'Arena Kalyves beach' is the ideal lovely duplex apartment location. 30 minutes from Chania Airport. Where can you find beach front apartments and of this standard? - only here! Whether you want to unwind and relax on the beach or enjoy the traditional everyday living of being in a real Cretan Village, Kalyves is for you. A selection of good tavernas both fish and traditional lamb and pork dishes are available. The Cretans really are very friendly and welcoming. You are assured of a wonderful welcome. The historic Venitian City of Chania is merely a 20 min drive or bus drive away. It is a shopper’s paradise with markets, walkways and harbour. Further in land experience traditional Cretan Villages. There is so much to see in this area you will want to come back.
Beachfront Apartment in Kalyves near Chania - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths - Great Beach
Christine Giovannetti Warwick
- english, french, spanish, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 31 Dec 2018
About Christine Giovannetti Warwick
John and Christine Warwick. He is British, she is French/Italian. We both fell in love with Crete, the island, the weather, the locals and their Cretan hospitality. We had visited many other European Countries but never felt as comfortable and at ease as in this part of Western Crete. We had been looking for somewhere to buy and to share with our friends and extended family so when the opportunity arose we had no hesitation. We want our visitors to share the enjoyment we have experienced in this part of Crete and will endeavour to give you as much information as possible to ensure you a wonderful holiday.
Christine Giovannetti Warwick purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Christine Giovannetti Warwick chose Kalyves
Regarding Crete, I fell in love with the island the first time I came to visit and this triggered our desire to buy a property there. I am myself Italian and French and Crete reminded me of both Cote d'Azur and Toscana before these places were spoiled to some extent by overbuilding and mass tourism. Western Crete is considered the most traditional part of Crete. We are at easy reach from the wonderful old Venetian town of Chania (La Canea) as well as Rethymno with its Turkish legacy. Our apartment is modern and well equipped and YES right on the beach with direct access to the beach through the 16 apartment complex. Taverna 2 minutes away, Supermarket opposite. Location, location, location !
What makes this Villa unique
The apartment benefits from a sea view and an access from the communal area direct to the beach. This means no road to cross to get your feet into the sand and you will almost feel like you are in a private beach with golden and fine sand. You will enjoy having your meal on the balcony with view on the sea unless you prefer to indulge yourself in one of the many local taverns within walking distance. Indeed you don’t need a car to stay in our apartment since all the amenities are within easy reach and yet the property is still remote enough from the core of Kalyves to ensure a peaceful stay. The bus stop to Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion is near by. Chania is just at 20 minutes and should you want to have a night out in its old buoyant Venetian harbour, a taxi is easily organised.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Enjoyable stay in comfortable appartment
Well located within walking distance of Kalives village. Great to have direct access to a lovely beach. Appartment is light and spacious and we very much enjoyed our stay in this interesting part of Crete.
We liked the location; the little town of Kalyves; we liked Crete very much ! the appartement need some maintenance; shower downstair (tap) ; shower upstair no curtain; the kitchen tap (splash everwhere) the cleanliness in general was so so. No climatisation upstair .
Very nice place
Some issues that the owner was responsive to (peak of summer extreme heat caused upstairs to become uninhabital for a few days, but we purchased a fan which mostly fixed the issue and the owner said she will come up with a future solution (we also left the fan there and you can use it to bring air in from the ocean side and across to the kitchen). The place was an ideal location with a very nice beach (the property is beachfront, but set back behind the fromt properties) and it has a nice view of the beach from the upper balcony. Definite authentic Greek/Crete community!
Apartment in a wonderful setting . Great for exploring the surrounding areas .Kalyves itself lovely
The property is a good size and has pretty much everything you need . For four adults to stay there in more comfort it would benefit from another comfortable chair in the lounge. The bedding really needs upgrading. The pillows in particular need changing some are like bags of cotton wool. The smaller bedroom has a very hard mattress . The tap controls are difficult to get the water temperature just right . Saying all that we had a great holiday . The setting is great . Great parking and very handy that the supermarket is just across the road . It’s a lovely walk into Kalyves along the sea front . We had hired a car and we were out all over the top of the island. We had a great meal In Kissamos and we loved Rethymno. We absolutely loved Stavros and visited there twice . The secluded bay lovely and just round the bay a bit a fabulous French/Greek / Arabic beach taverna run by a lovely French lady .
The owners of the apartment were very helpful .
So overall we had a great stay and will visit again one day .
Thanks for your review mentioning areas of improvement. As you have quite rightly established, we have 2 types of pillows which are changed every season. One type of pillow is medium firm and quite thick whereas the second type is much thinner and filled with cotton balls that allow air to circulate hence keeping your head cooler during the hot summer period. This lighter pillow is used on top of the heavier more dense pillow. We do not provide any feather type pillows because they are allergen. We allocate 2 pillows per guest , one classic and the thinner one. Obviously since you came early April you would not have needed the lighter pillow on top. Perhaps we should add this information in our accommodation handbook to avoid this misunderstanding in future.
In regard to your comments about the hard mattress. They are of course of a Greek standard and are well renowned for being somewhat firmer than the British manufacturing standard. This is also due to thermo conditions being very different in Crete than in UK. However we are sorry you felt the bed to be too firm. Your review has prompted us to order a latex topper. This topper will not affect the overall bed support but will make it much softer for our future clients.
Thank you for your comments which are appreciated in helping us reach the highest customer satisfaction possible. We are happy to hear you had a great stay at our apartment in lovely western Crete.
Lovely relaxing holiday
The house’s location is really convenient for the main village which is about a 10 minute walk. There is a supermarket directly opposite the house, which is very welcome when you need basic supplies. The house is well laid out to take advantage of the sea views. The bedrooms are on the ground floor with 2 balconies off the main one, which we only used for laundry as there was another lovely balcony off the living area on the top floor. The house is very well equipped, clean and modern. We didn't hire a car as we prefer to walk from our accommodation or use local transport which we found very easy. The bus stop to Chania is right next to the house. The beach is literally 1 minute’s walk away.
The area is beautiful, we really enjoyed our walks which take in stunning views and lovely beaches. The local restaurants offer really good food and friendly service.
The only thought we had was that in high season the upstairs balcony would overlook other houses balconies but as we were there at the end of the season we didn’t have any near neighbours.
Christina was very friendly and accommodating and any arrangements were very efficiently dealt with.
A most refreshing and relaxing stay at Christina's place.
From the time we booked the apartment, Christina kept us informed and was always available to provide information and answer our questions.
Apartment is stylish, modern and well set up. Scores highly on location, amenities and cleanliness. Has all the stuff you need for the beech (except obviously towels).
We could not work out the television and wifi did not cover downstairs area; neither of this bothered us.
Lots of cafes around, you are on the beech and can go for a stroll or run whenever you want. Only a short walk from village centre which we liked.
Shop across the road and coach stop very close by.
On the beach! The little private residence has its own entry to the beach.
Chania Airport 30 mins. Heraklion Airport 90 mins. Car hire contacts available. Car not essential if you want to experience typical Cretan village life and a beach holiday. Flights with Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly.
5 minutes walk to the centre of Kalives village. Souda port 15 mins drive. Lake Kournas 35 mins drive. Almirida beach 10 mins drive. Souda Allied War Cemetry 20 mins drive.
Supermarket opposite the apartment. Excellent range of Taverna's 1 min away and in the village centre. Lots of local shops to meet your everyday needs and a range of tourist shops.
Booking Notes: Contact us if you prefer a monthly scheduled payment option (more than 3 payments).