Villa Santolina

Lefkada , Greece

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  • Stylish contemporary villa
  • Beautiful views
  • Walking distance to sandy beach and tavernas
  • Simpson family extras
  • Lefkada town 10min drive

Villa Santolina is one of a cluster of three architect-designed properties that make up Arenaria Villas, along with Villa Oleana and Villa Porphyra, tucked into the hillside at the southern end of Ayios Ioannis beach. Each house is entirely independent of the others, with its own pool and sea-facing terrace, though Santolina, being the highest, commands the most privacy and the best views.

The villa has been finished with stylish restraint both inside and out, with cool pool lighting adding a touch of glamour to your evening drinks on the terrace. If you’ve brought the family or are travelling with friends, this is an unbeatable spot for a long lazy lunch or a simple dinner in the velvety warmth of an Ionian evening. It’s also a really indulgent choice for a couple, with a four-poster master bedroom and terrace taking up the entire top floor.

We’ve included a car for ease and maximum independence, but the real beauty of Santolina is that it’s just a few minutes’ walk from Ayios Ioannis beach, a kilometre-long stretch of pale sand and fine pebbles washed by famously bright blue sea. If the wind is up, the local kite surfers will put on quite a display, but if it gets too breezy on the bay you can retreat to the shelter of your terrace in a matter of minutes. You’ll also find a few tavernas within walking distance, with a much wider choice of restaurants in Lefkada town, just ten minutes away by car.

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  • 3-bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV (English-speaking news channel), DVD player, Bluetooth speaker
  • Kitchen includes cooker, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine

Ground floor

  • 2 twin bedrooms (80cm x 200cm beds) with en-suite shower rooms, entrance via corridor from kitchen
  • Double doors lead to terrace and pool area

First floor

  • Double bedroom (170cm x 200cm bed) with en-suite shower room
  • Double doors lead to terrace


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Heating throughout (via air-conditioning units)
  • Safe
  • Korres bathroom products
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer
  • Simpson Travel pool towels
  • Electric barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 5m x 10m (depth 0.7m – 1.7m)
  • Shared driveway with Villas Oleana and Porphyra

Simpson family extras

  • Complimentary infant pack (includes cot/travel cot, bed guard, highchair, bottle steriliser, baby bath, non-slip bath mat, potty, excludes baby-gate)
  • Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
  • To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747


  • 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): 0831Κ91000457801


  • Shops/restaurants/cafés (Lefkada Town) 35min walk or 10min drive
  • Beachfront tavernas (Agios Ioannis beach) 10min walk
  • Nidri 30 min drive
  • Sivota 50 min drive
  • Preveza airport 30min 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, Citroen C3 or similar*
  • 4-5 guests – 1 Group D, Nissan Note or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 Group C, Citroën C3 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group C – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 1 medium 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 E – Fiat Tipo or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 2 large suitcases & 1 small suitcase*

Group F – Automatic Peugeot 301 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 suitcases and 1 small suitcase*

Group J – Nissan Juke SUV or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 1 large suitcases & 1 small suitcase*

Group K – Nissan Evalia/Fiat Doblo or similar, 1.5 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*

Group L – Nissan Primastar or similar, 1.8 litre engine, 6 medium suitcases*

Group M2 – Automatic Nissan Qashqai SUV 2WD or similar, 1.6 - 2.0 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase*

Group N – Automatic Nissan Micra or similar, 1.1 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

* 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.

Santolina is a beautiful villa, the position of which is stunning. Whether you are looking across the pool to the beach and the sea, or towards the near hills and distant mountains, the location is unforgettable. The accommodation is modern and spacious and the birds, butterflies and flowers combine to make this a wonderful place to stay.

Mr Anthony Leek, May 2024

We have had a lovely time. Lots of bats in the evening over the pool. The local monastery worth a visit and Rachi restaurant, high up in the mountains, is worth the drive. Yiannis arranged boat hire for us in Nidri. The pool is lovely but there’s a good cove down the path – clear water, sand and lots of fish. Lovely location and would come again. Thank you Yiannis for all your help and advice.

Simpson Travellers, September 2023

This was our fourth visit to Lefkas and Villa Santolina, and we all had a wonderfully relaxing break. Yiannis was extremely helpful with lots of great restaurant recommendations - we very much hope to return again next year.

Mrs Alison Cottrell, September 2023

We have had a lovely time at Villa Santolina. We walked to Taverna Liogerma, which was friendly and delicious food. The local monastery worth a visit and Rachi Restaurant high up in the mountains worth the drive. Yiannis arranged boat hire for us in Nidri, which was great. The pool is lovely but a good cove is down the path past the church. Lovely location and would come again. Thank you Yiannis, for all your help and advice.

The Dodd family, September 2023

This was a wonderful holiday. We were incredibly well looked after in a beautiful place. My family and I had a lovely holiday and we are very grateful to the Simpson Travel team.

Mr Charles Letts, August 2023

Loved our stay at Villa Santolina - the villa is spacious and very well equipped. Lovely pool. The Simpson Concierge Yiannis was great - we had a couple of issues that he dealt with swifly. He also had good advice for places to visit/things to do - including helping us rent a small boat for the day. The trip from Nydri around Meganisi was a great experience for our family of four adults. Our memories will be filled with the lovely views from the villa - and all the butterflies!

Jane Wright, June 2023

We’ve loved our time here in this lovely villa. It’s been a great base to either do some exploring or just chill by the pool and then wander down to the beach for lunch. Yiannis has been great. He had some great recommendations for trips and we booked a boat through him from Nidri and had a great day sailing around Meganissi.

The Wright family, June 2023

Beautifully appointed villa with a generous pool and plenty of outdoor space; there was always shade or sun somewhere and a fantastic view of the Ionian Sea. Perfect accommodation for three generations. Ten minutes stroll to the beach, 15 to a Taverna and 25 to a well stocked mini market with daily fresh bread. The only suggestion I could make would be the inclusion of a couple of bikes.

Mark Selinger, July 2022

Villa Santolina was an exceptionally good villa, one of the best Simpson's villas we've stayed in over the years. We travelled with our adult children and their partners. This villa was perfect for us all with 3 ensuite bedrooms and plenty of space. The location is perfect, a 10 minute walk to a beach with two tavernas in easy reach.

Elizabeth Whiteman Smith, July 2022

Santolina villa has a lovely family feel – peaceful and private with good views.

Mortie, August 2019

This was our tenth villa holiday with Simpson and undoubtedly the best. Villa Santolina had everything we would want in a villa – the location and view were both to die for and the villa itself was summed up by our 12-year-old son who said “the people who own this villa seem to really care about the people who are staying here because they have provided everything we could possibly need”.

The Hillier Family, July 2019

We had a fabulous holiday at Villa Santolina. The outside of the villa was especially impressive with beautiful gardens and amazing views of the coast and mountains. The pool was larger than expected so this was a pleasant surprise and even large enough to do a few lengths! Spacious accommodation inside with good showers and comfortable beds and pillows.  Our rep, Jo, was very efficient and friendly as were the reps at the airport. Staff appeared to love the island and their jobs. Lefkada is a beautiful island unspoilt by mass tourism so need to return as soon as possible!

The Crockfords, June 2019

All round we had an excellent holiday. Villa Santolina is a great villa and we had a wonderful local representative – we will be using Simpson Travel again.

Patrick, August 2018

We'd highly recommend Villa Santolina. It's quiet with amazing views, yet within a short, mainly level walk to the beach. The nearest taverna is very friendly and the food is delicious. Walk a little further and you can see the sunset from a beach bar. The villa is extremely well equipped, particularly the kitchen. The pool area and gardens are beautiful. Our family had a most relaxing and carefree week.

Mrs M, August 2018

Villa Santolina was perfect for our family holiday. The villa was superbly equipped with fantastic views from the large infinity pool and outdoor areas. The hammock was a wonderful touch and ideal for relaxing and reading. It was perfect as we were able to walk to a lovely taverna by the beach, with fabulous views of the sunset.

Linda, July 2018

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Charmingly traditional, Lefkada is an authentically Greek holiday delight fringed by award-winning beaches. The stunning colours of the landscape are a vibrant force of nature; uplifting, brilliant shades of shocking pink, green and translucent turquoise. Central to all this is Lefkada Town, with its pretty car-free streets, excellent choice of restaurants and waterfront bars and lovely bohemian vibe. It is well-suited to both couples and families and Lefkada is an excellent choice for one of our popular kids' clubs.

To make the most of your luxury holiday in Lefkada, we offer a selection of handpicked villas and a stylish adult-only Simpson Hotel so you can enjoy this beautifully relaxing Greek Island to the full.

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