When you need space for all the family, the range of villas in Crete has you covered. Some are in small villa complexes, so you can book more than one and take the whole clan away together.
Choose to stay close to a town or in a rural idyll, but what all of the villas we’ve selected provides is a private pool and gardens, fully fitted kitchens and nearly all have air-con and Wi-Fi. What you might not expect is that many of the villas also include car hire if you book as part of a package.
Take a look and see which one is your favourite.
Elounda Pelagos, Elounda
Sleeps up to six
Making the most of its hilltop position, this villa has an infinity pool and hot tub on the terrace and large windows so Cretan Sea views are never far away. The stunning, peach-coloured, modern building is set off with blue highlights and the interior is furnished just as stylishly.
The lower floor bedroom has direct pool access and staying in one of the two upper floor bedrooms you get to wake up to the gorgeous views. A 15-minute walk to the beach, Elounda is a few minutes’ drive by car.
Caldera Villas, Platanias
Sleeps up to six adults and one child
Built in traditional Greek style, but thoroughly modern, you get sleek kitchens, three ensuite bedrooms, a 42-inch satellite plasma TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi at the Caldera Villas complex. Set just outside Platanias, looking over olive and orange groves, you can walk to town and the 10-kilometre-long Platanias Beach in 10 minutes.
Each villa is individually-designed so some have indoor pools and other pools are part open-air with swim-up indoor sections. Beside each pool is a stone barbecue and bread oven for al fresco dining in the landscaped gardens.
Platanias (Crete), Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Anta Villa, Rethymnon
Rustic beams, stone walls and inglenook fireplaces make this restored 400-year-old villa homely and full of charm. In the small village of Asteri, you get the benefit of a rural location while only being 20 minutes’ drive from Rethymnon.
It’s not all oldy-worldy at three-bed Anta Villa though as there’s a private pool with countryside views, free Wi-Fi and a fully kitted out, open plan kitchen. When you’re not cooking or using the barbecue, stroll 10 minutes to the nearby taverna.
Rethymnon, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Nine Muses, Hersonissos
This group of two and three bedroom villas is set in spacious and peaceful grounds with mountain views. It only takes 10 minutes on foot to be in the midst of Hersonissos’ bars and restaurants, but you wouldn’t think it when lounging on a sunbed by the private pool.
The nearest beach is 15 minutes away and you can wash down at the poolside shower when you get back. The traditional-style villas with beamed ceilings have all mod-cons, including flat screen TVs and sandwich toasters.
Hersonissos, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Selini Meli Villa, Kolymbari
Sleeps up to six
On the edge of Kolymbari, this group of three-bed villas overlooks fields and olive groves but you can be at the town’s tavernas in a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk. The nearest shop is 10 minutes on foot to buy supplies and cook them up in your well-stocked kitchen, and a pebbly beach is 15 minutes away.
Bikes are available to use so you can explore the area, and you get use of some of the excellent facilities at the nearby Selini Suites. After a day out and about, you can whip up a barbecue and enjoy it in the countryside-view garden beside your private pool.
Selini Meli Villa
Kolymbari, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece
Do any of these villas have you lusting after your next Crete holiday? Or have you stayed in any of our villas – which one can you recommend?