenings at Villa Armenoi under star-studded skies with the scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme drifting in from the gardens on the gentle north-south breeze. Understand the owners are laying a large lawn area to the front of the villa, which will make a great place for the kids to play in the shade of oak and carob trees.
Beautifully appointed Siemens kitchen got my wife quite jealous…never got chance to use the summer kitchen. Beds and bedrooms sumptuous - kids loved the spa-jet showers - couldn’t get them out…
Been on more than a few villa holidays over the years - Villa Armenoi was the truly stand out experience - we’ve already booked for next year :)
I want to die if paradise is like this! Hanging in the middle of the countryside and the hills of Crete, we spent, as a family, an extraordinary week, a stone's throw from charming villages where we had our dinners each evening (beautifully rich and varied cuisine at unbeatable prices). The 3 bedroom villa is decorated with refinement and simplicity; everything is there to spend a dream vacation. The pool is where we spent the most time; breathtaking views of the countryside and the sea. The owners came to welcome us and explain the house and its surroundings to us. We can't wait to come back in October 2020.
Villa Armenoi is simply stunning for summer with lots of beautiful beaches, bars and amazing local restaurant nearby.
Switch to autumn it’s still in the high 20’s so you can soak up the sun. Everything is still open. And, then you have the winter and you have the beautiful snow capped mountains peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings to loose yourself in.
This is an amazing beautiful place. If you want family fun book it, if you want to take yourself off to write that book or screen play you’ve been meaning to write, book it. You won’t be disappointed. Villa Armenoi is plus 5 star
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