Author Archive for Maria Nikolakaki

Maria Nikolakaki is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Beyond Spaces Villas. Beyond Spaces Villas is one of the leading luxury villa specialist in Greece, going beyond finding the perfect Greek Island luxury villa and design a sophisticated and branded villa experience seeped in luxury, exclusivity and bespoke service from start to finish. Prior to her involvement in the luxury hospitality Industry, she spend 20 years in the capital markets in various senior executive positions based in various countries. She has lived in London, New York and Moscow and has travelled extensively to almost 35 countries with a travel attitude of finding the non guides guides.

5 car-free aka care-free Greek destinations

5 car-free aka care-free Greek destinations

For most of us our daily routine consists of crossing busy intersections, walking on sidewalks so we won’t get hit by cars and even using our own vehicle to get to any place that we consider to be far from home. What if we could go about our day without turning our heads to see […]

A Greek lake vacation

A Greek lake vacation

A relaxing lake holiday is a great way for couples, individuals and families who want to get away from the busy city life and enjoy a nature vacation by a picture-perfect lake. The fun lake activities and the trekking paths surrounding the lakes are elements that can turn a calm vacation into an adventurous one. […]

The romantic side of Greece

The romantic side of Greece

The dull routine of our everyday lives can really creep up on us without us even knowing it and when it does it is quite hard to become unstuck. The perfect solution to break free from a situation that is becoming intolerable is by removing yourself, physically and mentally from it. If you want too […]

Take a peek behind Athens’ best stages

Take a peek behind Athens’ best stages

From the Ancient times until the present day, Greece is known for birthing the concept of the theater. Not Greece entirely, but Athens specifically. For the Ancient Athenians, live performances were a part of their everyday culture, bringing to life plays and poetry but it also had a broader sense. Theatrical performances included politics and […]

A bite into Greek Winter desserts for your sweet tooth

A bite into Greek Winter desserts for your sweet tooth

Well into the holiday months, we all want to sit around the table with our loved ones, enjoy meals and endless conversations about everything. It seems like all families are waiting for the desserts to be dropped on to the table along with the coffee, the hot chocolate and tea to sip on while taking […]

The 'off-the-grid' islands of the Cyclades

The ‘off-the-grid’ islands of the Cyclades

Perhaps the most famous group of islands in Greece is the Cyclades. The name derives from the Greek word “kyklos” which in English means circle (circular islands), hence the shape the islands form around the sacred island of Delos. According to Greek mythology, the God of the Sea, Poseidon, turned the Cyclades nymphs into islands […]

Top 5 Greek off-the-grid wedding destinations

Top 5 Greek off-the-grid wedding destinations

Greece is among the world’s best wedding destinations offering the perfect setting for romantic sunsets, pure blue seas and amazing golden sandy beaches. The scenery and the landscape offer the ideal environment to say, “I do”, while the picturesque crimson sunsets and the white cubic houses with narrow alleys, offer a variety of choices. With […]

The top 5 destinations for wine lovers in Greece

The top 5 destinations for wine lovers in Greece

Once upon a time, in the ancient world, Greece was one of the most important winemaking regions. Wine is closely related to Greek culture and religion; from the ancient years until now it has been mentioned in important pieces such as in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, in Greek mythology where the Greek god of wine […]

7 reasons why you should spend a few days in Athens on your Summer holiday to Greece

7 reasons why you should spend a few days in Athens on your Summer holiday to Greece

When planning your trip to Greece, treat yourself and spend a few days or more in Athens. For many, it is just a transit city to one of the islands, but for us it is definitely a place to be visited and seen. Athens has a great history and culture, being the city where Democracy […]

Greek destinations that still have availability but not for long

Greek destinations that still have availability but not for long

It’s almost mid-summer, and although Greece is packed with tourists, there are still some unique destinations off the radar offering great vacation options, especially for families travelling with children. For those not afraid to discover the lesser-known Greek destinations, here are a few great last minute options: Pilio – where the green landscape is mirrored in crystal clear waters The […]

5 Greek experiences to transform you

5 Greek experiences to transform you

In 2016 and 2017, we noticed the rise of experiential travel as the leading trend across countries and generations, where vacationers were looking for ways to blend in with native cultures, interact with the locals, become insiders and feel much more than a tourist. This year, industry leaders are pointing towards a new shift, that […]

5 reasons to be excited for the grand opening on Mykonos Island

5 reasons to be excited for the grand opening on Mykonos Island

The “island of the winds” has just opened its doors to greet its jet-setting guests once again. The newest and hottest places to be this Summer are welcoming their repeat guests with their well-known hospitality and are showing newcomers how to have the time of their lives! For over 50 years now, Mykonos has been […]

Paros Island is Greece’s new hot destination

Paros Island is Greece’s new hot destination

Paros Island is part of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea, standing out for its long blonde sandy beaches, the local cuisine and the strong winds, which invite surfers from all over the world. The islandcites the heart of the Cycladic Islands, with serene landscapes, fertile valleys and rolling hills dotted with small churches […]

Top 5 Greek island destinations in 2018

Top 5 Greek island destinations in 2018

From heart-stopping adventures to the perfect Mediterranean dish, Greece has a variety of destinations to discover. In 2018, we handpicked five island destinations which already enjoy some of the limelight and will attract some international discerning travelers looking for crystal clear waters, authentic cuisine and the well-known Greek philoxenia (φιλοξενία). Paros Island Located close to […]

3 of the best Greek islands for family escapes

3 of the best Greek islands for family escapes

Travelling with children sometimes needs some extra planning to ensure activities and amenities suitable for a family vacation. Looking for sandy beaches, organized activities and safe amenities while allowing parents to also relax and enjoy themselves sometimes is a complex task. We have selected three Greek islands, which combine the best of all words, allowing […]

3 Greek cycling destinations

3 Greek cycling destinations

Cycling can without a doubt be a great pleasure and has generated an entire travel culture of its own. In Greece there are some 80 or so clubs around the country involved in road biking and track racing, as well as BMX dirt bikes and mountain biking. We picked three ideal destinations for different levels […]