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Astraeus at Villa Kamares, Crete Spa Apartments by the Sea in Panormo village

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartments close to the beach & amenities in a fantastic village location

Villa Kamares is a traditional stone villa with heated spa pool, the only one of its kind in the area. Villa Kamares is situated on the main cobbled street in the heart of Panormo village, a small Greek fishing village on the North Coast of Crete not far from Rethymno. The location of the Villa is fantastic, everything you need is just outside or only a very short walk from the Villa.

Villa Kamares consists of two lovingly renovated apartments, Astraeus and Selene. This listing is for the Astraeus apartment on the first floor of Villa Kamares.

The Villa was originally built in 1912 and has recently been renovated using traditional materials, adorned with beautiful hand finished stone arches and walls with some original wooden beamed ceilings and floors. To our knowledge, the Villa is the only one on Crete which has had stone incorporated into its re-build on such a grand scale.

Villa Kamares is furnished with traditional furniture which retains a totally authentic Cretan feel but with all the modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi and central heating for evenings in low season.

A heated spa pool is situated on the ground floor, this is the first spa pool of its kind in the area and is open exclusively for our guests free of charge for the duration of their stay. Villa Kamares are associated with Relaxika Massage & Spa Treatments situated in the building directly opposite Villa Kamares front door.

The Astraeus apartment has two double bedrooms both with king size beds; a kitchen/living space with handmade wooden painted kitchen incorporating cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer, dining table and chairs and traditional double sofa bed; one main shower room and one en-suite shower room.

Astraeus also has a lovely feature balcony which opens from the kitchen/living room space and overlooks the quaint main street. Few vehicles come down the narrow cobbled street as local people and visitors leisurely stroll through admiring the beautiful old Cretan buildings. The street is closed to vehicles from 6pm during the main tourist season.

The view from Astraeus's balcony is picturesque and relaxing with local people and tourists wandering past, as well as a popular local taverna, bar, Relaxika massage & spa treatments, shops and a hairdresser all being located on the cobbled street below.

Just around the corner lies a small stunning harbour and beautiful beach with tavernas and bars overlooking the picturesque deep blue sea with translucent clean water and gorgeous hill scenes.

Guests staying in Astraeus can access the reception area, heated spa pool on the ground floor and stairs up to first floor communal area looking down over the spa pool and the Astraeus apartment.

Our good friends Stefanos and Cheryl, a local Greek man and his English wife who are well known and liked in the village are available for interaction with guests. Stefanos meets and greets guests and Cheryl looks after housekeeping. We are also contactable by phone or email for more information.

Panormo is an extremely attractive village on the north coast of Crete about 21 kilometres east of Rethymno which successfully blends Cretan character with low-key tourism.

The village is a very calm, quiet, civilised holiday destination for people of many nationalities looking for a traditionally Cretan, Greek holiday.

Panormo has retained its charm and originality and has not been spoilt by tourism in any way. Local people live in the village and they are extremely friendly, and everything in the village is within a 2 or 3 minute walk - two fantastic beaches, a dozen or so tavernas serving delicious home cooked Cretan food, a few pleasant bars, two decent mini-markets, a bakery, butcher, a couple of hairdressers and jewellers, a massage and spa treatment specialist and three ATM machines. This all makes for an extremely pleasant small resort with lots of character.

Villa Kamares is located on the main cobbled street in the village which is closed to motor vehicles from 6pm during busy periods - the street on which Villa Kamares resides is a picture postcard scene.

The two beaches have firm sand, there is a small harbour beach and a middle beach with a taverna. Both beaches are protected by stone breakwaters making swimming safe even when there's a strong northerly wind. The beaches are gently sloping and ideal for children. There is a dive centre on the western beach and some low key watersports.

The church of St George is located in the village and you may be able to hear the church bells ringing on a Sunday morning which gives a lovely feel to the day. The carob mill is situated on the edge of the village, this is a modern cultural centre hosting exhibitions and major music and theatre performances.

Panormo is 20 minutes by car to Rethymno, 45 minutes from Heraklion airport and 1 hour 20 minutes from Chania airport. Villa Kamares is a few minutes walk to the bus stop which regularly transports people to the towns of Rethymno, Chania and Heraklion. Panormo also has its own land train offering a choice of two morning trips way inland into the Cretan countryside. This is a great way of exploring the surroundings if you do not want to hire a car or go by bus further afield.

If you want to go on one or two further excursions, it is possible to book a trip at one of the travel agents that have offices around the village or rent a car upon your arrival at the airport.

Villa Kamares is fully insured. Cheryl takes care of the apartment cleaning as well as sheets, towels and spa robes. Guests need to bring beach towels or they can be purchased in the small shops on the street.

Panormo is a quiet, relaxing village and therefore noise should be kept to a minimum in the apartments especially between the hours of 3pm and 5pm when local people are resting during siesta time. Noise should also be kept to a minimum from midnight when the village is quiet. Smoking, pets, parties and events are not permitted in Villa Kamares.

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Laura & Chris Firth
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018

About Laura & Chris Firth

Hi, we are Chris and Laura Firth, we live in Yorkshire, England with our children. We had a dream to restore an old tradiitonal building in a picturesque, friendly Cretan village. In 2008 we found our perfect property, originally built in 1912 and previously a family house owned by a Cretan couple named Kostas and Evangeline Honianakis. We fell in love with the village of Panormo and its people and had a dream to restore the building to its former glory whilst respecting the tradition and style of the area and to bring people of all nationalities to Panormo to enjoy the special village we fell in love with.

We spend a lot of time in Panormo whenever we are not working in England. We feel very much at home in Crete. The kindness of the people and their relaxed attitude feels great.

Laura & Chris Firth purchased this apartment in 2008

Guestbook comments from the owner

We welcomed as our very first guests, Donna and family to our Astraeus apart and they where truly delightful people.

There teenage son was a credit to them both and they will always be remembered and remain special to us and hope they enjoy many more holidays at Villa Kamares.

Kind Regards Chris & Laura
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Panormos in Mylopotamos

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Open plan Living room/kitchen - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double fold out sofa bed in Living space
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite and King size bed with cool Egyptian cotton sheet
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed with cool Egyptian cotton sheets
  • There are two bedrooms, both with king size beds and a double sofa bed in the open plan living area.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
Panormo is a quiet village with the traditional periods for an afternoon nap around 3pm to 5pm. The village can get busy on an evening in midsummer but generally everything goes to sleep around 12pm unless you wish to go to one of the late bars that are located near the harbour.


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Astraeus at Villa Kamares, Crete Spa Apartments by the Sea in Panormo village
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Perfect quiet retreat beautiful villa would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a party of 4 (2 couples) the Villa has been lovingly restored by the owners with help from Stephanos (local guy) It retains all the charm but with modern bathrooms for your comfort . The people are very friendly and you soon become part of the village way of life. Lots of nice places to eat the Olive Tree was always our last port of call in the evening then a few steps and you were home, and a lovely beach to the left of the little harbour . In a good position to go out and see some local history. I would have no hesitation in recommending Villa Kameres

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay, in the heart of the village, steps from the beach. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment based in the heart of a peaceful village by the sea. About a dozen restaurants on the doorstep, all serving a great selection of dishes. Beach is 30 seconds from the apartment, perfect for a day on the sun bed and a dip in the sea. The apartment itself served us well as a family of four (two teenagers, so wifi was heavily used). Great to sit on balcony and watch the world go by. Air con was a welcome relief after a day on the beach and made for a comfortable sleep at night. The spa pool was perfect for cooling off when it got too hot. A walk round Rethymno (reached easily and cheaply by bus) or numerous excursions are available nearby so plenty to do if you don't fancy the beach. We didn't hire a car and didn't miss it...Laura and Chris kindly set up the very efficient and comfortable taxi to and from the airport for us. Not much more to add...Chris and Laura were very helpful throughout as was Stefanos and Cheryl who coordinated the arrival. A great holiday in a lovely friendly village...thoroughly recommend...go for it!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Spa apartment in beautiful quiet village perfect for exploring North Crete

  • 5 of 5

We have all fallen a little in love with Villa Kamares and the village of Panormo - one week was not enough so we shall have to return!

The villa is new to the holiday rental market and so you will find everything is in perfect order. We were greeted upon our arrival by Chris who showed us around, we were impressed by the attention to detail with which the Villa has been restored. From the up to the minute spa pool to the sympathetically restored stone walls which can be seen throughout and the beautiful old front door.

We settled into our apartment which was made all the easier by an initial supply of bread, milk etc. and a bottle of home made wine which my husband can certainly vouch for! The apartment is clean with beautiful bathrooms, there is Wi-Fi and air conditioning, fluffy soft towels and white cotton bedding.

We enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine and a good book and watching the world go by, (the street is closed to vehicles each evening) we watched as the swallows swooped around the balconies and on two occasions we saw a beautiful barn owl. Later we would wander down the cobbled street, which leads to the beach and sea and choose a taverna or go for a drink in one of the café bars. The village is quiet, small and friendly where everything goes to sleep around midnight.


A massage at Relaxika (opposite the villa) will put you at your ease perfect

Fresh breakfast at Café Elia - will set you up for the day

Coffee at Vinzi Café - excellent service good coffees and drinks with fabulous view

Geronymos Taverna - good food be careful of the Raki!

Thanks to Chris and Laura for all there kindness prior to and especially during our holiday, it has been fabulous.

We will be in touch Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Elia Bar
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Panormo - Limanaki
Car: not necessary


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.