Sunday Times ‘Best Holidays’


20th January 2013

Top one hundred greatest holidays on the planet


Villa Maza

Category E – Sleeps 2/6

Three bedrooms  –  Private pool  –  Air-conditioning – Wifi

maza entranceway 2014Maza terrace and pool October 2014

‘You love the idea of splendid isolation in a remote villa, but wouldn’t it be nice to have somewhere lively to stroll in the evening? Here’s the ideal compromise. Villa Maza, which sleeps six, is tucked away on the edge of Maza village (pop:100), in the foothills of the White Mountains, and it’s peaceful as you could wish. A five-minute wander down the track, however, takes you to the main square and one of the best little kafeions in Crete. It’s a couple of gossiping pensioners by day, but in the evening locals flock from miles around for Voula’s simple but excellent home cooking and the banter of chummy Kostas, who has a habit of breaking into song without warning. It’s all rather fab, and the Blue Flag beaches at Giorgopoli are just 10 minutes drive away.






27th January 2013


Fifty Sensational Villas


 Villa Diktamo 

Category E – Sleeps 2 – 6 

3 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms – private pool – air conditioning – wifi

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villa in crete diktamos


‘The interiors may be plain, but the setting is dramatic, surrounded by olive groves, close to Diktamo gorge. This is a neat villa with a pool and no immediate neighbours. On a long summer afternoon, all you’ll hear is the tinkling of goats’ bells. The beach at Kalives is a 10-minute drive: Chania airport is 40 minutes away.




The top 10 villa holidays in Greece 

Our experts’ pick of the top 10 self-catering and villa holidays in Greece for 2015, in destinations including Crete, Mykonos, Hydra and Póros

Sunday 11 January 2015

5. Apokóronas Village Houses, Crete

The green, hilly Apokóronas region of western Crete is conveniently handy to Haniá airport, and town . We especially like Próvarma village and its Aliki’s House (for up to five), and Villa Aloni (similar capacity, with pool) in tiny Máza hamlet. Many properties have Wi-Fi and are available from late March – both unusual traits for rural Greek villas. Pure Crete offers both flight-inclusive and accommodation-only prices for those preferring to make their own travel arrangements.

Aliki’s House from £803, Villa Aloni from £1,237 (01444 880444; MD

Villa Aloni

Category E sleeps 2-6

3 bedrooms – private pool – wifi – air conditioning


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Aloni Living Room







Maza square panorama Oct 2014