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“Cretan adventures at villa Selene”
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One of the bohemian-style outside light fittings
Orange and lemon trees are in the garden - feel free to help yourself!
Fabulous views of the White Mountains from the pool area
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Almyrida, Chania Prefecture, Crete

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Sarah F
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“Cretan adventures at villa Selene ”
Reviewed April 13, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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We (4 adults and 2 kids) had a lovely time at the villa and the kids loved the pool! The location was perfect and the villa beautiful and well presented with everything you need. The minute you arrive it all feels very relaxing and the views of the mountains are stunning. We were there early in the season (April) so it was lovely and quiet in most places and the weather not too hot. We explored the local area, which is lovely (particularly the nearest village gavalachori) and also did some hiking in the white mountains (mount gigilos and Imbros gorge), which were fabulous. Crete is a Beautiful island with lovely people and great food and this is a perfect base to explore from. I recommend a hire car to explore the mountains and gorges but if you enjoy walking then exploring the local area on foot is a also a great option (if not too hot!). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this villa or location and would love to return.

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Management Response
Apr 14, 2016
We are delighted that our first guests of the season had such a great time. April sees the wonderful new flowers appearing which make the walks in the surrounding area even more enjoyable.
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Fleet, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 24, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

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Liked best: The well thought out design of the accomodation
Liked least: Coping with a Cretan power cut!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 25, 2015
We are delighted that the updates and improvements we try to make have improved our guests experience at the villa. It is especially great when returning guests notice the changes we make.
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Hunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 20, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The piece and quite
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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John E
Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sun Moon and 5 Cretan Stars”
Reviewed August 26, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a wonderful holiday staying at Villa Selene. It was a special celebration for us this year which is why we decided to take the whole family with us - two children a son in law and two granddaughters. The villa proved to be perfect for our requirements - being a bungalow there were no stairs for the little one to deal with and the layout of the rooms meant we were very comfortably accommodated. The overhead ceiling fans combined with a light touch on the aircon made the nights very comfortable despite one or two days touching 40 Celsius. We did appreciate that after some very torrid nights in August in previous years in Crete where we had only a small desk fan. The property was well furnished and the beds pronounced comfortable by all.
The villa was well equipped for self catering and we made good use of the barbecue too.
As one of the owners was in residence at the same time as us we also had the benefit of his advice and help - additionally the villa and pool cleaning team did good service as advertised.
We much appreciated having the private pool to use - and the design with the steps at one end meant our 18 month old granddaughter was able to play in the shallows so to speak. There is a most magnificent view of the White Mountains and the glorious sunsets from the balcony and at night the stars and the Moon put on a fabulous show.
As well as the satellite TV and DVD there is now a wifi set up which was well used by us - (useful tip - bring an HDMI lead to connect your latop to the TV). Although I feel it might be better to spend time off the net while on holiday these days it seems we all have to have some connectivity. Certainly the younger generation found it most useful.
The villa is within easy reach of the quiet family resort of Almyrida which has a good choice of restaurants and above all a safe and sandy beach suitable for small people. With a hire car there are many good sightseeing trips - across the mountains to Sfakia, to the water park Limnoupoulis, a visit to Chania old town or a favourite of ours - Sunday lunch with traditional roast lamb at Argiroupouli.

All in all it made for lovely holiday staying in a very peaceful location but with plenty of things to do. We felt we had made a very good choice and everyone had a fantastic time

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Liked best: The private swimming pool
Liked least: Not having a dishwasher
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 27, 2014
We love the title of this review and we really feel the reviewer has captured all the best aspects of a stay at the villa. One quick clarification in relation to the owner being in residence. We have a separate villa on the olive grove in which we occasionally stay in summer but usually only use in off season months when we are over for olive picking and maintaining and spring cleaning the other villas.
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mljw
Edinburgh
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely villa, great location”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Spent two weeks in June in Villa Selene in Alymrida, Crete. The villa was spick & span on arrival, fully kitted out and was exactly as described. The pool was a really good size and was cleaned regularly while we were there. Particularly appreciated the fresh towels and bed linens every 3 to 4 days. The extra little touches do make a difference, such as fans in every room, which means you don't always have to run the air conditioning if it doesn't suit (my husband has a real aversion to air-con!). The location of the villa was perfect for exploring - not just the local villages of Amlyrida and Gavalorchi but also Souda Bay and my personal favourite - Chania town. The old town is just beautiful and just big enough for a couple of hours exploring and shopping...and of course there are lovely cafes, and restaurants all along the harbour front. The weather was fantastic for the whole 2 weeks, and all in all a fabulous holiday - Thank you John!

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Your age range 35-49
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 17, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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Liked best: The very comfortable sun loungers by the pool.
Liked least: The occasional jets overflying from the Souda Bay air force base.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 3, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Liked best: Location.
Liked least: Nothing.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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