About the property
- Villa1302 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Pools, sea view, lawn gardens, maid service, sleeps 8 each one, near beach+cit
LOTUS villa is an elegant villa newly built according to the local, traditional, ecological style, with its private pool and garden, facing the sea, the sunset and the White Mountains, located in the western end of the traditional village of Prines (5 min. driving from Rethymno town), only 300 m from the restaurants and the center of the village, ideal for holidays for couples, families, groups of friends who want to enjoy quiet, homely holidays, full of activities in the nature and cultural events in magnificent historical places all around Crete.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Thei Syfantou
My name is Thei Syfantou. I'm married and mother of two children. I've grown up in many places of the country and I used to visit my grandma in Rethymno every Christmas days and summer. Since I was a child I was falling in love with this area and although my father comes from the famous Corfu island, I prefer Rethymno. After my studies in Law I studied in the University of Athens Social Anthropology on a very interesting subject about Cretan manners and customs and that helped me to learn even more about this magical island with the ancient civilization and the open-hearted, warm and hospitable inhabitants and I want to share my love for Crete with my guests in LOTUS and ALOE villas. I love reading books, movies, cycling, , gardening, doing meditation, travelling, hiking, making new friends.
Thei Syfantou purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Thei Syfantou chose Prines
WILD FLOWERS (ALOE and LOTUS) villas are located in the most beautiful and quiet place of the traditional village Prines and they have splendid view of the sunset, White Mountains and the Cretan Sea. Also they are only 5' driving from the town of Rethymno, 2000 m from the beach and 3 km from the University of Crete.The guests can do a lot of activities in this area, such as all the aquatic sports, walking in gorgeous nature, trekking, bird-watching, fishing, playing chess, tennis, swimming, enjoying various sandy beaches, studying in the Cretan University's library (2.5 km from ALOE and LOTUS), cycling, strolling, or simply relaxing near the ALOE and LOTUS pools.
What makes this Villa unique
Their best location, their fantastic view, the unique healthy micro-climate and their nice traditional architecture. They are located in an advantageous position for visiting all the worth visiting and historical places in Crete.
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Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful location beside lovely village
Great holiday for 6 adults. Villa spacious, clean and well equipped. It would benefit from air-conditioning in the downstairs bedroom and the beds are firm and a bit small for people over 6ft. Communications with the owner were excellent and the pool always clean and warm.
Good restaurants within walking distance and an excellent site from which to tour.
Great holiday - very, very relaxing
Lovely villa in a very quiet and secluded location - with a car, easy to quickly get to all amenities and taxi into main town is very cheap for some great nights out.
Thank you, Peter, you were great guests, too. I hope I'll see you again in the future.
I stayed in Lotus villa in August 2015 with my wife and our 3 children 8,14,16 years old.
The owner of the villa, Thei, welcomed us with homemade pie, wine and "raki"" and gave us some very important information about interesting places to visit in the area as well as all over the island.
The villa is much more beautiful than in the photos in Homeaway's site. It is very well equipped with everything you may need, very clean and the furniture is stylish and comfortable.
Villa Lotus is located in the most pleasant area of the village with a spectacular view to the sea and the sunset. Within a walking distance you can find two nice taverns in the village of Prines, as well as the bus station, tmini market with everything from milk to fruits and wine and a very good butcher shop. Its location makes Lotus not only pleasant but also very convenient for families with children.
But the element we can't forget yet, are the smells of the flowers, the calmness of the nature and the birds' singing early in the morning while my wife and I were enjoying the swimming pool.
Our older children tried to take wind serf lessons, they were going to Rethymno by bus for window shopping. We really enjoyed life every moment of our stay.
We felt absolutely safe and Thei, the owner, was advising us for everything.
Νext time we will stay longer and we'll explore the gorges of the area.
I would highly recommend villa Lotus to other travelers, we've already done it to our friends.
Thank you so much, Elsa and Michael, for your kind words. Please, give kisses to your children and I hope that I'll meet you again in the future to discuss even more with both of you.
We were fortunate enough to stay for 6 peaceful days in this beautiful villa. It was very well equipped and the swimming pool was private and very well used during the hot days we spent there. All necessary amenities are near by, and the villa is in a very central location if you wish to explore the island. If not, relaxing by the pool and enjoying a quiet lunch on the balcony is highly recommended. It was a pleasure to deal with Thei, and her assistant Kostis was always available to help with anything we needed. We HIGHLY recommend staying here.
Thank you, Paul, for your good words. I wish you the best and I hope we'll host you again some day in the future!
Warm regards from Crete
A Warm Welcome in Prines
MY FAMILY AND I STAYED IN THIS LOVELY VILLA FOR A FORTNIGHT IN AUGUST 2011. THERE WAS AMPLE ROOM FOR 5 ADULTS AND 1 TEENAGER. LOTUS VILLA WAS WELL EQUIPPED AND VERY CLEAN.THE DELIGHTFUL SWIMMING POOL WAS VERY PRIVATE AND CAUGHT THE SUN FOR MOST OF THE DAY.. OUR EVENINGS WERE SPENT ON THE BALCONY ENJOYING THE GREAT VIEWS AND WONDERFUL STARRY SKIES. ROSE OUR MAID WAS LOVELY AND NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH TROUBLE FOR HER. THIS VILLA IS WELL PLACED AND FOR THE NIGHT LIFE IN RETHYMNON A SHORT TAXI RIDE AWAY. MOST OF THE SHOPPING CAN BE DONE WITH A 5 MINUTE DRIVE AWAY IN THE LOCAL FRIENDLY SUPERMARKET, BAKERY AND CAKE SHOP. IN THIS VILLAGE THERE'S ALSO AN EXCELLENT TAKE AWAY, BAR AND RESTAURANT. THEI THE OWNER OF LOTUS VILLA IS A WARM AND CHARMING LADY WHO SPEAKS EXCELLENT ENGLISH. WE HOPE TO RETURN SOME DAY SOON.
thank you for providing this review. I look forward to welcome you and your lovely family again in Rethymnon.
Sehr komfortables und schönes Haus, ruhig gelegen mit zwei sehr guten Restaurants in der Nähe (ca. 300-500m). Schöner Pool und schöner Blick auf das Meer - hauptsächlich von der Dachterrasse. Die Vermietung Thei hat sich sehr bemüht, unseren Aufenthalt möglichst komfortabel zu machen. In jedem Fall zu empfehlen.
Vielen Dank, Andreas. Ich hoffe, dass sie bald wieder nach Kreta reisen werden. Ich freue mich sehr, dass sie eine gute Zeit gehabt haben.
ALOE villa is situated in the middle of an oaks forest at the west edge of the authentic traditional village Prines, facing breathtaking sunsets over the Cretan sea and the White Mountains. You will enjoy the calmness in the most healthy microclimate, you hear only the birds, meanwhile you are 200-300 m. from the cafes, butcher's shop, mini-markets and tavernas with healthy local food in the centre of the village and only 6 km from the vibrant Old historical Town of Rethymno. From the villa you can walk, cycle or drive through a magnificent nature and reach the nearest beach (2 km) with good facilities and restaurants. Due to its geographical best position in the island villa ALOE is ideal for absolute relax and privacy as well as for one day excursions to the natural treasures and especially important worth-visiting archaeological, cultural and historical sights all over Crete. Mountains with wild flowers and healing herbs, gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros gorges), the enormous sandy beach of Petres (7 km), the beaches in the south, Kournas Lake (20 km), land caves and sea caves (3 km), small restaurants with delicious healthy food (300 m), hospital (5km), pharmacy (1km) and the Cretan University (3km) are in close distance. In the nearby village Atsipopoulo (1 km) you'll find three supermarkets, bakery, cafe, restaurants, pharmacies and in your entrance to Rethymno you'll find even more supermarkets (Liddl's, Carfour) and the Hospital of Rethymno. The picturesque Rethymno Town is the most living-friendly town in Crete. From it's local market you'll buy fresh fruits and fresh fishes and seafood.There are a lot of small shops where you can buy fine clothes, furs, jewels, various hand made clothes, imaginative toys and gifts. Walking in the afternoon in the full of all these small shops, restaurants and bars narrow streets of it's Old Town is an unforgettable experience. You can hire four wheeled bicycles for three persons and cycling all the Old Town or walking in the large Promenade up and down the sea front or eat fresh sea food and fishes in the Old Harbour in front of the light-house or play chess free with the other children and adults on the sandy beach. You will enjoy all the sea sports and activities in the enormous beach of north Cretan sea between Rethymno town and Georgioupolis or swim in the many south beaches of Libyan sea (30' driving) of the prefecture of Rethymno. You can walk in the fantastic gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros) and see the rare wild colourful flowers and collect the famous healing herbs of the Cretan nature mainly during the spring and summer. You will enjoy the plays and the concerts and happenings of the Renaissance Festival in Fortezza castle near the Old Harbour from July to October. You will be always welcome in any local village fete, enjoy the local music and dance with the inhabitants.
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