“Exceptional” | Jul 2019 | USA

Close to a hiking trail which was excellent. I highly recommend the hike which takes about 2 hours, I felt safe along the path; there are red and white dots that you follow and the best part is you end up in a beautiful sandy beach Kolokitha. Leda and Costa were fantastic hosts, I enjoyed my stay because of them.

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“Can’t wait to visit again” | Jul 2019 | UK

Thank you to Leda and Costa for making our stay at EIV just wonderful. My partner Mark and I spent 10 perfect days here in July. We arrived tired after a very early morning flight and were very grateful that Leda and Costa had thought to leave a place of fresh fruit and drinks in our kitchen… this was really thoughtful and much appreciated.

We stayed in Villa 8, a 1 bed villa with a balcony overlooking the sea and access to loungers on the terrace in front. The accommodation was large enough for Mark and I to be comfortable for 10 days. Decorated in a traditional Cretan style with some lovely, thoughtful touches, the EIV gives a cool, laid back and artsy vibe.

We came away with the intention of switching off and relaxing and EIV allowed us to do just that. We sometimes bumped into other guests on the grounds or in the cafe area, but often we didn’t see or hear another soul for days: bliss!

The complex houses a really lovely cafe, open until 5, serving a selection of breakfasts, homemade cake, smoothies etc, but not lunch. You’re made feel welcome to use the cafe area almost like an extension of your Villa: there are books, comfy chairs and lovely views of the sea looking towards Elounda.

The cafe doubles as a gift shop with a good selection of quality handmade or thoughtful gifts, different to what you might see in the Elounda gift shops.

Leda is an exceptional artist, her studio is based in the complex and she would be very happy to show you her work on request, which is also for sale. Leda’s practice is a combination of drawing, mixed media work and 3D.

EIV’s location is just stunning. Our villa was 30 seconds from a small, quiet beach, prefect for a dip, and close to several other excellent beaches within walking distance on the peninsula. We love snorkelling and prefer to stay away from the crowds so EIV is perfect, however, you are only a 10 minute walk from the excellent Kanali restaurant (next to the canal) and a further 10/15mins walk you reach Elounda‘s many restaurants and bars. Our favourites were MoonSpinners and Ergospasio, built in an old carob factory.

We hired a car for three days which I would recommend to visit sites in the area. We particularly enjoyed Mochlos, exploring the south coast, and the excellent Archeological Museum in Heraklion, and Leda and Costa were really helpful with giving advice about where to visit.

We would really recommend EIV to our freinds and look forward to returning in the future.

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“Great family Holiday” | Nov 2020

We managed as a family to get away for a week and stayed in room 10 with the balcony which was great for family privacy when needed ..
It was a fantastic position with many great beaches with great snorkelling that the kids really enjoyed ..the shops where a short walk away with a good choice of places to eat and shop and a large municipal beach.
The Kanale fish restaraunt close by was excellent and we even had the pleasure of eating at the same time as Andrea leadsom and entourage !!

Breakfasts were simply brilliant and over the week tried them all and now still base our home breakfast on the yoghurt fruit nuts and honey but not quite the same ..

Lastly can only pay great respect to the hosts Leda and Costas who were brilliant hosts and engaged and made ourselves and children feel welcome and were helpful at every opportunity ..
One of few places intend on going back too ..

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“Spectacular!” | June 2020 | Greece

Our villa was very comfortable, very ecologically oriented, with a large balcony with a view over the sea and Elounda, great for sunbathing and perfect for a couple of drinks in the idyllic evening. The villas are spacious, rustic, full of charm and super clean.

Nice walks around the hillside and the 10-minute walk for dinner in one of the many good restaurants. The breakfast is impeccable, great coffee, snacks, ice creams and smoothies!

We had a fabulous time with Lida, her family and her staff who run the amazing place so efficiently. They have created a wonderful place and I have rarely experienced such genuine and warm hospitality. Lida is also an exceptional artist so enjoy her art and ask if you can explore her in-house gallery!

Will certainly be back again in this truly hidden gem!

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“Perfect break.” | May 2017 | UK

We have just returned from an amazing week at Elounda Island Villas. Leda and Costas are brilliant hosts, we were welcomed like old friends and really felt at home from the moment we arrived. The apartment we stayed in was very comfortable and in keeping with the rural location. We were impressed with the ecological aspects of the villas, for example generating electricity from solar panels, using fans and fresh air instead of air conditioning.
Our apartment had a large verandah with a view over the sea and the town, a lovely place to sit over a drink in the evening and good for sunbathing.
There are lovely walks around the hillside and the walk into town for dinner in one of the many good restaurants takes about 15 minutes.
Leda’s breakfasts set us up well for the day, we particularly enjoyed yoghurt with the fabulous local honey – in fact we asked Leda to get us a bottle of honey to bring home – a taste of Crete on our breakfasts in Lancashire.
We loved our time at Elounda Island Villas and hope to be able to return soon.

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“Great place to stay near Elounda” | Jul 2017 | Greece

There is no need to say much about how lovely the hotel is, this is evident from the photos on the hotel website. Even the beautiful views – day and night – can be gleaned from these photos. What really makes it though is the fact that the hotel sits all on its own, away from the village, but within easy walking distance from it. So, a gentle stroll takes you to restaurants, tavernas and bars, and a gentle stroll back ensures a peaceful night and morning.

The apartment kitchenettes are reasonably equipped, so breakfast or a light meal can be prepared there. However, if one is happy to splash out, breakfast at the hotel bar is a real treat. And though we were never there for lunch – too much else to see and do – we noticed that one simple dish was offered each day for those who chose to stick around.

Last but not least, Lida and Costas were happy to offer advice and suggestions on places to eat, the best beaches to swim and sites to see. Many thanks guys for a really great stay!

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“Unique location with great views!” | Aug 2017 | Australia

We stayed in a traditional island villa with great views from the balcony. Peaceful location on the opposite side of the bay from where the village and all the action and noise is. The villa is fully equipped for a relaxed and comfortable stay. The cafe serves snacks and breakfast and Leda and Kostas are always helpful with where to go advice. You can swim at the bottom of the garden, or choose one of a number of spots around the bay reachable on foot or by car. We’ll be back!

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