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“The villa is lovely but the garden is special...”

Review of Villa Eleni

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Pool terrace
The villa and pool
Amazing infinity pool
Infinity pool
Sunbeds and umbrellas by the pool
Outdoor garden furniture
The large pool
Roof terrace
Enjoy your breakfast under the shade
The house front
The villa is surrounded by colourful flowers and potted plants
Spacious living area
Dining area
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
En-suite bathroom with shower cabin
Douliana village
Douliana village
Small picturesque harbour in Kalives
Views to the White Mountains
Sandy beach in Kalives
Almyrida village
Chania Old Harbour
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Douliana, Chania Prefecture, Crete

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“The villa is lovely but the garden is special...”
Reviewed October 17, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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We stayed here for 11 nights at the beginning of October. The villa itself is spacious,spotless, comfortable and peaceful. It's very well equipped with a good library, dishwasher and other things not usually provided in villas we've previously stayed in. But the best part by far is the beautiful garden and the pool set in it. The weather was kind to us and we spent most of our time reading or having our meals by the pool and swimming in it. The gardens are the best of any villa we've rented in Crete over the last 25 years. We were told by the gardener that the lady who owns it is herself a keen gardener and it shows. Even in October there were many plants and shrubs in flower, providing colour and perfume throughout the whole area. We were lucky enough to be there when the brugmansia and Sternbergia lutea were at their best - a real treat. The pool area is secluded and quiet: little to disturb us but swallows and bats dipping into the pool and the continuous buzzing of hundreds of bees in the carob trees' flowers. Two cafes and a taverna are within easy walking distance in the pretty village of Douliana.
We booked through Authentic Crete and found them always helpful. They gave us invaluable advice on where to find the lesser known places of interest in the area.
We enjoyed our time there very much and would strongly recommend it to anyone seeking peace, quiet and natural beauty.

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Liked best: The pool and garden
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Oct 29, 2016
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and inspiring writing.
It is so important to us, as well as to future guests, to read such genuine comments. To all our team, such reviews are of great value as they increase our motivation to continue and to always improve!
Looking forward to hosting you again at any time in future.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect location, beautiful villa, lovely holiday!”
Reviewed September 5, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Villa Eleni was beautiful! It was very well equipped and very comfortable. The pool was lovely, though may not be suitable for small children due to the drop over the infinity edge. The gardens were pretty and larger than we expected. It was completely secluded and had a sea view over the trees.
Sandra from Authentic crete visited us on our first day and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We also hired a car through authentic crete and were very impressed with the service.
The village of Douliana is small, quiet and pretty. We ate at Ta Douliana four times during our stay and always loved the food and service.
The one small negative was that the cleaner came an hour early on our last day and started cleaning up after us, we felt a bit rushed out.

Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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