Picture your perfect summer holiday, what do you see? Azure waters lapping against sun-baked sands, cascading whitewashed buildings, a romantic sunset perhaps? If any of the above sound appealing then there’s no doubt a Greek island holiday is the answer.
A true slice of paradise, each of the island groups has its unique charm, plus some of the most picturesque seascapes on Earth.
Deciding which island to visit can be tricky, so we’ve put some of the islands in our portfolio into categories to help with your decision.(Warning: you will probably want to visit more than one.)
FOR GLITZ AND GLAMOUR: VISIT MYKONOS
Once nothing more than a simple fishing community, Mykonos has now become one of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands.
The capital,Mykonos Town, is so picturesque that it is sometimes hard to believe it is real. The lattice of whitewashed streets and alleyways are scattered with chic cocktail bars and stylish eateries and the coastline is fringed with stunning white sand beaches.
The disco beat at Paradise Beach on the popular south coast is a delight for party-people. Take a look at our website to find a designer villa to match the style of the island.
Where to stay in Mykonos: Villa Reale
This opulent house definitely fits the bill for a glamorous Greek getaway; designed and furnished to an incredibly high standard and sleeping up to 18.
The sweeping free-form pool and spacious terrace provide the perfect spot to relax and watch the sunset. Guests can enjoy the indulgence of concierge and optional chef service at the villa, while up-tempo Mykonos Town is just a short drive away.
FOR INSTAGRAM-WORTHY PHOTOGRAPHY: VISIT SANTORINI
Surrounded by crystalline waters, the sloping cliffs dotted with blue-domed churches and whitewashed buildings are distinguishing features of this picture postcard island.
There is something about the views from the edge of Santorini’s caldera that calms even the most troubled soul. The hugeocean views, the tiny cruise shipsbelow, the distant islands… all impart a sense of proportion and serenity.
Sit by the pool, go for slow walks, or head for the beach; the black volcanic beaches of the east coast are essential stops on a Santorini villa holiday.
Where to stay in Santorini: Casa di Mare
Casa di Mare is a secret suite that sits in a prime location overlooking the tranquil sea and scattering sugar cube buildings of Santorini.
At this romantic retreat for 2, guests can unwind in the rooftop Jacuzzi or the indoor whirlpool spa, both of which enjoy the panoramic vistas.
Local shops and restaurants are within walking distance in nearby village of Imerovigli, while the nearest beach is less than 5km away.
FOR CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS: VISIT PAXOS
If you looked up the phrase ‘Mediterranean charm’ in the dictionary, you’d probably find Paxos, where the east and west coasts could hardly be more different.
The former is gently shelved, rocky, and heavily wooded, with headlands and bays perfect for swimming. The west is spectacular, with white cliffs that plunge straight into a sea that needs no Photoshop enhancement.
This coast is also dotted with sea caves perfect for exploring. Each coast attracts an armada of boats, yachts and sun worshippers alike.
Where to stay in Paxos: Villa Estia
This wonderful family villa in Paxos is ideally located just 50m away from a peaceful shingle beach, while stunning sea views from the private infinity pool prove hard to beat.
This house a great choice for up to 8 guests look for the perfect home away from home, all just 3km away from shops and harbour-front restaurants of Gaios.
FOR WATERSPORTS: VISIT LEFKADA
Lefkada holidays take you to something of an under-appreciated gem, with intricate lagoons and marshes, spectacular cliffs, bays, and headlands, and some of the best beaches in Greece. It’s for that reason that Lefkada has such an excellent range of watersports.
Popular resort Nidri has water-skiing, wakeboarding and scuba diving, while over on the west coast in Kathisma you can paraglide from the hills on to the beach.
Mylos beach (pictured above) is known for both wind and kite surfing, as is Vassiliki down on the south coast where the south-facing bay has become a real hotspot for all watersports.
Exploring the coast by kayak is an exciting way to keep families with older children entertained.
Where to stay in Lefkada: Kalithea
Kalithea matches high levels of comfort with matchless views from almost every room. Suitable for up to 10 guests and set in lovely landscaped gardens, guests can enjoy the private pool or follow the track down that leads straight to the beach
Nearby, Nidri is just a short drive away where active types can partake in kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding; plenty of shops, tavernas and restaurants can also be found here.
FOR OFF-SEASON SUNSHINE: VISIT CRETE
When it comes to sheer character and beauty, there are many who consider Crete to be a true Grecian gem.
As the biggest, hottest and furthest south of the islands, it also means that in April and October you can still get bathed in rays.
Also known as foodie heaven, Cretan cuisine is delicious, traditional and wholesome, and local food and wine are a hugely enjoyable part of the overall holiday experience.
Where to stay in Crete: Villa Ammos
Neighbour to a pretty fishing village, this whitewashed house villa for 6 is an idyllic home away from home, complete with fine facilities as well as a small sauna and mini gym.
Outside there is a lovely large pool and al fresco sitting room, both of which benefit from serene views of the surrounding bay. Sister villas Anemos and Almyra Residence are available for families holidaying together.
FOR GOLDEN SAND BEACHES: VISIT KEFALONIA
Marked by golden sands and rugged landscapes, Kefalonia makes the perfect island holiday for beach lovers.
The largest of the Ionian Islands is not best known for its size, but instead its unspoiled beauty and stunning sandy beaches; a true slice of paradise waiting to be enjoyed.
Where to stay in Kefalonia: Villa Isicos
A popular pastime at Villa Isicos is to wake up in time to enjoy the sunrise from one of many fabulous terraces.
This is a comfortable house in a perfectly peaceful setting, where guests can make use of surrounding walking trails. Ttwo tavernas are also within walking distance, while Foki Bay beach is a five minute drive away.
FOR EVERYONE: VISIT CORFU
There are a few reasons why Corfu was the first of the Greek islands to welcome tourists: a seductive architectural mix, with soft-sand beaches, stretches of sparkling blue sea, ruins to discover and lots of activities. On top of that Corfu holds the title for the greenest of all the Greek islands, with rolling hills, lushpine forests and rippling olive groves.
Nestled in the Adriatic Sea, its capital, Corfu Town is one of Greece’s most enticing. Thanks to its long history of occupation, buildings are a seductive mix of Byzantine, Venetian, French, and British architecture.
Restaurants, shops and attractions are plentiful yet much of the island remains unspoilt. Corfu is an ideal holiday destination for families, friends, couples and young travellers.
Where to stay in Corfu: Villa Bliss
You’ll never tire of the stunning views from Villa Bliss, which overlooks the bays of Kalami, Kouloura and Agni.
The impressive infinity pool is the focal point of the property, accompanied by a choice of lovely al fresco living areas. Inside, the villa is clean and contemporary, sleeping up to 8 guests.
As we refer to Corfu as our heartland, we couldn't help but include an extra property for this fabulous destination.
Privately positioned in a tranquil setting, this lovely villa in Corfu is a wonderful house for parties of up to 10 guests.
The unique infinity pool appears to cascade into the surrounding landscapes, while multiple terraced seating and dining areas provide further spots for taking in the endless sea views.