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Spinalonga, inspiration for Victoria Hislop's best seller 'The Island' The pool with a Blue view!
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Elounda Solfez Villa at Dusk
Spinalonga, inspiration for Victoria Hislop's best seller 'The Island'
The pool with a Blue view!
Elounda Solfez Villa
Elounda Village
140 sq.m. Terrace with BBQ
Agios Nikolaos nearby city (10km)
Blue Sky...
Top floor Bedroom
Living room with modern amenities
9 - Hole Par 3 golf course nearby
Top floor Bedroom with private Balcony
Relax in Privacy...
First Floor bedroom
Almyros Beach with a fresh river pouring into the sea (12km)
First floor bedroom with single beds
View from the pool
First Floor bedroom, direct access to the pool
Privacy guaranteed...
Fully equipped Kitchen
Crop from our Bio - Garden
Living room with operating fireplace
The Mystique of Mirabello Bay and the Cretan Sea
Relax all you can...
Elounda's Canal
At least on vacation...
Kalo Horio beach (15km)
Our Herb and flowers garden
Small scale events, like vows renewal...
Electronic Safe
Washing machine and dryer
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture, Crete

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933zuzana...
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
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“Our best holiday”
Reviewed 23 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We were looking for nice villa maybe two months... when we finally found this offer we could not believe that for such a price we could get such a nice place. However the pictures and reality is not the same. Reality is even much more better... Once you enter and see this amazing view to whole Elounda from your infinity pool - it is just amazing.

Long time before the holiday we were wondering whether it is not better to go to nice
hotel with full service, however now we do not regret it since in villa you have your privacy and Nikolas helped to us anytime with anything we wanted. I really appreciate that anytime we called him he came to our villa and bring to us anything we needed. In addition, every second day there is cleaning service and every day they clean pool.

We stayed in three floor villa for 6 people - every floor has own terrace. I would really recommend this villa to everybody - families or group of friends. I am sure you will not regret this.

We had wonderful time in villa and we would like to thank you to Nikolas for everything.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
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Sha623
London, United Kingdom
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“Thank you”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Our review differs to the others as unfortunately we had to cut short our stay and return to the UK as our daughter became very sick. After months of looking forward to this trip, our daughter became unwell a few days before we left London. We thought she was recovering and would "turn the corner" in Crete, but she didn't.

We stayed 5 days out of our 14 planned, but that was enough time to give this gorgeous place 5 stars! First impressions: steep road was absolutely manageable - we even got into 2nd gear once or twice! Also, as others have mentioned, the villas DO look exactly like the photos. We spent most of our 5 days staying at the villa (due to sick child) and our other two children didn't leave the pool, except to let the daily cleaning take place (always at the end of the day), then were straight back in!

The cleaning of the villa (3 times a week) was also very welcome - changing all the linen felt a bit like a hotel service!

We really enjoyed having the two outdoor areas to eat - just outside the living room/kitchen (good for breakfast) and by the pool. We literally couldn't get much else in the fridge when we arrived as it was generously packed full of fresh food.

During the day, the view was fantastic, but for us the villa was spectacular at night. Firstly we were mesmerised by the colour of the moon rising - starts bright red, then turns bronze before becoming the usual pale yellow. We also used the BBQ most nights - brilliant. This along with the terrace/pool lighting made the outdoor space very special. We star gazed each evening (not possible in London!) and along with the view of Spinalonga lit up, we didn't want to go inside at bedtime!

Probably what make our experience different is that we had fantastic customer service in a "crisis" situation. Hippo was amazing! Upon our request to find a doctor to see our daughter, he made a phone call and within 30 minutes a lovely doctor arrived at our villa, speaking perfect English and giving sensible advice. Unfortunately, our child's condition continued to deteriorate and we made the difficult decision to change our flights and return home. We then had a computing nightmare trying to print our boarding passes at short notice, which saw Hippo going flat out to help us on a public holiday long weekend late in the evening. He was a huge star and by some miracle produced our 5 printed boarding passes at 10 pm for us to fly the following morning. I can't express enough how grateful we are to him - he really went out of his way to help us. For us, he went beyond the call of duty - our problem became his problem too.

We left Elounda very sad but knowing it was the right thing (our daughter was admitted to hospital once home). On our return we received an Email from Nikolas offering us a complimentary stay at the villas in the future to use up the 9 nights we didn't use! I can't think of customer service that compares to this anywhere else that we have been in 15 years of taking holidays as a family. Thank you Hippo and Nikolas!

Travelling group: Young Children
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Andrea C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An amazing location and resort!”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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This place was everything we had hoped for. The food was amazing, very Greek with lots of choice. The road to our apartment was steep so if you have mobility issues this isn't the place for you! Our 3 children had a great time at the pool and the games room. We hired a car which made our holiday as we could explore further afield. We did discover a lovely water sports place about 10 mins past Agios Nic which our children loved and the beach was lovely. (Much better than the local Elounda water sports and cheaper). We did try the Elounda once and almost got run over by the ferry that goes to the lepar colony!! The apartments were basic but clean and we had an amazing view of the sea.

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Liked best: The pool and terrace
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Mr_A_Shah
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
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“Great place to stay in Elounda”
Reviewed 12 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

Excellent welcome and great view and own pool is fantastic. Great place for families and groups. Thanks to Hippo.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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justine t
Gisborne, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Highlight of our Crete holiday”
Reviewed 14 November 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We have just returned to New Zealand from a wonderful trip to Crete and the Greek Islands, a highlight of which was our time in Elounda at Solfez Villas.
I "met" Nikolas Lygeros, the e-marketing manager for Solfez Villas by email back in June and by the time we arrived, I felt as though we were friends. He was the most obliging person to communicate with and there was nothing he would not arrange for us from a traditional Greek dinner party, to golf and spa treatments at the neighbouring five-star resort, to introductions to the best restaurants, beaches and tourist attractions.
When we finally arrived we were delighted with what we found. Solfez Villas are absolutely stunning. Perched on the hill above dazzling Mirabello Bay on the north east coast of Crete, the villas are three-storeyed with balconies on each floor so every room has a spectacular view.
The real value is that what you see on the Solfez Villas website is what you get, which is always our first concern when it comes to vacation rentals. We loved our private, gorgeous infinity pool and huge patio with an outdoor dining area overlooking Mirabello Bay, and their bio garden (next to the villas) where they grow Greek vegetables, which were delivered daily to us, free of charge.
We arrived late in the evening after driving from the airport in the Cretan capital, Heraklion, to find Nikolas had stocked the fridge with fresh fruit, Cretan wine, cheese, bread, terrine, honey, nuts and other delicacies. It meant we didn’t need to try and find a place to eat at that late hour. Very thoughtful.
The three-bedroom, two bathroom villa was immaculate and spacious, and had everything we needed including air-conditioning, a full kitchen and laundry, built-in BBQ, wifi, TVs/DVD/sound system.
Cretan hospitality is legendary. The dinner Nikolas organised for us at the villa next door featured every Greek delicacy imaginable.
On his recommendation, the next evening we dined at a modest-looking taverna in Elounda, just a short drive away. From the outside, Taverna Akrohoria presents as a humble, family-run restaurant with a few rooms to rent upstairs, but the food was fabulous and the view over the Cretan Sea and Mirabello Bay from the dining area was divine.
Next day, Nikolas introduced my husband to the golf pro at the five-star Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort one of the top courses in Crete while my daughter and I met Elli, manager at Six Senses Spa, ranked one of the world's leading spas by Conde Naste. It was exquisite - soothing fountains, soft lighting, luminous pools, and the best massage I have ever had.
Elounda itself is an interesting place. Its development began in the 1970s when the first 5-star hotels were established. Built on the hillside around a picturesque fishing village and beaches with emerald waters, Elounda is now frequented by celebrities, royalty and film makers. Restaurants and high-end jewellery and fashion shops abound but the village has maintained its slow-paced, rustic charm.
Historic Spinalonga Island is just a short ferry ride from Elounda. The TV series The Island was filmed on there.
The difference between a place like Solfez and a faceless resort or hotel is the personal touch and the warm engagement with guests who actually become friends. And it does not cost a fortune especially if you share the price with some friends or couples.
We were there at the end of August and enjoyed day after day of cloudless skies. Elounda has everything - history, scenery, food, wine, beaches, and some of the friendliest people we have ever met.

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Liked best: Apart from the fantastic views, the personal engagement with Nikolas and his team
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling 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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