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- Beachfront location
- Authentic Crete
- Short walk to tavernas
- Close to Palekastro
Crete is often cited as the best of all the Greek islands for a beach holiday, and whilst there are quite a few contenders for that accolade, we think that these wonderful new contemporary villas are an unbeatable choice for any beach-loving couple.
Muses Beach Villas are four, independent, one-bedroom villas on the edge of sandy Kouremenos beach: Thalia, Erato, Urania and Cleo, the third villa back from the beach. Generously sized for two, each offers immaculate interiors and is well equipped with everything you could need. Think of it as beach life with all the comforts of home thrown in. The plot is also substantial for just four villas, allowing space for private pools, individual patios and a good glimpse of the sea from each. Privacy matters too of course, so the houses are staggered to ensure as much seclusion as possible and if you really want to get away from it all, take a wander along Kouremenos beach, which is rarely crowded, even in high of season.
We first offered holidays in this part of Crete back in the 1980s and returning recently, we were a little nervous about how it might have changed. Thankfully, the beaches, villages and traditional town of Palekastro remain reassuringly unspoilt and we were welcomed by old acquaintances with the unfailing hospitality that so typifies this wonderful island.
There are several charming tavernas within walking distance of Cleo, where you can indulge in traditional cuisine and local Sitia wine, so if you’ve come in search of a solar recharge and some shoe-free downtime, this is the ideal spot. But if you’ve a passion for exploring, the rugged drama of the eastern Crete mountains and coastline is incredibly rewarding.
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Muses Beach Villas
- A cluster of four adult only one-bedroom villas on Kouremenos Beach
- Cleo is the third villa from the beach
- Villas are staggered to retain as much privacy from each other as possible
- The villas share a driveway entrance, but benefit from private swimming pools, gardens and terraces
- 1 bedroom single story villa (sleeps 2)
- Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with Satellite TV; Sliding doors to patio
- Fully equipped kitchen includes full cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher
- Double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed); sliding doors to patio
- Shower room
- Complimentary wifi
- Air-conditioned throughout
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and pool towels provided
- Washing machine
- Barbecue and spacious shaded terrace
- Swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.5m), walk-in steps
- Parking space
- A torch is recommended when walking back from local tavernas in the evening
- Nearest taverna offers delivery service at no extra charge
- Masseuse available for villa visits (payable locally)
- Please note, babies and children are not accepted at Muses Beach Villas
- 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): 1040K91003261001
- Kouremenos Beach 1min walk
- Taverna 3min walk
- Chiona Beach and tavernas 10min walk
- Palekastro shops/tavernas 8min drive
- Vai 20min drive
- Sitia 25min drive
- Heraklion airport 2hr 20min drive
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2 guests – 1 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.
Group C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group D2 – Hyundai i30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases
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.
Beautiful villa, quiet, private and in a stunning setting. Right on the beach which was almost deserted. Perfect setting if you are after isolation and relaxation.
Karen Butler, September 2022
Cleo was the perfect escape for my daughter and I we loved the remoteness of the area albeit it is a way from the airport but we knew this and it was worth the drive. All local tavernas extremely good and excellent value for money.
Emma Tsang August 2022
4th Simpson's holiday. Excellent as ever!
Clive Harvey, August 2022
The entire Simpson experience, from initial enquiry to the end of the vacation, was perfect - totally professional. We have already put a deposit against another Simpson vacation next year.
Peter Cross, June 2022
The accommodation was outstanding and the service we received whilst we were staying there was beyond our expectations.
Nicholas Hill, May 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed the wild emptiness of Eastern Crete. Toplou monastery and Kato Zakros are well worth visiting. Once again Simpson has done a wonderful job and Marion was greatly helpful – especially for providing the geocultural pamphlet – David is a geology nut and Marion was extremely helpful about a lot of other things too.
David & Angela – September 2019
Marion was an excellent Simpson rep. East Crete was very fine, a bit like other parts of Greece 30-40 years ago. Most enjoyable relaxing holiday.
David Russell – August 2019
A wonderful two weeks in what we consider one of the best villas, everything you could wish for was there and the housekeeping/cleaning was exceptional. If you could rid the beach of stones for our next visit, this would be great! Everyone has been so friendly and Panos, our host in the local taverna, was brilliant. I am addicted to moussaka now! A very happy, relaxing holiday – Simpson Travel has been amazing right from the moment we booked our holiday.
Maddie & Ian – July 2019
Simpson Travel was amazing from booking right through to departure. The villa was extremely clean and well equipped, with everything we could need. The pre-departure information, directions to the villa and contact details for our rep were all brilliant and so straightforward. The arrival at the airport and car collection was so smooth and to be greeted by a rep when we arrived at the airport to go home, who helped us get checked in, was a great touch We declined a visit from the rep during our stay but knew she was available if we needed her. A fantastic villa, great location and outstanding service throughout.
The Whites – July 2019
A fantastic holiday, couldn't have asked for more. The whole experience of dealing with Simpson Travel could not be faulted, from booking, to the arrival in Crete, the rep Marian, to the car hire customer service. Eastern Crete is stunning and unspoilt, exactly as we like it. Simply a fantastic experience from beginning to end. We will definitely be using Simpson Travel again. They are everything a travel company should be.
Simpson Traveller – June 2019
This was our first holiday in Crete and we’ve had a fantastic time. The villa is lovely and we enjoyed lazing by the pool.
Sarah & Paul – June 2019
The apartment is well furnished and perfect for a stay. Even a mini washing machine. The help from Marion at Simpson was great – from the welcome pack to the parting gift – she has introduced me to cinnamon biscuits and I may never go back! Lovely place, great for relaxing. Chiona restaurant has the best views, Retro wonderfully eclectic, Helas fantastic oven food and the local has the best welcome – especially if ‘mama’ is there. Great holiday, thank you Simpson – will come again.
Tracey & Ian – May 2019
Cleo has to be one of our top two or three holiday locations/villas in over 30 years of travel to Greece and mostly Crete – made even better by the people.
Rev & Mrs Kane – October 2018
Without a doubt this was the best self-catering holiday experience we have had. All the staff were exceptionally friendly, starting with the greeting at the airport. The smoothest and easiest car pick up we have ever known, with a thorough run through of both car and directions to the accommodation. Muses Beach Villas – Cleo was superb with everything you could want/need being provided. The welcome pack had been adapted as my wife is gluten intolerant, a thoughtful touch. The Simpson Travel representative came at the appointed time and gave us tips for areas of interest that we spoke about, and some ideas we had not thought about – her recommendations were accurate and did not disappoint.
Mr Harrison – September 2018
We had a wonderful time here. The villa is lovely – so clean and well-equipped and definitely the best Simpson Travel place we've stayed in. Also love Eastern Crete – friendly, relaxed and un-touristy, completely what we wanted. There are plenty of near-empty beaches to enjoy. Really have nothing to complain about apart from having to go home. The screens on the doors are perfect for both letting the breeze in and preventing bugs/mosquitos from getting in. Must be the first holiday I have escaped with zero mosquito bites! All in all a truly memorable holiday. We aim to come back next year to explore all the other wonderful things in the area.
Jo & Jim – October 2017
Muses is our idea of paradise, it was exactly as advertised and fully met all our expectations and more. It is secluded and quiet with all amenities close to hand. The villa is well-equipped and to such a high standard. It was an amazing 2-week holiday. The villa staff and owner were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The Simpson Travel representative was also amazing and excellent – always helpful and available. All the information packs were so accurate and welcome. We will be returning, of that we have no doubt. Thank you Simpson Travel.
Helen & Ian – August 2018
Excellent accommodation which was beautifully set in a peaceful area with the sea adjacent and a backdrop of mountains. Calm, peaceful and relaxing, this place very much suited our holiday requirements.
Mrs Mann – September 2017
Simpson Travel again have found fantastic property in Crete. Everything you need and more. Always feel we have stayed in a special property with the touches to make you feel like someone has made an effort to make it special.
Mrs Davies – August 2017
Loved the thought and attention to detail that has gone into the design and construction of this lovely property. Enjoyed relaxing by the pool and visiting local beaches.
Maria – July 2017
The Muses Beach Villas are in a perfect spot to relax and unwind. They are also a great base to explore the undeveloped Eastern part of Crete. There are a couple of tavernas within walking distance and also a beach bar. Nearby Palekastro has all of the supplies that you will need for a wonderful holiday.
Mrs Atkinson – June 2017
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.
* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.
A destination where tourism is not the local raison d’être, this is a place to relax unreservedly into a life by the sea. The landscape is rugged – mountains, gorges and rocky hillsides scattered with tiny villages and ancient ruins – but some of Crete’s finest beaches belong here too. Among them are spectacular Xerokambos and palm-fringed Vai, whilst Palekastro is one of Europe’s favourite windsurfing spots. And there are plenty of excellent waterfront tavernas where the passing of time is best marked by the waves rolling in nearby.
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