Sleek, sexy, and deliciously modern, Villa Zeus Bay is a glass-encased architectural gem embraced by the arms of north-western Crete’s inimitably evocative land and seascapes. Dramatically set on manicured 4000m2 plot surrounded by native scrub and craggy coastline, and white caps glistening like diamonds atop the mirrored Aegean Sea, this secluded and utterly chic three bedroom multi-level retreat is the quintessence of quiet luxury. A brand new magazine-worthy property that also manages to invoke a warm and homey vibe, the spacious residence is suffused in serene color -- pearly grays punctuated by radiant amethyst and lilac hues -- and is invitingly kitted with plush furnishings and top-of-the-line amenities, including under-floor cooled or heated tiling. Great walls of translucent windows and doors reveal panoramic sea and mountain views from every room, with nature’s splendors merging seamlessly into an elegantly restful living environment.
Verdant lawns offset sculptured rock and flower gardens that kiss the sloping hillside, a scattering of distant red-roofed houses visible amid the otherwise virgin landscape. Grand stone-paved patios ensconce a 40 square meter infinity swimming pool with steps and a shallow child-friendly adjacent area that can be heated by heat pump for an optional fee, its glistening waters melting like sapphires into the endless sea beyond. Delicate breeze wafting like whispers from a Grecian Goddess co-mingle with the chatter of birds and cicadas to create a harmonious symphony that echoes through this otherwise silent sanctuary.
Furnished vista terraces abut each of the home’s three levels, and a fashionably outfitted pergola-covered cabana (with two large 3-seater couches and coffee table) skirts a large dining table and barbecue area to create a comfortable exterior lounge. Sun beds and umbrellas edge the pool while a vast sand pit/boules court, outdoor table tennis and basketball net, and two astro-turfed areas (great for kids to play) further inspires countless hours of open-air recreation and relaxation.
Completed in May 2014, every up-to-date fitting, appliance, ornamental and functional element contained within this spectacular contemporary villa reflects the owner’s exacting aesthetic and exceptionally high standards. It is clear upon arrival that love and pride dictated this project and infuses this blue ribbon show piece from top to toe -- from the fresh décor of the rooftop patio to the furnished basement/home theatre/games room replete with projector and sliding cinema screen alongside a convertible football/air hockey table; from the custom cabinetry and subzero refrigerator that highlights the large kitchen to the luxuriant bedding and handcrafted wardrobes that define the sleeping quarters; from the fact that none of the bedrooms share connecting walls to that ensure privacy between the guests to the mosquito screens and backup air-conditioning that guarantees comfort; from the free satellite TV that provides entertainment and the wireless internet that affords convenience -- everything in this home has been carefully considered, thoughtfully chosen, and fastidiously executed.
This is a property that fuels the senses and stirs the imagination, so deliriously calming and private (the closest house is 400m away) it’s easy to forget that life exists beyond the mechanized decorative iron entry gate. But less than a kilometre away (perhaps a 20 minute stroll though olive groves) the historic hamlet of Plaka offers a small grocery store and selection of quaint tavernas while sea-front restaurants, curio and convenience shops, and an alluring ribbon of sandy beach awaits just one kilometre further in the bustling coastal village of Almyrida. You may never want to leave this halcyon haven. But if you do, Crete’s bounty beckons.
EOT (Greek Tourist Board) Rental License number: MHTE 1042K10003012901