"Thea Zalia", Crete, is the newest location in the small collection of stylish holiday homes of the Zalia Retreats' portfolio.
Architect designed to maximise the panoramic sea and mountain views, Thea Zalia offers you the perfect place to relax and unwind. Only a short walk from Sellia, a small, quiet, rural village with many older homes and plenty of traditional Cretan charm. There are quality restaurants, using locally sourced food and offering traditional Cretan hospitality, with stunning views of Plakias bay. You’ll also find a small mini market selling fresh locally grown vegetables and good wines together with basic essentials. Larger supermarkets are to be found in the resort of Plakias, a seven minute drive away.
Clear blue seas and quiet beaches are in abundance in this area, all within a five to twenty minute drive. The resort town of Plakias offers good restaurants, bars and shops but remains low key.
Thea Zalia's main en-suite bedroom (with bath) offers panoramic sea and mountain views from the super king sized bed. On clear days you can also see the island of Gavdos.
A double bedroom, with oak wood flooring has a kingsize bed with pool and sea views and opens onto a terrace .The third bedroom is a twin, which can also be made up into a kingsize bed. It looks onto the mountains with the village sheltering beneath. These bedrooms share a large wet-room.
There is air conditioning throughout with a wood burning fire for the cooler months.
The contemporary kitchen is fully equipped, including a capacious fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. From here large sliding windows lead to a shaded outside dining space, to the swimming pool and beyond to sea views.
The spacious living area is thoughtfully furnished with comfortable seating for all guests. Satellite TV with English-speaking channels, a dvd player and free WIFI are installed here. The open plan dining space has an large table, appropriate for informal eating or fine dining and perfect for celebratory meals.
The house is designed to shelter the pool and patio from the warm but familiar sirocco winds known in all the Greek islands. The fabulous pool is ideal for both the confident swimmer and the beginner, it has a shallow paddling area with safe graduated steps into the main pool.
The space around the house has been landscaped and just below the house an ancient winnowing circle has been reinstated to provide an extra social space for star gazing. Planting is taking place echoing the natural environment of wild flowers and hardy bushes.
The area does have strong winds from time to time and these are more common in the summer months.