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“Staying at Villa Lagada”
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Mountain views as well as area views
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New seating area for morning coffee and boat watching Shade all day long, perfect for those hot summer days
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Mountain views as well as area views
New seating area for morning coffee and boat watching
Shade all day long, perfect for those hot summer days
Sea view and shade
Plenty of parking at the front of the villa
Plenty of room to watch a film
Dining Room & Well Equiped Kitchen
Master Bedroom, en suite & balcony
Bedroom 2, en suite & balcony
Downstairs Bedroom, en suite wet room
Twin Bedroom with balcony
Bunk & a Single Bed makes it 11 beds
Makrygialos promenade, great tavernas and local food
Beautiful harbour in town
Makrigialos fishing harbour
Makrigialos Beach, possibly the best in Crete
Diaskari Beach
Take a trip to Mochlos
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Makry-Gialos, Lasithi Prefecture, Crete

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“Staying at Villa Lagada”
Reviewed May 28, 2011 for a stay in May 2011


A superb new-built luxury villa with great facilities, very confortable stunning outlook and views and plenty of space for large family or groups of friends and owners interested in feedback and keen to ensure everything is perfect for their guests.

In more detail..

The villa is built on the hills above the coast about 15 minute’s walk from the nearest beach and 10 minutes drive from the town. It is in a secluded spot with a large area of land around it and other villas dotted around the hill. When you relax round the pool all you can hear are birds and the rustle of shrubs and splashing from the pool- it's a lovely spot.

There is a nice private pool with water temperature just right for cooling off. It's lit at night giving a really nice feel to the patio area. There is plenty of seating on the patio in two or three areas and one space for 6-8 people to sit and chat or play cards right next to the pool. There are plenty of good quality sun loungers too if you want to roast yourself. The patio is enclosed by a shallow wall and bordered with a lovely collection of plants and shrubs making it very colourful. You can walk right around the villa taking in the views and flowers. Outside of the patio wall is raw Greece - stony red ground with infant olive trees and native vegetation. You can explore the grounds but need a good pair of shoes – leave you flip-flops by the pool! A wall around the outskirts of the property is planned which will be a good finishing touch and will children roam safely within bounds.

While we were there the drive way was just being finished and it was interesting to watch this develop. At the foot of the drive you are back in wild Greece so don't expect a tarmac road until you reach the coast road.

Round the corner near the pool there is a large stone table which will seat 10-12 and a great barbeque area with rotisserie and we have fun spit roasting chickens and a whole side of lamb. I understand a pergola is being added to this area too.

Inside the villa - and we only went inside to sleep and eat one night - there is a good amount space. The kitchen is well equipped with toaster, microwave, dishwasher, cooker, hob, large fridge freezer and washing machine. There is a large table for eating inside. In the lounge there is a large flat screen TV and PlayStation type things so the kids can get out of the heat and do their thing if necessary. We did not once turn the TV on.

There is also a useful desk and plenty of power points around so if you need to do some work you can set-up a laptop etc. and have a mini-office - see the note about Internet later. Being Greece however, it's Euro wall outlets so take your adapters, but there are some spare ones provided too. We took a four way block so everyone could plug there iPods etc. in and charge on the desk area.

There is a good double bedroom with en-suite and monsoon showerhead downstairs with reasonable cupboard space. Upstairs there are four more bedrooms, all four with balconies with fantastic views. The master bedroom in huge with great en suite facilities and from memory one other bedroom has en suite. There is a shared bathroom for the other two rooms. The property sleeps 11 with one room have a bunk bed which is fun for the kids.

The local town has good shops - supermarkets, butcher and fabulous cake shop and countless bars and restaurants. I am not sure you will find wild discos everywhere if you want that but you will find very friendly restaurateurs and inn keepers. Check out Gusto’s and look up Demitri at the Olympio bar. There is a nice beach with shallow waters about 20m from a line of bars. In May the resort is beginning to wake up.

We took three or four longer trips to the East and North of the island and, unless you want to simply laze around the villa pool, a car is essential. The drive from the main airport is an hour and half to two hours which is a bit long, but the scenery is good and the quieter, less developed south side of Crete was for us much nicer than the “Rave Central” and crowded beaches of Malia!

We drove to Mochlos for lunch, ended up staying for dinner and the bouzouki band and checking into a 35Euro a night hotel and leaving the next day - it's such a lovely place, food was spectacular and the Greek music night compelling.

Yannis at the ancient Winery on the way to Xerokampos will look after you and you can spend a good couple of hours tasting local wine and olive oil with him.

Finally we found the owners interested in our ideas and comments and very willing to try to make improvements to ensure the holiday and the villa is second to none in Crete.

Other thoughts:
Families with young children who have not learned to swim should note the pool is not fenced off and supervision is required.

Makrygialos is not a wild swinging town so if you want 24/7 partying you are probably better going Malia etc.

When we stayed the telephone had not yet been connected to there was not Internet. There is limited 3G and Phone service but we understand from the owners the telephone will be installed at some point.

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Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Large groups Luxury-minded travelers
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Reviewed April 30, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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