Gavalohori - Villa
Named after the plant which has fragrant starry-white, jasmine-like flowers, Villa Karissa is the perfect location to unwind and relax in or out of the large pool and surrounding terrace with ample areas to seek sun or shade. The calming textures and colours offer tranquil days and nights, and a soothing environment is created by the gardens encircling the villa and the mature cyprus and pine-studded hillside opposite. On the far hilltop, the twinkling lights of Douliana village are in view after the sun sets and the sky lights up a deep blue. Villa Karissa's comfy beds and boho-chic decor and fittings offer a chilled-out feel, leaving behind the busy day to day routine.
The highlight of the villa is the extremely large pool, with 16 air jets aimed to massage the back and legs, and a large terrace where a plush lounge set and cushioned sunbeds with umbrellas, offer plenty of options for stretching out and snoozing. Plus fast & reliable wifi is provided by the Starlink satellite.
Location - Agios Pavlos/Gavalohori
Villa Karissa sits on a quiet back lane just below the tiny hamlet of Agios Pavlos, a mere 900m from the small village of Gavalohori, which can be reached in about 10-15mins on foot, or a couple of minutes by car. Gavalohori boasts two excellent tavernas, a bakery and a couple of mini markets, as well as a traditional cafeneon where the locals sip their coffees, twirl the worry beads and watch the world go by in the late afternoons. A visit to the Folklore museum in the centre of Gavalohori is a must for history lovers, and right on the doorstep is an interesting stroll to peek into the old olive press and around the Roman cisterns that are above the village. Also just a short walk away from Villa Karissa, hidden amongst the trees, is the 16th century domed Byzantine church of Agios Pavlos (St Paul) from where the hamlet gets its name.
The shallow waters and sandy beach of Almerida is just a 10 min drive away, where a selection of shops, a few cafes and bars, as well as some fantastic seaside restaurants, provide a nice holiday vibe. A further 5 mins away is Kalyves, offering a butcher, fish shop and large supermarket, as well as a beach. The beautiful Venetian harbour at Chania town is approximately 35 mins drive away and well worth a visit. Exploring rugged Western Crete and the White Mountains is also easy to do from Villa Karissa.
Outside Villa Karissa
Swimming Pool - tiled 10m x 5m, depth 0.80 - 1.50m, bench with 16 air jets. Roman steps and ladder accessible.
Covered Poolside Pergola-
Sun terrace - sunbeds & umbrellas and outdoor lounge set.
Covered living area terrace - dining table and chairs.
Covered kitchen terrace - Free-standing gas BBQ and dining table with chairs.
Upper Balcony - partially covered with pergola, comfy sofa set and coffee table with glass barriers.
Inside Villa Karissa
Ground Floor - Villa Karissa
Open plan living area - L shaped sofa with coffee table, 55" Smart TV with cable channels, DVD and home cinema speakers with Bluetooth connection and WiFi. Two double sliding pocket doors looking out to the pool terrace. Air Con Unit.
Dining Area - Solid oak dining table with chairs and bench seating.
Kitchen Area - Run of fitted cupboards, 4 ring induction hobs, electric oven, built-in microwave, dishwasher, espresso maker (Nespresso original capsules) with aerocchino, double sink, large fridge/freezer. Windows look out to the BBQ terrace and entrance gate.
Twin Bedroom - Two single beds, wardrobe, dressing table with chair and mirror, one USB port at bedside, French doors leading to the pool terrace. The twin beds can be pushed together with minimal gap but not made up as a double. Air Con Unit.
Double Bedroom - 1 double bed, wardrobe, dressing table with mirror and chair, one USB port at bedside, sliding door to private terrace with table and chairs. Air Con Unit.
Shower room - Rain shower with glass partition, WC, sink with mirror and washing machine.
Upper Floor of Villa Karissa
Main Bedroom - Double bed with bedside tables, two USB ports at bedside, windows overlooking pool area and French doors to the large balcony. Air con unit.
Ensuite shower room - Walk-in rain shower with glass partition, WC with bidet sprayer with mixer tap, large counter top with sink and mirror.
Full sized dressing room with wardrobe, lounge chair, long dressing table with mirror and windows. Air con unit
Your Villa will be prepared for you on arrival with fresh bath and hand towels and all beds made up.
For stays of 7 nights or more - house towels will be changed every 3 - 4 days.
For stays of 14 nights or more - bed linen will be changed every 7 days.
Pool/beach towels - one per person for the duration of your stay.
There is ample parking for 2 cars within the gates of the villa.
Independent kitchen (induction)
Distribution of bedrooms
Mandatory or included services
√ We'll refund in full More details > if you can't travel due to Covid-19 government travel restrictions. √
- No smoking
- No pets allowed
From the booking date until 61 days before check-in, cancellation would have a penalty of 30% of the total price of the rent.
In case of cancellation the following charges will apply
Map and distances
Town centre - Gavalohori
Shops - Mini-market
Restaurant - Gavalianos
Restaurant - Arismari
Town centre - Almyrida
Sand beach - Almyrida
Shops - SYNKA Kalyves
Lake - Kournas
Town centre - Chania
Airport - Chania
Water park - Limnoupolis
Sand beach - Seitan Beach
Nature reserve - Samaria Gorge
Sand beach - Falassarna
Sand beach - Elafonissi
Airport - Heraklion
- 5/5Value for money
Amazing villa. Fantastic pool.
Rachel (United Kingdom)
We were lucky enough to be the first guests at Villa Karissa. The villa is beautifully styled, well-equipped and very luxurious. We enjoyed the numerous different seating areas - morning coffee on the roof terrace, lunch by the BBQ, sunset cocktails see more
We were lucky enough to be the first guests at Villa Karissa. The villa is beautifully styled, well-equipped and very luxurious. We enjoyed the numerous different seating areas - morning coffee on the roof terrace, lunch by the BBQ, sunset cocktails on the terrace again and dinner alongside the pool. There are so many different areas it feels like you have your own boutique hotel. The kitchen is the best equipped we’ve ever come across and the rest of the interior incredibly chic. The local area has some great tavernas and we particularly enjoyed the beach at Kalyves. Highly recommended and I’m sure we will be back. Thank you to Diane and family for such a wonderful holiday.
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