Paradise Island Villas - Crete
Paradise Island Villas
East coast, Crete
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.
At a Glance
A welcoming and intimate boutique villa hotel
One of the 25 Best villas in Europe voted by Condé Nast Traveler
Personalized concierge service and exceptionally helpful staff
12 individual villas with heated private pools
Outstanding attentive service and very child friendly
Don't miss the dish of the day and enjoy the olive oil from the resort's own trees
Work off the results of the delicious weekly Cretan barbecue in your own pool with hydrojet.Anna Corben
Mike, the long standing bar man, makes the most amazing mojitos with home grown limes, mint and organic sugar. For a non-alcoholic option, try the mosquito, they taste just as good!Anna Crowther
Enjoy a candle lit dinner at the Ambrosia restaurant overlooking miles of Cretan countryside in one direction and sea views in the other. If you're lucky, as we were, the setting sun will turn the sky and hill tops a beautiful pink hue.Katherine Gotla
Make sure you try some of the delicious olive oil at Paradise Island Villas; their very own olive trees are used to make this 100% organic product.Hannah Fullagar
The chef can prepare and stock your fridge with home-made baby food, ready for you to heat up at your convenience. Just ask.Sarah Matthews
The freshly caught slipper lobster spaghetti is amazing, but be sure to pre-order to avoid disappointmentAnna Harlow
Having the option to order room service from the restaurant to your villa means you get the best of all worlds – self catering, eating in the restaurant, being catered in your villa or going out to one of Eleni’s recommended restaurants nearbyAnna Corben
The real USP of the family run Paradise Island is the incredible level of service they provide – it’s often said, but nothing really is too much troubleAnna Corben
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Paradise Island Villas
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 organized 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.
Named after Greek gods and goddesses, all 12 individually designed villas using local materials, have views towards both the sea and mountains. Each villa has its own good sized lawned garden with a small Jacuzzi pool (which can heated on request for a local charge). Ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms, they can accommodate couples and families comfortably, and are all fully air-conditioned. Minimalist in design and decorated in distinctive earthy tones, they are spread over two floors, some with spiral staircases. The villas come complete with satellite TV, WiFi, CD, DVD player with complimentary DVD library, safe deposit box and a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, coffee machine and a large fridge. All bathrooms are made from polished Greek marble and have bathrobes, slippers and hairdryers.
|Executive Villas - two bedrooms||
Villa Aphrodite and Villa Ares (100sqm). On the ground floor there is an open plan living room and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, garden with outdoor dining area and swimming pool. The first floor comprises a master double bedroom with en suite jacuzzi bathroom and a twin bedroom with bathroom en suite. Both rooms have access to a terrace with sea views
|Senior Villas - one bedroom||
Villas Artemis and Villa Hephaestus (70sqm). The ground floor in these villas has an open plan living and dining room (with a divan for an extra person), fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, outdoor dining terrace and swimming pool with jets. On the first floor you'll find a double bedroom.
|Paradise Villas - two bedrooms||
Villa Apollo and Villa Poseidon (110sqm). The ground floor has an open plan living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, outdoor dining area and a swimming pool with jets. On the first floor you'll find a master double bedroom with en suite Jacuzzi bathroom and a twin bedroom with bathroom en suite. Both rooms have access to a terrace with sea views. A fifth person can be accommodated in a divan in the living area. The layout of these villas are ideal for families with younger children.
|Family Villas - two bedrooms||
Both Villa Hermes and Villa Demeter are family villas (110sqm). The ground floor is an open plan living and dining area, and has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, outdoor dining area and a swimming pool with jets. On the first floor you'll find a master double bedroom and a twin bedroom and bathroom. Both bedrooms have access to a terrace with sea views.
|Superior villas - three bedrooms||
The combined villas of Hestia and Zeus and Hera and Athena create a three bedroom superior villa idea for larger groups (125sqm). The accommodation consists of an open plan living and dining area, fully equipped kitchen plus a further good sized room with double bed/double sofa bed and bathroom en suite, outdoor dining area and a swimming pool with jets. On the first floor there is a master double bedroom with Jacuzzi bathroom en suite and a twin bedroom with a bathroom en suite. Both these rooms have access to a terrace with sea views.
Paradise Island Villas is exceptionally family friendly and welcomes children of all ages. There is a playground shaded by trees and the shallow end of the pools is ideal for smaller children. Villas can be supplied with equipment such as cots, high chairs, baby monitors, baby baths, toys for the pool, children’ cutlery, and there's a DVD library with cartoons and kids’ movies. Ambrosia also offers a special children's menu, especially designed for little guests. Babysitting can also be arranged.
This boutique resort is ideal for those looking to relax and catch up on a little bit of peace and quiet, or those who'd like to explore the island and all that it has to offer. As well as each villa having its own pool, there are two main pools for guests' use - perfect if you'd like to soak up the sun with something cool from the Pool Lounge or later with something from the Island Cocktail and Wine Bar. The Ambrosia Restaurant serves breakfast and delicious lunches and dinners, using fresh local produce. Spa treatments, using local ingredients can be given in your villa or your own private garden, and there is a tennis court and a fitness room.
There is no shortage of activities with which to fill your vacation in Crete. From a leisurely game of tennis on the Paradise Island Villa's own court, to Golf at the Crete Golf Club which is only a short drive away. Horse riding can be arranged, as well as a whole host of water sports. There are many truly beautiful beaches around the coastline of Crete, many of which are sun traps and perfect for sunbathing, swimming and generally relaxing. Other beaches on Crete offer a choice of water sports, such as windsurfing, water skiing, sea kayaking, speed boats, fun banana boat rides, or even just the chance to hire a pedalo boat for a few hours. The concierge at Paradise Island Villas is incredibly helpful and can help arrange tours of the island and visits to local archaeological sites of interest, as well as any sporting activity. There is also no shortage of activities for younger children. There are a couple of aquariums close by, as well as a water park and go-karting.
There are some very good dive sites off the north coast of Crete. Wreck, reef, wall, cave, drift and night dives are available for certified divers. Each site has been carefully selected for its breathtaking underwater topography and abundance of marine life.
The Crete Golf Club
Opened in 2003, the Crete Golf Club is home to the island’s first 18-hole course (par-71) and features a series of memorable holes served by exemplary facilities. Set in a stunning location, it has great views of the surrounding mountains.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
The climate in Crete is warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May and October are particularly pleasurable months.