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Selene at Villa Kamares, Crete Spa Apartments by the Sea in Panormo village

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartments close to the beach & amenities in a fantastic village location

Villa Kamares is a traditional stone villa with spa pool, the only one of its kind in the area. Villa Kamares is situated on the main cobbled street in the heart of Panormo village, a small Greek fishing village on the North Coast of Crete not far from Rethymno. The location of the Villa is fantastic, everything you need is just outside or only a very short walk from the Villa.

Villa Kamares consists of two lovingly renovated apartments, Astraeus and Selene. This listing is for the Selene apartment on the ground floor of Villa Kamares. Selene is an apartment full of character overlooking the heated spa pool and with a feature mezzanine bedroom.

The Villa was originally built in 1912 and has recently been renovated using traditional materials, adorned with beautiful hand finished stone arches and walls with some original wooden beamed ceilings and floors. To our knowledge, the Villa is the only one on Crete which has had stone incorporated into its re-build on such a grand scale.

Villa Kamares is furnished with traditional furniture which retains a totally authentic Cretan feel but with all the modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi access and central heating for evenings in low season.

A heated spa pool is situated on the ground floor, this is the first spa pool of its kind in the area and is open exclusively for our guests free of charge for the duration of their stay. Villa Kamares are associated with Relaxika Massage & Spa Treatments situated in the building directly opposite Villa Kamares.

The Selene apartment sleeps a maximum of four persons with a king size bed in the mezzanine bedroom and a traditional sofa bed in the living area opening into two single beds.

A window in the large living area overlooks the heated spa pool, whilst curved stone steps lead to a handmade kitchen and stone shower room. A feature pottery sink in the shower room was specially made for Villa Kamares in the nearby village of Margarita.

The Selene apartment has one double mezzanine bedroom with a king size bed; a living room with a traditional sofa bed opening out into two single beds, dining table and chairs, kitchen with handmade wooden painted kitchen incorporating cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer; and one main shower room.

The street outside the main door of Villa Kamares is picturesque and relaxing with local people and tourists wandering past, as well as a popular local taverna, bar, Relaxika massage specialist, shops and hairdresser all being located on the cobbled street.

Few vehicles come down the narrow cobbled street outside as local people and visitors leisurely stroll through admiring the beautiful old Cretan buildings and soaking up the atmosphere. The street is closed to vehicles from 6pm during busy periods.

Just around the corner lies a small stunning harbour and beautiful beach with tavernas and bars overlooking the picturesque deep blue sea with translucent clean water and gorgeous hill scenes.

Guests staying in Selene can access the reception area as well as the heated spa pool on the ground floor.

Our good friends Stefanos and Cheryl, a local Greek man and his English wife who are well known and liked in the village are available for interaction with guests. Stefanos meets and greets guests and Cheryl looks after housekeeping. We are also contactable by phone or email for more information.

Panormo is an extremely attractive village on the north coast of Crete about 21 kilometres east of Rethymno which successfully blends Cretan character with low-key tourism.

The village is a very calm, quiet, civilised holiday destination for people of many nationalities looking for a traditionally Cretan, Greek holiday.

Panormo has retained its charm and originality and has not been spoilt by tourism in any way. Local people live in the village and they are extremely friendly, and everything in the village is within a 2 or 3 minute walk - two fantastic beaches, a dozen or so tavernas serving delicious home cooked Cretan food, a few pleasant bars, two decent mini-markets, a bakery, butcher, a couple of hairdressers and jewellers, a massage specialist and one ATM machine. This all makes for an extremely pleasant small resort with lots of character.

Villa Kamares is located on the main cobbled street in the village which is closed to motor vehicles from 6pm during busy periods - the street on which Villa Kamares resides is a picture postcard scene.

The two beaches have firm sand, there is a small harbour beach and a middle beach with a taverna. Both beaches are protected by stone breakwaters making swimming safe even when there's a strong northerly wind. The beaches are gently sloping and ideal for children. There is a dive centre on the western beach and some low key watersports.

The church of St George is located in the village and you may be able to hear the church bells ringing on a Sunday morning which gives a lovely feel to the day. The carob mill is situated on the edge of the village, this is a modern cultural centre hosting exhibitions and major music and theatre performances.

Panormo is 20 minutes by car to Rethymno, 45 minutes from Heraklion airport and 1 hour 20 minutes from Chania airport. Villa Kamares is a few minutes walk to the bus stop which regularly transports people to the towns of Rethymno, Chania and Heraklion. Panormo also has its own land train offering a choice of two morning trips way inland into the Cretan countryside. This is a great way of exploring the surroundings if you do not want to hire a car or go by bus further afield.

If you want to go on one or two further excursions, it is possible to book a trip at one of the travel agents that have offices around the village or rent a car upon your arrival at the airport.

Villa Kamares is fully insured. Cheryl takes care of the apartment cleaning as well as sheets, towels and spa robes. Guests need to bring beach towels or they can be purchased in the small shops on the street.

Panormo is a quiet, relaxing village and therefore noise should be kept to a minimum in the apartments especially between the hours of 3pm and 5pm when local people are resting during siesta time. Noise should also be kept to a minimum from midnight when the village is quiet. Smoking, pets, parties and events are not permitted in Villa Kamares.

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Laura & Chris Firth
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Laura & Chris Firth

Hi, we are Chris and Laura Firth, we live in Yorkshire, England with our children. We had a dream to restore an old tradiitonal building in a picturesque, friendly Cretan village. In 2008 we found our perfect property, originally built in 1912 and previously a family house owned by a Cretan couple named Kostas and Evangeline Honianakis. We fell in love with the village of Panormo and its people and had a dream to restore the building to its former glory whilst respecting the tradition and style of the area and to bring people of all nationalities to Panormo to enjoy the special village we fell in love with.

We spend a lot of time in Panormo whenever we are not working in England. We feel very much at home in Crete. The kindness of the people and their relaxed attitude feels great.

Laura & Chris Firth purchased this apartment in 2008


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Panormos in Mylopotamos

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • One mezzanine bedroom with king size bed. A traditional sofa bed in the living area opens out into two single beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
Panormo is a quiet village with the traditional periods for an afternoon nap around 3pm to 5pm. The village can get busy on an evening in midsummer but generally everything goes to sleep around 12pm unless you wish to go to one of the late bars that are located near the harbour.


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Selene at Villa Kamares, Crete Spa Apartments by the Sea in Panormo village
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Selene Apartment

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Open plan apartment at rear of property with main bedroom on mezzanine floor, although in the centre of the village very quiet and suitable for a couple.

Cleanliness excellent, equipment perfectly adequate although a cafetiere would help those who do not want instant coffee, fixtures and fittings good quality, bed firm.

Lighting insufficient for comfortable reading with no outside seating as off small enclosed courtyard.

Take a small torch as stairs from mezzanine to bathroom indistinct at night.

Panormo is a pleasant village with eateries and local shops, Chania, Heraklion, Inbros Gorge and south coast 1hr or so drive.

If it suits your requirements I have no hesitation in recommending this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Elia Bar
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.