Villa Cetus

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Villa/House Modern Self-Catered Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village


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You’ll get a bird’s eye sea view when you vacation in Villa Cetus, on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the heart of the Aegean Sea. This luxury villa can be found in a small complex of five superb properties, nestled into the cliff called Eagle’s Nest by the locals, and commands panoramic Cretan countryside and Aegean Sea views. The villa is set in it its own three hundred and ninety square metres of grounds, surrounded by stone walls and a sea view, glass-fronted terrace. The property comes with private parking, complimentary air-conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout.

The three ensuite double bedrooms can comfortably accommodate up to six guests, ideal for a family or group of friends sharing. Villa Cetus is built over two storeys out of local stone, and classic Mediterranean white-washed walls. The one hundred and forty square metre interior is exquisitely appointed, complementing the exterior, it has internal stone walls, and double doors that flood the villa with natural light and cooling sea breezes. The furnishings are stylishly modern, the lighting is contemporary copper, and the décor is a calming palette of neutral earth tone and crisp clean white.

Enter the villa at the ground floor level, where you will discover a sophisticated holiday home of light and airy open-plan living. The bright and breezy seating area has a large comfy L-shaped steel grey velvet sofa, a wooden coffee table, a flat-screen television, and access to the terrace. The adjacent wood and white fully equipped kitchen has all the built-in appliances you will need to cater for your holiday, including a family-size fridge freezer, and that must-have morning coffee maker. Most importantly, the kitchen has a dedicated wine fridge, from which you can help yourself, but there will be a charge. The smart wooden dining table with six upholstered chairs is ideal for some impressive indoor entertaining. The ground floor is home to a beautifully-appointed bedroom with a huge double bed, bedside tables, a flat-screen television, and access to the sea-view pool terrace. The ensuite modern bathroom has a walk-in shower and full-size complimentary Zealots toiletries. Take the stairs to the first floor, where there are two further spacious double ensuite bedrooms, both with furnished glass-fronted sea-view balconies. One of the bedrooms has a very useful workstation and printer.

The tiled terrace has a glass-fronted surround for uninterrupted azure sea views. A step-entry saltwater swimming pool takes centre stage, surrounded by the most inviting deep cushioned wooden sun loungers, and a couple of swing chairs. By request, the pool can be heated in the cooler months. After a refreshing cooling dip, play a game of whiff-whaff on the outside ping pong table. Relax at the wicker set soft seating spot, perfectly positioned to maximise those stunning sea views and the ideal place for a sun downer at sunset. An outside six-seater dining set is sited under the shady veranda, ready for hosting an alfresco feast of local Greek delicacies,  

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What you should know…

  • There is a wine fridge in the kitchen, the contents can be enjoyed at an extra charge
  • The saltwater swimming pool can be heated in the cooler months, this is subject to prior arrangement and at an extra charge
  • We recommend hiring a car to make the most of your Cretan holiday

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Coffee Machine Hairdryer TV Indoor Games Table Tennis Heating Seaview

The Villa

2 storey stone built villa with 3 ensuite bedrooms, sea views and a private saltwater swimming pool

Ground Floor:
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining area
- Open plan living area
- Double bedroom with ensuite

First Floor:

- 2x Double bedrooms with ensuites
- workstation with printer

- Tiled sea view terrace
- Saltwater swimming pool
- Dining area

Additional Facilities
- Complimentary Zealots toiletries
- Workstation with printer
- Baby crib can be provided
- Garage parking
- Ping pong table
- Sun loungers


About the surrounding area of Villa Cetus
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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Villa Cetus can be found nestled into the hewn cliffside of a small five-luxury property complex on the north coast of Crete, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The villa is a thirty-minute drive from Heraklion International Airport, a half-hour scenic coastal route drive to your holiday home from home. The island of Crete is equidistant from east to west, so you’ll have no difficulty getting to any attraction of your choice.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing time sunbathing on sandy beaches, yearning for some culture and visiting archaeological sites in the cradle of civilisation, or trekking the trails through the local flora and fauna, before dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone with a holiday on the island of Crete. The villa is within a few minutes' drive to the tiny village of Mades. with its beautiful horseshoe bay sandy beach, and crystal clear waters, it is populated with sun loungers and shady parasols, and some sail and fishing caiques too. Other notable beaches within the vicinity can be found at the quiet Agia Pelagia, Liguria with its beach bars, scuba diving and water sports, and the splendid Gulf of Heraklion.

In the village of Liguria, you will find provisions to cater for your holiday, family-run tavernas serving traditional Cretan food, and lots of cosy bars for a glass of local wine and people-watching. For those who love walking, explore the three hundred caves the island hides, hike over hillsides, streams, and rocky ravines to discover watermills and ruins, and stop along the way at a local winery and taste the fruits of the many vineyards The area is soaked in history, particularly Minoan and Dorian, Crete was conquered by the Venetians in the fifteenth century, who built fortresses to keep the Ottoman pirates at bay, then finally gaining independence in the nineteenth century and becoming part of Greece.

If you prefer the sea to land, all aboard a boat trip where you can scuba or snorkel underwater ruins, and strap on your jet skis or paraglide with one of the many water sports clubs. The town and port of Heraklion are a short drive from the villa, don’t miss a tour around the ancient Palace of Knossos, a visit to the Archaeological Museum, a walk along the Venetian walls, and a stroll through the old quarter, where you can shop for souvenirs, before enjoying a souvlaki and ouzo like a local. Go further afield to Vai, Crete’s easternmost tip, where you will find lush forests and a unique date palm. Explore Psychro Cave, reputedly the birthplace of Zeus, and rock climb Mount Ida to find the Ideon Cave. Sitia Geopark is three hundred and fifty square kilometres of the island’s diverse ecosystem, where you can trek through gorges, bathe on beaches, walk the wetlands, become a bird-watcher, and be at one with nature. Get active and hike the Richtis Gorge, and stroll through streams to reach the twenty-metre waterfall, where you can cool off in the inviting pool.

Find peace and solitude in the fifteenth-century Toplou Monastery, where you can see beautiful Byzantine icons. Take a boat tour to visit the intriguing island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony until as recently as the 1950s, home to a Venetian fortress, and now an open-air museum. No visit to Crete is complete without a trip to Agios Nikolaos, a harbour town that uniquely houses a lake in its centre, is home to the archaeological museum of Minoan treasures, and is full of tavernas, shops, bars, and restaurants, in which to sit and watch the local life go by.

Read more about Heraklion

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion Airport


Nearest Restaurant Taverna Anatoah


Nearest Beach Lygaria Beach


Nearest Supermarket Super Market Apostolis 1



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

There are loads of things to do and places to see for your kids of all ages when you stay at Villa Cetus. Let’s start with your own private pool, where there are no set hours, so they can splash and swim all day. The beach is within walking distance of the villa, in ten minutes you can all be sitting on the shore making sand castles, and swimming in the sea. Villa Cetus is family-friendly, with lots of amenities, including toys and games for children of all ages, and a ping pong table too.

The Aegean Sea is a safe place to enjoy snorkelling and underwater fish spotting, whilst for older children, there are lots of centres to learn to scuba dive. All aboard a boat for a fun day out at sea is a great way for the family to spend time together, discover hidden coves, enjoy locally cooked food, stop off for a swim, and relax and sunbathe on deck. The family will love a day out at the Watercity Waterpark, an aquatic park set in a huge eight seven thousand square metres, with thirty-six water games, lots of swimming pools, and slippy slides to keep your kids amused all day. Whilst the adults can enjoy a day in their own dedicated area.

Children love a day out in Heraklion, ignite their interest in history with a visit to the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum, walk along the harbour walls, and enjoy a meal of local mezes in a family-friendly local taverna. Your kids will love the CRETaquarium, located in the town of Gournes, which is home to two and a half thousand aquatic species housed in sixty fish tanks. After the aquarium take a short drive to Dinosauria Park, where you will find animatronic dinosaur models and fossil replicas. If theme parks are their thing Labyrinth Park is a short drive away, let them get lost in a Greek mythology maze, practice their putting at the mini golf, learn to ride horseback, or shoot some arrows with a bit of archery, something to keep kids of all age groups amused. Go cross country in an off-road Land Rover and open-top Jeep Safari, and see the Cretan countryside in a thrilling ride. Travel further afield for days out by car or organised trips to Agios Nikolaos, a statue spot around the town’s central lake, climb the stairs and take in the culture of contemporary art, or learn about Minoan history in the Archaeological Museum.

If nature is their thing, hike the island to see the local flora and fauna, find the cave that Zeus was born in, follow the stream trail to hidden waterfalls, and visit the open-air Sitia Geopark and discover Crete’s diverse ecosystem. A visit to Crete isn’t complete without a trip to Spinalonga, now an open-air museum, reached by a short boat trip from Elounda, the home of a former leper colony and a ruined Venetian fortress, and now the setting for many a film, it makes for a fascinating day out for children and adults alike.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following: 

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €500 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 16:00
Departure time 09:00 to 11:00
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
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.
Changeover day Flexible.
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.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Other 2 Social gatherings not permitted.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Minimum stay 5 Nights.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jan 2nd 2024 - - £1,531 £2,143
Jan 2nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 - - £1,851 £2,592
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 £900 £1,200 £1,500 £2,099
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £1,159 £1,545 £1,932 £2,704
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £1,448 £1,930 £2,413 £3,378
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - £2,404 £3,005 £4,207
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - £3,326 £4,656
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - £2,059 £2,573 £3,602
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £1,222 £1,629 £2,037 £2,851
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - £1,851 £2,592
Dec 31st 2024 - Feb 28th 2025 - - £1,851 £2,592
Feb 28th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 £900 £1,200 £1,500 £2,099
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 £1,159 £1,545 £1,932 £2,704
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £1,448 £1,930 £2,413 £3,378
May 31st 2025 - Jun 3rd 2025 - £2,404 £3,005 £4,207

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jan 2nd 2024 - - €1,667 €2,333
Jan 2nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 - - €2,016 €2,822
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 €980 €1,307 €1,633 €2,286
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €1,262 €1,683 €2,103 €2,945
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €1,577 €2,102 €2,628 €3,678
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - €2,618 €3,273 €4,581
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - €3,622 €5,070
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - €2,242 €2,802 €3,923
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €1,331 €1,774 €2,218 €3,105
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - €2,016 €2,822
Dec 31st 2024 - Feb 28th 2025 - - €2,016 €2,822
Feb 28th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 €980 €1,307 €1,633 €2,286
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 €1,262 €1,683 €2,103 €2,945
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €1,577 €2,102 €2,628 €3,678
May 31st 2025 - Jun 3rd 2025 - €2,618 €3,273 €4,581

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jan 2nd 2024 - - $1,817 $2,544
Jan 2nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 - - $2,198 $3,077
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 $1,068 $1,424 $1,780 $2,492
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $1,376 $1,835 $2,293 $3,210
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $1,719 $2,292 $2,864 $4,010
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - $2,854 $3,568 $4,994
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - $3,948 $5,528
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - $2,444 $3,055 $4,277
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $1,451 $1,934 $2,418 $3,384
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 31st 2024 - - $2,198 $3,077
Dec 31st 2024 - Feb 28th 2025 - - $2,198 $3,077
Feb 28th 2025 - Mar 31st 2025 $1,068 $1,424 $1,780 $2,492
Mar 31st 2025 - Apr 30th 2025 $1,376 $1,835 $2,293 $3,210
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $1,719 $2,292 $2,864 $4,010
May 31st 2025 - Jun 3rd 2025 - $2,854 $3,568 $4,994

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.

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