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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 (160cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite bathroom; leads to terrace and swimming pool
- Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm 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 x 200cm beds)
- 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
- Almyrida village 20min walk downhill or 3min drive (a taxi is recommended for return walk)
- Tavernas/shops 20min walk or 3min drive
- Beaches 20min walk or 3min drive
- Mini-market 20min walk or 3min drive
- Kalyves (banks and supermarket) 8min drive
- Chania 30min drive
- Chania airport 50min drive
- Heraklion airport 1hr 45min 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 C, Hyundai i20 or similar*
- 4 guests – 1 Group D, Peugeot 208 or similar*
- 5 guests – 1 Group E, Citroën C-Elysee or similar*
- 6 guests – 2 Group C, Hyundai i20 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 C – 1.2-1.3 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group D – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group E – 1.4-1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
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.
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.
Ms Almond – October 2019
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.
Mr Forwood – October 2019
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).
John, Julie, Alice & Anna – September 2019
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.
Dillan – September 2019
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.
Louisa, Stewart, Josephine & Charles – July 2019
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.
The Hyde family – July 2019
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.
Steven, Clare & family – June/July 2019
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!
Oliver, Caroline, Alice & Lucy – June 2019
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.
Steve, Clare, Flora & Kathleen – June 2019
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.
Kerry, Bernie, Benji & Jake – June 2019
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.
The Johnston family – June 2019
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.
Nick, Georgia and family – June 2019
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.
Mr Morley – June 2019
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.
Kerry, Bernie, Benji & Jake – May 2019
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.
Mrs C Norman – April 2019
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.
Dr P D Birch – October 2018
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!
Mrs Engle – September 2018
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.
Ann, Lil, Ian, Emma & Ben – August 2018
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.
Miranda, Ben, Lucia, Daisy & Matilda – August 2018
We had a perfect week in the perfect villa Asteriskos. Thank you Stelios, Eleni and Ray. We would love to come back.
Jo, Simon, Gabe & Grace – August 2018
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.
The Holians & Lawsons – July 2018
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.
The Crichtons & Applefords – June 2018
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.
Caroline & Nigel Redmond, Ann & Tony Hopwell – June 2018
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.
Jennifer & Geoff Shewry – May 2018
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!
Helen, Simon Alex & Kate – May 2018
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.
Mrs Fidler – October 2017
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.
Mr Fowles – October 2017
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.
Mrs Hall – July 2017
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!).
Mr Marsden – June 2017
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.
Mrs Raven – April 2017
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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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