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



Updated: 17-Sep-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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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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The perfect place for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to relax and unwind. The villa was amazing, it was well maintained, very clean and had spectacular views across the bay to the mountains. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner and Alex who were both lovely. The sandy beach and clear blue waters were safe and very good for snorkelling. The tavernas near the villa were all friendly and excellent food. The villa is only a short trip away from Chania, a beautiful town where we were even lucky enough to see a Loggerhead turtle in the marina. Overall, without a doubt one of the best holidays we have ever had.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and service

  • 5 of 5

All of the reviews here are spot on, this is a fantastic place to stay. The location is unbeatable with the beach so close and great restaurants just a short walk away (local shop is a further drive). We were asked by several people who walked by where we found it online. The villa is a great space for a family to hang out in and is uniquely decorated. As others have said, Spiros is an excellent host, being attentive but discreet and surprising us with little extras. Alex made the booking process (and return of the belongings we left behind) very easy. Thanks to everyone for a brilliant holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Chania International Airport (CHQ) at 10 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Souda Ferry Port at 17 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Marathi at 150 Metres Nearest Beach : Marathi Beach at 5 Metres 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.


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8 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
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Property Type

  • villa


  • 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
  • Refrigerator


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • freshwater fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 130 m²


  • Shower room 1 - 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 + sofa. Bedroom 2: double anatomic bed. Bedroom 3: two twin anatomic beds.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Garden, patios, wooden terrace dining set for 6 persons, barbecue, sun-umbrella and 4 loungers on grass, 3 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) Rental License No (MHTE): 1042Κ92003078601

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