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Just off the coast, near bustling Elounda, a pretty cluster of whitewashed buildings sit atop their own little islet, surrounded by sparkling turquoise seas and boasting stunning views out over the bay. Sound like somewhere you might like to stay? Us too.
Suffice to say, Elounda Island Villas offer a pretty unique and special Cretan experience. The charming owner Lida and her family have kept things simple, with nine villas in a variety of shapes and sizes that offer little in the way of luxury but plenty in the way of charm. The décor is understated with whitewashed walls and stone-flagged floors.
Entirely solar powered, there is no air-con here but, set right on the seafront, there are sea breezes aplenty and with the windows flung open, you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the cicadas and the sea gently lapping at the shore below.
It's worth noting that the hotel is only open seasonally (May through to October), there is a 3-night minimum stay and it is only suitable for children over the age of six.
The villas are set up for self-catering with basic kitchenettes in each apartment – you will just need to stock up on supplies in town. The family also runs a lovely taverna that serves breakfast and one or two homemade Greek dishes throughout the day. They are also happy to serve you dinner to your apartment.
There are nine beautifully decorated villas with crisp linens, traditional décor and modern bathrooms. Most also feature kitchen facilities and incredible views. It's worth noting that there is a 3-night minimum stay and this property is not suitable for those under six.
A world away from the resorts across the bay, the vibe here is decidedly chilled though it's just a 15-minute walk across the causeway into Elounda. There is great swimming right in front of the villas but the stunning Kolokytha beach is a 20-minute walk away on the other side of the island. We’d recommend heading over there either early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the tour boats that ship people in around midday.