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Villa Gaia

Tsivaras, Nr Kalives

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3

£1025 - £1795per week


Private Pool
Sea Views


General Description

The very well equipped Villa Gaia is in a stunning location on a hillside, 1km from Tsivaras village with panoramic views over the village, Souda Bay and The White Mountains. Several sandy beaches are nearby and a host of amenities in Kalives, Almyrida and Vamos are within 10 minutes drive of the villa.

First Floor

The main part of the villa is all at first floor level (the 4th bedroom with en-suite is at ground floor level and accessed via its own private entrance).

There is an enormous wrap around terrace which flows from the main living areas and master bedroom giving incredible views over the surrounding countryside and Souda Bay. It successfully blends inside and outside with plenty of space for tables, chairs and loungers. This is a truly magnificent place to sit and watch the sun go down.

Villa Gaia is air-conditioned by a central programmable system. The lounge area is comfortably furnished in a contemporary style with many modern pieces of art adorning the walls. For your entertainment there is a satellite TV (not Sky), a DVD/CD player and internet access. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped and the dining area has an extending dining table with enough chairs for 8. Patio doors lead onto the extensive terrace which overlooks the large, tiled, swimming pool and well established gardens with bougainvillea, palms, citrus and other fruit trees. There is also a small covered terrace on the other side of the villa which is a perfect, peaceful, shady spot, away from the main activity of the villa.

Three of the well fitted bedrooms are on this floor. There are two twin rooms with single beds that can be pushed together to make doubles and a children's bunk room. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room and there is a separate family bathroom.

Ground Floor

The ground floor is where you'll find the 4th bedroom complete with en-suite shower room and patio doors leading to the pool terrace. The doors are fitted with a fly screen which enables you to leave them  open for natural ventilation whilst at the same time keeping the insects out. Accessed via a separate, private entrance this is ideal for larger groups where 1 or 2 people need their own space.

External Areas

Villa Gaia is set on an extensive plot with fabulous, enticing gardens providing freshly grown herbs for guests to use. There is a lovely stone table with stone seating looking out across the bay, a private place to watch the sun go down with a drink before dinner.

There is a generous sized pool, with a shallow children's section, boasting two sets of roman steps, one in the main pool and one in the children's section. Additionally, there is a metal step ladder into the pool.

The paved terracing immediately around the villa offers lots of space for sunbathing and a shaded covered area which is great for al fresco dining and for getting out of the sun whilst still enjoying the glorious views of the village of Tsivaras, Souda Bay and The White Mountains. Well equipped with outdoor furniture, sun loungers, umbrellas, a shower and a state of the art, large, brick built BBQ.

In the evening, the whole villa, pool and terrace area is beautifully lit.

Internet Access

This is provided by satellite with fast connection speeds for such things as email and Facebook. There are no download or upload limits but downloading movies is not recommended. Full details on how to use the system are contained in the owner's manual at 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 Gaia is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number 1042K92003072401.

Gaia panorama




Villa size

100m2 (all at first floor level with the 4th bedroom with en-suite at ground floor level - separate private entrance)

Plot size


Gated Plot




Air conditioning

Yes (throughout)

Mosquito screens

Yes (to doors and windows except patio doors in lounge.

Ceiling fans


Safety deposit box

Yes (kitchen)


Yes (x 3 - all bedrooms)

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


Z bed


All bed/bath linen/towels

Yes (except cot linen)

Cot linen


Beach/pool towels


Central heating


Maid service and linen/towel change


Welcome pack on arrival


Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms

Single rooms


Twin rooms

Yes (x 4 - 3 x twin rooms and 1 x bunk bedroom. 2 twin rooms (1 with en-suite) and the bunk room are on the first floor and 1 twin room on the ground floor with separate access. All twin beds can be pushed together to make doubles. 

Double / King rooms



Yes (x 2 - one on each floor)

Bath/shower rooms

Yes (x 3 - 2 x ensuite shower rooms and 1 x family bathroom with shower over)



Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment

Full cooker/oven/grill










Larder fridge




Coffee maker




Electric juicer


Electric blender


Washing machine

Yes (situated in the en-suite of ground floor twin bedroom)

Tumble dryer


Iron & ironing board




DVD player

Yes (with DVD's)

CD player

Yes (with CD's)

Media system


ipod docking station



Private Pool

Yes (50m2 - 10m x 5m. Depth - 0.95m - 1.9m - main pool with children's section 0.60m. Pool shower. Accessed via roman steps and aluminium steps)

Shared Pool


Sun loungers


Sun umbrellas


Garden chairs


Garden tables


Outdoor preparation area with sink



Yes (stone built charcoal type with oven and adjacent tap)

Pizza oven











Local Info

Chania airport - 40 minutes. Heraklion airport - 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Nearest Beach ­- Almyrida or Kalives - 5 mins drive

Nearest TavernaAlmyrida or Kalives - 5 mins drive 

Nearest Shop ­- Tsivaras - 2 mins drive 

NB; all times are approximate and based on average driving and walking speeds.



10% of total rent

Pricing Notes

Prices quoted are in gbp sterling, per week, for up to 8 people occupying the villa and are not per person.  

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

Prices include air- conditioning, a quality welcome pack, all linen excluding  beach and pool towels, and maid service with linen change.

Maid service with linen change - twice weekly.

There are NO hidden extras.

Options & Extras

  • 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 LOYALTY05 when asked to do so during the online booking process or let us know when you contact us. Your reduction of 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 (sterling or euro) or by debit or credit card.

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 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.

Floor Plans

Floor Plan - Ground FloorFloor Plan  - main villa


Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Gaia. The whole process, from booking with Crete Escapes, to the recommended car hire firm and the service received from property manager Marianne was exemplary. The villa itself was superb - a perfect location, beautifully clean and very well equipped. And despite the impact of coronavirus virus, our experience of Crete could not have been any better. It was wonderful. Thanks again - August 2020.

We had an amazing 9 days stay in your amazing villa. The gardens and the pool are stunning. The view from the villa is breathtaking. Whilst staying here we have visited Kalives, Almyrida,Vamos and Chania. The villa is very well equipped and we even managed to use the BBQ one night. Special thanks to Marianne for answering all questions and helping us it was very appreciated! Definitely a holiday we wont be forgetting - August 2019.

We had the most wonderful two weeks in your beautiful villa! The pool and gardens are simply stunning. Lots of areas to relax with a G&T (with lemons from the tree of course) and the view from the villa is breathtaking - amazing sunsets. The villa itself is very well equipped with lovely personal touches and cleaned to a very high standard. We struggled to tear ourselves away from the villa but we had a fab day out at the water park and a couple of lovely meals in Chania as well as exploring a little of the surrounding area. Thank you in particular to Marianne and Antonia who looked after us so well they are an asset to your villa. Huge thanks again - July 2019

What an amazing well equipped villa! The gardens are beautiful and the views of the sea and mountains are breathtaking. We found that the villa had everything you could possibly need and thoroughly enjoyed our stay - August 2018.

We had a lovely time in your amazing villa! We especially enjoyed the pool and pool toys, also the view is great. Everything was wonderful the beaches in Chania and Kalyves are beautiful and the restaurants are lovely - August 2018.

We had a wonderful two weeks in your beautiful villa. We have especially enjoyed the fabulous pool and watching the sun set from the balcony over dinner with a G&T in hand! We have found it to be really well equipped and enjoyed exploring Kalyves. Thank you  for helping us have a lovely and memorable holiday - July 2018.

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely Villa. We had a wonderfully relaxing time here. Everything we could have wanted was in the villa - August 2017

We had an amazing week. The villa is perfect, cooling breeze and unbelievable views - August 2017

We have had an excellent stay in Villa Gaia. Everything was great and the description on the website is in all respects in line with reality - August 2017.

Villa Gaia is superb and the villa's location too! - August 2017

What a lovely stunning villa, a credit to the owners and staff. Fantastic views can be enjoyed all over the villa with its secluded location. Would recommend to anyone - July 2017

Fabulous Villa with beautiful gardens and pool. A week is not enough to do it all justice...... July 2017

Fantastic villa, so well equipped and all the little extras eg games, Dvd's etc. a nice touch. What can we say about the pool, gardens and views other than they are truly spectacular and will be missed when we leave -  June 2017

We had a wonderful time at Villa Gaia – thank you for arranging it for us - August 2016.

We've had a great holiday, the villa is lovely and the garden fantastic......the villa is is situated in a delightful area of Crete and there was too much to see and do in one week. Our children loved the pool and we had many happy hours swimming in it - August 2016.

A brilliant holiday in a really well equipped villa, lots of lovely places to visit.........would recommend this villa without hesitation ps; highly recommended - August 2016.

Wonderful villa! We had a great time! - July 2016 

We visited the villa in October and stayed for a week. The villa is great, its beautifully decorated and
furnished and comes kitted out with everything you need. The views are amazing, from the mountains all the way to the sea. The local villages are a short distance away and offer plenty to do and great places to eat and drink along with some beautiful beaches. I will certainly be going again and would recommend the villa to anyone - October 2015.

The property was "as advertised". I recommend the location. The property was a good value for the price paid. The property provided wifi/internet access. My security deposit was returned on time - September 2015.

I would just like to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa Gaia.  The villa was clean, the 'welcome' basket was very welcome especially the wine! The villa is beautifully decorated and has everything you could possibly need. Great views with an amazing pool. Marianna was very helpful with any queries we had - August 2015.