|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The property sits in a secluded environment near the village of Agioi Saranta with its own private swimming pool and spacious gardens. Villa Marina comfortably sleeps up to 6 people. There are two bedrooms with double beds, and a mezannine above the living room with two single beds, as well as two large sofa beds in the living room. The Villa has three bathrooms - one en suite, one upstairs and one downstairs. The large comfortable living room is equipped with TV, DVD and HiFi and leads directly to the balcony with its spectacular view of Afales Bay. Last but not least, the Villa provides a large and spacious kitchen, leading directly to the garden overlooking the Bay. The Villa is walking distance from the archaeological site School of Homer and from the secluded beach of Afales Bay. It is also 5 minutes driving distance from both the village of Stavros with plenty of amenities, and the fishing village of Frikes with its cafes and restaurants by the sea.
I live in Cyprus with my wife and three children. My wife and I both work but in recent years, whenever we find time we escape to the Island of Ithaki, since we have literally fallen in love with the place.
Yiannos purchased this villa in 2007
We love Ithaki because of its unspoiled and pristine environment, which is complimented by the Island's rich cultural heritage. The island's remoteness from the fuss of the city, its complete stillness and the hospitality of its inhabitants is a wonderful escape from everyday life.
Villa Marina is situated in a secluded environment, surrounded by pine and olive trees, overlooking Afales Bay. No matter how many times I have been the views from the property never seize to amaze me. The turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea combined with the greenery of the surrounding forests create unmatched scenery, very difficult to describe. During the day, we either spend time in the swimming pool or walk to Afales beach for snorkelling and fishing. At night, the absence of city lights illuminate the night sky making the Milky Way seem like a breath away.
"We arrived at the house and were just overwhelmed by the spectacular views. The house is great and has everything you will need. Our boys spent their days catching butterflies on the large terraces and swimming in the pool. There is a a beautiful small beach a stroll from the house where you can swim in clear blue water and be all alone for the day. There are also great walks from the house and a lovely restaurant stumbling distance away. A really special holiday, we will be back."
Mcguiness Family, UK - June 2012
"Thank you. We had a wonderful stay at the villa. The location was perfect - totally peaceful and the views were completely breath-taking. We spent hours sitting in the comfy outdoor chairs just lapping up the views. The villa itself was very spacious and the pool was a good size and always sparklingly clean."
Cooke Family, UK - August 2011
This was our third stay at Villa Marina and we have already booked for next year. The villa has everything you'll need for a family holiday and the owner is improving the villa year on year. You'll spend most of your time outside mesmerised by the stunning views, sunsets and sunrises. This is a magical place.
Really enjoyed our second stay in this house. Ithaka is very beautiful; there aren't any major attractions, but lots of short walks, and secluded (if pebbly) beaches. The house is comfortable rather than luxurious, but the terrace and pool are really good, with glorious views in all directions. There is a lovely beach only 10 minutes' walk away, but it is still nice to have a pool to cool off without leaving the terrace, Good restaurants within 10 minutes drive (in Stavros and Frikes). The booking and arrival arrangements were efficient and straightforward. We hope to return.
We had another wonderful stay in peaceful Villa Marina in lovely Ithaca. The villa has the most amazing view and all we could hear was the buzzing of insects and the chirping of birds.
The villa looks exactly as the photographs show and is very well equipped and most comfortable and clean.
This was our second stay at the villa and we have already booked for next year. We would recommend the villa to any friend or relative and -indeed- have already done so!
Any shortcomings of the villa are more than made up by the view and location. Couldn't recommend this highly enough. Although a part of me doesn't want to share my discovery!
We had a fabulous relaxing holiday at Villa Marina. The situation of the villa and the view across to Lefkada was utterly amazing and the villa was well equipped for our needs.
It was so lovely and quiet that on several days we found it hard to get our act together and explore the rest of the island and just sat soaking up the sun and the view.
When we did tear ourselves away we explored Exogi (fantastic views after a white knuckle car ride), walked down from the villa to the little beach (always deserted), swam in the little bays beyond Frikes, took a couple of guided walks in the evening (highly recommended), hired a boat from Kioni to explore deserted beaches and had a bit of retail therapy in Vathy.
If we weren't cooking for ourselves we generally went to Frikes in the evening, but the fresh fish from the fishmonger behind the main bar at Stavros and the meat from the little butchers shop were of exceptional quality, so we probably cooked every other evening. We also walked to little bar at the top of the lane on several evenings - the family that owned it and the locals were so welcoming and we met an exceptional little Greek boy there who spoke perfect English with an American accent!
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and will definitely return to Ithaka and to Villa Marina.
Margaret and John, Val and David - North Yorkshire.
Villa Marina has the very best view in Ithaca. We have holidayed in Ithaca many times and this is now our favourite house, so much so, that we have already booked for next year. We comfortably fitted in our family group of 5 adults, with the sunny terrace making an ideal spot for evening drinks. The house feels like a real, family holiday home rather than a sleek, purpose built modern villa. It has a quirky decor which the owners are slowly renovating. The swimming pool was well maintained and is a great feature of the villa. A family of swallows enjoyed it as much as we did - swooping down to take sips. We loved the rural setting, on the edge of the friendly village and enjoyed being within an easy stroll of Yefuri restaurant and the uncrowded small beaches. We only needed the car for bigger shopping trips, exploring and eating out in Frikes ( The Rementzo with Poppy & Nec) or Stavros. Any small problems that we had were dealt with very quickly. I would recommend the villa to anyone who loves the real Greece.
There are plenty of secluded beaches on the Island of Ithaca. The closest one to Villa Marina is Afales Bay, situated directly beneath the property. It is a 5 minute walk down on a paved road surrounded by forestry.
More information on how to get to Ithaca can be found on our website.
The village of Stavros with plenty of amenities is also 5 minutes driving distance from Villa Marina. The capital of the island, Vathy, is about 25 minutes drive from Aghii Saranta.
Due to its linkage to antiquity, the Island of Ithaca is flooded with archaeological sites. Perhaps the most important one and walking distance from Villa Marina is the School of Homer, which recent discoveries link it to the elusive palace of Odysseas and Penelope, and stage to the dramatic finale of The Odyssey.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Information on booking procedure, deposit and payments can be found under the "Terms" section of our web site (see link below).
The check in time to the Villa on the arrival day is from 2.00 pm and on the departure day the Villa must be vacated by 10.00 am. The Villa will be cleaned and checked for any damages prior to the next guest's arrival.