It's such a fabulous thought to imagine yourself lazing around in a European villa, high in the hills, taking in the vistas, breathing in the gorgeous aromas of fresh food being carefully prepared nearby, and starting each day deciding what to do first (beach? village shops? shopping for today's bread & fruit?) When reality sets in though and you realize you just may not be able to swing a stint in that Tuscan home you had your eye on, consider Crete. Why? Well, we're glad you asked. Crete is all you imagine a Mediterranean island to be- verdant hills, fresh food, authentic traditions, sparkling shores, and a general snail's pace of life...yet not without its Ibiza-style nightlife for those that crave the club-til-dawn option. We've discovered three stunning villas, just a short hop from just about everything- the airport, the local village, the shops, and the beach. The collection offers options that accommodate up to 8 people, all decorated in traditional island style and offering private pools, outdoor patios, TVs, A/C and absolute privacy. Best part? The price tag, just a fraction of the cost of what you'd pay in Tuscany, Marbella, Sardinia and the like. Crete is easily accessible with frequent flights from Athens, or even London if you opt to connect there instead.

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