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Reviewed 26 July 2013

On our third holiday in Crete we thought we might like to try a quiet inland village that is still not too var inland for a refreshing dip on a beach after a day of visiting and touring. Anatoli meets this requirement, twenty minutes' drive from Ierapetra and Mirtos on the South coast and the Libyan Sea in sight, plenty of walks in the mountains, within driving range to Lasithi, etc. So the location was going to be OK. The big asset of our five days in Anatoli proved to be the accommodation at Diktynna Villas, though.
The traditional house (we were in 'Gaia'), an old house, beautifuilly rebuilt by the owner, was equipped with all you may need on a shorter or longer stay. the quality of all furnishings was striking: high quality furniture, kitchen equipment, TV, DVD-player, sound equipments, Wi-Fi, etc. Nothing left to be wished there.
As for the human factor: we choose not to speak of "service", but rather prefer to describe our experience at Diktynna villas as cordial hospitality taken to a highly professional level: from a warm welcome by the owner and his wife to thoughtful attention for all you need or like (option for dinner on the evening of arrival, invitation for a drink, a couple of Meze sponaneously offered while you are having a drink on the verandah, a plateful of fruit, etc). All of this is managed without the slightest intrusion on the calm and privacy you seek. The lack of fluent English - or any Greek from our part - in communication was very much made up for by a warm presence (and by the assistance of the student daughter who happened to be there while we stayed).
The rooms in Gaia are spacious and well furnished, rather dark, to keep the sun out. The apartment has two verandahs with splendid sea view, which is handy when you have to consider the heat of the sun or the force of the sea winds.
When - on leaving - we were almost pressed into stating what we thought could be improved, we were almost at a loss to say anything.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Remy H
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We were planning for a bit of a treat when we booked at Diktyan Villas and we were not to be disappointed. Though the place was a bit tricky to find in this cozy village, once we got to there we discovered the fabulous owners had taken every step to make sure we felt welcome.

To start, our kitchen was fully stocked with every conceivable thing you would need to cook your own meals. Moreover, they had even been kind enough to load the freezer with ice, place a fresh watermelon in the fridge, and on the dining table sat plates of local almonds, raisins, peanuts, delicious apricots, and a pretty pitcher of raki!

Upstairs we were amazed to find the comfiest bed we had in all our travels of Crete flanked by a beautiful fireplace and with wonderful views of the village and down the mountain over the Libyan sea. If this were not enough, they had been also so thoughtful to have placed a smaller refrigerator in the bedroom for convenience and to have stocked the upstairs bathroom with a full line of Hermes bath products. Lastly, they had also placed some sun loungers on the roof so we could enjoy the peace while stargazing at night or get in some sunbathing with a good book during the day.

The best was yet to come though as we were invited to their taverna for a drink after we unpacked. Instead of a quiet drink we were invited to join the owners and their friends on the terrace where we were treated to true Greek hospitality. Out came plates of mezedhes heaped with local veggies and roasted meats all washed down with seemingly bottomless carafes of a wine one of their guests had made himself. While we could not speak much Greek and their level of English was limited at times, we pieced together some great conversations and ended up laughing well into the night. We were embarrassed to find when we checked out that the owners refused to accept a penny for anything we had consumed during our stay and true to Greek hospitality rebuffed any such offer with a hand gesture and a smile.

In sum, my only regret is that we could not have stayed here for a week to have spent more time in this wonderful place. It feels comforting to know that places like this still exist in the world when I could be taken back to the quaint villages of my childhood without all the worries of modern world. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a good base to explore the region whether you are interested in hiking along the beautiful mountains or just driving up and down the southern coast to relax on the many nearby beaches.

Note: when arriving, park in the main square by the church and walk down a series of steps (down, then take a right down a pedestrian street, then your first left) and you will see signs for the place.

Room Tip: rooms really vary depending on what type of group you are...talk to the owners before arrival and they will make sure that you have the time of your life!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Confused_ExpatHanoi
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

The place is very nice to spend some relaxing days. Above all the people are very friendly and helpful. The service was very good and helped us to relax a lot before returning back. Crete is a beautiful place to be. One of the most beautiful places is Lasithi Prefecture. There are a lot of places for daily excursions like Chrisi.

We recommend Diktynna Stone Villas to everyone that seeks some careless days enjoying the beautiful weather and the crystal clear sea water.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Georgios T
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Located in a small picturesque village in the mountains just 15min. from Ierapetra town and it's beautiful beaches.
It combines a mountain experience with many trailing paths through the huge pine forest, one of the last remaining pine forests in Crete, with the crystal waters of the beaches of the Southern part of Crete.
The room that we stayed was large with a separate living room and kitchenette. A fire place is also included in the amenities (I guess that in winter it will be very romantic).
Cleanliness and service were excellent.
The view from the terrasse was breathtaking especially in the morning when we had our breakfast. I forgot to mention that Diktynna is a family run business, and the people running the Villas are always more than happy to help with anything that is needed.
Wifi is free (even though I rarely need an internet connection in my vacation.
All in all I would recommend it to anyone that is thinking of visiting this side of Crete without any hesitation.
My 2 cents...

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Stelios P
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

These stunning Villas at the top of the mountain are built traditionally, and with great respect to the environment. They are spacious, very comfortable, and with an august tranquility that really makes you rest and relax. The whole village is one of the few traditional villages of Crete, and the overall environment is unique. The breathtaking view of the sea is unlimited, and the overall nature is rich and enchanting.
The highlight of the villas though is the hospitality and the warmness of the owners. We felt like home. They were very friendly, and very caring, offering us every day the best of their local products to eat.
We will definitively go again and we do recommend it strongly.

Room Tip: All the villas are wonderful. The one better than the other!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank epiphanyTulsa
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