Crete, Greece

Villa Octo


Mediterranean minimalism


Cliff-top retreat





Cube-like Villa Octo is a hillside haven on the outskirts of Heraklion. Tucked away at the end of a winding drive, it’s a stylish and spacious three-bedroom Cretan villa with plenty of privacy and panoramic views across the bay. Modern minimalism rules indoors and out: the clean lines and unobtrusive luxury are all the better to target your focus on the gasp-worthy sunrises...

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First Glance

  • From the outside, the exposed brick blends discreetly into the hillside.
  • The villa’s decor is contemporary and minimal throughout.
  • There’s a fully equipped kitchen leading to the open-plan dining room.
  • The open-plan living space has light wood underfoot and soft grey furnishings, including cosy oversized sofas looking out to the patio.
  • If the nights get chilly, there’s a fireplace in the living room.

Villa highlights

  • Heated infinity pool
  • Unobstructed bay views
  • Private hillside location

Sleeping arrangements

  • The villa sleeps up to six people.
  • There’s one master bedroom and two double bedrooms (twins on request).
  • All bedrooms are on the first floor and are all air-conditioned.
  • The 20sq m master bedroom has a queen-sized bed, a walk-in dressing room and a private balcony. The ensuite bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath tub with sea views, and an overbath shower.
  • The two smaller bedrooms are both roughly 13sq m, and share a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower.
  • All bedrooms have simple modern decor, with crisp white linens and parquet flooring.

Key kit

  • Free WiFi indoors and outdoors
  • Smart TVs with satellite and DVD player
  • Pre-arrival fridge stocking service (€50 plus the cost of groceries)
  • Tablet
  • Bluetooth and USB sound systems
  • CD player and satellite radio
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wood-fired oven
  • Barbecue
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping three days a week (or on request)
  • Washing machine
  • Safe
  • Alarm
  • Security camera


  • The 50sq m infinity pool has panoramic views of the Aegean and a dark-wood deck with several sunloungers. Lanterns light up the deck after dark.
  • The pool can be heated for an extra €60 a day.
  • There's a hammam in a hidden basement next to the lawn.


  • The villa is accessed via a windy, rocky path, leading to a secure remote-controlled entrance gate.
  • There’s gated private parking for up to three cars.
  • The villa has a large patio area with a covered pavilion for alfresco dining, as well as an outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired oven and barbecue.
  • The open-plan living room, with large sliding doors, leads out to a marble patio with comfortable outdoor seating.


  • The villa is 15km from Heraklion.
  • The sea is just 100 yards away.
  • Heraklion International Airport is 20km away.
  • Knossos Palace is about a 15-minute drive.
  • Lygaria beach is just 5 minutes from the villa.
  • Bali beach is a 35-minute drive away.

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