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6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Heraklion, Crete

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will964
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful break”
Reviewed June 12, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This fantastic villa is ideally located outside of the hustle and bustle of Heraklion, just a short 20min drive into the hills towards Episkopi. I would recommend a car for those confident driving abroad as taxi costs are somewhat elevated (35€ from airport to villa) that said, the taxi drivers are friendly and like tour guides so it's got it's plus points!
The villa is 10mins walk from a small village, Episkopi, although there is no footpath this is easily walkable during the day. There are a few bars which serve the usual imported/local beers. We found a great shop which sold everything you can possibly think of and the owner spoke perfect English which helped! There are a few little Taberna's to eat, though the best one (Michaels recommendation) we did not make it to.
The Villa itself is lovely, though there was confusion over the layout of the bedrooms. The spec on tripadvisor previously mentioned 3 double rooms, but it only has 2. On the plus side, the upstairs rooms now have Air conditioning. The pool is a decent size and was cleaned twice during our week stay. There are 3 large areas to sit and eat outside and the clay pizza oven and bbq were simply fantastic.
The villa was also thoroughly cleaned twice during our stay and Michael and his family were happy to help us settle in and provided pizza and a few beers on our arrival.
We visited WaterCity Aqua park which is 10 mins away, and spent a day at the beach in hersonissos as well as a day on quads rented from MotoX Experience in heronissos where we went down to Agios Nicholas, a lovely town on the East side of the island.

Date of stay: June 2016
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roy m
Hastings, United Kingdom
1 review
“Villa that is Home from Home”
Reviewed May 19, 2016 for a stay in August 2015

Have had many great holidays here set up in the hills over looking Heraklion it is the perfect place for a family holiday . The Villa has every thing you need with your own pool and ground to relax in. The owner Michael makes you so welcome that you rely feel part of the family.Would recommend to anyone

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: every thing
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Pabloj409
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best combination for enjoyment”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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When looking for family holidays we always put priority on balance between enjoyment frenzy and relax time. We got all this in Villa Galini this summer. The villa is well located, outside noisy Heraklion but not too much as to have quick access to city amenities while having peace of mind enjoying amazing view from the heights with fantastic Taberna just round the corner. The house is ideal for family/friends group looking for relaxed time. Ample spaces, gorgeous barbecue and oven space, great pool size and location but the best asset: owner’s friendliness and patience. Michael and his family answered all our questions, gave fantastic tips and facilitated issues’ solution rapidly and gently.

Date of stay: July 2015
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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thanasis8...
Heraklion Prefecture, Greece
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“BRILLIANT..”
Reviewed April 9, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We stayed for 5 nights in April at this wonderful villa.The property is very spacious and with breathtaking views towards surrounding mountains and Aegean sea.The airport and heraklion city is 15 minutes distance while touristic places and beaches approx. 7 min away.Water city (must visit especially for kids) the biggest water park of Crete is 5 minutes away.Thanks to Michael for this special holiday....will certainly visit again in near future...

Date of stay: April 2015
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ozlemseyi...
Izmir Province, Turkey
1 review
“Brilliant choice with good price.”
Reviewed September 7, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

If you are looking for a peaceful, clean, comfortable and romantic place just go for it. Customer service was great too. Thanks to my boyfriend for this great choice.

Date of stay: August 2014
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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DimitraK2...
1 review
“Stanning villa!!!”
Reviewed September 6, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

we really enjoyed the stay in Villa Galini. The house is great and perfect for two families. with the big pool, the beautiful viewsand the excellent service of the family (clean towels and sheets every view days and tastefull home grown vegetables like grapes, melon and tomatoes we had a superb holiday. Also we where amazed by the friendliness of the local people of Episkopi. A small town where people greet each other and it is normal to help if somebody needs help.So thank you for this. we can only recommend the villa and you should really consider holiday on beautiful and friendly Crete

Date of stay: August 2014
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kellster1...
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic villa”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We have just returned from a 2 week stay at Villa Galini as a group of 8, two families, the villa had everything we could possibly want.
On arrival we were met at the airport by Michael who showed us the way to get to the villa, this was useful as we arrived in the dark and although the villa is easy to find not having to worry about it with 4 kids made the whole experience less stressful. Micheal had arranged for a pizza to be delivered for us which was very welcome.
The villa itself is ideal for larger groups and multiple families as the accomodation is very flexible depending on numbers.
Kitchen was equipped quite well, only things we were missing was a corkscrew but that was easily rectified at the local shop.
Pool and outside space was clean, spacious and plenty of sun loungers, covered area was ideal for eating during the day as it provided some shade, wind breaks prevented the sea breeze from being too strong but kept the temperature to a managable level. PIzza oven and BBQ were fantastic, we used these on most days.
Accomodation was emaculate, clean bedding and towels every few days and the villa was cleaned throughout every few days.
AC in the downstairs bedrooms was great, only downside was that the upstairs rooms had no AC, fans were provided but the rooms were still very warm at night which caused a few tired children.

We found a local taverna within walking distance that had a very basic menu but the food was superb, so good we went 3 times in 2 weeks.

In all Micheal, his family and the villa were perfect and we wouldn't hesitate to go back again either as a family or in a bigger group.

Date of stay: August 2013
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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
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Liked best: PIzza oven, pool and BBQ
Liked least: No AC in upsatirs rooms
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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