31 May 2019
With year-round warm temperatures, a rich and dense history, incredible Mediterranean food and sublime coastal beauty spread across its 6,000 islands, it’s no wonder why Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
Greece might already have a place on your summer shortlist, and if it isn’t, that could well change after we tell you about some of our biggest-selling Greek destinations.
The largest and most populated Greek island, Crete pairs stunning beaches (Platanias and Elafonsi) with thousands of years of history (Europe’s oldest city - Knossos), and for a romantic break away on this lovely island, couples can’t go wrong with the five-star Anemos Luxury Grand Resort.
Named one of the Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotels at the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards, this seaside haven on Crete’s northern coastline is sure to delight any newlyweds dreaming of a stylish luxury honeymoon in an exclusive setting.
Couples can relax on the resort's majestic beach and escape in a romantic gazebo with a delicious cocktail. Newlyweds can also seize the opportunity to dine on an exquisite private beachfront dinner under the stars or enjoy a soothing olive oil and raki couples massage at the spa. Many of the Anemos’ rooms and suites come with a private or shared pool, too.
Don’t mistake this for an adults-only resort though. With dedicated family accommodation and activities to keep younger guests entertained, Anemos is equally suited for family summer getaways. There’s a state-of-the-art, 1,000 sq.m children’s area, with swimming pool and water slides, toys, competitions and kids’ movie screenings, not to mention an array of activities, mini club and daily mini disco.
“I highly recommend Anemos Luxury Grand Resort and this gorgeous region of Crete. The resort feels modern with beautiful features, large well-appointed rooms and an eccentric Greek/Arabic style. The staff are beyond welcoming and very helpful. The resort has a fabulous buffet restaurant with delicious and varied food. Even fussy eaters (one of my children) loved the food and found something to his limited tastes.”
Michelle, Travel Counsellor
Renamed as the fictional island Kalokairi for the first Mamma Mia movie, Skopelos offers unspoiled scenery with olive groves, pine woods, golden sandy bays, and of course, the famous church from the Abba-inspired film. Stroll through the village’s narrow streets up to the ruined Venetian fortress and be awed by the incredible views of the port and rolling hillside.
The family-run Skopelos Village Hotel provides the perfect stay for those searching for tranquility and relaxation, with spacious suites inspired by the sea, an excellent wellness studio and an inviting pool overlooking the pretty town and the Aegean Sea where you can while away the days.
Sat right beside the water is the Agioli restaurant, offering unforgettable idyllic moments and surprising Skopelitian delicacies made with fresh, quality ingredients and a great passion.
If lazing the day away somehow gets old, there’s the option to get involved in cooking lessons that divulge Greek culinary secrets, as well as sessions covering drawing and pottery, while more active types can take up diving, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, cycling or sailing.
“Skopelos is about more than Mamma Mia - there’s culture, architecture, ancient history and pride. The island is still cashing in on its links with the film and there are many tours that visit the movie’s shooting locations; it’s easy to see why as there are some beautiful areas. I’d recommend the Skopelos Village Hotel to couples, families with teenagers and families with infants as you can walk freely and safely into Skopelos.”
Sally, Travel Counsellor
Enjoying around 300 days of sunshine every year with no less than 30 miles of pristine golden beaches along the east coast, Rhodes is a great shout for some rest and relaxation. History fans will fall in love with its romantic Old Town - one of the best-preserved Medieval Town of Europe, boasting strong walls, a majestic castle, paved paths and elegant stone mansions.
One luxurious option for a stay on Rhodes is the secluded yet sensational Gennadi Grand Resort.
Set on a 500-metre-long sand-and-shingle shoreline, this five-star eco-friendly beachfront retreat comprises minimalist yet lavish accommodation with illuminating floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies or terraces providing sea or garden views.
Leave everything behind as you unwind in the lavish spa and health club’s heated hydro-massage Jacuzzi or one of the many signature rituals, facials and body treatments focused on releasing stress and tension and revitalizing your senses.
Start the day right with a hearty, energy-boosting breakfast at the Gennadi Grand Resort’s main restaurant Φiloxenia, before sitting down to the fresh and inspiring approach to Greek cuisine of Eδesma’s fine dining eatery in the evening.
Try invigorating pursuits like yoga and Pilates on the resort’s sustainable green roof public spaces, wander through its flower-filled sunken gardens, enjoy water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing in the sparkling Mediterranean or pick up traditional handicrafts in the nearby coastal village.
Another Greek island that goes down well with young families is Halkidiki. With its unspoilt landscape and hills carpeted with wildflowers, not to mention over 300 miles of beautiful white-sand coastline, it is undoubtedly one of the most family-friendly Greek islands.
A stay at the five-star Sani Beach Hotel places you above the azure blue waters of the breathtaking Cape Sani, and its superb accommodation has been luxuriously renovated. New for 2019 is the Sani Suite Collection, which promises to be the ultimate in guest service by providing an even more individual and personalised experience.
Stepping up to this package means you’ll be able to tailor your in-room amenities to meet your exact needs and pre-book a table at the 20+ restaurants, spa treatments, crèche sessions, and all kinds of activities. It also unlocks an exclusive area on Sani Beach - one of the best child-friendly and private beaches in Europe, with miles of golden sand and warm shallow waters, making it easy for young children to explore the sea; even the bucket and spade is provided.
Another great choice is Eagles Palace, which combines impeccable service, stunning accommodation and breathtaking scenery. The Grand Suite Seafront is perfect for honeymooners - it comes with its own pool, so you can take a romantic dip in the moonlight.
This unique resort, which sits just 4km from the beautiful village of Ouranoupolis, recently opened a new open-air 100-seat theatre to host movie nights, jazz music, plays and kids nights under the stars. It also offers amazing sunset views, and a special pop-up bar is set-up on selected evenings.
The volcanic island of Santorini is renowned for its cliffside towns and villages, with dazzling-white buildings and postcard-perfect beaches, as well as its Nea Kameni hot springs and prehistoric ruins.
Unquestionably one of the standout hotels on the island is Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Carved into the rugged Caldera cliffs, it overlooks the turquoise Aegean Sea which partly explains why it has become a favoured hotel for honeymoons and romantic escapes. All 40 suites and villas are linked by a network of cobbled pathways, and each boasts panoramic sea views across to the active volcano that has shaped this spectacular island.
For the ultimate Mystique experience, opt for the Mystery Villa, which offers utmost privacy, enriched facilities and an infinity-edge private pool to deliver the most unforgettable getaway. A romantic, carefree getaway can be enjoyed in the Secrecy Villa too, with an expansive private terrace that features an outdoor jacuzzi and plunge pool.
A summer getaway to Corfu can entail a healthy choice of child-friendly resorts within a Mediterranean paradise of diverse flora and fauna. There are plenty of family-orientated hotels in Corfu, and many run daily activity programmes for children, leaving you free to relax in one of the beachfront guesthouses.
The recently renovated MarBella Corfu promises complete relaxation with immaculate landscaped gardens, a wonderful beach and an olive grove-scented atmosphere.
This five-star suite hotel dazzles its guests with spa therapies, top-notch sports facilities, a number of discerning dining options and sumptuously comfortable accommodation, all surrounded by lush gardens and the beautiful Ionian Sea.
Choose from six restaurants and four lounge bars to enjoy the fine local and international flavours, relax in the soothing atmosphere of the Wellness & Spa Centre, unwind with a series of comforting spa therapies and treatments with the use of natural Apivita products, or work out at the resort’s gym and get involved in outdoor sports and water sports adventures.
Elsewhere around the resort, there’s a freshwater pool, a cascade seawater pool with Jacuzzi and a Natura-protected Blue Flag private beach. For younger guests, there’s the children’s water park pool and baby pool, kids club, playground, as well as the opportunity to spend some quality time at one of the many amusing events organised around the resort.
Finally, the adults-only Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas gives couples the chance to luxuriate in a fabulous beach location with all the creature comforts.
Nido is an old-world term meaning ‘nest,’ so that should give you an idea of the homely, cosy experience possible at this hotel sat on the south-east corner of Corfu. Adults can look forward to bright rooms with modern furnishings, a refreshing 250 sq. m. pool and outdoor spa and a classic Greek shingle beach.
Book your summer break to one of these great Greek islands today by contacting your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.