The cliffs of Santorini will be whiter than ever this summer, freshly painted. The islands, all of Greece, very oriented towards foreign visitors and with a high vaccination rate, are positioning themselves as one of the first open and safe destinations of the season. The exclusive hotels with caldera view have prepared every detail to receive the first customers after the most difficult year.
Santorini with family
The Grace in Imerovigli is one of the few cliffside accommodations that welcomes children and is ideal for exceptional family holidays. As well as the longest pool in Santorini, it offers a traditional two-bedroom family villa for up to five people with its own pool, outdoor fireplace and kitchen with fridge stocked with local delicacies, plus a chef staff and a butler if required.
The Grace, belonging to the luxury chain Auberge Resorts, also offers the possibility of reserving the entire establishment, a trend in times of pandemic, for large families and groups of friends, as well as for events. In addition to the privacy of accommodation, the hotel offers an exquisite menu of experiences and excursions tailored to its customers with a picnic of typical products.
For the client looking for a romantic experience (and Santorini is by nature), the 363 Champagne Lounge offers a cocktail menu prepared by Salvatore Calabrese to enjoy the sunset at 363 meters above sea level. Aubergeresorts.com/gracehotel
Mykonos, cosmopolitan luxury
Changing islands this summer, Kenshō Psarou is opening facilities on one of Mykonos’ most popular beaches. meeting place of celebrities and millionaires aboard their yachts, Psarou is a beach with crystal clear waters protected from the wind and where you can enjoy the best atmosphere on the island.
The hotel has 31 rooms with private pools and terraces, as well as an exclusive spa and the Myconian Restaurant, where chef Ippokratis Anagnostelis serves his famous gold-leaf profiteroles. The decoration is exquisite, in shades of cream and blue, with pieces by designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Paola Navone and Kenneth Cobonpue.
But perhaps the most exclusive are its à la carte services, which range from excursions to the next Delos to barbecue on the terrace, personal nutritionist or transport by speedboat or helicopter. Kenshomykonos.com/kensho-psarou/
Traditional architecture in Paros
A few minutes from the beaches of Kolympithres and Monastiri and 5 kilometers from Naoussa, the social heart of the island of Paros, the Acron Villas complex has 20 villas with private pools with a minimalist design and overlooking the bay of Naoussa. Villa rentals are one of the most common forms of accommodation on the Greek islands. They allow you to enjoy island life in a relaxed way, be close to beaches and travel to nearby towns for shopping or looking for nightlife. acronvillasparos.com
Anti-stop, maximum relaxation
Although Santorini and Mykonos are two of the most popular islands, many Greek attractions are off the beaten path. This is the case of Antiparos, a small island in the Cyclades opposite Paros and of just over 1,000 inhabitants, where you can enjoy a much more relaxed pace of life.
Designed as a resort that embraces relaxation and living concept slow, Le Coq is a complex of 17 private villas built in natural stone that blend into the landscape of the island. Each of the villas has its own character, private gardens and swimming pool. A retreat to find calm with the House of Healing program, through a holistic approach, with a complete spa and yoga and meditation sessions. Lecoqantiparos.com
take me to the moon
Also out of the circuit, the proposals of Fly Me To The Moon, an agency specializing in tailor-made travel in Greece and shared by its founder, Elena Papanicolaou. “The region of Laconia, in the Peloponnese, with Mistra, Mani and Monemvasia, has hotels with a particular flavor, uncrowded beaches, mountain roads and archaeological sites, as well as local food in authentic tavernas” , he recommends. Among the islands, Papanicolaou chooses Tinos, an island in the Cyclades for travelers seeking discretion and “recommended for foodies with excellent wineries and local products”.
Other destinations pointed out by Papanicolaou are “Epirus and the Ionian Islands or the Dodecanese Islands, great unknowns, such as Astypalaia and Symi”. flymetothemoontravel.com
Cruise to Spetses
Even more exclusive is the plan offered by Spetses Cruising, a speedboat company that organizes small cruises and trips to enjoy the island hopping, so common in the Greek summer. Operated by local skippers who know every corner of the Saronic Islands coastline, their two boats are ready to enjoy endless days at sea.
Equipped with water games, on-board catering and a champagne menu, they offer programs for up to eight passengers. Its offer includes a picnic on the island of Dokós, with only 18 inhabitants, inaccessible beaches, a visit to the exquisite Hydra or swimming in “the best place on the planet”, a secret well kept by Yannis and Veneta Vasatis, owners of Spetses Cruising, among many others. Spetscruising.com
For more proposals, the pages of ‘Great Scapes Greece’, a book that includes Angelika Taschen’s recommendations for enjoying the Greek paradise in more than 40 hotels, from the Peloponnese to the northern mountains, from the Ionian Islands to those lost in the isolated archipelago of the Dodecanese. In each chapter, a hotel, with all the basic information, a recommended book associated with the destination and little advice from the author so as not to miss anything.