Beachfront Apartment in Kalyves near Chania - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths - Great Beach
- english, french, spanish, italian
About John Warwick
John and Christine Warwick. He is British, she is French/Italian. We both fell in love with Crete, the island, the weather, the locals and their Cretan hospitality. We had visited many other European Countries but never felt as comfortable and at ease as in this part of Western Crete. We had been looking for somewhere to buy and to share with our friends and extended family so when the opportunity arose we had no hesitation. We want our visitors to share the enjoyment we have experienced in this part of Crete and will endeavour to give you as much information as possible to ensure you a wonderful holiday.
John Warwick purchased this Villa in 2008
Why John Warwick chose Kalyves
Regarding Crete, I fell in love with the island the first time I came to visit and this triggered our desire to buy a property there. I am myself Italian and French and Crete reminded me of both Cote d'Azur and Toscana before these places were spoiled to some extent by overbuilding and mass tourism. Western Crete is considered the most traditional part of Crete. We are at easy reach from the wonderful old Venetian town of Chania (La Canea) as well as Rethymno with its Turkish legacy. Our apartment is modern and well equipped and YES right on the beach with direct access to the beach through the 16 apartment complex. Taverna 2 minutes away, Supermarket opposite. Location, location, location !
What makes this Villa unique
The apartment benefits from a sea view and an access from the communal area direct to the beach. This means no road to cross to get your feet into the sand and you will almost feel like you are in a private beach with golden and fine sand. You will enjoy having your meal on the balcony with view on the sea unless you prefer to indulge yourself in one of the many local taverns within walking distance. Indeed you don’t need a car to stay in our apartment since all the amenities are within easy reach and yet the property is still remote enough from the core of Kalyves to ensure a peaceful stay. The bus stop to Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion is near by. Chania is just at 20 minutes and should you want to have a night out in its old buoyant Venetian harbour, a taxi is easily organised. If you wish to hire a car and venture to other parts of Crete we can organise this for you too.
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Great place, great owners. Location is fantastic and highly recommend anyone who hesitate to book
Thanks Sarah for your review. We hope you will come back again another year. Kalives is like a magnet you never escape.... its such a lovely place, safe sandy beaches and lovely locals so friendly.
Perfect apartment perfect holiday
Third stay at this great modern apartment. Location is great and with all equipment you would need for self catering. We ate out a lot because there are great very reasonable priced tavernas near by. Sun Loungers are provided for the lovely private beach outside the small apartment complex. The main (busier) beach of Kalives is an easy 10minute walk away. Loved our stay here. Fully recommend.
Thank you for booking and staying at our apartment. It is a pleasure to host you. Yes Kalives is a great seaside village and as you SAY PERFECT for a relaxing holiday.
Very nice location and place.
Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and agree the location 'on the beach' and in such a typical Cretan seaside village with all the amenities is all you need for a lovely holiday.
Perfect - Magnificent sea view, clean and bright
The apartment was very comfortable and modern. Perfect for a relaxing holiday and has its own sandy beach. Local restaurants close by and supermarket opposite. We hired a car with Christine’s recommendation as we wanted to explore the area a little but really you could easily spend your time in the village and the other local beaches which are all within walking distance. I would definitely recommend the apartment and this location. It is perfect.
Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again in the future.
Enjoyable stay in comfortable appartment
Well located within walking distance of Kalives village. Great to have direct access to a lovely beach. Appartment is light and spacious and we very much enjoyed our stay in this interesting part of Crete.
Thanks Vivienne for your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next stay and exploring more of this wonderful part of Crete.
We liked the location; the little town of Kalyves; we liked Crete very much ! the appartement need some maintenance; shower downstair (tap) ; shower upstair no curtain; the kitchen tap (splash everwhere) the cleanliness in general was so so. No climatisation upstair .
Thank you for your review and we are happy you enjoyed your stay.
We always strive to provide the highest standards and welcome comments that help us maintain these standards.
I would therefore like to respond to your comments.
The high water pressure you mention (‘taps splash everywhere’) was in fact a temporary issue affecting the whole village which was soon rectified by the Crete water board. We are sure you would agree that was beyond our control.
The bathroom upstairs you mention, has a bath and the shower head is provided only for washing hair. It is not meant for showering and therefore no curtain is provided. The downstairs bathroom has a dedicated shower cubicle with curtain. Apologies for any misunderstanding.
You mentioned the ‘so so cleanliness of the apartment’ We are really disappointed by that. Although I wish you had brought that to the attention of our manager soon after your arrival and she would certainly have inspected and sent the cleaner back to ensure the apartment meets the standards we expect.
Your comment about the lack of an aircon unit upstairs in the lounge is something that we have now resolved. Previous guests over the years have fed back to us that they preferred a fan rather than air con and therefore this last season we took out the unit. In the very hot weather and at the height of the season we now feel air conditioning is preferable. So we have now reinstalled an air con unit.
Again thank you for your feedback and we hope we have given satisfactory explanations to the comments you raised. Assuring our guests our best attention at all times. John & Christine
On the beach! The little private residence has its own entry to the beach.
Chania Airport 30 mins. Heraklion Airport 90 mins. Car hire contacts available. Car not essential if you want to experience typical Cretan village life and a beach holiday. Flights with Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly.
5 minutes walk to the centre of Kalives village. Souda port 15 mins drive. Lake Kournas 35 mins drive. Almirida beach 10 mins drive. Souda Allied War Cemetry 20 mins drive.
Supermarket opposite the apartment. Excellent range of Taverna's 1 min away and in the village centre. Lots of local shops to meet your everyday needs and a range of tourist shops.