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Villa Cienta

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Elounda | Bedrooms: 6 | Sleeps: 8 + 4

Rates: from £7,454 per week

Magnificent views over the sparkling waters of the Elounda Bay combined with the villa's sophisticated design by its architect owner make this 6-bedroom gem a very exciting new addition to our Cretan portfolio! By sharing the 1.4 hectares of hillside grounds with its larger sister property Villa Cien, guests are offered the choice to either maximise the occupancy to 28 or to enjoy Villa Cienta's own private space with up to 12 guests. Regardless of the group size, when it comes to great locations and supreme style and comfort, this amazing villa is hard to beat.

Newly built and appointed to the highest of standards, Villa Cienta is a dream of a holiday villa in one of the most sought-after locations on the island. With the charming fishing village of Elounda at its doorstep, various beaches a short drive away and with famous archaeological sites nearby, you will experience the very best Crete has to offer. The villa's airy and contemporary interior is striking without compromising on comfort. Warm earthy colours with a hint of blue shades provide a nautical flavour, enhanced by the creative use of glass to ensure the breath-taking sea view is preserved at every opportunity. A sparkling infinity pool, lit to perfection at night, blends seamlessly into the gloriously blue waters of the bay. Small stone paths meander through the undulating hillside of the grounds and lead you to hidden places offering relaxing moments in the comfort of hammocks or sheltered picnic spots.

vilLa accommodation

First Floor:

  • Master bedroom (1.80m four-poster bed) with en suite bathroom, closets and private terraces with sea views.
  • Double room (1.60m double bed) with separate external entrance, en suite shower room, walking closet, beautiful views to the sea, fire place and private terraces with sea views.

Ground Floor:

  • Open plan living room with fireplace, study, a small private terrace and W.C.
  • Open plan living area leads into the fully equipped kitchen and dining area with direct access, through French doors, to the external dining area by the pool.
  • Bar area with stools overlooking the pool and sea.
  • Rest areas and hammocks where one can simply lay under the shade of the olive trees and enjoy a book.
  • Two bedrooms - one twin/double beds and one with a 1.60m double bed. Both have en suite shower rooms with rain shower walk-in closets, and beautiful views to the Mediterranean.
  • One room has a small terrace with direct access to the pool.

Lower Ground Floor (will be closed for the 8-guest price option):

  • Two twin/double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms and doors leading to the pool area. Please note that these bedrooms have either partial or no sea views. Furthermore, there is one additional sofabed in one of the bedrooms, ideal for one adult.
  • Storage.
  • Laundry room.


  • Due to the terraced nature of the grounds with various drops and due to a number of low terrace walls and staircases without railings, some might find the property unsuitable for young children.
  • The villa is located on a hillside in order to benefit from the best possible views, therefore the road approaching the property is fairly steep. Villa Cienta and its sister property Villa Cien share the same entrance gate to the grounds and a short distance of the drive passes behind Villa Cienta. Both have their own parking areas.

  • Inokritika an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.

  • Memorial Parade held in Heraklion to celebrate the uprising of Greeks against Ottoman Turks in 1821.

  • Burning of Judas celebrations. Easter is the main public holiday in Greece and in Ayios Nikolaos, it is celebrated with the burning of an effigy of Judas on Lake Voulismeni accompanied by the sound of firecrackers.

  • Heraklion Summer Festival. This arts festival runs until September and has welcomed arts groups such as the Kirov Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and the Vienna Opera.

  • Houdetsi Festival, Heraklion - a four day celebration full of music, art and food.

  • St Minas Parade, held in Heraklion by the townspeople to commemorate their patron saint, who rescued Christians from slaughter by Turks in the 19th century.
Suggested general activities:

  • Walk to the Spinalonga Peninsula and see the remains of the Sunken City of Olous and its five windmills.
  • Relax on one of Elounda's stunning beaches.
  • Take the Happy Train and travel from Elounda to Plaka, a fishing village with spectacular views.
Suggested sporting activities:

  • Boat Trips
  • Blue Dolphin Diving Centre
  • Swimming

TIME ZONE Greece operates on GMT + 2 hours.

LANGUAGE Modern Greek (as opposed to Ancient) is the national language of Greece. Vernacular speech contains many borrowings from foreign languages, including Italian, French, Turkish and English, so you may hear some familiar words in everyday speech. "Tourist Police" whose lapel badges picture a Union Jack or American flag speak English. In Greece, people whose work brings them into contact with visitors from overseas are generally excellent English speakers.

CURRENCY The Euro, divided into 100 Cents.

MONEY MATTERS Travellers cheques can easily be converted into Euros; some larger stores will take them as payment. Smaller denominations are preferred. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread.

TIPPING Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.

WEATHER Greece enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, occasionally wet winters. Summer temperatures can reach the upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and sun protection in the form of sun cream, a sun hat and lightweight clothing is recommended.

CLOTHING Style is fairly casual throughout Greece though in more rural areas and during Easter more conservative dress may be observed, for example covered shoulders. Cathedrals, churches and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime as the heat can be extreme during summer months. You are advised to take lightweight light coloured items, including a sun hat to protect your skin from the affects of sun damage. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate light to medium-weight clothing selections and in winter you will need a pullover and a coat. When dining at better restaurants and for any special occasion during your journey, dress is more formal. For gentlemen, a "jacket and tie" standard is appropriate, with an equivalent standard of eveningwear for ladies. Bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels.

HEALTH For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

ELECTRICITY Electrical service is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.


Villa Cienta shares the vast grounds with its sister property Villa Cien (sleeps up to 16). Both villas are situated on opposite sides of the grounds (approx. 200m), separated by the undulating hillside from which they enjoy their elevated position.

Elounda with sea front restaurants, shops and bars 3km;
Agios Nikolaos with restaurants and shops 7km;
Fishing village Plaka 7km;
Spinalonga Island (Venetian fortress and once a leper colony) 10 min by boat from Elounda;
Heraklion Airport 69km

* Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.


Rates Information

  • Please be advised that only 4 bedrooms will be made available when the 8-guest price is booked. For any additional bedrooms, the price for the full occupancy will be due.

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.


  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Daily maid service (Mon-Fri) for approx. 2 hours/ day.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (changed twice a week).
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wi-Fi internet.
  • Full air-conditioning.
  • Private infinity swimming pool (approx. 14x5m).
  • Security guard (with dog) on grounds between midnight and 6am.

Extra Services

  • Additional maid service available at EUR 10/hour.
  • Cook service available on advance request.
  • Transfer from Heraklion Airport to the villa available on advance request.
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience. Please contact your A&K Villas Travel Consultant for further information.
  • Please note that in case of cancellation all confirmed services are non refundable.

  • Due to the terraced nature of the grounds with various drops and due to a number of low terrace walls and staircases without railings, some might find the property unsuitable for young children.
  • The villa is located on a hillside in order to benefit from the best possible views, therefore the road approaching the property is fairly steep. Villa Cienta and its sister property Villa Cien share the same entrance gate to the grounds and a short distance of the drive passes behind Villa Cienta. Both have their own parking areas.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine


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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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