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Olives and Thyme

What we like most
  • Exclusive privacy in an olive grove.
  • Stunning architecture and bay views.
  • Unique relaxation experiences.
Insider's Knowledge
  • Venetian Harbor, fresh seafood.
  • Samaria Gorge, Balos, Elafonissi beaches.
  • Old Town alleys, Agora marketplace.
Places close by
  • Chania: 7km.
  • Archaeological Museum: 5km.
  • Agia Triada Monastery: 11km.
  • Venizelos Graves: 2.9km.


Welcome to Olives and Thyme, a 6-bedroom property in Chania, Crete.

Welcome to Olives and Thyme Retreat, an exclusive haven tucked away from prying eyes, accessible only via a secluded road. Set on the precipice overlooking Souda Bay with a panoramic vista of the majestic White Mountains, our retreat boasts a distinct blend of architectural elements—stone, wood, glass, and metal—inspired by a fusion of New York and Swedish styles, all within the embrace of a serene Cretan olive grove.

Crafted by the visionary Aristomenis Varoudakis, our retreat integrates with its natural surroundings, offering guests unique experiences like 'The Reading Tree' and 'Carob Circle,' secluded oases for relaxation and contemplation. The olive grove, adorned with indigenous herbs and vibrant shrubs, fosters a harmonious coexistence with nature, while the private drive leads to shaded parking spaces for your convenience.

Comprising 'The Keep'—a tower-like structure—and a separate stone cottage, our retreat accommodates up to ten guests in luxurious comfort. Architecturally designed interiors exude luxury, with expansive windows forging a connection to the outdoors.

Indulge in the luxury of two heated infinity pools—ideal for laps or leisurely swims—offering breathtaking Souda Bay vistas. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of early mornings, where the sunrise reflects in the pools, instilling a sense of unity with the day.

Located on the Akrotiri, our retreat grants access to sandy beaches and culinary delights. The vibrant city of Chania is just a short drive away. Explore further afield, from the pristine beaches of Elafonissi to the historic charm of Rethymnon.

As dusk falls, glass panels shield you from the gentle hum of the Souda-Akrotiri road below, ensuring uninterrupted serenity as you unwind on your private balcony or poolside.

The epitome of luxury awaits within 'The Keep,' where four en-suite bedrooms offer unparalleled comfort, each boasting stunning views and bespoke amenities. A separate stone cottage provides a cozy retreat for two, perfect for those seeking solitude within the embrace of our sanctuary.

Every detail has been meticulously curated from the lavish living area to the well-appointed kitchen to pamper our guests. Step onto the covered balcony and savor your morning coffee against the backdrop of Souda Bay's azure waters.

Embrace the tranquility of our outdoor spaces, from the shaded terrace for al fresco dining to secluded corners like 'The Reading Tree' and 'The Outlook,' where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings.

Unwind further with a rejuvenating massage in our secluded massage area, nestled beneath the terrace, or find your zen in the exercise pergola, where yoga and fitness await amidst the olive grove's tranquil embrace.

Escape to Olives and Thyme Retreat, where luxury meets serenity in the heart of Crete's natural splendor.

The Keep:
Nestled across the ground and first floors, The Keep houses four exquisite double ensuite bedrooms. Ascend via a harmonious blend of metal and wood staircase, where a glass atrium beckons upward, embracing a towering Ficus Alii tree—a testament to nature's presence within our sanctuary. The pinnacle awaits atop, revealing a sprawling living area and a fully equipped kitchen, leading seamlessly to a vast covered balcony offering unrivaled views of the Bay. Internally connected by elegant staircases and externally accessed through inviting ramps and platforms, The Keep ensures effortless transitions to leisure and outdoor dining areas.

The Cottage:
A sanctuary within a sanctuary, The Cottage offers a secluded retreat slightly detached from the main villa. Discover a spacious bedroom, a luxurious bathroom boasting a walk-in shower, and a quaint kitchenette complemented by a cozy sitting area on a mezzanine floor. Stepping stones guide your path, leading either to the lap pool or back to the heart of the villa.

The Keep: Bedrooms:
Enter a realm of unparalleled comfort within the four expansive bedrooms of The Keep. Each room features sumptuous king-size beds that can be converted to singles for versatility. Indulge in personal sanctuaries adorned with walk-in showers, double sinks, and open wardrobes offering ample storage. Large wood shelves invite creative pursuits or moments of relaxation, while blinds ensure privacy and serenity. Ground-floor retreats offer direct access to the lap pool, while first-floor havens open to the endless pool and leisure areas.

Ground floor bedrooms:
Accessible via a gentle ramp from the parking area, these chambers boast serene surroundings.

Bedroom 1: Embrace tranquility amidst an artificial stream encircling this retreat, offering a potential twin setup and direct access to the lap pool. Luxuriate in a spacious dressing area, while a large wooden work surface invites creativity or contemplation.
Bedroom 2: Nestled beside the atrium, this room offers enchanting views of the surrounding landscape. Revel in a spacious bathroom with dual sinks, complemented by French windows framing panoramic vistas of the bay.

First floor bedrooms:
Ascend to these elevated havens internally or via ramps from the parking area.

Bedroom 3: Enjoy the flexibility of this airy chamber, with its mesmerizing bay views and potential for double or twin occupancy.

Bedroom 4: Serenity meets sophistication in this elevated retreat, boasting a private balcony overlooking the lap pool and the majestic Ficus Alii tree. Indulge in a spacious bathroom adorned with dual sinks, offering a retreat within a retreat.

The Rock Apartment:
This ultra-modern metal and glass apartment is set within excavated rock and beneath the outdoor living area. It has a large bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a living room, and a small kitchen. If we set up the sofa bed, it is large enough to accommodate up to four people. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls ensure plenty of light, giving the apartment an open and airy feeling.

• Chania. 7km
• Chania Archaeological Museum. 5km
• Agia Triada monastery 11km.
• Venizelos Graves 2.9km

• Chania Airport. 8.5km
• Souda Ferry Port 8.5km
• National Road 9km
• Emergencies
• General Practitioner (Doctor) 3.5km
• Pharmacy 3.5km
• Ophthalmologist 3.5km
• Chania Hospital 14km

• Central air conditioning, Cooling and Heating
• Smart TV in the main lounge, Guest house, and Rock apartment.
• Wi-Fi throughout.
• Security cameras outside.

• Fully equipped kitchen
• Blender
• Nespresso x 3
• French press
• Dishes and silverware
• Dishwasher
• Fridge/Freezer (in the main kitchen, Rock apartment, and mini-fridge in Guest house.
• Hot water kettle
• Microwave
• Oven
• Toaster

• Hair dryer in each room
• Shampoo
• Body soap
• Conditioner
• Shower gel
• Safe
• Hangers
• Clothing storage.

• Outdoor shower
• Sun loungers
• Outdoor furniture
• Outdoor dining area
• Outdoor Kitchen
• BBQ gas grill
• Barbecue utensils

Nestled on the northwestern coast of Crete, Chania beckons with its enchanting blend of Venetian charm, Ottoman influences, and vibrant Mediterranean spirit. Meandering through its labyrinthine streets is akin to stepping back in time, where each corner reveals a new chapter in the city's rich history.

The Venetian Harbor stands as the heart of Chania, a picturesque tableau adorned with colorful buildings, bustling waterfront tavernas, and the iconic lighthouse presiding over the azure waters. Here, fishermen haul their daily catch as locals and visitors gather to savor freshly grilled seafood while soaking in the warm Mediterranean sun.

Wander through the Old Town's narrow alleys, where centuries-old architecture whispers tales of Venetian and Ottoman rule. Byzantine churches, mosques-turned-museums, and hidden courtyards provide glimpses into Chania's diverse cultural heritage.

Pause at the majestic Venetian Arsenals, once bustling shipyards now transformed into atmospheric cafes and artisan boutiques. Lose yourself in the vibrant colors and aromas of the bustling Agora marketplace, where vendors peddle local produce, herbs, and artisanal crafts.

For a moment of tranquility, escape to the leafy expanse of the Municipal Garden, a verdant oasis dotted with fountains, palm trees, and vibrant blooms. Or venture further afield to the rugged landscapes of the Samaria Gorge or the idyllic beaches of Balos and Elafonissi, where crystal-clear waters lap against golden sands.

As the sun sets over the Venetian Harbor, Chania comes alive with the nightlife buzz. Sip on local wines at waterfront bars, sample traditional Cretan delicacies at family-run tavernas, or lose yourself in the rhythms of live music drifting through the night air.

With its timeless beauty and captivating allure, Chania captures Crete's enchanting spirit's essence. It invites visitors to immerse themselves in its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

We also offer Luxury Yacht Charters. Our yachts are the pinnacle of luxury allowing you to enjoy a 5 star experience on board your own personal floating villa.

Whether you would prefer to take a bareboat yacht charter or enjoy the lavish 5 star experience on board a crewed yacht charter, we have the perfect boat just for you.

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Crete, Greece
Nearest airport Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis
11.3 km
Nearest beach Koum Kapi Beach 6.3 km
Nearest restaurant Carte Postale 2.7 km


  • Bedroom(s): 6 ( Sleeps 12 )
    4 Double, 2 Twin
  • Bathroom(s): 7
    8 Toilets
  • General facilities: Ice Maker, Panoramic Views, Private Terrace, Safe, Terrace, Wifi
  • Indoor facilities: Air conditioning, Blender, Coffee Maker, Dishwasher, Drier, Freezer, Iron and Board, Luxury Finishes, Microwave, TV, Washing Machine
  • Outdoor facilities: Bbq, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Shower, Parking, Sea Views, Sun Loungers, Swimming pool
  • Services: Concierge Service, Daily maid service, Linen provided, Towels provided


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01-Sep-2024 - 14-Sep-2024 € 2,060 € 14,420 3 Nights -
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    • Type: Villa
    • Sleeps: 12
    • Bedroom(s): 6
    • Bathroom(s): 7
    • Board: Self Catering
    • Long term rentals: No
    • Pets: No
    • Children: Yes, great for kids
    • Wheelchair: No
    • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable
    • Holiday type: Family, Sea Views