Peloponnese Luxury Holidays: an Overview

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece. The place names themselves - Arcadia, Olympia, Argos (OK, maybe not the last one) - and the adjectives that stem from others - spartan, corinthian, laconic - are so deeply entrenched in our culture that we've plain forgotten that they stem from an actual physical location.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Greek mainland area of the Peloponnese has the stunning coastline that you might expect from anywhere in this Mediterranean gem of a country. What you may not also know is that it also plays host to spectacular mountains and inland scenery. Throw a few of Greece's best boutique hotels into the mix and you have the recipe for a superb luxury holiday - particularly if you combine a couple of different locations in one week
  • It may not ring any bells, but the Peloponnese is home to a veritable cornucopia of classical sites, including Corinth, Sparta and Olympus, the home of the original Olympics

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And what a location it is. The Peloponnese runs the full gamut of landscapes from soaring mountain ranges and alpine forests to vineyard-coated rolling hill country and perfectly symmetrical horseshoe bays and white sand beaches. Dotted around the peninsula are also a staggering number of ancient architectural sites and historic cities. To be honest, we're not quite sure why we haven't been singing the praises of Peloponnese holidays for years.

Now that we Brits are basking in the warm afterglow of such a successful modern Olympics, a holiday to where the games all began not far short of three thousand years ago should prove all the more fascinating.

Other highlights include the fortified citadel of Mycenae, visiting the monasteries clinging to the cliff faces in Lousios Gorge, the lively islands of Spetses and Hydra, and the historic city of Nafplion. That's just a handful of the potential day trips on offer, but the Greek weather being what it is, and the Peloponnese hotels being as nice as they are, you might well be tempted to lounge by the pool instead, day-dreaming of Arcadia.

VISIT SPETSES

Off the southern coast of the Peloponnese lies Spetses Island, otherwise known as 'the island of fragrances', and a popular haunt for discerning Athenians as a weekend or holiday destination. Spetses itself is a beautiful car-free island that retains a very individual character thanks to its long maritime heritage. There is a hugely picturesque harbour and re-enactments of naval battles take place during September. Explore cobbled streets lined with intimate little cafes and restaurants or the many sandy beaches which are great for swimming and lounging around.


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Original Highlight

The food! I ate a mouth-watering selection of fresh fish with vegetables that tasted of the sun, olives (Kalamata being the ‘capital’ of Peloponnese), olive oil, yoghurt, fruit and honey.

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

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 10°C / 50°F
  • Rainfall — 5cm / 2.0 inches
  • Water Temp. — 16°C / 60°F
Flight from London

3:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


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Villa Vager evening view

Villa Vager

Peloponnese

Lying in the foothills of Mount Mainalon and surrounded by the striking natural beauty of the Peloponnese, is the family-run boutique Villa Vager hotel. Found in the traditional Greek village of Levidi, this charming, stone-clad villa has been renovated from crumbling 19th century ruins.

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The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

Peloponnese

Navarino Dunes is the first stage of the Costa Navarino dunes development and opened in 2010 incorporating the seriously chi-chi Romanos and this, the extremely family friendly Westin Resort, both of which share several excellent facilities.

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Kinsterna

Kinsterna

Peloponnese

Four miles from the vast rock citadel of Monemvasia, Kinsterna Hotel & Spa was once a medieval manor house that has been lovingly converted into an immaculate boutique hotel in 18 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and eucalyptus and cypress trees.

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Porto Heli destination aerial view

Nikki Beach Porto Heli

Peloponnese

Nikki Beach was, until recently, purely associated with trendy beach clubs, but with the opening of the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli, the brand made the logical next step into hotels. Nikki Beach Porto Heli is now the only 5* boutique property on the waterfront in Porto Heli, the summer haunt for Greek jetsetters, many of whom park their megayachts in the harbour in front of the hotel.

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Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Peloponnese

The Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a small slice of the French Riviera on the sophisticated Greek holiday island of Spetses, one of the four Saronic Islands sitting pretty off the southern coast of the Peloponnese.

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Citta dei Nicliana exterior

Citta dei Nicliani

Peloponnese

Discover the family-run Citta dei Nicliani hotel, located in Greece’s Mani Peninsula and surrounded by olive trees. Built during the mid-18th century, the property is a listed building and its exposed stone walls and wooden ceiling beams hark back to this historic heritage.

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The whole time no-one was anything but happy

Hilary

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