Villa Asteriskos

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

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  • 3
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  • Beautiful sea views above Almyrida
  • Contemporary and stylish
  • Close to tavernas and sandy beach
  • Nearby to watersports and activities

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)

Ground floor

  • 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

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*
  • 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.

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*

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 F2 – Daihatsu Terios Hard Top or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 3 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*

* 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

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

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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