10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best time yet
"We spent a week at the villa. It was the first time we had been to crete, the accommodation was excellent, with breath taking views that I would think you only got watching a show from the rich and famous. Chris and Sandy were superb hosts and could not do enough for us, we loved the villa from the first moment we walked in, the presentation was great and a beautiful welcome basket was there on our arrival.
I would recommend anyone who is going to crete to stay there without hesitation, you do need a car to get around and to get to the villa, but it is worth it for the hospitality and the views. Go Chris and Sandy great villa and great accommodation.
Thanks for making our holiday special."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of August 2008
Wonderful hosts, great view
"We couldnât believe what we were seeing when searching for accommodation in Crete and decided that we just had to see Villa Ozymandias for ourselves. Well, we werenât to be disappointed. The drive up the mountain track was certainly worth the effort because the villa is set in the most stunning location with views to die for.
Chris kindly organised our car and picked us up from the airport which was brilliant, and both he and sandy made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived, even though it was 1.30 in the morning!!
Sandy has a great knack for styling the extremely comfortable apartments, which are furnished, equipped and cleaned to a very high standard. We were even supplied with a well stocked fridge, including wine!!!
If you want to visit the ârealâ Crete, then Sandy and Chris have the local knowledge, they can tell you the places to visit as well as the places to avoid. Their knowledge of local tavernas is outstanding too. They took us to Captain Ioannis, which was in a wonderful setting. Where else can you eat food which is cooked on an open fire, is absolutely delicious, and excellent value!!!
We were also able to spend a few quiet evenings with fellow like minded holiday makers - although it may have got slightly noisier as the wine bottles began to empty - we thoroughly enjoyed it Dave and Sue!!
Thank you Chris and sandy for a wonderful holiday, we will be back!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2008
Perfect Relaxing Holiday
"A wonderfully tidy and well equipped apartment looking over surely one of the best views on crete and a lovely swimming pool. The hosts chris and sandy are super helpful, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area having lived there for two years. We were apparently one of a few young couples to have stayed at ozymandias at 20 years old but we found it amazing as should any pair of any age. Picturesque, romantic and relaxing. Thanks again Chris and Sandy."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of August 2008
A Secret Gem , set in Paradise!
"What a fantastic and relaxing two weeks my wife and I have just spent in one of the best kept secrets in Eastern Crete!
The sunrise in the bay overlooked by the private pool is simply magic!
The apartments are styled and equipped to a top-class standard with every conceivable luxury you could wish for from Italian coffee makers to power-showers and four satellite English/US news and film channels with DVD player and library. Luxury sun loungers and patio furniture are also included and these apartments represent the best value on the Island we have ever found! and we have stayed in Crete many, many times, both in Villas and apartments.
There are two apartments, each sleeping two, and each has their own private atmosphere. You are also virtually guaranteed to be lucky, as we were, to make friends with the other pair of holidaymakers as Chris and Sandra, the owners, have taken great care to attract like-minded souls (they try and put people off they donât feel are suitable!)
Chris and Sandra are very discrete; you donât know they are there unless you need them. But boy when you do they are really so helpful showing you the real Crete, without the tourist traps and the rip-offs. Chris and Sanâ are also really nice people who are great fun to be with, making your stay feel like you are private guests in a very exclusive boutique Hotel.
The Villa and apartments have the most fantastic views overlooking the bay and the village of Istron, which is virtually tourist free and has great deserted beaches and good restaurants. Just up the road is the busier buzzing town of Aghios Nikolaos if you need the occasional adrenaline rush!
If you want a quality holiday without the crowds with hosts who will become your firm and lasting friends then this is the one.
But please, just go yourself, but donât tell all your friends when you get back, because we want to go again next year, and the year after!, and this little gem needs to remain a well kept secret!
Dave & Sue"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of August 2008
A fantastic place to stay
"We had a very relaxing week at this fantastic, adults only apartment. To us, it was luxury at a very reasonable price. The views of the mountains on 3 sides and the beautiful Gulf of Mirabello in front could be looked at all day.
Our hosts Chris and Sandy were friendly and helpful without being in the way. Chris took us on an orientation tour of the local village, Sandy offered to pick things up for us when she was going into the village and both of them gave us invaluable advice on where to visit, eat etc.
The apartment was spotless with egyptian cotton sheets, the fluffiest towels, robes, books, dvd library and even beach towels and bags. The welcome pack had everything we needed for the first couple of days and was very generous.
The pool was super and we were even provided with li-los to lounge on when the swimming got too tough!!!
We hope to be back one day."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of July 2008
Beautiful appartments with a stunning view
"Our first visit to Crete and to Villa Ozymandias. As an avid fan of self catering holidays I can honestly say that this is the best equipped apartment I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The beds were really comfy too!! The views from the apartment were amazing looking into the village of Istron and out to the sea. Villa Ozymandias offers excellent value for money.
Chris and Sandra were excellent hosts offering tips on where to go in the local area, and even cooking a delicious bbq for us one night!
A car is an absolute must as the apartment is located half way up a mountain! We found an excellent bakery in the village of Istron 5 minutes drive away and Golden beach was our personal favourite.
A truly relaxing holiday was had by all, we will surely return to Villa Ozymandias in the future."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of July 2008
Stunning views, beautiful area!
"Myself and my boyfriend came across these apartments after a lot of searching and they were exactly what we were looking for! Both of us wanted to go to Crete for our holiday and were looking for a peaceful location in easy reach of plenty of restaurants and sandy beaches. This is exactly what we found!
The apartments were very well equipped with everything down to a DVD player (and a great selection of DVDs to choose from) and were perfect for a couple like ourselves, the view was amazing and Chris and Sandra our hosts were extremely welcoming! Chris and Sandra's BBQ's were most entertaining, a real highlight of the holiday!
There is plenty to see in this part of Crete and one place we returned to on a few occasions and we greatly recommend is Chrissy Island (a small tropical island!).
We thoroughly recommend Villa Ozmandias!"
- Travel date: Tue 30th of October 2007
The best holidat EVER!!!!!
"We had never been to Crete and did not really know what to expect. We were very lucky to have had the pleasure of staying at Villa Ozymandias. The standard of accomodation is 5 star + and the location is to die for.
The welome you receive from Sandy and Chris is fantastic and they really care that you have an enjoyable stay. We felt as though we were part of the family and were treated with kindness and generosity all the way.
Our apartment was kept spotless and the welcome basket was very generous. You want for nothing, the apartments are equipped with everything you need and more.
The beds were very comfortable and the standard of the kitchenette and living area were superior. The bathroom was a dream with an amazing power shower.
Villa Ozy is a great base for touring with good access to the main costal road. We would recommend visiting Plaka, Mochlos, Kritsa, Elounda and if you hire a 4x4, a trip into the mountains is a must. (Chris is an expert at this and we had an amazing day up there).
All in all we had a fantastic hoilday and will be returning in 2008 to discover more. 100% recommended."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of October 2007
We Will Return!
"We have recently returned from the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday we have ever had - the lovely island of Crete at the Villa Ozymandias, Agios Nikolaos.
We cannot recommend anywhere better if you are seeking a fabulous location (car needed) with the most amazing views and with owners - Sandra and Chris, who really do care that you enjoy your holiday - we
arrived as strangers and left as friends.
With just two beautifully furnished apartments with everything you could wish for, a swimming pool and pagoda, who could ask for anything more!
We will be back."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of October 2007
Fantastic view and smart apartment
"We stayed in one of Villa Ozymandiasâ two self catering apartments at the beginning of October 2007 for 10 nights, and can honestly say that it was the nicest apartment we have had the pleasure to stay in during our many travels around Greece.
The apartments at Ozymandias are aimed at the adult traveller, who is looking to get away from it all. They are decorated and furnished to a very high standard with some lovely finishing touches. The apartments have twin beds, satellite TV and DVD player, a well-equipped kitchenette and a very smart bathroom with a great power shower that never ran out of hot water. There is a generous welcome hamper, two bathrobes, ample towels, beach towels and beach bags. There is a comfortable sofa where you can either watch the TV or simply sit and admire the amazing views over the Mirabello Gulf. The rooms are cleaned once a week to an extremely high standard.
On the patio, each apartment has its own sun loungers (with very comfortable cushions), a table and two chairs. There is also a shared pool to cool down on hot days.
We arranged for the owners, Sandra and Chris, to collect us from the airport for a very reasonable fee. The Villa is about one hour from Heraklion airport. Sandra and Chris are very welcoming hosts who will do anything for you and are very willing to help with local information and advice.
Car hire is recommended as the Villa is located up a hill about 5 minutes drive from the local village of Istron. There are plenty of supermarkets here and a great bakery. For food, we found the best tavernas were located in Aghios Nikolaos (about 20 minutes drive). We liked Du Lac on the âbottomless lakeâ. It is well worth taking a trip to Plaka and Spinalonga, about an hourâs drive from the Villa. There are also a few quiet beaches and bays near the Villa. We found some reasonable snorkelling off âchurch beachâ.
Excellent value for money!"
- Travel date: Wed 17th of October 2007