ADVERTORIAL • March 2018
Butter-baked baklava on a south-side veranda. Prismatic cave-dives off the coast of Crete. Sunset saunters through Rhodian ruins. These days, you don’t have to go above the clouds to find Mount Olympus; our 2018 Greek island getaway list is proof that heaven is a hotel on earth.
It would be easy to mistake this deluxe hotel complex for a traditional Grecian hamlet and with 60-acres of streams, shrubs and white-washed villas, the effect is convincing. But, despite its rustic good looks, the Lindian Village assures guests a full-modern hotel experience. Expect onsite tennis courts; a first-class spa, open-air yoga lessons; five unique restaurants, plus a private beach where you can watch the Aegean Sea through a cocktail glass. It’s a certified paradise for sand-seeking families or that once-in-a-honeymoon retreat for couples embarking on their own Odyssey.
Don’t miss: The brand-new, state-of-the-art ‘Bohemian’ pool suites. Your own private lagoon, complete with sun lounger and mini bar.
If it’s the divine treatment you’re looking for, look no further than Alonissos. This provincial paradise is blooming with olive groves and orchards, Aphrodite-approved beaches and a mosaic of tempting tavernas. And it’s here that the world-famous Santikos Collection chose to build their state-of-the-art village resort: The Marpunta Village. From volleyball to archery, to canoeing across National Marine Park waters, Marpunta provides an UAI – an ultra-all-inclusive – experience in the heart of Europe’s most protected waters. If the quaint fishing village vibes didn’t have you relaxed enough, a host of wellness activities combined with Greek-inspired cocktails overlooking the sunset will certainly do the trick.
Don’t miss: The chance to rent a moped via the hotel and explore this sumptuous island utopia on your own terms.
Leave the tantrums, school runs and doldrums behind you as you step into Corfu’s very own adults-only traditional villa hotel. Opening 5 May 2018 on the island’s south-east corner, guests at the MarBella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas will wake up to dazzling views of the Ionian Sea and head to bed with a belly full of Mediterranean delicacies from the hotel’s sizzling San Giovanni Restaurant. If the five-star pedigree doesn’t sway you, Nido’s selection of junior and deluxe sea-view suites will. Your royal treatment includes a freshly-prepared breakfast, access to the fitness room, a pop-up gourmet restaurant, private beach, plus a dazzling array of wet-and-wild watersports to try.
Don’t miss: A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Corfu Old Town - an esemble of ancient forts, winding streets and verdent courtyards.
Thirty-eight swimming pools, en-suite Jacuzzis, and full, private access to the Cretan sea; envelop yourself in an azure world at The Royal Blue. For those able to tear themselves away from the parasol pampering for just a moment, there’s a whole host of exciting therapies available; from red grape baths to black pearl facials, this is one resort you won’t find lacking in colourful wellness techniques. Fancy yourself a foodie? Try the enchanting Cave restaurant, where you'll be served mouth-watering Cretan cuisine with a side serving of panoramic sea views.
Don’t miss: The heated children’s pool or the beachfront's open-air gym – just two of the exclusive facilities for adults and families.
Words by Alexander Chau
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