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- Beautiful sea views above Almyrida
- Contemporary and stylish
- Close to tavernas and sandy beach
- Nearby to watersports and activities
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For a family villa holiday with children of any age, Asteriskos offers the complete package, combining a great location close to Almyrida, a private swimming pool and a brilliant games room with table tennis.
From this elevated position you can enjoy the huge views that take in the very best of western Crete, with the intense blue of Souda Bay in the foreground and the unmistakable silhouette of the White Mountains behind. You can stroll downhill to Almyrida in around 15-20 minutes to pick up your fresh bread from the bakery or enjoy a meal in one of the excellent seafront tavernas which are supplied by the boats that chug out from the little fishing harbour before dawn. If you’ve got little ones in tow it might be sensible to take the car so they can save their energy for playing on Almyrida’s three lovely beaches: sand or pebbles, the choice is yours. The beaches are gently shelving, and popular with windsurfers, with equipment hire and tuition available if you’re inspired to have a go.
Teens are welcome in the handful of low-key bars, which are sufficiently close for peace of mind but far enough away not to disturb your evening on the terrace. And once you’ve properly relaxed into the gentle pace of Cretan life and feel ready to explore, this is a lovely spot from which to discover the more traditional inland villages of the Apokronos, such as Plaka and Gavalochori. Chania town, with its Venetian harbour, market and wonderful shops and restaurants, is 25km away.
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- 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)
- Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with Satellite TV, DVD player
- Fully equipped kitchen includes full cooker, microwave, coffee machine, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
- Master bedroom (180cm bed) with en-suite bathroom
- Twin bedroom (90cm beds; ability to turn in to double bed)
- Shower room
- Staircase to lower ground floor
Lower ground floor
- Games room with table tennis and TV
- Twin bedroom (90cm beds; ability to turn in to double bed)
- Shower room
- Washing machine
- Open utility space
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioned throughout
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and pool towels provided
- Private swimming pool 6m x 4m (depth 1.3m – 1.6m)
- Driveway with parking
- 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): 1042Κ91003141301
- A car is recommended in this location due to lack of visibility at night
- Beach/ taverna /restaurant (Almyrida) 5min drive
- Basic shops/supermarket (Mini market/SYNKA) 5min drive
- Lake (Lake Kournas) 35min drive
- Boat hire (Kalves) 5min drive
- Airport (Chania) 30min drive
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*
- 4-5 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto 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.
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.
Two weeks with our two lovely friends at a great villa with awesome views and excellent attention and cleaning from Stelios. Chilly pool, but still managed 20 lengths per day. Janice provided us with numerous ideas for visits including an excellent evening at Simpson’s Arosmari Village Hotel – Greek food and a wonderful performance from five very talented musicians. The whole holiday has been full of conversation, smiles, laughter, and great memories.
A well located villa with expansive views and a high degree of privacy. Close enough to walk into Almyrida with it's safe shallow bay for sea swims. Local villages nearby feature a slice of Cretan life with excellent restaurants offering well above average cuisine at a competitive price. The owner is charming and helpful. A car is a must.
Delightful, well-appointed villa with a generous welcome pack. We were especially pleased with the gluten-free items for the coeliac member of our group.
Three weeks with our two lovely friends at a great villa with awesome views and excellent attention/cleaning. Chilly pool but still managed 20 lengths a day. Janice provided us with numerous ideas/visits including an excellent evening at Arosmari Village Hotel (Simpson Hotel) – Greek food and a wonderful performance from five very talented Greek musicians. The whole holiday has been full of conversation, smiles, laughter and great memories.
What an amazing week, a fantastic holiday – a week isn’t enough! The villa has been excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool, barbecue and sheep visitors! Lots of restaurant choices on the seafront for breakfast, lunch and dinner. George and the taxi folks are helpful and reliable. Janice has been brilliant with lots of help and advice when needed. Thanks for a wonderful holiday, full of fun and memories. We would love to come back soon.
Villa Asteriskos is very spacious, comfortable and extremely well equipped. We enjoyed the expansive views over Souda Bay from the terrace and pool. Almyrida, a 15-minute walk away, has plenty of cafés and restaurants, a bakery and supermarkets, and a beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear water. We particularly enjoyed visiting Chania and the Botanical Park and Gardens at Fournes, and we had a great boat trip with Antonis Boat Rental. Many thanks to Stelios for loaning us his beautiful villa, and to Janice, the Simpson Travel representative, for her kindness, efficiency and continuous availability.
Simpson Travel service is first class in all respects and it is a critical factor in our deciding where to go on holiday. It is such a comfort to have friendly, capable and incredibly helpful support available as and when required. Our concierge exemplified your very high standards.
We’ve had a delightful week at Asteriskos. Beautiful location. Janice has been extremely helpful and Stelios keeps the villa in excellent condition. Thank you for a lovely stay.
Another fantastic holiday with Simpson Travel. This is the second time we have booked with you, but it will not be the last. Five stars. First rate. All groovy. Super great.
Our stay at Villa Asteriskos was very enjoyable. The villa was perfectly positioned and the view to the beach was spectacular. the villa itself was very well presented, clean and tidy. Our whole stay was perfect from start to finish. would highly recommend Simpson travel.
Beautiful villa, beautiful location, gorgeous weather – paradise! Thank you for a wonderful week and for the superb welcome pack.
The villa lived up to all our expectations. Location is amazing and even the walk from town got easier! The villa is well equipped, beds very comfortable and the twice a week clean and linen change was exceptional. Everyone in the town was friendly and there are excellent restaurants and cafés. Great location to explore from.
Splendid villa – loved the location and views. Our welcome pack and the overall level of equipment were very generous, thank you very much. We’ve had a great time and we very much enjoyed our week. Lots to explore, don't miss ancient Aptera, the fortress at Rethimno, the many sights at Gavalochori, St George's Monastery and the wonderful Imbros Gorge. The weather is improving as we leave so we can only imagine how wonderful it will be as the year progresses. Springtime for the wildflowers is superlative!
Excellent villa, well maintained and equipped, excellent service, wonderful views. Third time with Simpson Travel, looking forward to the next.
Splendid villa, loved the location and views. Our welcome pack, and the overall level of equipment, were very generous, thank you very much. The weather is improving as we leave, so we can only imagine how wonderful it will be as the year progresses. Thanks again, we've had a great time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Villa Asteriskos. It was probably one of the best equipped villas we have stayed in and we have been renting Greek villas for over 20 years! We didn't mind the walk down to the village at all (15 mins) and it was very easy to get a taxi back in the evening if we needed to. Almyrida was a lovely village and we would return. We would also definitely use Simpson Travel for future holidays, the level of service was impressive.
A superb villa in a superb location, wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
We have had very many Villa holidays with a fair number of agents but Simpsons is by far the best in all respects - always our first port of call.
This was our first visit to Crete and your beautiful villa which managed to be secluded with amazing views of the white mountains in one direction and the stunning coastline in the other, whilst only being a short walk to all amenities, in a very pretty seaside town had us all settled in and ready to explore Western Crete in no time. Alexia was very helpful giving us extra information about restaurants and walks. We have travelled with you before and will do so again as we never fail to be impressed by how well you put together all the elements of the holiday to make it seamless and all the more enjoyable as a result! Thank you.
What a great villa in a fabulous place. The views of the Gulf of Chania to one side and to the White Mountains to another side were fantastic; but the villa also has orange and lemon trees in the garden ready to pick - even in early April - which were lovely in the G&T's that we drank on the terrace overlooking the pool. You could easily see into Almyrida - down to the beach and the Tavernas, but it was so quiet that you could be forgiven for thinking you were the only person around. A pretty much perfect holiday venue.
We loved our Simpson Travel trip to Crete. The villa was one of the best we've stayed in and everything on the website is accurate – it was perfect for an October holiday – and the location near Almyrida was lovely. The car hire was also really well done – collection and drop off right at the airport with insurance all taken care of, and the company representatives were really friendly and good. Klaudia, the Simpson representative, was really good and extra kudos to her for her animal charity work. Would definitely use Simpson again on the back of this holiday.
We have just returned from another excellent family holiday with Simpson Travel. The accommodation was a real gem, brilliantly kitted out and enjoying 360 degree views allowing us to take in the sea, rolling hills and mountains.
This villa is the most amazing place we have ever stayed in and we could not get enough of the views and landscape. This has been a wonderful holiday. The food is amazing and Cretan people are super friendly. It has fulfilled our expectations and above. We wish we could stay longer and hope to be back.
The villa was the star of our holiday – an amazing place to relax and take in the gorgeous views. Loved the walk down to Almyrida each evening – lots of great places to eat. Psavos and Lagos were our favourites. Always easy to find a taxi back up the hill (€8).
Wonderful weeks! Lovely villa – we very much enjoyed the pool and the views. We felt very looked after – Klaudia was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction and solving issues of which we had few. We had a good evening at Arosmari where we enjoyed listening to a traditional Greek bouzouki.
Wonderful weeks. Klaudia was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction and solving issues of which we had few. Lovely villa and we very much enjoyed the pool and views. Thank you to Stelios and Simpson for such a wonderful holiday – felt very looked after.
Magnificent views and the most beautiful villa. Especially enjoyed Donkaris winery, Parasia restaurant near Vamos – live music on Wednesdays and great atmosphere of food, Kera beach – remote, pebbly. Great holiday. Thank you Stelios and Klaudia.
A lovely discovery – we travelled with Graham’s old company, Simply, 30 years ago. Crete, Corsica and Turkey – characterful, authentic holidays. It was a nice surprise to discover Simpson while browsing holidays to Crete with our daughters. The experience has been as welcoming and authentic as it was all those years ago. First, the villa is first class, set in a great bowl of olive groves, the White Mountains towering behind and Souda Day stretching across the front of the villa with bustly little Almyrida down below. Everything was spotless and well maintained. People make a place so a big thank you to the lovely Stelios for his warm-hearted greeting. Klaudia is a wonderful rep – enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient. And she lent us her hiking sticks!
Lovely villa – we very much enjoyed the pool and views. Thank you to Stelios and Simpson for such a wonderful holiday. Felt very looked after.
A lovely rediscovery – we travelled with Graham’s old company, Simply, some 30 years ago. A nice surprise to discover Simpson Travel while looking for holidays to Crete with our two grown-up daughters. The experience has been as welcoming and authentic as it was all those years ago. First, the villa is first class, set in a great bowl of olive groves, the White Mountains towering behind and Souda Bay stretching across the front of the villa with Almyrida down below. Everything was spotless and well maintained. People make a place so a big thank you to the lovely Stelios for his warm-hearted greeting. Klaudia is a wonderful rep – enthusiastic, knowledge and patience.
This was our first time using Simpson to arrange our holiday, and the overall experience was excellent. The bar has been raised very high. The villa was amazing and the local reps very attentive.
Stunning villa! Wonderful holiday! Children loved it so much it was difficult to persuade them to leave the house/pool. Klaudia was lovely – so helpful. Stelios was the kindest host.
We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing week and haven’t ventured to far afield. Stelios, we shall miss your gorgeous villa and thank you to Simpson for ensuring everything about our holiday was easy and hassle-free. We shall definitely book with you again.
We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing week and haven’t ventured too far afield. Thank you Stelios – we shall miss your gorgeous villa and thank you Simpson for ensuring everything about our holiday was easy and hassle-free. We shall definitely book with you again.
We were delighted with every aspect of our Simpson Travel holiday. Travelling alone with three children was absolutely no problem as there was advice and help at hand when we needed it. Our accommodation was so comfortable and well-appointed I realised I could have packed very lightly and worried a lot less before I left home. The contact before, during and after our break was so friendly yet professional and I will definitely be travelling with Simpson Travel again. Thank you for a truly lovely and enjoyable holiday experience.
Excellent villa in a great location convenient for town. Although the owner was unable to greet us due to personal circumstances he did leave a great welcome pack and, when he popped round mid-week with the cleaner, a rather good bottle of sparkling wine. As well as being scrupulously clean a bonus was a properly equipped kitchen. Thoroughly recommended and we are considering staying again. Ray was, as previously, very professional and helpful.
We stayed at Villa Asteriskos for part of our honeymoon and we are so glad we choose this property. The view was breathtaking and the perfect balance between being close to towns, beaches and activities but also a nice, tucked away villa with plenty of peace and quiet. We have rented properties like this before through other means but I didn't want to risk it not being as pictured and it was even better than the photos. Very clean, fully equipped with everything you might need for your time there. Also, the concierge insight was instrumental in helping us make the most of our time there. We couldn't have had a better experience. Thank you, Simpson Travel!
What a wonderful, relaxing week we all had at charming and family-perfect Villa Asteriskos. Thank you Stelios for letting us share your home and make happy Cretan memories! We had a couple of day trips out to Knossos and Chania – well worth it and we enjoyed sampling the local tavernas. Thanks to Ray for being so helpful, we hope to be back again sometime.
We had a perfect week in the perfect villa Asteriskos. Thank you Stelios, Eleni and Ray. We would love to come back.
Asteriskos is a fantastic villa. We loved everything, but especially the flowers in the garden and the grapes! It’s in a brilliant location – the views from the villa…well you need all day to do them justice! Octopus Bay is fantastic for snorkelling and horse riding in Kavros was brilliant fun. Aptera has atmospheric ruins in a typically low key Greek way. In Almyrida we found the harbour side beach the best – it’s lovely. Thank you Simpson Travel and also Ray for his brilliant advice and help. Every recommendation was spot on.
What a fabulous villa – a brilliant base for our favourite trip to Crete ever! There is so much to do locally and there is fabulously wonderful food and drink too.
We had a lovely two weeks in Crete – the first week in Villa Asteriskos and the second in Villa Vereniki. Both villas are excellent and we received great support from Ray, the Simpson Travel representative. We can recommend the Botanical gardens. Chania was beautiful, but busy and we had a good sea trip with Georgios. We loved Crete with its good food and friendly people.
We had a great family holiday at Villa Asteriskos. It’s a dream spot. Thank you to all, especially Stavros and Ray, the Simpson Travel representative.
We had a lovely holiday. Villa Asteriskos is lovely with a stunning view. We received great recommendations from Ray, the Simpson Travel representative. We particularly enjoyed Monika’s in Gavalochori, Waves on the Rock in Ravdoucha and the botanical gardens. It’s also worth popping into the Manousakis Winery. We’ll be back!
We had a much needed relaxing holiday in lovely Villa Asteriskos with its spectacular views. What more could you want? Hugely impressed by the Simpson Travel team. Booking was easy, the Pre-Departure team were very impressive and Ray, the local representative, all ensured we had a great holiday.
Great company to deal with. Properties live up to the descriptions/photos and often exceed them. Good advice available during planning stage and fantastic in-resort support for any little issues that arise. Would recommend highly to anyone interested in destinations Simpson Travel covers.
First time with Simpson Travel, great villa, organised everything beforehand and a more than helpful rep on the island – always available. Would recommend and use again.
We had a brilliant holiday – thank you! Ray Pattenden was really great and Stelios and Eleni, the villa owners, were welcoming and very thoughtful. Extra touches such as a bottle of wine, barbecue charcoal, olive oil and condiments were very much appreciated, and the home-grown vegetables and fruit we could pick ourselves – the cherry on the cake! We will definitely use SimpsonTravel again.
This was our third trip with Simpson Travel and it was, as ever, superb. Booking was straightforward, communication excellent, the flights smooth, the villa incredible and the support from Ray, our rep in Crete, was incredibly helpful. The villa owner left local wine each week and also picked a lovely tray of fresh strawberries from the villa garden. Having travelled independently for many years, I now appreciate more the value of having a rep at the airport ready to point you in the right direction, help you with the car pick-up, and give you crucial insights into the local area. Top class (again!).
Great villa, with fantastic views to coast and mountains; and lovely hosts who were there to meet us. They came to clean later in the week with a bottle of wine as a gift, and took the time to chat and tell us about the property, island and culture. What's not to like? The rep (Ray) met us and made sure we arrived at the villa (we followed him from the airport), exchanged numbers and made sure we knew where everything was, etc. He respected our request for no meeting but did arrange to pop back at the end of the week to check there were no issues, and check we knew the way back to the airport. Highly recommended villa, great location, and knowledgeable, helpful rep.
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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.
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