THE MEDITERRANEAN IS CALLING
I know I’m not the only one who loves exploring ancient Europe. There’s nothing like the thrill of climbing the Acropolis with a private guide or venturing out to an actual excavation site — and skipping the crowd. I was speaking with a colleague who had recently had such a thrill. After a couple of history-packed days, she headed to the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Ithaca to relax and recharge.
This conversation inspired me to share some of my favourite hotel and resort recommendations that are sure to pique your interest in this fabulous destination.
The land of olive trees, sea and sun, is calling your name.
Here’s to your next Grecian getaway,
Duncan Greenfield-Turk, VCTA
When you arrive in Athens, you’ll want to combine history and heritage with a stay at Hotel Grand Bretagne Athens. This gorgeous hotel has been situated in the heart of the city since 1874. Breathtaking views of the Acropolis and Parliament are only the beginning; you’ll be within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas and museums, and ancient sites like the original Olympic Stadium.
I can also arrange a massage or beauty treatment at the hotel’s GB Spa. You’ll be living like a star; celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all stayed in the Grand Bretagne’s Royal Suite.
New Hotel offers a more modern, artsy vibe with neoclassical architecture and design. Owner and Greek Cypriot industrialist Dakis Joannou is one of Greece’s foremost collectors of contemporary European art that you’ll admire throughout your stay. New Hotel’s Penthouse Suite offers 360-degree city views of Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis — you just can’t beat it.
You’ll want to explore the nearby Ermou Street, one of Athen’s main shopping areas that leads to the bazaar-like Monastiriki. When it’s time to indulge for dinner, New Hotel’s restaurant features both local and international dishes, and the rooftop bar allows you to continue admiring Athen’s amazing sights.
Now, let’s talk relaxation. Located on Ornos Bay, in a private peninsula at the southernmost point of Mykonos, Santa Marina’s all-white villas are designed as complete, private homes. You may have seen this traditional Mykonian style in movies. Your balcony will open onto a panoramic view of the turquoise sea. Trust me, just the view alone is worth the trip!
As a guest in an exclusive villa, you’ll enjoy a private infinity pool, yet still benefit from the resort’s restaurants and amenities like butler service. Ask me about the Ginkgo Spa and Buddha-Bar Beach.
VILLA NORMA IN ITHACA
I also know how to book what may be the most secluded, private residence in Greece. Villa Norma’s interiors are so luxurious, it almost feels Tuscan. This area of Ithaca is best known for its emerald-green waters and private white-pebble beach; it’s truly a photogenic example of Mediterranean nature. As the second smallest of the Ionian islands, Ithaca is a dreamy escape.
A walk through the expansive private gardens will leave you feeling inspired. Villa Norma also comes with a chef service, a villa manager, a skipper, and a captain with three boats. You’ll want to transfer to and from Kefalonia by Riva boat! Ask me about the many other activities to experience here.
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