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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Villa Gaia is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number 1042K92003072401.
- Villa size - 100m2
- Plot size - 2000m2
- Gated plot
- Main villa all at first floor level with the 4th bedroom with en-suite at ground floor level (separate private entrance).
- Air conditioning throughout
- Mosquito blinds to doors and windows except patio doors in lounge and door and window in separate, ground floor (4th) bedroom
- Safety deposit box (see below - in kitchen)
- Hairdryer (all bedrooms)
- Wifi internet access
- Cot on request
- High chair on request
- All bed/bath linen except cot linen and beach/pool towels
- Maid service and linen change (see prices tab)
- Welcome pack on arrival
Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms
3 x twin (all with single beds which can be pushed together to make doubles) & 1 x bunk bedrooms. 3 x bath/shower rooms as follows:-
- 1 x twin with en-suite shower room on the 1st floor
- 1 x twin on the 1st floor
- 1 x bunk room on the 1st floor
- 1 x family bathroom (shower over) on the 1st floor
- 1 x twin with en-suite shower room on the ground floor (separate private entrance)
Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment
- Full cooker
- 4 ring ceramic hob
- Coffee maker
- Washing Machine (situated in the bathroom of bedroom 4 on the ground floor)
- Iron & ironing board
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Private pool - 50m2 (10m x 5m). Depth - children's section 0.6m, main pool 0.95m to 1.9m
- Sun loungers, parasols + outdoor tables & chairs
- Brick built BBQ with oven and adjacent tap
Chania airport - 40 minutes. Heraklion airport - 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Nearest Shop - Tsivaras - 2 mins drive
NB; all times are approximate and based on average driving and walking speeds.
10% of total rent
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 and linen change.
Maid service and 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
A 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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
Crete is the most southerly Greek island with an agreeable climate. The tourist season usually starts around April and lasts until the end of October. The spring (April) is a good time to visit for hiking and to see the beautiful flowers.
In early summer (May and June) the temperatures will be climbing steadily to an average in the mid 20's. This is a good time to visit if you don't have to keep to school holiday dates as the climate is very pleasant and there are few crowds.
July and August are the busiest (and hottest) months with tourists from all over Europe choosing Crete for their holiday destination. The north westerly winds usually moderate the temperatures but it's best to make sure your holiday accommodation offers shelter from the hot sun. It goes without saying that the sea will be warm.
September is still high season with warm, sunny days and the sea is still warm. The season draws to a close in October but this is a perfect month for visiting the island as the sea is still warm for swimming and activities such as hiking and visiting the archaeological sites can be undertaken in pleasant temperatures.