|The luxurious villas for sale, are newly built (2009) and all walls are from concrete and the external space and fencing in a traditional style, combining bright earthly colours with natural stone (the local stone of Elounda), handcrafted by local craftsmen. The exterior areas are formed with respect to nature and environment and highlight swimming pool, barbeque and a sun terrace with a pergola on the pool level, plus a smaller pergola on the middle level balcony.
Each of these exceptional villas is approx. 94m², arranged on three floors, and set on private plots of 300-330m².
The main entrance on the first floor leads to a comfortable living room with a fireplace with an adjoined tastefully furnished dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Both rooms share a large balcony offering unobstructed view of the Cretan landscape.
A staircase leads to the ground floor comprising of two (2) bedrooms suitable for single or double bed, sharing a bathroom with shower and washing dryer machine installation.
And finally the second floor is occupied by one (1) more double bed bedroom with private shower WC. A sun terrace with pergola provides views over the mesmerizing blue Aegean Sea.
All villas are equipped with manually controlled A/C, Solar boilers, satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet access, home cinema, telephone and electronic safe.
The private 24m² swimming pool is placed in front of the ground floor, offering a panoramic view of the landscape. It is part of a spacious 140m² sun terrace with pergola and BBQ for unforgettable memories. On the front end of each villa, lies its private garden, filled with Cretan herbs and various flowers and trees to excite and stimulate your sense of smell.
Each of these magnificent villas is featuring
- Two (2) Master bedrooms
- One (1) Twin bedroom
- Ecologic orthopaedic mattresses
- One (1) Bathroom with bath tub &amp; toilet
- One (1) Bathroom with shower &amp; toilet
- Fully equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, coffee machine, boiler, kettle, toaster, coffee mixer plus kitchen utensils)
- Luggage storage space
- Double-glazed windows
- Air conditioning/heating
- Ceiling fans in the bedrooms
- Open fire place
- One (1) Electronic Safe deposit box
- Satellite TV - programs from around the Globe
- 32'' LCD TV and Home Cinema installation in the living room, TV with DVD installation in every bedroom
- CD player and DVD player
- Wireless Telephone and High speed Internet connection (Wi-Fi available)
- Washing dryer machine and Iron board
- Hair dryer
- Private swimming pool (24m²) with hydro massage
- Sun lounge chairs
- Garden with Cretan Herbs, flowers and trees
- Balcony pergola ideal for breakfast, on the second level and a Balcony pergola ideal for breakfast, on the second level and Outdoor dining area covered by a wooden pergola,
- Private parking space for three(3) cars
Imagine the sunsets whilst sipping a drink and enjoy the relaxation; the sun paints the distant Sitia Mountains red, giving you a sensational visual experience. Staying in one of these luxurious Villas is a journey for all of your senses - a unique event to carry with you for life.
As for Investment purposes it can be bought entirely for 5.000.000 Euros, whilst the unit prices are:
- 700.000 Euros - each of the five middle Villas
- 880.000 Euros - each of the two corner Villas
Set on 6.300m² of total land area located at cosmopolitan Elounda and arranged on a hillside with breathtaking views over the Aegean Sea.
Elounda is located in east Crete, north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the seaside resort of Plaka. Elounda was once a picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay. The inhabitants lived from farming, fishing, salt extraction from the Venetian saltpans, and emery mining.
In the hills around Elounda is found a mineral unique to Greece, “akonopetra” or whetstone, a type of fine emery used to make whetstones and emery paper to hone tools used in many different jobs. The emery of Elounda had long been known in Europe by the name of “Turkey stones” or “Naxos stone”.
Once discovered by tourism, Elounda developed into a resort famous for its beautiful scenery and luxury hotels which are still being built in the area. It is said to be the place with the most five-star hotels in Greece.
The former Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou was particularly fond of Elounda and came here on holiday at least once a year. He introduced it to French President Mitterand and Libyan leader Gaddafi, while Elounda was also a favourite resort of Kostas Simitis, another more recent Greek Prime Minister. Apart from politicians, Elounda often welcomes Arab princes with their large families, film and music stars, Russian tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world.
The main beach of Elounda is right next to the harbour and car park, in the centre of Elounda. The beach is organised, with umbrellas, sun loungers and a lifeguard, while all around you will find cafeterias, restaurants and hotels.
The east beach of Elounda; this beach is at the east end of Elounda, near the isthmus leading to the Kolokytha Peninsula. It's an organised beach but smaller than the main one.
Kolokytha Beach - You can get to the Êolokytha Peninsula by crossing the narrow isthmus with the windmills and walking along the dirt track to the small church of Agios Loukas. The road is passable for most cars, as long as they have good clearance and are not overloaded. A small path after the church leads to the small beach of Kolokytha. It's only a short walk away so it's not tiring to get to. The beach isn't organised and the only shade here is under two or three tamarisk trees. It's fairly empty if you come before noon or after 3 in the afternoon. In between, the tour boats come from Spinalonga and the peace and quiet is broken by loud music. To the left (northwest) of the beach, where the boats moor, there are only flat rocks where you may meet a few nudists.
Other beaches near Elounda
A few kilometres north of Elounda is the wonderful Driros or Dreros Beach with pine trees going down to the sea. There are loungers on the beach and a cafeteria with little tables on a wooden jetty. It's sheer bliss to drink your coffee here, gazing at the view of Elounda Bay and Spinalonga Island opposite. There are also various watersports on offer on Driros Beach. If you continue on a bit past Driros, you will come to Plaka and its two beaches.
Elounda is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated. In Elounda you will find small, pretty beaches, visit the island of Spinalonga is only applied to the islet, but the Venetians used it to include the large peninsula of Nissi or Kolokytha, which is connected to Elounda by a narrow isthmus. Apparently Kolokytha used to be joined to Spinalonga (which is why it shared the same name), but in 1526 the Venetians cut a canal between the two, forming this small island. This information comes from the Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli, but it may not be true. However, the islet is only 170 metres from Kolokytha and the water is shallow, so perhaps the Venetians did indeed carry out this project to form an impregnable island fortress.
The name Spinalonga appeared around the 13th century, bestowed by the Venetian conquerors, who, unfamiliar with Greek, corrupted the place-name “Stin Olounda” (“at Olounda”), originally to Spinalonde (13th century) and later to Spinalonga. It is no coincidence that the small island of Giudecca near Venice was also known as Spinalonga. According to another interpretation the name of the island is derived from its shape, like a long thorn (spina longa), but this theory is not widely held. Much later, in 1957, another name, Kalydon, was proposed for the island, in an unsuccessful attempt to replace the Latinate Spinalonga with a Greek name walk along the peninsula of Kolokytha (the word means “gourd” or “pumpkin”), and explore the many little villages far from the sea, offering a window into times gone by.
Elounda is not for those looking for a hectic nightlife, nor for those who prefer the isolated beaches of southern Crete. You might think that with so many luxury hotels, Elounda is the priciest place in Crete for a holiday. It's a reasonable assumption, but not true. Prices in Elounda are much like those in the rest of Crete. We're not talking about prices at a luxury hotel, but in the smaller hotels, apartments for rent, restaurants and cafeterias.
How to get to Elounda
From Agios Nikolaos to Elounda
There are frequent buses from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda, while it will take you about 15 minutes to drive there in your car. The route from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda is one of the loveliest in Crete, due to the view of the coastline and Mirabello Bay.
From Heraklion to Elounda
It is just over an hour's drive. Take the National Road east to Agios Nikolaos and turn left to Elounda just before entering the town.
Allow approximately 2,5 hours to get to Elounda from Rethymno and 3-3,5 hours from Chania.