• 2-4
  • 1-2
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  • Five elegant and spacious suites
  • Beautifully designed with quality fittings
  • Walking distance to Paleochora, beaches and tavernas
  • Two 2-bedroom suites each with private pool
  • Three 1-bedroom suites with shared communal pool
  • Adult only and children over 15 years

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We hold a great deal of affection for the southwest corner of Crete which, like so much of the island, feels unique and harbours an identity all its own. And though it takes a little more time to get there, the effort is more than rewarded by everything the area has to offer. Within walking distance of charming Paleochora, we are particularly pleased to have found the Amphitheatre Suites whose owners, George and Giota, share our passion for impeccable service and attention to detail.

Extremely spacious and beautifully designed, these elegantly furnished one and two-bedroom suites each have well-equipped kitchen area and comfortable living space leading out onto a private terrace overlooking the warm waters of southern Crete. Two-bedroom ground floor suites have the added benefit of private pools while the one-bedroom suites enjoy use of the communal swimming pool which feels exclusive and intimate.

Beaches, bars and tavernas are a 10-minute stroll away and it’s only 15 minutes’ walk to the colourful and bohemian centre of Paleochora. Quintessentially Greek, there’s a buzz of creativity amongst the narrow streets of the Old Town; enchanting by day and utterly bewitching by night.

Giota can arrange boat trips from the little port here, whisking you across the water to the pale pink sands of Elafonisi, the extraordinary village of Loutro, or perhaps Gavdos - the most southerly Greek island of them all. This glorious corner of Crete has much to discover inland too, including the herb-scented Anidri gorge and the wild, rugged beauty of the Grammeno peninsula – a magical, unspoilt place and the epitome of the road less travelled.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay at a hotel in another part of the island to your holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.

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  • 5 suites 
  • Ground level (2 bedrooms) – Harmonia, Hera 
  • Upper level (1 bedroom) – Demeter, Aphrodite 
  • Top floor (1 bedroom) – Calypso Penthouse

Suites Demeter, Aphrodite and Calypso Penthouse can be interconnected to sleep up to six people.

All suites (see separate Suites tab for individual details and photographs)

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Simpson Travel pool towels
  • Smart TV
  • Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, oven, full hob and Nespresso machine
  • Terrace
  • Two sun loungers
  • En-suite shower room with double basin and WC
  • Cleaning available on request


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

National tourist licence (EOT): 

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 4pm
  • Check-out time – 10am


  • Beach (Pachia Ammos) 10min walk
  • Taverna/restaurants/shops (Paleochora) 10min walk
  • Paleochora Old Town 15min walk
  • Bike hire 15min walk
  • Boat trips 15min walk
  • Grammeno Beach 7min drive
  • Chania airport 1hr 30min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D2 – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group CA – Automatic Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group DA3 – Automatic Seat Toledo or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*

Group L2 – Skoda Yeti or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Giota has the most beautiful property in a fantastic setting and is the best host ever! Nothing is too much trouble for her and her team. Paleochora has very good tavernas and so many to choose from. We hope to come back – next time maybe with some of the family.

Pam and Ken, October 2023

We’ve had a wonderful 2-week stay in Demeter. The bed is comfy and the views of the sea and Paleochora are lovely. We have enjoyed going to Grammenos beach – mostly the sandy side where the sea is shallow and warm. Giota has been absolutely wonderful – so kind and she couldn’t have done more for us to make our stay in her lovely suite more comfortable. She is delightful. Janice, our rep, has been very helpful to us as well.

Tim and Susan, September 2023

Giota, the owner of Amphitheatre Suites, was exceptionally helpful and looked after us as if we were family. She went above and beyond to make our holiday enjoyable.

Mr Trevor Clark, September 2023

What a fabulous location. Aphrodite Suite is so spacious and the roof terrace is an added bonus. Giota has been so friendly and helpful surprising us with treats of tasty marbled cake. Paleochora town comes alive in evening and we have eaten in different resstaurants on most evenings. There is a great cocktail bar where they serve 2-for-1 cocktails and you can enjoy the sunset. Nidri Gorge is not far away and although only 2kms in length it’s is a strenuous climb with some tricky sections.

Trevor & Tina, September 2023

It was a great pleasure to stay in Calypso. What a wonderful apartment and Giota is the most attentive and generous hostess who has made our week truly special. You will be well looked after. We couldn’t do the Samaria Gorge on this visit, but we were delighted with the Nidri Gorge walk. We walked down first, and then back up to a wonderful meal at the restaurant. Paleochora, we shall return!

Simpson Traveller, September 2023

A wonderful experience from start to finish. Booking was helped by speaking to someone who knew the property. From then on a superb experience in a great location.

Mr Philip Redding, August 2023

As usual Simpson Travel has added a wonderful villa to their programme. Amphitheatre Suites is top class with great views of Paleochora town and the beach. Giota’s attention to ensuring her guests have a great holiday is second to none. Our second visit to Paleochora and it will not be our last! All the restaurants and local beaches are very good.

Keith & Sue Brown, June 2023

We have stayed in many Simpson properties over the last 10 years and Amphitheatre Suites is up with the best of them. Apart from the quality furnishings - nothing is too much trouble for Giota, the owner, and her warmth and friendliness shines through. Paleochora itself is a gem - a wonderful discovery as we had not been to this part of Crete before. We also hired bicycles for a couple of days and as most of the terrain around the town is flat - it was a great way to get around and made us feel more like locals. First visit here but not the last - we will be back.

John & Lucy, June 2023

A spectacular place to celebrate a special birthday and Simpson Travel pulled out all the stops! Giota the owner is a dream and could not do enough for us. Anyone who follows after us will have a fabulous time, whether seeking walking or beach relaxation. Samaria Gorge is of course gorgeous but so is Irini and Amidri. Gramenno beach is an idyllic spot not to be missed. Two weeks in Paleochora are not enough!

Rob and Elaine, May 2023

What a fantastic place to get away from it all, whether you want to hike a gorge, take a boat trip or simply relax on a beach away from the crowds. Enjoy the friendliness of the local people, being recognised as you frequent the shops and tavernas. Giota, the owner of Amphitheatre Suites will spoil you endlessly and nothing is too much trouble for her. You won’t want to come home.

Margaret Walker, May 2023

Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.


Property Grading Key:

  • 5/5


  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5


  • Location


    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort


    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*


    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*


    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

The soaring White Mountains, known in Greek as the Lefka Ori, are at the heart of West Crete’s dramatically beautiful landscape and the villages in their foothills offer traditional Cretan fare in glorious abundance – that’s if Chania’s twinkling harbour lights and waterfront dining don’t entice you first. Spring brings an abundance of flowers, turning hiking trails and gorges into welcome destinations for walkers, and in summer, the many beaches offer sun worshippers a choice of scenic locations to spread their towels.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas, Simpson Hotels and boutique hotels in Chania and West Crete to complete your luxury holiday in West Crete. 

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