Nestled conveniently on the Akrotiri Peninsula of Chania, overlooking the White Mountains and the northwest coast of Crete, this neoclassical style property, is set in a beautiful location in the Kabani Village. Akrotiri peninsula lies approximately 8km from the Venetian Port and its picturesque Old Town, also known as the "Venice of the East". In the historic centre of Chania, you can walk through the old narrow alleys, dating back to the Venetian-Ottoman era.
The area of Akrotiri offers a wide range of facilities to satisfy all preferences. Its rugged scenery is a must, for those wanting to see a bit more of the genuine Crete. Several beaches are found within a short driving distance such as Kalathas beach (2.2Km), Tersanas beach (5.2Km), Macherida Beach (6Km) and Stavros beach (7.5Km) on the northwest coast of Akrotiri and Marathi (12.3Km), Loutraki (12.3Km) and Seitan Linania Beach (12.1Km) on the east coast of the Akrotiri peninsular.
At a short distance from Villa Carmelina, one can find two of Crete's most historical monasteries, the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and the Gouverneto Monastery. The Holy Trinity (in Greek: Agia Triada) or Tzagarolon Monastery was established in the 16th century and named after its founders, Jeremiah and Laurentius Giagarolo, two brothers from a noble Venetian family. The Gouverneto Monastery is built on a small plateau at 260m. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete (15th century). Another beautiful monastery is the The Katholiko Monastery which is located 3km from Gouveneto Monastery. It is considered to be the oldest monastery in Crete (6th – 10th century) and has hermitages like those of Meteora.
In addition to the beautiful beaches and monasteries, the Akrotiri area has several caves and many fascinating rock formations to explore. In the Stavros area, there is an ancient mountain cave in use since the Neolithic Period above Stavros' sandy beach on the northern tip of the Akrotiri Peninsula. Evidence shows that the cave was used as a sanctuary from the end of the Bronze Period through the Greek Periods. Close to the Gouverneto Monastery in Akrotiri, at 'Arkoudospilios' Cave (Cave of the Bear or The Virgin Mary Arkoudiotissa), there is stalagmite resembling a bear, a reservoir with "holy water" and a small church dedicated to the Ypapanti that are certainly worth a visit. A local legend says that the Virgin Mary (there is a chapel dedicated to the Virgin inside the cave) turned the bear to stone after she caught it drinking the monks' water. Archaeologists claim that in antiquity the cave was a shrine to Artemis, who was transformed into the shape of a bear.