Cedar Bay Beachside Villas – Lithos

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Beautiful beachside villa in SW Crete
  • Adult only
  • Stylish and contemporary
  • Taverna 5-minute walk
  • Paleochora 5-minute drive

Lithos is one of the beautiful new Cedar Bay Villas, three very stylish properties located directly on the pale golden sands of Grammeno beach close to the village of Kountoura. The architect’s vision was to create the blueprint for the perfect contemporary beach house, combining modern comfort and design with the timeless pleasure of sun-warmed sand between the toes. It goes without saying that the views are wonderful; rather more unexpected is the private swimming pool for each immaculate villa.

Kountoura has a couple of tavernas with one on the beach serving delicious local seafood for lunch or dinner and also ideal for a glass of something ice-cold at sunset. The beach snack bar will deliver drinks and light lunches direct to your villa or to your designated sunbeds on the beach.

Enchanting Paleochora with its old town of pretty pathways and narrow streets is just five minutes away by car.  From the port you can take boat trips along the south coast to Loutro. Or, explore the area, including the herb-scented Anidri gorge and the wild, rugged beauty of the Grammeno peninsula itself, which has a couple of wonderful small sandy coves and the feeling of being on the road less travelled.

Lithos has been cleverly designed to offer a reasonable degree of privacy. It is also slightly larger than its neighbours, Ammos and Kedros, and benefits from a small second bedroom.

Cedar Bay Beachside Villas are exclusive to couples or adults. However, if all three villas are booked together by one party in July or August then children would be most welcome. All three villas taken together will sleep up to ten.

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  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Adults only (18 years or older)
  • Cedar Bay Beachside Villas sleep 10 if all three are rented together and children would be welcome

Ground floor 

  • Sea view
  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, leads out to pool terrace
  • Kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, Dolce Gusto coffee capsule machine, fridge-freezer
  • TV (English speaking news channels), DVD player
  • Shower room

First floor

  • Sea view
  • Double bedroom (180cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm beds; ability to convert to double bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Both bedrooms share large balcony with sea views


  • Complimentary wifi
  • CD/radio player with USB input
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Washing machine
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.1m – 1.3m)
  • Service from beach snack bar available directly to villa (bar may not be open early or late season)
  • Designated sunbeds on beach
  • Property is managed by the owner
  • 24-hr telephone assistance from the Simpson Travel representative


  • 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): 1042K91003008901


  • Taverna (Kountoura) 5min walk
  • Paleochora (supermarket) 5min drive
  • Chania airport 2hr drive
  • Heraklion airport 3hr 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 C, Hyundai i20 or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D, Peugeot 208 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 C – 1.2-1.3 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group D – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

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

Group E – Citroën C-Elysee or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group G – Fiat Doblo 6 seater or similar, 1.4-1.6 litre engine, no suitcases with full occupancy*

Group G3 – Jumpy Multispace L2 9 seater or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 4 large and 4 small suitcases*

Group H – Automatic Hyundai i20 or similar, 1.3-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group H2 – Automatic Toyota Auris or similar, 1.3-1.6 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group I – Cabrio Peugeot 207 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

Group I2 – Cabrio Peugeot 308 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 small suitcases*

Group K – Automatic SUV Jeep Renegade 2WD or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcase*

* 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.

Customer feedback

A relaxing holiday in a beautiful location. Lithos has been a pleasure to stay in and being able to walk down to the sea is a delight. The weather has been better than we expected and we have enjoyed swimming twice a day. Thanks Maria, and to the local Simpson team, for all the help and advice – much appreciated. We have enjoyed our holiday so much that we have just booked for 2020!
Chris & Tina – October 2019

A wonderful week just getting away from it all. Maria is so kind and helpful. We visited all there restaurants nearby and had good food in all of them. Cretan hospitality is second to none.
Neil & Amanda – September 2019

We knew this would be good as it was a Simpson holiday but it was even lovelier than we expected. A fine example of Cretan eco-tourism. A wonderful small development set amongst natural beauty – the sand lilies the tamarisk trees and junipers. Quite wonderful! Don’t stress where you’ll eat – each taverna and beach bar, whether here or in Paleochora, has something to offer. We loved the promontory here – two lovely coves for snorkelling. Thanks Maria et al.
Lin & Chris – September 2019

This has been our third stay at Cedar Bay. As usual everything has been delightful and the high standards at the villa remain. We’ve loved our swim in the sea before breakfast on the balcony, lazing around the pool, lunch at Ammos Beach Bar, more pool, then dinner in town. If you can drag yourself away Chania is worth the drive. This year we staying one night there at Cretan renaissance – fantastic quirky hotel. As usual all the people have been helpful, many thanks to you all. We hope to be back again.
Jayne & Carl – August 2019

Thanks to Maria, George and Katerina and all the team for providing a great week’s break for us such a fantastic spot. We would come back in a flash!
Andrew, May & Amelia – August 2019

Thanks to Maria and the team for a great holiday stay! Fabulous place and excellent hospitality. Would recommend the boat trip and Anidri Gorge (but it is tricky in places). Favourite restaurants in Paleochora were Palm Tree and The Third Eye (vegetarian) and locally Houmas.
The Thorne and LeFevre families – August 2019

Very many thanks to Maria, George and their support team. We have thoroughly enjoyed an extremely relaxing holiday in this gorgeous villa. Return, we shall!
Wendy, David & Vicky – August 2019

Very many thanks to Maria, George and their support team. We have thoroughly enjoyed an extremely relaxing holiday in this gorgeous villa. Return, we shall!
Wendy, David & Vicky – August 2019

Great location and well equipped villa. The tavernas and restaurants were very good particularly Caravelle for fish and Palm Tree for wine. Had two amazing boat trips for just two of us, one to Lissos and Sougia and one to Elafonisi and a private cove for swimming. Thanks to Maria and Klaudia for their assistance.
Terri & Nick – July 2019

We have had a very special time here. We managed to extract ourselves from the villa and its surrounds for two amazing days out. Our grateful thanks to Klaudia for always being there and responding to any query immediately. Also thanks to Maria and the team for providing everything we always needed and more.
Simon & Jackie – July 2019

Great location and well equipped villa. The tavernas and restaurants were very good particularly Caravelle for fish and Palm Tree for wine. Had two amazing boat trips for just two of us, one to Lissos and Sougia and one to Elafonisi and a private cove for swimming. Thanks to Maria and Klaudia for their assistance.
Terri & Nick – July 2019

Another wonderful two weeks relaxing in Lithos. Every year Maria has added something more to make our stay comfortable. She is very generous in how well her villa is equipped and with her gifts. We love it here and rarely venture further than the beach or the beach bar.
M & L – June 2019

Overall a wonderful holiday at both GK Beach Hotel and Cedar Bay Villas (Lithos). Accommodation was first class in both locations and we had a relaxing two weeks. Maria at Lithos was welcoming as always and always ready to help.
Piwowar & Seymour – June 2019

Our second visit to Lithos has been a glorious as the first. Unusually hot and windy for June so we spent most of the week enjoying the pool, beach and villa. For food we would recommend the next door campsite kitchen – specials particularly good – best takeaway we’ve had anywhere. Best cappuccino in Paleochora is found at Vakakis on the front at the end of the main east/west drag – also fantastic bread. Castro not only good for eating but wonderful top bar – great views, excellent vibe – watch the sunset and the day in style. We will certainly return. Thanks to Maria for all her help and lovely fit – you have a created a wonderful haven.
Kim – June 2019

Perfect relaxing holiday in a stunning location. The villa is the best we have stayed in. The people there are so friendly.
Helen – May 2019

A truly memorable holiday at a unique villa. Staying at Cedar Bay Villas is an experience like no other – tranquil, beautiful views and excellent accommodation. Thank you to all at Simpson Travel for helping us organise it and making the whole process smooth. We will be back.
Pav & Claire – August 2018

The location of Cedar Bay Beachside Villas – directly on a beautiful beach combined with the very high standard of accommodation and the luxury of a private pool made this the best holiday we have had in Greece. It was difficult to tear ourselves away and many days were spent relaxing around the pool taking the occasional dip in the sea. The beach was never busy and some days we had it to ourselves, a real surprise in June. Strolling along the beach in the evening to eat in the excellent tavernas was a delight.... seriously, who needs the Maldives? The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish and our only error was not booking for two or even three weeks. We won't make the same mistake next year.
Mr Piwowar – June 2018

A brilliantly designed and spacious villa with all that we needed for a relaxing holiday. The Simpson Travel brand of white walls, honey coloured stone, brushed stainless steel fittings, and simple furnishings in grey/beach colours always creates a calming and pleasant environment.
Ms Mitchell – September 2017

As well as the beautifully appointed villa, it is the friendly staff associated with it and the Simpson Travel reps which always make a Simpson holiday different to most others.
Mrs Venn – July 2017

Cannot recommend your service highly enough. You made it and us feel very special. Thank you.
Mr Halford – June 2017

The best holiday experience from start to finish we have ever had!
Mr Seers – August 2016

This was our second holiday with Simpson Travel. Once again we found the whole experience a pleasure. Looking forward to the next time. Thank you.
Mr Smart – July 2016

Cedar Bay Beachside Villas is a real Cretan gem. But please don't all rush there, we want to book again!
Mrs Reeves – June 2016

We stayed at Cedar Bay (Lithos) on Crete. The villa itself was immaculately presented and furnished to a very high standard. The location was nothing short of impressive – right on the beach but set back just enough to preserve privacy. Paleochora is a short drive away and is the perfect size to stroll around with its pretty streets, tavernas and gift shops. If you are looking for a relaxing break staying in a truly luxurious villa then you won't be disappointed.
Mrs Arthur – June 2016



First time with Simpson Travel and it was a great experience!
Mr Leonori – May 2016

Simpson Travel provided a thoroughly professional service: they thought of everything!
Ms Neilson – October 2015

This is our first time using Simpson Travel but it won't be the last. We went to Crete and found the accommodation spot on with a very high standard of facilities, cleaning, beds, linen, etc. The location was ideal and the rep had the right mix of being helpful without being intrusive.
Mrs Page – September 2015

A wonderful holiday in a beautiful location. The villa was breathtaking with exceptionally high quality support from Maria, Georgios and Jenny. As always with Simpson Travel, our representative, Phil was very knowledgeable and highly professional. Thank you to everyone.
Mrs Nutt – September 2015

We stumbled across Simpson Travel on the internet and what a find. The company is amazing, the staff are fantastic and go above and beyond, nothing is too much trouble, as for the villas... Wow, we found utopia in Crete. The villas catered for everything that you could need and stuff that you never thought that you would need. The location of the villas is not only beautiful, stunning, gorgeous but practical. If you want a lazy holiday you don't need to get in your car again, there are four tavernas within walking distance and one that will deliver to your villa! We would most definitely recommend and will be looking to book again. Thank you Simpson Travel for the most relaxing and tranquil holiday.
Ms West – July 2015

We've never had a bad holiday with Simpson Travel and we have quickly learned to trust you implicitly – quality of advice, accommodation, personnel, location – we now know that we will be happy with our choice. If it's a Simpson Travel holiday, we know we can relax safe in the knowledge that it will be great, which makes it very hard for us even to consider holidaying with anyone else!
Dr Taylor – July 2015

We have had a lovely, relaxing stay in this beautiful villa. Thanks Phil for giving us so much information, and also to George and Jenny for being so helpful.
Mrs Jessop – May 2015

We've had a great week in this excellent property and enjoyed being here at the start of the season when the town is still quiet but it's hot enough to sunbathe and swim in the sea.
Mr Hughes – May 2015

We are sitting having breakfast on our veranda enjoying this stunning view, thanks to Maria and her son for building and providing us with this amazing and unusual accommodation. Jenny has kept the house immaculate and George has looked after the pool and surrounding grounds. Thanks to them and the people of Crete who made us so welcome.
Mr Baker – September 2014

Fantastic villa and lovely location. Well looked after by George and Jenny. Special thanks to Phil for his advice and support throughout our stay.
Ms Dorsett – September 2014

The villa and the surroundings are beautiful, combined with friendly staff and excellent local food = Perfect Relaxing Cretan Holiday!
Mrs Davies – August 2014

We had a fabulous time and did not want to leave. We just swam and relaxed by the beautiful pool and in the clear, warm sea. This villa is run beautifully and everyone was kind and courteous. Anyone is lucky to come here – have a brilliant time like us!
Mr Dean – August 2014

We've had a very relaxing time here and enjoyed some interesting walks.
Dr Withington – June 2014

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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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