Despite it’s recent economic tragedies, Greece is on the rise again with some promising haute offerings.
Welcoming a glam crowd is the just-opened Amanzoe (amanresorts.com), Greece’s first Aman property in the secluded enclave of Porto Heli, in the eastern Peloponnese. Designed by Ed Tuttle, the hilltop retreat boasts 38 pool pavilion suites, a signature spa offering classical treatments and an exclusive beach club. Watch out for bargain flights when Easyjet starts a new route to Kalamata, in the Peloponnese soon.
For something a little more vintage, a short hop away is the Ermioni Estate Villa (yadeshotels.gr). Not exactly new – it dates back to 1880 – this just revamped listed villa is tucked away among its own olive groves. Expect frescoed ceilings, antiques and open air dining.
Boasting dramatic views across the Pagasitic Gulf, Dolphin’s Leap in Pelion (realholidays.co.uk) is the perfect pick for a group jaunt away. Overlooking the quaint bay of Lefokastro, the new villa is big enough for 14 and has an infinity pool, deluxe kitchen and even a writer’s annexe in case inspiration strikes.
Lastly, why not have the best of both worlds and charter a Riva yacht from your own private jetty? Five Star Greece (fivestargreece.com) not only locates your dream waterfront villa but also makes sure there’s a staffed yacht waiting for you, too.