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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Suggested general activities:
- 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 sporting 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.
- Boat Trips
- Blue Dolphin Diving Centre
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.