Category: Greece

New luxury coming to Rhodes in 2010

New luxury coming to Rhodes in 2010

Rhodes is continuing to shun its former reputation as a haven for young clubbers by focussing on attracting luxury travellers.  A number of five star hotels have opened on the island in the past two years, with three more due to open during 2010: The Kresten Royal Villas and Spa The five star Kresten Royal
Early booking offers at Paradise Island Villas, Crete

Early booking offers at Paradise Island Villas, Crete

Sitting on the hillside of Anissaras, Hersonissos, Paradise Island Villas offers easy access as it is  located just 23km from Heraklion airport. Family owned and run, the hotel is a chic retreat, combining the elegance and charm of a luxury boutique hotel, in a collection of 12 stylish villas, all with private pools with Jacuzzis

Environmental guidelines from Luxury Properties Europe

To commemorate  World Environmental Day, on 5th June 2009, Luxury Properties Europe – a specialist in both sales and long and short-term rentals – is launching environmental guidelines to stimulate their worldwide clientele’s awareness. In each and every  one of their  properties located in France, Italy, Switzerland or Greece, there is an Environmental Guide with

Free nights at Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

Thought of as a home away from home by many regular guests, Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is a family-owned and run boutique villa-hotel in the cosmopolitan Elounda, Crete. It offers a unique combination of just 18 ultra-luxurious villas, all with private pools with Jacuzzi, and 10 elegant suites and all the services and facilities
Early bird upgrades with NCL

Early bird upgrades with NCL

Book before 31st May 2009 with NCL Freestyle Cruising and you will be given an ‘early bird’  upgrade to the best available stateroom, offering savings of up to £250 per person. The offer includes seven-night fly-cruises travelling across the Greek Isles and Aegean Sea from Norwegian Gem’s new base in Venice – the first time
La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex, Rhodes

La Marquise Luxury Resort Complex, Rhodes

The five-star La Marquise, which is scheduled to open in May 2009, is located with walking distance of the restored Italian Monument – Kallithea Springs and is just 10km from Rhodes Town. The hotel will comprise of 386 rooms ranging from guest rooms, family suites, junior suites, bungalows, villas and VIP maisonettes. There are three
Amathus Hotels leads luxury in Rhodes with new Elite Suites

Amathus Hotels leads luxury in Rhodes with new Elite Suites

The five star Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes will shortly open the most luxurious new accommodation in the area, in the form of 37 dazzling new Elite Suites, on the 1st April 2009 following a 15 million Euro investment. Located in the picturesque resort of Ixia on the west coast of the island, Amathus Beach Hotel
The Elysium Resort & Spa, Rhodes

The Elysium Resort & Spa, Rhodes

According to Greek Mythology, Elysium was an ancient paradise exclusively designated to heroes who had been granted immortality by the gods. The Elysium Resort & Spa – which opens next month – cannot guarantee its guests such longevity. However the hotel does aim to recreate Homer’s view of Elysium as ‘a land of perfect happiness’.

Posh nosh for children at Sani Resort, Greece

How many times have you wished you could leave the baby food and kid’s snacks behind when packing for your family holiday? Or been disappointed at the ubiquitous unhealthy kid’s menu on offer at your hotel? (I know I have!) At the exclusive family-friendly five star hotels Porto Sani Village & Spa and Sani Asterias
Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Rhodes

Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Rhodes

Due to open in Spring 2009, the five-star Atrium Prestige is the second hotel to be opened as part of the Atrium Hotels group. It is located on Kalathos Beach in the picturesque town of Lindos providing guests with a stunning outlook over the Aegean Sea. The hotel will comprise of 254 guests rooms varying
Special feature: Lato Boutique Hotel, Heraklion, Crete

Special feature: Lato Boutique Hotel, Heraklion, Crete

We stayed in Room 503 on the top floor of the Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, Crete.   Being sited on the corner of the building, it offers views in two directions from a  generous L-shaped balcony with ample space for sun loungers.   From here you have the best views of the port and
The changing face of Rhodes

The changing face of Rhodes

New hotels and additional flights are set to give the Greek island of Rhodes a bumper 2009. It is continuing to shed its party image and building a more luxury focused tourism; the island will have four new five star hotels opening next year.   The new hotels opening in 2009 include the eagerly awaited
Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Special feature: St. Nicolas Bay Resort, Agios Nikolaos, Crete

We had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at  St. Nicolas Bay Resort a few weeks ago.  The focal point of this beautiful resort – approximately 2 kilometres from Agios Nikolaos – is undoubtedly the central pool area.  This consists of the main infinity pool, a children’s pool, an abundance of sunbeds and a breakfast/dining
Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Mare, Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort and Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

I had the privilege of visiting these three very different hotels in the north-east of Crete  last month.     The brainchild of owner-architect Spyros Kokotos,  they are all situated on the same complex and are therefore able to share facilities such as the Six Senses Spa, the 9-hole golf course, the Children’s Ark, private

Currently on our way back from Crete

We are currently on our way back from a relaxing stay on the beautiful island of  Crete, the largest of the Greek islands.   Come back over the next week for special features on the blog, detailing some of  the wonderful places we’ve stayed.
Luxury accommodation overlooking Kolymbari Bay, Crete

Luxury accommodation overlooking Kolymbari Bay, Crete

The old farmhouse of Elia Ano Vouves in Kolymbari, Crete was renovated by George Digridakis, a plastic surgeon by trade. The property has 9 comfortable rooms and the resort has been equipped with a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi and glass-walled therapy room. Here you can indulge in a wide range of treatments – everything from an