Credit: Lesante Cape

HOTELS • November 2022

Four dreamy Greek retreats

Whether you’re looking for an idyllic island resort or a coast-hugging enclave, these four hotels dotted across Greece’s Peloponnese and the islands promise out-and-out relaxation.

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Daios Cove

Daios Cove, Crete
Clinging to a cliff side on Crete’s northeast coast, this much-loved family resort is shifting gear. Still a draw for all ages with its private beach and sprawling pool, it’s on its way to becoming the Med’s most exciting wellness retreat. At the new Kepos by Goco spa, you can sign up for hard­core metabolic testing, cryotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen treatments – or simply unwind with an anti-aging facial. There’s a new indoor-outdoor gym, too, to counter the resort’s many culinary indulgences, including extensive wine lists and chef residencies.

W Costa Navarino

W Costa Navarino, Messinia
Ahead of its 25th anniversary next year, Marriott’s wildest child, W Resorts, has made its long-anticipated arrival in Greece. The summer opening is yet another notch on Costa Navarino’s rapidly expanding belt – a golden strip of Apollo-approved loveliness (the Greek god was said to hide out here) in ancient Messinia. As the region continues to heat up, W is the place to cool down – ideally at the sunset bar or from your ‘WOW’ Suite, with its private pool pitched right between bed and beach.

Domes Miramare

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
Before Domes set about its multimillion-euro transformation, the legendary seafront spot had been a trophy asset for Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis, whose shipping empire afforded him quite the heavenly patch. And while its 500-year-old olive trees have seen their fair share of scandal, nowadays, the hot topic is Domes Haute Living concept, the exclusive all-inclusive half of the hotel with bumper views, rooms and perks that are “reserved for the very few”.

Lesante Cape

Lesante Cape, Zakynthos
Like the Maldives in miniature, this village-style resort is a blue maze of floating walkways, woven hammocks and infinity pools. But, rather than tropical palms, it dishes out wild fruit trees and, instead of crystal-clear horizons, the sun sets behind the outline of a moody mountain. Much like its Indian Ocean counterpart, it can play both sides – equally suiting love-bubbled honeymooners (who’ll lap up the resort’s fancy fine dining restaurant) and rambunctious families (who can spring for a villa for seven).

Words by Alicia Miller

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