10 Large Villas In Crete, Greece - Updated 2024

Maria Cristina
Maria Cristina 
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Crete, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the largest in Greece, has a diverse terrain of high mountains and fine beaches. It is a popular tourist destination for its intriguing landscape. Bask under the sun on its finely sanded beaches, like the Elafonisi. Marvel at the majestic Mt. Ida, the highest in the mountain range and the location of the Ideon Cave, where Zeus was born. The historic capital, Heraklion, features the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which exhibits Minoan and Knossos artifacts. Satiate your palette with the numerous bars and restaurants offering the delicious Cretan cuisine. To complete your experience, check into the luxurious villas we’ve listed below. They will give you a taste of the true Mediterranean lifestyle.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 03, 2024.

1. Alexander Villa (from USD 189)

Alexander Villa offers a classy home-like stay tucked away in a quiet area of Armenoi village that is 14.96 km (9.3 miles) to Rethymno and the beach, 5.95 km (3.7 miles) to the supermarket, and less than one mile (11 meters) to a café and pub. The villa retained its traditional structure of stone and wood, and it is elegantly furnished to provide a cozy shelter for 10 guests and their pets. There are five spacious bedrooms provided with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, heating, TV, a game console, DVD, radio, large closets, and private bathrooms. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room with a fireplace, game room, terrace, garden, library, and laundry facilities. Guests will enjoy outdoor activities like al fresco dining, swimming in the pool, biking, and cycling around the area.

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Alexander Villa

Wifi Available

Address: Gouledhianá
58.33 km (36.3 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Garden Terrace Laundry Dry cleaning Games room Ironing service Internet services

2. Istron Luxury Villas (from USD 172)

This family-owned property is near the beach on a hill at the entrance of Istron Village and offers a bay view. Istron’s village center is 700 meters (0.43 miles) away, Agios Nikolaos is 13 km (8.077 miles) away, and Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 72 km (44.74 miles) away. Guests are offered a variety of villas all stylishly designed and spacious to sleep from two to eight guests. Some units have split-levels or multiple floors featuring at least two to three spacious bedrooms complete with amenities like free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, DVD player, and in some units, a spa bath. The rooms contain luxurious, thick cushioned beds, a seating area, wardrobes, desk space, and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. To complete the cozy home-like ambiance, the villas have a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, and covered terrace where guests dine al fresco while enjoying sea views or taking a dip in the pool. The on-site restaurant serves authentic Greek dishes. The property has access to the neighboring Istron Bay Hotel where there are bars, restaurants, and children’s clubs.

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Istron Luxury Villas

Wifi Available

Address: Main Street
61.12 km (38.0 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar Tennis court Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

3. Sunset Luxury Maisonettes (from USD 69)

Sunset Luxury Maisonettes offers delightful two-bedroom semi-detached villas that can house at most five guests. The villas have chic, modern interiors with white walls, upscale furniture and appliances, and state-of-the-art amenities. These are equipped with air-conditioned bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen with a dining area, cozy living room with a fireplace and satellite TV, balcony with mountain views, and a bathroom with either a shower or a tub. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking, free toiletries, laundry facilities, heating, airport transport services, car rental, shuttle services, bike rental, swimming pool access, and a long list of outdoor activities for a fee.

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Sunset Maisonettes

Wifi Available

Address: Eparchiaki Odos Dichalostratou-Leukogias 116
67.33 km (41.9 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Babysitting/child services Laundry

4. Kalimera Archanes Village (from USD 100)

These villas are located in Archanes Village, 15 km (9.32 miles) from Heraklion. These are independent structures designed in local traditional architecture with a lush garden and equipped with modern conveniences to provide a luxurious stay. The traditional villas can house from three to five guests and offer a fully equipped kitchen, cozy living room with a TV and indoor fireplace, and a private bathroom on the main floor with the bedroom and balcony on the upper floor. The bedrooms have a combination of double beds, single beds, and bunk beds to sleep the number of guests accommodated in every unit. The rooms also feature vaulted ceilings, wrought iron bed frames with thick cushions, desk space, a wardrobe, air-conditioning, heating, and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy awesome outdoor landscapes on the covered terrace. Traditional Cretan cuisine and wine are served in the garden upon request. Free parking and shuttle service are offered on the property.

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Kalimera Archanes Village

Wifi Available

Address: Theotokopoulou / Agios Georgios
11.75 km (7.3 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Pets allowed Room service Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

5. Pantheon Villas & Suites (from USD 118)

The Pantheon is 0.91 miles (1.46 km) to Bali Beach, 751 meters (0.46 miles) to the nearest pubs and shops, 16 miles (25.75 km) to Rethymno, and 25 miles (40.23 km) to Heraklion International Airport. The property is encircled by lush mountain scenery and olive groves with perfect sea views from its outdoor pool and balconies. The villas are fully equipped to house six guests and the suites accommodate four guests.

Each unit is elegantly designed with modern interiors and chic furnishings. There are villas that have a split-level or three floors. Each one has three spacious bedrooms with a mix of full or twin beds and a bunk bed. The suites contain one king bed and a sofa bed. All the units have family rooms, air-conditioning, tall wardrobes, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, TV, elegant bathrooms, a sun deck, BBQ facilities, a garden, swimming pool access, free parking, and free Wi-Fi. The front desk has multi-lingual staff that will assist you with all your needs including bike and car rentals.

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Pantheon Villas & Suites

Wifi Available

Address: Bali
32.69 km (20.4 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Family rooms

6. Almond Tree Villas (from USD 193)

The Almond Tree Villas are located in Vrouchas Village, western Elounda just 4 km (2.48 miles) away from Planka Beach and Spinalonga in the Maviriako settlement, and 70 km (43.5 miles) to the Heraklion International Airport. The property was once stone-built stables that have been remodeled into top class villas. They have retained the traditional rustic motif of wooden ceilings, stone floors, and structures furnished with wooden and wrought iron furniture.

There are two bedroom split-level villas perfect for four guests, three bedroom villas for six guests, and five bedroom villas large enough for 10 guests. The interior layout showcases a fully equipped modern kitchen with a dining area and a living room with a lounge warmed by an indoor fireplace. The bedrooms are furnished with cozy, large beds provided with heating, air-conditioning, wardrobes, large windows, TV, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. The units also have a traditional terrace complete with a Greek clay oven and seating area where you can enjoy BBQs and fantastic mountain views. The swimming pool is surrounded by sun loungers and a lush garden. Free on-site parking, car rentals, and an airport shuttle service are available.

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Almond Tree Villas

Wifi Available

Address: Elounda
54.24 km (33.8 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services

7. Alexander Suites (from USD 86)

The gorgeous property offers guests a variety of suites. Its location is convenient, near Yerakarion, Rethymno, and Chania International Airport. The buildings are surrounded by a well-kept garden with outdoor facilities like a basketball court, tennis court, a playground, swimming pool, cycling, and free parking.

The property features six independent structures with two floors each. Every villa bears a female, Cretan name, and some contain two bedrooms for four guests while one has a single bedroom suitable for a couple. Each one is designed with a cozy living room with a fireplace and TV, dining area, and fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor. The spacious bedrooms and private bathrooms are on the second floor. Some units may have a patio or a balcony with a view of the mountain scenery. Villa Maria is the only unit with a ground floor master bedroom and ensuite bathroom; it is ideal for two guests. Guests can exercise in the on-site gym and avail free bike and car rental.

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Alexander Suites

Wifi Available

Address: Gerakari Amariou
50.03 km (31.1 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Tennis court Fitness centre Garden

8. Villa Halaro (from USD 216)

Villa Halaro is located in Drapanias, Kissamos, just 15 minutes to the beach, about 30 minutes to Souda Airport, and near Kissamos Port. The traditional structure of stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways are fully restored. Around it is a lovely courtyard with a swimming pool and a free parking area.

The two-level villa has the bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor. For sleeping arrangements, there are four bedrooms with four queen beds plus a twin bed and two sofa beds in the living room to sleep 11 guests and their pets. There are three-and-a-half bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling tiles, two of which have a tub with a shower and the other has an enclosed shower. It also features a fully equipped kitchen with a casual dining area and a huge living room with a lounge kept warm by an indoor fireplace. The sun deck on the second floor is ideal for outdoor dining with awesome views of the mountains and the Cretan Sea. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, TV, a DVD player, free essentials, fresh linens, air-conditioning, heating, and laundry facilities.

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Villa Halaro

Address: Drapanias, Kissamos Chanion
131.01 km (81.5 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

9. Kounali Villas (from USD 278)

This resort is in Kounalion, 41.8 km from Heraklion town, 17.7 km to Hersonissos, and to 38.6 km to Nikos Kazantzakis Airport. It offers a wide selection of houses and villas. There are houses with two, three, and six spacious bedrooms while the villas have two to three big rooms. The biggest house, containing six bedrooms, can sleep 12 guests while the smallest house and villa hosts four guests. The villas have free Wi-Fi, a small garden, and a shared lounge. The vacation homes feature an outdoor pool. All the units come with amenities like satellite TV, ensuite bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Some units are built with a balcony with a dining area so you can enjoy eating outdoors with a view of the sea and mountains.

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Kounali Villas

Address: Kounali Mountain Resort, Kounali
41.45 km (25.8 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

10. Sunrise Mediterranean House (from USD 31)

The massive hotel offers a variety of holiday rentals fit to host couples to small groups. Select from a one-bedroom home good for 2 guests, a three-bedroom house for 5 people, and a Holiday home with 4 bedrooms big enough for 7 guests. These are equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, dining area, living room, and a covered terrace for outdoor dining or BBQs with rejuvenating seascapes. Guests are provided conveniences like air-conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi, free parking, grocery deliveries for a fee, special meals upon request, airport shuttle service, massage services with an extra charge, and front desk services. The property is near Aptera City, Folklore Museum of Gavalochori, Chania Town is 15.97 miles (25.7 km) away, Balion (31.006 miles) 49.9 km, and Souda Airport is 12.98 miles (20.9 km). Outdoor activities are offered for a fee like bike & walking tours, water sports facilities, horseback riding, diving, hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

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Sunrise Mediterranean House

Address: Vamos
81.14 km (50.5 mi) from Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Garden Pets allowed Laundry Outdoor pool (seasonal) Shallow end BBQ facilities Restaurant 24-HOUR FRONT DESK

Luxury and comfort in Crete

Crete offers a wide selection of villas. Some retained their traditional structure while others have contemporary architecture and all are surrounded by a gorgeous sea and mountain landscape. Though pricey, these villas provide you the luxurious comforts you need for a perfect vacation in Crete. You’ll surely book them again when you return!

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