Secluded location, private pool, spectacular sea views, short walk to the beach
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
Why Yiannos chose Ithaki
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.
What makes this Villa unique
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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We had the most wonderful two weeks in this lovely property at the beginning of August, thank you so much to Anthony, Jim and Britta, who have all been amazing! The villa is stunning and the views are amazing. We loved the quirkiness and were really happy to see air-conditioning in one of the bedrooms. It would be great, if the second bedroom could follow suit, as we felt a bit sorry for our daughter in her room :) The island is gorgeous, probably now our favourite, with stunning beaches, breathtaking vistas and no crowds (in August!!!). So peaceful! Britta, who looks after the pool, is a real gem. We loved meeting her and her little dog and she gave us lots of advice. The house was also spotless when we got there, thank you! We really hope to be visiting again in the future. A holiday of a lifetime! We even swam with dolphins when we hired a boat for the day! Thank you again for having us!
Idyllic location for a blissful holiday
The view from the Villa took our breath away, and delighted us for the whole week.
Arrangements were easy and reliable, and the villa contained everything we could need. We found the small idiosyncracies, like the slightly challenging spiral staircase added to the attraction of this exceptionally beautiful place. We had a wonderful time and would love to return, thank you.
The views were amazing and property great for the two of us
We really enjoyed a relaxing holiday. The local village had small shops that stocked all you needed. We walked to the restaurant at the top of the road - very good food although Mediterranean rather than Greek. We love the beach at Stavros and the beach front restaurants at Frikes. We were met and guided to the villa. It was clean and spacious and the kitchen well equipped. Britta who looked after the house was full of local knowledge.
We have been visiting for lots of years and it never disappoints. For people who love Greece, stunning views and don’t want/need to be surrounded by houses and people. A friendly very Greek village.
Stunning Villa, beautiful views, fabulous owners and managers! Ithaka Magic
Villa Marina gave my family by far the most magical memorable holiday imaginable. Right from the booking process with Anthony through to help from Demetris on arrival the experience was made enjoyable and easy. The Villa is well equipped, spacious airy and quirky. It is totally charming. The large patio with views that would be hard to beat from anywhere in the world provided the most wonderful outside area to enjoy the sunshine whilst the kids played in the perfect pool. I would definately say we found our little piece of paradise. In fact we found it hard to tear ourselves away from the villa to explore the beautiful island. The goat bells on the hills in the morning, the birds dipping the pool and bat watching in the evening are memories that will stay with us forever. There are lovely places to eat, Yafuri restaurant a short walk away, or plenty of choice in the charming village Stavros. We loved our local beach Afalys Bay but there are so many fantastic places to explore although some of the drives to them can be very hairy! Britta the amazing lady who came to change linin and clean the pool was just fabulous, she rescues dogs and cats on the island so ask her about her shelter that you can visit. She will also give you local tips etc. On arrival look for the visitor book as it gives lots of ideas and recommendations of where to go and eat etc. Honestly we cannot recommend the villa or owners highly enough (although I'm slightly loathe to as I would like to keep it a secret!) We had the peaceful holiday of a lifetime and we hope one day to return. My 3 daughters did not miss lack of bustle as there is so much entertainment with pool and beaches. Thank you so much Anthony for all your help assurance fantastic recommendations. Also thank you Demetris and Britta. Love from Alex, Aaron, Daisy, Robin and Eliza Dungey from Cornwall. Xxx
Fantastic setting; lovely terrace and pool
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.
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.