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Luxury Detached Villa with Stunning Sea views over Souda Bay, Shared Pool & WiFi

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Plaka, Nr. Almirida, Crete - Near Countryside And Beach, Stunning Sea Views

If you are looking for a holiday in the sun in perhaps the most beautiful area of Western Crete, in a luxury detached villa with Stunning sea views, a large pool shared with just 4 other villas, on the edge of Plaka, close to Almirida sandy beach then try Villa Emilia. Villa Emilia is fully licensed by the Greek Tourist Organisation and has the prestigious EOT, licence Number 1042K92003266001 The Villa is very well equipped and clean with spacious kitchen, dining area, lounge, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outside, the private gated poolside patio surrounded by mature gardens is ideal for relaxing in private on sun beds or firing up the BBQ. All the grounds are enclosed and gated. Several terraces / patios offer shade or sun and various dining areas open and covered. Plaka village square is 5 mins walk, has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and is renowned for its excellent tavernas and twisting backlanes abloom with bougainvilleas. There are a few café/bars and a minimarket. 5 mins drive down the hill in Almyrida are more shops, bakeries etc with tavernas, bars and fish restaurants lining the sandy beach front.

Norman Kettlewell
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2017

About Norman Kettlewell

We are an english based couple who have been visiting the Greek islands for many years.We fell in love with Western Crete in the Apokoronas region and decided to buy a house in Plaka in 2004. We still love it as much today as we did when we bought it.

Why Norman Kettlewell chose Chania area

Its perfectly situated overlooking souda bay in the Cretan village of Plaka with easy access to the blue flag beach in Almyrida.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful holiday at your Villa. The facilities were excellent and the sunsets from the balcony were breathtaking. The views over Souda Bay were stunning and we even managed to see a sub-marine on our last day there! The location was perfect with the beautiful beach at Almyrida on our doorstep and the wonderful Tavernas so close by in Plaka. Many thanks for giving us the pleasure of enjoying Crete at your wonderful Villa. Fiona June 2010

We had a fanatstic time in you gorgeous Villa, just wonderful. Thank you so much. Josh now swims like a fish! Let me know where I can leave a glowing review! Francesca July 2010

Just to say that we had a fantastic holiday at your place. I can't believe how well turned out your villa is and that we wanted for nothing. Crete is certainly a great place and we would love to return at some point in the future.

On behalf of all of us a big thank you in making it a easy and really enjoyable holiday. Rob Aug 2010
Jun 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Plaka in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The villa has 2 bathrooms. The bathroom on the 1st floor has a bath, shower, wc and washbasin. The bathroom on the ground floor has a shower, wc and washbasin and it is also very convenient if you are outside by the pool.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The 2 bedrooms share a balcony with stunning sea and country views. Each has air con, ceiling fans, large fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets and mirrors hairdryer . Bedroom 1 with double bed, dressing table, safe, settee. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • caves
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This property has a Full EOT Licence (Ellinika Organisation for Tourism) and since 1st July 2010 it is illegal to rent a property without this licence, so you can rest assured we are legally registered and licenced renters and your holiday booking will be safe with no chance of us being closed down by the authorities A copy of the licence is on display in the villa. Air-conditioning (both hot and cold) is provided to both bedrooms and the downstairs living area and there is also an oil filled radiator for any chilly early or late season night. Both bedrooms also have ceiling fans. Solar heating provides hot water day or night and there is also an electrical immersion if required. Full fire equipment is provided on both floors. Linen, blankets and duvets are provided for both rooms so early and late bookings are provided for. Outside: The outside of Villa Emilia is a beautiful asset. It has a large garden and sun terrace making it ideal for all. Outside the furnished terraces and patios offer a choice of shade or sun throughout the day, steps from the upper patios lead down to the large secluded poolside Patio where sun beds, a sun parasol and a BBQ are provided. This area is surrounded by oleanders, fruit trees and colourful geraniums making it an ideal area for sunbathing and relaxing. Access to the 40sqm pool is a few steps away through a private gate and which therefore makes this villa a good choice for families with young children. A large table and chairs are provided on the covered downstairs patio and further table and chairs are provided on the sun terraces. Upstairs there are tables and chairs provided outside on the balconies where you can enjoy the glorious panoramic views over the sea and Souda Bay. This is a lovely place to watch the sunset and the boats come and go, you may even see a submarine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen and weekly maid service is included in the price. Please note beach towels for use round the pool or beach are not provided. The colourful mature gardens have fruit trees, and a variety of plants and flowers for your enjoyment. Other: The terraces and patios offer a choice of shade or sun, steps from the upper patios lead to the large private sun terrace with flowers,sun beds & BBQ.Access to the pool is a few steps away via a private gate making this villa an ideal choice for families.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)


Lovely detached villa in a quiet area with fantastic sea views.

  • 5 of 5

Villa is on two floors so lots of space. It is well designed with sun terraces to three sides of the property giving you choice of sun or shade. Shared access with three other villas to a small pool but when we were there (Sept) we had it to ourselves. Sea views from upstairs balcony are superb and ideal for a sundowner!

Walk to village of Plaka is 10 mins downhill to four or five excellent tavernas. Beach in Almyrida is a 15/20 mins walk downhill, if you have use of car Kalyves is a better beach.

The hill back from the village and beaches to the villa is known by guests as cardiac hill but it will keep you fit if you decide not to get a taxi!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible villa, located in a beautiful location. It has everything a home away from home needs and is very relaxing, especially the balcony and patio area where we spent most of our time when at the villa. The kitchen is well equipped along with the living area where books, beach supplies, music facilities and even games were provided which all came in useful. During our stay we walked to all the local areas including bars, restaurants and the beach although a rental car is recommended if you wish to view more of the beautiful island.

Overall we had a brilliant holiday and cannot wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent villa.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Villa Emilia lived up to descriptions & expectations - a very well equipped & presented property in a delightful location very close to Plaka village. The owners were most helpful & accommodating throughout. The grounds - particularly the very private bougainvillea/orange tree shaded lower patio - were ideal for a relaxing stay. Fantastic views over Souda Bay - 5-star plus!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Couldnt have wished for more!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful villa! The villa was fully equipped with everything we needed throughout our stay from buckets and spades to hairdryers.

Our favorite areas were the wonderful gardens and several patios with tables and chairs where we enjoyed bbqs at night and lounging during the day, all of which had access to both sun and shade which was perfect for us when the temperatures rose.

We found Plaka was a charming village and a great place to eat at night, surprisingly much closer to the villa than we anticipated meaning we ate there almost every night enjoying the variety of bars and restaurants.

We also loved Almirida beach which is just down the hill (a few minutes in the car or a 20 minute walk) which has many restaurants lining the beach to sit and watch the sunset.

Overall we fell in love with both the villa itself and the surrounding area and would love to come back next year!

- Oliver de Jong

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 week stay in Villa Emilia! The Villa had everything in that you could possibly need! The pool was gorgeous and quiet (even though the other Villas were all booked). We had sun loungers and 3 separate seating areas so you could have sun or shade. Place square was a 6 minute walk down the Donkey Track(!) and the beach was about 30 minute walk away! Downhill! We chose taxi back from the beach as it was 36degs!! We tried all of the restaurants in Plaka and our favourites were Takis and Harokopos. Though all served excellent Traditional Greek food!

Norman & Dawn (the Villa owners) were exceptionally helpful before, during and after our stay! I cannot recommend Villa Emilia highly enough and hope to return in the future. Thank You!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful quiet villa near lovely Crete village.

  • 5 of 5

Villa was as described on the website. One of five villas sharing the pool which is lovely and can be seen on the images. The pool was never busy, a good size and cleaned weekly. From the villa it was very easy to keep an eye on the children whilst they were swimming.

The villa itself is two bedrooms but spacious with plenty of outdoor seating areas. Great views of Souda bay from the villa, especially from the top floor balcony area. The villa was immaculately clean, air conditioning worked brilliantly, the kitchen had every utensil you could wish for and plenty of inflatables for the pool.

Just a short walk downhill (so uphill on way home) to the lovely village square of Plaka with around four lovely tavernas and shops for food etc.

Almyrida is further down the hill and you could walk it, however the walk back would be fairly strenuous with all the beach gear etc. So I would suggest a car, although taxi from Almyrida to villa only 6 Euros.

Almyrida is a small resort, excellent for families with a sandy beach and shallow water going out quite a way.

Norman & Dawn, were excellent to deal with.

Wouldn't rule out returning in the future......

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
23 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
All prices are in UK pounds and include a free welcome pack of groceries/wine to get you going on your first day, all utility bills, weekly maid service, linen, towels, air-conditioning and use of safe and cot. A 25% deposit is required for booking and the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. Also at this time there is a refundable security bond payable of £100 to cover damages. loss of safe key and cost of telephone calls etc.
Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Tuesday or Saturday but this can be flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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