Would you like to escape for a weekend or more from the noise of the city?

Come to the green Kaloniktis, only 10 minutes from the city of Rethymnon. According to the tradition, the village, and indirectly also the Municipality of Nikiforos Phokas where it belongs, owes their name to the following incident: when Nikiphoros Phokas expedited in Crete on March 961 AD in order to free it from the Arabs Saracens, he camped for one night on the above hill, which he had previously freed, after a battle. When the dawn came, someone asked him: “How did you spend your night?” And he said, “Good night!” So the village was named “Kaloniktis”, which means good night, and the hill and the location, where the Byzantine general and later Emperor was camping, was called “Nikiforos”. Nikiforos Fokas is considered the founder of the village and there is a road to the village in his honor.

The access is done through Atsipopoulo’s junction, outside of Rethymno. While crossing many traditional Venetian villages, such as Gonia, Ag. Andreas, Prines, you reach the village of Kaloniktis. Here you can enjoy a pleasant and peaceful stay in the Villa Zeus resort which is open all year round ready to welcome you and your loved ones. In a friendly environment close to nature, you will spend days of rest and relaxation.

Villa Zeus residential complex consists of five independent and fully-equipped residences. A suite which name comes from the goddess Hera, the wife of Zeus, and four apartments, that their names come from the  word night- another name for it in the Greek language is “espera”  synonym to the name of the village “ Kaloniktis” (good night), and their names are Aegle, Arethusa, Eritrea And Focus.

The complex has specially designed outdoors, such as lawn garden, large pool with massage, children’s pool, playground, and parking. Additionally there is a barbecue covered with traditional banquets, wood oven, grill, and parasol.

Nature lovers can visit the river and the castle of Kaloniktis. Is a route that will take you to other times?

 

A few words about the names of the apartments:

According to Greek mythology there were female deities, who lived in nature and were called nymphs. Nymphs as beings were placed between gods and mortals, they were not immortal, but they lived for a long time and fed the food of the gods with ambience. Four of these were the Esperides.  Aegle,  Arethusa,  Erythia and Hestia. Esperides were daughters of the night-espera, hence their name. In some ancient texts they are also referred to as daughters of god Zeus. They lived in the garden of the gods in the land of Atlas and their task was to guard the gold apples in the garden that the Earth had given them in the marriages of Jupiter and Hera. This guard was entrusted to them by goddess Hera. The harvesting of apple trees was the eleventh performance of Hercules.

 

Hera Suite – goddess of marriage and Jupiter’s wife.

Located at the first level of the complex, it has the advantage of being in front of the garden and the swimming pool. Covering 65 square meter, provides a comfortable stay for three people. Features a bathroom with hydro massage, a separate room with a large wardrobe, a double bed, a living room with a large sofa-corner, fireplace, refrigerator, air-condition, alarm, internet. It also has access to the shared kitchen and WC. It is suitable for bridal accommodation.

 

Apartment “Aegle” – means glow, radiance, sparkle, brilliance of light, brilliant reputation, glory, and majesty. Aegle is the nymph of brilliance and light.

It is located on the second level of the complex and has a large terrace with view. It covers 79 square meter, and provides a comfortable stay for five people. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen with an open-plan living room with a large sofa-corner, fireplace, air-condition, alarm, internet.

 

Apartment “Erythia” – means red (sea) – green, welcoming and she is the nymph of life and soul.

It is located on the second level of the complex and has a large terrace with views. It covers 71 square meter, providing a comfortable stay for three people. It has one bedroom, a bathroom, a separate storage room, a kitchen with a single-room, living room with a large sofa-corner, fireplace, air-condition, alarm, internet.

 

Apartment “Hestia” – means the one that focuses, stays, is at the center of the house-Hestia, and is the nymph of the home, home life and family.

Located on the third and final level of the complex, it has large verandas with perimeter views. Covering 94 square meter, provides a comfortable stay for six people. It is divided into two floors. On the ground floor there is a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with one-room living room, fireplace. On the floor there are two bedrooms, a bathroom with hydro massage and a balcony. It has air-condition, alarm, internet.

 

Apartment “Arethusa” – means irrigation, watering, healing and she is the nymph of springs and forests.

Located on the third and final level of the complex, it has large verandas with perimeter views. Covering 94 square meter, provides a comfortable stay for six people. It is divided into two floors. On the ground floor there is a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with one-room living room, fireplace. On the floor there are two bedrooms, a bathroom with hydro massage and a balcony. It has air-condition, alarm, internet.