We arrived to the smell of a delicious dinner cooked by Despina, and immediately knew we'd made the right decision. Villa Sophia is gorgeous and was absolutely perfect for our family of 4 and the grandparents, who had their own separate bed/bath suite in the villa. The pool is wonderful and the kids spent a lot of time in it! The rooms were comfortable too, however my favourite thing was eating outside either up by the kitchen for breakfast or down by the pool for dinner having cooked on the BBQ. Whatever we did it was a treat to look out over this gorgeous view!
Another plus, Johanna (Despina's daughter)! She was a wonderful host who had suggestions for things to do and places to go, including arranging a hire boat for us to take around the bay. She had great food tips for eating out and was keen for us to have an authentic Cretan experience, which I am so glad we did. She also popped in to see if we were doing well and surprising my daughter with a gift on her birthday.
We did several trips out from the villa, which is a good spot to explore central/eastern Crete from. Agios Nikolaos is a really picturesque town to explore too, and we visited several beaches in a 10-15 minute drive from the villa (when we could get the kids out of the pool). Would definitely recommend a stay here!