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We did not want to leave this wonderful villa and its surrounding landscape!
Villa Idi is a true gem that we are so glad to have discovered. It has ample space for families and groups, yet is cosy for couples as well. It is spacious, comfortable and exceptionally well appointed with excellent appliances and facilities. We cannot fault the cleanliness and maintenance of the property and surrounding terraces and gardens. We arrived late at night after our flight to a welcoming 'home from home' offering complimentary fresh bread, wine, raki, flowers and essentials - enough for a couple of days.
We must credit the (now infamous!) Mrs Rumy for her excellent hosting during our stay. Like others, we took full advantage of the catering she offers via her extensive menu for dinner - and breakfasts. Whilst there are some lovely tavernas in the area with friendly hosts and excellent food - Mrs Rumy couldn't be surpassed and as a result we ate at the villa a lot. This works well because exploring the local area is a priority - there is so much to see and experience in the Amari valley and surrounding area. We could make the most of our daytime exploring, knowing there would be a delicious feast waiting for us on our return! Here is where we must also credit Manolis, the villa owner. The extensive information for travel, local 'must see' places and the villa provided before our trip helped us prepare and he was always on hand during our stay if we needed advice or help. (We needed little as everything had been thought about in advance and sent to us). In summary the villa, hosting and support are faultless. Support is always available, but you are left to your own relaxation.
A bit of space remains to talk about our Cretan experience. A car is recommended if you want to see the area-we made full use of ours during our stay. You soon get used to the roads and in the countryside, the roads are quiet; every corner offering another beautiful vista. From the villa we could see the twinkling lights of at least four other villages across the valley. Wildlife lovers will see animals and birds aplenty in the countryside. History lovers will find ancient monasteries, local culture being kept alive in the villages and some fantastic ancient sites. 10 minutes drive from the villa is a fascinating archaeological dig uncovering an important Minoan palace! Rethymon is also worth a visit (around 30 mins drive).
Unforgettable. We would return in a heartbeat. Thank you!
We had a lovely stay. The villa is easy to get to and is set back from road so no problem with the small amount of beach traffic. The gardens have mature trees and bushes giving good privacy. The villa is well built with recent modifications to the kitchen which has a good cooker and ample fridge/freezer. The area is delightfully far from towns (so you need to plan your shopping) but not isolated as there are other villas scattered around and 2 beach tavernas on Triopetra beach and some more in the next bay (Pavlos' was good).
It was easy to drive & park at Triopetra beach where there are beach parasols near the tavernas. If you like a more natural setting you can walk or drive along the small road behind the beach to the large open stretch. There are other great beaches in both directions which can be reached on foot or with careful driving.