Villa Hesperos

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Sleeps: 7 - 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2


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Within walking distance of the charming mountain village of Rodia and with the most spectacular, mesmerising sea views over to Heraklion, Villa Hesperos offers lavish, five star accommodation for large families or groups of friends. Brimming with marble, extravagance and stylish furnishings, you will enjoy the holiday of your dreams when staying at Villa Hesperos. The villa sits in stunning landscaped gardens making it a truly luxurious base to explore the countryside, the island’s ancient archeological sites, breathtaking beaches and fabulous dining scene. Perched on a seaside mountain, Villa Hesperos is not really comparable with many others. The villa boasts five extraordinary bedrooms and eye-catching living spaces.

Rodia is utterly charming with a pretty church, a handful of traditional Cretan tavernas, a few shops and spectacular views over the Gulf of Heraklion. The village is surrounded by countryside with fantastic hiking trails winding through rugged woodland such as Canyon Spiliotissa. The capital city, Heraklion, is just twenty-five minutes away, a modern city offering an excellent range of amenities and fabulous restaurants. Heraklion Airport is just twenty minutes from the villa making it a very short transfer. The famous Palace of Knosses is just a few miles from Heraklion’s city centre and the phenomenal Phaistos Palace is also nearby. The closest beach to Villa Hesperos, Palaikastro, is one of the most popular in the area and the lovely Ammoudara Beach will make you grin from ear to ear!

No expense was spared when building and designing Villa Hesperos. It is one of a kind that even the most descerning of travellers will look at with admiration and wonder. The lower level is home to three of the villa’s five bedrooms as well as a stylish family bathroom. In order to make the most of the villa’s astounding views, the main, split level living spaces are upstairs with another bedroom. The third level is home to a gorgeous master suite with a dressing area, balcony and ensuite bathroom. The villa and its grounds are totally private, a gorgeous retreat where you can meander through manicured, fragrant gardens, your own private Eden, basking in the Cretan sunshine. You can relax by the pool and dine alfresco while watching the sun go down. On arrival, as you drive along the stone driveway into your walled private garden, you will realise that you are in for a wonderful treat. Villa Hesperos is a unique, marble-covered property that glistens in the Cretan sunshine. The entire outside of the villa is marble and its interiors magically combine marble with beautiful, exposed stone walls and lavish furnishings.

The ground floor bedrooms are luxurious, elegant havens with atmospheric, exposed stone walls, rich dark wooden furniture and a warm, inviting ambience. The beds are all beautifully dressed with crisp white cottons and beautiful soft furnishings. The family bathroom is like a work of art with the best of fittings and charming, tasteful decor.

Upstairs, the living areas are extravagant and bold with marble everywhere, a sumptuous modern corner sofa that sits in front of a huge feature fireplace, a formal dining space, glass doors that open to a huge terrace and giant picture windows that offer the most amazing seascapes. The fireplace is stunning, made from a rare river stone from India that resembles polished wood. Intricate banisters lead to the exquisite, chef’s dream of a kitchen just above. Here you can prepare delicious feasts using top of the range appliances including an enormous American style fridge freezer. One of the villa’s stunning bedrooms also sits on this level with beautiful views.

The top floor master suite is amazing. You may have to draw straws for this one even though all of the bedrooms offer the height of luxury. With its sumptuous kingsize bed, spacious dressing area, astounding views from the balcony and a luxury ensuite bathroom, it is just wonderful.

Despite, absolutely stunning interiors, Villa Hesperos’ major plus is its astonishing gardens and terraces. Your very own stunning paradise will awake your senses with powerful scents coming from the lavender and jasmine and your eyes being drawn to the deep blue collage of the sky meeting the sea. You will discover secret corners of the garden where you can sit and contemplate your luck staying in such a captivating, beautiful corner of Crete. The garden enjoys many paths and levels to explore, lines of towering Cypress to admire and fruit trees laden with delicious fruits that you are welcome to pick. The villa’s swimming pool is utterly gorgeous, surrounded by a stone terrace, luxury loungers and a gorgeous double day bed. The surrounding mountains of Crete make for a fantastic backdrop. You can dine alfresco in style with your master barbecuers cooking a feast on the built-in barbecue or serving pizzas straight from the brick pizza oven. The huge ‘monk’s table’ seats twelve guests comfortably. Villa Hesperos truly offers a lot more than the average Cretan holiday home. You will definitely leave with magical holiday memories when staying here.

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What you should know…

  • The bedrooms are sprinkled throughout the villa. Although they are all wonderful havens, you may have to draw straws for the master suite!
  • There is plenty of space for four cars
  • The outdoor alfresco dining space and cooking area is sensational with a built-in barbecue and traditional pizza oven

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV DVD

The Villa
Villa Hesperos is a 5-bedroom villa sleeping up to 10 guests, located just a 15-minute drive from lovely Ammoudara beach.

Ground Floor

- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Family bathroom

First Floor
- Living room with TV, dining area and balcony access
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Bedroom with double bed
- Cloakroom

Second Floor
- Master suite with double bed, dressing area, balcony access and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool
- Pergola covered dining facilities
- Barbecue
- Pizza oven
- Sunbeds

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Iron & ironing board
- Hairdyrers
- Travel cot available on request
- Parking for 4 cars


About the surrounding area of Villa Hesperos
<1hr to Airport Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Villa Hesperos boasts a truly enviable mountain spot within walking distance of the mountain village of Rodia, overlooking the glistening sea. With far-reaching vistas of Heraklion city and the Gulf of Heraklion, it is a dreamy spot where guests can enjoy a total privacy. Rodia is very friendly with the locals making you feel very welcome. If you drive past the villa, you can visit the beautiful, serene Savathania nunnery, another beautiful place with gorgeous views. The scenic mountain road leads to Agia Pelagia, a stunning beach at the bottom of the mountain.

Heraklion has something to offer around the clock. From gorgeous beaches, lively hangouts, dusk-til-dawn clubbing, a fine dining scene and plenty of ancient buildings, there is something for everyone. Heraklion’s charm concentrates around the Old Town and its Venetian harbour. You can discover the impressive church of Agios Titos, the square originally built by the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus Phocas in 961 or the armoury and city hall. Another wonderful spot is the lively Morosini Square with its Lions’ Head fountain. At the entrance of the harbour, the Koules Fortress stands proud gazing out to sea. It took its final form between 1523 -1540 and served as a prison during Ottoman rule. Across from the harbour, the Venetian shipyards make for a romantic backdrop. Many visitors enjoy walking along the city’s Venetian walls, pausing in small shady parks and admiring the work of the famous Venetian architect, Michele Sanmicheli, who designed the walls and bastions more than 400 years ago. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is considered to be one of the most important museums in Europe. The pedestrianised Daedalus shopping street is full of designer stores, perfect for those with room in their suitcases!

The Palace of Knossos is close by where according to legend, the foundations of the Bronze Age city were filled with an inescapable labyrinth that was guarded by a vicious minotaur. The master craftsman Daedalus built the labyrinth for the mythical King Minos. His son, Theseus, slew the minotaur and found his way out of the labyrinth with the help of Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, according to legend. The palace flourished during the Minoan period as the religious centre of Crete. Thanks to the archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans’ excavation and careful restoration, the Palace of Knossos is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Greece.

The city’s surrounding hiking trails cross impressive gorges, picturesque villages, ancient sites and end in secluded coves. Gortyna or Gortys was an ancient city of Crete and was the capital during the Roman era. Nowadays, it is a beautiful archaeological site. According to the myth, Zeus took refuge there.

The Rouva forest sits 55km south of Heraklion, one of the most rugged and secluded parts of Crete. The forest sits on a plateau at the southern part of Psiloritis Mountains and can be reached from the Nida Plateau or Gergeri village.

To the west of Villa Hesperos, you can visit Rethymno where you will be rewarded by its history, its delicious local wine, its waterfront tavernas and its stunning beaches. In the old quarter, the buildings date back to the 16th century and its pretty, cobbled streets and stamp-sized piazzas are lined with restaurants and unique shops. The Venetian styled harbour is beautiful and is overlooked by the castle. The nearby beach resorts of Bali, Agia Galini, Plakias and Adelianos Kampos are gorgeous. The historical monasteries of Preveli and Arkadi are very popular visits.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion Airport


Nearest Town/City Heraklion


Nearest Village Rodia


Nearest Restaurant View Papadakis Taverna


Nearest Supermarket Mini Market, Rodia


Nearest Beach Pantanassas Beach



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

Villa Hesperos is amazing for families. It enjoys so much space and stunning gardens. The pool is wonderful.

The location of Heraklion is brilliant. There are so many entertainment options and incredible beaches to discover. History loving children can visit the Palace of Knossos and learn about its incredible history. Equally, Gortyn and Phaestos are brilliant. Cretaquarium is popular. Here, children will meet sharks, seahorses, jelly fishfish and a huge variety of Mediterranean marine life in sixty tanks with 1.7 million litres of seawater. It is one of the largest aquariums in Europe, housing more than 4000 creatures. In Heraklion, children love walking the ancient walls, counting the lions at the Morosini Fountain at Lions Square, visiting the fascinating Natural History Museum and dining on the waterfront looking out to sea at the islet of Dia. The Cathedral of Saint Minas is amazing and children love visiting it and lighting a candle. The city’s central open street market is a buzzy place where you can eat and shop.

The family friendly Labyrinth Park is a twenty minute drive from Heraklion. Children love solving the maze and finding their way out to escape the minotaur and answering the quizzes on offer.

Dinosauria Park is located in Gournes, fifteen minutes from Heraklion and very close to the aquarium. It is popular with anyone wanting to learn more about prehistoric creatures.

Minoiki Avli is a dance show which takes place in the stoned theatre of the Riding Club of Heraklion. Professional dancers are dressed as Minoans and showcase some ancient rituals including the famous Minoan bullfighting. It is such fun.

Another popular trip is a visit to a traditional olive oil farm. Kids love being outdoors and finding out how olives are turned into oil. It is also chance to meet some locals and find out about life in rural Crete. You could also stop at the Paterniakis Winery, to taste some delicious Cretan wines. There are also opportunities to join a family cooking experience.

In the village of Anopolis, 17km from Heraklion, you will discover Water City Waterpark. It enjoys many pools and a wonderful array of waterslides that bring a big smile to children’s faces.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD


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 pick-up/drop-off
- 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!

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €1,000 charged to client’s credit card by the owner before/upon arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the 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.
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.
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

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 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £5,695 £7,973
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £7,501 £10,500
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £9,108 £12,751
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £7,501 £10,500
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 £5,695 £7,973
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 £5,695 £7,973
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 £7,501 £10,500
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £9,108 £12,751
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £7,501 £10,500
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 15th 2025 £5,695 £7,973

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €6,185 €8,659
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €8,145 €11,403
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €9,891 €13,846
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €8,145 €11,403
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 €6,185 €8,659
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 €6,185 €8,659
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 €8,145 €11,403
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €9,891 €13,846
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €8,145 €11,403
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 15th 2025 €6,185 €8,659

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $6,592 $9,228
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $8,681 $12,154
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $10,542 $14,758
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $8,681 $12,154
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 31st 2025 $6,592 $9,228
Mar 31st 2025 - May 31st 2025 $6,592 $9,228
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 $8,681 $12,154
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $10,542 $14,758
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $8,681 $12,154
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 15th 2025 $6,592 $9,228

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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