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Absolute Beach Front Residences, Right On The Beach, Walking to All Amenities! - Iris Luxury Beach Front Residence!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Iris Luxury Beach Front Residence!

This charmingly luxury holiday beach residence in Rethymno, boasts an enviable location with dramatic sea views of North Crete. Whether it's a couple's coastal retreat, or a family self-catering getaway- Iris Residence has it all! Lead through the wooden front gate and you are quite literally right on the beach, dig your toes in the sands and enjoy a classic seaside break at one of the most memorable beach retreats. 

The settings of this residence are a gift, being situated right on the beach with multiple broad and tall double doors functioning as portals inviting you to move seamlessly in and out. Amid all the grandeur of Iris Residence -- completely and elegantly reconstructed and refurbished with the fine appointments and finishes of the best private homes -- is the simplicity of water, light and air.

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About the property

Luxury Beach Front Residences!

The enviable location of Espera Beach Front Luxury Residence, is a gift, lying right on a sandy beach, at the quiet edge of the charming town of Rethymno. This charming holiday beach Villa boasts dramatic, unobstructed views of the Northern Cretan Sea, as well as the beach, the Fortezza Fortress and Rethymno bay.

Furthermore, the Villa’s position offers an exceptional combination of beauty and practical appeal, as it is just ten minutes walking to the Old City centre and all the relevant historic sites. Additionally, super markets, cafes, beach bars, bus station, pharmacy, banks and all other kinds of amenities are easily reached on foot or by bike, giving you the chance of having a totally car free holiday!


Espera Residence is well suited both as a couple's coastal retreat or a family’s self-catered getaway! Besides the fact that the Residence is fully equipped, completely and elegantly reconstructed and refurbished with the finest touches of the best private homes, it also encaptures the simplicity of water, light and air in all its grandeur. The Residence can accommodate up to 6 guests in its three spacious bedrooms.


The interior layout of Espera Beach Front Residence works beautifully. All set on the ground floor, the 145 m2 Villa is very convenient for families with small children or older people. Entering, the Villa features a modern, open-plan area where the living room area and the fully equipped kitchen are located. Double doors lead directly to the private pool and terrace. Some steps further you will find the elegantly decorated bedrooms, bedecked in fine linens and cloud-soft pillows to ensure a blissful night's sleep. There are also two modern bathrooms, one of them featuring a bath tub and the other one with a shower cabin, providing the perfect space to pamper yourself after a long day at the beach and sea!


Multiple broad and tall double doors functioning as portals inviting you to move seamlessly in and out. Lead through the wooden front gate and you are quite literally right on the beach, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy a wonderful seaside break. The 100 m2 outside area is a perfect haven in which to kick back and relax, whether it’s just the two of you enjoying a romantic escape or you’re sharing the space with family and friends. Allow your self to enjoy the stunning private swimming pool (6x3 meters and 1.2 meters deep), which is wonderfully lit at night, and relax at the grassy garden or sunny slate terrace to the sounds of the sea. Have a homemade meal with traditional local products and prepare it at the BBQ facilities available at the terrace. At the outside dinning area, under the shade of a white linen umbrella, enjoy an unforgettable al fresco supper experience. The front deck, which faces directly to the sea, has the best sunset views, perfect to enjoy the real Mediterranean feel. This is the perfect area from which to fully appreciate your spectacular setting!

Provided Services

-Taxi and Minivan private Transfers can be arranged from and to the airport of your choice, as well as for any other destination of your preference (with extra charge).

-Babysitting service can also be scheduled, either by hour or by the day (6€ per hour).

-Luggage storage is available for our guests, in case of early arrival or late departure, free of charge.

-Dry cleaning service (with extra charge)

-Daily breakfast and Private chef menus can be provided upon request (with extra charge)

-Concierge service. An associate of Iris & Espera Residences will be at the reception desk daily to assist you with anything you might need.

-Residence Pre stocking available upon request.

Property Notes:

- Welcome basket included, courtesy of the owner.

- Housekeeping, towels and linen changes twice a week.

- Free parking space in the street besides the Villa and plenty of space for your bicycles!

- Air-conditioning in all bedrooms and living room area is included.

- Complimentary free Wi-Fi coverage is available throughout the villa.

- 24h/7days ThinkVilla concierge service included.

- All in-house electronics are available, including plasma TVs with satellite reception in all bedrooms and lining room, a washing machine, dishwasher, mp3/CD and DVD players, large fridge with freezer, electric stove, kettle, toaster, cooking utensils, microwave, espresso machine, blender, vacuum cleaner, iron and iron board.

- Check-in time after 16:00 pm. Check-out time before 11:00 am.

EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 1041Κ91003046001.

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Quoted prices include all taxes and services, housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, A/C and welcome offer. There are no hidden costs. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.


Rethimno Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • After a day spent exploring streets and squares, have a convenient and comfortable bathroom all to yourself is a necessity and a pleasure to be reckoned with!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Satellite TV and A/C.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Satellite TV and A/C.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Satellite TV and A/C.
  • All bedrooms are air conditioned and the mattresses are very comfortable! Guests can enjoy a good night's sleep, thanks to the peace and quiet of the village!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • 1 bicycles
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Additional Services Upon Request, at extra charge: Babysitting, Private Chef, Massage, Delivery of Personal Shopping, Regional Breakfast, Boat Trips, Car rental, Airport transfer, Yoga private lessons, Personal trainer, Spa treatments, Pastry Cook, Tour guide, Activities and excursions, Additional cleaning and linen changes, Personal Laundry service, Traditional cooked food delivery, Personal driver, Doctor on Call, Security, Organising and planning a special event (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.) and anything else that you might think!


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Iris Luxury Beach Front Residence!
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews
Durham United kingdom

Beautiful property in an ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived really late at night Lina was waiting for us, drinks, fruit and basics ready in the fridge we cant thank her enough. The property is beautifully furnished and contains everything you could need to enjoy your holiday, even down to a fully stocked medicine box they have thought of everything.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Liz, thank you for writing such great things about our Villa and services! We hope to have the chance to host you again in the future! Best regards, Think Villa Team.
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Fantastic villa and location.

  • 5 of 5

We returned from a fabulous week in the Iris villa in Rethymno. The villa is exactly as the photos look. The children loved the pool and the inflatables that were there. The location was really good as well with access to the beach. There is a bakery and mini market at the top of the road which was very convenient for us! Also the local restaurants were lovely with amazing views. The walk into the town was a bit much for young children and grandparents combined so we used the excellent taxi service which was reliable and always 5 Euros, well worth it to keep everyone happy! I would recommend this villa to a family and would return ourselves in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard, thank you so much for recommending our villa to other travellers and we hope to have you back soon! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Lovely apartment but location not great

  • 3 of 5

Property was lovely, beach Ok, town great, walk from apartment to town not great, sun beds on the beach didn't work as most days used by members of the public.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, thank you for taking the time to review your stay in our Villa and we really appreciate the feedback. First of all allow me to sincerely apologise for any the inconvenience caused during your holidays. At Think Villa we take pride of exceeding guests’ expectations and making our guests feel at home choosing our villas. However, please allow us to mention that the beach in front of the Villa is public, and not private. The sun beds are meant only for our guests, but sometimes other people may use them, as they may believe that are public as well. However, our stuff, which is present daily, make sure to check that the sun beds are available for our guests. We really wish you would have asked us about that during your stay, as we would have explained that and you wouldn’t have experienced this discomfort, as we are operating the Villa for several years and never had similar complaints. Allow us also to reassure you that we are all, as a team, seeking to exceed guest expectations staying with us & our main priority is to make all our guests happy and feel at home when staying with us. Once again thank you very much for your feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again coming back "home" soon. Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Calgary, Alberta - Canada


  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about our stay in this beautiful luxury villa! Marianna and Lina were amazing hosts! The view, the house and the food were all spectacular. If we are lucky enough to visit Crete again in the future; this is without a doubt the place we will be staying. Thank you again Lina and Marianna for everything, you made our trip to Greece one to remember!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dominique , thank you for giving us a perfect rating and we hope to welcome you again in our Villa! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Little spot of luxury in a developing town

  • 4 of 5

When we first arrived at the location of the villa, I was a little worried as it at the back of a main road and in a part of Rethymnon that is being done up. However once you enter the villa from the back on the garden (which is modern and well maintained with plenty of loungers and seating) you realise that you are staying in your own little piece of modern luxury. Spacious, open and with all the facilities you will need it made our holiday special. The owner is so welcoming and helpful with advice, numbers and recommendations (and not to forget) the welcome pack she provided made you feel at home.

The view across the sea that stretches across the North coastline of the island put smiles on our faces every day and night.

The walk into rethymnon is a bit longer than what is stated I would say 20 mins to reach the outskirts and another 10-15 to reach the centre. But if you dont mind the walk it can be lovely if you take the coastline.

Make sure you visit the Restaurant Prima Plora which is a 5-10 mins walk from the villa (turn right as you come out of the villa) the views, food and service are so good.

The old fort is amazing to see and is huge! Lots of good bars and restaurants in rethymnon itself spoilt for selection.

The beach outside the villa is a bit of a let down if you were expecting sand. However the beach bar (out of the villa turn left 2 mins away) just up from the villa is worth the visit.

All the people we came across were incredibly friendly.

We also visited king minos palace which is good if you don't mind a drive and are into greek mythology.

Oh and on a final note the cab firm that Valia works with Cretan taxi, are amazing lovely drivers, water and internet in the cars and very helpful.

All in all a wonderful stay. Would highly recommend this villa and part of crete to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, we are truly happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are looking forward to welcome you "home" again! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Perfect villa and location

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing holiday at villa Iris, so much so that we didn't want to go home, so we didn't and extended our stay! The villa itself has everything you need, it's well appointed and you can step directly onto the beach. The location is perfect, with everything you need on your doorstep including some fantastic restaurants such a Prima plora, as well the old town in easy reach. The owner is more than helpful and genuinely cares about you having a great holiday. Highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Debbie, thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review about our Villa! Regards, ThinkVilla Team.
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Property Manager

Valia Kokkinou
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Valia Kokkinou

My name is Valia Kokkinou and Ι am a property manager, graduate of Glion Hotel Management School. I feel very fortunate to have joined some of the worlds most luxurious hospitality brands, such as, Leading Hotels of the World and after many years of studies and traveling around the world, to return to my birthplace, Rethymno,Greece.

I have recently created a brand new company, Think Villa, based in the wonderful town of Rethymno, whose main concept focuses on an authentic form of tourism. Here, me and my colleagues offer a hearty welcoming to all those who wish to escape the city life and have a chance to live locally. We are always at your disposal, in order to provide personalised and professional services to all our guests!

The combination of our passion for our work, our devotion, our wish and will to offer you a great holiday experience and our local expertise background, guarantee that your trip will be as dreamed and planned, leaving you with nothing but memorable moments and pleasant feelings!

At your arrival day, it is always the owners of the property of your choice, that will welcome and greet you, but I will also be available for communication, any questions that may occur and anything else you may need!

Your hosts and me personally, will take care of all the details of your holiday, responsible for your day to day needs, seven days a week – making recommendations and reservations, organising anything you may require and always be at the end of the line, in case of any problems.

Prior to your arrival, I will get in touch with you to make sure that your hosts will be waiting for you in the property and welcome you to your holiday home or even arrange a meeting point for them to pick you up, if needed! We will also arrange any other details, from special dietary requirements to particular requests!

Don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information or if there is anything else you may want to ask!

Welcome to Crete!

Why Valia Kokkinou chose Rethimno

Unique Position, a great option for a luxury retreat by the sea! Two very comfortable and modern houses, in town!

What makes this villa unique

Beach front properties on a great sandy Beach, unique sea views, in Rethymno town! Car is not essential!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Sigal says...

My parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my husband and I had a wonderful time at this beautiful apartment! The place is perfect for a relaxed, fun, quiet vacation. The (very!) nearby beach is beautiful, the pool is fun, and the entire apartment is clean, perfectly decorated and well equipped, with relaxing atmosphere. The place is not far from Rethymnon historic center with restaurants, grocery stores and shops close by, yet we enjoyed the peaceful, quiet atmosphere. Marianna and John (and their wonderful family!) are generous and amazing hosts, and made us feel at home with 5 stars quality. They took care of everything we needed and made sure we had everything necessary for the perfect vacation. Thank you!
Aug 2014
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Koumbes Beach
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Paradise Dive Center
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Archaeological Museum -- CLOSED
"The museum’s collections include findings from caves, settlements and cemeteries. This Museu..."
Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete
"Located in Rethymno, this museum’s collections have emerged through the quests of Greek arti..."
Prima Plora
"The atmosphere and the view of lovely restaurant, which means Bow and Stern, is beautiful as..."
Mojo Burgers
"Located very close to the Venetian Harbour in a small side street, Mojo Burgers is a great c..."
Piraeus Bank
"Opening hours for banks are from 08:00 to 14.30 hours, Monday to Thursday and from 08:00 to ..."
Mytilinaios Bros S.A.
"A butcher shop where you can buy fresh meat, you can also find traditional cold cuts like ap..."
Noulis Cafe
"Daily you can find pies and croissants for your breakfast, ice creams and coffee. Tel: 003..."
Restaurant Taverna Galera
"Just on the outskirts of Rethymon, very close to the Villa, this traditional Greek restauran..."
CABLE Rethymno Bar Restaurant (CAVO Rethymno Bar Restaurant)
"Cavo Restaurant & Bar is an excellent choice for your drinks or cocktails and also for lunch..."
"Two kinds of petrol can be found in the local petrol stations: unleaded and diesel. Please a..."
Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
500 Metres
Rethymno Mini Golf
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
EO Rethymnou/Herakliou/Chanion
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Absolute Right on the Beach
Car: not necessary

The position of the residences offer an exceptional combination of beauty and practical appeal. These residences are settled at the quiet edge of the charming Rethymno city, in a ten minutes walking distance. All the relevant historic sites are easily reached on foot. The city of Rethymno is an ideal tourist destination for visitors who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage and the natural beauties of Crete. This well-organized city offers to visitors a variety of picturesque routes to follow and numerous historical monuments to visit.

There is nothing that is inconvenient from here, super markets, cafes, beach bars, bus station, pharmacy, banks….all reached on foot or by bike! Great for car free holidays!

Although, if you insist on renting a car, you can park it in the street beside the houses. Gratefully, there is plenty of space for your bicycles. Part of the hip new Rethymno is going by bike—with skirts and high hills if you please.