Villa Vereniki

Chania & West Crete, Crete, Greece

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

Villa Vereniki sits in an elevated position close to our Villa Asterikos, and enjoys the same magnificent views across Souda Bay and the Lefka Ori, Crete’s distinctive White Mountains. With delightful countryside all around and the seaside town of Almyrida below, this is a wonderful place to sample a taste of Cretan country life alongside all the pleasures of a traditional family beach holiday.

Almyrida is a long-standing favourite at Simpson Travel, known for its seafront tavernas supplied by the local fishing fleet that dictates the daily menus. The beaches here are a mix of sand and pebble, gently shelving and therefore popular with young families as well as windsurfers when the conditions are right. If you’re travelling with older children, equipment hire and tuition is available during the main season, and for teenagers welded to wi-fi, the villa pool and its terrace make a cool spot to snap and share.

The town is a 15-20-minute downhill stroll from Villa Vereniki, or just a few minutes in the car. There are a few low-key bars, shops and enough tavernas to ring the changes for a week or so, but for a change of scene you can head off into the inland villages of the Apokronos, such as Plaka and Gavalochori. Chania town, with its Venetian harbour, market and wonderful restaurants, is 25km away.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with Satellite TV, DVD player
  • Kitchen includes full cooker, microwave, coffee machine, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom; leads to terrace and swimming pool
  • Double bedroom (can be configured into a twin on request); leads to terrace and swimming pool
  • Shower room
  • Staircase to lower ground floor

Lower ground floor

  • Games room with table tennis
  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed)
  • Shower room
  • Washing machine

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Safe
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and pool towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 7m x 4m (depth 1.3m – 1.6m)
  • Driveway with parking

WiFi

  • 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): 1043405


Location

  • Almyrida village (tavernas/shops) 3min drive or 20min walk downhill (a taxi is recommended for return walk)
  • Beaches 3min drive or 20min walk
  • Mini-market 3min drive or 20min walk
  • Kalyves (banks and supermarket) 8min drive
  • Chania 30min drive
  • Chania airport 50min 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

We had a wonderful time at Villa Vereniki, feeling right at home from the moment that Stelios welcomed us and showed us around the beautiful villa. Ray, the Simpson Travel representative, was very helpful with tips and advice tailored to our interests and requests. Apart from enjoying the location and facilities at the villa, the sheep, birds of prey and swallows drinking from the pool we also snorkelled at Octopus bay which has crystal clear water. We found the Minoan Tomb, we cantered on the beach on horseback and then swam in the sea on horses. We walked to the Imbros Gorge and rewarded ourselves with an ice-cold beer at the bottom. We also went to Chania by bus which was very easy. Chania is beautiful around the old harbour and fort area – especially at sunset. We all thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and all said it had been one of our best.
Paul, Clare, Isobel & Ellen – August 2018

This was our first visit to Crete and what a wonderful time we had. Villa Vereniki is beautiful and the view stunning. Almyrida has a good selection of tavernas and shops and a lovely beach, but it never felt too busy or touristy. We drove over the mountains to Hora Sfakion to hire a boat. It is a beautiful drive, if somewhat scary in places! Chania town is definitely worth a visit. It’s a lovely mixture of ancient port, narrow winding streets and modern shops.
Miranda, Tim, Rosie & Joseph – August 2018

We had a super two weeks at Villa Vereniki. It is set up like a home from home. Perfect! Almyrida is a great local base where you can hire windsurfers or Hobie Cats by the hour or longer. There are some good restaurants. Motor boat hire is available in the south of the island: Hora Sfakion, and in the north on the Chania airport side at Marathi. Ray, our Simpson Travel representative, also arranged a day’s sailing in a yacht out of Chania. That was good fun and we had a good skipper. There are some lovely inland villages between Almyrida and the mountains. Finally, Knossos and the archaeological museum at Heraklion – a full day out and a long drive. The museum in particular is impressive and less busy than the palace.
Alastair & Deborah – July 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 spent a fabulous two weeks at Villa Vereniki. It’s a very well-equipped villa and a lot of thought has gone into it. There are great views all day long and some wonderful sunsets. The infinity pool is great and we sunbathed on the comfortable sunbeds. We visited some great places too. Lake Kournas is beautiful and lovely to experience via pedalo. The Botanical gardens, followed by lunch at the taverna was particularly lovely. Trips to the Aptera ruins, Gavalohori, Chania, Samaria, Therisos Gorge and also Rethymno were great days out. The two hour dream boat trip was very good too. We loved visiting Crete – very friendly people and great food. Thanks to Stelios and Ray for looking after us so well.
Keith, Suki, Sadie & Chloe – July 2018

We were the second guests to visit Villa Vereniki, recreating our family holidays from the 90s with our now grown-up children and their partners. We loved the villa, especially the position and the view of the sunset every evening for sundowners. We spent one lovely day hiring a boat and chugging along the coast, stopping at various spots for swimming, eating and drinking. There are some nice villages and lovely clear water. We had a lovely relaxing week – thank you to Simpson Travel for looking after us again.
Gill & Mike – June 2018

We were the first visitors to this brand new villa, Villa Vereniki. We were slightly concerned in case it wasn’t quite ready, but upon arrival, Stelios very proudly showed us around and we were impressed and delighted with everything. We were impressed with the owner’s attention to detail, from the well equipped kitchen, the laundry room, make up mirrors (hurrah!) and the toiletries supplied – amongst other things. The welcome pack was comprehensive and the WiFi amazing. The location of the villa is wonderful and the views are stunning – both the coast and the mountains. You do need a car, but there are lots of possible walks in the Apokoronas region. In Chania, we did Captain Nick’s boat trip and the town and harbour are lovely.
Dave & Brenda – May 2018

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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.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas and boutique hotels in Chania and West Crete to complete your luxury holiday in West Crete. 

 

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