Situated near Elia on a very quiet coast road, these villas typify all that is best about Greece. As a couple, we booked a one-bedroom villa, but were upgraded at no extra cost to the larger Villa Maria, which is outside the main gate, with partial sea views over the road. We can highly recommend it. It has three open air seating areas – an upper deck for breakfast, a lower one by the L-shaped pool for the afternoon sun and a veranda by the front door where you enjoy the sunset, drinking ouzo and listening to the constant song of a nightingale! Sheer Hellenic bliss! A stroll across the road takes you to a really excellent taverna, attached to the Hotel Virginia. There is no need to eat anywhere else. (Indeed, the options around here are rather limited, unless you drive to Nikiti or Neos Marmaras.)

The villa is all stone and marble, and very well appointed. The kitchen is well-equipped (both types of oven, coffee-maker, large fridge-freezer, toaster, even waffle-maker!), there is digital TV, a music centre, good air con and a small but adequate bathroom. The large Jacuzzi seemed not available for use, so check this out. Kostas and Maria give you a wonderful welcome and provide fresh bread daily (and sometimes fresh berries from the garden!) plus the usual breakfast items on request. Rooms are serviced and linen changed on alternate days.

But this basic description really gives you little idea of how special this place really is. You are living in luxurious, secluded and peaceful surroundings in a very attractive, relatively unspoilt corner of Greece. Very, very different from those large, impersonal hotels, offering a ‘square box plus balcony’ at almost the same price. So if you want something a bit different, do yourself a favour and come here. You will not regret it.