Welcome to Villa Marea, a luxury home combining comfort, size and Greek authenticity.
Exceptionally located in the village of Mariou, southern Crete, the home provides the ultimate in design and value.
Unbeatable sea views greet those sitting in the elegantly prepared indoor spaces covering 172 sqm and split over two levels. An impressively large pool is accessed through a majestic entrance, surrounded by double-wing balconies.
Located on a generous plot of 1,370 sqm, the villa has three large yet cozy bedrooms, each with its own convenient ensuite.
Clean lines and symmetry feature on this home that has minimal design consisting of concrete, wood and glass.
There is immediate access to the local swimming beaches, some of Greece’s best. Both the sandy beach of Damnoni and the long beach of Plakias are less than a 10-minute drive away.
For the more active, hiking is a particularly attractive option, while horse riding is also on offer. The crystal blue waters at Plakias feature a lot of water activities, such as diving and sailing.
In Villa Marea, there is a refined kitchen on the ground floor next to a spacious open plan dining area that cleverly connects to a covered outdoor dining space, perfect for entertaining on those balmy summer evenings. There is also an atrium area letting in plenty of natural light and the master bedroom that opens to a covered porch. Extra handy storage area is also available in the laundry, that is located next to an additional guest WC.
Upstairs, there are two more bedrooms fitted with wardrobes, each leading out onto its own verandah with breathtaking views towards two bays, the mountains and a sea of olive groves.
Villa Marea is also taking the pool experience to a whole new level. You can enjoy a cool drink while seated in the specially designed plunge pool or catch some sun in the tanning area that provides for lounges submerged in the water. The pool covers a space of 58 sqm.
The villa is within walking distance of Mariou, a village located at an altitude of some 200 meters above sea level, that it is populated all year round. This helps add significant potential value to the investment, as the villa can be easily used in all seasons by the owners or as a rental investment property.
Apart from the immediate proximity to local restaurants and a minimarket in Mariou, larger supermarkets and pharmacies are also available at Plakias, just down the road.
The developer is an expert in the region, having developed a number of similar projects in southern Crete that use top quality construction materials and focus on sustainability and having a low impact on the environment. For an example of his previous work click here.
Renting a villa like this, on Greece’s largest and most accessible island, can offer high returns and is a popular choice among many owners. You can benefit from sophisticated and professional management of the home without having to worry about it yourself. From start to finish, the rental of the home is handled with a proactive approach. Owners are fully informed of management decisions and options every step of the way, allowing them to maximize the value of their investment hassle-free. The villa can pay for itself allowing owners to then enjoy the ultimate holiday destination year-round when they choose to and for as long as they like.
Mariou is located just over 30 minutes by car from Rethymno, a lively port city of some 40,000 people. The closest hospital is located in Rethymno though doctors are also available at Plakias.
Both international airports on the island (Heraklion and Chania) can be reached in about 1.5 hours.
Just like in much of Crete, the lifestyle in Mariou is authentic and hospitable. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, while traditions are respected.
Businesses are family run and much of the meat, fruit and vegetables sold in supermarkets and used by restaurants is produced here. Local communities are adapting to modern demands but at the same time values, such as hospitality, remain a key part of everyday life.