In contrast to its more contemporary sister property Villa Rosemary, Villa Melie has been designed to reflect the authenticity of Cretan stone houses and is furnished in light and earthy colours to create a warm and comfortable ambience that appeals to families and groups of friends alike. While enjoying a largely private setting with its own pool and various terraces providing uninterrupted views over the valley and distant sea beyond, Villa Melie can potentially be booked together with Villa Rosemary which would allow for a group of up to 12 guests to spend a memorable Cretan holiday on the same estate.
The 3-bedroom house was built entirely with stones from the estate's hilly grounds and has been constructed on 3 different levels which offer guests the opportunity to overlook the lush valley of Gavalochori with its olive groves and with the Mediterranean Sea as spectacular background.
The nearest sandy beach is only a 10-minute drive away and so are sea-front tavernas, local shops and markets. The picturesque sleepy village of Gavalochori is in walking distance to the villa and also provides a handful of eateries. For those who prefer a day out to the more lively neighbourhoods we recommend to visit the charming town of Chania which is only a 30-minute drive away. Known as the Venice of Crete due to its waterfront and delightful cobbled streets of the old town, it is a great place for picking up souvenirs and gifts to take home.
Embracing the charm of its traditional character, Villa Melie has been elegantly furnished and equipped with all modern amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The private 8x4m swimming pool with panoramic views, the beautifully terraced gardens and the various al fresco dining areas and sun-drenched terraces are only a few outstanding features worth mentioning. Come and experience the Cretan way of life and end each summer day with a glass of local wine while enjoying the scenic sunsets from the villa's top terrace!
Middle Floor (Entrance level):
• The main entrance is via a covered terrace with table and chairs.
• Kitchen/Dining/Living room: Open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with stone walls and beam ceiling. The living area includes 2 sofas, TV with DVD player and Satellite channels, a fireplace and a balcony from where to enjoy beautiful views over the valley and distant sea.
The kitchen is in white decor and features an electric cooker, an espresso/coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher, etc. The round dining table seats 6 guests.
• Bedroom 1: Twin beds ((90cm each). Separate shower room (plus washing machine).
• Opposite the twin bedroom is a walk-through room to the villa’s main terrace and pool area.
• Bedroom 2: Twin/King-size beds (90cm each or 180cm together) with small balcony and en-suite shower room.
• Bedroom 3: Master bedroom with King-size bed (180cm) and en-suite bathroom. Access door to a large terrace with magnificent views. This terrace can also be accessed from the top-floor hall way.
Ground Floor (Pool level):
• At the front of the house is a covered garage with space for one or two cars
• The private pool area features a 13x6m swimming pool and the main al fresco dining area in a slightly elevated position
• An additional sitting room with separate kitchenette and shower room (plus washing machine) for those seeking a break from the hot summer sun
• The elevated grounds of Villa Melie’s sister property, Villa Rosemary, are located a few meters to the back and can only overlook the entrance area of Villa Melie. Its living areas and pool side are however private and out of sight for Villa Rosemary guests.
• Due to the terraced grounds and various drops, young children require constant supervision.
- Inokritika an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.
Apokries, the Greek version of Mardi Gras is an event not to be missed. Thousands of people flood the streets of Chania in masquerades and costumes to celebrate through song and dance
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.
- Yakintheia - three-day festival filled with cultural events including Cretan folk tradition, music and food tasting. For a true inisight into Crete traditions and heritage, this is a festival not to be missed.
- 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.
- Festivals - a number of festivals are arranged by the municipality during this month including art exhibitions, theatrical events and music concerts.
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:
- Visit the many archaeological sites and historical monuments including Ancient Aptera, Firka Fortress, Egyptian Lighthouse, Giali Tzamisi and the Byzantine Wall of Chania.
- Relax on one of Chania’s beaches famous for its clear waters and golden sands.
- Explore Chania’s history on a tour through the Old City.
- Scuba diving,
- Limnoypolis waterpark.
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.
Nearest villages/towns: Gavalochori village with several tavernas and a couple of general stores (approx. 10-min walk);
Amirida and Vamos have a wider range of restaurants and shops (5 km);
Chania town with huge variety of good restaurants, shops, supermarkets, etc. (27km, 30-min drive)
Nearest airport: Chania Airport (37km, 45 min)
Nearest beaches: Almyrida (5km), Kalyves (10km), Akrotiri peninsula (40km) with 2 beautiful beaches in Marathi and Stavros
We'd like to make you aware that Villa Melie shares grounds with its sister property
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
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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.
- Please be advised that only 2 bedrooms will be made available when the 4-guest price has been paid. 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 services please visit 'Villa Rental Options'. Your Abercrombie & Kent Villas Consultant would be more than happy to discuss your specific needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or give us a call.
- Kindly Note: Villa Melie and its sister property can be booked together, provided availability is given at both houses. Please enquire for more details with your Abercrombie & Kent Consultant.
- Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
- Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen.
- 3 hours mid-weekly maid service.
- Final cleaning.
- Wi-Fi internet.
- Underfloor cooling and heating system.
- Private swimming pool.
- Maid service available at EUR 20/hour.
- A pre-arrival grocery shopping service is available on advance request. A service fee of EUR 20 will be charged locally plus the cost of groceries.
- Arrivals at the meeting point after 23:00 will be charged an additional EUR 50.
- Cook service available on request from EUR 40/hour (a minimum of 5 hours per service are payable in advance, the cost of groceries are to be settled locally).
- Transfer from Chania Airport to the villa (one way) available from EUR 250 (up to 6 guests). A supplement may apply for transfers at night time.
- 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.
- KINDLY NOTE:
- The elevated grounds of Villa Melie's sister property, Villa Rosemary, are located a few meters to the back and can only overlook the entrance area of Villa Melie. Its living areas and pool side are however private and out of sight for Villa Rosemary guests.
- Due to the terraced nature of the grounds and various drops, young children require constant supervision.