From the moment you arrive at Olga your senses will tell you that you are entering an exotic hideaway. The Olga villas are reached through terraced gardens and pathways reminiscent of an old Cretan village, filled with dozens of species of flowers, herbs and trees. Truly a botanist’s delight. The trees create archways of welcome shade across stone paths. Giant stone urns trail heavily perfumed plants such as jasmine, gardenia and tobacco flowers. The sun shines on whitewashed walls emblazoned with scarlet geraniums brimming out of giant earthenware ‘pithari’. These magical surroundings provide an oasis-like setting for the inviting freshwater swimming pool, sunloungers and pretty parasols. Tradition and architecture are featured and strongly preserved in the most complementary way through the passion of the owner Michalis , who love to collect anything old. This includes massive terracotta pots, antique stone urns and bygone objects. In every corner you will see pieces of marble, alabaster, fossils and even part of a Corinthian pedestal. His collection is fascinating.
The villa is individually designed and tastefully decorated in traditional Cretan style. Amphitheatrically built, they enjoy breathtaking views of Mirabello bay and distant mountains.
The location is exceptional. The road outside the villa will take you to Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos (three miles in either direction). Taxis can be requested from a communal telephone point within the gardens and t
Villa JASMINE-Olga Elinika
4-5 persons self catering
Jasmine is decorated in a blend of traditional and archaic motifs including objects of exceptional interest. Truly an Aladdin’s cave.
The spacious front aspect lounge, full of byegone curios of all kinds and descriptions, with its open fireplace and stone arch is a delight. An archway leads to the two bedrooms (one double and one twin), a bathroom with half-size bath & shower and wc. It has a separate breakfasting kitchen with full-size cooker & fridge. There is even a lemon tree sited outside the Kitchen door. The huge front aspect sea-facing verandah is surrounded by fragrant flowers and herbs. The breathtaking views across the bay and enveloping mountains and framed by intensely red hibiscus flowers and crimson bougainvillaea leaves.
The Gulf of Mirabello
This is an area of magnetic charm-straight out of a Cretan picture book. It has some of the most beautiful scenery and unspoilt countryside on the entire northern coast of Crete. The curving coastline is interspersed with pocket-sized coves. On its shores are the cosmopolitan resort of Aghios Nikolaos and the picturesque fishing village of Elounda. The ancient little village of Elinika lies a ten minute ride away from both these resorts and is surrounded by fruit orchards and olive groves. Here village life has remained unchanged and unhurried.
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