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

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

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:
7 February, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)


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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 26 May 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Medium 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 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

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Marathi in Crete

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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 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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