£228 / night
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Amari Villas: calm and comfort in the real Crete – Home 193570 Villa

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 17 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Amari Villas: calm and comfort in the real Crete – Home 193570

  • Villa
  • 6 bedrooms
  • sleeps 17
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


An idyllic retreat for families and groups in the delightful Amari Valley

Overlooking the terracotta rooftops of the village of Amari, Amari Villas comprises two interconnected properties - Villa Idi and Villa Samitos - which date back to the mid 19th century. The property includes a swimming pool.


Amari Villas is a traditional stone-built dwelling and was the former home of the owner’s grandparents. A typical rural residence built in the mid-1800s, today the property exudes a unique charm, with its sensitive renovation carefully blending original features with contemporary comfort.

With spectacular views across the Amari Valley to Mount Ida, and a location that guarantees peace and tranquility, Amari Villas offers guests that most elusive of experiences - a beautiful refuge in which to unwind and recharge, enriched by the traditions of "the real Crete".

The property has been in the owner’s family for generations. In his childhood, Manolis spent his summer holidays here with his “papou” and “yiayia” (grandfather and grandmother). Decades later, Manolis restored the building for the sake of those sweet summers and transformed it into one of Crete’s most delightful and sought-after holiday homes.

Amari village ('Nefs Amari') is a small traditional village in the heart of Rethymno province in central Crete. A 40-minute drive south of Rethymno town, Amari Villas is set on high ground just below village’s Venetian church, with marvelous views across the Amari Valley to the highest mountain in Crete - Mount Ida (Psiloritis).

The interiors of the Villas comprise a combination of traditional furnishings and historical artefacts - including wood-burning fireplaces - with contemporary kitchens, central heating, air-conditioning, and modern appliances.

The two villas - ‘Idi’ and ‘Samitos’ (named after the mountains which cradle the village of Amari) comprise a total area of 320 square meters. Each has its own well-appointed kitchen and large living room with fireplace, and together provide six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Up to 16 guests can be housed comfortably in the villas, though additional capacity with extra beds is possible. Wi-Fi is available throughout the properties and each villa is supplied with a flat-screen TV and a device-compatible DVD/CD player/home cinema system.

The private swimming pool is part of Villa Idi’s terrace. With superb views to Mount Ida and across the valley, the terrace includes a BBQ and dining area. A second terrace, part of Villa Samitos, provides another larger dining area.

Amari Villas is a unique property in the region, combining luxury and comfort unparalleled in the Amari Valley. The village of Amari, located centrally in the Valley, is ideal for hikers and visitors wishing to explore the landscape and surrounding communities.

Equidistant from Crete's north and south coasts, Amari Villas is perfectly placed, allowing guests easy access to the south coast's beautiful (and less-used) beaches, as well as the more developed north coast. The Old Town of Rethymno is less than an hour's drive away, so visiting this popular location - one of the most intact medieval towns in Greece - is easy.


The villa is looked after by "Mrs Rumy" (pronounced "roomy") who lives nearby and she is available to take care of any guests’ needs, including changing of linen and cleaning services. As a highly skilled cook, Mrs Rumy also offers guests an exclusive range of authentic Cretan and Mediterranean dishes. All the meals provided are homemade, using fresh seasonal ingredients - all from local suppliers. Prices for meals are available on request.


For youngsters and the young at heart, Amari Villas has a range of toys, games, books and movies to choose from in each villa. Baby cots and highchairs are available. The village has a basketball and volleyball court plus open spaces for games, and the lack of traffic in the village offers a safe and friendly environment for children to explore.


The Amari Valley lies between two mountain ranges - Mount Ida to its east and the Kedros range to the west. The Valley is one of a few regions of Crete where the traditional Cretan rural way of life is still present. It is a place of unique nature and of cultural traditions which are central to the lives of its people today.

The village of Amari is set on the eastern slope of Samitos mountain. Peaceful and with little traffic entering this tiny hamlet (average resident population 200), the only sounds likely to break the silence are the tinkling of goat bells and the ringing of the village’s church bells.

Surrounded by ancient olive groves, vineyards and citrus orchards, the area is a gentle hiker’s paradise. The nearby landscape, dotted with tiny, often hidden, byzantine chapels, is a joy to explore by foot, while the Amari Valley lends itself to lazy exploration by car along its latticework of beautiful tree-shaded lanes and mountain paths.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • 3 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 5: Double Bed
    Bedroom 6: Double Bed Single Bed
  • 4 Family bathrooms, 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

The area surrounding the village of Amari is rich in history with several sites dating to Minoan and Byzantine times. Also, the beautiful Amari Valley features unique natural sites like great gorges, ancient olive groves and magnificent countryside, along with 27 little villages to explore. Though some of the places are accessible by foot, a car is strongly advised in order to get full advantage of the area and explore even further to the rest of the island. Amari, set right in the heart of undiscovered Crete, is an ideal base for anyone who wishes to get away from the crowded touristic areas, yet being close enough to visit them.

Interaction with guest

On your arrival, owner Manolis will be there to welcome you. Highly knowledgeable of the property and the area’s rich history, Manolis will be delighted to share with you the story of the house, his family and the Amari, and, if possible, to guide you to his favorite places around. Full information about the villa and the area will be forwarded to you, in advance. Manolis lives in Rethymnon city but visits the village every 3-4 days and is also available at anytime by phone or email for questions and tips, before or during your stay.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

The guests are simply invited to feel “at home”. Just a few things should be noted:
Usual check in / out at 4.00pm / 10.00am. Any other time is possible (no extra cost) depending on the schedule of previous / next bookings.
The villa might not be suitable for people of restricted mobility. There are stairs, no lift and no wheelchair access. Please check with the owner.
All kids are welcomed.
Smoking allowed only outside.
Guests are encouraged to recycle using the special bins provided on site


About the owner

Manolis P.

Tourist Licence

Average reply time:
1 hour 21 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
07 May 2021
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

This Villa has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and sleeps 17. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 10 Jan 2012. Located in Rethymnon Prefecture, it has 21 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1592 to £3080.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 07 May 2021.


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Guest reviews

21 reviews

Very Good

“Not simply any villa rental more a total experience-Villa Samitos combines ancient tradition with modern comfort.”

Reviewed 26 Oct 2020

The Amari valley and particularly Amari village is steeped in history and blessed with truly awesome scenery -breathtaking mountains to climb, dramatic gorges to explore and expanses of olive trees to… More

“Paradise in the Cretan mountains”

Reviewed 8 Jun 2018

First of all there's the location. Perched overlooking the pretty village of Amari, and then with one of the most breathtaking vistas I've ever seen, across the Amari Valley and dominated by the stunning Mount Ida, stunning from each of the numerous terraces. Then there's the hospitality. Beautiful meals cooked on demand by the housekeeper Rumy, the personal care for every aspect of your stay and beautiful products and useful items in the welcome pack alongside details about the area, walks, historical info, everything you could imagine. Finally, there's the villas themselves. Perfectly combining the traditional Cretan home with all mod cons, stylish art and decor. Luxurious and everything you'd ever need. Each terrace has it's own personality and exquisite views. It's my second visit in two years. Once with my small family. Then again with 14 of us of all ages. I can't want for my next visit.

“Outstandingly beautiful place to stay”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2018

Manolis Papadakis's grandparents' house, in Amari, now divided into two separate villas, is without any doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. It is near the top of the l… More

“Perfect Retreat”

Reviewed 18 Oct 2017

Amari Villas - the perfect place to get away from the heavily touristed areas of Crete. The villas are located in the small village of Amari- up in the hills about a half hour south of Rethymnon. Ther… More

“What else?”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2017

Cela fait des années que je passe mes vacances d'été un peu partout en Grèce en famille ou avec des amis pour l'accueil, le soleil, les paysages, la lumière, la greec dolce vita, les tavernes, les oliviers, les plages, les petits villages dans la montagne, les chèvres sur les routes, les gorges... Cet été, nous avons loué les 2 maisons de Manolis pour 4 familles : 8 adultes et 8 grands enfants. Et c'était parfait! Vraiment! Manolis a un sens de l'hospitalité au delà de la moyenne grecque (déjà exceptionnelle). Il a par ailleurs transformé l'ancienne maison de sa grand-mère avec un niveau d'exigence très au-delà de la moyenne : tout est rénové, confortable, grand, décoré avec gout, très bien équipé, le wifi fonctionne, il y a des prises électriques partout, la piscine est très agréable... L'endroit est tout à fait adapté pour un grand groupe, les cuisines sont grandes et bien équipées et la grande terrasse permet de faire manger tout le monde ensemble. Ce qui rend l'endroit tout à fait exceptionnel c'est aussi la présence de Rumy, très gentille et toujours attentive au bien être de tous. C'est du haut niveau de cuisine qu'elle propose (et j'ai plus de 10 ans d'expérience en tavernes grecques!) et cela permet de dîner tranquillement sur la terrasse avec vue sur le Psiloritis... Tout le monde a compris : je recommande sans réserve!

“Griechische Ostern”

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Im Frühjahr 2016 waren wir das erste Mal Gäste in Amari in der Villa Samitos bei Manolis Papadakis und Roumi. Es ist mit einer der schönsten Gegenden auf Kreta und die Herzlichkeit der … More

“Beautiful, peaceful and well hosted”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2016

Tranquil surroundings, excellent accommodation and great hosting from Manolis and Rumy made for a fantastic holiday. The ability to rent one or two parts of the villa meant that we could holiday with … More

“An incrediblly beautiful villa in a beautiful spot.”

Reviewed 17 May 2016

We stayed in the Villa Ida with its own swimming pool. The house itself is amazingly lovely in a typical Greek design. There are extensive outside seating areas where you can see the beautiful valle… More

“Everything you want and more”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2015

I'm currently sitting here in rainy London reminiscing about the great times my friends and I had at Amari Villas and Crete. Let's start at the beginning, Manolis was always great at commun… More

“Perfect villa, delightful location, spectacular views.”

Reviewed 26 Jul 2015

The house has been furnished to a very high standard. The terrace, with secluded swimming pool, barbecue area, and seating for meals is wonderful. Mrs Roumy made our food every evening, and we loved e… More

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