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  • Short walk to best beach in Crete
  • Set in unspoilt Xerokambos
  • Beautiful views
  • Short drive to tavernas

As tantalisingly close to the Caribbean as you can get without actually being there, the unspoilt beaches of Xerokambos are the most beautiful in Crete; their feather-soft white sands and turquoise waters the ingredients of an unforgettable holiday. And despite the sense of blissful ‘remoteness’, you’re still only a few minutes’ drive from shops and tavernas.

Villa Kambos is set discretely into a hillside, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. In harmony with the natural environment, it’s charming inside and out, and a comfortable, welcoming home to return to after a day of sun, sea and exploring. The terrace is stylishly furnished for relaxed lounging and dining and the sparkling infinity pool is the perfect vantage point for appreciating your idyllic surroundings as you enjoy a cooling dip. Villa Almyra, its identical twin, sits below, and for two families or couples travelling together, these villas complement each other beautifully. Choose Kambos, however, and you’ll have the slightly better vantage point for soaking up those spectacular sea views.

Following the gentle curve of Crete’s southeast coastline, each of the Xerokambos beaches has its own unique personality. Just a six minute drive away, two are well organised which, combined with the calm, shallow waters and a couple of tavernas ideally situated perfect for a relaxing lunch, makes them ideal if you’re holidaying with little ones. The rest have been left as nature intended – and each is a work of art. Argilos beach in particular deserves a visit for the natural clay that you can use as a skin-softening body mask – and photo opportunity!

The winding road into the hills above Xerokambos is one of the most scenic on the island and if you’re venturing out and about, diminutive Kato Zakros is just a 25-minute drive away. There you’ll find the ruins of a Minoan palace; Pelekita Cave, a vast cavern of stalagmites and crystals, and the Gorge of the Dead at the end of the E4 walking trail. Or for a livelier experience, visit famous Vai Beach. This ‘taste of paradise’ featured in the Bounty commercial is less than an hour’s drive away, and comes with watersports, restaurants and Europe’s only palm forest, as well as all the facilities you could wish for.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.

Good to know... It goes without saying that the road less travelled sometimes takes a little longer. Villa Kambos is a two-hour-45-minutes drive from Heraklion. However, if you fancy a night or two in Athens on route, you can fly to Sitia and the villa is just an hour's drive away. For more information, please visit our Short Stays in Athens page.



  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2- 4)

Ground floor

  • Living/dining area with TV (English-speaking news channels)
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine

Upper ground floor

  • 3 steps up
  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed)
  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm beds)
  • Bathroom


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Outside shaded dining area
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 0.60 – 1.5m)
  • Situated on a slope overlooking the beach and sea


  • 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): 1040Κ91002887301


  • Xerokambos beach 6min walk
  • Mini-market 12min walk
  • Taverna 30min walk
  • Kato Zakros 25min drive
  • Ziros 30min drive
  • Makrigialos 60min drive
  • Sitia 60min drive
  • Heraklion Airport (via Ierapetra) 2hr 45min

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, Fiat Grande Punto or similar* 
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D, Hyundai i30 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 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase* 

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases* 

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.  

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.

Customer feedback

We had enjoyed our stay in Kambos that we have known and loved for 11 years, with a happiness always renewed. We congratulate Simpson Travel for having chosen these both villas, two jewels in this last corner of Europe. It is not just a good bye!
Michelle & Jean-Jacques – October 2019

Although only stayed for five days and we have enjoyed our stay. We especially appreciated the stocked fridge and the general good maintenance of the villa. We swam in the sea and the pool lots. We walked to the lovely gorge of Kato Zakros and spent one day visiting ancient sites. All within quite an easy distance. We were lucky to see a ‘kettle’ of about 10 vultures in the pass above Xerocampos. Also saw the rare Eleanora’s falcon. Lots of choughs about too. Weather really good. Enjoyed the mud bath at Argillos beach.
Alex & Wilma – October 2019

Well looked after by the Simpson team. Villa and setting superb. We loved eating at Kostas and Sunday lamb at Nostos has to be tasted.
Melvyn & Judith – September 2019

We had three days of wind but what a spot! I have just eaten a mango from the tree below the villa…it was superb. I have consumed perfectly ripe figs and marvelled at the view. I have covered myself in clay on the Argillos beach. I look 20 years younger (I think!). The local taverna, Kostas, is really good. We had a wild goat come for a drink too.
Claire & Georgi – September 2019

Have used Simpson several times and we keep coming back. Latest holiday was affected by BA pilots’ strike which the Simpson team handled brilliantly and provided us with an excellent Greek holiday as planned. Cheers!
Mrs Rees – September 2019

Loved the villa and the pool. Visited the beach below but the next beach along was excellent for snorkelling and copied the locals by applying beach clay to our bodies! Picked and ate mangos, figs and limes from the garden – delicious. Visited the beautiful village of Kato Zakros which is at the end of a gorge which if you have suitable footwear is well worth walking up. All in all have had a wonderful week relaxing and enjoying the stunning vistas.
Murry, Perdi, Abi & Rufus – August 2019

Great location for a very peaceful family holiday. The kids enjoyed the pool too much – hard to drag them away to the beautiful beaches. Very well managed property. Thanks.
Paul, Sarah, Joe & Danny – August 2019

What an idyllic little place away from the hustle and bustle, and wow what a view! The perfect place to relax with a book. But we also explored the area. Ate lots of local food at Kostas (just down the road) and at the excellent Nostos in Kato Zakros. The mini-market is perfect for essentials. Hold on to your hats as it can be breezy!
Peter, Jenny & Lucy – July 2019


This must be one of the best kept secrets of the Mediterranean coast! So unspoilt that it doesn’t take much to imagine the Minoans gazing at the same hills and sea thousands of years ago. In terms of places to eat – Metobi and Nostos win hands down!
Sophie & Isobelle – July 2019

Wow – what an idyllic week! Beautiful, unspoilt location with a view that can’t be beaten. Eaten lovely local food at Kostas nearby and at Kato Zakros. Weather has also been perfect (bit breezy on occasions). Thank you to Marian, our rep, and to Hara who kept everywhere spotless. We also managed to persuade Hara to make us her speciality moussaka – yummy!
Duncan & Sharon – July 2019

Kambos is without doubt the best villa we have ever stayed in – the outdoor area and pool are top notch and the view, just wow. The villa was spotlessly clean on arrival and a lot of thought had gone into the arrival pack which contained a lot of local produce and much more than we expected. The surrounding area is completely unspoilt and the local shops have all the necessities, even selling Prosecco. We did venture out to eat a couple of nights at local tavernas however we soon decided that eating at the villa and enjoying the views was the best way to spend the evenings. The beach is indeed 3 minutes’ walk away however quite narrow, although uncrowded. When we booked we were a little put off by the 2.45 hour drive from the airport, however it’s an experience in itself and the last half hour descending into the village is a drive not to be forgotten. Is it worth it? A resounding YES!
Duncan Dunlop – July 2019

Wow what a view and what a location! Beautiful villa in a wonderfully remote part of Crete, perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle.
The Bennet family – July 2019

Had a fantastic week. Thank you to all at Simpson. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the eastern side of Crete. We went to the Toplou monastery and enjoyed the wine tasting and the olive oil. We have eaten very well at Kostas just a short drive away. Lovely fresh food and very friendly hosts.
Alex, Nicky, Serena & Matzia – June 2019

I cannot recommend Simpson Travel enough. Every time we travel with them it is just so easy and they are so helpful. Our accommodation was stunning at the Villa Kambos. A lovely quiet retreat with breathtaking views. Everything had been thought of and there was even a bottle of almond milk in the fridge for my daughter who is allergic to milk. A very thoughtful and kind gesture. Thank you to everyone at Simpson. We shall see you again very soon.
N Mockford – June 2019

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.

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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.

Read more on our Crete region page

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