Villa Orvia

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1


Great Value
Self-Catered Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village Parking Space

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Villa Orvia offers a stylish, modern space with charm for up to four guests. It boasts wonderful sea views and a gorgeous swimming pool and is ideally positioned to enjoy the delights of Maleme and the famous, spectacular beaches of Crete. It comes with one romantic bedroom, a characterful living space with exposed stonework and a sofa bed and wonderful terraces. It even has a historic well which is now used as an outdoor bar. It sits alongside its sister villa, Villa Xannia so this is a great option to be next door to friends or family. 

Villa Orvia is perched on the gentle hillside not far from Maleme,  Platanias and the lovely village of Kontomari. The delightful resort of Maleme sits between the villages of Tavronitis and Gerani with a three kilometre beach. The gorgeous Venetian harbour and Old Town of Chania is only twenty five minutes away with its waterfront bars and restaurants, its dreamy ancient buildings and its charming, bougainvillea draped cobbled alleyways. Three of the island’s most spectacular beaches, Balos, Elafonisi and Falasarna, are within easy reach of the villa. For an alternative day out, you can head to the phenomenal Samaria Gorge. 

The living space of this family-friendly villa is on the ground floor with a modern kitchen with all that you need for a self-catering stay cleverly tucked in under the stairs. With exposed stonework, the living space is very characterful and enjoys a warm, welcoming ambience. A quality sofa bed, perfect for two extra guests, sits against the wall where you can watch television or curl up with your holiday book. The small dining table is ideal if you want to eat inside, otherwise, you might want to head out to the terrace for a spot of alfresco dining. 

Stairs lead up to your delightful, romantic double bedroom with its beamed ceiling and floaty voile curtains. The double bed comes with Coco-mat pillows for a blissful night’s sleep. There is a modern family shower room with a large walk-in shower. Here you will find a handy washing machine. The main terrace is wonderful with a heavenly pool for a cooling dip, loungers, an alfresco lounge area and alfresco dining. This villa enjoys a fabulous location where you will relax, appreciate the help given by the very friendly managers of this property and enjoy the spectacular sea views. It is only roughly fifteen minutes to walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. 

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What you should know…

  • The villa comes with just one bedroom though you are very welcome to use the sofa bed in the living area for two extra guests
  • There are roped fences surrounding the swimming pool. Please take care of small children
  • Villa Orvia sits alongside its sister villa, Villa Xannia, they also share a pool
  • You must make sure that you have time to visit Chania Old Town. It is captivating and utterly beautiful with a fantastic dining scene. Although there are plenty of walk-in waterside eateries, it is best to book in advance for some of the more popular restaurants such as Tamam and Pallas with its gorgeous rooftop dining space

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

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  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Shared Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Coffee Machine Hairdryer TV Parking Space Seaview

The Villa

Villa Orvia is a 1 bedroom villa sleeping 4 guests, with shared pool.

-Double bedroom
-Sofa bed
-Fully equipped kitchen
-Living area

-Shared pool
-Seating area


About the surrounding area of Villa Orvia
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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Villa Orvia enjoys a lovely hillside position very close to the pretty, lively resort of Maleme. It is also within easy reach of the buzzy resort of Platanias and the Rodopos peninsula. Chania, Kissamos, Balos Beach, Falasarna Beach and Elafonisi Beach should all be on the ‘must-do’ list. Snorkelling, fishing and horse riding are available locally and there are some mini-markets and tempting tavernas in the local villages. The foothills behind Maleme are excellent for fresh country walks perfumed by the wild thyme and oregano. An hour’s ramble out of Maleme takes you to the charming hilltop village of Deres with its whitewashed church and inviting taverna. Maleme is famous for being the place where German paratroopers attacked Crete in 1941. Maleme is a peaceful haven but if you are looking for some livelier entertainment, you can head to its neighbour Platanias just along the road. 

The buzzy tourist resort of Kissamos sits on the edge of the Gramvousa peninsula. Kissamos is also known as Kastelli Kissamou in reference to the former Venetian fortress that used to dominate the town. Kissamos enjoys many tavernas, beaches and plenty of shops. Surrounding the town are fertile olive groves and vineyards. The main beach is Mavros Molos which is sprinkled with trees, sunbeds and parasols. The Archaeological Museum of Kissamos is located on the main square, Stratigou Tzanakaki, boasting an impressive collection of local discoveries from a wide range of historical eras. A little further north of the main port of Kissamos is the quaint, colourful Old Port of Kastelli Kissamou which is brimming with brightly coloured fishing boats, a photographer’s dream. 

On the Gramvousa peninsula, Balos Lagoon Beach is absolutely stunning and one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. The lagoon of Balos has silvery white sand and exotic, white, vivid blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and ideal for snorkelling. The lagoon and wider area with rare species of flora and fauna are protected under the Natura 2000 programme. Eleonora falcons, shags and cormorants nest in the caves and the area is a shelter for protected monk seal and loggerhead sea turtles. You will think you are in the Maldives or somewhere as it is so beautiful. Balos can be reached by car, though be prepared for a bumpy ride or you can take a boat trip to the beach. North of Balos, in Cape Korykon, there are remains of the small Roman town of Agnio with the temple of Apollo and the picturesque chapel of Agios Sostis. 

At the western base of the stunning Cape Gramvousa, 17km west of Kissamos, you will discover Falasarna Beach, another fabulous Cretan gem. The beach has been voted as one of the ten best beaches in Europe in the past. Falasarna Bay actually consists of five consecutive dazzling, silver-sanded beaches. It is huge as well as gorgeous and has such a dazzling, clear, turquoise-blue sea. At the northern end of the beach, there are ruins of the ancient Grecoroman city of Falasarna. There are several companies offering watersports including Falasarna Activities which offers wakeboard and jet ski tuition. 

Elafonisi is also a magical place that consists of a small islet with white and pink sandy beaches. Visitors can wade out to the island to enter another world. The island is an internationally classified nature reserve and home to more than one hundred rare plants including summer flowering sea daffodils that look like white cups. The island is a nature lovers' paradise. To the left of the sandbank, windsurfers enjoy the prevailing winds. 

The charming and picturesque Old Town of Chania is roughly twenty five minutes away in the car. Its atmospheric 14th century Venetian harbour, old port, narrow, cobbled shopping streets, colourful bougainvillea and waterfront restaurants make this a top-notch evening out. The sunset views are breathtaking with the Venetian lighthouse a focal point. You can walk along the harbour wall to the lighthouse. 

Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe at 16km, takes roughly six hours to pass along the whole gorge. Alternatively, you can drive to Chora Sfakion and take a boat to Agia Roumeli and walk a few kilometres at the end of the gorge. The Imbros Gorge is also very beautiful and takes approximately two hours. You can combine this walk with swimming at Fragokastelo Beach.  

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Chania International Airport

(36.1 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Chania Port

(19.3 km)

Nearest Town/City Chania

(18.3 km)

Nearest Village Maleme

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Paralia Maleme

(1.6 km)


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.

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Villa Orvia is ideal for a small family who are happy to have their children sleeping in the living area. There is a very comfortable, quality sofa bed. The villa boasts a lovely pool and is situated in a quiet spot. 

The beach at Maleme is wonderful and there is a great selection of bars, tavernas and restaurants. You should also visit at least one of the famous beaches of Falasarna, Elafonisi and Balos that you see on many Crete holiday posters. The beaches are absolutely stunning and you will not forget them.  Kissamos Beach is also close by with several surf schools including Kalo Surf and a number of opportunities to learn to stand-up paddleboard. At Kissamos you can take many boat trips, either to Balos or just to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the clear blue water. 

If you’re keen to explore the local environment, you’ll come across some outstanding natural wonders. The well-known Cave of Agia Sophia near Kissamos is a remarkable sight, full of dramatic, twisted stalagmites and stalactites. The Sirikari Gorge that runs from the village of Sirikari down to Polyrrinia can be explored on a three hour walk, where you will see a wealth of beautiful plants and as well as wild animals. Another gorge, the Keramari Gorge near Kissamos, is the entrance to the traditional village of Milia. Active children may enjoy mountain biking or hiking in some of the gorges or the eroded, bizarre-looking hills of Komolithi. 

Chania Town is a great place for families. Minoan’s World of 3D Museum and 9D Cinema is an immersive cinema where you can learn about the Minoan history while enjoying 11 effects such as earthquakes, snow and much more. The movie stars Zeus as a baby and as a God, abductions, flying too close to the sun and an eruption of the volcano in Santorini causing a devastating tsunami that ended the Minoan era. Children love wandering around the harbour and out to the lighthouse. The narrow cobbled lanes are full of souvenir shops as well as gorgeous, atmospheric restaurants. There are also many street musicians that children love listening to. They enjoy sunset boat trips from the harbour and the horse and carriage rides that are available. 

Aqua Creta Limnoupolis is a fun water park close to Chania. It offers extreme adventure with impressive water slides including two freefall slides, a black hole, a triple twist, a rainbow multi-slide and two giant slides. It also boasts a lazy river, a kid’s pool and an artificial island. 

The cuisine in Crete is delicious and it is very easy to eat out with children. You should definitely stop at a Cretan bakery for biscuits and pastries. Loukoumades are honey-drenched doughnuts that children adore!

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites


Oliver's Extras

  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Transfers Available

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, 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 pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

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!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit There is no security deposit, but should there be any damage or loss caused by you or your guests during your stay you will be liable for the cost.
Arrival time 14.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Yes, Included in rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, Included in rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, Included in rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Changeover day Flexible.
Minimum stay 5 nights
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that on occasions, in Greece, extremes in weather can cause water and/ or electric supply to be cut or reduced. Services are normally restored as soon as possible.

The Greek government requires owners to collect a Tourist Climate Tax, your property manager will collect this in cash:

March-October €10 per night per unit

November-February €4 per night per unit

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - May 30th 2024 £920
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £1,080
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 £1,582
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 £1,582
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 £1,512
Sep 29th 2024 - Jan 29th 2025 £1,080
Jan 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 £920
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £1,080
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 29th 2025 £1,582
Jul 29th 2025 - Aug 29th 2025 £1,582
Aug 29th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 £1,512
Sep 28th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 £1,080

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - May 30th 2024 €994
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €1,167
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 €1,709
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 €1,709
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 €1,633
Sep 29th 2024 - Jan 29th 2025 €1,167
Jan 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 €994
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €1,167
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 29th 2025 €1,709
Jul 29th 2025 - Aug 29th 2025 €1,709
Aug 29th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 €1,633
Sep 28th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 €1,167

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - May 30th 2024 $1,059
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $1,243
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 $1,820
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 $1,820
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 $1,740
Sep 29th 2024 - Jan 29th 2025 $1,243
Jan 29th 2025 - May 29th 2025 $1,059
May 29th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $1,243
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 29th 2025 $1,820
Jul 29th 2025 - Aug 29th 2025 $1,820
Aug 29th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 $1,740
Sep 28th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 $1,243

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.


  • Great

    on 07/09/2022

    It is a beautiful house very close to the beach but not in a very touristic area. You will find everything you need for a good and relaxed holiday. The host and his family are very helpful.

  • Excellent!

    on 06/09/2022

    We were going to go again! Excellent on everything!

  • We couldn’t wish for anything better!!!

    on 08/08/2022

    We are more than in love with the place and the landlords. The communication and hospitality was AMAZING. We loved how kind everyone was and the place itself was super cozy and full of lovely details. The atmosphere was perfect and we literally felt at home 30 minutes after arriving haha:) we totally fell in love with the amazing view also!! all in all, IT WAS PERFECT! We’re definitely coming back!

  • Beautiful location

    on 27/07/2022

    Clean with a nice view and quiet in a beautiful location, especially for a family with young children. There's no traffic on the street at all. The owners happy, friendly, discreet, you feel at home with them. That was all great! Thank you so much!

  • Very very nice

    on 16/09/2021

    Very nice small villa in a quite area far from the chaos but still at 15 min walk from the seaside, supermarket and restaurants. The host and her family are lovely and super welcoming. We had a very pleasant stay.

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