Villa Selene, Almyrida. Near Beach/tavernas. Private Pool & Quiet

Beach villa with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and private pool in Almyrida, Crete

From £850 per week

Detached villa on one level - NO STAIRS - with private pool. Spectacular views of the famous White Mountains. Close to beach and restaurants, quiet and secluded but not remote. PERFECT LOCATION!


Villa Selene is one of only 4 beautiful holiday villas on our privately owned olive grove of 4.5 acres (17,500 sq metres) just a few minutes drive from the safe and sandy beach at Almyrida, North West Crete. There are several excellent tavernas close by in the village of Gavalochory.

The house usually sleeps 2 - 8 people in 4 bedrooms. Prices are competitive, even for 2 - 4 people as the villais priced by occupancy.

It has a lovely 9 x 4.5m pool with steps and shallow end, so toddlers have an easy way into the pool, and adults have a great place to sit and chat with their feet in the water with a glass of wine. The pool is also fully gated for child safety.

And it has British plumbing! (no small-bore Greek WC pipes!). Satellite/DVD with a 32-inch wall-mounted TV to entertain the kids during the hottest part of the day. Satellite TV offers 4 channels of English language movies 24 hours a day.

Our guests often comment that this villa is in the perfect location: within walking distance from two villages, close enough to enjoy their facilities but not too close to be disturbed by barking dogs, crowing cockerels and noisy human nightlife that happens in any and every Cretan village or town.

The olive grove is secure, being fenced and hedged by colourful oleander, and surrounded by olive trees. It is the perfect base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny white hamlets nestled on green mountainsides. Apokoronas is a designated area of natural beauty, protected in a similar way to a UK National Park. At all times there are breath-taking views of the White Mountains which are snowcapped until late May. Literally on your doorstep there are numerous foot-trails through this most spectacular area of Crete, a genuine walker’s paradise.

Rental licence or registration number: 1059831


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Friends from Coningbsy, United Kingdom Jul 2017

Very good Villa, Marcus very helpful and easy to contact. Villa is set in on olive grove and has lemon and lime trees perfect for home made cocktails. It's up in the hills away from all the local noise and traffic, but only a 7 min car drive into the local small beach front town. Loads of bars and restaurants there. Was a good week away and I recommend it to anybody, we were a group of 4 lads aged 26-34 and we got on just fine.

Car hire isn't essential but highly recommend so you can explore the island. Auto club car hire we used, they meet you at the airport and drop the car off there when your done so easy and cheap. Taxi into town from the villa is 9euros ish so cheap enough for you all to go down and have some drinks on the beach.

Thanks to Marcus and John was a good well deserved week away

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Linda W Jun 2015

Spent two weeks in June in Villa Selene in Alymrida, Crete. The villa was spick & span on arrival, fully kitted out and was exactly as described. The pool was a really good size and was cleaned regularly while we were there. Particularly appreciated the fresh towels and bed linens every 3 to 4 days. The extra little touches do make a difference, such as fans in every room, which means you don't always have to run the air conditioning if it doesn't suit (my husband has a real aversion to air-con!). The location of the villa was perfect for exploring - not just the local villages of Amlyrida and Gavalorchi but also Souda Bay and my personal favourite - Chania town. The old town is just beautiful and just big enough for a couple of hours exploring and shopping...and of course there are lovely cafes, and restaurants all along the harbour front. The weather was fantastic for the whole 2 weeks, and all in all a fabulous holiday - Thank you!

John G May 2015

This was our third visit to Villa Selene, which is quite simply the best villa we have ever stayed in. It was important to us to have all the accommodation on the ground floor, with no steps or trip hazards. The gates by the pool also gave us peace of mind. Each time we return we have been impressed by the improvements and adjustments the owners have made to the villa, in response to visitors' suggestions. Selene is always clean and has been very well maintained. The local (ex pat) staff are helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable. Three generations of our family have visited the villa, all have loved it. The location is quiet, with stunning and ever changing views of the mountains. the little seaside town of Almyrida is charming and busy but not brash or over the top. Some of our party were content just to stay on its beach. The neighbouring village of Gavalochori has an irresistible charm, and excellent tavernas. Car hire is reasonably priced. To our amateur eye, the Cretan economy seemed to be ticking over quietly, not buffeted by storm from Athens. Our response: We always try to keep the villas up to date and excellent feedback like this is very helpful. You are right about the Cretan economy, it does seem to be ticking along as are all things in Crete, though the region could do with some more visitors and our view is they should not be too worried about the slightly unsteady Euro issue (at time of writing June 2015). Whatever happens, the sun will still shine, the sea will still wave and visitors will always get a cheery smile from the locals. Many thanks and come back soon!

Patrick H Apr 2015

A villa in amongst an olive grove with views that dreams are made of. Beautifully finished and surrounded by breathtaking views, a place we will visit over and over again. The local travernas are hosted by warm and friendly people and the food is delicious. We will be making Villa Selene a regular holiday for us from now on, can't wait to go again and again. Highly recommended.

Flowerseeker May 2014

The villa was well equipped, clean and tidy and the management team were excellent, friendly, helpful and efficient. The only thing missing was the Villa Book [we were the first clients of the season] and it soon arrived ... We loved sitting by the pool gazing at the mountains so much that we didn't need to make many sightseeing trips, but Chania was delightful, get there early if you want to park by the Fortress to the west of the harbour. There is an excellent book shop just round the corner facing the harbour, good maps and guide books. We liked the restaurant Portes on Portou. We had to go to Aptera as we could see the castle from the patio. It was a thoroughly enjoyable [free] visit, especially the fantastic views all around and the enormous Roman water cisterns underground. The location of the villa was gorgeous, we enjoyed the flower-lined walks to Gavalochri, both the top road with its mountain views and the shorter route past the amazing venetian wells, and the taverna by the war Memorial was just perfect.We strongly recommend the stuffed courgette flowers and the red pepper and feta dip, but everything was delicious. Do visit the museum while you're here. Almyrida was charming and sitting in a beach taverna here was a great way to spend several hours at lunchtime, when we visited in May there were no crowds. The Pear Tree Supermarket here was excellent, we can recommend their own wine, and they stocked lots of really local produce and always had time to explain and advise on cooking techniques and recommend things to try. We love cretan food... Thank you John for your help and advice, it was altogether a great holiday, it was all we could do to tear ourselves away. And the olive oil was really delicious too!

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Distances to locations

Nearest beach 2.5km Nearest bar 1km Nearest restaurant 1km Nearest supermarket 1km Chania International Airport 20km

Local activities

Boat hire 2.5km Climbing 20km Cycling 1km Fishing 2.5km Mountain biking 1km Swimming 2.5km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 10km Museum 18km Night club 2km Shopping 1km Theatre 18km Cinema 18km

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 2 December 2022 - 2 December 2025: changeover day is Saturday, bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Compulsory extras

  • Extra person

    £140.00 per week for each additional person if there are more than 4 people, paid with booking



4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 2 cots


2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool, Size 9m x 4.5m, Depth 1.2m to 1.6m


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, WiFi / WiFi, TV Languages in English, French, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 8, Dining area seats 8, Air conditioning throughout property, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, High chair, Car hire recommended


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Hen or stag groups, Infants, Single gender groups, Restricted mobility

Extra information

Note the pool has easy walk down steps


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