Off The Beaten Track Greek Luxury
For those who remain firm supporters of luxury holidays but would like a chance to experience some new, off the beaten track Greek destinations for a change, then this post is for you. Trade the cliché Santorini and Mykonos for Corfu, Paros and Monemvasia and you will discover that some less popular locations actually have a lot more to offer, without being envious of their more popular counterparts one bit. Corfu island is rich in dramatic cliff landscapes, in diverse history that has evidently left its mark on its architecture; Paros is one of the more demure Cycladic islands that is perfectly suited to a more congenial island holiday; Monemvasia is a semi-mainland destination that boasts scenery taken right out of a fairy tale.
Corfu island is not so off the beaten track perhaps, but those who have visited it often return again to experience a different side each time. Suited to a variety of different holiday experiences, from romantic couple getaways to family vacations, it is a place that comes highly recommended. The old town of Corfu is the most enchanting of its locations, brimming with vibes of a historic city that has seen a lot of turmoil in its days. The ‘kantounia’, or else the weave of cobblestone alleyways will lead to you mansions, palaces and fortresses. Couples seeking a luxury holiday there can choose the beautiful Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel in Corfu town, and experience an almost regal stay. Its design has been inspired after the famous Corfiot landmark, Mon Repos Palace, and there are art pieces decorating its grand halls throughout. Sea views are also part of the deal, especially if you choose the penthouse Presidential suite, which is the grandest of all the classy, elegant suites this hotel has to offer. The furnished terrace with impeccable views onto Garitsa Bay and the old Fortress will simply take your breath away. If a city break is not what you are looking for, then the luxurious Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort, that is nestled in the embrace of a verdant cliff and the emerald beach of Agios Gordios, will definitely deliver.
The little things are what make a holiday memorable.
Paros island offers its visitors the best of both worlds. A traditional Cycladic island destination that has a lively nightlife, wonderful beaches, locations for water sports and more secluded spots, able of harboring more intimate moments in the lap of luxury. One beautiful hotel, offering luxury suites and villas in Paros promising an incredible holiday experience, is situated by the sea and overlooking Parasporos beach. This is the perfect location for a hideout holiday, away from the island’s hustle and bustle in Naoussa town, but still close enough for the occasional night out, island style! Minois Village Hotel Suites & Spa welcomes its guests to experience the most romantic side of Paros, all the while sampling the delectable local gastronomy and surrendering to the pampering treatments of its Thalassa Spa. Sunset views are best enjoyed at the hotel’s Deck Lounge Bar, where the colours of the retreating sun paint a masterpiece in the sky. Yes, Santorini’s sunset is astonishing, but the hordes that gather to watch it actually demote the entire experience. Plus, there are only so many times you can visit Santorini, and so Paros is a fantastic alternative to broadening your holiday horizons in the Cyclades.
Views like this are what dreams are made of!
Onto the semi-mainland, fairy tale destination that is Monemvasia. Located in the Laconia prefecture of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia is absolutely charming for many reasons. The area is primarily a mainland destination, although one of its most iconic settlements is perched on an verdant rock island that can be reached by a causeway. A place that has undergone countless conquests for centuries, it was originally under the auspices of the ancient Greek civilization, the Spartans during the Bronze Age and later the Minoans, then the Romans took over, followed by the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Ottomans. This has resulted in an area that is full of fortifications that exudes a Medieval fairy tale feel. Monemvasia’s luxury historic mansion hotel of Kinsterna is one of the most extraordinary hotels to stay while vacationing in the region. With a luxurious array of suites, villas and residences that fuse traditional design of exceptional finesse with contemporary comforts, its 5 star facilities and superior services immerse guests into the enigmatic allure of Monemvasia ever so effortlessly. It is a environmentally friendly, 17th century heritage monument with river swimming pools that run throughout the property while its is surrounded by gardens and vineyards. Kinsterna offers its guests a plethora of sensational experiences too, including activities in nature while Monemvasia’s stunning beaches are also relatively close by.
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