Organic Tea from France…to Elounda

Francois Dunet & Jerome De Stefano
Francois Dunet & Jerome De Stefano
Francois Dunet & Jerome De Stefano

Tranquility, authenticity and beauty of the place, sympathy and availability of Lida and team, let us coming back each year to Elounda Island Villas. On the spot, we model our timetable on solar and nature rates. Nights are rocked by wavelets and breeze on the bay. Awakening is activated by sunrise and herd of goats bells. In the morning we use to go in small inlets suitable for swim with lemon sole fishes. For lunch we stop at the restaurant of Lida, to eat good Cretan fresh food. Then we stay for the afternoon on rocky inlets or go to discover new quiet spots in the area. At last we use to have dinner, in Kanali or Poulis typical Cretan restaurants, either of them. Each day repeats itself but differently, in complete peace, for us to enjoy.

Francois  & Jerome 

Francois is a Flavor Designer and Jerome is a Jewelry Designer from France and they live in Paris.
They visit Elounda Island Villas every September for the last 5 years, to indulge the tranquility, the waters around Kolokytha, the food and good company.

Along with their jobs and city life in Paris, Jerome and Francois, own a beautiful land in South France and grow their own organic tea. You can order their tea online and now we also sell one of their variety in our little Art Shop!


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Simple Greek Beauty

Elounda Island Villas has all the charm of the simple greek beauty we love, with an added touch of elegance and magic! The location is idyllic with stunning views of the azure coloured sea and mountains where the warming sun sets. We loved being serenaded by the cicadas and local sheep! Lida and her family are so welcoming and cook delicious cretan dishes to savour…..the best cheese pies ever! The cottage style split level apartments are comfortable, very clean and well equipped for essential needs. Lida’s creativity and artistic flair is all around to inspire you. Most of all, this little gem is a healing place for mind, body and soul. We would love to share it with our grandchildren too!

Alan Mathie | Civil Engineer | Kent UK
Jenny Mathie | Early Help Family Worker | Kent UK

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A turtle in the Elounda bay!


Bettina and her family from Belgium stayed with us in May.
The magic of the moment occurred when they were swimming in the tranquil bay of Elounda and a little turtle head appeared to wonder around. These rare creatures are mostly seen on the south part of the island, they are very discrete and during certain periods they come out on the shore to lay their eggs. The Caretta-Caretta sea turtle is the only species of Mediterranean sea-turtles that nests in Crete.
It was a magic moment for all of us and they managed to take this marvelous photo!

Thank you Bettina.

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A Minoan Touch in the Heart

Elounda (région). Ruines minoennes submergées du village d'Olous.

Elounda Island Villas surroundings are one of these rare spots in the world where you can swim into the very heart of millenarian ruins. Minoan civilization touched me!

In the crystal waters of the ancient city of Olous, I had a rendezvous with a mermaid! Not sure if it was Artemis Vritomartis. But I’m convinced that it has something to do with the magic and the beauty of this little hidden paradise of your Cretan coast.

And you know that only the fish knows everything…

Pascal Kober

Pascal Kober | Journaliste, Photographe, Renifleur du Temps

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‘The fish knows’ in Elounda

‘they all know what the fish knows…!’

‘The fish knows…’ is a visual art project inspired by the landscape and history of the island of Crete and, by extension, of Greece as a whole. This work in progress consists of drawings, paintings, sculpture and outdoor installations.



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Our summer visits to Crete

‘My wife and I stayed at Elounda Island Villas for the third time this year in June and our daughter will spend her honeymoon as well in September! It is part of our visit to Crete where we have also discovered the quality of the local wine! This was a major reason for my daughter Merel (somelier)and my self to start a business ‘Kreta Wijen’, importing Cretan wine to Holland, so that also dutch people will be introduced to this excellent wine! Our routine in Crete is visiting the winery of Lyrarakis and relaxing at our terrace at Elounda Island Villas. Snorkeling around Kolokytha is our main hobby, enjoying a home made greek dish at the Art Cafe of the Elounda Island and finish the day with sea food at Kanali Taverna!’

Ruud and Jeanny Heuzer

Website: Kreta Wijnen |

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Friends of Wine

Yesterday 11.6.14 the weather was lovely! It was warm but a pleasant breeze coming from the west was cooling the atmosphere. Crickets and birds were making the only noise! Our lovely guests were enjoying the good weather as well. It was a very special day for me. My very good friends Jeanny and Ruud Heuzer from Holland were enjoying their third vacation at Elounda Island!’
Yesterday evening me, my mother and our precious friends enjoyed a delicious dinner at Kanali! Now they are back to Holland and back to their works. Ruud and his daughter Merel , who is a professional sommelier, have started a new business of importing an excellent selection of wines from Crete to Holland. Merel is getting married in August and she will have her honeymoon with us in September. We wish her all the happiness and a great success with her new business!!’


by Lida Alexopoulou | Elounda Island Villas Manager

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