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Top 10 Chic Greek Retreats.
Luxury Travel Magazine
Monday, 19th June 2006
 
Each of these exclusive resorts offers a dream environment and a great base from which to explore the cultural treasures that Greece has to offer...

LIFE GALLERY - ATHENS is situated north of the city in the sophisticated suburb of Ekali, 17 km from the Acropolis, Plaka and the National Museum. Airy-designed buildings feature minimalist architecture with glass surfaces, Zen gardens and outdoor verandas blending in harmony with nature. Cedar and pine trees surround the two opaque glass cubes, giving the buildings a light, contemporary look and luminosity. 27 open-plan, sleek guestrooms and suites as well as 3 Art Studio Rooms are stylish with plasma TVs and art objects. The balcony areas extend the rooms and provide tranquil areas for relaxation, complemented by views of nearby mountains. The well-being of Life Gallery's guests are cared for in the hotel's extensive Ananea Spa. Yoga and meditation treatments are available to soothe and rejuvenate, as well as a vitality pool, sauna and hammam, mud treatments and more. In the tranquil setting of Avenue 103 restaurant, guests may accompany their meal by choosing among the hotel's extensive and excellent collection of wines. In the bar guests can enjoy their drink while the DJ explores the musical globe.

GRAND RESORT LAGONISSI is a spectacular luxury resort located south of Athens on an idyllic peninsula surrounded by the blue Aegean Sea. This magical location offers both natural beauty and nearby cultural treasures such as Sounion, the Temple of Poseidon. All villas, suites and bungalows offer ultimate privacy in a true dream world and are all situated along the water's edge. Varied dining options include a traditional Greek restaurant, Ouzeri, a seafront Italian restaurant, and a Polynesian and Sushi restaurant! There is also the La Piscina Pool Bar. The Blu Spa center on the beach presents a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation, offering a variety of facial and body treatments. Other leisure facilities include a marina with yacht hire, water sports, a freshwater swimming pool and floodlit tennis courts. The hotel offers chauffeured limousine and helicopter service from the Athens airport. This is a great base from which to explore the cultural treasures of Athens and the surrounding area, yet have a luxurious resort experience at the same time.

AMPHITRYON HOTEL - NAFPLION, PELOPONNESE This renowned hotel was fully renovated in 2004 and is located in Nafplion, a wonderfully romantic destination steeped in history and Greece's first capital city. The hotel sits on the waterfront against the backdrop Nafplion's historic castle, and offers 45 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites with privileged views. All rooms and suites have views of Nafplion Bay and the picturesque castle island of Bourtzi. Innovative Mediterranean dishes are served in the hotel's fine dining restaurant, with contemporary interior, breathtaking views and live entertainment. There is a stunning Yacht deck terrace for al fresco dining in summer. The Library-lounge with fireplace clad in black slate serves breakfast, snacks and light meals. The Bar offers unparalleled views of the horizon. Leisure facilities include a new outdoor swimming pool and the beach is in close vicinity with a jogging path in front of the hotel along coastline. The hotel offers chauffeured limousine and helicopter service from the Athens airport.

NAFPLIA PALACE HOTEL & VILLAS - NAFPLION It is virtually impossible to walk anywhere in the Peloponnese without stumbling across the ancient civilizations; Corinthians, Venetians or Spartans including Mycenae and the 4th century theatre of Epidaurus, a 12,000-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium. Access to this land of heroes is via Nafplion and nestled within the Venetian fortress of Akronafplia, is the eponymous Nafplia Palace Hotel. Steadfast and castle-like, it overlooks the stronghold Isle of Bourtzi and the cruise liners that lie at anchor. Views of Nafplion Bay, the castle of Bourtzi Isle, and the old town of Nafplion unfold from the balconies and terraces of 84 luxurious accommodations. Guests seeking the height of elegance stay in the 33 newly rebuilt villas and suites, each individually designed. A stay in the villas wing comes with privileged access to a VIP lounge and library and the infinity pool. Select villa accommodations raise the bar on luxury even further with extras like private gyms, aquariums and more. The hotel's restaurants offer Mediterranean and International cuisine with breathtaking views of the sea.

ELOUNDA GULF VILLAS - CRETE are located on the hillside overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Mirabello. This luxury resort comprises just 14 villas, all with private pools with Jacuzzi, and 10 elegant suites. All Villas and Suites have stunning sea views and are individually designed and decorated. The villas have one to four master bedrooms while some have their own private sauna, Turkish bath and gym room. Each villa has its own private swimming pool — some are seasonally heated — with Jacuzzi and sun terrace. The Suites range from one to two master bedrooms with en–suite bathrooms and are near the main swimming pool, which is seasonally heated, with Jacuzzi and children's pool. The elegant Argonauts Bar and the à la carte Argo Restaurant offer delicious cocktails and tasteful international and Cretan cuisine. All guests have complimentary access to the Elixir Fitness Gallery, which has a gym, sauna, steam bath, massage room and an outdoor heated Jacuzzi. Don't forget to venture out and explore Crete's ancient archaeological treasures and traditional villages.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryELOUNDA PENINSULA - ELOUNDA, CRETE is a sublime haven overlooking the Bay of Elounda and vast expanses of the blue Aegean Sea from its perch on an elevated peninsula. The advantage of staying here is that guests can use the extensive facilities that also encompass neighboring sister-hotels, the Elounda Mare and Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort. The seemingly endless five-star amenities include Crete's only resort golf course (9 hole, par-3), Six Senses Spa, private beaches, PADI diving, watersports, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, children's club, wedding chapels, art galleries, a 50-seat IMAX surround-sound movie theater and numerous and exceptional dining options. The Elounda Peninsula is the most exclusive of the three hotels and boasts a French Michelin two-star chef. A wine cellar with over 900 labels is available for private dinners of up to 8 guests. In your spacious suite, a private seawater pool, patio and garden give way to the awe-inspiring vistas. Visit nearby towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda for nightlife and shopping or the tiny island of Spinalonga in the Gulf of Mirabello.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryMYKONOS GRAND HOTEL is located on the beach of Ayios Yiannis (where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed), four kilometres from Mykonos Town. The hotel is a fusion of old-world charm and new world sophistication with a focus on style. The rooms are designed for guests' optimal comfort and ultimate seclusion, and present the embodiment of high luxury. A retreat within a retreat, the mini Spa concept with Jacuzzi and steam cabin is available in all Superior Rooms and some of the sumptuous Suites have private swimming pools. The restaurant features masterful creations presented with flair and offers breathtaking views of the bay and the sacred island of Delos. The Althea Spa Centre is located close to the beach and facing the sacred island of Delos, one of the sunniest areas in the world. It has been created as a purely sensory experience, using all-natural treatments brought together from the ancient health and beauty traditions of Greece. Yoga sessions are conducted at an outdoor amphitheatre. There's also a tennis court on the property and scuba diving nearby.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryCAVO TAGOO - MYKONOS If you want to be within walking distance of Mykonos Town, this elegant small hotel set on a cliff 150 feet above the deep blue Aegean sea is the place to stay. The hotel was designed with meticulous respect for the breathtaking natural surroundings and embodies authentic Mykonian architecture. White cubical suites have roof-level sunset terraces with spectacular views of Delos Island, birthplace of Apollo, in the distance, Mykonos Town and the sea. Newly renovated rooms feature sleek furnishings, marble floors, beamed ceilings, and the latest technology. The elegant restaurant "Mediterraneo" features distinctly Mediterranean cuisine, including Greek specialties. Enjoy romantic dining while watching the sun turn fiery red as it sinks beneath the azure waves. Relax by the hotel's cliff-top saltwater swimming pool or walk into Mykonos Town for great shopping and people watching -- the main town and harbor are just a 15-minute walk away. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle transfer from the airport or the port.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryPERIVOLAS - SANTORINI is a sophisticated romantic hideaway situated on the cliffs high above the Aegean Sea and just a short walk from Oia, the most beautiful and charming village on the island of Santorini. Each air–conditioned house with its terrace overlooking the blue of the Caldera is unique in shape and character. Preserving the original structures, they are furnished with island antiques and handmade objects that speak of simple elegance and a refined personal touch. The infinity pool shimmers at the edge of the cliff, a streak of turquoise above an indigo sea beneath a dazzling blue sky. The meticulously landscaped grounds provide shade or sun. Red and pink flowers bloom everywhere, punctuating the bright white of the buildings and the cool green of the trees. Poolside is a perfect place to be seduced by the famous Oia sunset while relaxing with a cocktail and a plate of Mezedes. At night, light from dozens of candles reflect off the white, hand–sculpted walls of the Perivolas bar, which opens onto the pool terrace and stunning view of the sea beyond.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryKATIKIES - SANTORINI is a charming small hotel hanging from a cliff, 100 meters above the dazzlingly blue caldera basin, in the picturesque village of Oia, the most westerly point of Santorini. Aegean architecture blends past and present in a free form fantasy of stairs, bridges, cubist cottages and infinity swimming pools. The 47 well appointed rooms are furnished with island antiques. All suites and rooms have a private balcony to exploit the glorious view. Katikies boasts two beautiful swimming pools, sunbathing decks with open–air Jacuzzis, a library and a stylish pool bar.

Enjoy Greek specialties by the pool and marvel again at the panorama. Candlelight dinners are served in Katikies' open–air gourmet restaurant and wine tasting takes place at sunset.

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