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The name of the Serenity Villa is truly perfect... the views from the villa are stunning, overlooking empty fields (except for goats and sheep) and the Sea of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. You could just sit and enjoy the view from sunrise to sunset - a very serene experience - either from the table, from the pool, from the patios, or from the lounge chairs.
The house offers very comfortable and spacious living space, and even if you are a group of friends (my case), an extended family or two families, the villa and gardens offer several options to all enjoy the home together or enjoy some private space.
The rooms and bathrooms were spacious and very comfortable - the beds and beddings were extremely comfortable. The kitchen and multiple options to eat and sit together were very practical and well arranged.
We took the option for half of our stay to have Giorgios - the private Chef - to come and cook for us... and I would definitely recommend this fantastic and unique option to anyone. This was a wonderful surprise every night, a culinary Cretan experience like no other! Giorgios is a fantastic person, and even a better cook! He made us discover the delicious and varied specialities of Crete and Greece. This is really a special and unique treat! Thank you very much for offering this option! Giorgios also had some great recommendations for local restaurants and excursions...
The nearby little village of Gerani has two little supermarkets and several coffee shops. And the nearby town of Rethymno (ten minutes by car) has everything else you may need for your visit. This is a beautiful town with a large variety of restaurants and shops. The narrow and charming streets are inviting and make you want to wander and explore further.
Platon - the owner of the villa - welcomed us in person and introduced us to the house, gave us some great local tips and visited us a few times to make sure that everything was perfect. The house was cleaned every few days, which is obviously a great service and one anyone will appreciate.
Located about a hour and 20 minutes from the Heraklion airport, or one hour from Chania airport, the villa is ideally situated in the middle of the island. Driving to the southern cost takes about 45-60 minutes depending on the road you choose to take.
We stayed in late October, and I would recommend taking the option to heat the pool as the evenings get fresh - especially with the ever present breeze.