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“Amazing Cretan Panorama”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Plaka, Chania Prefecture, Crete

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Helen A
Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Amazing Cretan Panorama”
Reviewed 3 October 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Villa Ikaros is in a truly amazing position on top of a hill with panoramic views of Souda Bay and the White mountains.
The villa is also beautiful, 2 lovely bedrooms with verandas ( all with views of course!) as well as a really well equipped kitchen. Alex's Mum met us in Plaka so we didn't get lost on the way and showed us around. The kitchen was stocked with enough food to last most of the week as well!
The villa was really peaceful so lovely for relaxing by the pool or reading books. Although it's at the top of a very steep hill the villa is well sited for biding restaurants and shop in Plaka or the beach and more restaurants in Almyrida. It's also easy to go to Chania, Aptera and all of the charming villages in the area.
We would definitely book the villa again and would recommend it to all of our friends.

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MarinaLan...
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“highly recommend.....”
Reviewed 22 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Small villa with a beautiful view.
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
Our holidays were great.
The owners ( Alex ) of the villa were very useful and professional.
We will definitely come back

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Stortford...
Hertfordshire, UK
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Simply excellent”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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Looking at the pictures of this villa on the internet gives a hint that it is something special and so it proved to be. The villa is superbly located with a stunning panoramic hilltop view which we are happy to trade for the essential requirement for a car (needed anyway as this is great base from which to explore this part of Crete). The villa has patios on each side so shelter can be had if the sun or the breeze is too strong. The level of furnishing, design and equipment easily justifies the luxury designation without losing its Cretan charm. The pool is compact but attractive and the gardens are well planted and full of butterflies when we visited. The welcome basket of provisions was more generous than usual and the Bolarakis family were most welcoming and helpful. What a gem!

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Liked best: Superb location and accomodation
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
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Acumpreto
Athens, Greece
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning place - we had the best and most relaxing holidays #likeaboss”
Reviewed 24 March 2014 for a stay in September 2013
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Villa Ikaros is definitely my favorite place to stay in Crete! I first visited in spring, looking to relax and do some writing work and spent 2 amazing weeks. We came back for an other week in September and had an amazing time. The place is very beautiful, very comfortable house with ALL the amenities - you feel like you're home away from home.. The view is stunning (it's undisrupted!) as the villa is situated at the top of a hill, you get to see the gulf of Souda in front and the White Mountains on your left. I personally always preferred the south of crete for it's beautiful view, but I have to admit this is so much better! The villa is full of windows and regardless of where you are you can enjoy the view..its one of my favorite features!
We really enjoyed the privacy (it's a secluded place, regardless of where you are no one can actually see you,ha!), the various places outside where we could sit (it was great to pick a different place depending on the time of day and where the sun was), the pool (we'd start the day with a coffee and finish it with a drink in the infinity pool staring at the mountains...).
AND! If you are peculiar with your sleeping you'll really appreciate the coco-mat mattresses etc they have - I'm a bit picky with mattresses, so that was great for me!
The icing on the cake was our hosts - we were very happy and felt very welcome, such a lovely family and we felt safe that they would be around if we needed anything! Actually my favorite part is that they give you a greek mobile phone to use if you need to reach them - very helpful for those from abroad to also receive calls without roaming charges! I thought that was sweet :)

We really enjoyed our stay there and are looking forward to going back - this time trying the other two seasons of the year! I highly recommend this place and I'm also looking forward to renting Villa Daedalus that is even more gorgeous, but I'll do that with a bigger group of friends!

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Liked best: View and value for money
Liked least: we wanted to stay more!
Travelling group: Friends
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Wesley B
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Incredible accommodation, views to die for and wonderful hosts - a real gem”
Reviewed 15 September 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We had an incredible stay in this beautiful villa overlooking the valley/mountains on the one side and the ocean on the other. The accommodation is extremely neat, clean and has everything you could wish for. We ate all meals from the terrace and drank wine overlooking the most gorgeous sunsets. The hosts are also delightful and extremely accommodating and went out their way to make our stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible. I would absolutely recommend staying at least a week - you don't even have to leave the villa.

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Liked best: The views.
Travelling group: Other
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