5 bed luxury villa in south east Crete
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About Steve Wright
We live in Leeds, England where we run our property business letting out to students and young professionals.
Steve Wright purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Steve Wright chose Makry Gialos
We first became aware of the area when we were marketing Lagada Resort. We loved the area so much we bought a plot of land for ourselves. It took 4 years to build the villa but what a result! The Cretans are lovely people and especially those in south east Crete where the pace of life is much slower.
What makes this Villa unique
We have deliberately made the villa self sufficient so if you just want to relax with your family and friends, you can. Everything is provided, heated pool, BBQ, Wii, Playstation and wi-fi; it's the perfect party house! If you want to explore, the coastline abounds with beaches and small coves or go up into the mountains and visit tiny villages. For the more adventurous, there are numerous gorges to walk. And for the culture vulture, delve into Crete's Minoan history. Makrygialos has numerous restaurants or venture a little further for even more choice. We've wriitten fact sheets for all sorts of topics such as food and restaurants, things to do and see. Just ask and we'll email it to you.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Children are most definitely welcome. Children are most definitely welcome.
Pets allowed - Dogs accepted. They must on the ground floorDogs accepted. They must on the ground floor
Smoking allowed - Smoking is permitted but STRICTLY OUTSIDE ONLYSmoking is permitted but STRICTLY OUTSIDE ONLY
Max guests: 11
Really relaxing, just what we needed!!
We booked this holiday as a last minute booking. Everything went as smoothly as we could’ve wished.
We used the BBQ and swimming pool everyday. We have teenage kids, so they just wanted to hang out and chill at the villa and pool. In fact, in 8 days we only ate out twice because of the amazing local food you can buy from the town. The butchers was just wow wow wow. Great fruit, veg and wine (all from the wine shop) and bakers.
I’d say a car is pretty essential, just to pop into town to get provisions as the walk is not easy in the heat due to road conditions and heat. There is a bus...but again, the heat (we had between 37-41c) would not make the wait desirable but then again, we have teenage kids!
Be prepared for slow WiFi...it’s Crete after all, so you won’t get super speeds you ‘re used to in the UK and other parts of Europe but it does work. Patience and route in holiday...it was good enough to get BBC news and make a booking for a day out excursion.
Overall 5/5 stay. We’d recommend it and we’d definitely go back.
We are so p[leased you had a great holiday
We look forward to welcoming you back some day
Amazing get away
Once we arrived at Villa Danae, we were impressed, the pictures are not doing any justice. The house is perfect, everything was there to have a comfortable stay. The view from each room is amazing. The location is quiet, and you have to drive to get to the beach, or just enjoy the wonderful pool. We did several day trips to different cities and beaches, but there is also a beautiful secluded, almost private beach, just a 8 min drive away. Communication with the property manager Tony was easy and he responded to every request immediately. We truly enjoyed our stay there. We usually don’t stay at the same place twice, but we would consider coming there again.
We are so please you had a great holiday
We look forward to welcoming you back
Wonderful family holiday
We had a lovely stay. The villa was spacious and the pool a dream. We enjoyed using the barbecue and eating outside. We didn't have the use of the PlayStation although this arrived while we were there. No doubt its all set up now. The villa is not far from Makrigialos where we met a very warm and welcoming family who run the food shop and restaurant next door.
We definitely recommend this villa.
A lovely relaxing holiday (once you had made the awful journey on the approaching road).
The villa was absolutely superb with all the necessary items needed for a comfortable stay. It was very clean on arrival, the pool attendant came most days to change the filter, and the housekeeping attended at the end of our first week.
We only had a couple of problems, for example the kettle gave up on us after the first day but it was quickly replaced albeit with a model that did not switch off automatically.
The second problem was the cooking hob. This did not seem to work very well if the "locked key" had been activated because the hob had not been in use for about a day. This problem was reported to the management company.
It would be more comfortable if a window/door blind was fitted in the kitchen, because when cooking the evening meal the sun level was such that it glared into the room making "blind spots" when moving from the hob to a working surface. This was at approximately 6pm untl 7pm.
Never the less the Villa Danae is an excellent venue for a holiday. We have been taking villa holidays for over twenty years and this property numbers very highly in "best villa".
Many thanks for your review; we are delighted to hear that you had a great holiday and that housekeeping issues were addressed promptly
We really appreciate your suggestions and have passed them on to our team in Crete. No-one else has had any problem with the electric hob so maybe it was just lack of familiarity with the lock button.
As you say, the villa is an excellent place for a holiday, as our numerous 5* reviews testify, and we are so pleased to hear that it features very highly in your “best villas” list.
We look forward to welcoming you back one day
Fantastic villa in unspoilt part of Crete
After taking villa holidays for ourselves and extended family over the last 8 years Villa Danae is one of the best.
Everything from initial contact with the owner was great, the booking, travel instructions, recommendations when we were there and so on. The villa was as described and reviewed, spacious, well equipped with stunning views of both mountains and sea. The tranquility only broken by our grandkids having fun in the pool.
A car is essential but it is only a short drive to sandy swimming bays and the little town where the locals could not have been more welcoming or hospitable.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear you had such a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back one day. By the way, we're on Facebook (www.facebook.com/villadanaecrete). Feel free to spread the word with friends and family!
The nearest beach is 10/15 minute walk, 5 minute drive.
The beach in Makrygialos is a 10 minute drive
There are numerous beaches all along this coastline.
The main airport is Heraklion, about 1.5-2 hours drive.
Numerous airlines fly from main UK & European airports to Heraklion. Ask us for advice.
Come to Crete in spring to explore the mountains, gorges and countryside, before it gets really hot!
A car is recommended
There are numerous restaurants, supermarkets, banks, ATMs within easy reach of the villa including a butcher who supplies all your meat for your BBQ and a patisserie for yummy cakes and desserts. Horse riding is available about 30 minutes away (west) in Ierapetra and about an hour away (east) in Kato Zakros