|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Villa Amygdalia is a large three bedroomed Villa, completed in 2005 set on the hills overlooking Gavalahori with panoramic views of the Souda Bay. The Villa is set in a 4000 square metre plot with a backdrop of pine trees and almond bushes. It has a 40 square meter pool with a shallow paddling area and ample terraces for sun-bathing. It is close to the local regional centre of Vamos, a small traditional village with tavernas, small shops, bank (with cash machine) local bakery and health centre. A short drive will take you to the large sandy beaches of Kalives, Almirida or Plaka; all of these have sea-front Tavernas serving local fish and local Cretan specialties. The Villa is fully equipped including a fridge, dishwasher and a range of other electrical appliances having being previously let through one of the main high quality Villa letting companies. The dining and living areas open onto the patio which has tiled pergolas to give a shaded sitting or dining area.
This Villa conforms with the Greek Government EOT Scheme for letting of holiday Villas and the registration Number is 1042K92002983301
The villa was booked for a week in August for family members attending a wedding nearby. The property met all our needs being very clean and pleasantly decorated. The welcome pack was excellent - much better than we have experienced in the past. The location is exquisite - although a little 'off the beaten track' access was not a problem. The arrival instructions were clear, accurate and easy to follow.
The pool and views from the patio are are truly stunning. The weather was fabulous and made the stay there perfect. I would heartily recommend this villa to anyone. Boutique style it isn't, neither is it agricultural, it is, however, spot on with a Cretan feel that matches the beauty of western Crete. Would I stay there again? - In a heartbeat!!!
We had a great holiday. The villa was perfect both in terms of its location - fantastic view, as advertised! - and its facilities, it was extremely well-equipped and clean. The welcome pack was very much appreciated and meant we could have a lazy start to the holiday, and the information book in the villa was extremely helpful and thorough. It was nice having the property manager nearby and he was really friendly and helpful. The general area was wonderful - we have been to Crete several times but this was our first time to the west side and we were very taken with it. We had some nice trips out to Almerida, Kalives, Chania and the beautiful White Mountains and enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in the sea at Almerida.
Overall, we had a fantastic time at the villa which provided an excellent, very comfortable base and we only wish we had been able to stay longer as we have lots more we would like to see and do in the area. We would definitely return and happily recommend the villa to others.
Very nice house, situated on top of a hill near Vamos, with superb view on Souda Bay. The villa responded our expectations : nice view, only 12 km from sea, very clean, with all facitlities, very quiet neighborhood. Exactly as described on the web site. 5 stars also to the good service manager Steve. Highly recommended house !
We stayed at the villa last year and it was so good we have just returned with friends this year. The villa has all the facilities you could possibly need and the views of both the bay and the mountains are very special. Particularly useful is the fact that it is a 20 minute walk into Vamos and a 15 minute walk down to Gavalochori (but a VERY hard climb back up!). As I personally love walking/keeping fit I was very happy to get up early each morning to walk into either place to buy bread and enjoy the calm and beauty of the morning as well as the chance to greet the locals! The villa is very clean and the pool absolutely brilliant. Both times we have stayed the next nearest villa has been unfinished and therefore deserted so a fantastically peaceful place to be. Both times we have used a small hire car but feel the track to the villa does merit a vehicle with good clearance underneath. Steve and Lyn who maintain the villa are really helpful (warning us of a taxi drivers strike on our return trip which could have affected our friends return journey) and very pleasant. Great welcome pack on arrival.
Vamos has some really nice tavernas (we liked the one near the amphitheatre) and we visited the Art bar several times. We really liked the taverna in Gavalochori that is on the Vamos road and has a fountain playing in the seating area. We discovered some snorkelling opportunities in Almiryda from the white pebble beach (as you face the sea the far left of the resort past the seafront tavernas) which would be ideal for children who can swim ...just bring jelly shoes/ beach shoes as there are some sea urchins around. Walked Samaria gorge last year (picked up from Vamos and returned there)..brilliant!
We normally never stay anywhere twice so the fact we have (and will, I think, want to return again sometime in the future) is testament to the quality of this villa and its situation.
We had two happy weeks at this villa in August with 4 children aged from 5 to 11, who were in the pool dawn til dusk. The standard of fit out and furnishings is very high and the villa was well-cleaned and cared-for. Air-con is only in 2 of the 3 bedrooms, but at least the one without is on the ground floor & can be kept cooler with the shutters closed. Kitchen had all the necessary of equipment to self-cater and plenty of space to eat inside or outside. A car is essential. It's not that far into Vamos, but a long way to walk in the heat. This is a lovely part of Crete with good access both to mountains and beaches and away from the main tourist centres.
We spent a wonderful 2 weeks at the villa with our four boys aged between 10 and 15. It's a truly beautiful spot, with breathtaking views and peace and quiet for the adults, and plenty of space and a great pool for the kids. There's often a lovely breeze too as you're basically nestled into the hillside. Beautiful beaches nearby and pretty quiet even in August!
The local villages have everything you need, supermarket, baker etc but you need a decent car as it's a little drive and the track to the villa is quite entertaining at times!
I would highly recommend it and would certainly go back. The villa has everything you need for a great holiday and is well maintained. The only thing I would change is that there's no air con in the third bedroom, which would be useful in August as it's so hot.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
A deposit of 25% is required to secure a booking, details of the cancellation policy will be sent with confirmation of booking. Additionally a deposit by cheque of £200 is required to cover breakages and damage