The Best Villas with a Private Beach in Crete

The Best Villas with a Private Beach in Crete

If there’s anything that can beat a villa holiday on the Greek resort island of Crete, it’s renting a Cretan villa with a private beach! Taking a vacation with family and friends—or a quiet getaway with your partner—is augmented by private access to a beautiful beach with untouched sands, pristine waters, and peaceful surroundings. 

The Surprising Benefits of a Villa with a Private Beach

Besides the obvious advantage of having the ultimate privacy while enjoying your beach holiday, renting a private-beach villa in Crete also offers several health benefits. 

Enjoy Exercising

A vacation on the beach provides an opportunity for exercising, thanks to fun activities such as swimming, running, walking on the beach, and playing beach volleyball. These improve heart health, reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and help fight obesity. 

Even a gentle exercise like walking barefoot on the sand enables the body to absorb ions through nerve endings in the feet. Hiking and fishing can also be therapeutic and could help relieve stress.

Boost Your Health

The warm sun feels great and boosts our endocrine levels—natural feel-good chemicals produced in the body. The salt in the sea air is ionized and has an uplifting effect on mood while helping the lungs to better absorb oxygen. 

In addition, the salt in the seawater enhances the chemical and hormone levels in the brain, fighting depression and improving general mental well-being. The antibacterial and antibiotic effects produced by the vitamins, amino acids, and minerals in seawater strengthen the immune system. Sodium, chloride, magnesium, iodine, potassium, and sulfur have anti-inflammatory and healing benefits for the skin.

The exceptional air quality, as well as the day’s activities, promote a good night’s sleep, lulled by the sound of waves lapping on the beach. The sound patterns of the sea are mesmerizing and soothing and revitalize the body and mind. 

You don’t even have to be next to the sea to feel its benefits: dopamine (our feel-good hormone) is increased just by looking at the sea. And, of course, a villa with a private beach offers uninterrupted sea views!

Enjoy Great Food

Renting a holiday villa with a private beach ensures great access to fresh seafood. Besides being delicious, healthy portions of seafood improve mental health since they are full of omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain cell growth and ease depression. 

If the fishing from the beach didn’t go so well, there will be plenty of local pubs and bars nearby to enjoy. These are also great spots for community events and festivities, such as wine or beer tastings, art shows, and music festivals.

The Best Villas with a Private Beach

The Cretan holiday areas of Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Lasithi offer a wide selection of luxury holiday villas to rent, a stone’s throw or within walking distance of the beach. Here is our selection of the top Crete villas with a private beach to enjoy.

Villa Thalassa

The exquisite Villa Thalassa is a sea-facing holiday rental on the resort island of Crete. This Greek luxury villa is located in the sunny coastal destination of Kakh Skala, in the trendy Ierapetra municipality. 

A contemporary holiday villa, Villa Thalassa is near a couple of very popular beaches, restaurants, and supermarkets but is also the ideal spot for an exclusive, luxury vacation. Fully equipped, it sleeps up to 10 guests, comfortably housed in a double-story residence with elegant design and remarkable sea views. 

The villa is also home to a comfortable outdoor entertainment area with plenty of loungers and sofas in both sunny and shaded areas surrounding the clear blue swimming pool and splash pool. This holiday rental has a splendid outdoor dining area with an outdoor kitchen and a built-in BBQ.

Ammos Villa

Ammos Villa is an extraordinary beachside holiday home in Kissamos, Chania, only a few steps away from the water’s edge. This chic and contemporary oceanfront villa was designed to give a sense of contact with the sandy Mediterranean seascape that surrounds the property. 

This trendy villa is a two-bedroom, luxurious family home equipped with high-end amenities and comforts—the perfect getaway for a private beach holiday. After frolicking in the waves, guests will enjoy lying by the sparkling pool, eating al fresco meals, and drinking with friends in the villa’s exceptional outdoor entertainment area that overlooks the beach.

Villa Dimitra

Villa Dimitra is an ultra-luxurious beachfront villa to rent for holidays with your family or friends in the seaside destination of Elounda, overlooking Spinalonga—the famous Island of Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel of the same name. 

This villa with a private beach on Crete offers dynamic views of the sea and has been designed to blend well with the natural elements of the serene surroundings with a modern-minimalist feel. 

There is no need to leave the property to find a beach, as the villa is located right on the seafront of Mirabello Bay. Guests will feel at one with the natural setting while relaxing in the wonderful outdoor lounge area. The terrace has ample seating and sun loungers, as well as contemporary al fresco dining facilities for guests to enjoy.


The stunning Hersonissos private villa in Hersonissos is 20 minutes away from Heraklion, Crete—but only 10 steps from a gorgeous beach with aquamarine waters. 

This stylish two-floor holiday villa is set above an organized sandy beach and surrounded by a large, grassy garden with flowers and palm trees, a large swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas, a BBQ area with lounge furniture, a kitchenette, and a small WC and shower. 

If visitors need a change of scenery from the quiet and seclusion of the Hersonissos villa after a day spent leisurely on the beach, they can head to Hersonissos itself, a small city that is well known for its bustling nightlife. 

Kirvas Villa

Set above the pebbled Ferma Beach, which is lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea, Kirvas Villa is near Ierapetra town in Lasithi, Crete. 

This holiday villa is made up of a manor with light, open spaces, luxurious covered terraces, and seating dotted throughout the pool and garden area. It boasts a private section of beach with stylish sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as various covered terraces and other seating areas around the swimming pool, splash pool, and garden. 

Despite its private location, Kirvas Villa is just 1 km from Ierapetra, offering easy access to a supermarket, bakery, ATM, and plenty of local taverns. 

Whichever one you choose, make your private beach dreams come true by booking a holiday at a luxury villa in Crete. Lay back and relax as the place’s peace and tranquility wash over you and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul!

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