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Amari Villas: calm and comfort in the real Crete

Villa -
6 Bedrooms , 5 Bathrooms , Sleeps 17
Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete
An idyllic retreat for families and groups in the delightful Amari Valley

Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of the village of Amari, Amari Villas comprises two interconnected properties - Villa Idi and Villa Samitos - which date back to the mid 19th century. The property includes a swimming pool.

Amari Villas is a traditional stone-built dwelling and was the former home of the owner’s grandparents. A typical rural residence built in the mid-1800s, today the property exudes a unique charm, with its sensitive renovation carefully blending original features with contemporary comfort.

With spectacular views across the Amari Valley to Mount Ida, and a location that guarantees peace and tranquility, Amari Villas offers guests that most elusive of experiences - a beautiful refuge in which to unwind and recharge, enriched by the...
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Listing #HL193570
About the Owner
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2011
Interaction with guests
On your arrival, owner Manolis will be there to welcome you. Highly knowledgeable of the property and the area’s rich history, Manolis will be delighted to share with you the story of the house, his family and the Amari, and, if possible, to guide you to his favorite places around. Full information about the villa and the area will be forwarded to you, in advance. Manolis lives in Rethymnon city but visits the village every 3-4 days and is also available at anytime by phone or email for questions and tips, before or during your stay.
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Reviewed 8 June 2018


Date of stay: June 2018
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Manolis Papadakis's grandparents' house, in Amari, now divided into two separate villas, is without any doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. It is near the top of the little village of Amari looking out over the whole green valley towards...More

Date of stay: March 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Amari Villas - the perfect place to get away from the heavily touristed areas of Crete. The villas are located in the small village of Amari- up in the hills about a half hour south of Rethymnon. There are several picturesque villages in the area...More

Date of stay: September 2017
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(3)
  • Dining Seats (18)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(6)
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (4)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (20)
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Single Beds:(5)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
The guests are simply invited to feel “at home”. Just a few things should be noted: Usual check in / out at 4.00pm / 10.00am. Any other time is possible (no extra cost) depending...
    4 Full baths
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    5 Twins
    6 Fulls
    3 Cribs
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Additional Rate and Availability Information
Minimum stay is 3 nights.
The prices show the Total Cost of the Booking, including full air-conditioning, internet access (Wi-Fi), a welcome basket with local goods upon arrival, all taxes and all cleaning services, beach towels and change of linen/ towels. Also, central heating is included for the winter period.
Please, contact us for long stay discounts (15 nights or more).
A 25% deposit will be necessary for booking confirmation, the remaining balance will be required four (4) weeks prior to your arrival.
We accept payment online, through this website, using your credit/debit card, PayPal or any other available method.
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About the neighbourhood
Walk the magnificent countryside to enjoy the ancient olive groves and the wild flowers and discover the 13th century Byzantine chapels. Don’t miss the fully restored Kera Panagia church in Amari.
Cross breathtaking gorges like Patsos and Platania with bird watching points.
Enjoy great local food in the villages; best taverns are Moshovolies, Evgoritis and Aravanes.
In Amari Village, join the locals at the café in the square for a coffee or a raki. Also, visit the unique school’s museum and view the entire valley from the Bell Tower.
Enjoy the traditional dancing celebrations and many musical and cultural events.
Historical Highlights: Minoan Monastiraki, Ancient Syvritos, Arkadi Monastery, Eleftherna Museum, the Sacred Cave at Veni.
Getting around
The area surrounding the village of Amari is rich in history with several sites dating to Minoan and Byzantine times. Also, the beautiful Amari Valley features unique natural sites like great gorges, ancient olive groves and magnificent countryside, along with 27 little villages to explore.
Though some of the places are accessible by foot, a car is strongly advised in order to get full advantage of the area and explore even further to the rest of the island. Amari, set right in the heart of undiscovered Crete, is an ideal base for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Chania or Heraklion: 100.0 km
Ferry: Rethymnon: 37.0 km
Heraklion (HER) and Chania (CHQ) airports are approximately 100 km from the village of Amari, and a journey by car from either will take not much more than 90 minutes. While the Amari valley is serviced by public transport, car hire is strongly advised. The owner can provide recommendations for car hire providers at Chania, Heraklion or Rethymno. Pick-ups from either airport can also be arranged.
Activities nearby
Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 25.0 km.
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