If you haven’t visited Greece yet, you might be wondering how to start planning your trip. Greece is a destination that has something for everyone, especially if you put the time into organizing an adventure that suits your travel style. Luxury travel options are available throughout the country, in both major tourist areas and also off the beaten path.
Here are 10 luxury travel experiences to consider for your next trip to Greece.
1. Stay in luxury at the Cavo Tagoo Santorini
Santorini is home to many incredible hotels and resorts, but the Cavo Tagoo is a luxury travel experience that’s worth every penny. Suites come with their own heated pools that overlook the stunning blue waters, reflecting every shade of the ever-changing sky, along with day beds so you can relax in comfort as the sun sets on Santorini. Sip champagne in paradise at one of the most beautiful hotels in Greece.
2. Escape the crowds in Folegandros
If a true escape is what you’re after, a visit to the island of Folegandros is the perfect way to spend a day or two. Folegandros is a relaxed, picturesque island in the Aegean Sea, largely undiscovered by tourists. With a population of less than 1,000, you won’t bump into many people as you explore the island, whether you’re on an isolated beach or tackling the hike to the Church of Panagia.
One of the most luxurious ways to spend your time in Folegandros is from the water. A full-day island cruise will show you five secluded beaches accessible only by boat, ending with a private dinner prepared by a local family on the island. This is truly one of the best ways to explore the Greek Isles.
3. Sleep in an overwater bungalow
Stella Island is a five-star, adults-only resort that features some of the most unique accommodations in Greece. The hotel’s “Island Villas” sit over the water, making Stella Island one of only two hotels in Europe with overwater bungalows. All of the rooms are beautifully set up, but booking one of the 12 bungalows is really something special. Bungalows come with their own private pool, and as you can imagine, they sell out quickly. Work with a travel representative to book them as early as possible.
4. Take a guided tour of Meteora and all its monasteries
The Orthodox Monasteries of Meteora offer some of the most dramatic views in all of Greece. Perched atop cliffs as high as 2,000 feet, a guided tour will offer a visit to several of the most famous monasteries and views of many more. Learn about why they were built, how they’re maintained, and all about local traditions and myths surrounding these incredible places of worship. The views of Meteora are magnificent.
5. Book a private villa in Mykonos
Though it is well known for its party atmosphere and busy nightlife, Mykonos has another side to it for the luxury traveler to experience. One of the best ways to settle into Mykonos is by booking a private villa for your group, which offers you the chance to retreat to a serene setting at the end of your day exploring. The Villa Hestia Mykonos offers an infinity pool that flows right into the Aegean horizon and brilliant white interiors that reflect the beauty of the island’s style. Enjoy a crisp glass of Savatiano as you overlook one of the best views in Greece.
6. Explore the Old Town in Corfu
Corfu has been strongly influenced by several cultures, most notably the Venetians, the French, and the English. Its rich history has left Corfu as one of the most interesting places to explore in Greece, especially for those interested in museums and architecture.
Outside of the Old Town is a string of seaside villages and tiny inlets which are scattered with luxury resorts and stunning landscapes. A private tour of the islands surrounding Corfu is a must, along with stops to several beaches including Dassia, Paleokastritsa, and Kavos, to name a few.
7. Treat yourself to world-class cuisine
Greece is home to many Michelin Star restaurants, but there are none better than Spondi. Located in the heart of Athens, Spondi has been awarded two Michelin Stars for their mixture of traditional and creative cuisine. Try the Discover tasting menu, which includes three starters, ten courses, and the option to add six(!) glasses of wine to your dining experience. It’s an experience you’ll never forget, unless you partake in the wine option, of course.
8. Enjoy Suite Dreams in Crete
The Onira Suite Dreams are aptly named, as they’re definitely the luxury accommodations you’ve been dreaming about while planning your trip to Greece. Located on the eastern side of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, Onira’s suites and villas are designed with your happiness in mind. Rooms include private pools, sea views, indoor jacuzzis, and just about every kind of pampering you can imagine.
9. Book an island hopping experience
The Greek islands are some of the most desired tourist destinations in the world, and booking a private Greek island-hopping package is the perfect way to see them in comfort. Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Ios, and Naxos are great places to visit on your first trip to Greece, though there are many other options to discuss with a travel representative depending on your style of travel. Foodies will love Crete and Folegandros, while families may prefer Naxos or Rhodes. There’s plenty of room for customizing the trip that’s right for you and your group.
A vacation to Greece is well suited for those who prefer luxury accommodation and off-the-beaten-path activities. If you’re looking for a great destination packed with things to do and places to see, start working with a travel representative at Next Trip Journeys today.