Luxury Holidays in Greece: An Overview

Greece is the ultimate Euro highlight with its archaic mainland peppered with beautiful beaches and a handful of picture-perfect islands cropping out of the crystal clear Mediterranean waters.

Claudia and Flora are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Crystal clear and warm seawater. In Sani, the white sandy beach will have you pinching yourself to make sure you didn't somehow board the flight to the Maldives instead
  • The clutch of recently-opened small hotels in wonderfully rustic locations - but with 5-star service
  • More ancient history than you can throw a stick at. Amphitheatres, columns, statues, archaeological remains abound in the crucible of the world's first European superpower so you can inject some culture into your luxury holiday
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Luxury Greece Holidays: The Detail

One of the great summer destinations, with everything from historic ruins to some of Europe's hottest nightclubs, our luxury holidays to Greece offer a combination of hedonism and culture that is hard to beat.

Did you know

  • Greece is the world's third leading producer of olive oil
  • Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous
  • Greeks wave with their palm closed because it is considered an insult to show the palm of you hands with the fingers extended
  • Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe - it has been spoken for over 3,000 years
  • Greece's national cheese is 'Feta', which is made from goats' milk
  • Greece has the world's 10th longest coastline

On the mainland, the three-pronged peninsula of Halkidiki may not be that trendy, but it is home to white sand beaches and some excellent hotels for families, making it a fantastic destination for a luxury Greek holiday. The bewitching Peloponnese peninsula to the west of Athens is back on the map in a major way thanks to a slew of new hotel openings. This is the place where our favourite explorer - Patrick Leigh Fermor - eventually laid his hat. It's possible to choose from immaculate new family-friendly resorts, romantic retreats for couples and even a new Aman. Throw in a host of the finest sites in antiquity and it's a winning luxury holiday formula.

Of the thousand-odd islands scattered around the Aegean, the Cyclades are perhaps the most evocative. So named because they encircled the sacred island of Delos (once central to Greek mythology) these days the most famous islands of the group - Santorini and Mykonos - draw a different kind of worshipper, with the ancient gods and goddesses replaced by models and DJs.

Über-chic Mykonos is the Ibiza of the eastern Mediterranean, a summer playground where Europe's hip young things party till dawn beneath the island's iconic windmills. Crescent-shaped Santorini is one of the most scenic islands in the world (it was formerly known as Kalliste, meaning 'the most beautiful one'). Thought by some to be the site of the legendary Atlantis, it is hard to imagine the force of the cataclysmic volcanic eruption that created its giant, sea-filled caldera and towering, 300-metre cliffs.

We at Original Travel have a bit of a soft spot for Greece with its romantic vistas, delicious food, buzzing night life, chic retreats, pristine beaches… I think you get the idea. Our super Europe team are passionate about the destinations they sell and they use their personal experience of Greece to create a unique and individual luxury Greece holiday, complete with a manicured tailor-made itinerary. Tempted?


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Original Highlight

Takis’ Taverna in Limeni, Peloponnese. Fish so fresh you can see the next catch still swimming freely in front of your table, the best Greek salad you’ll find anywhere and crisp, excellent local white wine. It’s easy to see why locals travel from Athens to get here!

Flora, Original Traveller

A note on price

A romantic, relaxing break to gorgeous Santorini (staying in the best room on the island with a private pool, Club class flights and private transfers) would cost approximately £3,600 for two. Alternatively, families of four could expect to pay around £3,300 for a week in the Peloponnese’s Costa Navarino. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 10°C / 50°F
  • Rainfall — 5cm / 2.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 16°C / 60°F
Language

Greek, Modern

Currency

Euro

Visa Requirements

Not requirred

Religion

Greek Orthodoxy

Food & Drink

Olives, Moussaka, Baklava, Greek Coffee

Flight from London

3:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Greece

Bill & Coo

Bill & Coo

Mykonos

Taking its name from the sounds lovey doves make (the bill bit refers to the way doves touch each other’s beaks, apparently), Bill & Coo is spot on for lovebirds of a non-avian persuasion.

Where to stay

Bill & Coo
Crete

Crete

Greece

Crete has great diversity and offers everything from dramatic mountain scenery, golden beaches and secluded coves to ancient Minoan ruins and remote rural villages.

Where to go

Crete
Corfu

Corfu

Greece

Best of the Hellenic hotspots has to be Corfu.

Where to go

Corfu
Mykonos Grand

Mykonos Grand

Mykonos

Located on Ayios Yiannis beach (otherwise known as Shirley Valentine after it was filmed there), this seafront property on Mykonos has spectacular views out to the sacred island of Delos.

Where to stay

Mykonos Grand
Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini

Santorini

The ultra-luxurious Grace Santorini is made up of typical Cycladic white houses carved into the hillside high above the volcanic caldera and is the perfect place from which to watch the island’s famed sunset.

Where to stay

Grace Santorini
 Kivotos

Kivotos

Mykonos

A five-star hotel located on the Bay of Ornos, just ten minutes away from Hora (Mykonos town).

Where to stay

Kivotos
Perivolas

Perivolas

Santorini

Perivolas is an immaculate Aegean retreat and one of the most famous hotels in Greece.

Where to stay

Perivolas
Mykonos

Mykonos

Greece

Cosmopolitan Mykonos is renowned for its nightlife (it has been described as the Ibiza of the Aegean, but the jury is out as to whether that's a good thing or not), trademark windmills and its attractive ‘capital’ Hora, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Cyclades.

Where to go

Mykonos
Halkidiki

Halkidiki

Greece

Halkidiki is instantly recognisable on a map by the trident-like peninsulas that jut into the sea.

Where to go

Halkidiki
Mykonos Blu

Mykonos Blu

Mykonos

Set on a low bluff overlooking one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, Mykonos Blu is a haven for jet-setters and romantics, close enough to the town’s pulsating nightlife, yet secluded enough for ultimate relaxation.

Where to stay

Mykonos Blu
Santorini

Santorini

Greece

Crescent-shaped Santorini is perhaps the most famous Greek island, and physically one of the most spectacular islands in the world, with its giant sea-filled caldera created by an ancient volcanic eruption.

Where to go

Santorini
Argentous Superyacht Greece

Argentous Superyacht Greece

Greece

Hotels are so 2014. For the ultimate luxury holiday experience, why not explore the coast and islands of Greece for a week in European summer on a crewed and totally private superyacht? Honeymoons in particular don’t get much more original, or Original.

Where to stay

Argentous Superyacht Greece

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