Stayed at the Nikoleta in May. We booked through Thomsons. A wonderful location for a quiet relaxing time off the beaten track. Good to just relax by the pool but also easy to explore the island by car and within reach of the mountains, beaches and towns...
We arrived 2 Jul 17 in a party of 3 (inc 83 year old) thru Thomson Villa's. Located on the edge and above the village of Prina, the villa Nicoleta is a modern 2 storey, 2 bed building which is in a very high standard of decoration and upkeep. The whole villa is extremely well presented and is exceptionally good value for rmoney given its high standards. One bedroom is an on-suite (shower) with double bed, whilst the other contains 2 single beds and its occupants have access to a second large bathroom on the landing. Downstairs, there is open plan with a lounge, dining room and kitchen area. The kitchen is particularly well equipped with hob, oven, microwave, mini dishwasher and quite a range of cooking implements and gadgets. The French windows lead out onto the sun patio where there is a decent sized pool. One thing to note is that the villa we feel is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. There is a steep flight of stairs from the parking place below the villa (although you can access a via a ramp and a short flight of stairs through villa next door, but its awkward) and the pool has a ladder rather than steps.
The Wi-Fi and air conditioning is extra (and a little steep). We used neither and there is usually a breeze at night to keep things cool anyway. There are mosquito's so you will need protection. The views from the Villa are exceptional over the village and I'll try to post some of our photo's later. Nikos the owner visits frequently and is really friendly and helpful. We had a problem with the water one day which was down the village water supply rather than the Villa but he leapt into action straight away and sorted it.
One word of warning, if you take the Thomson free car hire, you get a Suzuki Swift type car. This has a really small engine. Don't be surprised if you have trouble getting up the hill to the villa if you have 3 people and cases. The drive up is steep. Once the cases were unloaded we have no further trouble.
One big recommendation is read the visitors comments books in the villa, they'll give you idea's on what to do (and a laugh). I can recommend driving to Sitia, the road is really pretty. Visit Mohlos (but be careful if you go swimming, the current near the rocks (in front of the tavern's) is dangerous and can drag you onto the rocks as my wife found out. The plateau of lassithi is worth a visit and the beaches on the old road to Agios Nicholias are the best. I can highly recommend the Villa Nicoleta and many thanks to our host Nikos