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  • Eight luxury private villas with infinity pools
  • One, two or three bedrooms
  • Contemporary and stylish interiors
  • Heated pools available
  • Close to Gramvousa and Balos Bay

If you’ve ever read the travel pages and been stopped in your tracks by an image of Crete so utterly spectacular you feel the picture editor must have overworked the photoshop, the chances are it’s Balos Bay and no filters have been applied. At the north west tip of the island, this iconic spot offers a heady spectacle of dramatic contrasts; pink-hued rock plummets steeply towards indigo sea, defined by a vast sweep of sand stretching across the water towards Gramvousa island like a band of gold. To have found a selection of luxury villas in this part of the island is exciting; to know just how much attention to detail has gone into their creation is joyous.

The eight private villas that make up The Kissamos Estate exude luxury and quality, with innovative contemporary design that both respects the beauty of the natural environment and somehow adds to it too.  A great deal of time and thought has gone into the layout to ensure each property enjoys uninterrupted views towards the sea with a good degree of privacy, and the geometry of the villas, pathways and exquisitely planted grounds have all been considered, creating a blissful sense of harmony.

Just for two, Abyss is a wonderfully romantic choice while the six two-bedroom villas work equally well for couples and families, offering spacious accommodation where all bedrooms are en-suite. Many can be adapted to offer either double or twin beds and most have direct access onto a balcony or terrace, allowing everyone the freedom to set their own agenda for relaxation. Interiors are bathed in light, accentuating the immaculate décor and each villa retains a strong connection with the remarkable Cretan landscape thanks to the strategic placement of picture windows which draw the outside in at every turn.

Spacious dining areas, shaded by elegant pergolas sit on pale stone terraces and each villa boasts a private infinity pool to complete the picture. Some pools can be heated and larger groups will enjoy Thalassa, with its three en-suite bedrooms and flexible layout but there’s the option to book multiple villas too, for those seeking greater independence.

The surrounding area has much to offer, both for those who like to explore and those who like to keep their excursions close to home. From the unpretentious tavernas lining the waterfront in Kissamos to the unearthly beauty of a west coast sunset at Falasarna, there are beaches to suit all tastes and whether you chose the hair-raising mountain road to Balos Bay, or take one of the local ferries, it’s an experience like no other.

Cretan hospitality is legendary and there are some excellent restaurants close by, including very special Gramvousa in Kaliviani, just a five-minute drive from the estate. This is a place to savour the sheer quality of the ingredients, many of which are produced in their own magnificent vegetable garden. And if you fancy trying your hand at some of the local dishes yourself, why not order an Organic Vegetable Box to be delivered to your villa? Your concierge at The Kissamos Estate will be happy to help with this and other arrangements, including a meal delivery service, massage therapies in the estate’s treatment room, outings and local recommendations.

In Greece, a tourist tax may apply at your accommodation which will be payable locally, in cash, during the course of your holiday. Please use the link to view details specific to your accommodation. View tourist tax rates here.


Eight 1-3 bedroom villas (for details and images of individual properties please open Villas tab):

  • Abyss – 1-bedroom villa (sleeps 2)
  • Charisma – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Plethora – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Harmony – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Symphony – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Oneiro – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Anassa – 2-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)
  • Thalassa – 3-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Simpson Travel pool towels 
  • In-house laundry facilities
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Outside dining
  • Barbecue
  • All villas have private infinity swimming pools
  • Pool heating available in Charisma, Symphony, Anassa and Thalassa at a supplement of £560 per week and must be requested in advance; a pool cover can be provided to achieve best results
  • Meal delivery service
  • Organic vegetable box delivery service
  • Treatment room offering massage and facials (payable locally)
  • Parking 
  • Housekeeping/cleaning every other day (except Sunday) with linen and towel change twice weekly
  • Concierge


  • 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): MHTE1042K91002953301MHTE1042K91002953201


  • Tavernas/restaurants 5min drive
  • Shops 10min drive (Kissamos)
  • Local beaches 10min drive
  • Falasarna Beach 20min drive
  • Chania 45min drive
  • Chania Airport 1 hour

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*

* 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.


An idyllic elevated site with beautiful views. Eleni, on-site, was a delight and easy to communicate with. Highly recommended.

Mr John Barber, August 2023

Amazing villa – the view from the terrace and pool is beautiful – couldn’t ask for more. Thank you to Janice for looking after us and suggesting activities, quiet beaches, tavernas and the places which are actually worth visiting. The whole Simpson experience has been great. Thank you also to Eleni for all your suggestions and for coming to our rescue when we managed to lock ourselves out! Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

The Booth family, August 2023

We had a lovely second visit to The Kissamos Estate – the place is so lovely and peaceful. Chania is well worth a visit to see the old town and harbour. Falassarna is our favourite beach. Thanks to everyone at Simpson Travel and Kissamos.

Rob & Jess, June 2023

Fabulous week at Villa Abyss. Thank you Elani and Vasilly for everything, and to Janice, your local knowledge was very useful, definitely the restaurant recommendations. Balos is definitely worth the awful drive and walk, wear sensible shoes!. Will certainly be back.

Rob and Sue, June 2023

We’ve had an amazing week in Thalassa. The house is perfect and the view unforgettable. This quiet part of Cree is a real find. A lovely welcome from Eleni and Vassilis and well worth following their recommendations. Huge thanks to the Kissamos Estate team and Janice for looking after us so well and the ideas for activities.

Tim, Penny, Theo & Charlotte, June 2023

We had a lovely second visit to Kissamos – the place is so lovely and peaceful. Thanks to everyone at Simpson.

Rob and Jess, June 2023

This place is a real gem. We had an incredible holiday and really enjoyed having the estate manager on hand to recommend and book activities for us. The properties are really high quality, with every last detail catered for. The view from our villa (Thalassa) was breathtaking. We will definitely be back to this beautiful quiet part of the island.

Penelope Laver, June 2023

After a recommendation from a friend we decided to use Simpson for our family holiday. Everything about the booking process and the logistics of the holiday was seamless. The standard of everything we booked was also excellent. It’s really quite something to achieve a relaxing holiday when you have children but with Simpson’s help, we did! We will definitely be returning next year.

Holly Hornblow, October 2022

As a rule we don’t tend to go back to the same place more than once. But we liked the Kissamos estate so much first time around we couldn’t resist - and had a great time once again. Put simply, it is a lovely place run by great people!

Paul Killen, October 2022

The quality of the villas at Kissamos is exceptional for Greece. No expense has been spared.

Richard Ruffell, September 2022

We loved this idyllic villa and pool - the surrounding area was very well kept and the villa had everything we needed - the air con worked so well and I loved the shower with all its different settings.

Claire Wilde, August 2022

We enjoyed an delightful week in Villa Charisma at markkb0p98p1x" Kissamos. Eleni and Vassili looked after us brilliantly - but without being intrusive. The villa was well equipped and the pool was excellent. We would return in a flash.

Kate Graham, July 2022

Exceptional views, great service and ultra clean stylish villas. Booking again for 2023.

John Barber, July 2022

Our villa, Thalassi, was extremely comfortable, clean and very chic. There was ample room for 6 adults and a baby with each couple having separate wings for privacy. The location was very private with stunning gardens and lovely views to the coast and hills. Eleni, the concierge, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, absolutely lovely lady. Vassilly the owner was also very charming and full of suggestions for local restaurants and excursions. markssjfp7wyt" Kissamos is pretty quiet but we found a local beach for a quick swim and had day trips to Elafanissi and Balos Bay which were only an hour or so away. The location and the villa were perfect for our family group with ages ranging from one to seventy-four years , and not one complaint, a truly relaxing and memorable holiday.

Beverly Polkinghorn, June 2022

Kissamos Estate may be new to Simpson Travel in 2022, but it has all the hallmarks of a classic Simpson destination - top quality accommodation in a fantastic location. We stayed in Villa Anassa, which was beautifully designed in and out - the space outside taking full advantage of the sun throughout the day. The seating area outside and pool were wonderful - looking down over the terraces of olive trees to the bay, flanked on either side by the two great peninsulas of Western Crete. Easy to get to from Chania (and no crazy unmade roads), with shops within walking distance, it is also a fantastic base for exploring this part of the island - from Balos beach to Milias in the mountains. Icing on the cake is that you can order dinner and even breakfast delivered to your door direct from local restaurants! We will definitely be back.

Paul Killen, April 2022

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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