|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Designed for indoor / outdoor living the ground floor living area opens onto an outdoor dining area covered with a pergola with steps leading down into the 10 x 5 m pool. There is a huge pool area with 12 wooden sun loungers and a large outdoor sofa ; all of which enjoy panoramic views of Navarone Bay. The villa is set on a plateau 100 metres above sea level and 400 m back from the sea and overlooks the 6 star Acqua Grande hotel on the beach front where you can use the spa facilities. The villa is set in large grounds of 2000m2 and feels private. Outside there is a traditional Greek barbecue and outside speakers for the stereo. Inside is furnished individually with a mixture of antique and modern furniture very much as our home. The villa is well equipped with plasma TV, satellite, DVD, wifi , stereo, Air con throughout, power showers, fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer and ice maker for those all important cocktails. A welcome pack of food and wine is provided.
I was fortunate to be able to step back from full time work early in life and wanted to build summer and winter holiday homes that we would like to return to again and again.
I had found it surprisingly hard to rent holiday properties that really work over the years and set about places which we could enjoy initially without children with friends; and now with our very young family and other families
My wife and I hope that you enjoy it and merely ask you to respect and treat it as you would your own home
Rosalie Carr purchased this villa in 2006
Lindos captivated me when I was 21 with its unspoilt charm and buzzing bars and restaurants hewn out of the interiors of old fishermans cottages which remain intact and give character.
Rhodes is a large island and provides something for everyone. It is a long way south and has sun 300 days a year; it has every variety of watersports available; it has history for me with the legacy of the crusades and the Colussus in Rhodes old town together with the Italian occupation legacy; spas for my wife and surprises with the quality and variety of restaurants in Lindos. It is a great island to explore with hillside towns , walks; family destinations such as waterpark; a butterflly trail; golf, shopping, day trips to Turkey, scuba diving boat hire - we still have not covered it after 6 years
We built the villa because we had found it a challenge to find rental homes for holidays that worked with a quality 'at home' feel of being well and individually furnished and with views, plus all the modern conveniences of a hotel from wifi and plasma TV down to quality linen; but with the flexibility of a home in which to entertain family and friends rather than be restricted to a hotel room and public areas.
We hope that we have achieved this in a location where we can go to local hotels to use spas and watersports and also to be able to enjoy great local restaurants or simply barbecue at home around the pool and make a cocktail , enjoy the sunset and put our own music on.
It works for us and our many friends who have stayed and we hope that you enjoy it too.
We have had the MOST fabulous stay at Villa Athena to celebrate a big birthday. The villa was full (12) and worked perfectly for us - both just to hang out in by the pool and for the main event. The Villa is well set up and the accommodation is very comfortable. Catering for that number of people was easy in the well appointed and equipped kitchen and the space provided meant that no one felt they were cramped. This is topped off by the infinity pool - which was at the perfect temperature for the time of year - and the fabulous view of Navaronne Point. The interior design is very pleasing and all is well maintained and in working order.
The local beaches are many and varied in Lindos and Pefkos and for that quick dip in the early evening the sea can be reached on foot! Furthermore the Island provided ample attractions - boat trips, walks and the Acropolis in Lindos to name but a few - and fine choice of good restaurants for those evenings and lunches when you want to chill in Lindos, Pefkos and Kiotari.
In short - we thoroughly enjoyed the Villa and I can't think of one thing that fell short of our expectations.
We had a fabulous week in Villa Athena for our summer holiday. We had been to Lindos a few years back and always said we would go back as it such as beautiful place. Our 2nd visit didn't disappoint. Blue skies, sunny days and lots of lazing by the pool or on the beach, interspersed with excessive eating and drinking in one of the many great tavernas within striking distance of the villa. The villa itself was beautiful, set high up on the hillside with incredible views out over the sea and the imposing cliffs. Everything was perfect and the owners were a pleasure to deal with - we asked lots of questions before booking and they responded to all of them with patience and good humour. Our kids are already set on going back next year. Highly recommended for anyone who likes peace and quiet with a bit of luxury thrown in.
We stayed a week in the villa in August with 2 families (including 4 children ranging between 6-10 yrs old). The villa was very well situated - close to Lindos town - an idyllic village with great shops and amazing restaurants - ranging from the cheap & cheerful tavernas to upmarket restaurants with amazingly diverse & delicious menus.
The villa is close to many beautiful beaches where we enjoyed fun activities such as sailing, water parks with slides, water skiing asking amongst others. We enjoyed our excursions on foot to the luxury hotel at the bottoms of the hill for a spot of shopping in the fantastic boutique, relaxing massage and cocktails by the beach.
The villa itself has an amazing infinity pool overlooking a beatiful bay and plenty of (outdoor) space for children to run around in, play football, beach tennis, etc. The villa is beautifully decorated - great attention to detail and lovely artefacts everywhere in the house. Good bathrooms with properly working showers, comfortable beds, luxury towels and linen. The kitchen is well designed and very well equipped including a brilliant fridge with ice maker. There is a big tv with DVD player and a good internet/wifi network connection. The airconditioning in every room was a real blessing as sleeping without it would have been a challenge at the height of summer. All in all we had a fantastic time and will define go back for a repeat!
We were all excited about returning to the beautiful villa Athena for a second year and we were not disappointed. The villa is exactly as described with clean, comfortable rooms, wonderfully furnished and giving a real sense of home which immediately makes you feel relaxed.
The layout of the pool, so close to the outside dining space, is perfect for manoeuvring yourself effortlessly from the morning’s sun bathing and swimming to the table for lunch in the shade. The steps down to the pool provide easy access for anyone with reduced mobility (we had octogenarians in our party who swam each day) and a popular place to sit and cool yourself in the shade from the afternoon sun. Plus, the view from here is stunning, right out over Navarone Bay, where you can watch small boats going to and fro and the lights twinkling in the evening. Cooking facilities at the villa are excellent with a well fitted kitchen and outdoor BBQ.
Further afield, Lindos and its wonderful restaurants are in easy reach by taxi, which are reasonably priced and always readily available despite us needing two or three at a time to cope with our numbers. Our favourite place was the restaurant and beach at Pefkos where we enjoyed hiring a boat and then discussing our exploits over some very good food.
Alex, the manager, was really helpful and did everything to make our stay enjoyable. Even to the point where, at the end of the holiday, one of us left an iPad behind. Alex immediately contacted us and kindly delivered it to a place several miles away where we were able to retrieve it.
Villa Athena offers something for everyone (our party’s ages ranged from mid 80’s to 6) and we would definitely recommend this beautiful place to family and friends.
Villa Athena was perfect for 3 families; each family could be on a different floor with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom each. The kitchen was well-equipped for 11 of us and the TV and sound system were great. The house is well situated - a 5 minute drive to Lindos, beaches, and all water sports very nearby. Sightseeing, boat trips and fantastic restaurants close by too.
We were a group of friends and family celebrating a major birthday. The villa was perfect for our needs. A real treat. Plenty of space, comfortable beds, fantastic views and best of all the ice maker. We want one at home now. The house is well provisioned with everything you need. A great pool, plenty of sun loungers and an outside BBQ. We ate in all the recommended restaurants and were not disappointed. The beach in front is definitely worth a visit. The local boats stop there to snorkel. Its crystal clear and great for swimming. We also chartered a yacht one day - Yin Yang which was the highlight of the week. The brochures are in the draw.
The beach shared with Aqua Grande hotel in front of the villa is 400m away is good but not at the level of the spectacular St Pauls Bay beach 1 km away underneath Lindos. There are many great quality beaches including Pefkos 1 km south , Glystra 4km south next to the beach of Lindian Village hotel (one of Leading Hotels of the World) where we go for lunch and hire waterski and catamarans. Prassonisi 25 km south is the site of world windsurf championships and boards and lessons can be hired
Flights to Rhodes airport are operated from the Uk by Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson , Jet 2 and there are direct flights form Italy and Germany with e dreams , airberlin
From the airport it is an easy 40 minute drive south to the villa along the coastal road. We recommend hiring a car with www.holidayautos.com whicis cheap and allows all of Rhodes many attractions to be reached
The villa is 1 km south of beautifully preserved Lindos which is dominated by a 2400 year old Acropolis and has great quality restaurants and bars. The village is covered by a preservation order and no cars can access its narrow cobbled streets.
Rhodes is around 30 minutes north and the old town is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, preserved from the crusades and one day boat trips to Turkey can be taken from here.
Lindos surprises with some excellent restaurants helped in part by a strong Italian influence in the village. Broccolini run by a young Italian couple from New York has the best bruschetta we have tasted in the world; Melonos is a very special boutique hotel created as a labour of love by the owner over 10 years and the restaurants benefits from sensational views and decor and the restaurant from the same eye to detail; Archontiko in a converted old ships captains house has superb traditional Greek cuisine; there are Italian pizza and gelatto bars and even a Thai restaurant as well as the more usual Greek cuisine of which the beach restaurants do superb calamari.
The are many bars to suit all tastes and 2 smaller nightclubs hideen away with a larger club 1 km north and looking back at the flood lit village of Lindos.
Further afield we go to Philosophia restuarant in Pefkos 2 km south for the friendly owner and fantastic sunset views and for lunch we often go to Lindian Village for their welcoming staff, excellent lunches , 3 huge interlinked pools and the ability to hire their water sports equipment.
Heading south to tip of Rhodes to see Prassonissi beach and the spectacle of driving along the sand bar with windsurfers on each side moving at the same speed - join them if you can
Travelling north you pass the golf course and the old Italian spa of Kalithea before reaching Rhodes Town
There is a boutique spa in Lindos itself and a number of the hotels such as the 6 star Acqua Grande in front of the villa has the sort of facilities that my wife loves. Lindos has shopping normally best reserved until the evening as does Rhodes town.
Pefkos 1.5 km south has an excellent bakery for the morning croissant run and the main supermarket is 4 km north on the main road to Rhodes
All over Rhodes as well as the beaches there are inland hill towns to explore, pine forests,walks, golf, water park, water ski, windsurf, catamarans,shopping, spas
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Changeover day is Saturday but there is some flexibility in non peak months of April and October
Notes on prices:
Prices include laundry and changeover clean and also a welcome pack of basic food and wine , fruit , bread to get you through the first night and breakfast
Please check rates quoted because the website defaults rates for bookings a long way in advance to rates that dont reflect seasons
When you confirm your wish to book we send a standard booking form with all the details for you to sign , scan and return. When we have received this and the 30% deposit, the holiday booking is confirmed back to you. You pay to direct to our bank or via paypal with a 3 % cost recharge.
We offer 10 % discounts to all repeat clients and the same to those booking our ski chalet in Switzerland.
The balance of 70 % is due 10 weeks before departure and we send a reminder withmore holiday details
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.