First I had to get over the heartstopping experience of driving from Chania to Livadia. We were only pushed to the roadside by one of the large coaches returning with day trippers from Elephonisis to Chania and only had our wing mirror clipped once by a speeding local - quite an experience, would recommend you do not drive at night!
Had a one bed villa with own pool, overlooking sea - totally private. Had a great week here relaxing and chilling out.
However, on the downside the Villa probably needs upgrading now and the bed was very hard - was really feeling it at the end of the week.
Very easy drive to Elephonisis - on the map the road looked like a rough track - actually looks as if it has been recently upgraded and tarmacked - took approx. 15 mins by car. Would try to avoid visiting on Sundays if possible as absolutely mobbed.
One of the more expensive places we stayed at 200E per night which as a comparison was really quite expensive to other 4 star places we stayed in in Paleochora.
However the overall experience, combined with the excellent and extremely cheap food served in the bar area in the evening was wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Amygdalia Villas! A complex of seven villas minutes away from the most famous Cretan beach: Elafonisi! Magnificent sunset, peace and quite with brethtaking view guarantee you an unforgetable and serene accommodation! Relax and join nature at your exclusive retreat - subtle blend of luxury and intimacy. Stone and craftsmanship, tradition and art, are tastefully combined to create a harmonious complex of beautifully appointed luxury residences in one of the most scenic areas of Western Crete. Built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the hill overlooking the seaside settlement of Livadia, surrounded by low-lying hills, plains and the sea, Amygdalia Villas will become your own exclusive sanctuary. Explore the real Cretan hospitality here at Amygdalia Villas! We are waiting for you... ... more less