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Villa Minoa With Small Private Beach And Surprising Sea and Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Marathi, Chania, Crete, Greece - 5 Meters Away From The Sandy Beach

Villa Minoa is located at the coastal village "Marathi", in Akrotiri region of Chania. This stunning property, with the surprising views of Suda Bay and "White Mountains", lies only 5 meters over the gold sand and the clear blue water, having its own small beach in front of it. The villa is built in total by natural materials, combining a traditional character with modern comforts, while every single object in the interior and the exterior is a handmade piece of art. The small sandy bays of Marathi provide several qualities of leisure and relaxing, while the city of Chania with all its historical monuments and facilities can be found within a twenty minute drive. This unique site, far away from the unwanted disturbances of the city, with the sandy beach on your feet, the everyday fresh fish and the magical, full of stars sky over your head, it is sure that will charm you.

Alexis Bolarakis
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Greek
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Chania in Chania

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Fully equipped bathroom with spacious shower cabin (hydro-massage programs)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double anatomic bed + bunk bed. Bedroom 2: double anatomic bed. Bedroom 3: two twin anatomic beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Outside: Garden, patios, wooden terrace dining set for 6 persons, barbecue, sun-umbrella and 2 loungers on grass, 6 sun-umbrellas with loungers on the small beach in the front Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and toweling included / change twice a week (daily change upon request) Property Cleaning twice a week (daily cleaning under request) Additional facilities: - Car rental discount - Off-road excursions and trekking discount - Cretan Cuisine Workshops / Wine seminars discount Rental License No (MHTE): 1042Κ92003078601


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Villa Minoa With Small Private Beach And Surprising Sea and Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect in every way: owner, manager, location, amenities. The house is large and cool and has everything a family needs on vacation, including beach toys for the little ones and a canoe for the older people. The owner leaves a starter gift of food and wine and is available to help in any way. The house is just steps from the beach and 20 minutes to Hania. We loved staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday, we will be back.

  • 5 of 5

We booked Villa Minoa after some recommendations from Alex, who looked after us on our last visit to Crete in 2015. We usually book a villa with a swimming pool, but Alex did highly recommend Spyros' villa, especially with the sea temperatures in October being so warm, so we went for it... and we didn't regret it one bit. The beautiful villa is designed with a nod to the Ancient Ruins at Knossos decorated with lots of Spyros antiquarian finds from the local seabed. The villa is very comfortable and you have everything you need, including daily fresh fruit and salad vegetables, good toiletries (so leave your soaps, shampoos and lotions at home). There are numerous herbs, oils and condiments for cooking and Spyros and his mother's constant generosity will overwhelm you. We were spoiled!

So many highlights of the holiday, here are a few....

Own private beach with sun beds and towels

Use of paddle canoe

The fishing trips were a huge highlight for our boys, they went out fishing for barracuda one evening with Spyros and Christos - coming home with a bag full of fresh barracuda for the bbq. Then Alex come over for a boat trip which we were invited on, around the headland towards the naval base, which was followed by an invitation to lunch to share the catch. Stunning fresh fish of many varieties - which we all enjoyed immensely.

We are big animal lovers and enjoyed having the company of little Fouli on the beach, but regretted feeding the cats on the first night - cue a lawn full for the rest of the holiday (whoops). Swimming and canoeing with Lucy the Goose was an experience.

Really fantastic memories.

Recommendations - horse riding at Deres (Nteres) was brilliant - highly recommend. Sunset beach was nice too. Manoustakis Winery, surprisingly good wine (combine with a trip to Deres).

Things to note - this is common to everywhere we have stayed in Crete - the beds are hard. Really hard - so beware. Don't leave your possessions unattended on the beach on the weekend when locals from Chania come on down, my son had his flip flops taken - we had been lax as it was so laid back. During the week we had the beach and water to ourself. The water is very safe, my youngest is nervous of the water and loved it - soft sand underfoot, no currents and nice and warm. All the local restaurants were good. But over everything it was Spyros and his mum's wonderful hospitality that added the special touch, very special people - thank you x

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect spot - you won't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 who visited Villa Minoa for a week in September 2016. Spiros and Alex made us feel very welcome: we loved the villa and its location with a beautiful outlook and just a few steps from the beach. The villa is well equipped and we found everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Alex was very prompt in resolving an initial problem with the villa wifi: we had no problems afterwards.

Chania is about a 20 minute drive and is a lovely city - well worth visiting. Marathi itself is well served by 4 or 5 excellent restaurants all offering fresh seafood at very reasonable prices. We'd heard that Marathi is good for snorkeling and it did not disappoint - safe, easy snorkeling allowed us to see a huge variety of fish. We spent almost all week in the sea. The colours and light are also great for photography. Kayaks and pedalos are available to hire at the beach. A perfect balance of relaxation and activity for those wanting a week away from it all. Definitely one of our best family holiday spots. I would recommend Villa Minoa to families and groups looking for a quiet relaxing holiday. We look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful magical holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week at Villa Minoa - this is our second time staying there and yet again we had the most amazing, relaxing, fantastic time - Spiros has built such a beautiful paradise and takes such pride in his creation. He couldn't do enough for us and we felt so welcomed by everyone in Marathi.

Our children (aged 6 & 9) had the most wonderful time catching fish, picking up starfish, watching octopus and crabs in the rock pools in front of the house. We didn't do much other than stay in Marathi as it is such a wonderful little part of the world. The restaurants on the beach are fantastic and this time the local taverna was open just 50 metres from the house and we spent a lot of time there eating fresh fish and looking at the wonderful view (they even kindly cooked us up the big fish our son caught the morning we were leaving!)

As a family we all absolutely love going to Marathi and seeing Spiros and his family and friends, and we have already booked for next year - we can't wait!!

Thank you Alex and Spiros again for a most wonderful time in Crete.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If in doubt book it. The villa is beautifully presented & kept, the gardens are well maintained & the beach is a stones throw away. Spiros (the owner) couldn't have been more helpful, bread, milk & the basics were ready for us when we arrived & he regularly appeared with food or toys for ourselves & the kids. We have a 3.5 year old & a 17month old & we all had a fantastic holiday. We would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful, peaceful villa next to the beach - a perfect base to explore West-Crete.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week here with our 3 teenage children. The villa is located next to a quiet, peaceful beach in a bay which made it quite warm for early April. We swam in the wonderfully clear water every day. We spent many hours just sun bathing on the beach or on the villa patio. We enjoyed beautiful sunrises and sunsets just sitting on the rocks by the coast line a few minutes walk away from the villa. Marathi is a quiet but friendly village with a few lovely restaurants. It was a perfect base for us to explore the rest of Crete, particularly the west. We visited a few stunning monasteries, walked in the mountains, enjoyed a few other beaches amongst which Stavros where Zorba the Greek was filmed. Chania is a very beautiful city only half an hour away and worth exploring. We also had a day trip to Knossos. Alex and Spiros welcomed us the first evening and gave lots of advice about the area. Spiros was around every day and was a marvellous host - he made sure we were comfortable and gave us an insight into Cretan village life. He also took us on a boat trip around the nearby islands which was very memorable. We would definitely go again and recommend this villa to anyone who is thinking of visiting Crete. Before we booked the villa, we also looked at hotels but being in a villa is much better when you go on holiday as a family because it means you spend more time together. The villa had everything we needed - brilliant cooking facilities, including bbq, plenty of towels, a lovely shower and the villa was even cleaned for us mid-week. Having Spiros' pets nearby (cats, dogs and a tortoise) was a lot of fun! Highly recommended to families with children of all ages!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Chania International Airport (CHQ)
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Souda Ferry Port
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Marathi Beach
Car: recommended


The villa is located 5 meters away from the coast of Marathi. This cove has crystal water and is protected by strong winds. Its shallow water is ideal for families and kids. Along the beach, you will find nice taverns that serve fresh fish. The small port offers shelter for fishing and excursions boats.


- 9km from Chania Airport (CHQ)

- 17km from port of Souda

- 150km from Heraklion Airport (HER)


- 0,5km from the centre of the village

- 4km from Sternes, a larger village with more facilities.

- 15km from Stavros, where some footage of the ''Zorbas'' movie were taken.

- 17km from the beautiful Venetian harbour of Chania.

- 60km from Omalos and Samaria Gorge.

- 65km from the west coast (Balos, Gramvoussa, Falassarna).

- 70km from the old town of Rethymno.

Further Details:

Western Crete is particularly appealing to people who wish to avoid the commercial tourist areas and experience the beauty of this island's rugged mountains (snowcapped in Spring), the spectacular Samaria Gorge and lush lowlands covered with olive groves, citrus trees, vineyards and myriads of wild flowers. Add in interesting archeological sites, the historic town of Chania, glorious sandy beaches with clear blue seas, a wonderful climate, warm friendly people, plus our superb accommodation and you have the recipe for a perfect holiday.

Akrotiri is a region with beautiful, sandy beaches although some can get pretty crowded in July and August; however, they are very clean, generally have great facilities and most are awarded the European Blue Flag every year.

Although growing, Akrotiri is still relatively untouched by traditional tourism.

Most of the peninsula is quite flat, except on the eastern side which is rocky with a rugged hill range. A few of the hills have gorges that end at the sea in scenic rocky coves, some of which are fantastic for snorkelling and fishing. You will also find caves full of stalagmites and stalactites; archaeological and historical artefacts show that some of the caves were used as places of worship or refuges from pirate invasions. If that isn't enough, you will also find some interesting monasteries to visit, justifying Akrotiri's nick-name of "The Holy Mountain of Crete".

In Marathi, if you follow the road leading to the north, you will meet (on the beach road) the ruins of the Roman town called Minoa, which probably was a seaport city of Aptera. The archaeological site, also known as the Small palace of Minos despite not being dated in Minoan Times, hosts traces of buildings and baths probably related to an old harbor, military facilities and a mansion. Indeed, on the beach there is still a semicircular wall that is still washed by the sea.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Chania, Crete

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Medium 2 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low 2 2017
7 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Tuesday and Saturday (flexible)
Arrival time: 14:00
Departure time: 11:00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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