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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: Erato, Cleo, Thalia and Urania, the front villa. 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 stunning sea view from Urania. 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 Urania, 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.
Muses Beach Villas
- A cluster of four one-bedroom villas on Kouremenos Beach
- Urania is the front villa directly facing 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)
- 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 C, 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 C – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group D – Hyundai i30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group DA – Automatic Hyundai Accent Verna or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group L1 – 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.
Urania was very comfortable and had an excellent position – quiet and with beautiful views. We had everything we could have wanted and the owners, Maria and Manolis, were exceptionally kind – fresh figs every morning and a special visit when there was an electricity power cut one morning. The enhanced welcome pack made settling in very easy and we really could relax as soon as we arrived. This area of Crete seemed particularly safe re Covid-19 with shopkeepers and restaurant owners very conscientious about mask wearing, etc. and yet remarkably friendly. Food was good and the wines – particularly the local Toplou – were a revelation.
Catherine Sims – September 2020
We will return to this amazing location. Great support throughout from Simpson staff.
Brian & Graciela – August 2019
Fantastic place, worth the drive and the villa and surroundings absolutely amazing, very natural and we really enjoyed the wildlife.
Mr & Mrs Kelly – June 2019
This is the first time we have used Simpson Travel and have been very impressed with the quality of service we received. From the time of booking to the efficiency of the staff in taking the hassle out of all the small details such as meet and greet at the airport, car handover, quality of accommodation, welcome pack. My wife was impressed by the gorgeous white towels which smelled so fresh and were changed twice weekly along with the bedding. A 5-star holiday.
T & T – June 2019
We love the peace and tranquility at Muses with only the sounds of nature to be heard. The daily activity of the sheep passing by with their clanging bells and the dipping ‘sand martins’ in the pool are delightful distractions. The night sky is worth seeing on a clear night. The villa is very practical and easy to operate. The charming Marian has the answer to any questions that may arise. We very much hope to return.
Tim & Jennifer – May 2019
We came here for a quiet, peaceful and relaxing week’s holiday and weren’t disappointed. What a location and stunning views – unspoilt and very natural. Plenty of wildlife to watch. Everybody has been very friendly and helpful. Look forward to returning soon.
Simon & Hilary – May 2019
Fantastic place, worth the drive and the villa and surroundings were absolutely amazing, very natural and we really enjoyed the wildlife. Marion was brilliant, she couldn't do enough for us but still respected our privacy.
Mr & Mrs Kelly – May 2019
We will definitely use Simpson Travel again – you have created a really special product. Thank you.
Mrs Bartram – October 2018
Another excellent villa and location for our Simpson Travel holiday this September. Urania is comfortable and well equipped and looks out over the beach to the sea, what more could you want? The local town Palekastro was great for shops and restaurants and very friendly, we liked it a lot. Many places to visit in the area, if you can drag yourself away from the pool/beach, so opportunities for interesting drives and experiences are in abundance. We had only a week so spent most of our time relaxing and limited ourselves to one trip to Vai/Itanos and Kato Zakros. Sitia Archaeological Museum is worth a trip on the way home. Excellent museum and interesting town.
Sue & Leslie – September 2018
We had a great time at Muses Beach Villas. It is a very interesting place – a deserted moon-like landscape, fantastic quiet beaches with the best clear water for swimming we have ever experienced in the Mediterranean. There are lovely tavernas that make you feel very welcome and serve real homemade food.
Mrs Honour – August 2018
Urania is the perfect spot for a relaxing recharge. Everything was thought through and resulted in an excellent week’s holiday. The attention to detail was truly refreshing.
Sarah Hayman – June 2018
This was out third visit to Muses Villas. It is a wonderful location in a beautiful unspoilt area. There are lots of places to visit – Toplou, Kato Zakros and gorges as well as good tavernas. Marian, our Simpson Travel representative, couldn’t have been more helpful and charming.
Karin & Rod – May 2018
Returning to Crete after an absence of many years was an absolute joy and this area has so much to offer – not least the friendliness and hospitality of the local people. It was very much the Crete I remembered, maintaining aspects of a traditional lifestyle whilst largely unencumbered by some of the less attractive parts of modern tourism. It was a great pleasure to meet and talk to Marian, the Simpson Travel representative. Urania is comfortable, very well maintained and has superb views from the terrace. The gentle sounds of sheep bells and the lapping sea make it very special.
Jill – May 2018
We so enjoyed our stay at Urania. Marian, the Simpson Travel representative, was so informative and helpful, and the welcome tray of provisions was well planned. We used the local geological map from the house and enjoyed visits to Vai, Sitia and the Toplou Monastery. We particularly liked the walk from Zakros through the Gorge of the Dead to the beach. This is a lovely unspoilt corner of Crete. The villa is well designed and furnished and we look forward to a return visit.
Claire & Neil – May 2018
Returning to Palekastro after 15 years, we remembered why we had liked it so much. Urania is in a wonderful situation. After a 3am start the welcome pack was a life saver and Evie, the rep, delightful.
Mr Clarke – October 2017
A splendid week of unwinding, relaxing and getting used to doing almost nothing. Congratulations to Simpson Travel for super attention to detail everywhere. A splendid villa. Evie has been wonderful: knowledgeable, competent, very helpful and totally charming! Local tavernas have all been excellent. It is hard to categorise them – all those we tried had good food at reasonable prices and very friendly owners/staff. We have no hesitation in recommending this villa. We particularly loved the uninterrupted view of the sea.
Ian & Dominique – September 2017
After travelling all around Crete for the first three weeks of our holiday it was wonderful to arrive here at Urania and settle in to two weeks of pure bliss! The standard of the villa is excellent and the staff are lovely and maintain a very high standard throughout our stay. Evie is very sweet and very helpful. It was very pleasant to eat in and watch the sunset. We would like to think that one day we will return...
Jill & Neil – August 2017
Urania at Kouremenos Beach was exactly what we needed. A beautiful, unspoilt setting and close enough to hear the sea when you opened the doors. Having the luxury of our own private pool as well as a beautiful beach was incredible. Haven't felt so relaxed in years. With everything you needed at walking distance or a very short drive, it allowed us to fully relax and enjoy every minute. We wish we were still there!
Mrs Beadle – August 2017
Wow, what an amazing week! We were hoping for a relaxing, romantic, peaceful and sun-kissed week and that is exactly what we got and more. Evie was incredibly kind and helpful. Do ask her if you have any questions – she recommended some great beaches and restaurants. We have spent most of the week based at the villa reading by the pool and early evening on the unspoiled beach in front watching the windsurfers as the sun goes down. We will desperately miss the calm of this beautiful place and are sure to be back. Enjoy every minute!
Hen & Sam – August 2017
After four consecutive years with Simpson Travel we have high expectations and your service is always very good.
Mr Tripp – July 2017
Having exerted ourselves on a week's sailing in Croatia in June, we were looking forward to a 'chill out' in Crete – dipping in and out of the pool, reading books and engaging the hospitality of local tavernas. We were not disappointed! This location met our expectations in full! Congratulations to Simpson Travel for finding another delightful group of villas in Crete.
Brian – July 2017
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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.
To base yourself in this idyllic destination, visit our collection of handpicked villas in and around Palekastro and the far east of Crete.
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