The 10 best villas in Crete

Which holiday villas to pick for a luxurious getaway

Crete’s glorious weather, fabulous coastline, calm sea and amazing food draw people to the island again and again. And let’s not forget that it’s packed with antiquities and ancient sites of interest, while the lush, green interior is famed for its walking and hiking.

  1. Elounda Eleon Villas
  2. Pleiades Luxurious Villas
  3. Pantheon Villas & Suites
  4. Boutique Residence
  5. Blue Horizon Villa & Suites
  6. Orelia Cretan Villas
  7. Villa Lefkothea
  8. Okeanides Villas
  9. Villa Camellia
  10. Villa Almyra

Whether you’re getting away as a couple or looking to book for a big family vacation, we’ve found the perfect holiday villas in Crete for you. We’re talking private pools, spacious BBQ areas and indulgent welcome baskets, not to mention hot tubs, massage options and even on-site private chefs.

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1. Elounda Eleon Villas

Tucked in a peaceful corner of Elounda village, these Crete villas offer a true feeling of seclusion. Here, you’ll have access to a private sunny terrace, a private pool and a hot tub. You’ll feel like you’ve bought your own Greek holiday home, with a garden, private dining area and BBQ allowing you to make the most of the long evenings. The whole property looks the part, with cobbled paths leading to low, yellow-stone villas, olive trees providing dappled shade, and views over the glistening sea. At this famous seaside location you’re around 5km from Agios Nikolaos with its many sights and historical points of interest. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, head to Elounda Beach, just 2.5km away, or try the beaches on beautiful Kalydon island, connected to the mainland by a bridge.

What’s special? Seclusion, peace and private pool and hot tub

Sleeps: 2–6 people

2. Pleiades Luxurious Villas

What makes the Pleiades Luxurious Villas one of the best villas in Crete? It’s the attention to detail and level of service. Choose a two- or three-bedroom place in this sun-soaked complex of nine luxurious villas, each with its own character, not to mention its own private pool with a stunning sea view. You can use your own kitchen – one phone call to the concierge and your groceries can be brought to you – or opt for breakfast or evening meals served on your terrace. There’s a sauna, steam room and massage service, and you’ll be greeted with an arrival treat basket and receive a complimentary drink as you arrive and leave. If you should feel the need to step outside this little slice of heaven, the team can help organise excursions to nearby beaches or archaeological sites like ancient Naxos.

What’s special?The superb services on offer and attention to detail

Sleeps: 4–6 people

3. Pantheon Villas & Suites

A stay at Pantheon Villas & Suites feels like visiting a very luxurious, quiet village built just for you. There are five private holiday villas and two ground-floor suites dotted around the central outdoor pool and terrace area. This sleepy little complex is surrounded by olive, lemon and orange groves that hum with gentle birdsong. It offers one of the best views of any Crete villa, overlooking the lush green hills and Bali Bay below. The villas have multiple balcony and terrace areas to catch the sun at any time, as well as a kitchenette and BBQ facilities so you can indulge in grilled delights while watching the sunset. Stroll out of your villa and in just 2km you’ll reach Livadi beach, a sandy and sheltered bay with blue-green water that’s one of four beaches in the vicinity.

What’s special? Great location, welcome basket with local wine

Sleeps: 2 people (suites), up to 6 (villas)

4. Boutique Residence

Close to bustling Heraklion, the Boutique Residence Villa is the perfect base for exploring the island of Crete and all its antiquities. This is one of the larger villas in Crete, with three double bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an elegant garden with its own pool, hammocks and sun loungers – all fully private and out of sight of passers-by. Start your day by throwing open the double doors from the bedrooms and stepping out for coffee on the balconies or the garden terrace. This glorious home is designed with everything you need for a relaxing break with your feet up, boasting a spacious covered BBQ and outdoor cooking area so you can make the most of the glorious evenings.

What’s special? Secluded garden and pool, private room balconies

Sleeps: Up to 6 people

5. Blue Horizon Villa & Suites

Blue Horizon Villa is one of the best villas in Crete for several families or friends. This elegant residence can be booked as separate suites sharing a common garden area or rented in its entirety for private use. There are four bedrooms across several floors, three bathrooms with hydromassage baths, and three open-plan kitchen/dining areas and separate living spaces. The chances are you’ll be spending more time outdoors though, thanks to the landscaped garden with its spacious BBQ area and private pool with sun loungers. Stone paths wind between the different garden areas, with both the pool and the paths lit at night for a romantic atmosphere. A short walk down stone steps leads you right out onto the long, sandy beach, and you’re less than a kilometre from the pretty, unspoilt town of Sitia with its shops, restaurants and elegant harbourside.

What’s special? Incredible outdoor area with BBQ/kitchen

Sleeps: 6–12 people (3 king beds, 3 sofa beds)

6. Orelia Cretan Villas

On the crest of a small hill near the village of Kamilari, overlooking the Mediterranean, lie the Orelia Cretan Villas. Renovated from original village houses or built in the same traditional stone, these holiday villas in Crete feel like a home away from home. There are five to choose from, each with space for two or four people, a comfortable living area, a chic modern kitchen and a secluded outdoor space for catching the sun. Two of the villas have their own generous private pool and sun terrace too. If you do venture out, the village of Kamilari is a sleepy and traditional town with a weekly organic market, as well as artisan sellers and craftspeople. The nearby beaches – just 1.6km away – are long and sandy, and you’re also just 4km from the archaeological site of Phaistos.

What’s special? Mountain view, charming terraces, restored architecture

Sleeps: 2–4 people

7. Villa Lefkothea

If you’re searching for holiday villas in Crete that are perfect for groups or several families, Villa Lefkothea is the ideal spot. Two villas, one for five and one for eight people, nestle in the olive groves surrounded by trees and bougainvillea, with paths winding through the green garden to their own private pool. You have a feeling of total seclusion here, with each room offering a different uninterrupted view of the Cretan countryside, and some rooms boast their own private balcony. The pool and garden can be lit at night, so you can enjoy cooking together in the spacious open-plan kitchen before dining al fresco under the stars. As a nice touch, you’ll also receive a fruit basket and a bottle of olive oil from the very grove you’re staying in – a perfect memento of your trip.

What’s special? Illuminated pool at night, quiet setting

Sleeps: Villas sleep up to 13

8. Okeanides Villas

Tucked on a hillside with a view of the Mediterranean beyond, the Okeanides property houses some of the best villas in Crete. There are four to choose from, although each is so peaceful and secluded that you wouldn’t know you had neighbours. All of the luxurious three-bed villas have a sea-view terrace and a private pool. When it comes to cooking, you can choose from the BBQ, the wood-fired oven or the modern kitchen indoors, although you’ll no doubt want to head outside to enjoy dinner in the gentle warmth of the evening. There’s even sauna and gym access, and you’re just 700 metres from the stunning Beach Good Land. Guests can indulge in a fresh breakfast served in the garden daily, and you can even hire a private chef as a luxury extra if you’re feeling fancy.

What’s special? Private pool with sea view, plus private chef

Sleeps: Each villa sleeps up to 6

9. Villa Camellia

In the village of Atsipopoulo, close to Rethymno Old Town, Villa Camellia combines chic, modern facilities with a charming, traditional exterior. This Cretan villa sleeps up to 10 people, making it ideal for groups of multiple families. Several of the bedrooms have private balconies offering a beautiful view, and there are several generous living areas and a modern kitchen inside. You might prefer to cook and eat outside, however, in the stunning covered BBQ area. The private pool with hot tub is the cherry on top of a perfect holiday. While there, it’s worth taking the short journey into Rethymno Old Town to see the colourful harbourside with its Venetian influences, which is especially beautiful when illuminated by the gentle evening lights.

What’s special? Pool with hot tub

Sleeps: Up to 10 adults

10. Villa Almyra

If you’re looking for beachfront villas in Crete with easy access to the sea, look no further – Villa Almyra has everything you could ever want. This chic, modern villa has a lush green garden bordering on the promenade, so you can be at the water’s edge in ten steps. The 4-star accommodation has a large open-plan living and dining area, with glass sides opening out onto the sunny outdoor terrace and the generous private pool. With three double bedrooms and two double sofa beds, it’s suitable for families of various sizes as well as groups of friends. The contemporary house features plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows and fabulous terraces facing the sea, so you can make the most of your unspoilt view. There’s also an outdoor BBQ space where you can really appreciate the warm weather right into the evening.

What’s special? Sea views, instant sea access, the architecture

Sleeps: 6–10 adults

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