|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Villa Idi lies in the north-eastern part of the property. The views are spectacular to Idi Mt, the village and the valley. The convenient layout, with 140m2, features:
On the ground floor,
* The spacious living room with fireplace and open plan dining area.
* Just outside the living room there is a private pool with shaded dining area under the oak tree, sun-leisure facilities, BBQ and outdoor shower. Moreover, there is the entrance terrace under a mulberry tree offering shade for breakfast.
* A fully equipped kitchen and a storage room with washing machine.
* The Guest bedroom (with 1 double bed), beside the garden and a bathroom.
On the upper floor,
* The Green Master suite with 1 double bed and excellent views.
* The Attic suite with 2 internal levels; a double bed downstairs and 2 single beds upstairs (on the wooden attic).
* Both upper bedrooms have access to the main terrace with face to face views of the mountains.
* There is also a bathroom, serving both upper bedrooms.
Unveil the hidden beauties of Crete, enjoying the perfect climate and serenity of Amari village. Excellent for families and nature lovers, Amari Villas are ideally located at the top of the village, with stunning views, private swimming pool, air conditioning and free wi-fi.
Once belonging to our grandparents, the stone building has been carefully restored, fully renovated and transformed into 2 individual villas. Built and furnished to a very high standard, they were completed in 2011 and they have been registered with an official license (EOT).
The access through the village’s narrow lanes and the decoration with our family’s handmade embroidery create an atmosphere of peace and comfort. The flavour of the past, the mesmerizing nature around, the village’s rooftops, Psiloritis Mt. dominating the area, the transparent daylight and the fresh, flowery air, all blend in this exciting Cretan feast.
The villas are unified with the natural tranquility by unique terraces, garden and a private swimming pool/BBQ area. The views of the mountains and Amari valley are simply magnificent and relaxing, inviting to enjoy the sun or dine outdoors. Watching the full moon rising over the valley or Psiloritis massif turning red during sunset is an experience not to be missed.
“VILLA IDI” (up to 8 persons) is a charming mixture of old and new styles, being partly a new building connected to the old cellar and kitchen. It is located in the north-east side of the property, with the private swimming pool being just outside the living room. The views are unlimited to the Amari valley, encircled by the mighty Idi mountain range.
“VILLA SAMITOS” (up to 8 persons) is an excellent example of Cretan architecture and preserves all the traditional elements of the old building, like the arc-shaped animal house, the stone oven, the bedroom attics and the living room with its fireplace. It is located in the south-east side of the property, almost in touch with the olive groves at the slopes of Samitos Mt. The ample terraces overlook the village and offer breathtaking views on the Psiloritis (Idi) Mt. and the surrounding countryside.
Apart from being rented individually, the 2 villas are also offered both together for larger groups (up to 16 persons), under the name of “AMARI VILLAS”. The convenient layout allows for the direct communication between the 2 houses, from inside and outside. It should be noted that the privacy of each villa is fully preserved, in any case.
Please, use the special tabs on the very top of this page, each one corresponding to our 3 different renting options, to see all details about facilities, prices and availability:
VILLA IDI is an individual villa for 8 persons, with private pool.
VILLA SAMITOS is an individual villa for 8 persons.
AMARI VILLAS is both villas together for 16 persons, with private pool.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE POOL
The swimming pool/BBQ area is located just beside to Villa Idi. Due to this proximity, the pool/BBQ area serves exclusively Villa Idi’s guests, in order to maintain their privacy. The guests of Villa Samitos may have an easy access to these facilities through the garden (at no extra cost), only when Villa Idi is vacant (they should ask for this information during their stay). In case of both villas together being occupied by the same group of guests, all of them can use the pool/BBQ area freely.
A welcome basket will be waiting for you upon arrival, with local produced organic food supplies, olive-oil, wine, 'raki', honey & herbs from our village.
You will be introduced to a delicious and healthy Cretan diet by Mrs Roumy, our housekeeper, who cooks homemade Cretan recipes on request, using only locally produced seasonal products.
Lying between the Aegean and Libyan Sea, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the 5th in the Mediterranean. Famous for its bright sun, clear blue seas, healthy diet and Minoan civilization sites it has been very popular among tourists for decades.
But the real jewel lies inland. Away from the main tourist track, little villages hidden amidst beautiful valleys or perched on the mountainous landscape, enjoy an ideal climate and preserve the authentic Cretan lifestyle.
Amari village (altitude 450m) is one of the most picturesque and unspoiled traditional settlements of Crete, with interesting architecture and unsurpassed tranquillity. In the main square there is a “kafeneion” (cafe) beside the old school and the giant pine trees.
The scenic Amari valley, in the heart of Crete, lies between 2 mountains: Psiloritis (Idi) and Kedros, both belonging to the Natura 2000 protected areas. The layout of Amari lanscape is exceptional. It is a delightful blend of high mountains, hillsides, small rivers and green fields. The most common trees found are olives, oaks and cypresses and the scenery is decorated in springtime with countless wild flowers.
“Psiloritis” Mt. dominates the area, being the highest point in Crete and crossed by the international E4 path. Deeply immersed in myths and legends, it is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Today, it is the home of the last surviving bearded vultures and golden eagles. The “Timios Stavros” summit (2456m) is a challenge (3-5hr ascending), but you will need a special local guide for that. On a clear day, the view is unlimited, extending all over Crete to the Aegean and Libyan Sea.
NATURE - ACTIVITIES
• The valley features an unspoiled environment to explore and it’s close to sights like Arkadi monastery & Rethymnon Venetian town.
• Set at the heart of the island, Amari equally offers access to the northern sandy beaches and the amazing southern coastline.
• The clean environment and the healthy climate are ideal for relaxing, walking, climbing, cycling, or exploring by car. Numerous paths, starting from Amari and the nearby villages will guide you to magnificent natural sites (plateaus, caves, mountaintops, gorges, etc).
• Amari has an unexplored character and we will be happy to provide information to make your stay more exciting. Ask us about car hire and destinations, sights and nature, activities and events, taverns and products, local guides, etc.
• If you are planning to rent a car (which is recommended) it would be an asset to choose a 4x4 vehicle, in order to explore the roads less travelled in the mountains.
• In the villas you'll find maps and guides for the entire area and our personal recommendations about food, daily trips, walks and places of interest. Plus air conditioning, wi-fi, games, books, music, movies & toys for kids.
Amari is a delightful, living, traditional village in the heart of Crete. Although the villa is in the village, it is at the top, away from the main road, with marvellous views from the terrace across the rooftops and away across the valley to the mighty Mount Idi after which it is named. The villa itself has everything you would need for all seasons and is a delightful place to stay. Chief amongst the treasures to be found in the villa is the housekeeper, who unobtrusively looked after the villa better than anywhere we have stayed and also provides excellent meals when and if you require. The owner also showed us outstanding hospitality, spending his time to ensure we were comfortably and showing us around the village area, of which he is justly proud. We thoroughly recommend Villa Idi for families, groups or couples, and remember there is also an adjoining villa if you party is large.
Beautiful place in the mountains. A bit far from the city and all other tourists. Perfect for couple/ family who wants privacy, or group of friends that wants to have fun and.
Beautiful redecorated house in the mountains of Crete! They thought about everything. Very clean, convenient and luxurious. Nice swimming pool. Very warm welcome. All kind of groceries available at arrival. No need to cook! Mrs Rumy is one of the best cooks ever. You taste the love she puts in preparing the dinner.
We recently spent four nights at Villa Idi. It was one of four properties that we stayed at while touring Crete and Naxos. We travelled with another couple and we all agreed that it was by far our favourite.
From the beginning, Manolis (the owner) was so helpful. His directions and Villa information were thorough and easy to follow and understand. How he got the wild goats to appear at the exact time that he told us to look out for them in the directions is a fun mystery. He was also a great source of information about the local area directing us to some places that we may not have discovered on our own.
The Villa is beautiful and lovingly restored with 3 bedrooms plus a loft, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living area and an amazing terrace with a pool. It is peacefully surrounded by beautiful mountains. The pictures do not do it justice. When we arrived there was a variety of goodies waiting for us in the kitchen. Such a nice touch. The villa is in a quiet valley centrally located for exploring the beautiful villages and beaches in the surrounding area.
All of this was lovely but the jewel of the villa is Mrs. Rumy. She is the onsite housekeeper who will help you if you have any questions. She is also an amazing cook. Prior to arriving you will receive a menu of the items that she can prepare for you. Before arriving we thought we might have her cook one or two nights. The first night we had the best lamb that we have ever had along with a smoked eggplant salad, potatoes, and yogurt for dessert. That sealed it, we asked her to cook every night for us and they were the best meals of our trip. She has an apartment close by and would help when needed but was careful to respect our privacy. It was wonderful to have a friendly face to greet us with a delicious meal after we returned from exploring each day. We were sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Rumy!
It was such a special experience that we are thinking of returning next year to explore the parts of Crete that we did not get to see this trip. Eight days is not enough on this beautiful island. For sure we will start our next trip by recharging our batteries at this beautiful and peaceful Villa.
We all had an amazingly great experience at this villa, which is a gorgeous, historic home (all completely renovated with modern amenities while retaining old world charm) nestled in a small mountain village in the interior (Amari). My husband and I stayed there for 6 days with two friends of ours (another couple). There was easily enough room for another couple plus two kids, as there was another full bedroom, plus a loft above one of the large bedrooms that had two single beds); the sitting areas were even prettier and larger than they seem in the pictures. The views from all directions are utterly gorgeous. The two large bedrooms on the top floor have access to a lovely balcony with chairs and views of the surrounding mountains, and the pool area is fantastic, surrounded by beauty and a sense of calm. You could stay at the Villa for days and be happy, either cooking for yourselves or by requesting meals from Ms. Rumy (for a reasonable fee) who is an astonishingly good cook. We had three dinners made by her, and everything she made us was wonderful (particular standouts were the baked eggplant dish and the goat meat, and the lamb, salads!). But there are so many fun things to do in Crete, using this gorgeous villa as home base. We did a gorge hike near Platsos that was fairly nearby and which was amazing, for not only the chance to see very different terrain but also for its access to an historical ancient shrine (once to Hermes, now to St. Anthony) (the hike, btw, was a little technically challenging for me!). We hiked to a nearby monastary (where I stumbled upon a fig tree laden with figs!). We spent wonderful days in two cities, Chania and Rethymon (really good food at non-touristy restaurants). We spent a fantastic day at a beach on the north shore (about an hr drive, 20min west of Rethymon), and also hiked down to another beautiful beach on the South shore (Preveli). The host, Manolis is super friendly and fun -- he gave us great directions and advice at all times. On our last day he even met us and toured us to some very nearby Byzantine churches. I should say that, typical of Crete, drive times are longer than you would think based on distance (winding small roads, with goats often on them!). But it is worth it. The whole experience was idyllic. If you are looking for an unique experience off of the tourist trail this is it. We still miss the sound of goat bells in the morning, and the taste of their organic yogurt and honey.
Our stay at Villa Idi was great. It´s a fantastic place of outstanding beauty with the most stunning view you can imagine, the mountainous landscape all around. Even it it´s hot, there is enough wind to make you feel comfortable and you´ll find a shadowy place under a tree around the house for reading or relaxing at any time of the day. At night you can enjoy the starry sky and the silence of the countryside.
Being situated off the beaten track (which we loved) in the beautiful heart of Crete, you can still enjoy trips to the North Coast as well as the South coast, with often small, curvy roads leading through nice villages and beautiful scenery, or you can explore the surroundings and historical sites nearby. The owner Manolis has a lot of tips about what to do or where to find interesting places and he also sends you some information in advance. Manolis is most friendly and will come around to welcome you and make you feel at home. We enjoyed the talks with him and his wife on the terrace very much.
When you come to Villa Idi, you´ll find a welcome basket with goodies and national specialities and enough food for at least your first day. You´re free to do your own breakfast and cooking or order it from the delightful Mrs Roumy, the caretaker, who lives on the site and is an excellent cook (we loved her meals) as well as most helpful with anything round the house. She spoiled us with some extra treats, too.
From the villa you can even see part of the market place down the hill, where people meet, talk or sometimes dance, and you can go down and join in or else take part in the village life from your holiday home, and still you´re absolutely private in and around the Villa at any time of the day.
The parents´ bedroom is very romantic with a stunning view to three sides.T he other bedrooms have a lovely view, too, are beautifully furnished and very cosy, like the whole house, which is charming, clean and well equipped with all amenities.
If you want to enjoy real Cretian hospitality and feel the magic of this place, we absolutely advise you to come here . Also our boys (12 + 14 years old) enjoyed the „cool place“ and the pool for refreshment and fun and were impressed by the „fastest WiFi/WLAN ever“. They loved the beaches and Roumi´s meat balls, zaziki and fries. So there is something for everybody. For us it was a perfect place to get some peace, leave our cares behind and come home with wonderful impressions of Crete and its people in our heart.
•Follow the paths starting from the village to experience refreshing walks through the fields and rest under the shade of ancient olive and oak trees
•Climb the Samitos Mt.(1050m, 1.5 hr easy ascending)& find the Pan's cave Bana
•Discover all 7 byzantine churches, hidden in the countryside, dating from the 13th century
•The old bell tower offers spectacular views of the area
•Feel the local, slow tempo of life in the main square’s“kafeneion”
•Have a pic-nic in Agios Antonios ravine (river, waterfalls and bird-watching points)
•Cycle around Potamoi lake
•Trigger the impressive “echoe” in the wild Kourtaliotis gorge •The E4 path crosses the area of Psiloritis & Kedros Mt.
•Many Minoan & Byzantine sites reflect the area’s history
•Veni monastery features a temple in a stalactites’cave
•Some of the major sites of Crete are within an hour's drive: Arkadi, Phaestos, Gortys, Preveli, Rethymnon's Venetian town
•In the area, there is a number of small tavernas with genuine Cretan food
•The village is safe for kids due to its limited traffic
•There is a playground, the old schoolyard and a basketball court
'LOCAL SERVICES & PRODUCTS'
•Medical service, pharmacy, gas station, super markets, butcher's, local products
•Fresh bread is delivered at the “kafeneion” and merchants with groceries, fruits etc. pass through the village regularly
•On 25/Aug, an open air traditional music and dance gathering, with lots of food and wine is held in the main square
•In Easter period, a ritual of traditional events leads eventually to the impressive Judas Burning.
NEAREST TRAVEL LINKS
Airports: Chania (CHQ) and Heraklion (HER)
Ferry: Chania, Heraklion and Rethymnon
•HERAKLION or CHANIA airports (about 100km/100min, either), Charter flights operate from all major European airports to Heraklion and Chania airports.
CHARTER FLIGHT OPERATORS include; Thompsonfly, Fly Thompson Cook, Jet2.com, Easyjet and Ryanair.
INTERNAL FLIGHT OPERATORS include; Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Athens Airways and Sky express.
•FERRIES are operating to the ports of Heraklion (95km/90min), Chania (85km/75min) and Rethymnon (37km/45min).
FERRY OPERATORS include; Anek Lines, Minoan Lines, Hellenic Seaways and Seajet.
•CAR HIRE is recommended. Local and international car hire companies operate from all airports and cities. RECOMMENDATIONS available.
•Detailed ACCESS DIRECTIONS on how to reach the property by car will be sent upon booking confirmation.