Villa Cristina

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

  • 6
  • 3
  • 2
  • Charming comfortable villa
  • Family friendly
  • Close to beach (150m)
  • Taverna 2-minute walk
  • Complimentary full board at Kiani Beach Resort

The charm of Villa Cristina is heightened by the warm welcome, which the owner extends to guests, exemplified in the cakes and fresh fruits that greet new arrivals. The fruits are picked from the orchard of plums, pears, figs and oranges, which virtually encircle the house. Just 150 metres away is the delightful sandy beach of Kyani Akti with its taverna, with nearby Kalyves offering an excellent selection of waterside tavernas and shops. The fascinating and charming town of Chania is just a short drive away.

In addition, guests can take advantage of the full board offered by the neighbouring Kiani Beach Resort, making a stay at Villa Cristina a fabulous good value option for those seeking convenience of a villa and beach holiday with proximity to hotel facilities such as Spa and entertainment.

Please note that the land adjacent to Villa Cristina has been cleared and is without vegetation. The Kiani Beach Resort has also been extended to within 100 metres of Villa Cristina. However, we do not envisage any disturbance to guests and Villa Cristina still remains private and in a wonderfully convenient location.



  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area
  • Kitchen includes full oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, Satellite TV (English-speaking news channels), DVD, safe
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom (¾ bath) with washing machine

First floor

  • Accessed via spiral staircase with some restricted headroom
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom (½ bath)
  • Reading area


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Main house level accessed by steps
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1m – 1.7m) with children's section
  • Complimentary full board available at Kiani Beach Resort


  • 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): 1042K123K2659301


  • Beach/taverna (Kyani Akti) 2min walk
  • Tavernas/supermarket (Kalyves) 5min drive
  • Chania 20min drive
  • Chania airport 40min 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

Villa Cristina is a fantastic place for relaxing – it’s lovely and clean and had a beautiful garden. Many thanks go to Michalis and Cristina for their care and terrific hospitality – we loved the afternoon cakes by the pool.
Helen, Andy, Ellie & George Corner July 2018

The villa is in a perfect location. A 3-minute walk to the beach, 7-minute walk to GK Beach Hotel for cocktails! Very pretty secluded setting with a caring and attentive owner.
Mr Cardwell October 2017

Many, many thanks to Michaelis and his daughter for the pies and fruits that appeared each cleaning day. Many thanks also to the maid who kept the whole villa and surroundings immaculate. The villa is perfectly situated for a peaceful, private and very relaxing time. It is an effort to drag ourselves out, but the area is very, very rewarding.
Audrey and Karina September 2017

Thank you for a lovely holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent a lot of time playing in the pool and enjoying the nearby beach. We loved Chania with its interesting museums and lovely old Venetian buildings. Many trips away to beautiful beaches on the West Coast were worth the journeys. Many thanks for the wonderful cakes and pastries.
Caroline, Stuart, Rory & Charlotte September 2017

Thank you for a lovely holiday at Villa Cristina. We had everything we could possibly need for a very comfortable stay. Our children enjoyed playing in the pool and they loved the quiet beach and had fun swimming in the river down there. Thank you for all the cakes you gave us – thoroughly enjoyed by all.
David, Vicky and the girls August 2017

Thank you Michaelis for allowing us the use of your beautiful villa and for the constant supply of delicious gifts. Your home has everything we could have wanted and we have been very comfortable enjoying the pool, local beach and exploring areas around this end of Crete. We have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of restaurants around this area and have tried lots of them during our 14-day stay. Although we have had our favourites, we have not had a bad meal or poor service in any. 
The Piles, Preeces and Sally August 2017

All agreed that this villa was the best one we'd stayed at (and we've stayed in about a dozen). Everything was top rate and we are likely to try and return in future.
Mr Hunter – August 2017

We had a great holiday in Villa Cristina. Thank you for the lovely treats, you spoilt us.
Izabella, Doug, Ruby and Elliott July 2017

A lovely relaxing break in this well-equipped and comfortable villa. We have done very little but laze around the pool and the beach. Thank you to Michaelis for the great welcome and the gifts of cake, biscuits, pies and fruit. 
Judith and Jeff July 2017

Thank you for the wonderful welcome – as always we have had a happy and relaxed break in Villa Cristina. Thank you Ray for your help and support and Anastasia for her care and attention to detail – great cakes! Our third stay in Villa Cristina – and certainly won't be the last! Highly recommend going to the Botanical Gardens – they have been superbly done. And Aptera is a must – an amazing site. Looking forward already to a return visit!
Nicola and David June 2017

Thank you Michaelis for such a perfectly equipped villa, for the beautifully tended gardens and your most hospitable attention. We could not have asked for a happier 'home from home' on our first visit to Crete. We leave today with the firm intent to return. Our thanks also to Anastasia for keeping the villa so tidy. Ray has been an ever-ready source of help and advice, thank you. We have enjoyed several of the tavernas/restaurants and also suppers 'at home' under the stars. What a dawn chorus!
Lucinda, Rosalind and Robert May 2017



We feel very privileged to have enjoyed such unique hospitality as you have provided over the last two weeks. We have been regular visitors to Greece (and Crete) over the years but your kindness and generosity exceeded everything we have experienced thus far. Thank you! We also very much appreciate Ray's advice and practical help in ensuring that we took full advantage of what this beautiful area has to offer – not least the food and drink! Finally the villa is superbly equipped and a real home from home.
Carol & Tony  May 2017

Firstly, thank you to Michaelis for allowing us to enjoy your lovely villa and for all the extra touches of biscuits, cake and apple pies – it made us feel like we were really at home. Thank you also to Ray and the Simpson Travel team for making the holiday as easy as possible. Our best bits – the ruins at Aptera nestled amongst the heather, poppies and daisies; the pool – we were swimming every day; the incredible view at the botanical gardens; beautifully quiet country walk along river; easy walk along beach and quiet road to tavernas in Kalyves.
Tom, Sarah, Sam and Emmy – April 2017

It was our first holiday with Simpson Travel and we were incredibly impressed with the organisation, efficiency and helpfulness of the staff at head office and the representatives in the resort. We will definitely use them again.
Mr Entwistle – September 2016

A great two weeks in a beautiful setting and a lovely house. A big thank you to the owners for her wonderful cakes and pies and to Michaelis for being so helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back.
Colin and Judy – May 2016

Great time to come in late April – loved watching the little villages wake up and get ready for the season. The villa is fantastic, with everything we needed. A big thank you to the owners for the wonderful treats. Ray was really helpful, lots of good tips. Would love to come again. Thanks again for a great holiday.
Stewart and Mary – April 2016

Our first time in Crete and first time with Simpson Travel and boy have we lucked out at Villa Cristina. A big thank you to the owners for being such wonderful hosts. Our maid was a mine of useful information and the villa always spotless after her visit. Ray kept us informed and kept everything as we like it – low key/no fuss. All in all, a wonderful stay in the villa which has it all. A big thank you once again to Crete – we will be back!
Mike, Hilary, Liz and Craig – October 2015

We have had a great week at Villa Cristina. What a lovely place and the hospitality from the owners with gifts and advice has been very special. The week has been very relaxing and we have enjoyed the sea, the pool, and exploring some history. Thanks also to Ray for keeping an eye on us and providing help and advice. This has been the best villa holiday we have had.
Katy, Steve, Ed and Will Sexton – September 2015

Villa Christina is in a wonderful location on the outskirts of Kalives with a beautiful pool. Enveloped by the scent of its orange trees, lemon trees, apricot trees, bougainvillea, oleander and all the many herbs makes it an idyllic haven of relaxation. Being close to a sandy beach and within walking distance of great tavernas was a great plus factor. The owners overwhelmed us with their kindness and generosity. We can't wait to return!
Mrs Lynch – May 2015

Zoe was helpful and friendly, and Ray and the team at the Crete end helped everything go smoothly at the other end, and made us feel that nothing was too much trouble. We had a very special time away as a family, thanks so much to your team. We'll definitely be using your company again.
Mrs Pickles – April 2015

Simpson Travel is a very efficient and helpful agent, and our holiday went without a hitch, so all very relaxing and as it should be.
Mrs Robathan – August 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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