If you are looking for a holiday in the sun in perhaps the most beautiful area of Western Crete, in a luxury detached villa with Stunning sea views, a large pool shared with just 4 other villas, on the edge of Plaka, close to Almirida sandy beach then try Villa Emilia. Villa Emilia is fully licensed by the Greek Tourist Organisation EOT, licence Number 1042K92003266001 The Villa is very well equipped and clean with spacious kitchen, dining area, lounge, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outside, the private gated poolside patio surrounded by mature gardens is ideal for relaxing in private on sun beds or firing up the BBQ. All the grounds are enclosed and gated. Several terraces / patios offer shade or sun and various dining areas open and covered. Plaka village square is 5 mins walk, has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and is renowned for its excellent tavernas and twisting backlanes abloom with bougainvilleas. There are a few café/bars and a minimarket. 5 mins drive down the hill in Almyrida are more shops, bakeries etc with tavernas, bars and fish restaurants lining the sandy beach front.
Villa in Plaka, Nr. Almirida, Crete - Near Countryside And Beach, Stunning Sea Views
About Norman Kettlewell
We are an english based couple who have been visiting the Greek islands for many years.We fell in love with Western Crete and decided to buy a house in Plaka in 2004. We still love it as much today as we did when we bought it. Every care is taken to maintain the property to the highest standard
Why Norman Kettlewell chose Plaka
Its perfectly situated overlooking souda bay in the Cretan village of Plaka with easy access to the blue flag beach in Almyrida.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Home from Home
I really cannot rate this place high enough. Myself and the wife have visited Emilia for that last 2 years and both times it really has been a home from home. Fantastic location, nearby in the traditional Greek square you can find 4 fabulous restaurants and some lovely drinking hideouts and only a 10 minute drive or 30 minute walk (all downhill) from the beach. The villa itself was immaculately clean and had everything from spare plugs to literature about the local area and things to do. The shared pool area and private garden is kept to the highest standards and lazy afternoons by the pool surrounded by lime, lemon and pomegranate For the last 2 years we have booked our flights for the following year and we look forward to returning this year. Thank you to Norman and Dawn for everything and for letting us stay at your amazing home :)
Villa Emila is a beautiful property, plenty of places to sit outside, veranda, pool and fantastic views from the balcony. Well kitted our and very comfortable. We will definitely come back after having made beautiful memories. Karen&Michael
Amazing Villa with Stunning views
This was our second visit to Villa Emilia. The description is as it says.
The villa is located a short walk from the local square.
The Villa is situated in a lovely, peaceful area, with stunning gardens and lovely pool.
The villa is comfortable, clean and suitable for all the family.
Beautiful villa great location
We had a brilliant time at Villa Emilia. Loved being able to walk to the village with its various restaurants. The walk.back was very steep but short and helped walk off the huge portions and free Raki. It was a lovely friendly group of 5 villas sharing a pool which was never crowded. Villa well equipped and a real find. We loved our stay
Our first impressions of Villa Emilia were excellent. This lovely home contained everything we needed for a great stay. It was equipped to a very high standard. The outside furniture looked new, which was lovely for the lazy days when we did very little. It was comfy and clean and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. This villa has three super outside spaces and the pool and surrounding area was clean and safe. The gates to the villa would ensure safety for young children. Loads of pool toys, not that we used them! The washing machine was used a couple of times, as was the iron and ironing board, both looked fairly new (maybe just not used by other holiday makers!) We didn’t see the cleaners but they did a lovely job with our mid stay clean. The villa is perfectly situated for walks to Plaka village for the supermarket and tavernas. After lazy days and some evening meals in the village we walked home via “cardiac hill” - try it, you’ll know what I mean!! Short drive to a couple of local beaches or to eat slightly further away. Our favourite beach was Kalyves, nice eating places too. Being so hot, the bedroom fan and aircon made for a cooler nights sleep. All in all, one of the best villas we have stayed in. Would absolutely recommend it and wouldn’t hesitate to rebook. Two weeks wasn’t enough. Thank you Norman, Dawn and Team.
Beautiful - relaxing - perfection
A huge thank you to Dawn and Norman for our stay at Emilia. We really couldn't have wished for a more beautiful villa in such a wonderful area of Crete. The long relaxing days and nights mixed with adventures to Lake Kournas, Elafonissi, Kalyves and Georgioupolis (not to mention others) were an ideal way to spend out holiday. Plaka Square was always alive and friendly, definitely recommend Takis and Harokopas, the food is to die for!! All in all we cannot explain in enough words just how much we have enjoyed our stay at Villa Emilia, all we can say is that we will see you again 15th-25th September 2018. Thank you once again for so many great memories.
Chris & Sarah (Sheffield)
Almirida is the nearest beach, just a few minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from Plaka Square and is a lovely village with golden sands and a small, pretty fishing harbour at the end of the beach.
The beach has the blue flag award and the sea is shallow and shelves gently so is really safe for children and because the sea is shallow it warms quickly in the sun.
The beach is lined with several excellent Tavernas and a fish restaurant where you can enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine.
2 airports serve Crete and can be reached by car taxi or public transport.
Chania - the nearest to Villa Emilia is around 23 Km easy drive with all instructions provided. HERAKLION - Further at about 130 Km but a very easy and pretty 1 1/2 to 2 hours costal drive right out of the airport onto the National Highway (dual carriageway) for nearly all the journey. Again full instructions are provided.
Souda is the nearest Port at around 15km.
Car recommended but not essential.
Villa Emilia sits just inside the Village boundary in an excellent elevated position overlooking the pretty Plaka Village with its whitewashed narrow streets and its abundance of bougainvillea and geraniums and is 5 mins walk from the Villa.
a few mins drive from Plaka. Visit and buy souvenirs at the glass blowing factory.
Chania is a must, a highly recommended day out - 23km
Try Limnoupolis Water Park and Georgopolis,
Our guest book details all the places to visit.
Villa Emilia has a perfect location making it an ideal holiday base for sun worshippers as well as walkers, and anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of Western Crete. Situated overlooking the popular Cretan village of Plaka with stunning views of Souda Bay to the front of the villa and the White mountains to the south. The villa is 5 minutes walk to the village square where you will find a number of tavernas and bars as well as a couple of minimarkets. The nearest beach is the blue flag beach at Almirida, just 5 minutes drive from the villa (or 15 minutes on foot). Here there are watersports, numerous restaurants and car hire.
The beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania is approx 23kms to the west and is accessible by car or public transport, and Chania market is a must on Saturday mornings. There are many places to visit in the surrounding area such as the beach resort of Kalives, and the villages of Vamos, Gavalchori, Armeni, Kefalas etc. Details of places to visit including the waterpark at LIminopoluis are all provided in the detailed guest book in the villa, along with maps and local information.
Additional guest comments;
We found your villa to be of a very high standard and very well equipped and beds were comfy. We enjoyed all the views from split levels and the privacy from the garden with sunloungers. Many thanks for the welcome goodies, we had travelled for a long time with the children and to find many of the basics (plus wine ;) ) was a god-send. The plants and flowers are very pretty, the staff we saw were friendly and polite. We loved the BBQ and bought local meat which was lovely. The kids loved the pool and now can all swim!
Many thanks again and hope to stay in your villa again soon.
Georgina Aug 2010
We had a lovely time. The villa was great and had everything we needed. It was in a great spot, amazing view and really reasonably priced. The instructions from the airport were perfect as well.
Nicola Sep 2010
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: All prices are in UK pounds and include a free welcome pack of groceries/wine to get you going on your first day, all utility bills, weekly maid service, linen, towels, air-conditioning and use of safe and cot. A 25% deposit is required for booking and the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. Also at this time there is a refundable security bond payable of £100 to cover damages. loss of safe key and cost of telephone calls etc. Changeover Day: The preferred changeover day is Tuesday or Saturday but this can be flexible.