Beach House Arvi

The Gulf of Mirabello & South East Crete, Crete, Greece

Part of theSimpson Exclusive collection

The most luxurious of our villas include a dedicated pre-departure booking service to arrange all the indulgent essentials before you travel, from private chefs to spa treatments – and while you’re away, your personal Concierge will be on hand to add the finishing touches.
Simpson Exclusive

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  • 12-bedroom house on a secluded beach
  • Stunning position on south coast
  • Contemporary and comfortable
  • Beachfront living
  • Kayaks and paddle boards available
  • Cook on request
  • Shops/tavernas 10-minute drive
  • Heraklion airport 1-hour drive
Good to know… Beach House Arvi is now only available for weeks commencing 7 and 14 July 2019. If you are planning ahead for a special celebration in 2020 our sales team will be happy to take your reservation on 020 8392 5858.

Astonishingly situated, tucked away beside the warm waters of the Libyan Sea, Beach House Arvi has a seductive beauty and simple elegance that is utterly bewitching. As you drop down between the mountainous ridges of southern Crete towards the villa, a vast sweep of unspoilt sandy beach opens up before your eyes; with not another house in sight to share it.

In this secluded and mesmerising spot, Manolis and his wife Katerina have created a luxurious and sophisticated 12-bedroom home from home; large enough to host a lively house party for family and friends, yet intimate enough to offer a restful haven for smaller groups. Manolis came fishing here as a boy and the magic of these quiet waters left a lasting impression. It is easy to see why. Very little has changed along this magnificent coastline where the breeze whispers through the feathery leaves of the tamarisk trees as it has done for centuries. Eagles soar, herons dive and once a year, newly-hatched loggerhead turtles embark on their perilous journey out to sea – and some lucky few make their miraculous return.

The cleverly designed villa appears to melt into the wild and rugged hillside behind it; whilst stretching out in front, a spacious terrace with perfectly placed infinity pool, offers all the space and comfort you could wish for. Interiors are stylishly furnished and make use of beautiful natural materials, while modern twists reflect the owners’ impeccable taste and wonderful eye for detail. Picture windows in the spacious living and dining areas overlook the terrace and sea beyond, whilst upstairs the stunning views continue from a fabulous open-fronted terrace, complete with summer kitchen, barbecue and additional dining area for up to thirty.

The lay-out of the villa is particularly appealing. The various covered terraces and comfortable seating areas afford plenty of room to spread out or gather together as desired, and the bedrooms are cleverly arranged to allow the villa to adapt effortlessly to the differing needs of extended families or groups of friends travelling together. There are five doubles and three triples, all with en-suite bathrooms and a further two family-friendly suites - each with a double, a triple and a shared bathroom. Providing comfy beds and luxury linens, the spacious bedrooms offer simple pared-back chic with all but two sharing the magical views across the water.

To ensure a truly restorative getaway there is a daily housekeeper, and a chef is available on request. Katerina is happy to arrange for pre-ordered groceries and drinks to be delivered before and during your stay and she can also arrange boat trips, massage and a personal trainer, subject to availability. Down by the water, kayaks and paddle boards are standing by whenever you wish to take to the water and a further shaded-terrace with spacious barbecue area makes beachfront living an absolute joy.

There are a selection of tavernas and shops a ten-minute drive away in Arvi; whilst twenty-minutes west, the quaint fishing village of Keratokampos is a charming choice for dinner by the water. And if you are keen to explore inland, the historic mountain village of Viannos offers some spectacular mountain trails, ideal for walkers. But we suspect you’ll find it very difficult to leave Beach House Arvi. For children, it is a place to play amongst the dunes, make up stories of distant lands and fall asleep to the song of the sea; for adults, it is a place to let your hair down, or put your feet up, away from the vagaries of everyday life.



  • 12 bedroom villa (sleeps up to 24)

Ground floor

  • Living/dining/kitchen area with fireplace, 50” satellite TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Family suite with double bedroom and triple bedroom (3 single beds) with shared bathroom
  • Triple bedroom (double and single bed) with en-suite bathroom

Lower ground floor

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Triple bedroom (3 single beds) with en-suite shower room

Ground floor mezzanine

  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • Triple bedroom (3 single beds) with en-suite shower room

First floor

  • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Family Suite with double bedroom and twin room with shared bathroom
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Annex (external access)

  • External access
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom


  • Housekeeper
  • Complimentary high-speed WiFi
  • Air conditioning in all bedrooms
  • Iron, ironing board, pool and bath towels provided
  • Complimentary bathroom products
  • Hairdryers in family suites
  • TV in all rooms
  • Washing machine
  • Weekly linen change
  • Complimentary cots/highchairs on request
  • Sundeck with sunbeds
  • Four outside furnished terraces with pergolas (2 with barbecue, 1 with summer kitchen)
  • Swimming pool 4.5m x 9m (depth 1.5m throughout)
  • Weekly linen change
  • Private beach access
  • SUP and canoes available for guest use
  • Private Parking
  • Security deposit (£2,700) required 3 weeks prior to departure

Services available upon request

  • All services are payable locally
  • Private transfer from and to the airport (€120 each way by taxi, €160 each way by minibus with maximum 8 passengers, €220 per way for a minibus with maximum 16 passengers)
  • Private chef (depending on number of guests, €200-300/day)
  • Pre-arrival shop (approx. €150)
  • Additional cleaning services (€150/day)
  • Massage (€150 for 2hr massage, €60/each additional hour)
  • Dance or Zumba with instructor (€120/90min, €80/each additional hour)
  • Windsurfing with instructor (€100/day plus €50/pp/hour)
  • Paddle boarding (SUP) with instructor (€100/day plus €40/pp/hour)
  • Snorkelling with instructor (€100/day plus €25/pp/per hour)
  • Multi-day watersports packages available on request with equipment provided (must be booked at least 3 days in advance)
  • Private yacht charter (Sea Ray Sun Dancer 46, capacity for 17 passengers, €950/day plus transfer costs to/from Ierapetra or €1,200/day with direct pick up from Arvi’s port)
  • Private motorboat charter (8-metre twin-motor boat, capacity for 12 passengers, €600/day including skipper, fuel charged separately)
  • Guided historic tours including archaeological sites and museums (price on request)
  • Winery tour and tasting (price on request)
  • Tailor-made excursions (price on request)
  • Floral arrangements (price on request)
  • Laundry service (price on request)
  • Babysitting (price on request)

National tourist licence (EOT): 1051275


  • On Meakis Beach
  • Supermarket/tavernas (Arvi) 10min drive
  • Keratokampos 20min drive
  • Viannos town 30min drive
  • Heraklion airport 1hr 15min drive

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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The road from north to south Crete takes you on an inspiring journey from the exclusivity of Elounda and the elegance of lakeside Agios Nikolaos into a rugged landscape harbouring the soul food of a simpler life. From gorges and caves to the mountain communities of the beautiful Lasithi Plateau – and then on to the romantically unspoilt beaches and homely tavernas of Myrtos, Makrigialos and Ferma in the south – this is Crete at its most warmly welcoming, without artifice, where you’re a guest and never a tourist.

Discover it for yourself from a handpicked villa in The Gulf of Mirabello & South East Crete.

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Every Simpson Exclusive Villa includes our complimentary Concierge Service, designed to make your holiday experience as relaxing and seamless as possible.

It includes our dedicated pre-departure services to help you plan the details of your trip before you leave the UK, from the logistics of your journey to the personal requests that will make your time away truly magical.

Drawing on our experience and extensive local knowledge, we will do our utmost to accommodate any feasible request.

As a minimum, we can arrange:

  • UK airport hotels and parking
  • UK airport lounge access
  • Private chef service
  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Celebrations and anniversaries
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • In-villa massage and beauty treatments
  • Boat hire and excursions
  • Private jets

Once you arrive at your villa, our local Concierge will be available throughout your holiday for any further advice or assistance.

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