Villa Ioanna is a modern, fully air-conditioned villa which has been planned, equipped and furnished to provide the discerning holidaymaker with wonderful accommodation close to amenities. The villa is in a quiet spot but is less than 5 minutes walk to the sandy beaches, shops and tavernas in the coastal village of Kato Stalos, just 7 kms to the west of Chania. The area boasts several sandy beaches with facilities and many other tourist attractions including wind surfing, go karting and the water park at nearby Limnoupolis. Villa Ioanna stands in a large plot with panoramic sea views to Theodorou Island. The views can be enjoyed from all of the terraces and balconies that lead off the principal rooms and two of the four bedrooms at the villa. The villa is centrally heated (warm air) so is a good choice for early or late season holidays when the evenings may turn chilly and heating may be required. The lounge also has a traditional Cretan fireplace with a working log burner that is simple and easy to use.
(Bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground and lower ground floors).
Modern fixtures, furniture and appliances have been selected to create something special and extremely comfortable. The air-conditioned living areas and kitchen, with spacious balconies leading off both, are on the first floor in order to maximise the views.
The modern kitchen is comprehensively equipped (see amenities list below). The dining table will seat up to eight when extended. The lounge is very comfortably furnished with leather sofas and the walls are decorated with prints and original paintings. Full entertainment facilities and broadband internet access are provided.
There is a handy cloakroom with wc and washbasin on this floor.
Ground and Lower Ground Floors
All of the bedrooms are air-conditioned and have plenty of storage space, ceiling fans and fly screens to the doors and windows. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, both have king sized beds and private, furnished balconies. The master bedroom overlooks the pool and also has sea views. There are two more bedrooms on the lower ground floor; one has a double bed and the other has 3 x single beds. A further 2 x Z-beds can be provided (see prices tab) to sleep children up to the age of 12 years however the maximum occupancy is 10 people overall.
There is a full bathroom on each of these floors. Both have full sized baths with fitted showers over. The ground floor bathroom also has a separate shower cubicle. Hairdryers are fitted in each bathroom as standard. A washer / drier machine is provided in the lower ground floor bathroom.
Outside, the poolside area has been equipped with plenty of sun beds, parasols and outdoor tables. The large brick built BBQ has recently been enhanced by the addition of an outside kitchen including a sink and a fridge to store drinks and other refreshments. The BBQ area benefits from external lighting to make BBQing a pleasure well into the evening.
The area beyond the pool terrace has been grassed and the landscaped gardens are established with several different types of trees and shrubs. The villa fronts on to a very quiet lane and has stone walls around the perimeter of the plot. Care has been taken to ensure that the plot is private whilst not obscuring the views.
Wifi internet connection is via a fixed telephone line.
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 Ioanna is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number AMA 00000134908.
- Villa size - 130m2 (3 storey)
- Plot size - 810m2
- Air conditioning throughout
- Ceiling fans (lounge/dining area and all bedrooms)
- Safety deposit box
- Hairdryer (in both bathrooms)
- Wifi internet Access
- Phone - for emergency use and incoming calls
- Cot on request
- High chair on request
- Z-beds (max 2 for children up to age 12 years) on request - extra charge (see prices tab)
- Stairgate on request
- Baby monitors on request
- All bed/bath linen including beach/pool towels
- Maid service and linen change (see prices tab)
- Welcome pack on arrival
Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms
3 x double & 1 x triple bedrooms. 2 bath/shower rooms + 1 x cloakroom
- 2 x double with king size beds on the ground floor
- 1 x double with double bed on the lower ground floor
- 1 x triple with 3 single beds on the lower ground floor
- 2 x z-beds available (1 for each lower ground floor bedroom) NB - children up to age 12 only.
- 1 x cot available if required (for double lower ground floor bedroom)
- 1 x family bathroom with separate shower cubicle on the ground floor
- 1 x family bathroom on the lower ground floor
- 1 x cloakroom with wc and wash basin on the first floor
Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment
- Full cooker
- 4 ring hob
- Fridge/ freezer - large American style
- Coffee maker
- Sandwich maker x 2
- Iron & ironing board
- TV & internet media box providing hundreds of channels including major UK channels, Sky channels & 41 Scandinavian channels
- DVD & CD players/radio
- Playstation 2 & games
- Private pool - 45m2 (9m x 5m). Depth - 0.9 to 1.3m
- Sun loungers, parasols + outdoor tables & chairs
- Large brick built BBQ and outdoor kitchen with sink and fridge
- Gardens with lawned area
Chania airport - 30 minutes. Heraklion airport - 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Nearest Beach - Stalos - 5 mins walk
Nearest Taverna - Stalos - 5 mins walk
Nearest Shop - Stalos - 5 mins walk
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 9 people occupying the villa and are not per person. The villa can sleep up to 10 with 1 child (aged 12 years or under) using one of the z-beds available. Another z-bed is available if parents require greater flexibility as to which bedrooms their children sleep however the maximum occupancy is 10 people overall.
Any additional z-beds requested are charged at the rate of £10 per bed, 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 including beach and pool towels***, and maid service and linen change.
Maid service and linen change - weekly. ***NB - the beach/pool towels are not laundered as part of the linen change.
There are NO hidden extras.
Options & Extras
- 2 x Z Beds (children up to 12 yrs only): £10.00 per bed, per night
- Cot: £0.00 per booking
- High Chair: £0.00 per booking
- Stairgate: £0.00 per booking
- Baby monitors: £0.00 per booking
Low Occupancy Discounts
A low occupancy discount for a single couple (use of 1 bedroom) of 25%, or a group of 3 or 4 (use of 2 bedrooms) 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 to check your dates, you can then either book on-line, email 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, or 3 or 4 people but not 2 + 1 or 2 + 2, 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.
Thank you for your email. Yes, we had a lovely time in Crete. The villa was great and the location for walking to the beach, restaurants and bars was excellent. It was a good base to explore the West side of the island too. The welcome pack was very much appreciated as we arrived on Sunday and it meant that we did not have to think about shopping for breakfast as soon as we arrived. Also having hand soap in all bathrooms/toilets and toilet rolls was a nice gesture - June 2019.
We have absolutely loved our stay here. The villa is immaculate and we had an extremely comfortable stay. All the local restaurants were lovely, we highly recommend Maria's and Sebastian's. We enjoyed the walk to Platanias a few evenings and trying different cocktais in various bars. Everything we needed withing walking distance. We loved every minute here - October 2018.
We really enjoyed our stay at your lovely villa. We've relaxed by the pool and watched the sunset from the balcony. Beautiful views, really easy walk to bars/restaurants and the beach. We cooked a couple of times and bought meat from the fabulous butcher in Stalos and packed herbs from the local supermarket. We particulalry enjoyed eating at Krinos - great food and friendly owners and we had delicious pizzas at Meltemi overlooking the beach. Would definitely recommend this villa to others - October 2018.
We've been coming to Stalos for a number of years now and are delighted to say that this is the nicest accommodation we've stayed in. Very well appointed and maintained. Loved the pool area, great for us sun worshippers! Very much appreciated the welcome basket as it's one less thing to worry about upon arrival. Definitely intend to back here. PS - for anyone new to Stalos, go and visit Yannis and Elena at Kimatogi restaurant - absolutely lovely people/hosts - September 2018.
The villa is gorgeous and a great base for a week's holiday - August 2018.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Ioanna. The villa itself is very well equipped with a lovely pool - our 4 boys spent hours playing and have all mastered swimming! Great memories made. The location is superb and we particularly enjoyed restaurant Paraia and the Pyramis tavern - both short walks. The waterpark is worth visiting too - great day out! Now looking when we can re-book for next year - June 2018.
Lovely villa for a family holiday - well equipped and nice pool for the children. Visited surrounding area, Lake Agia and the waterpark with the grandchildren who had a great time. All in all a great birthday holiday in Crete with the family. Thanks for the welcome pack and the birthday bottle of baileys! All had a fab holiday in the villa - May 2018.
Lovely time here in Crete. Visited surrounding area and Chania. Some lovely walks and the beaches are beautiful. Make sure you swim in the sea and go snorkelling with Captain Nick. Absolutely wonderful - May 2018.
I recently stayed at Villa Ioanna, loved the place, people, and villa - can’t wait to visit again - May 2018.
Wonderful villa, lived up to everything we wanted and more - Thank you - May 2018.
Just had a lovely fortnights holiday in Villa Ioanna in Katos Stalos with family for a lovely birthday holiday. Villa is great - lovely pool to cool down - granddaughter (4) would have stayed in constantly if she could. Near to local amenities - amusing views of goat herd . Well equipped holiday - brilliant time thanks - May 2018.
We are here just now cannot recommend highly enough!! - May 2018
Fantastic! Loved Crete. The villa was very thoughtfully equipped. Loved exploring the area and seeing golden eagles! So much to do and to see, we are coming back next year and have left beach toys. Have a fab holiday like we all did - October 2017.
We have enjoyed a great family holiday here at Villa Ioanna. We have enjoyed relaxing days at the pool followed by a bbq at night. We have also explored the area by car, visiting the beach at Falassarna, Paleochora and Elafonissi. The villa is well situated for local restaurants and bars too. All in all a perfect holiday option - September 2017.
We have all enjoyed a really wonderful holiday together in Villa Ioanna. The villa is so accommodating and has enabled each of us to have our own space from time to time. The pool has been such a bonus and the close proximity of beach, tavernas and shops have all added to make our holiday together so special. We very much appreciated being met at the airport, a really practical welcome pack and little touches of tissues in each bedroom. The staff who manage the property have been so helpful and friendly. We certainly look forward to another visit to this beautiful part of Crete. Many thanks from us all - August 2017
We have had a great stay here at Villa Ioanna. The villa has everything you need, pool area and bbq fantastic. Kids loved it and water park at Limnoupolis is great for a day out. Everything you need is around you. Very chilled and relaxing holiday - July 2017.
Fab villa, full of amazing views. Lovely pool and garden with beautiful flowers. The town is one of a kind and the waterpark trip was great for the kids. Bus to Chania is great and cheap and we went there several times as we loved the town and markets there - July 2017.
A perfect, peaceful family retreat in easy reach of all you need. Great pool area, loads of space. We've really loved it. Lower floor was practical and spacious. Overall we've loved staying here - June 2017.
We all enjoyed our stay especially the gorgeous views and sunsets from the balcony. A trip to Chania recommended and by bus 1.80 euro. You can buy tickets in the nearby shops or on the bus which goes very 30 mins. Shoping and the harbour area recommended. Buying meat for the BBQ locally was not easy so we bought supplies in Chania. Restaurants - Maria's do goat in the oven on Sunday night only - get there early and book in advance. Good meals at most places. The bakery opposite Maria's great for bread and morning danish. Thanks. All very friendly people - June 2017.
Lovely villa, very relaxing, great view and pool. Liked Maria's and Markos for dinner and Kamatogi for ice-cold beers on the beach. Train ride good (sunset one). Chania lovely. Falarnasi amazing beach 40-60 mins drive - June 2017.
This villa is amazing. The trip to the beach is really short and is awesome with warm sea and beach bars and is perfect to build sandcastles. I really recommend going to Chania, you can buy so much nice stuff. Also the pool is really nice to go in and once your in it is warm. It has everything, a kitchen, bedrooms, pool and all the stuff you need to cook a meal (Amelia aged 12) - June 2017.
I just wanted to say on behalf of all the girls that we had a really great holiday and the villa was so lovely and the welcome hamper was great. We will certainly be recommending the villa to friends and family as it was in such an ideal location. Please could you pass our thanks on to the owners of the villa - May 2017
We've had a fantastic fortnight. Weather has been superb. Villa has everything you could possibly need, beach towels in particular were a big help and the dishwasher & washing machine were a godsend. The views were amazing and the villa well located for everything. Thank you so much - September 2016.
Spent a lovely two weeks in party of six at Villa Ioanna, Stalos, near to Chania. The villa was excellent, great location with everything you need. The beach was a short walk down the hill, fairly steep but provided fantastic views from the villa. There are plenty of restaurants in Stalos with great bus service into Chania. I would definitely recommend Crete Escapes, very helpful with instance response to all questions prior to travel - September 2016.
This is the 2nd time we have stayed in this villa and we have enjoyed it so much we are already planning our next visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool and sun loungers. The breeze on the main balcony is much needed and wonderful. The bedrooms are very comfortable and there are plenty of balconies to choose from if you want "time out" away from everyone. The villa is the perfect location for supermarkets and restaurants. It was everything we wanted for our lovely relaxing holiday. We are all going to miss being here but we are looking forward to coming back to this excellent villa. A wonderful holiday was had by all - thank you so much. - July 2016.
We have had an amazing fortnight in Villa Ioanna which was very well equipped and had a beautiful view of the sunset watched evry night from the balcony. Thank you so much for our wonderful holiday - July 2016.
I've just returned from an amazing holiday at Villa Ioanna in Stalos. I forgot to write in the guest book before I left so just wanted to say what an amazing holiday we had. The weather was perfect, the villa was spectacular with incredible views from all of the windows. We thought the villa was well equipped and the pool was very refreshing on a hot day. It was easy to get to the local beach, bars and shops. Everyone was very friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. We found it easy to get around on the local buses, both to Chania and to some of the villages. We will definitely be booking again. Please pass on my thanks to the owners as they really have something special in Crete - May 2016.
Lovely villa, great location. You have a good team, very helpful and professional. Locals made us feel very welcome. A holiday to remember. Thank you - May 2016.
Enjoyed our holiday with our family. First time to Greece, very good for eating, drinking, beaches and the Greeks of course (so friendly). Took a little trip on the land train seeing 7 villages. Nearby supermarkets served us well for food and drink so all in all a fab 10 days, thank you - May 2016.
Thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days at Villa Ioanna, very conveniently located for beaches and local tavernas. The villas is wonderfully equipped for cooking, eating and entertaining the kids. The swimming pool is a welcome visit on a hot day - May 2016.
We've had a great time. Villa Ioanna very comfortable with everything we could need. Tavernas and food shops on the doorstep - October 2015.
We have returned to Villa Ioanna as it is in a lovely location and is is very well equipped. We always hire a car and explore more of the island. Had a lovely drive over the mountains to Paleochora, fabulous views on the way and a really pretyy village and beach - September 2015.
We had a great holiday at Villa Ioanna. It is very well appointed and equipped. The pool is great and is where we have spent most of our time; the kids have barely got out the whole 2 weeks - August 2015.
Beautiful villa with great views, that is well equipped and has a gorgeous pool area which we used often. The town has a wide variety of good quality restaurants and shops; we particularly loved sitting by the beach at the Nektar Beach Bar and enjoyed late nights eating great food at the Triana restaurant not far from the villa - August 2015.
We have had a lovely holiday. A splendid villa. Lots of beautiful beaches to choose from and of course friendly and welcoming locals. The weather has been exceptionally hot, back to UK to cool off!! - August 2015.
As I write this I am sat on the gorgeous balcony watching the sunset. This is the perfect holiday!! The pool is gorgeous, the villa is equipped with everything and more. Don't want to go home - July 2015.
I love it here it's so warm, the villa is just amazing. I'm definitely coming again! PS; I love the toasty maker! - July 2015.
We had a lovely time staying in this villa. The views from the balacony are beautiful and the main balcony is a great place to get a lovely breeze in the evenings. The rooms were clean and very comfortable and the pool is amazing. There are many good shops and restaurants that are a short walk from the villa - Maria's was very nice and the staff were very friendly. This villa was a great place to stay for the week. My only complaint is that I had to leave this beautiful place - July 2015.
Lovely villa and pool. Very well equipped. Some great places to eat locally. Enjoyed our visits to Chania. Sorry to leave! - May 2015.
We had a brilliant time at Villa Ioanna and the villa exceeded our expectations. It was so well equipped and very comfortable. The pool was lovely. The arrangements all went very well. Many thanks for everything - May 2015.
A really lovely villa and setting. All amenities handy and easy to get to. Pool very cold but very refreshing on hot days. Sebastian's very good food and service, highly recommended. Amina's bar on the beach served the 'best mojitos in Crete' as sign says and they cetainly were!! - October 2014.
Really nice and well equipped villa with pool. Had a nice break although we were beaten by the cockerel at times! - September 2014.
This villa is lovely, the views are great and the pool is very refreshing. It is also really near the beach and we would definitely recommend the 'seaside bar' as it is good service and tasty food. We especially liked that the villa is very well equipped and the beautiful garden. Most of the restaurants were lovely but we especially liked the Amethystos restaurant which was very near and fantastic food. Also, as a great day out you can go on the 'fun train' to the Limnoupolis water park. It was a fun, daring and scary day out but the kids loved going down all the slides. Thank you everyone for a great stay - August 2014.
We had a great time in your villa. Great location near the beach and all restaurants nearby. Fantastic place to spend your holiday. Chania is amazing. The kids (7 and 13) loved the pool but so did the parents! - August 2014.
We had a brilliant time indeed. Ioanna Villa is a beautiful house conveniently located on a small hill with beautiful scenery only 5 minutes’ walk from the sea and 15 minutes’ drive from Chania. It was an excellent house in an excellent location and we shall be happy to return to the same villa in the future - July 2014.
We had an absolutely fabulous time in Crete. The weather could not have been better and the accommodation was wonderful. We loved the location and enjoyed the pool everyday.Thanks very much for making all the arrangements. We are considering a return visit next year - July 2014.
Perfect house, perfect views, perfect weather. Taxi rides from the airport saved us all! We did The Samaria Gorge which we found more challenging than expected but the scenery was spectacular. We loved Chania town and the food was delicious everywhere we went. Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday - July 2014.
We had a lovely stay at Villa Ioanna. Weather was glorious. The pool was lovely and the villa very well equipped. Nikos was very helpful. Milia in the mountains was lovely but a bit of a scary drive. Elaffonisi definitely worth a trip. Faros was our favourite spot on the beach (to the sea and turn left for 100m). Lake Kournas was amazing - June 2014.
Thanks for a lovely week at your fantastic villa. The accommodation is 1st class and the taxi service was good too! We are planning on coming back with other members of our family - June 2014.
Lovely week, great villa, fantastic location and views. Great rural setting with the convenience of some really good tavernas in easy walking distance - May 2014.
We knew we were taking a gamble with the weather visiting this late in the year (early to mid October) but it has been excellent with temperatures in the mid to late twenties all week! Thank you for your well equipped scenic villa. We've had a fantastic stay and particularly enjoyed watching the sunsets from the balcony whilst sipping a glass of wine - October 2013.
We have had a lovely week here at Villa Ioanna. It is extremely well equipped and the pool area is perfect. We can't fault the location and the property manager, Nikos, has been helpful. We've enjoyed some lovely meals at the local tavernas and in town, particularly Pyramis with a great cocktail bar on the beach! We thought Maria's had great food and was good value for money. We caught the bus into Platanias and into Chania for a wider choice of tavernas, bars and shops. It was a perfect holiday, hope to be back soon - September 2013.
We have read all the comments in this visitors book and can only echo our agreement about:- 1) Amazing views from the balconies, especially at sunset. 2) High spec villa. 3) The pool. 4) Local restaurants, all those that were recommended were excellent. 5) The shepherd taking the sheep in and out through the vineyard in the mornings and evenings which was very entertaining as were the cockerels talking to each other. 6) Plenty of mini markets with friendly helpful people. 7) Visiting the bustling city of Chania and its markets/harbour etc. 8) Day trip to Rethymnon. The only negatives were instant coffee in the welcome pack rather than filter and no air fresheners in the bathrooms. Apart from that a BIG thank you to Julie at Crete Escapes and congratulations to Nick on the birth of his baby daughter. Hopefully we will be back again one day - September 2013.
Two weeks in Crete has been wonderful for two families and a grandmother from Bergen (Norway). Stalos has given us sunny days with nice meals at Maria's taverna. We have met some of the locals like the farmer next door and he has given us some traditional foodstuff. Amazing Crete experiences. Also thanks to Nico - a great neighbour. We will be back!! - July 2013.
We have had a lovely, lovely week. The villa is lovely with everything you could wish for and more. Beautiful location, views to die for and Stalos has everything to make a holiday really memorable. The owners have put in so much to make this villa a great place to stay. For a great evening out we recommend Dionysos just a short walk down the hill into Stalos, great food and traditional music - May 2013.
We have had a very relaxing time in this great villa which is extremely well equipped and has a lovely garden. Thank you for all the baby things and especially the stair gate. We recommend Amethystos - September 2012.
We all had a great fortnight. The weather has been hot, hot, hot! The local people have all been very friendly. There is a vast choice of cuisine on the doorstep but our favourite has to be Karma Steak House, in Platanias, not only was the food outstanding but the personal service from the manager, Yannis, made us all feel extra special - August 2012.
We had an amazing time. Hospitality was fabulous, the sun was shining and the house and pool were fantastic. The sunsets from the balcony were wonderful. The sea was warm and great for a morning or evening dip. Also thanks to Nikos!! Best wishes - August 2012.
Well equipped and well positioned, "Ioanna" provided us with a great base for our holiday. Trips to Elafonissi and Samaria Gorge were well worth it. The bus service was excellent. A very happy holiday - July 2012.
Absolutely amazing 2 weeks here; more than we imagined. Villa was incredible and didn't want for anything. The pool, the balconies, the weather, the sea, the beach and the views. We have so enjoyed ourselves - thank you. Plus an extra big thank you to Nick the property manager - June 2012.
Sending you an email as the rain pours down, thinking of the glorious weather we had last week in Kato Stalos. How wonderful our holiday was at Villa Ioanna. A fantastic location and top quality villa. We had an amazing week and everything was perfect.
The weather, local people and area was just right. Nick the caretaker, was lovely. He popped over to fix the bath shower rail and checked we were all happy. He was very welcoming and happy to answer our questions on good places to eat, and local tips.
We were know by the locals as the 'jubilee ladies' - due to the bunting and flags hanging around the villa balcony and pool. We spent many great evenings at Maria's, Amyethos, Markos and beach side all a short stroll from Villa Ioanna. Jan, thanks again for advising us on Villa Ioanna. Despite a lot of steps, the golden oldies coped rather well..:or maybe it was the raki or ouzo that made them move much quicker! I'm sure we shall visit Crete again. We certainly enjoyed our 'Crete escape' - June 2012.
We are halfway through our holiday and have so much to say!! Villa fabulous, Nikos (property manager) fabulous, food - fabulous. The baby monitors are a stroke of genius because we forgot to bring ours. Maria's shop at the bottom of the road is fantastic, she will help with anything and speaks great Engligh. Thank you so much. You will see us all again next year as we have already booked to come back! - September 2011.
Great villa in good location with lovely views. Had great fun in the pool. Harry and Matt (aged 9) loved the water park at Limnoupolis. We've had a lovely time with family and friends - August 2011.
It was the best villa ever, cosy and with a great balcony view. Thank you very much. We very much appreciated our wonderful island - from Greek visitors - August 2011.
Loved the villa, location, view, beaches and warm sea!! Fantastic holiday!! - August 2011.
Many thanks, we had a fantastic holiday, great weather, location and the villa was top class. We planned the holiday 12 months ago and it has been a dream come true. I will be highly recommending the location and villa to my friends. Nick, the villa manager was very helpful, also many thanks to you for everything you've done to make our holiday memorable - July 2011.
Well what can I say, this villa is amazing! The views are breath-taking and we never got bored with them. You see the sun rise in the morning and the sunset in the evening, all from the same balcony! The villa is equipped to the highest standard and we had everything we needed. The weather was brilliant and location perfect, peaceful but just a short walk to the beach, tavernas, bars and shops. However, we spent most of our time by the pool. Will definitely be booking for next year - June 2011.
Great weather, beautiful beaches and great accommodation. Many days spent at the poolside sipping cocktails - June 2011.
Wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our week at Villa Ioanna. The villa had everything we needed, especially the welcome pack which was a nice touch. We made ourselves at home and had a peaceful and relaxing week. The owners have done a great job of making sure it is fully stocked and comfortable and of course the pool and views were beautiful. Also we want you to know how much we appreciate your patience with us while we decided which villa to choose. You answered all of our questions and helped us make the right decision. Thank you - September 2010.
Fantastic Villa, Equipped to the highest standard. Well maintained and clean. Stunning location with breathtaking views. Kids loved the pool and weather was perfect. Day trips to Chania etc and the water park. Excellent supermarket on the left on way to Chania. The local supermarket's very basic. Ate out a couple of times at Marias at the bottom of the hill (recommended) and Amethystos (friendly but limited menu). 10/10 fantastic holiday with nothing to add - July 2010.
Very relaxing holiday. Beautiful view and location. Superb holiday enjoyed by all Thank you!! Lovely restaurants and Villa. Very hot and sunny. We would also recommend Amethystos lovely restaurant. Tropicarna is a wonderful beach bar at the bottom of the road - August 2009.
We have had a wonderful family holiday in this lovely, relaxing setting. The children enjoyed the pool. We found an excellent nearby restaurant called Amethystos. Lovely authentic food and great value. To the right of the villa and right again - July 2009.
A very well equipped villa. Good location and beautiful sea view. We had a very good holiday here - July 2009.
Simply the best holiday we have ever had. The Villa has everything you need, Pool is lovely and scenery is beautiful. We will definitely be coming here for years to come. Thank you so much - June 2009.
What a villa ! Fantastic ! Equipped to the highest standard - all was just perfect. A fantastic week’s holiday thanks September 2008.
Loved the villa. Perfectly situated and beautifully furnished - a great holiday and we hope to return another day. Thank you - August 2008.
We are now back again in Norway, after spending two wonderful weeks in lovely villa Ioanna, Kato Stalos, Crete. Just wanted to tell you that everything was perfect. The house and the garden were like a dream! We missed nothing. The owners have done a great job, with both the furnishing and the garden. All of us really liked it, and we are very satisfied. The couple that did the housekeeping was really helpful and friendly. We had a fantastic holiday, and hope to come back another year May 2008.
Thank you so much for our wonderful vacation in Stalos. We have fallen in love with Crete and having such a nice place to stay and enjoy has made it extra special - September 2007.
We had a fantastic week in this wonderful villa. We had everything you could ask for and more! - June 2007.
A wonderful villa - well equipped with superb views towards the sea - May 2007.
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.