About Youphoria Villas

About Youphoria sea view Villas

Youphoria villas offer a luxurious solution for the elite traveler with a desire for unique style and design.  Winners of the 2016 Exceptional Architecture award, the signatures of architect Dimitra Nikolaou and interior designer Stavroula Mauromataki, have added a new dimension in contemporary living in Crete.

Perched high on a hill along the beautiful north-west coast of Crete close to the town of Kissamos,  Youphoria villas are perfectly situated with panoramic views of the Gramvousa peninsular and clear blue waters of Kissamos Bay.  Rolling hills to the east are planted with olive groves and the White Mountains to the south provide a spectacular backdrop.  Delight in watching stunning sunsets from the comfort of your terrace.

The gated property is surrounded by lush olive groves and endemic flora including thyme and rosemary. Three of the villas are built around an old Chapel which dominates the hilltop while others are placed further down the foothill.

Each villa has its own individually designed living space with the emphasis being 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 that you 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).  Do not miss out on a visit to the archaeological site of ancient Falasarna which showcases the port and city during Hellenistic times.

There are numerous sandy beaches within easy reach of the villas with the closest being Viglia beach (1.5 km).  The nearby town of Kissamos has a plethora of shops, cafes and tavernas.

Take a wonderful and relaxing boat trip (around 1 hour) to the uninhabited tiny pirate island of Gramvousa. Be shipwrecked for the day, swim, snorkel or explore the ruins of the Venetian Fortress perched high on a plateau. The boat then takes you to the paradise of Balos Bay with its warm shallow waters and stunning pink sand.

Just fifty minutes drive south of Youphoria villas is Elafonissi beach (one of the world’s top ten beaches) where one can get lost exploring the island’s unique cedar trees, sand dunes and unspoiled nature.

Youphoria villa guests will also have the opportunity to walk the famous Gorge of Samaria which at 17 kilometers, is the longest in Europe.

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, seafood and dishes from the world famous healthy Mediterranean diet.

Take advantage of our local knowledge and let us share some of our secrets about western Crete.

About our new 2017 beachfront Youphoria villas

The 3 new Youphoria beach front villas (Votsalo, Ammos and Meltemi) are uniquely beautiful. Designed with luxury holiday living in mind and with many friendly features the new 3 adjacent villas enjoy a privileged beachfront position just a few meters from waters of Kissamos Bay.

The beachfront location also provides views over the two majestic peninsulas or northwest Crete stretching out over both sides of Kisamos bay and Youphoria Beach villas.

They are perfectly located only 15 minutes drive from the stunning Falasarna beach and very close to world famous Balos lagoon. Also only 1 km from Kisamos Town with numerous shops, cafes and Tavernas.

Each villa has its own unique living space with the emphasis being on outdoor entertaining, dining and relaxing. COCO Mat soft bedding and furnishing provide the maximum comfort with the use of natural and raw materials.

Youphoria beach front villas are an example of Greek elegance, suitable for couples seeking tranquility and comfort as well as families with kids.  A perfect choice for guests who appreciate exquisite taste while being direct on the beach.

Our story

We, the people of Youphoria villas are the Gialamarakis family. We have been successful hoteliers for over 26 years and our boutique hotel, the Mistral, specialises in sociable holidays for the independent single traveler. It is the only hotel in the Mediterranean which is exclusive to people who travel alone.

The vision to create Youphoria started in 2005 when we acquired the plot of land including the hilltop chapel. Our goal was to create a 5 star experience with exclusive accommodation, privacy and exquisite architecture. The entire project has been funded by the family with a small subsidy from the EU.

Building work started in January 2010 and the first stage was completed in May 2012 in time for the coming season.  The final phase of the project was completed in May 2015. The central building hosts our reception office, wine room and a fully equipped kitchen.  The outdoor venue space (not yet operating) has a large pergola with a seating area to take advantage of the sea view. Facilities also include a modern and relaxing holistic therapy treatment room.

We have project managed the build ourselves with help from Architect Dimitra Nikolaou and designer Stavroula Mavromataki.  Read also about Architectural Concept.

At Youphoria, we engage heavily with the Kissamos community. All our staff live locally and we support local businesses as much as we possibly can.