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Villa Diktynna

Plaka, Almyrida

Sleeps: 6 + 1
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

£875 - £1595per week


Car Not Essential
Private Pool
Sea Views


General Description

Ideally located in a quiet spot only 10/15 minutes walk to the village of Plaka where you will find an excellent mini market and several tavernas; Villa Diktynna offers air-conditioned accommodation within a walled garden setting.  Unusually, for a villa so close to the village, the pool and garden at Villa Diktynna are extremely private. There is parking for at least 2 cars within the gates. (NB - the owners small car is often left on site tucked away in the corner of the driveway)

To maximise the countryside views towards Souda Bay and the Akrotiri peninsula beyond, Villa Diktynna has been built with the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living accommodation on the first floor. This has the added advantage of keeping the bedrooms naturally cooler.

The villa has a wood burner which makes it a good choice for early or late season holidays when some heating may be required if the evenings turn chilly.

NB - when driving or walking from the village of Plaka to the villa the final 300m (approx) is via an unmade track.

Ground Floor

Comprising of three attractive bedrooms; two rooms have double beds and the third is a twin with the 2  single beds positioned at right angles to each other. We would suggest that this room is ideal for children but not for adults.  All the bedrooms have patio doors leading to terraces overlooking the garden or the pool terrace. The bedrooms are well equipped with wardrobes and drawers for clothes storage.

The large family bathroom with a corner bath and shower over is also located on the ground floor. 

First Floor

The light and airy lounge/dining area and kitchen are on the first floor. The kitchen is extremely spacious and well equipped for all of your self catering needs. The lounge is comfortably furnished and has the added advantage of a lounge "extension" which can be opened up or closed off using a set of double doors. There is a single sofa bed in the "extension" allowing this space to be used as a single bedroom for a child if desired. Immediately off the main lounge is a well furnished balcony, perfect for drinks before dinner whilst enjoying views over the surrounding countryside of olive groves and towards the Akrotiri peninsula beyond.

There is a small balcony off the kitchen which is an ideal spot to breakfast for 2 people and at the top of the stairs a small balcony which overlooks the pool.

Completing the first floor amenities is a shower room with shower, wc and wash handbasin.

External Areas

The villa is situated on a quiet track, behind large gates, making the pool terrace private. There is plenty of space for sunbathing and for everyone to spread out around the pool. The villa boasts a very private garden with 2 distinctly different areas. The garden adjacent to the pool is planted with palm trees and yuccas. The rest of the garden surrounding the villa is reached through an archway, to the side of the villa and the pool; this area is left in a mainly natural state with many mature trees and colourful shrubs. If you tire of the sun, there are many shady places to sit, both in the garden and around the villa with two covered seating areas overlooking the pool.

A portable BBQ is provided for those preferring to stay at the villa some evenings and enjoy al fresco dining.  

Internet Access

The internet is unlimited provided via satellite.   Full instructions on connecting etc are in the Villa Information Book in the villa.

More Information

Use the different tabs to view the villa's features and amenities, actual location and distances to the nearest beach, shop and taverna. The prices tab contains details of the weekly rate together with discount information and additional charges where applicable. You can check "LIVE" up to date, availability using the availability tab which will also confirm the price for your selected dates ***. If you want to book you can then follow the online prompts. Also see https://www.crete-escapes.com/booking

*** In some cases relating to the low occupancy discount, the price may need adjusting by us. Please see the note on this page for more details https://www.crete-escapes.com/about-our-discounts

Holiday Rental Licence

EOT Ministry of Tourism - Crete EscapesVilla Diktynna is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number 1042K92003060001

Diktynna panorma



Villa size


Plot size


Gated Plot




Air conditioning

Yes (throughout)

Mosquito screens


Ceiling fans

Yes (bedrooms)

Safety deposit box



Yes (x 2)

Complimentary toiletries


Wifi internet access


Phone for emergency use and incoming calls



Yes (request at time of booking - FOC)

High Chair

Yes (request at time of booking - FOC)

Sofa Bed

Yes (request at time of booking - see prices tab)

Z bed


All bed/bath linen/towels

Yes (except cot linen)

Cot linen


Beach/pool towels


Central heating


Maid service and linen/towel change

Yes (see prices tab for more details)

Welcome pack on arrival


Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms

Single rooms

Yes (x 1 - lounge 'extension' with sofa bed (supplement) - first floor) 

Twin rooms

Yes (x 1 - ground floor)

Double / King rooms

Yes (x 2 - ground floor)



Bath/shower rooms

Yes (x 2 - shower room on the first floor and family bathroom on the ground floor)



Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment

Full cooker/oven/grill










Larder fridge




Coffee maker

Yes (cafetiere type)



Electric juicer


Electric blender


Washing machine


Tumble dryer


Iron & ironing board



Yes (satellite reception (not SKY) 

DVD player


CD player


Media system


ipod docking station



Private Pool

Yes (40m2 - 8m x 5m. Depth - 1.2m - 1.5m)

Shared Pool


Sun loungers


Sun umbrellas


Garden chairs


Garden tables


Outdoor preparation area with sink




Pizza oven











Local Info

Chania airport ­- 40 mins drive. Heraklion airport - 1 hr and 55 mins drive.

Nearest Beaches­ - Almyrida - 25 mins walk / 6 min drive or Kalives - 14 mins drive.

Nearest Tavernas and Shops­ - Plaka - 8 mins walk / 3 min drive or Almyrida - 25 mins walk / 6 min drive.      

NB; all times are approximate and based on average driving and walking speeds. Some walking and/or driving may be on unlit and unmade track roads. Please refer to the map tab to view satellite images of the area.



10% of total rent

Pricing Notes

Prices quoted are in gbp sterling, per week, for up to 6 people occupying the villa and are not per person. The villa can sleep up to 7 with 1 person using the sofa bed (lounge 'extension'); the sofa bed is charged at the rate of £10 per night.

Alternative length of stays of more than 7 nights are accepted and are charged pro rata.

Prices include air- conditioning, a welcome pack , all linen/towels including  beach/pool towels***, and maid service with linen/towel change.

Maid service with linen/towel change** - 1 week stays - end of let clean and 2 week stays -  at the end of week 1 + end of let clean. For stays that do not fall into a 7 or 14 night pattern eg; 10 nights this service will be provided mid-stay ie; approx after 5 nights.

**except beach/pool towels which are only changed at the end of let however they can be washed using the laundry facilities in the villa during your stay.

There are NO hidden extras.

Options & Extras

  • Sofa bed: £10.00 per night
  • Cot: £0.00 per booking
  • High Chair: £0.00 per booking

Low Occupancy Discounts

low occupancy discount for a single couple (use of 1 bedroom), of 15%, is available at this villa except  for July and August dates.

Not allowed on late availability or special offer prices.

Loyalty Discounts

If you are a returning client and this is your 3rd (or more) consecutive booking with Crete Escapes or your 2nd separate booking in one season, you will qualify for our loyalty discount. Please quote voucher code LOYALTY2.5 when asked to do so during the online booking process or let us know when you contact us. Your reduction of 2.5% will then be deducted from the total price.

Short Breaks

Short breaks are normally only available for a minimum of 5 nights and will be charged at the 7 nightly rate unless otherwise advertised.  However, if the number of available days between existing bookings is less than 7 nights we may be able to accept bookings at a reduced rate subject to the owners agreement.

Short breaks are allowed within 3 days of arrival.



Booking Information

Change-over days are totally flexible but are subject to existing bookings taken either side. If a booking means that the owner would be left with too many "void" days we might not be able to accept it. If this is the case we will contact you without delay to discuss alternatives.

Payment can be made by bank transfer to our sterling account or by debit or credit card (Mastercard or Visa) only.

Our travel information provides details of how to get to Crete including flights to both Chania and Heraklion airports.

If you want to book, please use the availability chart above to check your dates, you can then either book on-line, email enquiries@crete-escapes.com or call us on 0330 111 0061.

Please note: although the calendars show live availability and you can book on-line, please note that your booking is not confirmed until we have issued a confirmation of booking. You may prefer not to book your flights until we have confirmed the booking.

Low occupancy discounts -  unfortunately the online booking system automatically calculates the single couple or small party discount based on the number of people entered onto the booking form and the start day of your rental. There are 2 problems with this:-

a) If you are 2 people but not a single couple, the system will have automatically calculated a discount when it is not due. Please make use of the "additional notes" box on the booking form to tell us and we will adjust the price accordingly before we confirm your booking.

b) If your rental overlaps from a discounted period to a non-discounted one (or vice versa), the discount calculated will be wrong. In these cases we have to make the adjustment manually. You can still book on-line but we will need to change the price on receipt of your booking request. If the price increases we will contact you to confirm the new price before we confirm your booking and take your deposit.

Please don't let either of these issues put you off making a booking. The discounts are genuine and our villa owners welcome couples and smaller parties out of high season. We just can't fine tune the booking system to account for these 2 circumstances - sorry.



Wonderful villa and wonderful holiday and memories made! Pool and poolside beautiful! Villa comfortable and well equipped - we so loved the cicadas! Would recommend a stay here to friends and family. Enjoyed eating at all the local restaurants (especially the view at Sunset located on the road between Plaka and Almyrida) - August 2023. 


Thank you for a truly wonderful stay in your beautiful villa. We have loved starting and ending each day in the company of the only the cicadas next to the pool. We highly recommend swimming at Ombrogialos - such clear water and eating at Maza Cafenion, the best we had on the island. To whoever is reading this, enjoy your stay! - July 2023. 


It’s great to be back at Villa Diktynna after a 2 year pause. As in prior years, we enjoyed the relaxing location in the olive groves with restaurants and shops within walking distance. We will for sure be back in 2023 -  September 2022.


A wonderful time at Villa Diktynna. We never can get enough of the setting in the olive groves with nearby beaches. Our kids enjoyed the refreshing pool, the countless beaches, and especially our boat trips from Loutro - September 2021. 


We are sorry but due to the Covid-19 crisis reviews for the 2020 season are unavailable.


We just wanted to say that we thought the villa was both fabulous and comfortable but selfishly it is hard to broadcast this as we may struggle if we want to book it again!!  Real torn on this! - June 2019.


Lovely villa that has got everything you can ask for! Beautiful setting, lovely pool, great outside space and balconies.... The kitchen is equipped with every utensil possible - July 2018. 


Thank you for asking us about our recent fortnight there.  We had a first class time and we think the villa was undersold as there were quire a few WOWS - May 2018. 


We had a fantastic time at Villa Diktynna. It is a lovely villa in an excellent location; the area is so quiet and peaceful yet only 10 minutes walk to Plaka village centre. Everything was as we expected when we arrived at the villa and the local property management team were helpful when we had a question about the wifi. The cleaning and linen changes were done quickly and professionally. I would definitely recommend Villa Diktynna - July 2017.

After a wonderful stay at Villa Dyktynna last summer, we're considering coming back to Crete this July. We loved Dyktynna because it felt so remote and yet was quite close to Plaka and we didn't have a car for the two of the three weeks that we stayed there (from visitor in July 2016).

We had a fantastic stay at Villa Diktynna. It is in a very peaceful location but within easy walking distance of the centre of Plaka.  It is very spacious and beautifully furnished.  A real highlight is the pool and outdoor space.  The villa surpassed our expectations.  We would highly recommend it. Many thanks to Julie at Crete Escapes who provided us with excellent advice - August 2016.

We have had a wonderful stay at Villa Diktynna. It was exactly what we were looking and hoping for - and so much more! Our 3 year old son loved the pool and the garden, while our baby girl enjoyed discovering delicious Cretan foods and taking quick dips in the pool. The villa had everything that was needed for self catering and a comfortable stay. Car hire and transfer worked out very well too. We are thinking about coming back next year - July 2016

Very nice and well located villa. Very clean!  Beautiful well-kept pool. We will be back definitely and can recommend this villa - September 2015.