Mid-range from $1,500 per person

Paradise Island Villas

An intimate family run boutique resort of just 12 villas, Paradise Island Villas is a real jewel. The resort is a perfect base for independent families to explore the cultural sites and beautiful beaches around Crete.

East coast, Crete
Paradise Island Villas
  • A welcoming and intimate boutique villa hotel

  • One of the 25 Best villas in Europe voted by Condé Nast Traveller

  • Personalised concierge service and exceptionally helpful staff

  • 12 individual villas with heated private pools

Greeted on arrival by your hosts Eleni and Paul, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the friendly and helpful service at Paradise Island Villas. Guests of all ages are made to feel welcome and part of the family. Discreetly tucked away in Anissara, ten minute's walk from the sea, the resort is an ideal retreat from which to explore the rest of the island and some of its beautiful beaches. 

Clad in bougainvillea, the 12 villas are all individually designed with their own private garden and heated pool. Ideal for couples and families looking for peace and seclusion, they have fully equipped kitchens and terraces for eating alfresco. Grocery shopping can be organised on request, but for guests looking to escape cooking, eating in Paradise Island Villa's restaurant Ambrosia is a gourmet experience. The breakfast menu offers a huge and tempting selection of European, American and local dishes and lunch and dinner sees Mediterranean and Greek cuisine using local produce. Fresh meat, fish, local vegetables, and all meals are prepared using the hotel's own olive oil from their trees, and each day the chefs prepare the "dish of the day", featuring home made Greek and Cretan recipes. And once a week, there is a poolside Greek barbecue. The lounge bar by the pool offers a long list of cocktails, if you fancy a change from your own private pool. There are many very good local tavernas if you like to eat out, so just ask for a recommendation.

Guests can enjoy an extensive range of spa treatments, all of which are based on traditional home made recipes, with local herbs and olive oil, developed exclusively for the hotel. Treatments are offered in the privacy of your villa either indoors or outdoors in your garden. As well as the two main pools, there is a fitness room and a tennis court. If you'd to explore the island or spend a day to two doing some water sports, the staff are more than happy to advise or help arrange it all.

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Top tip:

Work off the results of the delicious weekly Cretan barbecue in your own pool with hydrojet.

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East coast, Crete

Paradise Island Villas is on the north east coast of Crete, 23km from the capital, Heraklion and 18km from Heraklion airport. Guests can visit Knossos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located near Heraklion.

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