Ionian Blue

Chania, Crete
From: £1,163 nightlyGuests 8Rooms 4Bathroom 4
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Ionian Blue: Crete

Cut into the side of a rocky cliff – this Cretan retreat is an architectural masterwork. With waves crashing into the rocks just metres beneath your feet, there's little discernible difference between a stay here or onboard an oligarch's superyacht that you'll inevitably spy moored off the coast. Every effort has been made to remove all barriers between you and Mother Nature, creating a stripped-back, minimalist space that encourages you to engage with the rugged landscape that's just out of reach.

Accommodation here is split across two buildings, with three bedrooms in the main structure and a completely separate guesthouse with a further bedroom – perfect for couples looking for some privacy. All rooms enjoy access to private en-suites and vast floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing out over the ocean, so no one will be left disappointed with their allocated space.

An essential aspect of your stay here is the chance to reconnect with nature. From the immense rock that has been turned into an integral part of the structure and the peaceful sound of the miniature waterfall that helps you meditate by the water to the salt spray that blows up on the breeze after crashing into the rocks below – the sights, sounds and smells of nature permeate every aspect of this home.

If you want to explore the area, Crete's secluded west coast boasts some of the best beaches and most picturesque scenery on the island. It's made all the better by the fact its slightly off-the-beaten-track location means that it remains relatively untouched. Highlights include Falassarna, Elafonisi and Balos beaches, ranging from thirty minutes to over an hour away. All offer Caribbean clear water and fine sand not found in other parts of the island.

Home truths:
*A breakfast basket will be delivered daily to the villa
*We'd recommend a car to explore the area – there's ample on-site parking
*The dining table doubles as a laptop-friendly workspace
*Access to the home is via a private entrance
*Beach towels are provided as standard
*The main bedroom and adjoining en-suite bathroom are on the ground floor, so might be suitable for those with limited mobility

Sleeping Arrangements

Master bedroom
Sleeps up to 2
Bedroom 2
Sleeps up to 2
Bedroom 3
Sleeps up to 2
Bedroom 4
Sleeps up to 2



  • Holiday with friends
  • Long stays
  • Family holiday
  • Self Catering
  • Short Stay
  • Kid friendly (1-12 years)
  • Infant friendly (under 12 months old)
  • Coastal
  • Walking distance to lake/sea
  • Walking distance to beach
  • Beach
  • Wi-fi
  • TV
  • DVD-Player
  • Hair-Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Washing-Machine
  • Swimming-Pool
  • Barbeque
  • Parking-Available
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Wine-Cooler
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
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