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Villa Xanthe

Plaka, Nr Almyrida

Sleeps: 8 + 2
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2

£1225 - £2295per week


Car Not Essential
Private Pool
Sea Views


Promotional Discounts currently apply to this villa, see latest villa offers here https://www.crete-escapes.com/special-offers

General Description

Villa Xanthe is an airy and spacious 4 bed and 2 bath villa built over 3 floors with panoramic sea views. It is conveniently located for Plaka's village tavernas and mini markets, in a quiet spot less than 10 minutes walk to the charming village centre - perfect for holidaymakers wanting a peaceful location but nevertheless being close to amenities.  The popular sandy beach resort of Almyrida where you will find numerous waterfront tavernas to choose from is a further 15/20 min walk or a 5 min drive.

The owners have recently re-tiled the pool and added roman steps for easier access, re-furbished the lower ground floor bathroom and built a large covered outdoor kitchen with BBQ, sink, fridge and dining table and chairs - new picture gallery uploaded 24th April 2024. 

First Floor (Living Area)

To maximise the views out to sea and The Akrotiri peninsula beyond, the villa has been built with the open plan living/dining/ kitchen areas on the first floor. With 2 sets of patio doors opening up from the living area to a sizeable balcony running the whole length of the villa and another large glass door opening up from the kitchen to a small balcony, this whole space is flooded with light. The sea facing balcony is furnished with a generously sized table and chairs together with a comfortable rattan sofa enticing you to take long, lazy, lunches and dinners whilst making the most of the sea views and the twinkling lights of the coastline after dark.

The interior is simply furnished with a modern sofa (converts to a sofa bed), 2 lounge chairs and a dining table and 6 chairs. The TV entertainment at this villa is on the lower ground floor.

The fully fitted kitchen consists of all the amenities you might expect including an oven with a 4 plate hob, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher enabling you to self cater easily using the fabulous local products which you can buy in Plaka or Almyrida.

Ground and Lower Ground Floors (Bedrooms and Bathrooms)

The spacious entrance hall on the ground floor greets you as you enter from the external steps leading up to the villa with staircases up and down, bedrooms and a recently refurbished shower room leading off.

Three of the four bedrooms and the shower room are to be found on this floor of the villa. The bedrooms have recently been repainted and each one is individually decorated and beautifully presented.

One bedroom has a double bed and the other bedrooms are both twin bedded.

The lower ground floor area could also be classed as the relaxing area as this is where you will find another large L-shaped sofa (converts to a sofa bed) with a chest used as a coffee table and a large TV screen for family viewing. As an added extra there is a full size table tennis table and table tennis equipment for guests' enjoyment. 

The 4th bedroom, also twin bedded, is located on this floor adjacent to a bathroom.

A stairgate can be requested to fit the bottom of the staircase which makes this area safer for very young children. 

External Areas

The large oval shaped pool with access via roman steps for convenience, is surrounded by very spacious sun terraces and the garden with plenty of space for everyone to spread out - 8 sun beds and 3 sun umbrellas are provided to accommodate the maximum number of adults able to book this villa.

A large pergola adjacent to the pool terraces covers an outdoor dining table and chairs to seat 8. Boasting a stone built BBQ, handy sink and larder fridge; this area is a wonderful shady place to sit at any time of day and night with those chilled drinks conveniently close by. In an evening, soft lighting provides a perfect ambience.    

A few steps lead from the pool terrace to the quiet lane fronting the property. This lane brings you to the village centre either by following winding narrow roads through the old part of the village itself or by following the main lane back to the village centre. Either way it is less than 10 minutes walk to the nearest taverna and mini market.  

Internet Access

Wifi internet connection is via a fixed telephone line.

More Information

Use the different tabs to view the villa's features and amenities, actual location (a live link to google's most recent satellite map of the area)  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 Xanthe is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number 1224849.



Villa size


Plot size


Gated Plot




Air conditioning

Yes (ground floor bedrooms only)

Mosquito screens


Ceiling fans


Safety deposit box

Yes - (located in the lower ground floor storage cupboard)


Yes - (each bedroom)

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 (x 2 - first floor living area and lower ground floor lounge area)

Z bed


Bed/bath linen/towels

Yes (except cot linen)

Cot linen


Beach/pool towels

Yes (pool only)

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


Twin rooms

Yes (x 3 - ground floor x 2 and lower ground floor x 1)

Double / King rooms

Yes (x 1 - ground floor)



Bath/shower rooms

Yes (x 2 - shower room on ground floor x 1 and bathroom with shower over on lower ground floor x 1)



Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment

Full cooker/oven/grill










Larder fridge

Yes (outdoor kitchen)



Coffee maker




Electric juicer


Electric blender


Washing machine

Yes (lower ground floor bathroom)

Tumble dryer


Iron & ironing board



Yes (cable/satellite - lower ground floor)

DVD player


CD player


Media system


ipod docking station



Private Pool

Yes (28m2 - 7m x 4m. Depth - 1.5m. Pool shower. Access via roman steps)

Sun loungers

Yes (x 8)

Sun umbrellas

Yes (x 3)

Garden chairs


Garden tables


Outdoor preparation area with sink and fridge



Yes (brick built charcoal type located within outdoor kitchen)

Pizza oven





Full sized table tennis table                                                                       Yes (lower ground floor)

Small selection of books                                                                            Yes

Stairgate (to fit bottom of stairs on lower ground floor)                      Yes (request at time of booking -                                                                                                                                      FOC

















Local Info

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

Nearest Beaches­ - Almyrida - 25 mins walk / 5 min drive or Kalives - 15 min drive. 

Nearest Tavernas and Shops­ - Plaka - 6 mins walk / 2 min drive or Almyrida - 25 mins walk / 5 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 8 people occupying the villa and are not per person. The villa can sleep a further 2 children (max age 12) using the sofa bed (to sleep 1) on the first floor and/or the sofa bed on the lower ground floor (to sleep 1) at a rate of £10 per child per night.

A cot for an infant is provided free of charge on request. 

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  pool towels and maid service with linen change.

Maid service with linen 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  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 (x 2): £10 per person per night
  • Cot: £0.00 per booking
  • High Chair: £0.00 per booking
  • Stairgate: £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.

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 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.



Stunning views, so peaceful, well equipped villa. Outside space well equipped too - had two BBQ's. Good sized pool. 5 min walk to the village which has two supermarkets for all your needs. Sampled 3 villa eateries - local food was excellent. Recommend Elpis, a very pleasant evening experience. The local beach and shops is a good day out - only a short walk or grab a taxi if it's hot. Chania old town well worth a visit. Villa ideal for families or groups of friends with everything you could need provided - July 2024.  

Very nice and spacious villa, and close to the village as well - a bonus. We had a lovely stay and a nice holiday. Max (aged 3) had a great time! Thank you - September 2023. 

What a fantastic family holiday here enjoying days at the pool and trips out to Chania, Rethymno, Aptera and the beach. Lovely village, we especially enjoyed dinner at Elpis - fantastic service. Hopefully we'll take the sunshine home with us. Efharisto - September 2023. 

We loved the beautiful views and sunsets from Villa Xanthe as well as its spacious grounds, pool and accommodation. The location suited us as it was very quiet but within easy reach of the local tavernas which we found to be excellent and very hospitable, as well as the handy supermarket. The walk to and from Almyrida beach was a little challenging for the older members of our group as we were not used to the gradient but not for the youngsters, as they could do it twice a day! We would recommend the Almyrida taxi service and also the walk to Kokkino Chorio with its interesting glass factory and its local taverna for a tasty lunch break and some cold Mythos! - September 2023.

Pool was fantastic, great views on the balcony and lots of room inside the villa. Nice restaurants, especially Elpis down the road. Thank you - August 2023.  

A great villa. We have enjoyed the pool and sunsets from the balcony/terrace. So convenient to be a short walk to the tavernas and supermarkets. Highly recommend Sunset restaurant for lovely, friendly service and have style authentic Greek food. We'd stay here again, thank you - August 2023. 

Lovely villa and within walking distance of two supermarkets and tavernas (recommend Elpis). If you have a car, a trip to Lake Kournas is worth a visit. Rethymno is also worth visiting, lots of shops and tavernas and if you fancy jet skiing etc then recommend Popeye's on the beach - July 2023.  

Had a great time! the view is gorgeous day and night plus there is so much to do. Recommend Elpis and Takis as nearby places to eat and a visit to the beach which has beautiful clear water for swimming. If you fancy a walk there's a sweet litlle cafe in Kokkino Horio which only takes 30 mins to get to. Really loved it here, thank you so much - June 2023. 

Had an amazing time, views from the villa are amazing! The beach is super close as is the town centre which made it easy to do days out. I really loved it here, thank you - June 2023. 

Came with 5 other friends to Villa Xanthe, had the most amazing time. Villa is beautiful, very spacious and brilliant views from all the balconies. The pool is lovely and clearly well maintained; the area surrounding the villa is very convenient, a 5 min walk in to the village centre of Plaka (would recommend Elpis and Takis as places to eat) and only a short walk to Almyrida beach (beautiful) which has plenty of things to do and lots of food places along the beach too. Thank you for a lovely stay at Villa Xanthe - June 2023.   

The views are outstanding. Very relaxing and peaceful location. The villa has everything you need and plenty of tavernas and restaurants to chose from. A very enjoyable week - October 2022. 

We had a lovely time, villa amazing, views were great - better in the flesh. Everything you need at a stones throw. Elpis is the best retaurant for lovely Greek food. The taxi firm down by the beach is very good. Next time we'll definitely get a car to explore more - October 2022. 

Thanks for the amaxing villa, looks even better in person. The BBQ and the pool were highlights. Two thumbs up! - September 2022. 

Stunning villa with 180 degree views of the ocean. Nice bedrooms and well equipped kitchen. The upstairs terrace had very comfortable outside sofas. Nice pool that was cleaned regularly. Really great location only 8 mins walk on a gentle slope to Plaka where there was a very well stocked shop and a few tavernas. Local beach at Almyrida was pure sand and very shallow with sunbeds and waiter service for 4 eur per person. We went to the beach approx 11am and there were plenty of sunbeds. We had a problem with the power at the villa (pylon blew upin the street) and the property manager was excellent - August 2022. 

We had the best time at Villa Xanthe - the sunsets are sensational. Great to be able to walk to Plaka and Almyrida for tavernas and market - July 2022. 

I just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday in Crete - the villa was ideal for our situation. Villa Xanthe was perfect for our party and the views and sunsets were spectacular. The location was also ideal. We’ll certainly return at some point as we fell in love with the island again, not having been there for twenty years and we’ll certainly recommend your company to our friends. The best holiday we’ve had in years! - July 2022.