Customer Feedback and Villa Reviews:
Spetses, August 2011
We regularly go on holiday as a large group with other families and also with friends without kids. This year we decided to go to Greece and I came across Greek Luxury Villas whilst searching the internet for potential villas. The website was very informative but we have very specific requirements e.g. separate villas but also close together and the ability to have a chef that can cater for everyone together. I found a villa that we thought might work on the website and sent a request (as I had done on several other websites) the difference here was that Carsten replied very quickly and we exchanged several emails within a few hours, mostly with me changing our requirements and Carsten managing to find additional villas that might meet our needs. This responsiveness and exceptionally high level of service continued right through the process of finding a villa, making the initial booking and then even while we were there. We are not an easy group to accommodate as there were 16 in total with 10 adults and 6 children, some staying for 10 days and some for only 7 and all with slightly different requirements, Carsten was very patient with us though and figured a solution to all our requests from scheduling a bus to take us from the airport through to arranging a chef for just 3 days (normally it has to be full week). Overall the service provided was excellent, nothing was too much trouble and you really felt like you were being taken care of. We have booked villas before with some of the larger agencies which have been fine but nothing like the service we got from Greek Luxury Villas, we would highly recommend and will be using again I'm sure.
The villa(s) we rented were beautifully decorated and maintained to a very high standard, and the grounds were perfect for children with a very large swimming pool. We had seen pictures on the website but it was even better when we arrived and the configuration worked really well with the group we had allowing us to all eat together in the evening but keep an eye on the children with the baby monitors that reached from one side of the estate to the other ...just. A chef was arranged to cook for us on 3 nights which worked really well, cooking for the children first and then multiple courses of local cuisine for the adults later. We only found out after the first night he had been brought to the island for these few days especially to cook for us. The owner of the villa also met us from the ferry and came back to make sure we got back ok as well, booking all the taxis etc. There is a caretaker at the villas every day and daily cleaning which is great and they'll even do the shopping for you. The only downside is the walk into town does take a little while probably 20 minutes and longer with kids as the roads are steep and the nearest beach is about the same distance. That really is the only downside though and didn't put us off going into town and the beach several times and it was not a problem to get a taxi back if you wanted to.
Spetses itself is a beautiful island, it is small but not too small, it has a good selection of nice restaurants and bars and a surprising number of boutiquey shops if you are into that sort of thing, which most of our group seemed to be!! It is also great that you can walk everywhere. The locals were very friendly and it was not a problem that combined we speak about 4 words of greek, even though most spoke English this is clearly more of a local holiday destination which they allowed us to share with them. We like to try new places each year but I think we will definitely be going back to Spetses.
Many Thanks Carsten for a fantastic holiday!
The Rogers Family and Friends - Surrey UK
Lefkas, August 2011
Everything was absolutely super. I appreciated your service and information (very professional). The villa was superb and served perfectly on spot. Location is "6 star" level! The view from the house is simply incredible and the island is a pure gem.
Apart from the dirt road to Vassiliki that will hopefully be asphalted soon, everthing in the house was absolutely perfect and in several aspects exceeded my expections (such as daily cleaning, fresh morning bread service free-of-charge, very effective air-con, very clean swimming pool, etc) !
Crete, August 2011
I would like to firstly thank Greek Luxury Villas for being very attentive to our needs and we found them very helpful. The owners of the villa were also very graceous in offering guidance for the area. Although the pictures of Istron Villa make the villa and location look attractive, they do not do either justice...both are fantastic! The villa is very spacious with everything you might need with the best location on this beautiful bay. The beach below the property is nice and quiet and very picturesque and 1 km away is Golden Beach which is lively with fine golden sand. Very nice restaurants and local markets with more options available at Agios Nikolaos close by. A great location for touring Eastern Crete!
A Family from Canada
Skiathos, Juni 2011
If you are looking for a beautiful and quiet location to relax and soak in the sun, then "The Nest", is the place for you!
When you arrive to this secluded, charming villa, plans to explore the rest of the island may be easily tossed away in order to stay in and enjoy the patio and view.
Once we arrived to the island by ferry from the port Agios Konstantinos, my wife and I were immediately greeted with warm smiles from the villa owner and his wife.
We quickly jump into their car and raced up the winding roads that skirt the edge of the island towards the villa. Along the way we discovered that Skiathos is littered with a variety of restaurants, grocery stores, and most importantly public beaches.
The Nest proved to be a gem as all the luxury's you wanted out of your stay on the island were right at your fingertips; swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and total relaxation. We highly encourage all visitors to enjoy the local cuisine in the form of take out, and curl up in front of the villa with the peace and serenity that is the Aegean Sea.
Crete, June 2011
Our group of three families (six adults and 4 children, ages 15 to 23) rented the Villa for a week, arriving in June of 2011. Everything about it exceeded our expectations.
The owner was as charming as could be. He met us the first day on the highway and led us to the village, then gave us a tour of the Villa. He was in every way polite, helpful, and desirous of our having the most enjoyable time in Crete. He gave us a driving tour of the surrounding area, pointing out restaurants, clubs, stores and ATMs, both those to use and those to avoid. He introduced us to local restaurant owners who then welcomed us back later in the week. He returned the next day and recommended excursions in the neighborhood, complete with driving directions and recommendations for taverna lunches. He made us a delicious lamb dinner later in the week. He could not have been a better host, and we loved him. We still talk about him.
The Villa itself is exquisite. Grand, luxurious, comfortable, and beautifully maintained. No complaints or problems there. And we loved the village of Maroulas. As beautiful as Santorini is, for example, it is still as authentic as a gift shop. The village of Maroulas, on the other hand, is wonderfully ancient and authentic, with winding streets, nice and friendly people, and beautiful views. We walked every morning, and ate several times in both the little taverna in the village and the wonderful taverna at the top of the hill. The location of Maroulas is also perfect for the exploration of Crete, and in the week that we were there we visited Rethymnon twice, Chania, Iraklion, the ruins at Knossos, the wineries near Knossos, the Arkady Monastery, the south coast of the island, and several pristine, uncrowded beaches. We could easily stayed two weeks or longer, and not grown bored.
We will talk about the Villa for years, and can earnestly recommend it to others interested in visiting Crete.
Skyros, April 2011
Thank you very much for your assistance in organising our stay at Villa Eros, we had a great holiday even with some mixed weather. The local people were very friendly and the island was covered in a carpet of spring flowers which made for some amazing views. Antonis was a great host and if you could pass on our thanks to him.
Jones from the UK
Alonissos, August 2010
We had a wonderful time in Alonissos the place is ideal for a tranquil and relaxed holidays. The villa was very well maintained and clean. With a rental car, which you can easily get at arrival in the port, the access is manageable, a bit of a bumpy road for the last part but no problem at all and the positive is that it keeps the nice beach quiet!
Ionana (villa owner) and Carsten (GreekLuxuryVillas.com) gave perfect service so surely a very good overall experience!
The Spoorenberg family.
We had a great time at the Luxury Villa on Zakynthos. The villa had four big double bedrooms, and was beautifully appointed, with wonderful grounds and a great pool. Modern conveniences like air-conditioning in most rooms and wireless internet were also a nice touch. But our favourite thing was the view of the Ionian Sea and islands from the terrace on the second floor (where we ate most of our meals). It was breathtaking.
The level of service we received was also first class. Booking the villa was simple (through Carsten at the Greekluxuryvillas.com website – a great rate if you wire the money instead of paying by credit card!!!!) Irini, the maid, prepared breakfast each day, did all our laundry and tidied the house. Dmitri met us at the airport and guided us to the villa. Over the next week, he responded to every call we had – helping with the rental car; organizing a cruise; getting us a voltage converter. Even the pool was cleaned and checked every day!!
We couldn’t have had a better or more luxurious vacation. Highly recommended.
Pope family, Beverly Hills, California, July 2010
"We were very happy at the Villa Mansion in Hydra. The location was excellent, only a minute or two from the harbour but very quiet. The little patio garden was a lovely place for breakfast, the air conditioned bedrooms spacious, the kitchen was basic but we generally ate out so that didn’t matter. Although there was only one (large) bathroom, there were two other (alfresco) showers and two separate loos. The loggia has fantastic views over some of the town. There was also a sitting room, so no shortage of places to relax. We will definitely return to Hydra and to the villa – our teenagers loved it as much as we adults did."
A Greek Jewel….
We have just returned from a wonderful week in Greece organised by Carsten and his company Greek Luxury Villas. This was perhaps our tenth visit to Greece however the 1st in what was definitely our most memorable holiday.
We booked Villa Octavius directly with Carsten and had the most professional feed back and answers to all our questions. Carsten took care of our car hire waiting for us at the airport, Villa in Lefkas and in Mykonos. We could not ask for a better start… as we did not need to organise anything apart from our plane tickets.
The accommodation; owned and run by Steve, Villa Octavius is a high class, well thought out luxury villa placed in the most wonderful position on the Island of Lefkas.
The property has been build on the crest of a hill with an incredible 360 degree view of the mountains at the back of the villa and the sea in front with various islands beyond the port of Nidri.
The property is immaculately clean, the pool and open air Jacuzzi was serviced on a daily basis and the equipment all new and high quality. Wonderful linen, towels and very comfortable beds.
Steve has placed a massive table for dinning out doors and large comfortable chairs overlooking the olive groves and out into the open sea where we enjoyed a glass of local wine every night with the garden lit up by candles.
If all got too warm during the day – well he has built a hammock tower where the breeze is constant and furnished with hammocks made to relax and fall asleep in! A must to try.
Steve is always around although you do not see him…. He is happy to provide all the local information of where to eat, go and which beaches to visit. Eating out is very cheap comparing to other places in Europe and all places suggested were authentic and great.
If you are into marine biology or astronomy – well here again Steve will not disappoint you as he is an expert in both and we enjoyed a night out on one of his boat tours star spotting and listening to his famous stories and the day after – a whole morning out in small boats learning about the life of octopus.
We travel extensively throughout the world and if you want to visit Greece, this beautiful property cannot be beaten for value and quality. Everything you have read and will read about Steve and Villa Octavius and the organisation of Carsten from Greek Luxury Villas is absolutely and positively true. You will have a wonderful time - I am boring my friends telling them I cannot believe you can still find places like this for the money!! We will be going back for more….
If there is one negative point about the villa and organisation, it was hard to see more of the beautiful island as we did not want to loose out during the day by leaving the property and all its wonderful comforts…. I look forward contacting Carsten in the near future for more of his jewel properties in Greece.
Nico & Family from Italy
The luxury villa with pool on the island of Alonissos is the perfect holiday villa - tasteful architecture blending into the natural surroundings, well-furnished and equipped, spotlessly clean and carefully maintained, with a good-size pool and immediate access to a small, clean, unspoilt beach, in a beautiful, quiet location, and with an owner, Ioanna, whose care, hospitality and attention to detail were exemplary.
Carsten's service also left nothing to be desired - prompt, helpful, informative and completely reliable.
Tim & Family from England
Dear Mr Schmidt
Overall, we were very satisfied with the house and the way it has been restored. My wife and her sister have relatives in the hora who visited and admired the restoration work. The quality of the cleaning work and the cooking was excellent. Two points which could be improved - the provision of a full length mirror and the provision of a seat for the older visitors in one of the shower rooms. We would be happy to recommend the villa to other visitors to Skyros.
Thank you for your arrangements.