Blue Key Villa occupies a commanding position high in the hills overlooking Ayia Pelagia and has wonderful views down to the village and the surrounding coast. The Villa itself is superbly equipped in every respect and the pool area is particularly spectacular. Antonis and Anastasia are perfect hosts and could not have been more thoughtful and helpful both before and during our visit. If you are offered the opportunity for Anastasia to prepare an evening meal don't hesitate to accept as she is a superb cook. A memorable stay in a beautiful place.
This magnificent villa is located in full privacy on a hill overlooking the Lygaria and Agia Pelagia bays - needless to say the views are spectacular! The house is very nice and spacious, nicely furbished and can easily accommodate up to 12 people, children and baby included. The lower floor has its own entrance and kitchen, and is thus great for those travelling 2 families together, or with grandparents, or a nanny or even with older teenagers wanting a bit of privacy. On the top floor there is a children’s bedroom that can accommodate 3 children and for those travelling with an infant or young toddler there is a nice crib, a high chair, a babysitter and even baby towels.
The pool area is terrific with lots of space for fun and relaxation, including a new dining area, a stationary outdoor grill and an old style outdoor oven that we used to make our own pizza one night! The views from the pool area are stunning and due to the location of the house the privacy is total - only a goat or two, who wander the hills, might have a peek at you swimming in the pool - that by the way can be heated at an extra cost. This is not needed during summer but a nice option during spring and autumn.
The owners, Anastasia and Antonis are the most welcoming, kind and informative hosts we have ever encountered, and we are frequent house renters. They were always fast to respond to our questions and requests and nothing seemed to be any trouble.
The location close to Heraklion is a great advantage since it is only a short drive from the airport and you can reach many interesting and beautiful places in a 30 minute to 2-hour drive. To not visit Knossos and the archaeological museum in Heraklion while staying in this villa must be considered a crime! As usual, paying for a guided tour is well-invested money. There are also many nice beaches and villages to explore in the area - just ask the owners and they will provide you with many suggestions. The same goes for restaurants, ask for recommendations and you will have the most delicious meals.
Note that a car is needed for this villa since it is located on a hill and there are no pavements or even walking trails to reach the villa without a car.
All in all, a wonderful house in a great location combined with lovely hosts - what could go wrong!
Blue Key Villa is a very special place with very special owners. From the minute you arrive you will be astounded by the breath taking panoramic views, the magnificent pool area and once inside, the stunning interior. Anastasia and Antonis have thought of everything you could possibly need and more . With their personal touch , it really feels like a home rather than just a holiday rental. Attention to detail and their desire to ensure you have a wonderful holiday only adds to your experience of beautiful Blue Key Villa. The villa could comfortably accommodate 10 people and is very spacious throughout . Although a car is required, the location of the villa is ideal for its proximity to the main road which takes you to the east and west of Crete. On arrival late at night we were greeted with the most wonderful array of food and refreshments which we were very grateful for . We found out that this is typical of Cretan hospitality but the owners of this villa go one step further. We really appreciated their help when our son had an accident and in no time at all, they had made us an appointment to see a doctor and escorted us there. They really did go above and beyond . With so many villas to choose from, we always think maybe next time we'll try something different but it would be impossible to improve on this villa and it's owners and we cannot wait to come back as soon as possible!!
We spent a week at blue key villa and we were absolutely delighted by the quality of the villa,and the wonderful hospitality of the owners. The photos really do not do justice to the finish found all over the villa and grounds or the tranquil serenity of the setting. Antonis and Anastasia the owners provided us with everything we needed and much more, from the detailed directions provided to find the villa,to the toiletries they kindly supplied (including sunscreen,toothbrushes,toothpaste,shampoo,showergel...the list goes on), to the beautiful meals they prepared for us.we were totally overwhelmed by their warm and welcoming hospitality, thank you so much.As for the villa I can not recommend it highly enough,it was spacious and superbly equipped in every respect as well as being immaculately clean from top to bottom.The setting is peaceful and tranquil with views to die for, yet close enough to supermarkets or bars and restaurants that you could happily stay in or for £10 get a taxi (again with Antonis' help) down to Agia Palagia where there is a great selection of bars, restaurants,and a nice beach.We stay in villas frequently and can honestly say this one is superb value for money in a fantastic location, if you are reading this and deliberating whether or not to book it , as Nike would say "just do it" honestly you will not be disappointed.We are already planning our return trip and will look forward to sharing this great villa with more of our friends and family next year.