Crete: Olea Villas Chania near Loutraki Bay
Olea means olive in Greek. To offer an olive branch is to offer the hand of peace. Giving a bowl of olives to a guest at your home or at a restaurant is to welcome them and the owner of the luxury Olea Villas makes sure you feel very welcome. Olea Villas is a peaceful and welcoming villa on the side of the Cretan hills leading to Loutraki Bay.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and under a four hour flight from Gatwick Airport. If you fly with Norwegian Airlines you can get an early morning flight for about £100.00 giving you the chance to make the most of your first day on the island.
A quick 10 minute drive from Chania’s International Airport and you will arrive at the beautiful Olea Villas, set in olive groves and within site of the nearby beach at Loutraki Bay.
You can see the villas as you drive on the road snaking through the olive trees, arrive at the private gate and drive into the private parking space.
You take a short intake of breath and realise you are actually staying here.
There are two villas next to each other, both three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. We stayed in the further of the two villas.
As you enter through the main front door, having walked past the hot tub and the outdoor pool facing Loutraki Bay, you see stunning architecture and luxury accommodation.
you have the main floor, fully equipped kitchen leading out to the patio to your right and to your left a lounge with glass doors out the pool you had just walked by.
You can go up the open plan staircase to the first floor where there is a double bed room with fantastic views and a full ensuite and shower.
I stayed in this room. It was light and airy with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
From the central staircases you descend to an open plan space with a snug with large digital television, videos and books making it a perfect place to sit and chill.
Downstairs is a double bedroom with ensuite and shower and a cute little balcony with bistro table and chairs to enjoy your morning coffee or a last glass of something stronger in the evening!
A further ensuite bedroom with twin rooms is across the open plan area. A total of three bedrooms offering sleeping for up to 6 guests.
The patio with large table and bar-b-que is a perfect place to eat and enjoy the lovely weather.
However if you don’t fancy cooking the owner of the villas can arrange for a local chef to come and prepare a typical Cretan meal for you.
You will be served a veritable feast of local Cretan dishes which included Kolokithanika Tiganita – deep fried courgettes, Kalthsounia – spinach parcels coats in sesame seeds, Melintzanes Stolismenes -thin slices of eggplant rolls in a spicy tomato sauce ( out of the oven bubbling) and our starter of Kolokythosoupa – a creamy butternut squash soup plus loads of other dishes.
Although there is a beautiful pool and a hot tub on the premises you may wish to walk down the road to Loutraki Bay, sit on the rocks and swim in the clear cool waters. Life doesn’t get better than this!
You will soon feel right at home in Olea Villas and if you need anything Chania is only a 25 minute drive. I am looking forward to visiting Crete again soon.
My friend and fellow blogger Nayna Kanabar from Citrus Spice gives her account of our stay.
I was a guest of Olea Villas. I was not required to write a positive review and as usual all opinions and photographs are my own. No photographs may be reproduced in any way without my written permission.