A collection of Greece’s best: Luxurious retreats for a stress-free summer break
Think of pristine sandy shores in north- eastern Crete, lavish facilities on the Athenian coast and melting sunsets in Santorini; there is no need to cross continents to find luxury at its finest.
We take a look at what Greece has to offer the traveler seeking the ultimate in luxury this summer.
Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, Crete
Situated along one of the best seashores in Crete, stands the glamorous Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, awarded ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards, 2015.
The property offers comfort and privacy to even the most discerning guest; with an array of accommodation ‘clubs’ including the Comfort VIP Club, home to luxurious bungalows, the Sports Club showcasing private gyms and the Yachting Club boasting waters-edge Villas, visitors are spoilt for choice.
Elounda Beach is a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and a ‘hot spot’ for celebs; its lengthy stretches of golden sand, award winning gastronomy, heavenly Chenot Spa and unparalleled service, make it easy to see why.
VIP’s have become regulars at the property; A-Lister’s include Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga who have lapped up the luxury of Elounda Beach’s charm. With the hotel providing helicopter and private jet services, limousine transfers and private butlers, it is safe to say it solidifies its reputation as a preferential choice for the showbiz world.
Cost: A luxury sea view double room, based on two people sharing with a B&B basis, starts at 265 euros per room, per night.
Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athenian Riviera
If you’re looking for the culture of a city break but crave sun, sea and sand, Grand Resort Lagonissi, the 5* dreamy resort on the Athenian Riviera, has the answer. The luxurious resort, set in a tranquil paradise along the pristine Apollo coast, gives guests the luxury of relaxation, whilst being a mere 50 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Lagonissi is home to 26 accommodation options including: Luxury Sea View rooms, Mediterranean Suites, Residential Cabanas and the unparalleled Royal Villa (with indoor and outdoor heated pool, private gym and massage centre), ideal for those looking for the ‘wow’ factor.
Grand Resort Lagonissi is known for its scenic location, incredible facilities, dining experiences and its impeccable hospitality. The resort prides its services for being ‘tailored to cater to every individuals needs’. From concierge services, travel arrangements, shopping assistance and VIP transfers the alluring seaside resort goes above and beyond for all its guests.
Famous faces that have chosen to retreat at the resort include: renowned footballer Christiano Ronaldo, Kylie Minogue and global heartthrob, Leonardo Di Caprio. If that wasn’t ‘red carpet’ enough, the entire Mama Mia cast stayed at Grand Resort Lagonissi whilst filming the award-winning feature!
Along with stylish amenities, Lagonissi offers numerous excursions into the city of Athens for those keen to explore the ancient sites and heritage of the capital. If you are tied between the excitement of a city break and the temptation of a relaxing haven, why not have both?
Cost: A luxury sea view double room, based on two people sharing with a B&B basis, starts at 278.40 euros per room, per night.
Canaves Oia Luxury Properties, Santorini
Venture further South, to the boutique island of Santorini and fall in love with one of Greece’s hidden gems: Canaves Oia Luxury Properties. The complex, consisting of a hotel, suites and a villa, has been awarded the number one resort in Europe this year; its scenic views of the caldera, unparalleled luxurious nature, beautiful décor, unrivalled privacy and lavish touches ensure Canaves Oia lives up to its first class title.
The resort, located on one of Santorini’s highest peaks and shadowing the picturesque town of Oia, is home to: authentic-white washed architecture, contemporary amenities, lavish furnishings, breathtaking views and outstanding services; placing Canaves Oia as THE idyllic choice for honeymooners and couples alike, looking for those extra special qualities.
Being Santorini’s celebrity hideaway, Canaves Oia has not fallen short on superstar visitors, guests include: multi-talented film director/actress Helen Hunt and basketball hero Kobe Bryant. The island of melting sunsets and fine wine has also caught the eye of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and the Kardashian clan!
Why not spend this summer ‘livin it up’ like a celeb in one of Greece’s finest retreats…!
Cost: A classic suite with caldera view, based on two people sharing with a B&B basis, starts at 351 euros per room, per night.