Our party of 9 (4 adults, 5 adult children) spent a spectacular week at this house. This house is exactly what the pictures show. There is some natural landscape right below the pool - it isn't right on the water. You just have to appreciate the natural Crete landscape. (We didn't consider this a negative.) The house was so well equipped for us to make meals in the kitchen or on the grill. We all enjoyed the infinity pool to read, sunbathe, and play games as well as view the Mediterranean Sea/Sea of Crete. The pool decking was not hot to our feet even if the temperature was really high. We never felt crowded in the house because it was so spacious. We felt totally safe in the area and in the house. Beautiful sunrises as well as sunsets were visible from the pool deck. My only concern might be for very young children or elderly people because the stairs were marble and could be slippery.
Some staples (such as coffee, milk, bread, sugar, fresh fruit, etc) were left for us. It was very nice! Closest large grocery was in Rethymnon (about 25 minutes to the west) and smaller markets in Perama.
A two minute walk to the beautiful, rugged shore let us relax in some protected coves. We could easily walk to the Panomos village for shopping or meals. The town was built up enough to have both, but it isn't crowded nor overly touristy.
We had 2 small issues (grill out of gas and hot water pump not working), but they were fixed so fast! The house manager was so attentive and nice.
Recommended restaurants: Porto Parasiris and Captain's House
Things to do: JoyRide.Bike (Panormos), Discovery Safaris - 4 wheelers/buggies in the back country (Rethymnon), Paraschakis olive oil tour (Meldoni area)
It was a wonderful week in Crete!
We were a party of eleven people. The house was in excellent conditions and did suit us perfectly. The little village within walking distancia is very charmig and had everything we needed, a few shops and restaurants. Through the bookingcagency we got in contact with a local chef who came to the house with his wife and prepared us very tasty dinners a few times
and an impressive breakfast. The pool is however not well suite for small chiffren being to deep for them and the outfit Jacuzzi did not work. But all in all we enjoyed our stay very much and liked the villa and its surroundings a lot. And all the people we met were very friendly and serviceminded. A very good week!