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Solfegacy is all about our guests' opinion, about their experience at Solfez Villas.

No matter what we might say or write, it is their valuable feedback, observations and critique, which authenticate and drives us to the refinement of our services.

In this section you will be able to read all about us, as our guests experienced and expressed it, either by leaving their comments here, or on other review websites, like Tripadvisor.

A warm hearted Thank you to all of our Guests!


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Sabrina 09/07/2024

Hard to come back to reality after staying in this perfect house

Our stay at the villa was fantastic. The view was absolutely breathtaking, and the house itself was modern, well-equipped, and spotlessly clean. We had such a great time that I would definitely rent this villa again. Beyond the excellent accommodations, the management team's service was exceptional. They were very responsive, providing us with any advice and services we needed. Their support greatly contributed to our amazing stay in Elounda.

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Lina 08/07/2024

The house is located on the top of the hill where you have amazing views to the towns around, sea and landscape. There is everything you need and more for a comfortable stay over your vacation: back yard with its sub beds, private pool and barbeque is even better that on pictures; the house has all necessary appliances; there is a cleaning service and poll maintenance every 2-3 days, so you can relax and enjoy; beds are comfortable and AC working properly. There is a parking space, but keep in mind that the way up there can be tricky but totally worth it. The hosts were extremely nice and helpful during the whole stay and they assisted as well for local sightseeing and activities.

Each room has AC, rooms are pretty spacious and the beds are nice. The whole area is very safe.

They have a private garden which you can go and discover for some fruits/vegetables :) Also, we arrived late at night and host was very nice to do the grocery shopping for us in advance, so we can have breakfast the next morning.


Highly recommended to stay if you are looking for some privacy during busy summer season!

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Hakan 18/05/2024


Fantastic accommodation overlooking the sea. High quality apartment /house with 100% privacy. Lovely pool and small garden with barbecue / dining area. Perfect for couples, families, well everybody. Nice hills, trails and small gravel roads for running and hiking. Walking distance to the village but it’s good to have a car due to the steep hill up to the houses.

LLB 18/11/2023

There are so many great things to say about our stay here. Pool was great and cleaned often. The cleaner comes regularly and will strip bed and will replace all towels, Beautiful views from the terrace and as long as you have a car you are fairly close too amenities. The only downside was the hill. It’s very steep and we found some of the hire vehicles refused to give us a car based on our location. Luckily we found one 1 day into our holiday otherwise we would have been a bit stuck!

Carsten P. 06/10/2023

Nice place to stay. Welcoming, flexible host. Beautiful view.

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Alexander S. 02/10/2023

Amazing and stunning view, large space, BBQ area, mostly everyday rooms cleaning & pool. Lovely personnel. Absolutely amazing host with 24/7 support via whatsapp. Everything was fine.

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Ceri 24/08/2023


Someone met us at the villa and showed us around. The villa has all the equipment needed, pots, pans, coffee etc. beautiful views from the villa, clean, tidy. Cleaner comes with very other day and changes all the towels etc.

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Christophe C 13/08/2023

Beautiful house with a fantastic view on the sea. Outdoor is perfect with a large terrasse, the swimming pool and a BBQ. The house is very well equipped with all you need for your stay. The location is also perfect in a quiet place near the lovely city of Elounda and also close to Agios Nikolaos. Our host Hyppocrates has been very nice with us and always available for any questions we had. We spent a wonderful week with our family.

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Johan 05/08/2023

Fine villas with a magnificent view of the bay. The villas are quiet, somewhat secluded, on a steep slope but barely 10' by car from Elounda. The villa itself offers every comfort, air conditioning in every room, spacious terrace at the infinity pool, infinity pool. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Living and kitchen are OK. TVs available in living room and every bedroom, the internet or wifi signal sometimes fails. Kitchen (stove) is somewhat dated, just like the bathroom on -1, but both offer the necessary comfort. House and pool cleaning is done every 2 days. Friendly staff, no question is too much for the management.

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Fabien 03/08/2023

Ideal setting, very beautiful stay

Ideal location, exceptional view, swimming pool.

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Marcel 09/07/2023

Excellent Villa - Views to die for

Super two weeks in this villa - wonderful views and the pool was excellent - all the services were top notch and the villa itself was spotless - yes the road up is steep - but once you master it - its no bother - would recommend to all !

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Christian 09/07/2023

Spectacular views and just a peaceful place to relax. Very friendly and helpful host. Great pool! Located high up but easy to reach by rental car which can be parked right next to your entrance.

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s0phied83 06/06/2023

Incredible views and superb customer service

We have recently returned from a ten night stay at Solfez villas. We originally booked this trip in 2018 but due to various personal reasons, we had to delay year after year. Nik was so supportive and allowed us to keep our booking but just move it to a more appropriate time. In the end, rather than travelling as a couple (when we’d originally booked), we had a holiday as a family of five! The Villa, although a little dated inside, was perfect for our needs. It had everything we needed, was cleaned to a high standard with housekeeping almost daily, and had the most incredible views. The pool was chilly (to be expected at the start of the season) but was a good size and it was so nice to have various outdoor seating areas to choose from. We couldn’t fault the personal and friendly service we received from Nik, Hippo and Mr Julian either. We had a full food shop waiting for us upon arrival, which saved such a lot of hassle with three children in tow. We are so grateful for all the help we got in order to make our first holiday with three children such a success!

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Roger 25/05/2023

A perfekt Whats'up conversation with Hippocrates form the beginning to the End. Every other Day, we had a Pool-cleaner, but more important, we had a great Houskeeper, thanks Flora! The Kitchen is not too big, but for 4 people sufficient. A stunning View and the Silence were peaceful

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harry19777 01/10/2022

Amazing holiday

Had the most amazing time. The villa is at the top of a very steep hill, but driving carefully in the car is absolutely fine. It was very peaceful and tranquil. Waking up to the views across the bay cannot be beaten & then a quick 5 minute drive into Elounda for breakfast. Taxis are very easy to get if you do not want to hire a car. Internet is very hit & miss, but made us switch off. A toaster in the villa would be a great addition! Housekeeping was every other day. As others have said, you do lose the sun about 3pm, but is an excuse to pop into town for a quick coffee or cocktail in the late after sunshine. Elounda & neighbouring areas are stunning and the people are very friendly. Recommend Babel in the harbour for breakfast, along with the Terrasse on the main road towards Agios Nikolai (5 mins away, opposite direction to Elounda). Megaro along the seafront was fantastic for dinner, the staff are so friendly and food top quality. Would deffo recommend for a relaxing break.

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James 30/09/2022

Amazing views - awesome place, great service!

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Astrid 19/09/2022

Superbe séjour à Elounda

Je recommande vivement de passer une semaine ou deux à Elounda Solfez Villa : vue imprenable sur la mer, piscine bien entretenue, maison confortable et surtout gros + : à votre arrivée, frigo plein (viande, charcuterie, poisson, fromages, fruits et légumes...et tout est frais !). Parfait pr une semaine sur place. Seul bémol : maison pas très fonctionnelle avec des enfants en bas age.

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Aiden 19/09/2022

Very great and beautiful villa with amazing view!

The house was great with an amazing view of the ocean. Very clean villa with great bathrooms and bedrooms. The kitchen was very nice with lots of supplies. The balcony was great for having breakfast and the swimmingpool was clean and fun to swim in. Best if you also rent a suv car to go to town or do grocery, because its a hill climb up so you need a steady and reliable car for that. Everything else was really nice and outside is very quite so you can enjoy in peace.

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Michelle 12/09/2022

Stunning views with private pool

We’ve stayed many times in Villa Solfez over the past 8 years and it never disappoints.

If you are looking for a place to totally relax and unwind, this is for you. The private pool and terrace are the perfect place to kick back and relax, the views are simply stunning and this is what has drawn us back year after year.

We don’t use the facilities in the villa to cook, relying more on the fantastic local, family run restaurants and bakery , of which we highly recommend Elounda Bakery, Ergaspasio, Olondi and Megaro. Megaro is our favourite as the hosts have become such lovely friends over the years we’ve been visiting Elounda, Nikki and Jimis are the perfect hosts and their food is always amazing.

One thing to note, the villa is at the top of a very steep hill but the local taxi firm is excellent and always accommodates trips to and from the main centre of Elounda, usually for a 12 euro fee.

Booking the villa has always been seamless and Nik is the perfect agent to support you through this process, in fact we had to postpone our trip to Elounda a few times during the pandemic and he was patient and accommodated each change we needed to make, without hesitation.

I trust this company implicitly so do not be put off when asked to send your deposit through bank transfer or through card payment link, the payments are always acknowledged and a receipt issued.

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Estelle 28/08/2022

Beautiful views, lovely pool, great communication with property manager

Wonderful villa, great staff, amazing views. The location was a little far out in heinsight. Expensive getting taxis twice a day to beach and then dinner as had to get 2 each time because there were 5 of us. Car recommend! Lack of some utensils for cooking and glasses were sparse. Some plastic poolside cups would be a wonderful addition too. All in all, wonderful. Thank you to all xx

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Sue 25/08/2022

The villa was a wonderful home base for our stay in Elounda. The home was comfortable and quiet for our family of four. The outdoor areas are spacious and beautiful areas to enjoy the spectacular view. The plunge pool was a magnificent luxury. Communication with the host was easy and efficient. Very highly recommended.

Thank you for a wonderful stay! We had a fantastic time in Elounda and can’t wait to come back!! Thank you also for the delicious vegies from the garden and fruit in the fridge - that watermelon was the best I’ve ever tasted!

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Vero and Nico 14/08/2022

First, thank you so much to the whole team to have been present for support and advices all along our stay. We spend really good time in Solfez villa which is a marvelllous place on the top of the mountain with an amazing view on Elounda, lagoon, Spinalonga and the sea in front of us. The villa was well equipped, confortable and parent's bedroom simply magic ! We will come back for sure. Thanks again for your great hospitality, Véro and Nico

Joanne 23/07/2022

Beautiful view and so quiet. Host was always responsive with anything we needed. We would definitely recommend.

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Peter 15/07/2022

Faszinierende Aussicht

Wir waren mit unserer Familie zwei Wochen hier. Ein faszinierender Ausblick über die ganze Bucht, ein sehr schönes Haus mit guter Ausstattung. Gepflegt und guter Service dank Hippo vor Ort. Uns hat es so gut gefallen, dass wir im Herbst wiederkommen werden. Wir haben die ruhige Lage, abgeschieden vom Trubel sehr genossen. Ein Auto ist allerdings in jedem Fall erforderlich.

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Janette & Jon 03/06/2022

We had a wonderful time at Solfez villas. Nikolai was an amazing host-arranged shopping, transfers and everything brilliantly. Villa very well equipped and cleaned with new bedding and towels every other day. Views are stunning and pool is gorgeous. 100% recommend-we will definitely return!

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Wout 01/05/2022

Nice Villa with a amazing view!!

Very nice villa with a great view!! We arrived late, in the dark. The road to the villa was very steep the last part. We enjoyed the very well stocked fridge and freezer. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the balcony in the morning!! Beautiful terrace and a lovely swimming pool. Elounda Solfez Villas is highly recommended!!

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Jesper 20/04/2022

Stunning views and nice having a pool!

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Je3wels 17/04/2022

Great Villa for families if you have a rented car

The villa is a small complex of 6 identical three bedroom units complete with small kitchen, living room, multiple decks, book, BBQ, and lounge chairs. The highlight is the view – just amazing really. You see the entire Elounda bay and town and in the distance at the far end of bay Spinalonga island (a must visit if you are into history). There are some challenges with the units – they are “stacked” configuration so you come in on the middle floor (where the carport is) and there is a steep winding staircase up to the top bedroom with queen bed, small bathroom and a nice sitting deck (which more amazing views). Back down to the middle floor you continue down another floor to two smaller bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds. A slightly larger bathroom with tub is between the two bedrooms. Both room open up onto the pool deck where there is a large table and chairs. The finishing's are a fine, not luxurious but a bit dated. There is a tiny TV’s in the bedrooms and one larger TV in the living room. In the heat of the summer you will spend a lot of time in the pool. Each bedroom has a unit air conditioner.

Key point on these villas – they are NOT walkable from anywhere. You must have a rental car to access them as the are several kilometers out of town up on the hill. it would be best to arrive the first time in the daylight as it is located off a small road with several fork before turning up is a very very steep long drive. The road is one way so make sure you look to see if there is a descending or arriving vehicle!

Overall if you are looking for a place for up to six people, want to make some of your own food rather than eating at restaurants every day, and have a rental car (there is really only one parking spot per unit at the apartment but there are a few extra next to the first or last unit).

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Stephane 31/10/2021

Great view the villa is clean with allé facilities to enjoy your stay. Hippo has been of a great help.

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Anne 22/08/2021

Magnifique panorama depuis les terrasse et la piscine à débordement ainsi que depuis les chambres. La maison est très propre avec ménage tous les deux jours avec changement du linge. Notre hôte Hippocratos a été très à l’écoute et réactif aux moindres problèmes. De l’eau fraîche à l’arrivée dans le frigo ainsi qu’une pastèque et une bouteille de vin ! Toute l’hospitalité légendaire grecque. Une adresse à retenir absolument. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans cette magnifique villa.

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Elodie 31/07/2021

La villa ! Parfait La vue Le calme Le confort La réactivité de l’équipe dès que vous avez une question. Besoin de prendre la voiture pour se baigner mais ça le fait car on trouve toujours l’île long de la route, Attention ! Louer une bonne voiture car l’accès à la villa étant en hauteur oblige de passer par un chemin étroit ( 1 seule voiture passe ) et la montée est digne d’une piste noire ( référence au ski ! )

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Tobias 10/11/2020

The view (sunrise, moon rise) is just stunning and the pool and terrace are spacious and private. The villa is super relaxed and in a very quiet setting but only a few driving minutes away from nice restaurants. The service Nikolas and Hippo offer is amazing, they just take care of everything. We really enjoyed our stay.

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Jemma 27/09/2020


The hosts were amazing answering any questions we had from where to eat out to how to book horse riding Would 100% recommend
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Incredible view

Incredible view!! Nice swimming pool, Air conditioning in every room and the hosts are very kink and helpful!! Really really recommend this villa!!

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David 28/07/2020

1 Woche in der Ville Me Solfez in Elounda waren ein Traum. Das Haus oder besser die Häuser stehen an einem Steilhang unterhalb eines Sendemast Gipfels am Steilhang. Der Blick aus Haus und Pool ist atemberaubend. Allerdings ist auch die Anfahrt über 800 m extrem steil im Anstieg und eine etwa geländegägiges Auto von Vorteil. Alles Außenbereiche des Hauses sind absolut schön und hochwertig gemacht. Tolle Terrassenmöbel und einen fantastischen Pool mit Überlauf aus dem man stunden aufs Meer schauen kann. Die Lage mit der nahegelegen Inselkette im Blick und vor der Tür ist bekannt und macht Elounda zu einem besonders schönen Ziel. Wir hatten nach kurzer Zeit unser Lieblingsrestaurant Lotus in Elunda am seitlichen Hafenbecken gefunden und können es nur empfehlen. Die Hausverwaltung "Hippo" war super freundlich und immer für uns dar. Auch ein Arztermin in der hübschen nahegelegenen größeren Stadt Ayos Nicolaos war für mich sofort arrangiert. Immer wurde gefragt ob man etwas braucht. Alles wurde sofort gebracht. Die Hausdame kam alle 2 Tage und alles wurde fabelhaft hergerichtet. Die Innenaussattung des Hauses war eher einfach , aber vollständig. Die Schlafzimmer sind auf Poolebene und im Dach - dazwischen die Wohnebene. Wir haben jeden Moment genossen in dieser wunderbaren Höhenlage. Das Auto braucht man aber!

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Timur 23/01/2020


Such a wonderful villa with amazing, incredible view on the Mirabello bay. It’s very good place to stay even in winter. Very friendly personal. Hosts helped us a lot with any problem. Великолепная вилла с прекрасным видом на бухту. Отличное место для отдыха, даже зимой. Дружелюбные сотрудники, решали все наши проблемы.

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Richard B 27/10/2019



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Très bel endroit, à la fois calme et proche de toutes les commodités. Vue magnifique, terrasses très agréables à tous les moments de la journée. Personnel présent et serviable. Frigo rempli a votre arrivée. Top avec des enfants!

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swiseman44 22/08/2019

Perfect holiday home

Short trip to the village of Elounda for restaurants or groceries. Villa was perfect (two adults, two teens). They start you with a fridge full of food (like two days worth) so you are good to go when you arrive. Service was outstanding, available for 24/7 for anything, even found me a barber. Hotel level concierge in Villa. Recommend airport transfer to Villa and then rent car or ATV/Scooter from the town. Would go back in a heartbeat. Dream holiday. 

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Vishal 09/08/2019

"This place is absolutely fantastic!"

This place is absolutely fantastic! Just book it. You won't be sorry. Let's count all the ways this place is great. Huge infinity pool, comfortable beds, grill with supplied charcoal, nice pool beds, THE VIEW IS AMAZING, all the nice to haves are there (oil, sugar, salt, coffee, dishes, ice, paper towels, laundry detergent, bug repellent, etc.), large windows, 2 nice tables to eat meals at, the list goes on. Cleaning service comes every other day to clean up, make beds, etc. 10-15 minutes to both Elounda/Agios Nikolas so easy to go into town for urban activities and beaches and super easy to just hang out at home in your luxurious furnishings. Pool is 3 feet 3 inches deep at the shallow end, so perfect for our 2 boys ages 5 and 7 but has a deeper end for them to explore also. And now for the best part - Hippo. He's the manager of these properties and gives you his WhatsApp number - he is literally willing to inquire about anything and everything to answer your questions on demand. I asked him about snorkeling spots, boat rentals, restaurant recommendations, beaches, paddle boarding, international drivers license (he called the police station multiple times to inquire if I needed one!), wifi connectivity, etc. Average response time from him was probably about 2-3 minutes, no matter the time. He is truly an unexpected bonus that really makes you feel like a warmly welcomed guest that is truly cared about in any and every way possible. The spa at the nearby hotel is also close (<1 mile) so some of those amenities are also accessible from here without much trouble. Bottom line - book it, you won't be sorry if you're looking for a nice villa for your family for a great vacation.

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Chantal 11/07/2019

Villa de 3 niveaux située sur les hauteurs de la baie d'Elounda, et de Spinalonga. Arrivée spectaculaire par route à pic, montée en 1ère... A l'arrivée, vue époustouflante de toutes les pièces... Accueil avec fruits, eau, vin appréciable. Climatisation, ventilateur de plafond ...Ménage et draps changés tous les 2 jours, pisciniste aussi. Piscine très agréable. Espace extérieur bien aménagé et ombragé. Magnifique location.

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Luleevan 29/06/2019

Amazing view

We spent a lovely 10 days at villa re with our 2 daughters (9, 12). The villa was very clean and had everything needed for our stay. The pool area was great for relaxing whilst the kids played in the pool, with enough sun/shady options. We enjoyed long lazy lunches sat at the table on the balcony looking out at the beautiful view. The villa feels very secure and we had brilliant sleeps thanks to the glazing and shutters. Hippo was very helpful and had somebody over straight away if anything needed sorted. A great place to stay for our second trip to Elounda.

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Cathryn 29/06/2019

Nice villa with beautiful views but must have a car as awkward location.

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Anna 01/06/2019


Really stunning views. Such a peaceful spot. Highly recommend this little oasis. I hope we get to come back!

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Laurens 19/05/2019


Nice rooms, great outdoor space with pool, beautiful views.

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Frank H 02/05/2019


Traumhafte Aussicht auf 3 Etagen, ob auf der Terrasse mit Pool oder auf der Dachterrasse, die vom Schlafzimmer erreicht.

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Jannes 20/04/2019

10/5, This place has an outstanding view and is very quiet and private. If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay to relax and enjoy your vacation on Crete I would highly recommend it. It is only 1 hour away from the airport, 10 minuts to an amazing boat trip to an island and the magical city to have dinner in Agios Nikolaos. Besides this all the communication of Nikolas and Hippo were outstanding and very friendly! Thank you very much! We would love to come back!

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Adam M 16/04/2019

Amazing view, lovely pool and welcoming host

Villa Fa was a perfect place for our family to stay. Our two children (7 and 3) loved the pool and balconies. The welcome pack of wine and snacks was lovely. The host recommended a fantastic restaurant for the first night. The location was stunning. A great place to stay.

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Sarah 07/04/2019

Hippocrates was absolutely wonderful, he made our stay lovely and was extremely helpful.

Amazing Villa. Amazing Views. Amazing host.

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Nigel 09/10/2018

Very Good

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Nicole 04/10/2018

We really enjoyed our stay in this villa. The hosts were so so helpful, upon arrival we were a bit lost since it was our first time in Elounda so Julian met us at a meeting point and directed us straight to the villa. The check-in was quick and informative. They provided so many goodies (fruits, wine, water, etc). The view is spectacular from every room in the villa (I recommend the upstairs bedroom, WOW!) Hippo sent us so much helpful information on what to do in Crete and he was very attentive to make sure our stay was perfect! Upon departure they gave us a little gift which I thought was the perfect touch! We would 100% recommend this villa and we will be back! Amazing!!

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322suzyh 16/09/2018

Amazing view

Just returned from our stay at Elounda Solfez villas. You will definitely need a car and one that can get you up the hill because it is as mentioned in other reviews very steep.

On the positive side, it is absolutely worth it because the views at the top are spectacular!

Hippo and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and we had wine and a food package waiting for us when we arrived. I asked for a mattress topper and the bed was very comfortable.

The villa is quite tired in places but has everything you could possibly need and we had a wonderful time and would stay again.

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SarahJ5112 13/08/2018


Our family of 4 stayed for 10 nights in July 2018. After a flight delay of four hours we were met by Hippo at 3am. Nothing was too much trouble for Hippo he is an exceptional host. Our fridge was extremely well stocked with wine fruit bread cheese jam etc and the villa was spotlessly clean. The views from the terrace were breath taking, there was everything you needed for a great holiday and if it wasn’t there Hippo would probably get it! I would highly recommend Solfez Villas and would like to return one day. Thank you everyone.

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Jacques 16/07/2018

Hippocrates greeted us even though we came in late close to midnight to ensure we could find the Villa. He was very thoughtful and ensured we had everything we needed when we arrived. We appreciated the welcome « extras » as well as the farewell when we departed. We were pleasantly surprised to find in Elounda a great selection of fine restaurants...only a few minutes from the Villa. The Villa was great offering outstanding views from all levels. We definitely appreciated relaxing by the pool and enjoying the beautiful scenery ...we only wish we could have stayed one more week!

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Nathalie 15/07/2018

Très belle villa avec vue superbe sur la baie d’elounda, le +++ de ce lieu. Superbe semaine en famille. Prestations hôtelières : ménage fait tous les deux jours avec changement des draps, torchon, serviettes de toilettes et piscine. Très bel accueil et conseils d’hippo.

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shaara r 09/07/2018


Our family of four really loved the villa and our time in Crete. The area was amazing, Hippo was a fabulous host and there was plenty to do around the town and neighboring villages and beaches. We spent our time hanging out in the villa and enjoying the wonderful amenities - the pool and pool deck area are fabulous. Lovely warm sun so you can take a dip first thing in the morning and even enjoy the pool in the evening. There's a gentle breeze as well so napping came quite easily. ;) Hippo provides many suggestions for local restaurants and each and every one was fabulous and unique in its own way. The beaches are spectacular - each one better than the next! It was our first visit to Crete, and we fell in love with the island. We had a car which I think is a must. It's hard to get around without one. If you've never experienced Greek hospitality, you will find that they are incredibly warm and generous, very welcoming and happy to share their recommendations with you.

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Carine 02/07/2018

Wonderful place, exceptionnal view - but steep road !! - very clean and everything you need for a wonderful holiday !!!

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WilliamTracy 28/06/2018

Brilliant Stay

We were three people who stayed in the Villa in early June 2018 and we have to say it was absolutely fantastic. From the booking to leaving everything went perfectly. We arrived early and called Hippo who was with us in a couple of minutes as he stays onsite, we were allowed early access and from the moment we saw the Villa we knew we had made the right choice as the place was spotless with everything you will need for a 7 night stay, the outside patio area with stunning views over Mirabello Bay was fantastic with a lovely pool area with loungers and table and chairs and BBQ facilities. We were also supplied with coffee,wine,fruit and biscuits. We found the property was easy to find with good directions, we had a sat nav which took us to the steep road to the Villa, the steep road was no problem for our VW Golf with three people and all the luggage, just put the car in 1st gear at the bottom of the hill. We would like to thank Hippo who was fantastic and looked after our every need, we would like to give a big thank you to the girl who did the housekeeping. So in conclusion we would say a big thank you to Nik. and all at Solfiez Villas for making our stay such a great experience. As a footnote don’t miss the amazing Sunrises from the Villa and if you are looking for a place to stay in or near Elounda this is the place to stay.

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Melissa M 24/06/2018

Dream Villa

We stayed at this beautiful villa in May. We absolutely loved every moment of our stay. We were a group of 4 and were very impressed with the layout of the villa. It was spacious and open yet gave complete privacy. The villa was fully equipped with cooking facilities and was stocked with some welcome food and drink. The villa is close to all local amenities but I would recommend renting a bike or quad to get up the steep hills to the villa. Hippocrates was so helpful and really made our stay even more enjoyable from the very start until our day or departure. He was very accommodating and offered us lots of tips and advice on things to do and places to eat. Hippo was efficient in answering calls if we needed things like coal for the outside bbq.

We loved relaxing outside on one of the many balconys and star gazing at night. The views from the villa were breathtaking. The pool was great as you got the sun until early evening and there was nothing more relaxing than having a nap on one of the sun beds after a swim in the sun. The upstairs bedroom in particular were spectacular. Elounda is beautiful. We travelled to a couple of places before arriving in elounda and all we can say is that we wish we had stayed there for the whole duration of our trip. So much history and the locals are very friendly. We can not fault the villa in the slightest and have no negatives at all. We have recommended to all of our friends and would book again in a second. Thank you so much for having us! Melissa & Craig :-)

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kat8688 27/09/2017

Beautiful Villa, Wonderful Stay!

We had a fabulous time at Villa Solfez!! The villa is beautiful, peaceful, very clean and really well equipped. Hippo (the host) was there to meet us on arrival and looked after us for the week - he put water, wine, fresh fruit and snacks in the villa for our arrival which was lovely, gave us information about local beaches and the area, and even got up at 3am to let us into the Villa when we had locked ourselves out after a night in Agios town!! Thank you Hippo :) We stayed at this villa in September 2016 but sadly had to leave early to fly back to the UK, Nikolas was very understanding and very kindly allowed us to use the time this year, so September 2017 - we were back, and very happy to be!!

The pool is beautiful and the outdoor space at this villa really makes it - the views are to die for. We had 2 BBQs at the villa and had breakfast on the balcony, other than that we ate out at some of the many restaurants in the area. You can get a taxi within 10 minutes and they are very cheap. All of the food we had was fresh and delicious! There is a Lidl about 20 minutes away, really cheap and really well equipped. Google maps will often tell you the journey will be longer than it will actually be as I don't think it recognises all of the roads properly. We stayed at the villa as two couples and also had another couple from a nearby hotel join us for a BBQ one night, it has plenty of space and is well equipped with towels, hairdryers, soap etc and is regularly cleaned. The villa is on a very steep hill so a car is need at least for some of your trip - the views are so worth it though! There are lots of beaches in the local area to explore - Voulisma was our favourite. We also did a private boat trip for the day from Agios which I would highly recommend (booked with Elounda VIP Cruises). I would highly recommend this villa!

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Kate W 17/09/2017

Wonderful villa, fab views and well looked after by Hippo! Beautiful food, wine and beaches on tap.

Had a wonderful week here. Beautiful villa with amazing views. Very clean and well equipped. Well looked after by Hippo who is happy to help with anything you need. Also had great taxi driver, George! Wonderful restaurants in Elounda and Agios Nic. Village wine is defitnely worth a try and is so cheap! All in all, great week.

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Rubon 09/09/2017

Truly breath-taking views

Really difficult if not impossible to get a better view than here, on Elounda, Plaka and the entire bay. The villa is very well equipped with everything one may need, as described. Even if the space feels generally smaller than what the photos might suggest, it was not a problem at all for us, since one tends to spend most of the time outdoors anyway. What makes it so special, immediately after the stunning views, is the extraordinary relational service of Hippo, the "house manager". Without him, it would not be the same. NOTHING is too much to ask him, and whenever one does ask for something it is done WELL ans IMMEDIATELY. Also worth a special mention: the cleaners: they come every other day, and in no time make the entire place (bedding, towels, even windows), look, feel and smell like brand new! The only very slight shadow is: 1) you really must have a car at your disposal (I would have liked to be able to WALK to Elounda for grocery shopping... and 2) (but this sadly seems true everywhere in Crete) there were too many empty plastic bottles, and plastic bags lying here and there along the (VERY steep) drive up to the villas.

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Markus T 04/09/2017

Liebe Frau Kirmaier, wir haben einen wirklich sehr schönen Aufenthalt in der Elounda Solfez Villa verbracht, das Haus, die beiden Terrassen, den Pool, den Grill und die überragende Aussicht genossen! Besonders zu erwähnen ist die sehr gastfreundliche und zuvorkommende Betreuung durch die beiden „Property Manager“, Hippo und Hippo (Cousins), was dem Ganzen noch einen persönlichen, familiären Charakter mitgab. Der Pool wurde täglich gereinigt, das Haus alle 3 Tage. Die persönlichen Empfehlungen für Sightseeing, Restaurants, Einkaufen usw. von Hippo haben wir sehr geschätzt. Wir haben uns insgesamt willkommen und sehr wohl gefühlt und einen herrlichen und vergnügten Kreta-Urlaub verbracht. Vielen Dank auch für Ihre Unterstützung bei der kurzfristigen Mietwagen-Suche die gefundene Lösung. Da die Villa am Hang liegt ist hier ein Mietwagen dann doch ein echtes "Muss". Auch beim nächsten Kreta-Urlaub kommen wir gerne auf Sie zurück. Herzliche Grüße, Familie T.

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cinqueHerts 21/08/2017

Villa Fa Solfez villas

Great x2 week stay in Villa Fa this August. The property is x1 of 8 townhouse style villas at the top of a hill at the back entrance to Elounda. The property has x3 bedrooms, x2 downstairs at pool/yard level with a shared bathroom and a main double upstairs with its own bathroom and balcony.

The villas are spotlessly clean, with Hippo the sons owner coming every day at 7pm to clean the pool and the villa itself is cleaned and sheets/towels changed every other day by x2 charming cleaners.

The views over The Bay of Mirabello and Elounda are wonderful. We had a welcome bottle of wine and some groceries ready stocked on our arrival which was a lovely touch. Kitchen is very well supplied with dishwash, washing machine, fridge freezer etc. You need a car and the road upto the villa (called Spartans way) is very very steep.

Once you get the hang of driving up, you will be ok (1st gear all the way). Hippo that manages the arrivals is a fantastic guy, it's a shame every villa rental doesn't have him. Any problems (there wasn't any) would have been seen to as he is at the end of a mobile and only lives 5 mins away. His recommendations on places to visit and eat are well worth listening to. We travelled with x3 kids 8-14 and the pool was a perfect size for them. A great place to holiday.

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André F 15/08/2017

Schitterend uitzicht en rust

Niet super de luxe maar uitstekend vertoeven.

Je moet wel even aan de steile rit naar boven wennen.

Wordt om de twee dagen schoon gemaakt, prima service en de manager regelt alles per omgaande.

Gaan er zeker nog een keer heen.

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RV49 14/07/2017

Jolie villa

Accueil très sympathique d'hypo (gérant sur le site) villa sur trois niveaux. Bel ensemble Avec clim et tout ce qu'il faut en équipement. Une vue au top sur la baie face à Spinalonga . Vous ouvrez le volet de la chambre le matin et là...C parfait!

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SAMY R 14/07/2017

Séjour familiale

Séjour familiale dans une villa très agréable avec une vue sur la mer époustouflante. Piscine a débordement et des prestations de qualité (ménage fait tous les 2 jours piscine nettoyé tous les jours)

Merci à Hypo qui nous a accueilli et qui a été toujours disponible durant notre séjour

Emplacement idéal sur le golfe d elounda.

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Apostolos 05/10/2016

Brilliant hospitality, amazing views and great accommodation! One of our best traveling experiences

We visited Elounda and the Solfez VIllas Complex at the end of August 2016 with our 5 year old son and another couple. The scenery as expected was breathtaking. It is a bit tricky to reach the Villas, as on a high and very slopy uphill rural road, but the sighposting was great and easy to find otherwise. Upon arrival, Ippokratis was there to greet us and give us all the necessary details for our booked villa and its amenities (first aid cabinet, safe, ironing and cleaning facilities, bbq etc). The extremely impressive high point was the plethora of fresh produce and other products that were there for us to use: from the organic and localy grown vegetables (oh my the divine smell of fresh cucumber and tomatoes), the local meat, honey and wine to the cupboards filled with more than we needed!

This was a definite first! What a quality welcome! Ippokratis was of great help with any info needed from local tavernas and bars to supermarkets and pharmacies. He was always discrete and respectful of our needs and available times. Ippokratis was the one to suggest an amazing hidden treasure with the most attentive, charming and great chef that treated us like family and cooked everything on his own from fresh and the vast majority was his own produce. I will not spoil the surprise and give the details. You need to go to Villa Solfez and ask Ippokratis yourselves! The Villa was clean, modern and well maintained; the same applies for the pool and the external areas.

Even the very few minor issues that we had were resolved quickly and adequately. We had regular cleaning service and that meant no hassle for us (it seems that a lot of people are concerned about this when thinking of renting a villa; definitely not an issue for Villa Solfez). Our boy enjoyed the pool so much. We could wake up and have some fun pool time, then breakfast and more water fun, then go out and visit local beach; return at the end of the day and go back for a swim and enjoy a drink and dinner! A private pool is a must for a villa and Villa Solfez has set the bar quite high. The villa itself has been well built and thoughtfully designed with views at every level across the beautiful Mirabello Bay. There are no words to describe the emotions when you are in the infinity pool enjoying a cooled drink and overlooking such stunning views. The serenity and calmness are priceless. It was very reassuring that the other villas had no access or view of our villa and its external grounds, so our stay was very private and comfortable.

There are so many places to visit from the near Elounda village and Plaka to Agios Nikolaos and its lively centre. Definitely go to Vai and Ieraperta areas, a bit of a drive but with some great beaches, restaurants and locations. The only glitch that we had was the amount of mosquitoes that we had on the first night and even though that the Villa had all the necessary mosquito 'fighting' equipment and solutions, our boy and myself ended up with tens of bites some of which got infected. It was easy to access a pharmacy to get the necessary treatment and Ippokratis had given us info re the local doctors. From the second night and onward we were better organised and vigilant, hence no other issues.

Overall, our stay was amazing. Great friends at great location staying in a great place! Highly recommended and we will be returning for more Crete adventures. a Five Star Service, Fabulous Holiday Destination, Charming Accommodation

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J0nti 02/10/2016

Fantastic views, very clean and well furnished villa

The view upon arrival at the villa was breathtaking, you can spend hours staring out across the sea. The accommodation was fantastic - very clean and had an open plan space on the main floor. The villa was modern and had a very well equipped kitchen including washing machine. We loved using the BBQ and spent every day in the pool which was kept very clean by Hippo the villa manager. It was great to vary meals across the two different outside eating areas and enjoy evening BBQs looking out over the sea and landscape. The villa is very well positioned offering a short drive to Elounda (our favourite coastal town) and Agios Nikolaos, just a 15 minutes drive away. Access to the villa is up a well maintained driveway which has an incline but easy to navigate so you don't need a 4x4 to reach the villa. The villa was cleaned every other day and the welcome from Hippy was very warm and friendly. We would thoroughly recommend choosing this villa for your holiday in Crete.

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willroons 10/09/2016

Perfect family retreat

Our family of five stayed here for a week in September 2016. The villa is superb - compact but really well laid out and plenty of place for everyone. Fridge fully stocked on arrival - much appreciated and made cooking at home much easier. Pool amazing, views to die for, will definitely come again.

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Hans 09/09/2016

In early October 2011 we stayed in one of these beautiful villas for a number of days. In 2014 and 2015 we returned for a another stay. We love the place, the views and the people that work here. The Elounda Solfez villas are brand new and they are situated on a hill. The view is truly spectacular. From any of your terraces or from your pool you look out over the Bay of Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula. On a clear day you can also see several small islands in the distance and even the high cliffs of the peninsula all the way back behind Sitia in the extreme east of the island. 

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Warders 01/09/2016

“Our stay at Solfez Villas”

We had a wonderful 10 days at Villa Mi, the views are stunning and the villa was comfortable and clean providing everything we wanted. We were welcomed with wine, fresh fruit and other local delicacies.
This is truly a place to relax and unwind in a well serviced environment.

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Olive966 09/08/2016

“Perfect for what we needed!”

We booked this as a late holiday. But it worked out wonderfully. The villa is a good size but still cozy. The pool is lovely and the view is absolutely breathtaking. Warning the villa is at the top of a very steep hill so make sure that your car can get up it. I walked up the hill a couple of times but it was very very hard work. The area is lovely and hippo (the host) was very helpful and kind! Would definitely recommend.
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Henrik A 08/08/2016

"A very nice villa and excellent service"

The Elounda Solfez Villa is a very nice villa located in the hills at Elounda. It has a stunning view over the bay. Very good service, food and drinks in the fridge at arrival :-) Would recommend this.

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Tracy A 08/08/2016

Absolutely amazing!

This has to be the best holiday we have ever had! Nikolas was so helpful with the booking and Hippo well, we couldn't have asked for anyone better to look after us while we stayed at the Elounda Solfez Villas and the cleaning staff did a great job too! What an asset to your company they are. The villa is perfectly situated for amazing views of the sea and nearby Elounda. So many restaurants to choose from in the beautiful Elounda and also in the larger town of Agios Nikolaos. The local taxi service is highly recommended if you don't want to drive. So much to see and do, plenty of beaches with a variety of water sports. However some of our best days were spent at the beautiful villa, swimming in the lovely pool, relaxing and enjoying the fabulous weather. I really hope that my family and I can return here in the near future and experience more of the lovely hospitality from the people of Crete. Many thanks, Tracy and family x

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mandy61 06/08/2016


Stayed at Solfez Villas with my husband and grown up children for a week in June and it was, as the title says, amazing!

The villa has everything you need and they have thought about the little things such as providing dishwasher tablets, tea, coffee and sugar etc... No need to immediately start charging round for supplies!

Without doubt, the best thing is the view, spectacular!

We have been to this area of Crete many times, so we just enjoyed lazy days by the pool and spending quality time together.

From the moment we booked, we were well taken care of by Nikolas who communicated with us regularly - nothing was too much trouble. Hippo was on hand throughout our stay and made sure our pool was always pristine.

We had a lovely time and it was excellent value for money. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these lovely villas.

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We had a great time at the beautiful Solfez Villas! The owner was very kind and helpful to us and we enjoyed our stay. The view from the villas is not to be complained about. Very beautiful! But be cautious! It does get quite windy up there! ;-) 

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Joanne 25/07/2016

We loved our stay at the Elounda Solfez. It was our very own little paradise. The villa was lovely, with everything you could need and Hippo was a great host. He was very friendly and helped us with anything we needed. The outdoor space is amazing, and very private without feeling secluded. You almost don't want to leave your villa. You would prob need a car or it's around 10 Euros in a taxi to Elounda centre (we took taxi's) as the villa is up a very steep hill, but worth it when you get there for the peacefulness and the spectacular sea views! The pool is cleaned daily and the villa every other day so that was also a nice touch. We would definitely go back. Thank you for providing such a great experience!

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alposch 16/07/2016


Ein ziemlich steiler Hügel führt zu mehreren Villen über der Bucht von Elounda.
Aus allen Zimmern ein phantastischer Blick. Allerdings schwer zu finden und man sollte sich außerhalb verabreden vor allem nachts hat man sonst keine Chance. Google kennt die Straßen nicht!!
Sehr netter Empfang von Kostas und Nicki! Viel Ruhe und Erholung möglich, allerdings etwas außerhalb und natürlich die Auffahrt ist nichts für Feiglinge.
Sonst sehr gepflegt und ein schöner Pool. Zimmer sind etwas klein.
Aber so eine Aussicht hatten wir bisher noch nie.

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Jonathan W 05/07/2016

“Modern, clean, well equipped villa with wonderful views”

The 3 bedroom villa we stayed in was one of a number of linked properties on a steep hillside. The description and photographs on the website give an accurate impression. However no photos can do justice to the location and views which are magnificent. We were met on arrival by Hippo who showed us around the property, and was on hand throughout our stay if we needed advice or help with anything. The information pack on the area with recommended restaurants etc is very good. The centre of Elounda is a 5/10 minute drive, so a car is essential. The only thing that went wrong during our stay was missing the turning down to the villa from the main road on our arrival. The villa sign had been taken down. This is a wonderful part of Crete. The property and the area both highly recommended.

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Pzm 30/06/2016

“Villa of a lifetime”

High atop a hill 7 perfectly situated villas awaited me & hubby, mother & 2 preteens for a week. Met by our lovely host Hippocrates with a tour, wine & fruit basket. The listing, pictures and descriptions are spot on. Tri level with sea views & AC everywhere . Bottom floor 2 bedrooms, washer & dryer, full bath and access to infinity pool, loungers, bbq & seating for six. Main floor, living room with sofa sectional, tv, phone, wifi and fully functional kitchen with all the bells & whistles along with outdoor terrace with seating for 6. Upstairs queen ensuite master with private terrace. Pool cleaned daily, and cleaning services provided every other day, with no intrusion and always a gift of some fresh fruit & veggies from their onsite garden. Elounda & beaches shirt car ride & car is needed to get around. Thank you to Hippo and the staff for our most relaxing and memorable bucket list trip.

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SJS1970 25/06/2016

“Nice villa with private pool and the most amazing views.”

The villa is lovely, the pool a great bonus and the views wonderful. It is up a very steep hill but if you can manage that in a hire care them you are rewarded.
Hippo the manager is a great guy, very friendly and helpful.
We thoroughly recommend this place.

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Patty M 25/06/2016

Villa of a lifetime

We arrived to these 7 picturesque villas perched high atop a hill for a postcard experience. My husband and I, our mother, and 2 boys aged 14 & 9, were met by our host Hippocrates with a tour, wine & fruit basket. The listing and pictures are spot on. Our unit Villa Re, Ground floor fully functioning kitchen, with all the bells & whistles, living room sofa sectional with wifi, cable/ satellite & phone, outdoor terrace overlooking pool with seating for 6. Down stairs are 2 bedrooms (#1 with 2 twin beds, #2 with 1 queen) full bathroom, washer & dryer, and outdoor infinity pool, bbq, sun loungers and table seating 6.

Top floor ensuite queen master with shower bathroom & private terrace. The pool was cleaned daily and cleaning services provided every other day, immaculately and with no intrusion and always something left for us from their garden of fruits & vegetables. Elounda & beach is a short car ride, and to see the surrounding areas a car is a must. Recommendations...Elounda beach, The ferryman Taverna, the Vachaus taverna, Porto Rino pizza, and six sense spas. Thank you to Hippo and the staff for our most relaxing, memorable bucket list trip. YIA SAS :)))

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davidmallard 17/05/2016

Lovely Villa with Outstanding view over the Mirabella Bay

We were 6 people; 2 couples and 2 singles, staying at this modern, clean and well equipped villa. It is one of 8 terraced villas perched on the hillside overlooking the town of Elounda and the hills and islands around the Mirabella Bay. Absolutely fantastic location for day tripping around this part of Crete and we explored all the local beaches. Villa on three floors worked very well for us. Grown up kids on the ground floor with direct access to the terrace, pool and BBQ area; kitchen, living room and patio/balcony overlooking the pool/terrace; parents in the 'Eagles Nest' double bedroom and private terrace on the top floor. Villa very well equipped and owners extremely helpful in getting us settled in and making us aware of what to see and where to go! We had a lovely family holiday here and would not hesitate to recommend to others.

Hackrz 30/09/2015

“Superb property in quiet location”

The villa is in an idyllic spot high on the hillside overlooking the bay of Elounda.
The apartment is spotlessly clean , well-equipped and spacious for a family of four with two teenagers - Wifi is (of course) a blessing !

The combinations of poolside sunny and shady areas, the main balcony outside the living room and balcony outside the master bedroom meant we all had somewhere to chill out.

As people have said before, the road up to the villas is "fun", but to be fair provided you take a moment to check it is clear before sitting off and stay in first gear without hesitating, it is not a problem at all. A car is essential but the relative isolation of the villa being its attraction. Elounda and all of its restaurants, shops, etc are only five minutes away.

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David D 13/09/2015


Une maison très bien avec une vue superbe de la chambre, de la piscine... Un accueil humain et professionnel, encore merci à notre hôte. Nous conseillons évidemment cette location et espérons pouvoir revenir un jour. Sandrine et David

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Said 10/09/2015

Vacationing in the Elounda solfez loved beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Gorgeous views of the sea and Islands. Friendly owners on any matter connected with the rest react immediately and solve the problem . Thank you for staying.

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jxmatthews 27/08/2015

“Amazing villa, great hospitality”

The villa was fantastic, facilities as advertised, the view was incredible and our host Hippo was very welcoming and helpful. It was great value for money all round and we'd definitely recommend it to others.

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JennieKenny 11/08/2015

“Amazing Villa; Stunning HD views; Exceptional, friendly Service. What are you waiting for?!”

There's a song by 'Faithless' called 'Feelin' Good'. It opens with the line 'I want the view from the top of the hill, give me the view from the top of the hill'. I sang it to myself every morning when we opened the shutters at Villa Fa to reveal the stunning HD panoramic view of Mirabello Bay, stretched out like a picture postcard. It's the best view in Elounda and a view could never become tiresome. The colours of the Cretan sea changing throughout the day as the sun curves across the sky, painting the rocks red in the evening. Watching the yachts, tall ships, jet skis and fishing boats weave patterns with the white wakes they leave behind and just to the left, the majestic mountains of Eastern Crete rise from the sea.

What I'm trying to convey is that Villa Solfez was good for the soul. We travelled as a family of five and arrived to a warm welcome from Hippo, our host. Hippo could not have done enough for us throughout our stay. He brought us fresh fruit, cleaned the pool every day, advised us where to eat and came to say goodbye when we (very reluctantly) left to travel home.

The villa itself is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. Maids arrived every other day to clean, change towels and make the beds. Well appointed too, there was nothing we felt was lacking. It had everything we needed and felt like home straight away.

The outside living areas are designed to make the most of the superb views on every level. We breakfasted each morning on the balcony and enjoyed the Charcoal BBQ by the pool.

The villa was such a place of calm relaxation that we spent our entire first week there, only leaving to eat in the evenings!

The infinity pool provided welcome refreshment when a break from sunbathing was needed for the adults. The kids splashed and played in the pool from morning until evening. They loved it!

When we did eventually venture further, we found some real Cretan gems. Almyros beach, Agia Fotia, Fourni village and Spinalonga were all highlights. Elounda itself is a beautiful place with a picturesque harbour full of tiny blue and white painted fishing boats. We found some great places here to eat and relax in the evenings.

From our first enquiry to Nikolas the owner, to our departure home, we have found the team behind Elounda Solfez Villas to be friendly, helpful and attentive. They truly thought of everything and made our holiday experience relaxed and carefree from the moment we booked! Providing us with arrival and departure details, car hire recommendations, things to do and see, where to eat all made for a completely stress free holiday.

When you find a piece of paradise and have experienced something so wonderful and good for the soul, it's tempting to keep it to yourself!!

Having resisted the temptation, I cannot recommend Elounda Solfez Villas highly enough. This villa represented fantastic value for money. If you're looking for a place to unwind, relax and forget about the daily grind, then this is it. You will leave refreshed, inspired and transformed - Value for money doesn't really come into it - our experience was priceless!

Thank you Nikolas, Hippo and team. We can't wait to return :-)

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Sarah D 10/08/2015

“Five Star Service, Fabulous Holiday Destination, Charming Accommodation”

We came to Elounda Solfz Villas for a 10 night summer holiday and did not want to go home! We loved this place! Hippo and his team are superb, nothing is too much trouble and the service he provides is thorough yet discreet with a daily pool clean and maid service every other. The villa was spotless on our arrival and Hippo was on hand to settle us in; anything we requested was happily dealt with throughout our stay.

The villa itself has been well built and thoughtfully designed with views at every level across the beautiful Mirabello Bay. The outside is spacious and well furnished with plenty of room for swimming and sunbathing, a shaded area together with a large brick BBQ which we used frequently. The town of Elounda is delightful and the local people so accommodating! Lots of lovely places to eat, drink and be merry.

We will definitely be returning!

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Chris W 26/07/2015

“This place is wonderful!”

We spend an absolutely wonderful week here. The villa is fabulous and is well maintained, with an amazing view and wonderful pool. Nikolas was very attentive and provided excellent support and service throughout our trip.

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Zuzana T 23/07/2015

“Our best holiday”

We were looking for nice villa maybe two months... when we finally found this offer we could not believe that for such a price we could get such a nice place. However the pictures and reality is not the same. Reality is even much more better... Once you enter and see this amazing view to whole Elounda from your infinity pool - it is just amazing.

Long time before the holiday we were wondering whether it is not better to go to nice
hotel with full service, however now we do not regret it since in villa you have your privacy and Nikolas helped to us anytime with anything we wanted. I really appreciate that anytime we called him he came to our villa and bring to us anything we needed. In addition, every second day there is cleaning service and every day they clean pool.

We stayed in three floor villa for 6 people - every floor has own terrace. I would really recommend this villa to everybody - families or group of friends. I am sure you will not regret this.

We had wonderful time in villa and we would like to thank you to Nikolas for everything.

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Delphine 17/07/2015

Nous avons passé un séjour formidable. Nous étions en famille avec 3 jeunes enfants. La maison est confortable, propre, bien équipée. Nous avons bien profité de la terrasse avec la piscine et le barbecue pour les repas. La vue est extraordinaire. Nous avons été très bien accueilli et avons apprécié le service de ménage et les légumes frais apportés régulièrement.

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0141edgar 06/07/2015

Wonderful Family Holiday!

Just returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday staying at Solfez villas. The villa far exceeded our expectations - It was serviced and cleaned every couple of days and the pool was cleaned every day! The drive up the hill to the villa is a bit steep but it's worth it for the views over the fantastic Bay Area. Hippo and his team couldn't have done more for us, from leaving beautiful fresh vegetables from the garden, to guiding us to the best beaches. We would strongly recommend this place and look forward to returning!

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Deb_B111 24/06/2015


The villa delivered everything it promised and we could not fault it in any way.

The location was perfect for us - just a five minute drive into town, but it was worth it for the view. It was really peaceful and we awoke to the wonderful sound of birdsong and the local goats which climbed the adjoining hillside every day - the gentle bleating and tinkling of their bells put a smile on our faces every morning. The first morning I was awake particularly early and sat on the balcony watching the beautiful sunrise - a perfect start to our holiday.

Hippo was great - on call 24/7 should we need him and visiting each day to clean the pool. He also provided us with a lot of helpful information regarding places to visit. The maid service (every other day) was also most welcome as were the fresh vegetable and fruit they brought from the villas' garden - delicious!

The pool was perfect as was the outside area and barbecue (the butchers in town sold the most amazing steaks) We did not find one restaurant in town that disappointed but can highly recommend The Ferryman, The Lotus Eaters, Porto Rino (wonderful pizzas) Olondi and Kanali for fish.

Agios Nikolaos is definitely worth visiting for the day - for lunch, shopping and ice cream! Voulisma beach, about 13km from Agios Nikolaos is lovely - golden sand and beach service (food and drink) from the beach bar. Spinalonga is also worth a visit - we took the boat from Plaka, but were very disappointed with Knossos and did not feel it was worth the journey - we would rather have spent our time in the villa pool!

We would love to return to Elounda one day and would definitely go back to Solfez Villas.

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Vladimir Preobrazhenskiy 19/06/2015

Vladimir Preobrazhenskiy
Отличная Вилла. хорошие управляющие, готовые помочь всегда

Sha623 29/08/2014

“Thank you”

Our review differs to the others as unfortunately we had to cut short our stay and return to the UK as our daughter became very sick. After months of looking forward to this trip, our daughter became unwell a few days before we left London. We thought she was recovering and would "turn the corner" in Crete, but she didn't.

We stayed 5 days out of our 14 planned, but that was enough time to give this gorgeous place 5 stars! First impressions: steep road was absolutely manageable - we even got into 2nd gear once or twice! Also, as others have mentioned, the villas DO look exactly like the photos. We spent most of our 5 days staying at the villa (due to sick child) and our other two children didn't leave the pool, except to let the daily cleaning take place (always at the end of the day), then were straight back in!

The cleaning of the villa (3 times a week) was also very welcome - changing all the linen felt a bit like a hotel service!

We really enjoyed having the two outdoor areas to eat - just outside the living room/kitchen (good for breakfast) and by the pool. We literally couldn't get much else in the fridge when we arrived as it was generously packed full of fresh food.

During the day, the view was fantastic, but for us the villa was spectacular at night. Firstly we were mesmerised by the colour of the moon rising - starts bright red, then turns bronze before becoming the usual pale yellow. We also used the BBQ most nights - brilliant. This along with the terrace/pool lighting made the outdoor space very special. We star gazed each evening (not possible in London!) and along with the view of Spinalonga lit up, we didn't want to go inside at bedtime!

Probably what make our experience different is that we had fantastic customer service in a "crisis" situation. Hippo was amazing! Upon our request to find a doctor to see our daughter, he made a phone call and within 30 minutes a lovely doctor arrived at our villa, speaking perfect English and giving sensible advice. Unfortunately, our child's condition continued to deteriorate and we made the difficult decision to change our flights and return home. We then had a computing nightmare trying to print our boarding passes at short notice, which saw Hippo going flat out to help us on a public holiday long weekend late in the evening. He was a huge star and by some miracle produced our 5 printed boarding passes at 10 pm for us to fly the following morning. I can't express enough how grateful we are to him - he really went out of his way to help us. For us, he went beyond the call of duty - our problem became his problem too.

We left Elounda very sad but knowing it was the right thing (our daughter was admitted to hospital once home). On our return we received an Email from Nikolas offering us a complimentary stay at the villas in the future to use up the 9 nights we didn't use! I can't think of customer service that compares to this anywhere else that we have been in 15 years of taking holidays as a family. Thank you Hippo and Nikolas!

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Catherine Künzler 07/08/2014

Vacances magnifiques :-)

Nous avons passé deux semaines fantastiques à Solfez Villas. Malgré notre arrivée assez tardive, l'accueil d'Hippocrate était très agréable et les explications en rapport avec la location fort complètes. Il est d'ailleurs toujours à disposition pour vous renseigner ou vous donner de précieux conseils aussi bien sur les activités à ne pas rater que sur les restaurants incontournables ! A ce sujet ne manquez pas d'allez trouver Manolis au restaurant "Akrohoria" chez qui vous trouverez l'authenticité de la cuisine Crètoise (plusieurs visites obligatoires) !!

La villa ainsi que la vue sont magnifiques, quant au service hôtelier il est de premier ordre: nettoyage journalier de la piscine, passage 2 à 3 fois par semaine des femmes de ménage, frigo et armoires garnis de victuailles pour plusieurs jours (viande, légumes, fruits, pates, riz, etc...).

Nous ne pouvons que vous recommander cet endroit !

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Radders777 30/07/2014

Great place

We had a great time in Elounda and in the main that was down to the stay in the Solfez villas. Hippo your host is very welcoming and knowledgable and can't do enough for you. The views make the place memorable. All you need is in the villa and it's clean. Perfect location too and don't be put off by the step hill to get to the villa - it's fine. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is the pool is just a little on the small side and the villa is on 3 floors which does mean a bit of exercise going up and down. Would heartily recommend.

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Andrea C 23/07/2014

“An amazing location and resort!”

This place was everything we had hoped for. The food was amazing, very Greek with lots of choice. The road to our apartment was steep so if you have mobility issues this isn't the place for you! Our 3 children had a great time at the pool and the games room. We hired a car which made our holiday as we could explore further afield. We did discover a lovely water sports place about 10 mins past Agios Nic which our children loved and the beach was lovely. (Much better than the local Elounda water sports and cheaper). We did try the Elounda once and almost got run over by the ferry that goes to the leper colony!! The apartments were basic but clean and we had an amazing view of the sea.

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stephen_dewison 11/07/2014

“Excellent Villa, Excellent Views, Excellent Hosts”

Welcomed on arrival with full tour of the villa and as much information about the location and area as we needed. Hippo (crates) was very obliging and the full fridge/freezer/cupboard is a real added bonus - we only needed top up shops and drinks all week!

Car is a must given the location up a steep hill but the climb is worth it for the views over Mirabello Bay.

Would definitely return.

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Max_B1283 26/06/2014

Приятные воспоминания

Вилла находится на высоком холме, откуда открывается потрясающий вид. Вилла хорошо оборудована и прекрасно убиралась. На улице есть место для барбекю со столом. Бассейн с имитацией течения. Очень приятный хозяин виллы, оставил для нас подарки!

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Peter_C64_12 21/06/2014

Very impressive villa and excellent service

We just got back from a week at Elounda Solfez and had to give Ippo and the team 5 stars for a wonderful location, excellent facilities and service that was top class. True, the hill is a steep climb but we had small Yaris with four people and luggage and we got there fine. We liked Elounda a lot and there is no shortage of great restaurants. Highly recommend doing the boat trip to Spinalonga and getting up early to see the sun rise over the sea from the east. As all the other reviews say, the location makes for a very relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle.

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vivrepourmanger v 20/06/2014

un grand oui - excellent rapport qualité/prix

Nous avons particulièrement apprécié l'assistance à tout moment d'un manager extremement aimable et très discret sur place (dénommé Hyppocrates). Le nettoyage 3 fois dans la semaine, parfait, et celui de la piscine tous les jours. Dans l'un des placards, de nombreuses serviettes à disposition, pour la douche et pour la plage. La piscine n'est pas aussi grande qu'on pourrait le désirer, mais l'on s'y baigne avec une vue splendide. La maison domine toute la baie et la presqu'ile de Kolokythia. La literie est ferme et de qualité dans la chambre du haut que nous avons occupée. Le Wifi fonctionne partout sans aucun problème.

Soyez exigeant sur votre voiture de location car la côte pour monter à la villa est raide et c'est en première qu'il faudra monter les 300 mètres.

Le calme est absolu du fait de l'absence de route autour et le vis à vis est pour ainsi dire inexistant, les 4 ou 5 maisons similaires étant séparées par de hauts murs de pierre.

Nous y retournerions sans hésiter. La personne avec laquelle vous prendrez contact pour les réservations répond aux emails de manière très professionnelle et en très peu de temps à chaque fois (Nikolas dans notre cas). Rapport qualité-prix à la hauteur.

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Mr_A_Shah 12/06/2014

“Great place to stay in Elounda”

Excellent welcome and great view and own pool is fantastic. Great place for families and groups. Thanks to Hippo.

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justine t 13/11/2013

“Highlight of our Crete holiday”

We have just returned to New Zealand from a wonderful trip to Crete and the Greek Islands, a highlight of which was our time in Elounda at Solfez Villas.
I "met" Nikolas Lygeros, the e-marketing manager for Solfez Villas by email back in June and by the time we arrived, I felt as though we were friends. He was the most obliging person to communicate with and there was nothing he would not arrange for us from a traditional Greek dinner party, to golf and spa treatments at the neighbouring five-star resort, to introductions to the best restaurants, beaches and tourist attractions.
When we finally arrived we were delighted with what we found. Solfez Villas are absolutely stunning. Perched on the hill above dazzling Mirabello Bay on the north east coast of Crete, the villas are three-storeyed with balconies on each floor so every room has a spectacular view.
The real value is that what you see on the Solfez Villas website is what you get, which is always our first concern when it comes to vacation rentals. We loved our private, gorgeous infinity pool and huge patio with an outdoor dining area overlooking Mirabello Bay, and their bio garden (next to the villas) where they grow Greek vegetables, which were delivered daily to us, free of charge.
We arrived late in the evening after driving from the airport in the Cretan capital, Heraklion, to find Nikolas had stocked the fridge with fresh fruit, Cretan wine, cheese, bread, terrine, honey, nuts and other delicacies. It meant we didn’t need to try and find a place to eat at that late hour. Very thoughtful.
The three-bedroom, two bathroom villa was immaculate and spacious, and had everything we needed including air-conditioning, a full kitchen and laundry, built-in BBQ, wifi, TVs/DVD/sound system.
Cretan hospitality is legendary. The dinner Nikolas organized for us at the villa next door featured every Greek delicacy imaginable.
On his recommendation, the next evening we dined at a modest-looking taverna in Elounda, just a short drive away. From the outside, Taverna Akrohoria presents as a humble, family-run restaurant with a few rooms to rent upstairs, but the food was fabulous and the view over the Cretan Sea and Mirabello Bay from the dining area was divine.
Next day, Nikolas introduced my husband to the golf pro at the five-star Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort one of the top courses in Crete while my daughter and I met Elli, manager at Six Senses Spa, ranked one of the world's leading spas by Conde Nast. It was exquisite - soothing fountains, soft lighting, luminous pools, and the best massage I have ever had.
Elounda itself is an interesting place. Its development began in the 1970s when the first 5-star hotels were established. Built on the hillside around a picturesque fishing village and beaches with emerald waters, Elounda is now frequented by celebrities, royalty and film makers. Restaurants and high-end jewellery and fashion shops abound but the village has maintained its slow-paced, rustic charm.
Historic Spinalonga Island is just a short ferry ride from Elounda. The TV series The Island was filmed on there.
The difference between a place like Solfez and a faceless resort or hotel is the personal touch and the warm engagement with guests who actually become friends. And it does not cost a fortune especially if you share the price with some friends or couples.
We were there at the end of August and enjoyed day after day of cloudless skies. Elounda has everything - history, scenery, food, wine, beaches, and some of the friendliest people we have ever met.

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Shiri Glass 05/10/2013

"Excellent! Couldn't be any better…"

We had the best time ever in the Villa Solfez!

The location, the fully equipped villa, the pull and off course the view made it an unforgettable time for all of us, grownups and kids.

Best hospitality we met, made us feel right at home - thank you!

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0924Nessa 01/10/2013

“A dream villa stay in an idyllic part of the world”

Just returned from a 10 day vacation at Elounda Solfez Villas and all I can say is AMAZING! Everything about this place is top class - the view, the property, the pool, the BBQ area, the facilities and the location. We travelled with our 18 month old daughter and our whole experience from start to finish was pure joy. For me, Elounda Solfez villas offer THE best views of the Elounda Bay and beyond and you can see them from your bedroom window. The road up is worth it for the view alone! Elounda is a fantastic base for a stay in Crete as there are a number of short day trips within easy reach and it is a culinary dream! The management team Nikos and Hippo could not do enough for us! We will certainly be back.

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JoHignett1972 13/09/2013

A Villa with a View!

We were extremely impressed with our villa, and after the steep car journey up the hill were absolutely delighted with it's secluded location and breath taking views.
On arrival Ippo greeted us, he was very informative, helpful and genuinely a nice guy. The fridge was stocked with fresh fruit and we received a lovely welcome hamper including a bottle of wine, greek honey and other delicious treats!

We had a very relaxing holiday, myself and my husband enjoyed relaxing on the terrace whilst the children enjoyed hours of fun in the well maintained infinity style pool.

Everything you needed was included in the villa..... wifi, microwave oven, washing machine, hair dryer, iron and board, towels, air conditioning, bar-be-que, safe etc. It was like home from home!

Elounda itself is a beautiful habour village, lots of nice restaurants and places to eat out ( and not a macdonalds in sight!). A boat trip to the historical island of Spinalonga is a must as too is a mountain tour on 'Ziggy's train'!

A car is a must have if you are staying at these villas as they are a couple of miles outside of Elounda and as mentioned earlier regarding the very steep hill up to the villas. We looked at this as an absolute bonus.....so private, so very peaceful and a thoroughly relaxing holiday!

We would highly recommend a stay at these villas.

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LMOF 27/08/2013

“What you see is what you get - Excellent”

We stayed for a week between 25 July and 3 August. 4 adults 3 children. We had great expectations about the house and the place. The house is exactly as you see in the pictures. We were a little bit concerned about we read regarding the path to the houses. No problem at all. There is a road all the way trough, large enough and there is no risk at all. Any car even with full load will climb all the way. A piece of cake !

The house as said is exactly as shown. We found great food in the fridge specially the feta cheese. We will need to by some extras (milk, butter, bread, drinks..) but in general the food is enough for 6 during a week. The have a fabulous chicken. The vegs are also very good.

The pool is ok with 2.0 meters in the deepest part and is cleaned every day. The water is clean and there is no sign of over use of cleaning products. The children used quite a lot without any problem.

The AC worked just fine all over the house. They have a TV / DVD system with a very good sound. They had a excellent collection of CD's with Greek an international music. We enjoyed the Greek music that help to create an ambient.

The wifi is fast and worked everyday.

The house have also a great BBQ we used.
We were received by Ippo at 2PM who was waiting for us ! Explained everything and is most helpful ! Gave us an excellent guide of things to do around the house.
Great place to be ! Enjoy the house !

Avoid the restaurants in Elounda. Go to Agios Nikolaus. You will find better, more typical and cheaper places. All the city is full of nice shops to by food like fish or meat or fruit. Very nice restaurants surrounding the lake. Ask Ippo for advice about rests in Agios Nikolaus.

Loved Crissy Island in July not so good in August. Take about 1 hour for ever 50km drive if you leave the Ieraklion <-> Agios Nikolaus main road.

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Klebe2 26/08/2013


We had an eight-day stay. The owner was incredibly accommodating and made sure we lacked for nothing during our stay. The villa is BEAUTIFUL. When we signed the agreement, they told us what you see is what you get. I was skeptically, but it was true! The property seats on a hilltop and has an amazing view of the water and landscape. I stayed with my husband, our two boys and a friend. Everyone loved it! The boys enjoyed the pool and the gorgeous sites & beaches of Crete. We had a four-year old; management installed a safety net around the pool. Which insured no pool access to the four-year old, without an adult.
The Wi-Fi had no connection problems. Housekeeping kept the villa clean during our stay. The fridge was well stocked with local produce, yogurt, cheese, and other eatables. The owner also recommended a number of restaurants. We tried them and they were all great! A welcome book listed the area's attractions so we had someplace new to visit each day. We really had an amazing stay!

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happilypootling 16/08/2013

“Beautiful Position”

This villa was a delight. Beautifully clean and well furnished but the crowning glory was the terrace, which was large with a shaded eating area and an infinity pool with a jet for endurance swimming. The views from here and the master bedroom on the second floor were panoramic and breathtaking. I have never stayed at a villa that provided such a comprehensive and well-stocked fridge, freezer and larder, and we were treated to fresh produce from the owners garden. The two Ippos who looked after us were kind, helpful and could not have done more. The villa and pool is serviced daily.
The area is wonderful with plenty to see and do and there were delightful restaurants locally, most notably “Akrohoria”, less than 5 min. drive from the villa, with mouth watering local cuisine and with most of the products being either the owner’s production, or locally sourced. The owner, Manolis, is a lovely man and the view from the terrace is outstanding.

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Jonas B 05/07/2013

“A great and comfortable week”

We (three adults and two 4 year old) had a great vacation. A few notes:

- Wonderful view!
- Large outdoor spaces for being outside (In June the outdoor space was sunny until about 4.30 pm)
- We used the Barbecue a lot.
- Extremely good service (two very friendly Hippocrates, a lot of food in the fridge and very useful advice on excursions, restaurants etc.)
- A pool perfect for relaxing and kids playing.
- No disturbance from neighbors (It really doesn't feel like you have people close by as the houses are built in a way that you can't at all see into the terrace or house next door).
The only thing that one should be aware of is that a car is definitely needed (not walking distance to Elounda village) and that there is a very steep hill up to the house.
All in all: Guaranteed great vacation!

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musicfrodo75 26/06/2013

“Perfect Getaway”

Just spent 10days at the villas with our 2 small girls (1&3). Had a brilliant time and would thoroughly recommend. We spent most days around the pool and the girls had an absolute blast in a safe and secure environment. The air conditioning in each room was a life-saver with the hot temperatures outside.
The villa was very well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. We lunch and breakfast at the villa each day and then took our hire car down the hill into Elounda for dinner each night.
This is our 3rd holiday in Elounda and really recommend the villa if you want to relax in privacy, with great views and all mod cons. The balcony at night was a perfect place to unwind once the children were tucked up in bed!

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Allyanora 24/06/2013

“Perfect location for a honeymoon”

We stayed at the Elounda Solfez Villas for five days during our honeymoon and it was a perfect getaway for us. The thing we were most grateful for is a calm that surrounded the villas. The area is very silent and let us feel solitude, even if there was a noise or music from the big hotels down the road, we didn't notice it. The villa has everything for a comfort living: fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and coffee machine, air conditioning, safe. The view from the bedroom and terrace on the second floor is stunning, especially in the early morning when the sun is rising, just like the one from the ground floor where a pool is located.

The pool is not very big, but is enough for two people to swim comfortably at the same time, water is quite warm in the evening after the sunny day, and you can enjoy the view while swimming. Also, it's preferable to have a car, because the villa is located on the hill and may not be easily accessed by feet. Overall it was a very pleasant stay, we loved everything about it and the only regret I have is that we spent at the villa so little time and we'd be glad to come back.

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Joanne S 03/06/2013

“Great views of the Bay and fabulous support staff!”

The villa was totally stocked with great local food. We loved the outdoor dining area including the fireplace. Views to die for! The staff were extremely helpful. THANKS!

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Dave P 07/05/2013

“Incredible villa, incredible pool, beautiful view!”

I stayed at the Elounda Solfez villa for 8 days with my wife, my 4yr old daughter and my parents. The villa is exactly as advertised. We were welcomed by Nikolas and he bought milk, juice and fresh fruit for the following breakfast. The villa is really clean. The rooms are perfect : 1 with 2 single beds, 2 with a double bed. The balcony on the second floor is ideal for breakfast or any meal near the Kitchen and the terrace is enormous. The pool is amazing and the garden well maintain. We really liked the view... Elounda is at 5 minutes driving. You need a car for this stay. We would definitely go back.

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Sam K 10/10/2012

“Beautiful house with great facilities”

We had a great stay here this summer. The welcome team and the help from the guys throughout our stay was excellent. The villa is kept really clean and is really well equipped for self-catering holidays. The views are spectacular and the villas are well designed so you don't overlook other villas and vice-versa. The local town Elounda is a 5 minute drive and a nice town to go out in during the evening.
The villas are at the top of a really steep hill and are a little bit off the beaten track so you you definitely need a car (a good one!) to get to and from the villa.

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Peter R 10/10/2012

“I can not forget it, how nice it was....”

Beautiful, beautiful, relax, meditation, clean accommodation, perfect view.... really good time we had on Creta... the east Creta is really beautiful...

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Fatima J 09/09/2012


We simply fell in love with the place; the villa, the service, the welcoming and then more generally Elounda, its scenery, its lovely people and of course the food.... Magical. And what made it more enjoyable are the hospitality, assistance, care and availability of the management staff; Nikolas, Ippo... Thank you!! Always available; yet, invisible and respectful of your privacy.. We are "serial vacationeers" and can tell you that we have been around; so in comparison, if you're looking for peace, tranquility and at the same time the possibility to escapade... Solfez it!

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TerraIncognita 05/09/2012


We stayed here for four nights recently and couldn't have been happier. Ippo welcomed us on the first evening with keys and full description of the villa: 3 bedrooms with a family room, kitchen, and our own pool! After a week of close quarters (i.e., small European hotel rooms), our family of four was grateful for the chance to spread out, make a few of our own meals, and relax. The villa was clean, very modern, and well laid-out. It had 3 levels, each with a balcony and/or patio, so you are enjoying the incredible views wherever you are. We didn't want to leave to go sightseeing each day.
My one caveat: the villas have incredible views because they are built on a steep hill overlooking Elounda. Climbing the driveway in your car is not for the faint-of-heart! The basic drill is as follows... 1) Put your car in first gear; 2) Floor it!;) and, 3) If there are cars coming down the driveway the same time you're going up, you have the right of way. We never did have to test #3, thankfully, but our little VW Polo did cough and even stall (twice) on this steep (1/2-mile?) stretch of road. A little harrowing, but we'd still stay there again because *every* other aspect of the villa was outstanding.

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Beverley C 29/07/2012

So rare to be pleasantly surprised...

We arrived at night and waking up to the most spectacular view makes an evening flight almost to be recommended! The villa is very modern, clean and very well thought out. The fridge was generously stocked with interesting local produce and unlike so many places we've stayed there's those very sensible little extras that make you appreciate your hosts - for eg dishwasher tablets so you don't have to go instantly and buy many more than you'll ever use.

It's a small detail but it is an indication how much thought has been put into these villas. Great air con and wifi, dvds in every room which is great for the kids. Lovely pool kept tidy every day. Generous towels. A wonderful place to come to relax. There's even an epi pen in the first aid kit! I don't think I've ever been more impressed by a villa!

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PrattelnOzzie 01/01/2012

“Tranquility and relaxation pure”

The villas are situated on an east facing hillside in a quiet location with an unspoilt view over magnificent Mirabello bay which sets the scene for complete relaxation. Well equipped and comfortable with plenty of outdoor space there is little left to wish for in a holiday rental. The owner who lives on site went way beyond the call of duty to assist us in every way to ensure that our stay was as pleasant as possible and is to be highly commended.

Situated between Elounda and Agios Nikolaos one is best catered for in terms of amenities, restaurants, beaches and nightlife, not to mention the ancient and cultural treasures of eastern Crete. The perfect place to relax, explore or just chill out. We certainly plan to return, highly recommended. One tip, first gear and heavy on the accelerator to negotiate the steep climb up to the villas.

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Svetlana S 20/10/2011

Thank you very much for the great holidays

Very good villa and great hospitality. Fridge was full of tasty cheeses, olives, fruits and vegetables. There were everything we need to have good rest. Thanks to Nikolas for The file with places to visit. It was really great restaurants and beaches.

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Miki Francis 20/09/2011

Elounda Solfez Villa's are simply stunning. Look no further for a better experience. The Villa's are immaculate, with a welcoming relaxing indulging mood and a tasteful modern touch. The views are spectacular you will not get better than this over looking Port Elounda from high above. The quietness and serenity for when you want to unwind from a busy day, sightseeing, or just a relax is ideal. The caretaker was the best i have ever met, making himself helpful in anyway that was needed, ensuring that we still had privacy and relaxation time. I would vote the whole experience a 10/10 and would not hesitate on recommending these Villa's to anyone interested in holidaying in Crete. The only disappointment was leaving!!!!!!! Thank you for our stay!

trugg 19/08/2011

“Wonderful villa, wonderful holiday, we will be back.

We could not fault the villa, the villa was very clean, the views were fabulous, Nikolas was very helpful and made us feel very welcome. The welcome pack we received upon arrival had everything that we needed, which was very much appreciated. We would definitely visit Elounda Solfez Villas again........10/10. A car is essential as the road up to the villa is extremely steep.

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MJN42 13/08/2011

“Great villa, great location, great service”

We had a fantastic vacation at Villa Solfez which is quite comfortable for six people (including a two year old and a seven year old). The breathtaking view is a fabulous reward for the steep climb to get to the property.

Nikos, the manager of the property, really makes a difference with his kindness, availability and resourcefulness (he suggested off-the-beaten path restaurants and sites to visit). These discoveries certainly added to the quality of our vacation.
It is a worry-free rental: the house is cleaned every 2 to 3 days, the pool is cleaned every day.
If you rent, you wont regret it.

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Brit-in-Athens 29/07/2011


To wake up in the morning and see the sunrise through the large panoramic window at the foot of the bed was pure heaven!

A very peaceful location (you don't hear a sound) with one of the best views in Crete! Elounda Town is just a few minutes away by car - and you DO need a car. Many people will not want to leave the villa but stay by the pool all day and then dine on the terrace overlooking the breathtaking Bay below.

The villa was extremely clean with modern, quality fittings throughout. Luxury! The pool man arrived every afternoon. We are British but live in Athens and have recommended Elounda Solfez Villas to all our friends. We will certainly be returning.

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jlo2168 21/07/2011

A very nice villa with great view

We will definitely go back! A well-maintained villa with a fantastic view of the bay. A perfect location for a quiet, relaxing holiday. The villa is fully-equipped and the management was very friendly, approachable and professional. My only advise is to have a car with an engine that can scale a steep hill to the villa.

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IreanaC 23/06/2011


We visited Solfez Villas for four days with my friends. When we arrived we were all speechless! We couldn't believe it was even better than the pictures we had seen. The house was beautiful, the view amazing and the hospitality extraordinary! We arrived to a house fully equipped -even with fresh vegetables and fruit-, where every detail seemed to have been thought of. We were welcomed by Nikos, who was very helpful and kind and all of his suggestions excellent!
The house is ideal for vacation, whether it is with friends, with family or couples, and the swimming pool from which you enjoy the beautiful view is so nice that you can stay there all day. Worth to mention that the pool is being cleaned every day!
It was beyond my expectations and the hospitality we received is something I will talk about for years!

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Maria_30yearsold 21/06/2011

I will be coming back

The Villa was clean, as well as the pool. Fresh towels and bed sheets
The view is great, and the villa has two verandas, one of them by the pool.
The photos speak for themselves.
Free Internet, very good price.
whether you are a couple, a family or Friends you can spend all your vacations at the villas. We did not want to leave the premises.

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NYCtraveler19 03/01/2011

Beautiful and Relaxing

We arrived at Elounda Solfez Villas in September of 2010 and stayed in a three bedroom villa for one week. We took advantage of the deal they were having where we received a reduced rate for staying a week versus or originally itinerary of 3-4 days. In addition, as part of our package, we received a fully stocked refridgerator and house wine. It was fantastic. The food provided was local to the area and fresh. Throughout the week, they restocked the food supply, so we were never without.

The villa was clean and comfortable, although some of the beds were firmer than we would have liked. The villas are exactly as they appear in the photos, so no surprises there. The villa is laid out in such a way as to give everyone who stays there space to stretch out. The views from the villa were unobstructed and the sunrises over the ocean were amazing.

The outdoor area was a dream. There was plenty of seating and space including an outdoor barbeque and your own private pool (poolboy included). The pool was a jacuzzi pool, but, unfortunately, it is not heated (for those people who travel in cooler months). Each villa comes with its own parking space, which is a must because you should rent a car in Crete if you are not staying in one of the major cities. One caveat, the rode up to the villa is steep, but worth the climb when you see the views from the villas. The manager, Nikolas Lygeros, was extremely helpful. Whenever we had a question, he answered us promptly, even going so far as to provide some of the items we requested, free of charge. Although we did not avail ourselves of other services, he also provides reservations, suggestions etc.

It is almost like staying in a hotel. We had a wonderful time at Elounda Solfez Villas and we highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Crete.

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morechEk 16/12/2010

Exceptional getaway conception!

My hasband and I stayed in Elounda Solfez Villas for two weeks in July. And it was an absolutely amazing experience!
Villas is a brand new. We found everything we need, even more.
Fully equipped kitchen (meaning all) and barbecue, wich was nice to have dinner around the pool. Plus we could cook real Greek satad with organic vegetables from own small garden. M-m-m-m it's fantastic!!!
Villas located less then 700 meters to Six Sense Spa and 5 minutes to drive to Elounda Village. The shops and supermarkets are full of delicious Greek food, from breakfast homemade yoghurt to fresh meat for dinner. Wonderful seafood resraurants in Elounda Village and nearest town Agios Nikolaus.
Villas owner Nikolas was so welcoming and helpful offered excellent guidance on secret (non tourist) places restaurants taverns and beaches. Especially beaches, we haven't met a singl soul during whole day there.
It was fantastic vacation! We have booked the villa for the next year and we just can't wait!

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lazmal 15/12/2010

A unique honeymoon!

The view is amazing! Especially the prospect from the level of our private swimming pool was unbelievable…every morning we were running into the pool before getting the breakfast. It was the best wake up! We had a fully equipped modern kitchen in our disposal…preparing food was never more relaxing and enjoyable! Actually the word “relaxing” was the key in our holidays and the property together with its unique location makes it true. We had so many things in our minds due to the wedding ceremony preparation before, and so we were grad to find a gateway like Elounda Solfez. As regards the honeymoon spirit of our holidays, just have a look over the images…it was a pity we didn't took many photos, especially from the decorated be.

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Μαρία Μυλωνά - Mitsubishi Hellas Α.Ε.Ε. 15/12/2010

Αγαπητέ Κε. Λυγερέ,

Θέλω να σας ευχαριστήσω προσωπικά για την υπέροχη φιλοξενία που μας προσφέρατε κατά τη διάρκεια της διαμονής μας εις τα Elounda Solfez Villas, (25//31 Ιουλίου, 2010), και να σας ζητήσω να διαβιβάσετε τις θερμές ευχαριστίες και τα συγχαρητήρια εις την Διεύθυνση του Elounda Solfez.

Με ιδιαίτερη χαρά διαπιστώσαμε ότι οι εγκαταστάσεις είναι υπερσύγχρονες, η villa διαθέτει όλες τις ευκολίες που μπορεί να ζητήσει ο πλέον απαιτητικός πελάτης, μέσα από μια λιτή και σιωπηλή πολυτέλεια που απαιτεί το υπέροχο περιβάλλον.

Οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι είμαι από τις τυχερές πού κέρδισα στο διαγωνισμό "Μινωικό Ίχνος", ένας γρίφος πρόκληση, με διανόηση που καλεί τον συμμετέχοντα να ασχοληθεί για να τον λύσει.

Συγχαρητήρια για τον εξαιρετικό γρίφο, που χάριν σ' αυτόν σας διαβεβαιώ ότι θα γίνω ο πρεσβευτής σας των villas Elounda Solfez.

Επίσης θα ήθελα να διαβιβάσετε τις θερμές μας ευχαριστίες στο προσωπικό για την καθαριότητα της βίλλας και της πισίνας.

Η ευγένεια και ο επαγγελματισμός σας ανταποκρίνεται σε υπηρεσίες υψηλών προδιαγραφών.

Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ, εύχομαι ολόψυχα Καλή Επιτυχία και Καλή Συνέχεια!

Με φιλικούς χαιρετισμούς,
Μαρία Μυλωνά - Σπανού / Γιώργος Σπανός

alikipana 22/09/2010

The best way to start our holidays

Me and my friend Theo stayed at one of the Solfez villas in Elounda for a week. We really needed to relax and that is exactly what happened , we RELAXED completely. The location is JUST PERFECT, so peaceful, such a great view that you do not want to leave from the place. The villa is fully equipped with whatever we would ever need on our holidays, the beds are very comfortable and so are the sunchairs on the terrace overlooking the beautiful gulf of Elounda. If you are looking for a place to relax this is THE PLACE!!!!

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Paul Johnson 19/03/2010

My family and I were honoured to be the first guests to stay at Elounda Solfez Villas.

The properties are simply stunning, offering ample space both indoors and out. And the view over Elounda Bay is simply out of this world.

The accommodation offers all the facilities you would expect, and a whole lot more you wouldn't, and there's even a Six Senses Spa in walking distance.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Crete.

I posted a review at http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2010/01/08/special-feature-elounda-solfez-villas-elounda-crete/ if you would like to read more.
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