Back in October I blogged for the first time about Plakias Bay on the Greek island of Crete, an investment which Mr M and I got ourselves involved in around four years ago. We’d opted for a two bedroomed apartment on a complex to be built in a very unspoiled part of Crete, along the south coast south of Rethymno. From pictures we could see that the wide horseshoe bay was stunning, with panoramic views of both mountains and sea, and the complex was to be built a ten minute walk from Plakias harbour and town. I’ve looked at many computer aided drawings of developments, boy do they always look spectacular, but it’s very rare for the end result to look anything like the brochure drawings. We trusted our good friend Steve whose company did all the due diligence and the the end result now (Jan 2011) is that the build is all complete bar fitting the kitchens and filling the pools, and has totally surpassed all our expectations.
Now it’s time to get it rented out for the Summer 2011 season…. at very competitive rates….. any takers?!!
The central area with its three pools and gorgeous stone walling is super stylish, each apartment has an entrance onto this space:
CAD view of the pool area:
Our apartment has two large terraces, like the ones below:
One looks east to the mountains and the sea:
The second of our terraces looks south and west to the sea and over to Plakias town. The terracotta roof tops you can see in the image below are the luxury villas on the frontline of the development (if you need one of these instead of a 2 bed apartment, let me know as I know one of the owners!), they are amazing:
Inside we’ve got two good sized bedrooms, a large living room with fully fitted kitchen (inc washing machine) and very smart bathroom. We visited last Oct, so excuse the almost finished undressed look to the space… those of you who know me know it’ll be spectacular when completely finished in Feb 🙂 The finishes and tiles chosen by the builders and architects are quite spectacular for a holiday let, and I say that as someone who filmed in almost a hundred different show apartments during the property boom in the UK. I was gob-smacked by their choices and dedication to preserving their reputation for delivering top quality property on the island. It’s obvious this complex, the developers first foray into apartment living as opposed to hotel living, had very high standards to live up to.
There will be a little cafe and drinks bar next to the pool, with a small provisions shop, plus there’s a supermarket just a few minutes walk away.
The beach is literally a stone’s throw away and reached by crossing the small and very quiet road in front of the complex, as you can see from the terrace pictures above. We were there in October and didn’t spend much time on the beach as we were busy checking out the complex and then eating, but we did manage a quick dip and a couple of hours sunbathing. Here’s me heading back to the beach bar:
And here are the boys at the heavenly, laid back beach bar minutes from our apartment, chilling out listening to Sade. This bar has the best music collection ever and they insist on you enjoying a Raki, or two, or seven, in Steve’s case 😉 There are no airs and graces, no fancy Habitat style furniture, just a feeling that you are somewhere no-one’s yet discovered, quite magical.
We watched the sun go down over the bay and fell a little bit in love with Crete. You can see the same view from the terraces at our apartment, just in case you can’t be bothered to walk to the beach!
‘Official’ picture of the beach:
There are two complimentary mountain bikes for your use, so if you fancy a cycle into Plakias instead of walking, it’s easy to do. The town has lots of fantastic restaurants, here are just a few of the fab dishes we tasted when we were there in a beach front taverna called Christos’s, fresh fish straight from the boat on the harbour, it was an incredible meal:
Christos’s balcony is there at the front of the white building in the foreground of my photo below, just overlooking the sea – heaven eh? Within a stroll on the beach from our apartment 🙂
Here’s the good news…. we only want to cover our costs and want the apartment to be used primarily by family and friends. We can also assist with organising flights and transfers and/or car hire etc as the developers, who run a chain of 5 star hotels on Crete, have all that info and are super helpful.
The season opens in April and runs to October (which is when we were there with the still lovely weather above) and here are the prices we’ve decided on, per week for the apartment obviously not per person! Not fussed if it’s for a couple, two couples or a family, same price applies:
April, May and October £500 per week
June and September £600 per week
July and August £700 per week
Flights are generally between £150 and £250 return dependent on when you book and who with, but lots of companies fly to Heraklion and to Chania, both of which are equal distances from Plakias. We are organising a transfer deal, probably in region of £50 return from the airport, per stay not per person.
Anyone interested? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below x