Villa Sfakaki

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2


Pool Villa/House
Great Value
Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach Walk to Village

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Villa Sfakaki sits on the top of a small hill in the delightful resort of Sfakaki, just metres from the beach. It boasts three bedrooms, a cosy, modern living room, a sociable kitchen diner, plenty of balconies from where you can enjoy fabulous views across to Rethymno and the sea and a swimming pool. It enjoys a laid-back ambience and is perfect for families or a group of friends who are looking to relax, enjoy the fabulous local beaches, taste delicious traditional food, have easy access to the lively city of Rethymno and perhaps head into the countryside to visit ancient villages, monasteries and famous gorges.

Sfakaki enjoys a fabulous organised beach, charming tavernas, wonderful restaurants, a bakery selling all sorts of delicious treats, supermarkets and bars. It offers a bus service into Rethymno so you can head in for a delicious meal and a wander enjoying cocktails and chilled local wines without worrying about having to drive. In addition to the beautiful Sfakaki Beach which is home to many Caretta Caretta sea turtles, there are plenty of others within walking distance including Pirgos Beach, Eleven Beach, Adelianos Kampos Beach and Skaleta Beach. Holidays to Sfakaki are about relaxation, unwinding and embracing the authentic side of Crete. The village is surrounded by countryside where pine sprinkled hillsides rise as far as you can see. Ancient villages perch along the winding rural roads wrapped in vines and colourful flowers and Mount Ida stands majestically on the horizon. Charmed by the fragrant combination of wild herbs, oregano, oleanders, hollies and eucalyptus trees, you can visit the amazing Monastery Arsaniou. Rethymno is just fifteen minutes away with its sandy beaches, Venetian and Ottoman architecture, Byzantine churches, picturesque port, charming narrow cobbled streets lined with unique boutiques and shops and its wonderful dining scene. The beautiful beach resorts of Bali, Agia Galini and Plakias are all within easy reach of Villa Sfakaki.

Villa Sfakaki is a semi-detached property with its sister villa, Villa Rethymno, also enjoying three bedrooms and similar amenities. Although the villas are attached, guests enjoy total privacy. If you wanted to take a holiday with another family we also feature Villa Rethymno so you could book both villas and be next door to each other! There is a long drive up to the villa which is beautifully kept with colourful planting and terracotta walls. As you climb the steps to enter the villa, you are immediately welcomed with the villa’s stunning panoramic views. The villa comes with an upper terrace where you can enjoy cocktails while watching the sun go down over Rethymno and the sea. Alfresco dining is wonderful under the stars and while watching the twinkling lights come on.

The chefs in your group will be delighted with the sociable kitchen diner.  It boasts all the appliances you need for a self-catering stay, a dining table and chairs and an additional sofa so the chefs will have company while they prepare a delicious feast. A bright and airy twin bedroom is found on this level with comfy single beds and patio doors that lead to a balcony. There is also a family bathroom with both a bath and shower.

The top floor is home to two bedrooms, both with beautifully dressed double beds and access to balconies which overlook the magnifcent landscape of Rethymno and the sea. Guests sleeping in these rooms share another family bathroom with a bath and a shower.

The delightful swimming pool terrace is surrounded with greenery to ensure privacy. There are loungers where you can relax and enjoy your holiday books and another table and chairs. Villa Sfakaki is peaceful and brilliantly located!

The photos are a mix of this villa and theidentical neighbouring villa, Villa Rethymno which can also be booked.

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What you should know…

  • The villa is semi-detached though you will enjoy total privacy during your stay. We also feature Villa Sfakaki’s sister villa, Villa Rethymno so you could book both villas if you want to take a holiday with another family. The photso are a mix of the two villas.
  • A local bus can take you directly into Rethymno if you do not want to drive
  • The villa has air-conditioning units in the living room space and bedrooms, except the children's bedroom as the one in the living room is strong enough to keep this room cool too

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • 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

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

The Villa

Ground Floor
- Living room
- Fully-equipped kitchen with dining facilities
- Cloakroom
- Bedroom with twin beds

First Floor
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Family bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool
- Terrace
- Dining facilities

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning- note the 3rd bedroom only has a fan
- TV
- Washing machine
- Parking


About the surrounding area of Villa Sfakaki
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The delightful Villa Sfakaki is located in the tranquil village of Sfakaki, just fifteen minutes’ drive from Rethymno. It is a lovely resort which is very friendly and enjoys some good shops, a bakery, tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants. The beach is wonderful with a long sweep of sand and lots of sun loungers and parasols. The beach is home to sea turtles that you might see if you are lucky. If you stick around for sunset or head up to your terraced balcony, you will be rewarded with brilliant sunsets that cast a dazzling red and orange glow across the sea. The village is surrounded by countryside and there are plenty of other beaches close by.

Rethymno is a wonderful city with beautiful architecture, much charm, a lively port and plenty of tourist amenities. You will pass by a fabulous helping of interesting shops and delicious restaurants to reach the Old Town that is crammed with ancient buildings. Whilst offering much to tourists, Rethymno has maintained its authentic Greek feel. You can head for the Venetian Fortezza to admire this amazing sand coloured citadel perched high above the shoreline and stroll among the fragrant pine trees that lead you past ornate chapels and churches. The architecture throughout Rethymno is very elegant and the port is bustling, lined with restaurants and bars. There are many boat trips that you can take.

If you head inland from Sfakaki, you will reach the 16th century Arkadi Monastery which stands alone on a plateau showcasing Baroque, Renaissance and Roman themes. The monastery is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Saviour and the Saints Constantine and Helen. You can also visit the Monastery of Preveli or the Monastery of Arsaniou. The Ideon Cave, on the east side of Mount Ida, is also fascinating as according to mythology it is where Zeus grew up.  

Plakias is another wonderfully popular resort. You can pass through the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko Gorge arriving at the idyllic stunning bay of Plakias with its brilliant blue sea. Plakias is a former fishing village and now offers some wonderful tavernas, restaurants and bars.

The Palace of Knossos is 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.

Read more about Rethymno

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Heraklion Airport


Nearest Town/City Rethymno


Nearest Restaurant Tavern Dimitris


Nearest Supermarket Pantelis Supermarket


Nearest Beach Sfakaki Beach



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

Villa Sfakaki is ideal for a family holiday. With two double rooms and one twin plus two family bathrooms it works very well. There is a lovely raised alfresco dining terrace and a delightful pool on offer as well as the beach being just a few minutes from the door step. If you persuade friends to book the next door villa, your children could also have their playmates to spend time with! Sfakaki is a great destination for families with its extensive sandy beach and welcoming tavernas.  

Rethymno is a city rich in history and entertainment. There are so many monuments for children to spot from the Renaissance and Venetian times. With spectacular views of the city and the sea, the Fortezza is a great place for kids. They love wandering around and travelling back in time to the era when this fortress protected the city from pirates and other invaders. The Old Town has a 4km long boulevard perfect for cycling. You can hire bikes and cycle along. The beaches of Rethymno are fabulous so you can stop there or at one of the beach bars for refreshments.

Children love their days on the beach so other than Sfakaki Beach and the Rethymno beaches, you can visit Preveli, Damnoni, Plakias, Rodakino and Triopetra. You will be mesmerised by their natural beauty and crystal clear water. Preveli Beach is 40km south of Rethymno and is one of the most idyllic beaches within easy reach. It feels like an exotic lagoon with its oasis of palm trees and greenish waters. The Kourtaliotis River ends at this breathtaking beach that is surrounded by lush greenery. The beach can get crowded in high season so you could combine your trip with a visit to the Preveli Monastery and walk from there or visit via a fishing boat from Plakias or Agia Galini.

Crete is famous for its olive oil and you can visit the Paraschakis Olive Oil Factory to learn about its three generations of production. The old mill was run with a donkey. Visitors can taste and buy the oil, enjoy a guided tour and even taste some raki. There are also some wonderful wineries to visit where you can explore the vineyards, learn about the production and taste some of the delicious wines.

Bali is another Cretan wonder, a stunning beach to the east of the villa. It is just fabulous and there is a dive school, the Hippocampos Dive Centre that will take you on introductory dives as well as scuba courses. You will see colourful underwater sealife including beautiful seahorses.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • 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 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 2pm
Departure time 12 noon
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 5-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Tax Please note that there will be local tax due on arrival of €0.50 per night.
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 6 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 £1,050 £1,470
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £1,050 £1,470
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £1,429 £2,000
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - £2,556
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £1,429 £2,000
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 30th 2025 £1,050 £1,470
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 £1,050 £1,470
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 £1,429 £2,000
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 - £2,556
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 £1,429 £2,000
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 £1,050 £1,470

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 €1,136 €1,590
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €1,136 €1,590
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €1,546 €2,164
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - €2,766
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €1,546 €2,164
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 30th 2025 €1,136 €1,590
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 €1,136 €1,590
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 €1,546 €2,164
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 - €2,766
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 €1,546 €2,164
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 €1,136 €1,590

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - May 1st 2024 $1,217 $1,703
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $1,217 $1,703
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $1,656 $2,318
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - $2,962
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $1,656 $2,318
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 30th 2025 $1,217 $1,703
Apr 30th 2025 - May 31st 2025 $1,217 $1,703
May 31st 2025 - Jun 30th 2025 $1,656 $2,318
Jun 30th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 - $2,962
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 30th 2025 $1,656 $2,318
Sep 30th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 $1,217 $1,703

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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