About the villa
Settled on a hill, just a two minute walk from the sandy beach of Istron Bay, the property is literally sunk in a green carpet formed by wild nature, olive groves, vegetable gardens and majestic palm trees all magnificently merging with the ever changing colors of the sky and the million blues of the sea.
The villa occupies a different level on the hill with fences and shades having been carefully designed to secure that guests can enjoy their crystal clear swimming pool or perhaps a romantic alfresco dinner in full privacy.
On entering the Villa, the feeling of ‘‘being home’’ is overwhelming. Features from tradition blend harmonically with elegant modern furniture in rooms full of lights and vistas creating an atmosphere of inescapable relaxation, while modern technology completes the comfort.
As you would expect of an accommodation of such quality, Villa is kept immaculate and a technician is always available to face all minor problems that might occur. A mini market, a laundry service and safety deposit boxes supplement our range of services but that is not all.
The presence of Istron Bay in the premises provides the option of using all the facilities and services a five star hotel can offer, including Beach with watersports, tennis court, diving courses, Children’s Club, Babysitting Service, Swimming pool, Breakfast buffet, Lunch or dinner in one of the four restaurants and especially Meltemi a romantic restaurant just by the sea, Half board, Room service, and a bar on top of the hotel overlooking the idyllic bay of Istron.
Located on top of the complex for maximum privacy, 250 meters from the blue-flag awarded sandy beach, Artemis enjoys a fabulous view of the area with surrounding hills with wild vegetation and the bay (side sea view). Artemis has a very large terrace (140 m2), stone flagged, with a sitting area, a large shaded eating corner, a swing, and a private pool 8m⒊m with parasol and sun lounges. Portable bbqs are provided upon request.
A large and bright living room (37 m2), combines the sitting area, with the eating area and the well equipped kitchen. Comfortable lounge, 28” LCD satellite television, home cinema, a fireplace and stunning vistas coming from three large windows, make this room extremely pleasant and comfortable.
It has three comfortable bedrooms and three bathrooms, two of them en suite. All bathrooms are tiled with white marble. Master bathroom is with a bathtub, the rest with a shower.
The villa is well insulated and fully air – conditioned. Its orientation (south and west) secures the maximum sunshine, extremely pleasant at the beginning and the end of the season.
Laying on the most spectacular part of the entire north coast of Crete - the Mirabello Gulf - our villas offer an incredible variety of options for all the curious spirits.
The property is settled in Istron, widely known for its magnificent beaches that have been awarded with the Blue flag for a series of years.
For those who enjoy the atmosphere of a small town, Agios Nikolaos, the main town lies to the west just a 15 minute drive. With its shady avenues, its picturesque harbour lined with shops, cafes, bars and tavernas and of course the breathtaking inner harbour Voulismeni, which, tradition has it, is bottomless, it offers a different perspective of the Cretan lifestyle. The harbour shelters both caiques and fishing boats which run out to Spinalonga island, the abandoned yet evocative leper colony.
Driving a little further along the gulf of Mirabello will reveal Elounda, Crete’s famous resort. The waterfront here is lined with shops and several romantically-inclined tavernas which set their tables on small jetties just above the clear and shallow water. From Ag. Nikolaos you can also choose to head towards the village of Kritsa, famous for its weaving. In this direction its worth stopping to marvel at the attractive frescoes in the Byzantine church of Panayia Kera, the oldest in the whole of Crete, or to visit the Greco-Roman city of Lato perched high in the hills. Seekers of an authentic taste of Crete can drive even higher on the mountains towards the Plateau of Katharo in an amazingly attractive route, as the extra ordinary nature here blends with the majestic sight of the huge Gulf, itself backed by the dramatically soaring mountains of Sitia. More surprises await explorers who decide to move east, towards Sitia or Ierapetra, two towns hardly affected by the evasion of tourism.
Just a few minutes drive away, a first stop in the Minoan town of Gournia offers some glimpses to the past. Driving further along the Gulf under the imposing sight of the Gorge of Ha, the road climbs up the mountains of Sitia and a glorious panorama unfolds before your eyes. Again the options seem unlimited.
You can choose to visit Mochlos where fresh fish is guaranteed or explore a little further away the fertile, full of trees and running water villages.
Even from Istron there is direct access to the mountains where a handful of hospitable villages cary on over the centuries the values of filoxenia (considering the stranger a sacred person), the very essence of the Cretan Spirit.