Category: Greece

Exclusive to A Luxury Travel Blog: 30% off at Elounda Solfez Villas

Exclusive to A Luxury Travel Blog: 30% off at Elounda Solfez Villas

We have a special booking code for readers of A Luxury Travel Blog who’d like to stay at the fabulous  Elounda Solfez Villas on the island of Crete (see special feature here). Valid until 31st October 2010, the code gives you a massive 30% discount on their usual rates for their 3-bedroom villas – and
Europe's best hotel swimming pools

Europe's best hotel swimming pools

There is something decadent about a hotel swimming pool that lends itself well to luxury. Whilst the sea allows you to connect with nature, the salty water and sticky sand can mitigate the enjoyment for many. With man-made aquatic pleasure zones, there are no such discomforts. And it is little wonder that so many hotels
Minoan Trail competition from Elounda Solfez Villas

Minoan Trail competition from Elounda Solfez Villas

The wonderful  Elounda Solfez Villas on the island of Crete – which I visited in person and ran a special feature on earlier in the year – is running a Minoan Trail competition.  Solve the riddle on their website and you could be on your way to winning a fabulous 7-night stay in one of

New Black Sea voyages for Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the 12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul
Special feature: Elounda Solfez Villas, Elounda, Crete

Special feature: Elounda Solfez Villas, Elounda, Crete

Last October we were honoured to be the first guests ever to stay at the newly opened Elounda Solfez Villas. Situated high upon a hillside overlooking Elounda, this small group of properties raises the bar on self-catering accommodation to an entirely new level and comes with a stunning view over the whole of the Bay
Special feature: Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

Special feature: Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

In October we had the pleasure of staying at the  Blue Palace Resort & Spa near Elounda on the Greek island of Crete. Since we arrived quite late in the evening, it wasn’t until morning that we could appreciate the full beauty of the resort’s position with its stunning view of the island of  Spinalonga,
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