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“Fabulous views and sunsets”
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Villa Challis
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Villa Challis
Relax by the pool
Chill out in the spacious living room
Enjoy some time inside
Living room with double doors opening onto two large balconies
Have lunch in the covered dining area (located outside the kitchen)
Dine on west facing balcony savouring the fantastic mountain and sea views
Wake up in the double bedroom and fling open the double doors onto the terrace
More of the double bedroom
Wake up to fantastic mountain views from the twin bed rooms
Wake up to fantastic mountain views from the twin bed rooms
Cook a traditional Cretan meal in the fully equipped Kitchen
Dine in the kitchen
Stairway to the spacious living room, balconies, twin bedroom  and one of the bathrooms
Have a drink or sunbathe whilst admiring the sea views
View the White Mountains from the pool
Stroll between the olive and apricot trees and then cool off in the pool
Relax under an umbrella
Swim or paddle in Almyrida Bay
Take a walk along the Kokkino Chorio  coast line
Snorkel in Kokkino Chorio Bay
Traditional stone built Villa Challis
Arriving at Villa Challis
Admire the sunset view from the balconies
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Chania Prefecture, Crete

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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous views and sunsets”
Reviewed October 1, 2017 for a stay in September 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Lovely villa. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped with lots of extras like pool toys and games equipment. Welcome pack of water, wine and beer much appreciated. Kitchen well equipped including cleaning products. Car essential as the villa was a bit further out of the way than I had anticipated but we found it easily with the excellent directions. Wouldn't want to arrive in the dark though!!

Date of stay: September 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sade_10
Fareham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful villa with peaceful, panoramic views”
Reviewed August 14, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
3
people found this review helpful

Fully equipped and comfortable villas with lots of tech extras and games that made a family holiday with 3 older teenagers enjoyable when relief was needed from the glorious hot weather. The upstairs lounge allows you to fully appreciate the stunning views and lazing on the balcony hammock with a book is wonderful.
The pool location gives incredible views of the side of Mount Drapanokefala and Souda Bay and we loved watching the sheep pass by the villa each morning. Car hire is recommnended as it is a 10-15 (scenic and winding) drive to Plaka and Almyrida Beach where you will find local tavernas and restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous you can enjoy a walk to the local pretty cove or the lighthouse with an uphill walk back so take some water with you. The nearest small friendly supermarket is 1km. North West Crete is a stunning area to explore however if you prefer lazy days on the beach or by the pool the White Mountains give you an imposing backdrop to your view. I would highly recommend Villa Challis as a base.

Date of stay: July 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Nicholas...
Royston, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful villa”
Reviewed May 18, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Villa Challis is a wonderful tranquil stay, yet a few minutes drive from the tavernas of Amyrida and convenient for the rest of the north coast. It has all the facilities you need for a relaxing holiday with a really nice pool and air conditioned accommodation

Date of stay: May 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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person found this review helpful

Date of stay: July 2015
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Liked least: Leaving.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Jan 22, 2016
Thanks for your 5 star review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you liked the local tavernas. The beaches at Almyrida and Kokkino Chorio are very different so it was great you took the opportunity to visit both. There also some great beaches in Kalives. We look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future
Paul
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Saz6488
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“idyllic setting and spacious villa”
Reviewed July 17, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Lovely villa with pool and plenty of space as we were a family of four (why is family not an option we can select?) and sleeps 8. Need a car but is near to a beach in Amalyrida. Hot water and all sorts of other facilities in villa including basketball net and playstation. Can buy wifi although that's extra and really would be better if came in price. Lovely wind kept us a pleasant temperature even though in 30s each day (bliss). Would benefit from a few basics being provided and ants were a pain but all part of the fun. Some small shops nearby (by car) and wonderful restaurants in Plaka - about 4 Km away - sometimes we walked.

Date of stay: July 2015
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 18, 2016
Thanks for your great review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We have taken your feedback on board and from 2016 we have included wireless internet in the price.
We are also now able to offer a welcome food pack on request at an additional charge. Sorry about the ants, some years they appear for a brief period but thankfully they don't seem to venture inside.
Paul
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curly555
London
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Would go back in a blink”
Reviewed September 22, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

If you want peace and beautiful scenery this is the place. Paul was wonderful in answering all my questions before hand. The whole space was perfect. Not overlooked, outstanding views, great pool and upstairs barbeque balcony. Two resturants in walking distance, a car is needed. Can't wait to go back.

Date of stay: September 2014
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 18, 2016
Thank you for your 5 star review. We are glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet and the great views. Guests usually rent a car but some guests ( including my daughters) use the local reliable taxi company instead. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Paul
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Philip B
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ideal retreat to get away from it all”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Villa Challis is a brilliant location to escape the hustle and bustle and had everything we needed to make our stay effortless. Our 3 teenagers loved the pool and the locals in the nearby village of Plaka were very friendly and helpful. The information folder was also really useful as it suggested some great places to visit. The snorkeling bay just 10 minutes away and Lake Kournas about an hours drive, were little gems. I agree a car is a must if you want to visit other areas especially in the heat of August - Chania being another family favourite.
Thank you Paul and Lucinda for such a welcoming home to spend our holiday in.

Date of stay: August 2014
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Liked best: The attention to small details eg good quality deckchairs/sun loungers/bbq/hairdryer/coat hangers
Liked least: Wasps - but not a problem of the villa just the climate in August
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 20, 2014
We are so pleased that you describe Villa Challis as the 'ideal retreat' which is exactly how we feel. Our teenage children also love the pool. Thank you for your review.
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