A unique "paradise" for large groups who are looking for demanding holidays!
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About Kostas Vasilakis
My name is Kostas Vasilakis and I have studied marketing and business management. Already being an owner of two successful villas and co-owner of designgraphic.gr, a well known web development company in Greece, I started to manage other villas in 2012. I have the full management of all the villas that I represent, knowing everything about them and the areas in which they are located. My aim is to help the homeowners to manage their vacation properties to their full advantage and guests to relax and have the finest holiday experience with 24/7 service providing advice and information for all their concerns throughout their stay. Let me be your personal advisor for your holidays and let’s start organising your trip in Crete together! My company which called “etouri” is located in 271 Arkadiou Str. Rethymno, Crete and is approved by the Greek Tourist Organisation with license number: 1041E60610185001
Kostas Vasilakis purchased this Villa in 2016
What makes this Villa unique
What makes villa Amnalys so special: - Unique view, being located on a hill it provides unique and grand views of the sea and the surrounding mountains that can be enjoyed from many parts of the villa. Sunset from the villa is absolutely breathtaking and promises unforgettable moments! - Full privacy, the villa is located in an isolated area offering 100% privacy to our guests. - Luxury design with high standard details throughout. All the appliances, decorations and furniture are branded and high quality ones. - Perfect layout for big groups. The independent bedrooms with its own entrances and ensuite bathrooms, providing more privacy among your group while all the rooms and areas are connected by extension phones so that you can still communicate easily each other. - Fully staffed property in order our guests to be relaxed without any other concern in their minds.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Ab fab was never so apt!
What a great week - a truly luxurious place for 20 close friends and family to stay. Wonderful communal sitting and eating, and the centre of the action - the lovely pool and beds. There was also ample space to take a little private stroll if it was all becoming a little too noisy! The staff - Andonis and Valbona - were briliant - layout of breakfast, washing up and generally making life a doddle. Sure, they don't speak the best English - but we are in GREECE!!! Learn a little of the local language, and have google translate handy, and it's surely part of the fun of going abroad. The quality of the whole villa was fantastic - really amazing outside showers with some of the bedrooms.
Maybe a few pointers - recycling in Greece is a little behind the times - would be good to have seperate bins if these end up being recycled properly. Also, one of the local restaurants, Taverna Kapilio, that was in the recommended list by the team, was not up to the lovely standard that we enjoyed elsewhere - keep an eye on the up to date reviews as of course, things change. We thoroughly enjoyed other meals out - 7 Thalasses/ 7 Seas in Rethymno was truly lovely.
Basically - one of the best places we have all every stayed in.
It doesn't get any better than this
We just returned from our stay at Villa Amnalys what I rented for my birthday last week. Our stay could not have been any better and we had a trip what we will remember for a long time. Without a doubt the villa is one of the best Crete has to offer.
The villa offers plenty of space even for larger groups. The whole interior, the furniture, the layout of the rooms and pool house etc. is very well done, very high quality and well thought through. I liked especially how the house but also the 8 bedrooms are located. Several rooms of the house have fantastic views with huge outside spaces / seating areas overlooking Crete's north shore. Especially the master bedroom has a large outside area with an outdoor bed, outdoor shower and an additional sunbed. In every bedroom my guests were self-contained in their own beautiful suite. The beds are extremely comfortable and every room has glass sliding doors that open up to the outside what provides a lot of light.
Even that we travelled at the end of November / beginning of December we were lucky with the weather. Although there have been showers we had sun every single day and we were able to use the pool with pleasant temperatures between 17 C and 21 C. To have breakfast outside, to relax in the sun and even to use the pool at that time of the year was very special.
Around the house there are plenty of options for activities, restaurants and sport. For the birthday we received a catered local Mediterranean and Cretan meal organized by Ms. Eleni and her wonderful team. We played tennis at the local club in Rethmyno. They have very good and brand new hard courts about 20 min drive from the house. And we even used the large grill in the pool house for a barbecue on the last evening of our stay. We can also recommend to drive to the south what is a beautiful road with local villages and outstanding beaches in the area between Agios Pavlos and Matala.
I also want to take the chance to thank especially Mr. Anton who took care of everything in the house and made sure that we had such a nice and smooth stay. The service has been exceptional and we hope to be back soon in this beautiful location.
Careful in the shoulder season
The challenges of the house were :
1) We were overrun by 3 inch Millipedes for 4 nights. They crept under the doors and at one point we killed 40-50 inside the house. This was apparently the " first " time this has occurred ? some nights they made there way onto clothing and curtains. A very unsettling feeling for many of our guests.
2) The staff is kind and helpful but luckily we had a Greek speaker and a French speaker within our group as neither of the staff members spoke English.
3) The Private Chef we booked upon recommendation of the Management company
did not originally show. He sent a staff and only upon chasing him down did he arrive. Apparently he had a "headache." The rack of lamb dinner turned out to be roast lamb served with attitude. All in a huge failure for such expensive pricing. The management company should delete this Chef from their list of recommended providers.
4) The timing of our stay ( shoulder season second week of Oct) led to much of the lawn and patio furniture being wrapped in plastic and unusable. A rat living under the plastic was unfortunate but captured and dealt with by Antonius.
5) Kostas and his team were most helpful on various matters.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our villa but I honestly believe that the really bad weather that you unfortunately experienced during the whole week of your stay, can not be the reason to rate one of the best villas in the whole island of Crete with such a bad review.
You mentioned the problems occurred mostly because of the weather but you did not mentioned how much everybody tried to resolve them. Problems can happen and they will happen again but all the staff tried a lot to fix everything immediately. I am sure that if the weather was sunny your review would have been totally different and 5 stars.
A quick answer for all the problems you mentioned:
1) The Millipedes came out of the ground because of the first (heavy) rain after 6 sunny months. Honestly I have never seen something similar happening to this villa or any of the villas that I manage in the countryside. It was totally unexpected issue but after all the actions we took, they disappeared after a couple of days.
2)You are the first guests ever mentioning that there might be a communication problem with the staff. Nobody ever had a problem. Only the gardener and the cleaner do not speak English.
3) First complaint after 3 years of cooperation with this chef. He is very good but I will honestly investigate what happened and I will really consider your proposal in case everything you said is true.
4) The furniture were covered in order to be ready for use immediately after the rain stoped and not to remain wet for more days.
Thanks again for your time and for being our guests. Best regards, Kostas.
It was as beautiful as it could be!
We had a special and relaxing holiday. This was a result of the good organisation/communication with Kostas before and during our stay in the Villa Amnalys. Thank you very much!
The villa is a short drive from a small village and a car is necessary. The accommodation is extensive with excellent facilities supplemented by very willing support from Adonis and Dora one of whom lives on site.
Terraces are wide and spacious and there is an excellent pool with stunning views towards the sea. Washing up and help with meals, shopping etc was done daily. There is an excellent Cretan restaurant in the next village providing very good food, Cretan dancing and music, .There were 17 of us with varying ages and we had a wonderful stay.
We can thoroughly recommend Villa Amnalys.
Heaven on Earth
This is an amazing place. The house is beautiful, the surrounding area is tranquil and charming and the view of the Cretan coast and snowcapped mountains in the distance is simply breathtaking. If there's a more beautiful place on Earth, I honestly can't imagine it. On top of that, the staff could not be more friendly or helpful. I would come here again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Villa Amnalys offers a full privacy with amazing sea view in its luxury settings a little 10-15 minutes drive to several beautiful beaches or to the old town of Rethymno where are the main shops and restaurants.
It is situated in a private land of 6,000 square meters overlooking the Aegean sea.
The surrounding area is a quiet, natural environment ideal for relaxation but also very close to all kinds of supplies shops, restaurants and various services. You can find many grocery shops in Stavromenos village which is 6 km away but also the closest big living areas where you can find a variety of bakeries, supermarkets, nightlife and restaurants are the well known tourist areas of Platanias and Adelianos Kampos which are 10 min drive away.
Next to the villa is Amnatos village, the last village on the way to the historical Monastery of Arkadi. The village is built on a rocky and high location having superb views across the valley of Rethymno. The village was inhabited by the Venetians and the Turks and testify that the imposing buildings - towers of the village that survived until today. Houses Venetian notables (houses Benezi), glass chimney style Sebastiano Serlio, mansions from the 17th and 18th century, imposing towers (the Sanguinazzo) beautiful and lovely squares dominate and create a frame of a bygone era. Finally, the location enables visitors to explore the archaeological site & new built museum of ancient Eleftherna and caves of Melidoni and Zoniana which are some of the most famous tourist destinations in central Crete. Due to the location of the village and the terrain in the area, there are many beautiful hiking and biking trails as to the nearby village of Kapsaliana where you can find the Museum of Olive.
It is beyond any doubt that our villa combines both unique privacy but also easy access to facilities and places, offering a rare luxury to shape your holidays just the way you like.
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