Agios Nikolaos & The Gulf of Mirabello , Crete , Greece

Part of the Simpson Exclusive collection

The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
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  • Beautifully appointed
  • Waterfront position
  • Heated infinity pool
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Short walk to Mochlos

The road from Heraklion in central Crete to Sitia in the east is a good one, promising some inspiring views along the way. But as you exit the main thoroughfare and descend towards Mochlos there’s an exhilarating sense of freedom as you leave the well-trodden path behind. Tucked away down by the water’s edge, this pretty village may not be widely publicised but those in the know return again and again to enjoy its tantalising blend of old-school charm and first-class hospitality.

On the way into the village, in a magnificent seafront setting, Melitina and neighbouring Kalloni are without question the finest properties in our Crete portfolio. Luxurious and sophisticated, they can be booked independently or alternatively, they present a wonderful opportunity for two families travelling as a group when booked together. 

Cleverly designed, Melitina sits in immaculate landscaped gardens leading down towards the sea, with areas of lawn and several spacious terraces for stretching out and drinking in the vista. Though there’s no direct sea access, it affords all the other privileges of its waterfront position; uninterrupted views and the soothing sound of the waves as they break on the rocks beneath. Spacious, comfortable interiors are all you could wish for, stylishly furnished with contemporary touches reflecting the owners’ impeccable eye for detail. Three en-suite bedrooms are furnished with comfy beds and luxury linens and on the lower ground floor there is a sauna and a home cinema, which doubles as a twin bedroom with two single sofa beds for teenagers and a separate bathroom.

Daily breakfast is included and served at the villa; an indulgent extra that sees every day off to a glowing start. Outside, the well-equipped summer kitchen, comfortable dining area and perfectly placed infinity pool add to the joy of carefree summer living and our local concierge will be happy to arrange groceries and drinks to be delivered before and during your stay if you relish the idea of further at-home entertaining. But there’s a lovely selection of arty cafés, bars and tavernas in Mochlos to tempt you away; an attractive prospect at any time of day but never more so than in the evenings when the lights are reflected in the water and the gentle song of the sea is the backdrop to the atmospheric music and lively chatter. This is hidden Crete at its best – charming, timeless, blissfully undone, with an enticing choice of Cretan fare just waiting to be enjoyed.

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  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 8)

Top floor

  • Double bedroom (180cm) bed with en-suite shower room and balcony
  • Stairs leading down to double bedroom (180cm bed) with en-suite shower room and balcony

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with TV and doors to terrace
  • Kitchen includes dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave, oven, hob and coffee maker
  • Stairs leading down to twin bedroom (2 x 90cm beds that can be converted to a double on request) with en-suite shower room

Lower ground floor

  • Cinema room/bedroom with two single sofa beds (suitable for teenagers) 
  • Sauna 
  • Bathroom 
  • Laundry room 


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Simpson Travel pool towels 
  • Daily cleaning (excluding Sundays)
  • Private heated swimming pool 5m x 8m (depth 1.5m)
  • Pool heated April/May/Sep/Oct to 23-25°C
  • Gas barbecue
  • Outdoor kitchen with hob and grill
  • Outdoor shaded dining area
  • 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): 1115650000


  • Beach (Mochlos) 5min walk
  • Tavernas/shops (Mochlos) 5min walk
  • Agios Nikolaos 45min drive
  • Sitia 1hr drive
  • Heraklion 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*
  • 4-5 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
  • 7 guests – 1 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto, and 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*
  • 8 guests – 2 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.

We had a truly amazing stay at Melitina! We are all sad to leave but definitely hope it won’t be our last. Thank you Nikos and Sofia for providing us with a luxury villa for a week and waking up to a delicious ready-made breakfast. The views from our balcony and elsewhere were incredible. There are so many places to sit – sofas, bean bags, sunbeds – pure luxury. The pool is also a lovely temperature – great for cooling down on warm days. Hope to be back soon.

The Chester family, October 2023

We had a wonderful time relaxing in Melitina, this fabulous villa is set in the most stunning location! It has been a lovely place to relax, whilst also being close enough to some spectacular towns enabling us to get the most out of the experience of coming to such a beautiful island.

Simpson Travellers, October 2023

Our first time here and hoping it won’t be our last. A big thank you to Nikos for all his excellent recommendations – some truly memorable meals – and to Sofia for all her hard work. It was lovely spending time here and around Mochlos, but we would also recommend a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion if you are interested in the ancient history of Crete.

Andrew and Francesca, October 2023

What a find! A beautiful place to relax and unwind. The villa, location and charm of Mochlos make this a wonderful place to holiday and made perfect by Sofia and Nikos. Thank you!

The Thomas family, October 2023

We had a such a wonderful time at Melitina. The villa is beautiful and Nikos and Sofia are fantastic at making you feel so welcome. Mochlos is picture perfect and a place of absolute relaxation with fabulous food. Would thoroughly recommend.

Miss Lisa Edwards, August 2023

A wonderful week spent in the as yet unspoilt villlage on the north eastern coast of Crete. Plenty to do to keep the restless busy from mountain biking to hiking in the dramatic mountains to exploring the coastline by boat. We were surprised to find such a tranquil and underdeveloped coastal village on the coast. Melitina occupies a stunning spot overlooking the sea a 5 minute wander from several great tavernas. The service from our rep and housekeeping duo was really exemplary making our week go without a hitch.Many thanks to all involved.

Mr Richard Williams, August 2023

Thank you for a truly restorative week at Melitina. Just what the doctor ordered! We have been very well looked after indeed and have so enjoyed wandering to and from Mochlos each evening.

Harriet & Louis, July 2023

Thank you so very much for a wonderful holiday in Mochlos. A lovely villa and we were wonderfully looked after by Nikos and Sofia. Both so very efficient and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Mochlos village is fantastic for food and drinks as well as the tiny bit of shopping that was needed. A day out in Demetrius’ boat was a highlight. Thank you again, we shall return.

Roger, Ben, Tilly & Jock, July 2023

Thank you for a fantastic stay in Mochlos. Our second time here is as fantastic as the first. Sofia and Nikos – 5-star – brilliant. We hope to be back soon but promise not to tell anyone about Mochlos – got to keep it a secret.

The Abels, July 2023

Our stay at Melitina has been wonderful. The villa has been tranquil and we have all felt incredibly relaxed and peaceful while here. Sofia’s breakfast have been sensational, the best eggs and bacon outside of England! It has felt like having a housekeeper the whole time we’ve been here. Nikos is a dream- he is so helpful and informative, always keen to assist and he has made our stay as comfortable as possible. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

The Hambleton & Doherty families, June 2023

We have had a truly relaxing time in Melitina. We love Crete and we love Mochlos. A massive thank you to both Nikos and Sofia, You couldn't wish for such brilliant hosts. They made our stay here extra special and we couldn't ask for more. We really like the villa and especially the outside dining area which was beautiful.

Dino and Nanae, June 2023

We had a very enjoyable holiday, and your local rep, Nikos, was excellent.

Andrew Brown, May 2023

Our trip to Mochlos has been wonderful, especially staying in Melitina! Nikos and Sophia have catered to our every need and we cannot thank them enough. We had a lovely time and we will miss Mochlos very much.

The Brown Family, May 2023

Thank you so much for looking after us this past week. You made us feel so welcome and relaxed, happy and loved! Sofia's breakfasts were delicious and different every day. Nikos you made us feel so welcome and happy and we all loved your cheeky little laugh. Villa Melitina is just beauty personified.

Trish, Adrian, Daniel, Kaitlin, April 2023

Nikos, Sofia and the house were just perfect in every way. We were made to feel so welcome and we were looked after so very very well. We could not be happier, everything was absolutely perfect. The location was perfect. The house so luxurious and perfect. Sofia's breakfasts every morning were just delightful. Nikos was just fabulous, and that lovely laugh he has is just heart warming.

Patricia Gooch, April 2023

Our stay in Melitina has been impeccable from the moment we arrived here in Mochlos, we have all enjoyed our stay we are sad to be leaving and cannot wait to book another holiday with Simpson Travel. The service here is 5 star, and very inclusive and helpful if you have young children. We have travelled to a different part of Crete nearly every day during our entire stay and everywhere you go is simply breathtaking, relaxing and beautiful. Just enjoying the simple things in life that should be enjoyed in everyday life. Thank you for the most amazing time, we have made many happy memories as a family that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Angelica & Sammy, Coleby and Renzell, April 2023

Such a wonderful place - perfect to stay and relax, and also to explore. Great roads to drive on and fabulous scenery. More than words can convey. No better place to stay and to explore. Such a precious, memorable stay here with my daughter - a shared delight!

Shielagh and Abbe, April 2023

Having spent a few days visiting Heraklion, it was an absolute pleasure relaxing here in Melitina - what a stunning villa in a beautiful setting - no need to venture far! Our stay was made very special, thanks to Nikos & Sophia for being superb hosts. Mochlos village has all you need - great tavernas for lunch or dinner. A wonderful, relaxing time - thank you!

Evelyn & John, April 2023

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Agios Nikolaos & The Gulf of Mirabello is one of the most sought after enclaves of Crete. Here you'll find Elounda, a pretty waterfront town hosting some of the island's most exclusive hotels and restaurants and regular ferries across to the former leper colony Spinalonga, a disconcertingly beautiful island with a fascinating history made famous by Victoria Hislop's novel The Island. A little further east, fashionable Agios Nikolaos is a lively town with an abundance of charm and a fabulous selection of restaurants and shops around the harbour. 

If you're after a more tranquil and traditional take on Cretan life, the enchanting village of Mochlos lies tucked away at the most easterly edge of The Gulf of Mirabello. Our portfolio here celebrates the road less travelled, transporting guests from the mainstream to a blissfully undeveloped part of Crete that's often overlooked. Mochlos holds a unique identity along this illustrious coastline; a timeless waterfront idyll with a charming collection of cafés and tavernas harbouring the soul food of a simpler life. Whether you choose our Simpson Hotel or one of our luxurious villas, a stay here offers the best of all worlds - combining authentic charm, warm hospitality and easy access to many of the island's highlights, including the breathtaking gorges and caves of eastern Crete and the mountain communities of the beautiful Lasithi Plateau. You can also extend your stay and enjoy a few nights in Athens as part of your Greek odyssey? One of the world's most ancient cities, with a vibrant culture and fascinating history, it's the perfect addition to any holiday in Crete. To find out more, please visit our Short Stays in Athens page.

Whether you're seeking an expansive beachfront home close to all the action, or a tucked away base by the sea, you'll find something to suit in Agios Nikolaos & The Gulf of Mirabello. View our handpicked collection of villas today or take a look at our delightful Simpson Hotel in Mochlos.

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Every Simpson Exclusive Villa includes our complimentary Concierge Service, designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing and seamless as possible.

It includes our dedicated pre-departure services to help you plan the details of your trip before you leave the UK, from the logistics of your journey to the personal requests that will make your time away truly magical.

Drawing on our experience and extensive local knowledge, we will do our utmost to accommodate any feasible request.

However, as a minimum, we can arrange:

  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage treatments
  • Boat hire and excursions
  • Private jets

Once you reach your destination, our local Concierge will be on hand to offer any further advice or assistance.

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