Greece is where the cream of the crop come to lay their stresses to rest
The Greek mainland and the islands that scatter south from it into the Mediterranean Sea give the country a distinctive identity that’s been part of global culture since the ancient era.
Ruins, myths and legends make for a mesmerising destination, while spa treatments, exclusive nightclubs and fine dining locales let you know that this is one country where high society gets rewarded.
Each island has its own characteristics, and at an average of three hours’ direct flight from the UK, they’re easy to reach too. The largest of the Greek islands is Crete, where summer feels eternal. Towns like Chania showcase Crete’s elegant shopping districts and highbrow nightlife, although there are plenty of secluded sunny shorelines when you know where to look.
Perhaps the most idyllic and romantic of the Greek islands is Santorini, which mysteriously rose from the sea centuries ago through volcanic activity. Luxurious hotels perched amid its dark and ashen hills make for a sublime and opulent stay, and with 13 vineyards across the island, partaking of local tipples is a must. If it’s classy cocktails you’re after though, the nightlife of Rhodes is as exclusive as they come in many respects, while also boasting history that stretches back to the stone age.
Luxury holidays in Greece
The great part about Greek holidays is that you’re never far from a way to spoil yourself. Crete alone is superb on that front, with top tier spas in communities like Elounda and Heraklion rejuvenating you from top to toe. Wine and cheese tasting tours, exclusive beach clubs with private shores to lounge on and Crete Golf Club round off this island’s luxuries lovingly. Wine tours are also popular in Santorini, although the most splendid and exclusive way to see the sights is via private boat tour, which definitely comes recommended.
Rhodes lets you party among the movers and shakers, and there’s some stardust to scoop up on Anthony Quinn Beach, named for the actor who bought that sublime stretch of sand while filming The Guns of Navarone.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
Treating yourself to the luxuries you deserve is always worthwhile, whether you’re sunning yourself on Caribbean beaches or sipping fine wine in the foothills of Italy. The classic culture of Spain also comes highly recommended, from the beauty of Barcelona to the masterpieces left to us by great artists such as Picasso and Dali.
Greece is definitely somewhere where you can experience the finer things in life though, from the climate to the culture, as you’ll see in our travel guide to all things Greece. We’ve also picked some of the finest hotels in all of the Greek islands for your delectation below.
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When you're visiting Crete, you deserve to stay in style. This sprawling resort is right on Lyttos Beach, and is home to six pools and seven upmarket restaurants. Entertainment comprises gala performances and a fair few adults-only comedy nights, although if you're looking for spa treatments, there are 23 rooms dedicated to making sure you're pampered all over. You can take to the gym equipment with your own personal trainer, as well as try your hand at tennis, badminton, tai chi, yoga, pilates and zumba. Whether you're staying active or kicking back, TUI Sensatori Resort Crete makes sure you look good doing it.
Spruce up your Santorini stay at this hotel, just a five-minute stroll from Perissa Beach. Top of the line rooms here come complete with a private whirlpool bath, so you can appreciate how popular this hotel is with couples. However you're choosing to travel though, rest assured your rooms are decorated with traditional chic, and the same can be said for your meals. The spacious swimming pool is perfectly positioned to capture the sunshine day after day, while the gym is equipped with top of the line equipment that'll keep you fighting fit and ready to explore the island's treats.
Dine in style and comfort in Rhodes, right on the fringes of the beach of Kolymbia with this vast resort complex sprawling out behind you. Its swimming pool wins major points for being styled like a natural lagoon, while four poster beds with thoughtful drapes surround the water. This is an adults-only hotel, so relaxation is guaranteed, and with a hairstylist, beauty spa, hammam and jewellery boutique, you can come home with a whole new outfit.