The typical architecture of Crete meets treasures from all over the world in Villa Zoé. The two globetrotters Daniela and Martin have fulfilled their dream of owning a small hotel in the village of Koutouloufari. Here, just two kilometers from the sea, the two dilapidated Cycladic houses on a hillside have been extensively renovated and opened to visitors for the first time in September 2016.
Already with the welcome greeting, the guest feels like in a fairy tale: the Moroccan door opens, caravan music plays, a sweet and freshly squeezed orange juice is ready and the room key is handed over in the middle of a bouquet of flowers. The small villa is the ideal alternative to a vacation in an impersonal bed castle. Externally, the house offers everything that Mediterranean holidaymakers appreciate: the terrace is surrounded by countless colorful bougainvilleas, the cicadas chirp and the turquoise sea glistens on the horizon.
The interior of Villa Zoé, however, is cosmopolitan. On their countless trips, Daniela and Martin have diligently brought together wonderful souvenirs from a wide variety of locations. With these objects, such as lamps from Myanmar, silver plates from Marrakech or shells from the South China Sea, they give each room its own character. You can have breakfast on the sun terrace and plan a bathing day by the sea or a trip to ancient monasteries, mystical gorges or romantic mountain villages. In the evening you can walk into the village and enjoy, for example, an octopus, grilled lamb or a Greek salad in one of the taverns.
ArchitectureThe buildings of Villa Zoé were built as apartments in the 1970s and have been vacant for the past 15 years. Daniela and Martin, the owners, bought the complex in March 2015 and completely refurbished it with love for 18 months and lovingly brought it to life. In September 2016, the lifelong dream was finished and opened. The architectural style is very typical of the Cyclades Islands and defies with the flat roofs the strong wind that blows here almost all year round. The outside area and the terraces with sea views were mostly paved in the old style and with the local stones of Crete. Inside, a puristic ethnic touch is cultivated, with travel souvenirs that the owners place in a stylish manner to give each room an individual touch.
FoodIn the mornings, a delicious breakfast with fresh sheep cheese, local island cheese, Greek yoghurt and sun-kissed tomatoes is offered in the villa. The orange juice is freshly squeezed, the honey comes from Sofia, who, with her husband, has bee stems on Crete. The apartments have a kitchenette, so that you can easily prepare small snacks yourself. The taverns can be reached on foot in a few minutes.
EnvironmentDespite the approved building application, the hosts made a conscious decision not to build a pool. Because lack of water is a big problem in Crete. With so many dream beaches near the villa, Daniela and Martin find it the right decision, although many customers might expect it.
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