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Myself, my husband and our 3 children aged 19, 12 and 6 recently spent a wonderful 9 night holiday at Villa Annie. The owners, Anne and Stuart Fisher could not have been more helpful and even helped us to arrange local car hire. Grapevines is a small, exclusive complex of villa's situated around a large pool. The outside area and pool are kept spotlessly clean and there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols for everyone.
Villa Annie itself, comprises of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with a bath) a kitchen/diner leading to an outside patio area, a living room and a utility area with washing machine at the top of the villa. There are 2 balconies (one at the front of the property overlooking the pool), one at the back and also a large sun terrace on the top floor.
The villa is modern, beautifully decorated and fully equipped with everything required for a family holiday, even beach towels are provided. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the air conditioning was very welcome during the hot nights.
There is a beautiful beach about 5 minutes walk from the villa (through the Sunwing hotel), where the sand slopes gently into the sea, making it ideal for children to play.
Makry Gialos is a lovely seaside village, it is quiet, though the beach front tavernas and bars are buzzing at night. There are numerous eateries close to the villa; one of our favourites, Gabbianos, is literally next door and serves amazing home cooked food at a very reasonable price.
We had a lovely holiday, staying at Villa Annie and would highly recommend this property.
The villa is absolutely lovely. It's modern, well equipped with everything you need, plenty of space, evenly sized bedrooms (so no-one gets the 'poor room') and really, really clean. In fact we had a maid visit twice within 9 days who cleaned the villa from top to bottom. The highlight of the villa is the aspect out across the bay, which is best enjoyed on the dining terrace where you watch the sun set and the moon rise across the sea every night. The pool sits slightly to the rear. It's very private yet still affords seas views across bay. The pool is super clean, a really decent size and has nice canopied/shaded areas if you want to keep out of the sun. it also has an outside kitchen and fridge for keeping drinks cool, along with a decent size BBQ. Inside the open plan areas work really well, the kitchen is well stocked with everything you'd need for a week away - although to be honest you'll spend most of your time outside in the sun. There is another balcony on the first floor which although too hot to sit on during the day, is perfect for that late afternoon first drink. If you want to venture out, there is a stone beach at the foot of the bay (5 minute walk) with a beach bar, ice cream and a couple of tavernas. Used mainly by the locals, it's really charming with stunning clear blue water and safe swimming due to a gradual slope leading into the sea. Otherwise you are only 15 minutes from a choice of other beaches that offer a bit more sand and space. The location is fairly remote so ideal for those looking to experience local life, bars, tavernas etc rather than the 'full-on tourist' beaches elsewhere. Stella and her husband (the owners) cannot be more helpful and if you're lucky she'll bake you a cake or even a local dish from their BBQ. We stayed as 2 families of four with teenage kids and everyone gave the stay a solid 10/10 - so you really can't get better than that.