The two projects of Sea View and Beach Front villas represent the vision, hope, sweat and tears of the Gialamarakis family who is now completing 27 years consistent work in tourism.
We have been successful hoteliers for more than a quarter of a century and our boutique hotel, the Mistralat Maleme- which specialises in sociable holidays for the independent single traveller.
Our goal was to create a five-star experience with exclusive accommodation, privacy and exquisite architecture.
The vision to create Youphoria started in 2005 when we acquired the plot of land, including the hilltop chapel.
With the Sea View entire project funded by the family, with a small subsidy from the EU. Building works started in January 2010 and the first stage was completed in May 2012 ready for that season.
The final phase of the project was completed in May 2015, with the central building which hosts our reception office, wine room and a fully-equipped kitchen ready for our guests. An outdoor venue space has a large pergola with a seating area to take advantage of the sea view, while other facilities include a modern and relaxing holistic therapy treatment room.
We have project managed and maintain everything you see ourselves.
Over the past two years, we have added three Beach Front villas on the shoreline at Korfalonas, which were completed for our first guests to arrive in July 2017.
At Youphoria, we engage heavily with the Kissamos community with all out staff living locally and we support local businesses as much as we possibly can.
Perched on a hillside along the beautiful north-west coast of Crete close to the town of Kissamos, Youphoria Villas offer panoramic views of the Gramvousa peninsular and clear blue waters of Kissamos Bay, with the White Mountains to the south providing a spectacular backdrop.
The gated property is surrounded by lush olive groves and endemic flora, including thyme and rosemary. Three of the villas arebuilt around an old Chapel which dominates the hilltop while otherscascade down into the foothills.
Each villa has its own individually-designed living space with the emphasis on outdoor entertaining, dining and relaxing. The award-winning COCO Mat soft furnishing has been carefully chosen to provide the maximum comfort, combined with the use of natural and raw materials.
The excellent location means guests are close to many of the highlights of western Crete: five minutes’ drive away you will discover the impressive golden sands and turquoise waters of Falasarna beach (voted one of the top five beaches in Greece), with its nearby archaeological site; there are numerous other sandy beaches within easy reach of the villas with the closest being Viglia beach (1.5km); and the nearby town of Kissamos has a plethora of shops, cafes and tavernas.
You can take a boat trip (one hour) to the uninhabited pirate island of Gramvousa and spend the day swimming, snorkelling or exploring the ruins of the Venetian Fortress. The boat then takes you to Balos Bay with its warm shallow waters and amazing pink sand. And less than an hour south of Youphoria Villas is Elafonissi beach (one of the world’s top 10 beaches).
For the more adventurous Youphoria Villas guests, there is the opportunity to walk the famous Samaria Gorge which at 17kmis the longest in Europe.
In addition, with our concierge-led service, we can make a dinner reservation for you at one of the excellent restaurants nearby to experience traditional Cretan cuisine, including locally-caught fresh fish and seafood, and sample traditional dishes from the world-famous healthy Mediterranean diet.
Take advantage of our local knowledge and let us share some of our secrets of western Crete with you.
The three new Youphoria Beach Front Villas (Votsalo, Ammos and Meltemi) are uniquely beautiful. Designed with luxury holiday living in mind – and with many fabulous and innovative features – the new villas enjoy a privileged beachfront position just a few metres from waters of Kissamos Bay, with views over the two majestic peninsulas of northwest Crete.
They offer an unrivalled outlook – 150 metres of beach frontage, infinity pools, private terraces, and the lapping turquoise Aegean washing the pebble/sand beach, which gives way to fine sand once you step into the water.
The three villas all part of one larger structure, each with their own style and privacy but connected by interlocking doors. That allows them to be rented as self-contained units, or any combination of Votsalo, Ammos and Meltemi.
They are set amid gardens planted with salt-resistant native species such as the daisy-like mesembryanthemum (a name derived from the Greek words of noon and flower, meaning mid-day flower), yellow gazanias and tamarisks.
In addition, the area is rich in natural wildlife with falcons, herons and other birds of prey hovering close to the beach, while there is also a good chance you will spot a sandpiper.
The beach at Korfalonas is perfectly safe for snorkelling, swimming and fishing, or simply relaxing and taking in the Aegean panorama.
Constructed of local Kissamos limestone, the three new villas have been designed by Chania-based architect and interior and exterior designer Rena Mania.
Using colours and materials that are welcoming in their warmth and texture, along with friendly neutral shades that will subtly delight guests, each residence enjoys the highest quality furnishings and installations. Solar panels and ground source heat pumps provide the eco-friendly villas with sustainable energy.
Each villa has its own unique living space with the emphasis on outdoor entertaining, dining and relaxing. COCO Mat soft bedding and furnishing provide the maximum comfort with the use of natural and raw materials.
Perfectly-located, they are a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the stunning Falasarna beach and close to world-famous Balos lagoon. Kissamos town, with its shops, cafes and tavernas, is 1km away.
Youphoria Beach Front Villas are a stunning example of Greek elegance. Suitable for couples seeking tranquillity and comfort as well as families with children, they are the perfect choice for guests who appreciate exquisite taste while enjoying the beach lifestyle.